Troop!

First, I would like to thank everyone that braved the cold and participated in Flags yesterday.  This troop demonstrated true grit and determination to complete the mission.  I feel I can speak for my fellow veterans in the Troop that we really appreciate all your efforts to honor Veteran’s Day, parents and scouts alike.  I’m sure half of Mountain Shadows were surprised to see us putting up Flags in that weather!  I’m very proud to be a part of this troop!

Rank Advancements!

We have two more meetings in the Month of November….the 13th and the 27th.  Both of these meetings are going to be focus on Rank Advancement and Merit Badge Completion.  Our Court of Honor will ben December 11th. The goal over these next two meetings in November is to finish up what you need in preparation of the Court of Honor. If you went to this past summer camp, you should be really close to getting 2nd class.   Let’s have as many Scoutmaster’s there as possible to help our scouts tie up some loose ends and advance!  We will be available for scoutmaster conferences tomorrow and the 27th.  There is no meeting on the 20th dude to Thanksgiving Week!

Community Service Opportunity: 

On 29 Nov, from 1800-2000 (or so), the Mountain Shadows Community Association (MSCA) is hosting a Tree Lighting Ceremony at Mountain Shadows Park. This is the same location as last year, next to the playground and pavilion (near Chipeta). This celebration will mark the “beginning” of the Mountain Shadows neighborhood Holiday Season. During the ceremony, there will be hot cocoa offered, the Community Choir will perform a few songs, and the Community Tree will be lit.

The MSCA is requesting about four “servers” for the hot cocoa. I offered up our Troop for this volunteer opportunity. The servers will basically stand behind a table and fill cups for hot cocoa and maybe coffee if supplied. Last year, there were reportedly about 100-150 neighbors in attendance from around the area. The turn out is expected to be about the same as last year.

This counts as community service for those that attend.

Community Night at the Space Foundation for a night of STEM fun! It’s Free!

Mr McGuire found this is a fun local event that is coming up. Its not a scout thing but its a fun and interesting community thing. It’s free and all family members can attend.

 

  • Construct a lander to survive a Martian landing
  • Drive a rover around a simulated Mars landscape
  • Virtual reality displays – explore the planet Mars and repair historical landers
  • Science On a Sphere® – enjoy a presentation about the planets of the solar system, emphasizing the red planet, Mars
  • Audience with an Astronaut™ – Former Astronaut Duane “Digger” Carey will share tales of his time as a Space Shuttle pilot on Columbia mission STS-109 scaled models of the planets in our solar system
  • Explore the gallery – see awesome artifacts demonstrating the various technologies and accomplishments of space exploration
  • Learn how Harris is involved in the Colorado Springs community

https://www.harris.com/forms/colorado-springs-community-night-rsvp

https://app.peachjar.com/flyers/614479/schools/148649

 

 

Folks,

Just a reminder that Veteran’s Day flags is coming on on November 11th. Thanks to all that signed up!  We are short on Navigator so it would be awesome if someone could sign up for that position. Looks like we are full on Driver’s and scouts.

We will meet at the church on Sunday at 630am to put out the flags and we will meet back again at 4pm to pick up flags (Since the sun sets at 450pm..ish).  Please wear Class A’s and also bring headlamps incase we run into limited visibility.  There used to be flag buckets that had reflective vests. If they are still in there I recommend wearing them.

Another email will come closer to Sunday with the Routes and who is on what route.

If you are on the list and cannot make it then please let us know in advance!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054baca929a4fc1-flag1

 

Thanks!

Sean

 

 

Troop,

Tomorrow’s night meeting is a game night and we are going to have game night at Overdrive this week! Overdrive is a go cart racing track that goes to a pretty fast speed from what I can tell on the website.  Here is a link to the site https://overdriveraceway.com/racing/  The is a liability waiver on there that parents can fill out in advance to save time. It looks like a race is $17 for 12 year olds and below and $20 for 13 year olds and above. Parents can pay Overdrive directly for whatever package you decide to do. Let’s meet there at 6pm and we can get after it!!

