We still need more people to sign for the Laser Tag event! Please sign up here!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054baca929a4fc1-game1

Waivers

All participants must sign a waiver.  Please sing the waivers before going to save time. Minors will need their own parent to complete and sign the waiver. Your check-in process will go much faster and easier if the waivers are completed online prior to the event.

There are two ways you may complete the waiver and register for your event:
1. Click on the following link:

2. Or, visit BattlefieldColorado.com and click on the Waivers Menu at the top of the page. You can then enter the following group number: Group #: 39774

If you or your child have visited before, you should already have a login to our Digital Waiver System, and can quickly login and sign the waiver for this event.

What to Wear

Fully closed shoes are required. We play in a urban area with asphalt, gravel, buildings, uneven terrain, etc.  At some point, most people will kneel, sit or lie on the ground, so please wear appropriate clothing.
Winter Play: Please bring gloves and clothing layers as you would for any outdoor winter sport.
Summer Play: No sandals, flip flops, clogs, or other open shoes are permitted. We highly recommend long pants.

Arrival Time

In order not to miss any play time, please arrive at least 15-20 minutes before your start time in order to park and check in. Our start time is 6pm so please arrive by 5:45pm.  If you are interested in weapon upgrades, they are very popular and regularly sell out, so you might want to arrive 30 minutes in advance for the best selection.

Directions

Please check the website at the link below for directions:

Parking

Free parking is available. Please check our website at the link above for parking details.

Folks, this is a great opportunity to earn a couple of Service hours for rank advancement or Merit Badge requirements.  We are helping the Soup Kitchen serve food to those that need it on Sunday from 530pm – 7pm at  Sacred Heart Church located at 2030 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904.

This is a great way to help the community, earn some good Karma and knock out some service hours!!

Please sign up on Sign Up Genius Here:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054baca929a4fc1-soup1

Thank you,
Tom Sharp

 

 

Scouts and Parents,

On Tuesday the 24th we are doing Battlefield Colorado for Game night. This is laser tag at its finest adn a ton of fun.  It starts at 6pm and goes until 730pm. Please arrive by 545pm. Also, please go to the website and fill out the online waiver before coming. The waiver can be found at http://battlefieldcolorado.com/waiver/.  The website is http://battlefieldcolorado.com to see more information on Battlefield Colorado.  The cost will be $24 a person. Parents, family and siblings can play ( Must be at least 11 years old). It would be best if we could have at least 15 people to play. If another element arrives it might be force on force…us against them.  If its us then there will be multiple scenarios that we will play.

Please sign up so we can expect you there!  You are able to use scout funds if its in your account.

Please sign up here:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054baca929a4fc1-game1

Troop,

The two biggest preparation items that we need to focus on are Camp Physicals and Merit Badge selection for each of our scouts.

1.This is the exact form that scouts and leaders attending camp need to have filled out.  Parents can fill out parts A and B but a Health Care Provider must fill out part C.  No scout can go to summer camp without this  exact form: http://www.scouting.org/ lestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_ABC.pdf . In addition to the physical, scout also need this Colorado Addendum form, Parents do not: http://www.bsacoloradoadventure.org/document/colorado-health-form-addendum/120741 

2.  Scouts and Parents need to send their scout’s Merit Badge Selections to Paul D an Myself by May 1st.  Paul’s email is pauldurrenberger@gmail.com and mine is seanmwarner@gmail.com. http://www.pikespeakbsa.org/pubs/Camp_A_2018_Program_Guide_v2.pdf .  Please look at the Merit Badges starting on Page 10.

Here are the recommendations:

First Year Camper Program Ideas: First Class Center advancement, Art, Basketry, Leatherwork, Poery, Swimming, First Aid, and Woodcarving Merit Badges.

Second Year Camper Program Ideas: Anything not earned on the first year camper list, Camping, Fish & Wildlife Management, Fishing, Geology, Indian Lore, Mammal Study and Rifle Shoong merit badges. This program places its emphasis on merit badge work. Camp Alexander provides the unique seng for compleon of badges that can only be earned in the great outdoors.

Third and Fourth Year Camper Programs Ideas: Anything not earned on the first or second year camper lists: Archery, Astronomy, Canoeing, Climbing, Geo‐caching, Environmental Science, Lifesaving, Nature, Orienteering, Pioneering, Rowing, Shotgun Shoong, Weather, Wilderness Survival, Search and Rescue, Emergency Preparedness, ATV Rider Course, and Welding.

