Folks,

First, I’m sorry to say that due to the canoe rental requirements I had to make the call to postpone the canoe trip today so we do not loose the deposit on the Canoes if we can’t go tomorrow because we don’t have two adults.  It summer and a lot of people have plans and I know that two adults are not always available.  I also understand that my posts are only a week out or sometimes a little less but please refer to the calendar on the website to see all the future campouts. However, to remedy this for future campouts I’m going to have a leaders meeting and I hope we can hash out  adult participation at campouts in advance.  Since we are going to Climb Pikes Peak next month, I move the canoe outing in Pueblo to September….which might be nicer anyway because it won’t be so hot. I am looking at Sep 15 weekend for the canoe trip

 

Tuesday’s meeting Agenda:

  • We will have the committee meeting starting at 7pm. All committee members and all parents are always encouraged to attend.
  • This is our last meeting before the 8 August Court of Honor.  All scouts that need Scout Master Conferences and Board of Reviews please attend. This means we need max ASM and Committee member participation at this meeting.
  • I have a lot of Merit Badges to submit for summer camp. If you have completed any please turn them in at this meeting. Those that did their final cooking on the camp stove will receive their cooking merit badge.
  • We also need to do elections for new leadership positions so it will be a busy night!  Here is the guidance: SPL and ASPL – First Class Rank or higher, Patrol Leaders – Second Class Rank or higher,  Bugler, Chaplain’s aide, Quartermaster, etc. Tenderfoot or higher.  Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis.
  • The Court of Honor will be on Aug 8th at 6pm!  Lets get as many scouts as possible to the SMC to get promoted!

Thanks

Sean

 

 

Hello,

I still have this weekend’s campout planned as a go. Right now there are 4 scouts signed up and I am the only adult leader.  There has to be at least two adult leader’s to go. Please sign up today if you can go.

Also, I was made aware that the rattlesnake risk at Pueblo Reservoir might be higher than normal.  I don’t say this to scare anyone off but its important to know.   I’ve left messages with the camp rangers trying to get an update on the situation.  I am still willing to go and feel its safe as long as we know they are out there and what areas to avoid.

I also want to make sure everyone knows about calendar at the top of the website.  All these campouts have been planned throughout the year up through Aug 2017 and are posted there.  I will send posts as updates but please use that calendar as a tool to see and plan for upcoming events.  Occasionally we might make a change but the dates and activity normally stay the same.

Thanks

Sean

 

Hi Troop,

Here is the link to sign up for Labor Day Flags!  For both the morning and afternoon, we are looking for 5 Drivers, 5 Navigators, and 10 Scouts.  If we can get these numbers then we can keep 5 routes which makes it a lot easier for everyone.

Remember this program keeps the troops and scouts funded and we could really use everyones help!!

Here is the link on Sign-Up Genius:

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

 

Thanks
Sean

Canoeing Campout

Sean Warner —  July 24, 2017 — Leave a comment

 

Hi folks,

This weeks campout will be canoeing at Pueblo Reservoir!

Its a short drive from Colorado Springs and its easy car camping.  Right now I have two sites reserved that can hold 12 campers.  I can another site if more sign up.  The cost per scout will be $25 per scout.  This fee covers the cost of food, campsites, sunscreen, bug spray and cooking stuff for the scouts. The $160 rental fee for canoes are being paid for by the troop which was earned through FLAG MONEY!!  This is another reason why flags are so important! The next flag sign up will be coming out soon so please support the program.

Please sign up on Sign Up Genius at the below link:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F054BACA929A4FC1-canoeing

For this Tuesday’s meeting we will decide meal plans and who is buying and preparing food.  We will also prepare our troop gear.

If you took home a tent to dry out from the Terryall Campout then please bring it back as we will need it!!

Here is a good link to a basic packing list: http://boyslife.org/outdoors/outdoorarticles/6976/scout-outdoor-essentials-checklist/ 

Please make sure you have a bathing suit or two and towel. We will be in the water a lot and sunburn is a risk so hats and swim shirts are a good idea. Shoes that you can get wet in will help protect your feet.  You can also bring goggles or a swim mask/fins if you’d like because I’m sure we will get some play time in the water too 🙂

I would also like to use this opportunity to conduct Scout Master Conferences during the campout to get some scouts promoted!