Please wear close toed shoes. Here are the FAQs so please ready these prior to coming. https://overdriveraceway.com/frequently-asked-questions/

Overdrive is located at:

196 Spectrum Loop
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
719-453-0561

 

See you there

Sean

Veteran’s Day Parade

Sean Warner —  November 1, 2018 — Leave a comment

Troop,

I apologize that we did not give much notice for walking in the Veteran’s Day parade this year. I thought it was on the 10th (During Veteran’s Day Weekend) but instead ended up being on the 3rd.  Right now we have one scout signed up to attend. I’d like to have a least 5 scouts and one adult sign up before promising the Special Forces Association that we will attend. We would need one to carry the troop flag and one to carry the American Flag and others to walk with them.  Unfortunately, I cannot even commit myself as I will be working all weekend. I am going to leave the signup on there until noon on Friday to give scouts and an adult leader a chance to sign up, but if we can’t get at least 5 scouts and one adult leader then I’ll politely decline the invitation from the SFA. At a minimum, I hope that the scouts and families get a chance to see the parade. We have such a strong Veteran presence in Colorado Springs which results in an impressive parade.

Here are the details and link again 🙂

Veteran’s Day Parade:  The Special Forces Association asked if we can march with them in the Veteran’s Day Parade on 3 Nov 2018.  We will meet at the VFW  Post 101, 702 S Tejon Street Colorado Springs 80903 at 7am. The SFA will provide donuts for those who attend!  Adult leaders are more than welcome to walk with the scouts as well.  Come show your pride!  Please sign up soon so they can account for numbers

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054BACA929A4FC1-veterans4

Thanks!

Sean

Troop,

I just got a call from the Tour Guide and she canceled tonight’s tour because they are expecting a lot of snow and the steep streets can get pretty slippery. We can talk about re-scheduling at the next Troop meeting.  As for tonight, there will be no meeting to keep cars off the road. Enjoy your night off!!

For Nov 3rd.  I replaced the bike ride with the Veteran’s Day Parade. I didn’t realize the parade was on the 3rd and it seem un-patriotic to schedule a meeting over it 🙂  I did put a sign up to walk in the parade with the Special Forces Association in the last post and I hope we get a bunch of us to sign up!!

Thanks and Happy Halloween!!!

Sean

Folks, two opportunities coming up to support our community and have some fun!

Veteran’s Day Parade:  The Special Forces Association asked if we can march with them in the Veteran’s Day Parade on 3 Nov 2018.  We will meet at the VFW  Post 101, 702 S Tejon Street Colorado Springs 80903 at 7am. The SFA will provide donuts for those who attend!  Adult leaders are more than welcome to walk with the scouts as well.  Come show your pride!  Please sign up soon so they can account for numbers

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054BACA929A4FC1-veterans4

Warren Miller Movie at the World Arena: The Assistant General Manager of the World Arena reached out to me and asked if our troop could help support the Warren Miller movie on November 2nd and 3rd. She is looking for 8 volunteers each night, 4 at each door and arrival time of 5:45pm to get prepped for doors.  We would need 2 adults to accompany the scouts (4 at each door with 1 adult with them, so 2 adults and 8 Scouts each night).

They would be handing out vouchers and a sponsor coupon.    Once we feel most everyone is seated and had their material, the Scouts and the adults can watch the film if they want to or feel free to leave.

Also please let me know as soon as possible if you can do this so I can commit the Troop! Here is the sign up genius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054BACA929A4FC1-warren1

Folks,

Just a reminder that the haunted tour is Tuesday night @ 7pm. We are meeting at a parking lot directly across from Hell Kitchen Pizza in Manitou Springs located at 9 Ruxton Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829.   The weather report looks pretty bad right now….Rain and Snow.  The tour guide mentioned that she might cancel the tour if the weather is too bad. Please check your email before departing to the tour.  I told her that we are scouts and can be prepared for anything!  The cost is $10 a person (normally $15), family and friends are welcome to attend. Registered adult leaders are free. Please bring cash only! I will collect the payment and pay the tour guide. For the record this is a historical tour of events documented in legitimate resources.  You will not be disappointed! Its one of the best tours I’ve ever had in Manitou.

 

Thanks

Sean

Upcoming Meetings

Sean Warner —  October 22, 2018 — Leave a comment

 

Troop,

Our next meeting on Tuesday at Wilson United Methodist Church will focus on Uniform Inspections and Merit Badge Completion. Right now we are predominantly working on three Merit Badges….Citizenship in the World, Fishing and Cooking.  If you click on the names of the merit badge you will find the worksheets if you need them. Please remember to bring in your popcorn forms to tomorrow night’s meeting.

Next Tuesday on the 30th (the night before Halloween), we have a private Haunted Manitou Springs Tour.  We did this a year ago and its a lot of fun! The Tour is normally $15 per person but the guide is only charging us $10 per person and Adult Leaders are Free!  Stephanie Waters is the tour guide and she has written many books of hauntings in the area. You can check out her website here: http://www.manitoulegends.com/blackcoffee/index.html

We will meeting in Manitou Springs at 7pm on the 30th in the parking lot right across from Hells Kitchen Pizza located at 9 Ruxton Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829.  Please dress for the weather and you are welcome to dress up in costume as well. This is a family friendly event and everyone is welcome to attend. This will put you in the Halloween Spirit!!