An example is:

Lance W (third year scout) would like to sign up for:

9am (Session 1):  Emergency Preparedness

1030am (Session 2): Camping

130pm (Session 3): Fishing

3pm (Session 4): ATV

A first year scout might look like:

9am (Session 1) and 1030am (Session 2): Tenderfoot & Second Class

130pm (Session 3) Monday and Tuesday – Art (2 day class), Wednesday and Thursday – Basketry (2 day class)

3pm (Session 4):  Monday and Tuesday – Leatherwork (2 day class), Wednesday and Thursday-

Woodcarving (2 day class).

  • If a first year scout would like to focus on more rank advancement than merit badges then he could also do the first class session instead of one or two of the merit badges.

Some other things to note: There is a whitewater rafting option. Not a merit badge but just for fun. We have to decide if we want to try for that at the next meeting.  This guide will also tell say that scouts need to rent cots. We have enough cots for everyone so that is not necessary.

Sean

 

Troop,

The Order of the Arrow elections are cancelled because a scout has to be 1st Class or higher and have 15 nights camping, While we have many scouts that have 15 nights camping, all of our 1st class scouts or higher have already been to the OA.

So, it will be up to the scout to decide the plan for tonight. We could get a head start on planning the backpacking trip, or we could work on some Rank Advancements/Merit Badge Requirements, or Something else.

Thanks

Sean

Boy Scout Troop 287

 

Meeting:                      Troop 287 Committee Meeting

Date & Time:               April  10, 2018  7:30 PM

Location:                     Wilson United Methodist Church

In attendance:            S. Warner,  L. Durrenberger,P. Reeves ,R. Pharris, M. Pharris, M. Kellner,S. Johnston,S. Diggs, D Reeves. T. Sharp

 

Lisa Durrenberger – Committee Chair

Opened Meeting 

  • Discussion regarding recognition for 25 years being a Troop.
  • Camp Card discussion and Bass Pro Sales in April 14th, 2018, camp cards distributed.
  • Summary of Troop Roster count, 24 Scouts , 8 Scoutmasters.
  • REMINDER ***Court of Honor date change to June 12, 2018.
  • Discussion of Youth Protection Training, training has been updated and needs to be completed by October 2018. Email was sent out. There is also position specific training if needed.
  • Discussion regarding proposed service projects.

Troop Secretary- Sandy Diggs

  • Reviewed last March 13, 2018 meeting notes

Sean Warner – Scoutmaster.

  • Great Sand Dunes feedback provided. Troop led with 2 hiking opportunities. The Visitor Center was a learning opportunity for scouts.
  • Backpacking Trip scheduled for May 18th – 20th, 2018 , 2 levels of backpacking will be available for older and younger scouts.
  • Summer Camp is coming up, starting June 17, 2018. It is important to have physicals completed and merit badge selection in.
  • SeaBase Trip is scheduled for August 5-11th, 2019, Coral Reef Trip ,2 boats reserved , costs discussed. Asking for additional scouts to participate.
  • Discussion regarding need for new troop gear.
  • Order of Arrow nominations will be at the next scout meeting April 17th, 2018.
  • Game Night, April 24th, 2018, 6 to 8 p.m.  At Battlefield, 120 W Costilla St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

 

Danny Reeves – Committee Treasurer: 

  • Gave the current status of the Troop’s total accounts.

 

Sandy Johnston Committee Member

  • Flag opportunities and positions discussed. Need all time slots for the season to be filled. Sign Up Genius for all 5 events will be sent.
  • Reminder and follow ups will be made to all who sign up.
  • Volunteers needed for Flag Program Coordinators.Troop and parent meetings are scheduled. Please all parents plan to attend May 1st, 2018

 

 

 

Troop,

We have two sailboats reserved for Sea Base in Aug 2019. The troop has to make the deposit on the boats by the 18th of this month. Right now we are 1:1 with parents going with kids and Sea Base likes it to be more scouts than parents. If your scout would like to go with us, please let Danny R know ASAP at bayouboyx@comcast.net and cc me too please. We will have to scratch an adult if we have to go down to one boat and we don’t really want to do that.  Here is a link on Sea Base so you can check it out. http://bsaseabase.org The scout has to be 13 years old and have completed 8th Grade to attend.

Here is the link on the Troop Site to sign up also.

Thanks

Sean

 

Troop,

This Tuesday’s meeting is going to work on the Citizenship on the Nation MB and I would like to start at 630pm if that is ok. I would like to knock out some rank advancement for the younger scouts as well!  So the meeting would be from 630-830.