 

Thanks

Sean

 

 

 

 

Folks,

I hope everyone had a great Independence Day!!  Thank you for all of you that helped with flags.  The neighborhood does really appreciate your service!!

This Tuesday we are going to have a committee meeting and a parent meeting to discuss the way forward as well as upcoming trips.

Scouts bring in your handbooks and dress in Class A’s so we can catch up on signing achievements and have a Uniform inspection.

Thanks

Sean

 

 

Just a reminder to those signed up to do flags tomorrow for 4th of July – arrival times for the routes are as follows….

AM route – arrival @ 5:30 am to load flags & start by 6:00 am

PM route – arrival @ 5:00pm and start as soon as all your crew has arrived

Please remember not to lock the barn after the morning routes so that those starting in the evening can get in to get the buckets and no one has to wait for me to get there.

Thank you for all you do! See you bright & early!

Sandy

 

We are good to go for Flags! As of Sunday evening, we have enough Scouts and family members for 4 routes in the morning and the evening! It takes awhile to recreate the routes and I do not want to wait until the last minute to get the info out. Therefore, I am asking that no one else sign up for this holiday. Don’t worry, we have two more holidays later in the year that we will still need help with if you haven’t had a chance to do flags! Thank you to all who signed up! Below is the info for this holiday; list of addresses, assignments, and a link to the map (that I hope will work).

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to reach out to me via email, phone call or txt! See you all on the 4th!

Sandy

719-494-9922 cell

sandycjohnston@hotmail.com

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1LuWbx-H8uxKoNVsIhbfwlBLUiL4&usp=sharing

TRP287July4th

TRP287July4th 070417FlagAssign

Folks,

We only have two drivers for 4th of July flags in the morning and in the afternoon. We need 5 in the morning and at night. Two makes it very hard to accomplish this task.

Again, this is how the troop pays for all the awards and merit badges and there is a lot that will be awarded after summer camp.  Everyone one benefits from this programs so its really important that everyone helps out. Last time we only had three drivers in the morning. We also need navigators for everyone. This is a great time to have coffee with your spouse or another scout parent for bonding 🙂

Please sign up. Only a few of us did all the routes last time and its a little exhausting. Working as a team enables us to do all the routes efficiently and not take up the entire day.

Also, Please no one else sign their scout up unless we get more drivers. We just don’t have the seat belts with two cars and will be forced to ask scouts to drop out.

The link to sign up is below.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054baca929a4fc1-4thofjuly

Thanks

Sean

Folks,

We only have two drivers for 4th of July flags in the morning and in the afternoon. We need 5 in the morning and at night. Two makes it very hard to accomplish this task.

Again, this is how the troop pays for all the awards and merit badges. There is a lot that will be awarded after summer camp.  Everyone one benefits from this programs so its really important that everyone helps out. Last time we only had three drivers in the morning. We also need navigators.

Please sign up. Only a few of us did all the routes last time and its a little exhausting. Working as a team enables us to do all the routes efficiently and not take up the entire day.

Also, Please no one else sign their scout up unless we get more drivers. We just don’t have the seat belts with two cars and will be forced to ask scouts to drop out.

The link to sign up is below.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054baca929a4fc1-4thofjuly

Thanks

Sean

Hi Troop,

 

Since we just got back from Summer camp and many of the scouts are pretty tired still we are going to have a Scout Master only to discuss the way forward for our Troop, address issues and Plan.

The Meeting will be at 7pm at Mrs. Johnston’s house located at 7455 Winding Oaks Dr, 80919.

I encourage all ASMs to attend.

I will also fill out all the Blue Cards our from Summer Camp. Many scouts should be really close to their next Rank.  The rest of the summer should focus on completed these few remaining requirements before the next COH in August….along with some fun camping 🙂

Thank You,

Sean

Summer Camp

Sean Warner —  June 21, 2017 — Leave a comment

Folks,

We made it to the middle of the week and I just wanted to send a little update letting you know that all the scouts are still alive and well….at least for now 🙂  Some are a little scratched and bruised but they’re boys! It’s been really hot during the days but the nights have been awesome for sleeping.  These boys are going non-stop! I’m willing to bet they will be exhausted when they come home.

