The Wilson church community is sponsoring a Fall Harvest Festival at Wilson Church on Sunday October 26 at 4PM. They have asked for troop volunteers to help at the event. If you are interested and available, please arrive at the church by 3:45 on Sunday (no advanced sign up is necessary). Adults and youth volunteers are needed!

The scout leadership of BSA Troop 287 will be doing their annual planning meeting on Saturday, November 8, 1 to 3 p.m before we pick up flags for Veterans Day. Boys should bring their own water and snacks. The scouts will be deciding on outings for the year and summer camps they want to do. All scouts, adult leaders, and parents are welcome to attend. Members of the PLC are required to attend.

If you have ideas for outings, merit badges, or other events, let your scout leaders know so they can bring those ideas to the meeting.

The next committee meeting will be held on Tuesday October 21 at 7:30 PM (note new time!) at Wilson church. All parents are welcome to attend!

A quick note to parents that we started Citizenship in the Nation this week at Scouts. This is an Eagle-required merit badge that mostly can be independently completed.  While we will have the opportunity to go over some of the remaining items as a group in the next 2-3 weeks, the boys could finish this merit badge mostly on their own in a very short period of time.

They need to fill in the workbook completely and can use any reliable resources to do so, including their Social Studies or any other American history/government book, the internet and even their older and wiser family members.  As another part of completing that badge, we toured the Air Force Academy after the last campout.  If they did not attend, they can visit another federal facility in town (like any of the military bases or the Olympic Training Center which is open for tours on Saturday), along with a place on the national historic register (,_Colorado), or our state’s or nation’s capital and/or research a national monument (must do two of those four just listed).  They also have to research a famous speech in our nation’s history and talk about its importance then and now, write a letter to an elected official and watch the news for a week to explore the impact of current events on their own family/community.  Then they also need to complete the associated write-ups for that work in the book.  We will discuss those items in the next few weeks.

If they were not at Tuesday’s meeting, they can access the merit badge workbook here ( and start it on their own right away.  Other than the main requirements listed above, we completely filled out the content info through page 8 at last week’s meeting.  This is a great merit badge for the boys to demonstrate independence and self-motivation.  Please encourage and support them in that as you are able.


Gina Swanson
Troop 287 Merit Badge Counselor

All Troop 287 aspiring aviators should bring their aviation merit badge workbook to tomorrow’s meeting for final sign off…see you Tuesday!images

Stanley Canyon

Keith Moore —  October 12, 2014 — Leave a comment

Great weather and beautiful scenery made for a wonderful experience for our first time backpackers.





Due to scheduling conflicts the next Troop Committee Meeting will be RESCHEDULED from October 14 to October 21 at 7:30PM at Wilson Church. All parents are welcome to attend. Please contact Jen Jirous, Committee Chair, at if you have questions.

The backpacking trip to Stanley Canyon on the AF Academy grounds this weekend is going to be fun and is meant to get newer, younger scouts into backpacking. We are meeting at Wilson Church on Saturday, October 11th at 12 noon. bring your own dinner and breakfast. We’ll have backpacking stoves to heat water. You want to pack for three meals plus snacks just in case. Wear boots, no tennis shoes. Wear class A uniforms to the outing. We will be doing a quick, informal tour of the Air Force Academy Sunday morning and returning to Wilson Church by noon on Sunday.

Backpacking List:

– Backpack, 3,000-5,000 cu in. or so, with good hip pad
– Boots, waterproof (or running shoes with good grip) … NO FLAT-BOTTOMED SHOES – Extra boot/shoe laces
– Wool/nylon socks (2 or 3 pair) … NO ALL-COTTON SOCKS
– Shorts (2 pair)
– Pants (zip away legs are good) … NO JEANS
– Short-sleeved shirts (2 or 3) … moisture-wicking is better than cotton
– Long-sleeved shirt (hoodie, sweater)
– Broad-brimmed hat or baseball cap
– Stocking cap … you’ll want to sleep with this on!
– Pajama bottoms … and tops, if you like
– Sleeping bag (rated 20-degrees or better)
– Sleeping bag stuff sack
– Sleep pad (foam or air)
– Bowl (preferably with a handle) … needs to be able to hold hot water
– Drinking cup … needs to be able to hold hot water
– Spoon … don’t need fork or knife
Have these easy to get to (outside pocket):
– Flashlight or headlamp (with extra batteries)
– Compass
– Whistle
– Pocketknife
– Water bottles, 1-liter (2) or CamelBak

