Folks,

Attached are the routes for tomorrow and the Driver/Navigator/Scout Teams. ¬†Please take a moment to look at the routes before tomorrow…sorry for the late email send tonight ūüôā

MemDayAssign  РTeams

Troop #287 Memorial Day A  РRoutes

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/4/embed?mid=10m0GV4Em7r3f3QEh_i1-nXw87qQ&ll=38.89769193693255%2C-104.8680708148193&z=12

Also, we need one more scout and driver for the flag pick up in the afternoon.  Please sign up at sign up genius!! Here is the link:

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

See you tomorrow bright and early!!

Sean

 

 

 

Folks,

Please come to the Church and celebrate our own Scott Jirous’s accomplishment of earning the rank of Eagle Scout. ¬†Scout has been with the troop for many years. ¬†He¬†embodies all the the positive traits of scouting….good citizenship, athleticism, academics and community service.

We need some scouts to participate in the ceremony as well….there will be cake ūüôā

Thanks,

Sean

 

Folks,

Since we have not done Flags for a while we are having a meeting for all the parents at 715pm at the barn behind the church tonight to orient you to the program. Attending this will help you understand the program and make execution of it easier.

Please Please Please all parents attend. This program is essential for the financial well being of the troop. The money raised in this program pays for all the awards, it paid for all your scouts membership this year, and it offsets many of the costs for our troop activities.

There are still many slots available on Memorial day flags. Please sign you scout up so he can make some money and support the program. Please sign up for Driver and Navigator to support the program.

After memorial day flags we will not have a parent Flag representative any longer. We desperately need someone to volunteer for this position. Unfortunately our current volunteers are very occupied with their current position.  Loosing this Flag programs would significantly hurt our troop and cost all of us a lot more money. Please consider volunteering for this position.

Thank you

 

Game Night!

Sean Warner —  May 22, 2017 — Leave a comment

Folks,

We had a great campout in Terryall this past weekend!  We did a great 6 mile hike through the mountains and completed a ton of rank advancement requirements.  The pictures are posted to the Troop Web Site under the photos link at the top.

This week’s meeting will be game night. We are going to play kickball at¬†Pinon Valley Park located at 5585 Mule Deer Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80919, USA

Wear class B’s or athletic clothes, shoes good for kickball and an athletic bottle. ¬†See you there at 7.

 

Sean

Folks,

We are all signed up for Merit Badges and some of you have already sent me physicals by email.  I would ask that you also please bring in a COPY of the physical to a meeting.

In addition to a physical, you must fill out this Colorado Addendum form. Here the URL incase the link doesn’t work:¬†http://www.bsacoloradoadventure.org/document/colorado-health-form-addendum/120741

This is basically the same as the shot record portion of the scout physical and all you need to do is transpose the shot history to this form. Parents sign this and it does not need to be filled out by a physician/medical provider so its really easy.

Also, I noticed that I am the only adult signed up for summer camp. ¬†We need to have at least two adults there at all times. ¬†Also, I can do summer camp from Sun-Thur and need someone to fill in the last two days on Fri-Sat because I have two triathlons I’m doing that weekend. We don’t need the same adults there the whole summer camp….but we need two Adults there the entire time. ¬†This is a great opportunity to see your scout having fun for a couple of days or more. Please sign up up for at least a few days. ¬†Without two adults….we cannot go to summer camp and I know we will not let that happen!

There is no cost for Adults for summer camp as long as we only have two there at any one time. Adults also need to have their physical done.

Please call with any questions.

 

I’m excited about this weekend’s campout. We might be sleeping in the snow! Make sure all the scouts coming dress in layers and BE PREPARED for cold/wet weather…. waterproof jacket, gloves, hat, shoes, a proper sleeping bag (Rated to 30 degrees).

See you tonight at the Church at 530.

Please wear Class A’s during travel.

Bring a meal for dinner tonight….like a Subway sandwich or something.

 

Terryall Camp Out

Sean Warner —  May 16, 2017 — Leave a comment

 

Troop 287! Please sign up for the Terryall Campout. We are buying the food on Tuesday. The scouts planned out the campout tonight and its going to be a blast ūüôā

Be prepared for the weather…we might have some snow with weekend!!