The first year scouts are doing well.  They have been enjoying their rank advancement activities and are on their overnighter tonight.  It’s super cool getting to know them and I love their positive attitude towards everything. We did a 5k run on camp and Riley, Mark and Jacob were the only scouts that would run it with me!….it was at 515am though 🙂

Anders, Ignacio, Even and Cody are loving the Canoeing Merit badge because they get to hang out in the pond all afternoon. Rhett, Avery and Preston and sharpening their aim on the rifle range every day. Daniel, Ignacio and Jack are getting their science on between their Nuclear Science and Space Exploration Merit Badges (be nice to these two because we might be working for them some day or they might save the planet!) Lance and Devyn focused on Eagle Merit Badges and Movie Making.

The Cadre are super cool here and have been scouting using a Knights of the Round Table Theme and they have been a lot of fun! The camp guide assigned to us comes to our camp every day and plays with the scouts.

The food is really good here too….I’m getting kinda fat! ….oh, and remember when I said the scouts would spend most of their money on candy and soda?….ummm, yep…it happened 🙂

So the internet is really slow and intermittent here. I can send a text or check an email but I am not really able to send photos. However I am taking them and will post them all at the end of the trip.

 

Sean

 

Summer Camp!

Sean Warner —  June 17, 2017 — Leave a comment

Folks,

We are all set for summer camp! Just a reminder to be at the church on Sunday at NOON.  We must check out of Camp on Saturday the 24th at 10am and need volunteers to help drive the scouts back to the Church. Most likely we will be back at the church by 10 and would need drivers to come to camp around 830am.

I have all the paperwork. If I found something missing then I should have contacted you directly. Thank you to all the parents that worked hard to get all those physicals and paperwork done.

If you can drive to camp then please come to the church

Here are some reminders:

Scouts are to travel in Class A’s

Peaceful Valley Headquarters Number: 303.648.3023 (In case of emergencies)

Here is the address if you want to send your scout a letter:

Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch
Name of camp attending
Name of participant, Troop Number PO Box 97
Elbert, Colorado 80106-0097

Visitation: Visitors are welcome at any time during the week, but if possible, should make prior arrangements with the unit’s Camp Scoutmaster or Cubmaster. All visitors must check in and out at the specific camp office they are visiting when arriving and leaving camp, and must follow all camp policies. Vehicles must be parked in the parking lot, and not at campsites. There are no facilities or camping areas available for visitors or family members to stay overnight, and program facilities are not available for use by visitors when camp is in session.

Meal fees for visitors staying under 24 hours are $6 for breakfast, $7 for lunch and $8 for dinner ($8.50 for Friday Family Night at the Boy Scout camps), and tickets can be obtain upon check-in. If you plan on staying for any meals, with the exception of family night, please email the Ranch Director, Megan Houghton, at megan.houghton@scouting.org at least 24 hours in advance. Be sure to know the troop or pack, and if possible, the patrol, you are planning to eat with.

Friday is designated as family night at the Boy Scout camps. Families of Scouts are encourage to visit, eat supper with their Scout, and join us for the Friday night closing campfire. Camp Scoutmasters should be prepared to provide the camp with an approximate count by mid-week, so we can ensure enough food is prepared. Dinner starts at 4:30 p.m., but you may arrive at point throughout the day on Friday. All visitors must sign in upon arrival. Meal tickets can be obtained at the office upon check-in and cost $8.50. Children 4 years old and younger eat for free on family night only.

Medications: All medications must be in original containers, marked with the Scout’s name and troop/ pack number on the package with original medication information. Daily pill containers are not permitted under Colorado Law. Please do not cover up the instructions on the medication. Dosages and schedules to be followed in camp must be the same as on the package, and any changes must be stated in writing from the prescribing doctor. Medication in non-original containers will not be accepted. Please send only enough medication for the doses that will be administered for the week, plus a little extra.

Thanks

Sean

 

 

 

Scouts & Parents,

Summer Camp is all set for tomorrow! Show time at the church is 12 noon, tomorrow, Sunday 6/18.  It’s going to be a great week for Summer Camp.

And as a reminder to those not going to Summer Camp, there will be no meeting this coming Tuesday, 6/20.

 

 

Folks,

I sent an email to all the ASMs.   Right now I do not have an Adult to stay over night at Summer Camp on Sunday.  This means we cannot check in to summer camp until I have an adult. I hope everyone understands this. The Adult has to have the Scout Physical.

Please call, email, or text if you can go. I also might need some adults to help drive on Sunday.