Put inside zip-loc bag with name on it (these go in bear bag at night):
– Toilet paper, non-scented (1 roll) … THIS IS A MUST!!!
– Personal first aid kit (sterile gauze pads, antiseptic, 2″ gauze roll, moleskin, tweezers, triangular bandage, personal medication)
– Chapstick
– Sunscreen (lotion is better than spray)
– Insect repellant (lotion is better than spray)
– Matches
– Tooth brush & tooth paste (small)
– Deodorant

– loafers (optional) … NO FLIP-FLOPS or OPEN-TOED SHOES! – small pillow, 10 x 10″ max (optional)
– sunglasses (optional) … straps are a good idea
– hiking staff (optional)
– bandana or handkerchief (optional)
– camera (optional)
– duct tape (optional)
– rope/cord (optional) … 50 feet is good
– binoculars (optional)
– sit pad (optional) … can be used as a camp pillow, too
– playing cards (optional)
– hacky sack (optional)
– backpack rain cover
– personal hand sanitizer, small bottle
– underwear

– electronic games or music – large pillows
– phones
– bad attitude

NOTE: For the boys, total backpack and contents should weigh no more than 30 pounds. That includes food and water. Everything should be ‘inside’ the backpack, not hanging outside. The scout shop or REI have a good selection of wool/nylon blend hiking socks. You can also put your clothing in large zip-loc bags … helps keep things organized and keeps it dry. Waterproof boots or shoes are HIGHLY recommended. We cross little streams and feet can get wet. If you send your boy with running shoes, make sure he has an extra pair to change into at camp. You may also want to try to apply water-proofing silicon spray to your boy’s shoes or boots.

Inner frame pack:
– lightest at bottom (sleeping bag, sleeping pad)
– heaviest in the middle (food and water, tent, gear) – medium at top (clothes)

Outer frame pack:
– lightest at bottom (sleeping bag, sleeping pad) – medium in the middle (clothes)
– heaviest at top (food and water, tent, gear)

Put your poncho, snacks, and water in a easy-to-reach location



Webelos Night

Jen Jirous —  September 21, 2014 — Leave a comment

Troop 287 Webelos Night

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Wilson United Methodist Church

All WEBELOS I and II are welcome to come for a night of FUN & EXCITING scout events.

  • Learn how to throw an ATL-ATL
  • Learn how to throw a TOMAHAWK
  • Learn how to build a FIRE
  • MAKE & COOK your own camp meal

BE PREPARED! We will see you there rain or shine. Bring a coat as we will be enjoying the great outdoors!

For questions, contact Scoutmaster Keith Moore at 719-377-7737 or

Committee Meeting

September 16, 2014


Jen Jirous – Committee Chair:

  • Jen opened the meeting outside as Keith took a break from making atlatl’s


Keith Moore – Scoutmaster:

  • Next week, September 23, is the Recruitment Party at 6:00 pm
  • In order to set up, boys and parent helpers should arrive at 5:30
  • We are expecting a large turn-out of Cub Scouts (thank you, Mr. Warner)
  • Membership Packets will be available to hand out to prospective recruits
  • There will be stations set up for the various activities: outdoor cooking station (Hobo’s Dinner), atlatl spear throwing, Soap Box Derby cars set out for demonstrations, a slide slow of photos from Sea Base and Philmont, and finally there will be a station for making S’mores.
  • Upcoming: the boys are hoping to backpack Sat and Sun, Sept 26 and 27; John Uhlman is working on obtaining permission to use the AFA’s Stanley Canyon
  • September 30: Mr. Woodard will be at the meeting to sign off on Aviation Merit Badge paperwork
  • October (?): The boys are hoping to hike the “Dino Death March” sometime in the fall
  • Upcoming: Scout Team Leader yearly planning meeting
  • Upcoming: Gina Swanson will be offering the Citizenship Merit Badges (in the Nation and in the World)
  • Focus for the fall will be to clean up any Merit Badges that aren’t completed


Sandy Johnston – Activities chair:

  • Veteran’s Day is on a D11 school day this year
  • Sandy will contact Will Mawhiney to set another date, possibly the preceding Saturday


Please join us at the next Troop Committee Meeting on Tuesday, September 16 at 6:30 PM at Wilson Church. All are welcome to attend!