Here is the link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054baca929a4fc1-terryall

 

So so everyone knows “The Plan”….here are some updates:

  1. This week’s meeting will not be a COH. Our next COH will be in August. This meeting will be focused on planning this weekend’s campout to Terryall.
  2. Scott Jirous earned his Eagle Scout! His Eagle COH will be Sunday, May 28 at 1:00 PM at United Wilson Methodist Church. This is such a significant event that there will be a separate post about this soon. We are so proud of Scott Jirous.
  3. Memorial Day Flags is coming up on May 29th. Please sign up on Sign Up Genius at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F054BACA929A4FC1-memorialTime for the scouts to make some money to support their scouting activities!  We have about 250 American Flags to put out in the moring and retrieve at night. This is such a great way to offset costs an honor such an important holiday.

    We will have 5 routes, 2 scouts for each route, 1 adult driver and 1 adult Navigator for each route. We will attempt to pair experienced people with un-experienced people. Please, we need each route filled completely. This is how we can afford to pay for awards and offset activity costs.

    Those who volunteer to drive need to have a car that you can put about 55 flags in the back of…preferably a pick up, SUV, mini-van, etc. We do have one trailer that someone can tow.

    We will have a Flag orientation meeting on May 23rd. We would like all Parents to attend this meeting. Its very important!! …or at least one parent from each scout ūüôā

Hi Folks!

Time for us to get back out side!!!

Get Ready for the next campout! We were going to go to Farish, but there are no sites available so we are going to Spruce Grove Campground in Terryall. ¬†This is a car camping Trip, but there are some great hikes and other activities. I camped at this one a few times and its awesome. If you are from Pack 6 and are going to Farish then please do not sign up for this one too. ¬†We’ll miss ya but you will have a blast at the Pack 6 Final Camp out!

We will retire some American Flags on this Campout.

This campout will be from May 19th РMay 21st.  We will meet at the church at 530pm on Friday and try to be back at the Church before 11am on Sunday.

Here is the link to the camp site to check it out: https://rootsrated.com/colorado-springs-co/backpacking-camping/spruce-grove-campground

The cost of this trip will be $15 per scout.

We need at least two adults to sign up for this trip, it would be better if we had three. I am training for an Ironman so I would like two adults so I can go for an early morning run and ride (I know….I’m selfish but hey….its an Ironman)

Please follow this link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054baca929a4fc1-terryall

We will need two scouts to sign up to purchase and cook food to earn their First Class Cooking Requirements. There is a spot on Sign Up Genius for that.

Also, I know this is last minute I would like all scouts to pay and turn in their permission slips at tomorrow’s meeting. The permission slip is on the right side of the page under “Downloads” or you can get it at this link:¬†http://www.bsatroop287.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/BSA_ParentPermissionForm.pdf

Here is a packing list. You do not have to bring these items tomorrow’s meeting:

THE SCOUT OUTDOOR ESSENTIALS

They‚Äôre called ‚Äúessentials‚ÄĚ for a reason. Every packing list starts with these 10 items.

1. A pocketknife or multitool

2. A first-aid kit. Make Sure its small for backpacking

3. One extra shirt, extra pair of underwear and two extra pairs of socks

4. A jacket that is warm and can also act as rain gear ( a poncho works for rain too)

5. A flashlight, but preferably a headlamp  Bring extra batteries, too.

6. Trail snacks is good for maintaining your energy. Bring more than you think you’ll need in case you get stuck (or lost) in the woods.

7. 2 Liters of Water in 1 Liter size Nalgene bottles. Camelbak

8. Matches and/or a fire starter ( lighter)

9. Sun protection might include sunblock, sunglasses, lip balm and a wide-brimmed hat.

10. Broken in Boots

11. Sleeping Pad

12. Sleeping Bag rated to at least 20 degrees (Sometimes a 30 degree will work)

13. Back pack that fits properly

14. Bring a small Day Pack for hikes

KEEPING CLEAN

Here are some hygiene items you may want to pack, depending on the outing:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Soap
  • Comb
  • Waterless hand cleaner
  • Washcloth
  • Toilet paper
  • Trowel for digging cathole latrines

COOKING AND EATING

Here are some cooking and eating items you may want to pack, depending on the outing:

  • Canteen Cup or some type of portable mess kit
  • Spoon
  • Cup or insulated mug
  • Water treatment system
  • Backpacking stove with fuel

EXTRAS

Here are some extras you may want to pack, depending on the outing:

  • Watch
  • Camera
  • Notebook
  • Pen or pencil
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves
  • Nylon cord
  • Insect repellent
  • Repair kit
  • Hiking stick or trekking poles
  • Binoculars

 

 

Boy Scout Troop 287

 

Meeting:                      Troop 287 Committee Meeting

Date & Time: ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†May 9, 2017, 7:30 PM ‚Äď 8:30 PM