For planning purposes, the horse campout scheduled for the 2-4th of November is not likely to happen. Its very pricey event and we try to keep the cost of our campouts reasonable.  Other options include doing a bike ride and starting the Cycling Merit Badge.  The council is also running the Rifle Merit Badge if anyone is interested.

Finally, please consider helping out with the Wilson United Methodist Church Harvest Festival on the 27th. They are about 25 helpers short of what they need.  They give us a place to have meetings so its good to help give back when we can.  This time will count as community service hours towards rank advancement or merit badges. Here is the link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054BACA929A4FC1-harvest2

Thanks!

Sean

 

Scouts and parents,

Popcorn orders are due Tuesday, October 23rd.

Please write which prize the Scout has chosen at the bottom of the order form.  There are four prize choices (if the Scout has sold as least $250).  Also, please turn in any money that has been collected.

Popcorn will arrive November 10th. Popcorn orders must be paid in full by November 27th.

Questions?  Please contact Lisa Durrenberger 719-237-3805

 

Scouts,

Its time for the Wilson Methodist Church Harvest festival. This is a chance to give back to the church that gives us a place to meet every week since 1986.  Every year we have scouts and scout parents help direct cars in the parking lot and help run some of the activities.  The Church needs at least 10 helpers from our troop, both scouts and parents.  There is food and treats and scouts have a pretty good time during this event.  Please sign up if you can help.  Proudly wear your scout uniform to represent the Troop!

The Church Harvest Festival is October 27th from 2-6pm.

Please sign up here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054BACA929A4FC1-harvest2

Thanks

Sean

Groupon for Sky Zone

Sean Warner —  October 16, 2018 — Leave a comment

Folks,

I apologize for the last minute notice but I was just informed that there is a Groupon for Sky Zone. 2 x 60 min sessions for $16.  Much better than the one hour for $15.  Here is the link!

https://www.groupon.com/deals/sky-zone-colorado-springs-7

 

 

Scouts,

Thank you for a great weekend of Camping at Farish! You worked very hard towards your Fishing and Cooking Merit Badges and we will finish those up in the coming weeks!

The Troop decided they would like to attend a trampoline park for Game Night this week so we are going to meet at Sky Zone located at 1750 E Woodmen Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80920.  The cost for Sky Zone is $15 for a hour.  Let’s meet at 630pm so we can jump solid until 730pm!!  If you have never been there then check out the link https://www.skyzone.com/coloradosprings

There is a lot of cool stuff there….Free Style Jumping, Ultimate Dodgeball, Ultimate Slamball, Ultimate Volleyball, and a foam pit to flip into.

Thanks!

Sean

 

Farish Campout Details

Sean Warner —  October 11, 2018 — Leave a comment

Troop,

Here are the details for this weekend’s Camping Trip!

Weather:
Its going to get cold at night! It looks like we have clear skies on Friday and Saturday but please note that the low on Friday is 33 degrees and 15 on Saturday.  Scouts will be sleeping in Tents so please make sure you have a sleeping back rated to that temperature.  If not, we do have the Barn as a back up plan if it gets too cold.

Timeline: 

October 12

  • 530pm: Meet at Wilson Methodist Church
  • 6pm: Depart to Farish
  • 7pm: Check into Farish – Set up Camp

October 13

  • 7am: Make Breakfast (Cooking Merit Badge)
  • 9-Noon: Fishing Merit Badge
  • Noon-1pm: Cook Lunch (Cooking Merit Badge)
  • 1pm-5pm: Fishing Merit Badge / Tomahawk and Archery Activities
  • 5-7pm: Dinner (Cooking Merit Badge)
  • 7-UTC Flag Retirement Ceremony – Free Time

October 14

  • 7am: Breakfast (Cooking Merit Badge)
  • 830am: Fishing Merit Badge – Free Time
  • Noon: Break Down and Return to Church (Families are welcome to stay all day!)

Route :

Here is the PDF Version for full resolution: Strip map to Farish

Meal Plan:

This is what the Troop came up with….let me interpret! :

Friday Dinner: Scouts bring your own cookable meal.  This is going to be something you can use a backpacking stove to cook dinner with. So it can be a dehydrated meal or something that you add hot water too. This is part of the Cooking Merit Badge Requirement. For family members, please bring your own meal for Friday night. Your choice!