We had an AMAZING campout at the Great Sand Dunes.  The Boy led methodology is really coming along. The planning was better, the food was awesome, and the activities were super fun! The patrols are really starting to work well together. However, there is always something we can improve on. I talked to the SPL and ASPL on the way home and they stated these improvements for the next campout:

  • Planning: Time constraints for planning each parts of the campout. We don’t need to spend 45 min planning a menu. Delegate more responsibility to the Patrol Leaders.  Plan rank advancement activities into the campout. There are SPL and Patrol leader planning checklist on the website in Scout Corner and those should be used.
  • Cooking: This part went really well. We need some cleaning supplies in the Patrol Boxes and we need to organize them better.
  • Hiking: Scouts should carry their own gear. Its important that scouts learn the lessons of packing properly…or improperly.  Troop great will be distributed among the scouts.

Here are some sustains:

  • Food planning was spot on. Meals were yummy and had variety.  Patrols worked well together on camping.
  • Patrols were better organized than in the past. This made all the leadership work better.
  • Scouts really put forth great physical effort and mental determination to get to the highest Sand Dune while having fun.  We learned that you can do anything you set your mind too!!

Here is the link to pics from the campout: https://photos.app.goo.gl/kSuWYcsxf2wxaIJK2

Also, I apologize for the late post on the awesome Freez-O-Ree Pics that Mr. Ray took but here is the link to those as well!!  https://photos.app.goo.gl/x6ZASGd1OLJbaop93

All photos can also be accessed on the top of the page under “Photos”

 

Order of the Arrow:  Order of the Arrow is the Honor society of Boy Scouts.  The Council Representative will be coming to the Troop on the 17th to hold a vote for those that can attend the ordeal. You must have 20 nights of camping with Boy Scouts to attend the ordeal but anyone can vote. We must have some paper complete on Tuesday for those that are eligible on Tuesday. All scouts can vote!  Here is some more information on the OA.  https://oa-bsa.org

 

Battlefield Colorado:  Our next game night will be on the 24th and it will be at Battlefield Colorado at 6pm.  If you liked the laser tag we did at the last game night then you will love this. This is laser tag on steroids.  They own almost a whole city block that we can use and they will give us numerous scenarios to do.  The cost is $24 per person. Adults can play. I will play!! It will be for about 90 minutes of super fun!!  Here is a link to their website http://battlefieldcolorado.com.  For those that want to go, please fill out the on line waiver with them prior to the 24th.  http://battlefieldcolorado.com/waiver/

Don’t worry about the 12 year old age limit. I talked to them and they said we are good. I’m hoping we can get 15 players.

Summer Camp: Please look at the link for Summer Camp 2018 at the top of the page. Scouts need to get a physical done and plan out what merit badges they want to do soon!  Please download the leaders guide there. It has all the instructions for both.  I will send another post soon just about summer camp but it will be here sooner than you think!

Sean

Folks,

Here is some updated information for the Sand Dunes Campout:

Weather: (Make sure you bring good rain gear) https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/SAND:13:US

  • Friday  59/37F with a 80% chance of rain
  • Saturday 66/44F Mostly Cloudy
  • Sunday 57/28F with a 70% chance of rain

Directions: 

  • See directions from Wilson United Methodist Church to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve ( https://maps.app.goo.gl/i/2ziCi ) in Google Maps. Roughly a 2hr 40min Drive

Attendance:  Right now we have 15 scouts and 6 Adults signed up on Sign Up Genius. Scouts are divided into two patrols.  Please make sure yourself and scout are signed up here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F054BACA929A4FC1-great

Timeline:

  • Friday, 6 April:
    • 5pm Meet at Church and depart as soon as we can.
  • Saturday 7 April:
    • Scouting activities
  • Sunday 8 April:
    • 9am Depart Great San Dunes
    • 12pm (noon)  Arrive at Church

Activities: 

  • Hikes on the Dunes
  • Navigation (Maybe Geocache to make it fun)
  • Rank Advancement and Merit Badge Completion
  • Knot Tying

Cost:

  • $12 per scout for food. Campsite is $160 for everyone.  Some of that cost may be divided up among the campers or the Troop might be able to cover some of that.

Food:

  • Scouts will prepare their own food.  Geren and Austin are buying the food and overseeing the cooking activities for their respective patrols. Note that scouts will bring their Friday dinner with them…a Subway Sandwich or something like that. Please see the previous post for a list of food items and menu http://www.bsatroop287.org/shopping-list-sand-dunes-camp/.
  • Adults will prepare their own food. We will have some dutch ovens and will likely share breakfast and dinner.  Lunch will be on our own.

