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Troop 71 is sponsored by:
United Methodist Church
4143 Kemp Road
Beavercreek, OH 45431

Troop 71's website is possible through the generous funding of  Rich Diesslin
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Merit Badge Counselors Listing
Click on this link to view the Merit Badge Counselors availabel to members of Troop 71

Ozone Zipline Adventure on 12 September 2015
Look! Up in the air. It's a bird. It's a plane. It's one of our adult leaders zipping in Oregonia, Ohio. And he's even taking pictures.

Parents' Meeting Notes
Parents Meeting Notes Notes from the 25 August 2015 Troop 71 Parents' Meeting.

Ad Altare Dei Religious Medal
Ad Altare Dei MedalTroop 85 from St. Luke Catholic Church has graciously invited members of Troop 71 to join their Ad Altare Dei program.   The program will run from August 22 to December 6, 2015.  Award ceremony will be in January 2016.

Interested scouts and families should review the materials below and contact Joe Von Holle to sign up for the program.  They currently have eight Troop 85 scouts signed up. Parental support from Troop 71 is very important should a scout decide to participate. Adults need to have current BSA Youth Protection training. Additional training from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati may also required (Mr. Von Holle is checking on that).

Description of Ad Altare Dei Program
Tentative Schedule

Kroger Rewards Program
Got a Kroger Plus card?  If you associate it with Troop 71 in Kroger's Community Rewards Program, every purchase you make at Kroger benefits the troop. Each quarter, Kroger rewards participating organizations with a check, based on participation and purchases of that organization's members.

So, enroll your Kroger Plus Card in the Community Rewards program to benefit Troop 71. If you need assistance with signing up or enrolling, please call Stan Leszczuk, at 602-5299.

Detailed enrollment instructions are posted on Troop 71 website at 

Popcorn Sales to Kick-Off at Family Camp
Yes, it's that's time again when Boy Scouts sell popcorn to raise money for scout activities. As in the past, Troop 71 will kick-off popcorn sales during the Troop Family Camp, 28-30 August 2015.

The troop's popcorn kernel is Greg Costa.

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2015 Summer Camp Now In The Books
2015 summer camp attendees

Summer camp 2015 is officially history. It was another great outing for the troop, returning to a venue last visited in 2012. Except this time we stayed at the northern end of Camp Tomahawk, in the White Pine camp.

Tecumseh Council 100-Mile Hiker Award
The TECUMSEH 100 MILE HIKER Award has been developed for the purpose of encouraging hiking among Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Youth Groups, and Hiking Clubs.
Tecumseh Council One Hundred Mile Patch
The application form may be found at this link.

Troop 71's point-of-contact is Mr. Bill Ruck.  Click here to send him a message.

1. Hike 100 miles
2. The award for the first 100 miles hiked is the Spearhead and the award for subsequent
sets of 100 miles is a Spear handle. You may earn as many handles as you like.
3. There is no time limit in which the awards must be earned.
4. One-day hikes should be at least ten miles.
 Exception: established trails that are five miles or more. Troop 71's 5-Mile Hike counts.
5. Backpacking hikes of 10 miles or more, with all gear carried in packs and at least one night
camped on the trail may be counted as double mileage.
6. You must use your own best judgement as to the number of miles hiked. Backpack
trips count as one total hike.
7. Leaders and youths should keep accurate record of all hikes including the mileage, date,
and name of hike.
8. For all awards make a list of all hikes taken from the start to present giving mileage, date, and name of hike or trial. Also include total present mileage. Send this in with each application. br />
Outdoor Code — As an American, I will do my best to be clean in my outdoor manners; be careful with fire; be considerate in the outdoors; and be conservation-minded.