Saturday Breakfast: Pancakes, Bacon and Eggs.  Please prepare enough for everyone to include family and guests. Adults will have to bring their own coffee or if you would rather have something in addition to what the scouts are preparing.

Saturday Lunch:  Scouts bring your own cookable meal. This is another meal that the scouts will cook using their backpacking stoves.  So it can be a dehydrated meal or something that you add hot water too. This is part of the Cooking Merit Badge Requirement. Family members must bring their own lunch.

Saturday Dinner: Fish (If Caught), Hamburgers, Buns, Cheese, Potato chips and baked beans.  Please cook enough for all the families. If families do not wish to have this meal then feel free to bring the food of your choice.

Camp Fire Snack: Smores (Chocolate, Marsh Mellows, Graham Crackers). This is part of the Cooking Merit Badge.

Sunday Breakfast: Eggo Waffles, instant oatmeal and Sausage Links. This is part of the Cooking Merit Badge. Plan to cook enough everyone to include family and guests. Adults bring your own coffee.

Sunday Lunch: On your own

Snacks for the weekend: Trail Mix

Other Items needed for shopping list: Charcoal, Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise, Lettuce, Onion, Tomato, Cheese Slices, Butter, Tin Foil, Salt and Pepper,  Paper plates, Napkins, plastic utensils.

  • Note: We have 3 charcoal Grills that we can use to cook on, we have our troop Coleman Stoves, Backpacking Stoves and a fire pit. This diet does not accept for dietary restrictions such as gluten sensitivities or allergies.  Please plan accordingly. The cost per scout on this trip will run approximately $15-$20.  There is not a cost to family members.
  • For food planning purposes, we have 10 Scouts, 6 Adult Leaders, and 8 Family Members for a total 24 people. 

Packing List:

  • Backpack (or Container to carry personal items)
  • Sleeping bag (Rated to at least 0 degrees)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Class A shirt
  • Winter Jacket
  • Clothes to match the weather (layers)…some of the scouts will fall into the water. It happens every time. Bring a change of clothes.
  • Gloves
  • Beanie Hat
  • Raincoat (Can also be used for warmth)
  • First aid kit
  • Fire making stuff
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Knife
  • At least 2 liters of water
  • BSA handbook and any other merit badges you want to work on (You don’t have to carry the book…but write down what skills you want to accomplish)
  • Mess kit
  • Hygiene kit (toilet paper, trowel, toothbrush, toothpaste, wetwipes etc.)
  • Broken in hiking shoes (proper footwear)
  • Extra socks
  • Healthy snacks
  • Compass
  • Headlamps or Flashlights
  • Cooking and Fishing Worksheets
  • Troop Permission Slip http://www.bsatroop287.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/BSA_ParentPermissionForm.pdf

Optional

  • Camera
  • Back Packing Camp chair
  • Hammock
  • Football, Frisbee, or extra fun stuff 🙂

Troop Gear:

  • Jet Boil Stoves
  • Patrol Boxes (Complete with Stoves and all cooking Items)
  • Foldable Tables
  • Patrol Canopies
  • 5 Gallon Water Containers
  • Tomahawks
  • Firewood

Please message if I forgot anything.

Thanks!

Sean

 

 

 

CU- Boulder has a merit badge university event coming up on November 3rd. Right now we have a campout planned for that weekend but this could be an alternative to the Campout should the troop decide so. The campout planned for 3 November is Horsemanship.

Merit Badge University at CU-Boulder is an event where Section 30 of Alpha Phi Omega holds classes for Front Range area Boy Scouts in various merit badges. We typically offer over 30 different merit badges every semester.  This event has been held at the University of Colorado Boulder campus for 25 plus years. The event attracts over 400 Boy Scouts and 40-55 college student volunteers from APO Chapters throughout Colorado.

Click this link for a complete list of the Merit Badged offered http://www.mbuonline.org/?page_id=78

The will take place on the CU Boulder campus from 830am – 515pm.

Information about Merit Badge University can be found here: http://www.mbuonline.org/?page_id=250

If you are interested in signing up for this then please sign up at the troop signup genius here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054BACA929A4FC1-merit

Thanks!

Sean

 

Folks,

This is a pretty big prep meeting tomorrow!  We are going to get everything ready for our trip to Farish (45 Min from the church).  This is a family camp out so all of you are invited to attend!  We plan on doing the Cooking Merit Badge and the Fishing Merit Badge. Scout need to plan to have all the food to accomplish the Cooking Merit Badge.  Be prepared for a few scout to go shopping to purchase the items.  Also remember to bring your fishing poles and gear. If you are over 16 and want to fish then you can buy your license at Farish. This is federal property so I feel that is the best place to buy the license as it might be different then the Colorado License.