Packing List: 

* Scouts please pack your own gear, Parents check. Pack like you are back packing to get used that that and tailor as necessary to adjust for car camping:

  • Class A Shirt
  • Backpack with Waterproof Bag (Could be a lawn/leaf garbage bag)
  • Sleeping Bag – 30 degrees (or have a bivy sack to put over it to make it warm to 30 Degrees)
  • Sleeping Pad (The foam ones are the best for cold weather or at least one with a high insulation factor)
  • Mess Kit with eating utensils
  • Two Liters of Water (One should be a Nalgene Bottle)
  • Ligher/Matches
  • Sunglasses
  • Clothes to match the weather and activities (Rain Gear, Down Jacket, Fleece, Base Layer, Insulation Layer)
  • Beanie Cap (Warm)
  • Warm Gloves
  • Wool Socks and one or two extra pairs
  • Head Lamp with spare batteries
  • Hand Sanitizer (For for starting fires too)
  • Tiinder (Dryer Lint works awesome)
  • Some money to get lunch/snack/warm drink on the way back
  • Toilet Paper
  • Chapstick/Sunscreen
  • A list of rank advancements you need to accomplish!!!
  • Toothbrush
  • Wetwipes
  • Positive Attitude
  • Permission slip 
  • Scout Hand Book!!! (For Rank Advancement Opportunities) 

Troop gear:

  • Tent
  • Water Purification Pump
  • Compasses
  • Food to be purchased
  • Troop Box with cooking supplies
  • Sled
  • Troop Flag
  • American Flag
  • Troop Box complete with stove (Fuel), cooking items, Cooking Canopy, Table
  • Firewood
  • Troop Telescoping Flag Pole with American Flag

Optional:

  • GPS
  • Sleds, Snowboards, Cardboard box for sliding down the sandhill. Sand will ruin your equipment so I don’t recommend good sleds or snowboards.
  • Camera
  • Book
  • Folding Chair
  • Ghost Stories 🙂

Friday night: Scouts bring their own dinner.

Saturday breakfast: Breakfast burritos- eggs, Mexican blend cheese, ham, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and bananas. (Buy one big onion, one green pepper, one red pepper, and two big tomatoes.)

Saturday lunch: Pb&J sandwiches on the dunes. White bread, nutella, and sandwich bags.

Saturday dinner: Patrol cook-off. The two patrols have chosen meal that they want to make for the cook-off. One person from each patrol is buying food for their patrol.

Sunday breakfast: Muffins. The buyer gets to choose.

 

Snacks: At least two boxes of granola bars and a big bag of trail mix.

Drinks: Tang and lemonade.

 

 

Evan R.

Troop Scribe

I hope everyone had a great Easter!

This Tuesday’s meeting will focus on the Planning for the Great Sand Dunes campout this weekend.  Scout DO NOT need to bring their personal gear to this meeting. This is a car camping trip and there is very low risk of gear issues.  SPL and ASPL will plan the campout using the Planning Sheet located int eh Scout Corner link at the top of the website.

Scouts will finalize meal plans, activities and packing lists at Tuesday’s meeting. The final cost will also be determined.

We will definitely hike the sand dunes and accomplish rank advancement activities.  This is also a great opportunity for Scout Master Conferences.

This campout is a family campout. Parents feel free to attend and well as bringing siblings and friends.  There is a family signup portion on the signup genius so we can determine the amount of people we need to plan for. Scouts will plan meals for the scouts.  Family members are responsible for their own meals and can coordinate together if you wish.

 

Here is the signup genius link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054baca929a4fc1-great

 

I wish everyone a happy, safe and well deserved Spings Break. No meeting this week!

 

Sean

Scouts,

To complete our Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge we have to tour a federal facility.  Mrs Carr set up a tour of the United States Post Office for us to meet that requirement.

We will tour of General Mail Facility located at 3655 E. Fountain Blvd. on Friday, March 30, 10 AM.

Please sign up here by Monday, March 26th to attend

The Point of Contact for this tour is  Julie Carr at 303-882-7326 or rjdcarr@aol.com

Please sign up at the following link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F054BACA929A4FC1-post

 

On the Tuesday of March 13, we planned the meals for the Freeze – O – Ree, went over how to pack for a camp out, and looked over the troop gear to make sure we had everything we needed for the camp out.

Evan R

Troop Scribe

 

Folks,

I apologize for the late notice, but our game night this week will be on Wednesday at “The Summit” at 7pm. The scouts decided on Laser tag at last weeks meeting. It’s Wednesday because they have Half off the price.  Normally it’s $6.49 a game and a game lasts about 15 min but on Wednesday it’s $3.30 a game. Scouts can play as many or as little as they want.  I will be there from 7-830pm.