Location:                     Wilson United Methodist Church

In attendance:              S. Johnston, S. Chermack, S.Diggs, D. Reeves, P. Reeves, S. Warner, J. Weston. S. Cucaro, M. Cucaro, T. Sharp,                                       J. Brinkman, L.Durrenberger, M.Pharris, J. Brinkman

Sandy Johnston ‚Äď Committee Chair

 

Opened Meeting  

  • Discussion regarding need of Flag coordinator; still need volunteer and Flags coming up May 29, 2017
  • Discussion regarding scout payments for participating in flags, by route or by scout
  • Flag Parent Meeting Tuesday May 23, 2017
  • Discussion regarding Sandy Johnston stepping down from Committee Chair late 2017, please inquire if interested in position.
  • Discussion of camp out payments due dates
  • Discussion of guidelines and notification of cancellation of Troop events , Responsibility for parents to notify scoutmasters . Responsibility of parents to make payments for outing if appropriate notice not given. (There are preparations and food expenses to take into consideration)

 

Motions: 

To approve flag payments by scout

To approve camp out payments due Tuesday before camp out at Troop meetings

 

Sean Warner РScoutmaster 

  • Discussion regarding need for Outdoor Coordinator ; position filled within meeting
  • Discussion of to move May Court of to August 2017.
  • Camp out on schedule for May 19, 2017, change from Farish to Tarryall Campgrounds

 

Motions: 

To approve next Court of Honor for August 15, 2017.

 

Danny Reeves ‚Äď Committee Treasurer:

 

  • Gave the current status of the Troop‚Äôs total operating account

Tom Sharp- Chartered Org. Rep Committee Member

 

  • Discussion Eagle Board of Reviews; please take serious consideration to participate at the next opportunity. This is good experience to see what your son can prepare for.
  • Soap Box Derby interest discussed, 4 to 5 scouts expressed interest

Folks,

The Committee meeting will be tonight at the Church at 730pm. However, due to a safety issue that needs resolving the scout meeting is cancelled. Please contact me if your scout needs a scoutmaster conference or merit badge completion.

Tonights Committee meeting is very important and I recommend as many committee members and parents attend as possible.

I apologize for the last minute notice and I posted this from my tiny phone so please forgive errors.

Thank you

Sean

Troop,

This week we are going to prep for our next Campout which has changed from Farish to Spruce Grove in Terryall.  We will plan out meals and activities. We will also start the fishing merit badge.

My own Eagle Scout Michael Warner will be there to run the over some Second Class Skills in the first 15 minutes.

At 730pm, the troop will also have a committee meeting. All parents are invited. We are in dire need of an Outdoor Activity Planner (the person who reserves campsites and stuff), and a fund raise representative (the person that helps organize flags, camp cards and Popcorn).

Thank you

Sean

Scouts,

 

Just a reminder that our Community Service Project at the WW2 Aviation Museum is Saturday the 6th at 10am until 2pm. 

They installed a flag pole and need help with the landscaping around it. This is a great opportunity for the scouts that needed that additional 4 hours for thier Citizenship in the Community Merit badge or any scouts that need some hours for Rank Advancement.  I hope to have at least 10 scouts there!!

Here’s the Website http://www.worldwariiaviation.org

Its located at 755 Aviation Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80916

Please bring a bottle of water, dress for the weather to include applying sunscreen, wear work gloves (We will be handling shovels and wheel barrels), and you can bring a small snack.  dress with be Class B T shirt with work clothes.

Please sign up on signup genius located at this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054baca929a4fc1-community

Feel Free to contact me with any questions.

Scouts,

Tomorrows meeting will be 15 min of Scout Skills, Rank Advancement, Merit Bade Completion and Summer Camp Merit Badge Sign up.

I need as many ASMs as possible tomorrow! We have at least one Scout Master Conference that I know of and maybe more.  Scouts will need achievements and merit badge accomplishments signed off.

If you are going to summer camp then please come to this meeting!

 

SUMMER CAMPERS: Please look at the summer camp link on the top of the page. Scouts need to complete the Scout Physical and the primary care provider  needs to sign off on Section C.  If your scout does not have this then he will not go to summer camp.

Please also look at the merit badge options so your scout can be prepared to sign up for them tomorrow night.
Thanks,

Sean

Soap Box Derby

Tom Sharp —  April 27, 2017 — Leave a comment

Troop has 3 cars to check out and use
Inspection and race day is 6-10;6-11
Practice 6-3
Information at Tuesday meeting
Registration due next week;35$ to race

Troop 287,

This project has moved again to May 6th from 10am-2pm due to the weather.