Some other activities to plan for….

  • Tomahawk Throwing
  • Adl Adl Throwing
  • Flag Retirements ceremonies
  • Having an awesome time!!!

Lets have a great time!!!

Honestly I cannot wait for this trip! Its going to be relaxing and fun!!!!! Please sign up

Sean

Farish Family Campout

Sean Warner —  October 3, 2018 — Leave a comment

 

Folks,

We are in for a fun car camping family weekend of cooking, fishing and scout activities.  The next Camp out will be at Farish Recreational Area located in Woodland Park. This is a campground that owned by the Air Force Academy so it has all the amenities.  It has a store, heated building (if some parents want to sleep inside), electricity, fishing ponds, etc.  It doesn’t have pull up bars though because the Army doesn’t own it 🙂

Attached above is the map. We are staying at a location called the “Barn.” This is not actually a barn but instead a heated building with power. Last time I was there it had a couple refrigerators, carpeted floors and other indoor amenities.

We are offering to host some Cub Scouts for a few hours too but so far we do not have any takers…but we need to be prepared for that just in case. We can bring some tomahawks to throw and some Adl Adle spears (I think we have some in the barn).

We will be working on two merit badges….Cooking (Eagle Required) and Fishing. Please sign your scout up for which one they would like to accomplish.  We may be able to have all of them do both but it will be tight!

Remember this is a family camp out too so parents and siblings are free to attend and spend the weekend with your scouts!! There are plenty of things to do with families…hike, mountian bike, fish, etc. Those 15 and under can fish for free. 16 years old and older must buy a fishing license and they can be bought from the shop at Farish.  Scouts need to supply their own fishing poles, bait and hooks because the troop doesn’t own any.

We will meet at the church on Friday the 12th at 5pm and depart as soon as we can. We will return on Sunday around noon-2pm (to finish up Merit Badges if needed).

Please sign up here!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054BACA929A4FC1-farish

Thanks Sean

Scouts,

Tonight we are making a small adjustment to the calendar.  We are going to work on Requirement #4 of the Citizenship in the World MB. The remainder of the MB will be completed by the scouts and turned into Mr. Reeves.   The goal is that we are able to start and finish Merit Badges in a timely manner! Parents, please follow up with your scouts to finish this Eagle Required MB. This will take about 30-45 Min of the Meeting time.

We will start and complete the Cooking Merit Badge at the Farish Campout from 12-14 Oct.

Scout Leadership:  Please use your remaining time to plan for the Farish Campout or possible conduct a SLC meeting.

Things to consider fro the Farish Campout….This is a family campout, we will be working on the fishing and cooking MB’s.  All meals will focus on those two MB’s….if we catch fish then we can cook them up. We might have some webelos there so plan two hours to be a Webelo event….such as Tomahawk Throwing, Firem’n’s Chit, Toten Chit, and Atl-Atl throwing. Also, plan to retire some American Flag’s at the night time ceremony on Saturday night!

Here is the Map and Brochure for Farish. I will generate the sign up genius today.

USAFA Support – Farish Brochure

See you tonight!

 

Sean

 

Troop 287 Meeting Minutes

9/18/18

Turned in stoves and hammocks from Bishops Castle camp out.

Citizenship in the world (part 1)

  • What it means to be a citizen in the world?
  • What are 2 big trading countries in the world?

IPA (Inner Patrol Activity) :Ghost in the graveyard

 

9/25/18

Citizenship in the world (part 2)

  • Helping and respecting other country’s culture
  • Explain International law and how it differs

IPA (Inner Patrol Activity) :Ghost in the graveyard

 

Troop Scribe

Ethan G

 

Scouts,

Tonight’s focus will be continuing the Citizenship in the World Merit Badge.  There will likely be time left over during the meeting so Scout Leadership and can conduct an Interpatrol activity for the remaining time!

 

Thanks

Sean

Tuesday’s Meeting

Sean Warner —  September 17, 2018 — Leave a comment

Scouts,

This Tuesday’s meeting is going to be Citizenship in the World. It is an Eagle required Merit Badge. We will start at 7pm….normal time.

Also, as a follow up to the campout, please bring in all of your Hennessy Hammocks, Water Filtration Pumps and Stoves. Please make sure they are clean and dry.

Thanks!

Sean