Please arrive a couple minutes before 7 and we can get everyone in!

The Summit at Interquest is located at 1180 Interquest Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO.  Please wear the green class B shirts if you have one and if not just wear whatever is more comfortable for playing Laser Tag. No class A uniforms 🙂

Because our meeting will be Wednesday there will NOT be a meeting on Tuesday.  No sign up genius for this one.  Just arrive and have fun!!

 

Thanks

Sean

Folks,

We have one adult leader that cannot go to the Free-o-ree so we have a paid position open if someone else would like to fill it. We still have two adults going so the campout is a go, but just wanted to pass on the opportunity.

Please call or text me directly if this sounds good to you.  719-648-6798

 

Thanks

Sean

Freez-O-Ree Update

Sean Warner —  March 14, 2018 — Leave a comment

Scouts,

We are going to meet this Friday at the Church at 5pm for the Free-O-Ree

Please wear your class A shirts and come fully packed. Scouts make sure you bring a meal for Friday night dinner such as a Subway sandwich or similar.

Friday the 16th:

5pm: Meet at Church

530pm: Depart Church for USAFA

Saturday the 17th:

Freez-O-Ree Activities

Sunday the 18th:

9am: Depart AFA

930am: Arrive at Church for Parent Pickup

 

*Below is the link to the Free-O-Ree Information Packet. Please look it over with your scout. It has an updated Packing List on there as well.

scoutmaster_packet_2018_freezoree_final

Please remember to bring a permission slip if you haven’t turned one in already.

 

Sean

 

Scouts,

Next Tuesday’s meeting will focus on Preparations for the Freez-O-Ree. This is a great campout for all ages to include the new scouts.  I will register the troop on Monday night so please sign up on Sign Up Genius as soon as possible: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054baca929a4fc1-freezoree1

During the meeting, we will come up with a meal plan, prep-troop gear, tweak the sled (already Made), and do an inventory of our personal gear.

*ALL scouts going on the campout please bring your gear with everyone you have on the packing list just as if you would for the campout. We are going to talk a little how to pack properly for a campout.  Here is the packing list:

  • Class A Shirt
  • Backpack (or Duffle Bag) with Waterproof Bag (Could be a lawn/leaf garbage bag)
  • Sleeping Bag – 30 degrees (or have a bivy sack to put over it to make it warm to 30 Degrees)
  • Sleeping Pad (The foam ones are the best for cold weather or at least one with a high insulation factor)
  • Mess Kit with eating utensils
  • Two Liters of Water (One should be a Nalgene Bottle)
  • Ligher/Matches
  • Sunglasses
  • Clothes to match the weather (Down Jacket, Fleece, Base Layer, Insulation Layer)
  • Beanie Cap (Warm)
  • Warm Gloves
  • Wool Socks and one or two extra pairs
  • Head Lamp
  • Head Lamp with spare batteries
  • Gators (Good Idea to have these. Some Snow Pants have these built in)
  • Hand Sanitizer (For for starting fires too)
  • Tiinder (Dryer Lint works awesome)
  • Some money to get lunch/snack/warm drink on the way back
  • Toilet Paper
  • Chapstick or equivalent
  • A list of rank advancements you need to accomplish!!!
  • Toothbrush
  • Wetwipes
  • Positive Attitude
  • Permission slip 

Troop gear:

  • Tent
  • Water Purification Pump
  • Compasses
  • Food to be purchased
  • Troop Box with cooking supplies
  • Sled
  • Troop Flag
  • American Flag

Good afternoon everyone!

Three comments on the Citizenship in the Nation Eagle required merit badge for the scouts.

1) Requirement 2 has the scouts doing 2 of 4 items (a – d). Item c. requires the scout to tour a federal facility and explain what they saw and learned. Mrs. Julie Carr (Jacob’s mom) has scheduled a tour of the General Mail Facility here in the Springs. Please contact her at 303-882-7326 or rjdcarr@aol.com if your scout is interested in attending. She will need to know by March 26th in order to get your scout on the list.

2) The scouts went home with homework for four requirements. Please remind your scout about finishing the homework.

3) We are going to set some time aside at the troop meeting on April 3rd to review the last discussion requirement (#7) and I would also like to have the scouts bring their homework for my review. If a scout has all four of the homework requirements for that night and participates in the discussion, they would finish the merit badge that night!!

Thank you,
Danny R.

Scout Sunday

Tom Sharp —  March 10, 2018 — Leave a comment

Reminder for Svout Sunday tomorrow at 10:00 AM. Set clocks up 1 hour tonight
Tom Sharp