They installed a flag pole and need help with the landscaping around it. This is a great opportunity for the scouts that needed that additional 4 hours for thier Citizenship in the Community Merit badge or any scouts that need some hours for Rank Advancement.  I hope to have at least 10 scouts there!!

Here’s the Website¬†http://www.worldwariiaviation.org

Its located at 755 Aviation Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80916

Please bring a bottle of water, dress for the weather to include applying sunscreen, wear work gloves if you have them, and you can bring a small snack.  dress with be Class B T shirt with work clothes.

Please sign up on signup genius located at this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054baca929a4fc1-community

Feel Free to contact me with any questions.

 

Sean

Troop 287,

This project has moved again to May 6th from 10am-2pm due to the weather.

They installed a flag pole and need help with the landscaping around it. This is a great opportunity for the scouts that needed that additional 4 hours for thier Citizenship in the Community Merit badge or any scouts that need some hours for Rank Advancement.  I hope to have at least 10 scouts there!!

Here’s the Website¬†http://www.worldwariiaviation.org

Its located at 755 Aviation Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80916

Please bring a bottle of water, dress for the weather to include applying sunscreen, wear work gloves if you have them, and you can bring a small snack.  dress with be Class B T shirt with work clothes.

Please sign up on signup genius located at this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054baca929a4fc1-community

Feel Free to contact me with any questions.

Summer Camp Stuff!!

Sean Warner —  April 25, 2017 — Leave a comment

Summer Camp Stuff!!!

This information is permanently linked at the top of the page under Summer Camp 2017

Make sure you have Scout Physical’s completed. Download, print and bring this exact form to your doctor. No other physical form will be accepted. Parts A, B and C must be completed. Scout’s that do not have this filled out and signed by their medical provider will not go to summer camp. Download your physical form here: http://www.scouting.org/ lestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_ABC.pdf¬†

The next most important priority is to schedule and get your scout physicals completed using the BSA Physical Form. YOU MUST USE ONLY THIS FORM to go to summer camp.  Any other form will not work. Your medical provider MUST SIGN PART C of this form. The Parent will fill out Part A and B. I would like to collect all Physicals by June 13th.

I cannot stress how important the merit badge selection part is.  Please submit what merit badges you would like to do by the Tuesday May 2nd!!! Merit Badge Section:  Read and select what Merit Badges you would like as soon as you can. The Merit Badge Information starts on Page 20 and the Schedule is on Page 9. Look at the pre-requisites.  Find the merit badges in the 2017 Chris Dobbins Program Guide Here: http://www.denverboyscouts.org/document/2016-cris-dobbins-program-guide/160308

The next thing you can start preparing to do it getting your packing list together and items you may need for your merit badges and activities:
Suggested Personal Packing List
This list is only what we suggest you pack for camp. Which program you and your Scouts are participating in, or personal preference, may require you to pack differently. When packing, think of what you need everyday, and always remember: Be Prepared.
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Small mattress, cot or pad (mattresses are not provided)
  • Small pillow (optional)
  • Sleep clothing
  • Good walking shoes or hiking boots (please break in before summer camp)
  • Sneakers ( for backup and games)
  • 3-8 pair socks – Preferably wool, easier to dry and keep feet warm when wet.
  • 3-8 changes of underwear
  • 2 pair of shorts – nylon works very well
  • 2-3 T-shirts
  • 1 hat (broad-brim is best)
  • Scout Uniform
  • Belt
  • Swimsuit
  • Long sleeve shirt(s)
  • Long pants
  • Fleece or sweater – Avoid cotton sweatshirts, as they are useless when wet.
  • Outer jacket
  • Rain gear – Needs to cover the whole body. Poncho alone is inadequate. Rain jacket/pantsare best.
  • Long underwear – optional for those who get cold easily
  • Stocking cap or beanie – optional
  • Daypack – big enough to carry rain gear, water bottle, class materials
  • Tarp (required for any outpost programs)
  • Water bottle – 1 quart
  • Toilet kit – toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, shampoo, soap, washcloth, lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal first aid kit – see Handbook
  • Towel(s)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Alarm Clock and/or wristwatch
  • Notebook and pencils/pens
  • Merit badge books, Scout Handbook
  • Work done at home for merit badges, and/or things needed for Merit Badges
  • Medical Form (completely filled out and signed before camp)
  • Medications in original container
  • Eyeglasses and/or sunglasses
  • Small camera-optional
  • Swim goggles-optional
  • Pocketknife – small – optional, must have whittlin or totin chip.
  • Compass – optional
  • Whistle- optional by troop
  • Spending money, money for class/fees, in a wallet with your name

