Troop 85: Links

St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, Beavercreek OH

Camping Locations

Backpacking in Ohio State Parks — This site offers information on all of the backpacking trails in Ohio state parks, as well as rules for those backpacking in the parks.

Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area — Part of Wayne National Forest, Lake Vesuvius is a frequent location for Troop 85 backpacking and camping trips.

Wayne National Forest — Wayne National Forest is located in southeastern Ohio, and is the only national forest in the state of Ohio.


Archdiocese of Cincinnati Catholic Scouting Homepage — The Archdiocese of Cincinnati's Scouting homepage, with information religious emblems and the annual Scout retreat. St. Luke's is part of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Archdiocese of Cincinnati Youth Protection Resources — Information on the Archdiocese's youth protection guidelines and training. All Troop 85 events comply with these guidelines.

Saint Luke the Evangelist — The homepage of St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church. Troop 85 is chartered at St. Luke's.

Eagle Scout

NESA Trail to Eagle — Resource site for earning the Eagle Scout rank, with links to the Eagle project workbook and the Eagle rank application. (Warning: The linked page contains a video with sound, and may load slowly.)

High Adventure Bases

Northern Tier — Northern Tier, also known as the Charles L. Sommers Canoe Base, is located in Ely, MN. The program at Northern Tier features unsupported canoe trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

Philmont Scout Ranch — Located in Cimmaron, NM, Philmont is one of the BSA's three national high adventure bases. The Philmont program features backpacking expeditions in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico.

Seabase — Seabase is located in the Florida Keys, and offers a wide range of programs. Scouts can sail a small vessel for a week, camp on a desert island, and scuba dive in the Florida reefs.

Local Organizations

Dayton Amateur Radio Association — The Dayton Amateur Radio Association is a local association of ham radio operators. Several Troop 85 Scouts have earned their Radio merit badges working with DARA members.

Dayton Underground Grotto — The Dayton Underground Grotto is an association of cavers/spelunkers located in and around Dayton. Together with other regional grottos, they maintain several caves in the Ohio-Kentucky area. DUG has always been very helpful to the Troop in planning caving trips and providing guest speakers to talk about cave conservation.

Miami Valley Orienteering Club — A local club which runs regular orienteering events in the Dayton area.

Urban Krag — The Urban Krag is an indoor climbing gym located in downtown Dayton. Troop 85 frequently has climbing overnights at Urban Krag.


Ohio Leaf Identification Guide — This downloadable guide, published by Ohio State University, provides a key for identifying the leaves of 88 Ohio trees.

Official BSA Sites

Camp Birch — Camp Hugh Taylor Birch is the Scout camp maintained by Tecumseh Council, and hosts both Summer Camp programs and many other campouts throughout the year.

Chief Logan Reservation — Chief Logan Reservation is a Scout camp operated by Simon Kenton Council, where Troop 85 has occasionally attended Summer Camp.

Chillicothe District Homepage — The homepage of Chillicothe District, serving all of the Greene County troops in Tecumseh Council. Troop 85 is a part of the Chillicothe district.

Tecumseh Council — The homepage for Tecumseh Council. Troop 85 is located in Tecumseh Council.

Tecumseh Council Calendar — The Tecumseh Council calendar is available here in PDF format.

Tecumseh Council Forms — Tecumseh Council's form download page. Forms available here include tour permits, medical forms, troop meeting plans, and merit badge counselor applications.

Tecumseh Council Totem — Download PDF copies of the Tecumseh council newsletter, The Totem.

Scouting Resources — A unofficial site with lists of merit badge requirements and merit badge resources.

US Scouting Service Project — An unofficial Scouting resource site with meeting plan ideas, advancement resources, clip art, and Scouting mailing lists.