 

Sean

 

 

Parents,

The last night of camp is a time for families to come down and enjoy the beautiful camp we call home. Families are welcome to join us for dinner in the William R. Kephart Dining Hall between 4:30-6:30 p.m on Friday the 23rd. After dinner, there will be a fantastic flag ceremony, and an end of the week slide show produced by the Hollywood Lodge. After this is another wonderful Camp Cris Dobbins Staff Campfire, to close out the week!

It will be on Friday the 23rd from 430-630 however you can come earlier if you’d like.

The cost is $8.50 for each meal and you can pay when you check in at the camp.

I need to let the camp know how many will come by Wednesday so please sign up before then.

You can sign up here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F054BACA929A4FC1-summer

Here are directions to Camp: Map to Chris Dobbins

Thank you,

Sean

 

 

 

 

 

Good Morning,

Morning shift went off without a hitch despite being 2 drivers short! We got an early start at 0530 and all flags were out by 0900! Yay team! Great job & Thank you to all those who participated in the morning!

We are still 1 driver short in the pm so Sean & I & our team are getting started a little early since we have to cover 2 routes and won’t be at the barn when you get there. Everyone else please meet at the barn at 5:30pm. Clipboards with assignments are in the buckets. Please do not leave until your team is complete. Sean’s number is on the flag info sheet should you need to reach either of us. Call or txt me if you need to reach me regarding an assignment or have questions before this evening.

Thank you for participating in Flags! It takes a village and we couldn’t do it without you all!

Happy Flag Day & Happy 242nd Birthday to the Army!

Sandy 719-494-9922

 

Attached is the list for Flags for Flag Day tomorrow. Unfortunately, there are no assignments since we do not have enough people for either shift. WE ARE IN DIRE STRAITS FOR THE AM SHIFT! We only have 2 drivers which means each car will have to do about 125 flags. In addition, each car can only carry 2- 3 Scouts. We can use Scouts as navigators so filling the driver slots are most important! So please if you are able to drive, please, please, please sign up to help! Please use the Sign-up Genius to sign up so that we can keep track of who is helping. Sean will be taking a poll at tonight’s meeting to see if starting earlier (around 5:30am) would allow for some of you to help before work. Call or txt me if you need anything or have any questions!

Thanks,

Sandy

719-494-9922

Troop #287 – Flag Day 2017 B

 

 

Troop,

The focus of tonight’s meeting will be on Summer camp preparation so there will be no committee meeting tonight.

Also, we only have 2 drivers for Flags tomorrow morning and 6 scouts.  We have 4 drivers and 9 scouts for pick-up. We are going to be struggling without some more support. Please sign up! Here is the link:

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

Thanks

Sean

Folks,

This is our last Tuesday prior to summer camp and I would like to have one final meeting.  If possible, I would like all summer camp scouts to attend and at least one parent for the first part of the meeting. We need to make sure we have all the required paperwork and basic packing list. We are also going over the schedule, meds, emergency contact procedures and everything else….

The link to the physical and Colorado can be found at the top of the Troop 287 Web Page at http://www.bsatroop287.org/summer-camp-2016-2/. 

It can also be found at the Camp Leader’s Guide here: http://www.denverboyscouts.org/document/2016-peaceful-valley-scout-ranch-adult-leaders-guide/157926

Finally, every parent should go though the Program Guide with their scout: http://www.denverboyscouts.org/document/2017-cris-dobbins-program-guide/160308

Please bring the packing list to the meeting so we can go over it! The packing list is located at the link at the top of the page.

Here are some other tidbits:

  • Cots are not provided at this camp. Scouts must bring their own or bring a sleeping pad. I didn’t see rental either. So scouts must bring their own cot or sleeping pad.
  • There is a family night on Friday at 4pm. Parents are encouraged to come to see the final skits and campfire ceremony.
  • Scouts should have a little spending money for the Trading Post. Usually $20 will do it. They usually spend it all on candy 🙂
  • Summer camps have mosquitos for some magical reason. Scouts should bring bug spray.
  • I would like all scouts to have at least one nalgene bottle as their method of hydrating, Its easier to judge how much water they drank.

Thanks
Sean

Hi Troop!

We have Flag day on Wednesday and we are hurting on scouts and drivers….only two for the morning! This makes doing these fund raisers very tough.  I know this is a work day and its tough to get out there but the community and the troop is relying on your good will!

Please sign up!

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

Thank you,
Sean