Ten Essentials of Scouting

  • Rain Gear (should provide adaquet coverage)
  • Waterbottle
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Sun Protection
  • Flashlight
  • Trail Food
  • Extra Clothing
  • Map and Compass
  • Pocketknife (need totin chip)
  • Matches and Fire Starter (for emerganciesonly, no open fires allowed at PV)

What Not To Pack

  • We want every participant who comes to Peaceful Valley to Be Prepared, but there are plenty of items that you should not bring to camp. There are also many items that are prohibited at camp, doing so will result in confiscation or even the participant being asked to leave ranch.

    We suggest you do not bring the following items:

    • Gaming consoles of any kind
    • Laptops or Tablets
    • Excessive amounts of money
    • Expensive electronics
    • Irreplaceable items (books, jewelry, grandfather’s pocket knife, etc.)
Please Reference the Adult Leader’s Guide for detailed information on medications or special needs if your scout may require those:¬†http://www.denverboyscouts.org/document/2016-peaceful-valley-scout-ranch-adult-leaders-guide/157926

MEDICATIONS

Under Colorado State Law, any Scouts bringing medication to camp, including herbal supplements and vitamins must adhere to the following procedures. All medication and herbal supplements must be checked in upon arrival to camp and will be made available by the Camp’s medical sta through-out the week. This includes all over-the-counter medications. i.e. aspirin, Tylenol, etc. We ask however that you do not send these medications to camp as we have them available at the Health Lodge. Any adult bringing

medication must secure and lock their medication in their campsite.

All prescription medication must come to camp in the original bottle from the pharmacy. The label must

contain:
a. The camper’s name
b. Date of prescription
c. Doctor’s name and phone number d. Correct Dosage

‚ÄúThe State of Colorado requires both the parent and doctor signature in order for Camp Alexander to distribute medications. If the signature lines are not signed, Camp Alexander is not allowed to administer any prescription or non-prescription medication.‚ÄĚ

Daily pill containers are not permitted under Colorado Law.

Please do not cover-up information and instructions on the medication. A letter or prescription from a licensed medical practitioner (MD, DO, PA-C or RNP) must accompany the vitamins or herbal remedies with the name of the camper, the type of vitamins or herbal remedies, the dosage and the times of dispensing. If these requirements are not met, the vitamins or herbal remedies will not be made available. They will be placed in a locked container in the Health Lodge and returned to the troop leader at the end of the week.

No adult leader or parent will be allowed to dispense any medication, vitamins or herbal remedies to any camper without the approval of the Camp Health O cer. (CO Dept. of Human Services) The ONLY medications that will be allowed to remain with the camper, by law, are rescue inhalers, epi-pens or ana-kits for allergic reactions. The type of rescue inhalers will be determined by the camp medical sta . Medications and herbal supplements in pill boxes and non-original containers are considered contaminated and will be disposed of. Please send only enough medication for the week.

It is the responsibility of the adult leaders to ensure that Scouts are taking their medication during the week. Unit leaders must accompany their campers to the Health Lodge for their medications. Please try and bring all your Scouts taking medication at the same time. Additionally, it is the responsibility of the adult leaders, at departure from camp, to collect any medications or herbal supplements from the Health Lodge.

In order for speedy check-in please have each Scouts parent complete the Medication Log Form. This form is used to log the medication administered to each person. If no medications are administered then no log is needed.

Any camper, upon check-in, requiring treatment for a pre-existing condition (i.e., wound care) should bring a note from a doctor or parent, along with the sterile supplies necessary to perform the care, and instructions stating what on-going treatment needs to be done. We are happy to assist so that treatment can take place in a clean environment. Our medical sta is not permitted by law to administer injections.

 

Just a reminder that this week’s meeting is at City Rock for some climbing action. The scouts that did not finish the rappelling from the last time will get their chance to do it this time. ¬†The rest of the scouts can just climb for fun!!

I’m not 100% sure of the exact cost at this point….the normal one day cost is $17 but we might get it cheaper for being scouts.

City Rock is located at:

21 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
See you tomorrow!
Sean

Soup Kitchen

Tom Sharp —  April 22, 2017 — Leave a comment

Reminder for Soup Kitchen tomorrow evening
5:45 pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Class A uniform
Tom Sharp