Please join us for Tyler’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor

When:  Sunday, August 24th, 3 pm

Where:  Wilson United Methodist Church

There will be light refreshments following the ceremony.  See you tomorrow!



Committee Meeting – August 12, 2014

 Welcome to the informative and exciting page of notes from your very own Troop 287’s Committee Meeting.  Enjoy!


1) Jen Jirous – Committee Chair:

  • Opened the meeting.
  • Minutes from July were approved (Secretary’s note: “phew!”)

2) Keith Moore – Scoutmaster:

  • Order of the Arrow initiation this weekend, Fri the 15th and Sat the 16th
  • Court of Honor, next Tuesday the 19th – Ice Cream Social.  Each boy will bring his favorite ice cream topping.
  • Aviation Merit Badge will be finishing up, Saturday the 23rd 8 am – 12 pm – email Chris Woodard for more details
  • Soup Kitchen, August 24th 
  • Tyler Uhlman, Eagle Court of Honor, Sunday the 23rd at 3:00
  • Labor Day ‘Flags’ fundraiser needs a few more Scouts and more drivers
  • Zombie Apocalypse; happening on the Friday after Labor Day
  • Will get Cub Scout ‘Wee-be-lo’s’ to come for a Game Night on September 23rd
  • 20-mile hike coming up on a Saturday in October – details forthcoming

3) Joyce Moore – Advancement Chair:

  • Joyce talked about recruitment, rank advancements and that many Merit Badges will be awarded at the Court of Honor.

4) Phil Stafford – Treasurer:

  • Phil handed out treasurer reports; troop finances were discussed.
  • Popcorn selling season is coming soon.

5) Court of Honor:

  • Boys will build a rope bridge
  • Committee is providing the ice cream and the syrup; boys will provide the toppings
  • There will be a slide show of pictures from Philmont
  • Change of leadership – Senior Patrol Leader
  • Announcement will be made to give Scouts $20 bucks each for recruiting a new member

6) Special Game Night:

  • Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 23, at 6:00.
  • This will be a recruitment night to give local Cub Scouts a chance to check out our awesome troop
  • Agenda: dinner and games
  • Spread the word!



The next committee meeting will be held on Tuesday August 12, 6:30 PM at Wilson United Methodist Church. All are welcome to attend!






Tuesday, August 19, 2014

6:00 PM at Wilson UMC

Come and enjoy ice cream with all the fixin’s prior to the Court of Honor


**** Please bring a canned donation for Westside Care & Share

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We had a fair amount of rain but not enough to dampen the spirits of Troop 287. Several highlights:

  • All the boys got all their merit badges mostly (97%) completed.
  • Troop 287 finished 1st and set a camp record in the Camp Wide Competition which consisted of fire starting, knot tying, archery, canoeing, popsicle eating, a lot of running and banana eating.
  • The troop did a funny skit and song that was well enjoyed by the camp.
  • No one got hurt (too badly) and all got along well.
  • Food was good and abundant.
  • Bugs weren’t too bad.
  • The adults actually got a bit of rest and relaxation.

I think we can confidently say that this trip will be a summer camp they’ll remember and cherish for a long time.

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It’s Wednesday, July 16 and so far all is well. No injuries. No illness. No hick ups. No logistics problems. Boys are getting along great. They’re brushing their teeth, taking showers, getting to bed on time. They’re enjoying their programs.

We get quite a bit of rain in the afternoons which dampers some things, but mornings are sunny and gorgeous. Food has been good and we’ve been getting plenty to eat.

There is zero phone reception or internet at camp, but I managed to find the public library in Red Feathers Lake about 10 minutes away from camp to get this blog post out.

Photos below … will have more after camp is done.

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Committee Meeting Minutes

July 8, 2014


Committee Chair – Jen:

  • Opened the meeting
  • June Meeting Minutes were approved
  • Next Court of Honor, August 19th, will be our Ice Cream Social
  • Committee members provide the fixings for Ice Cream Social
  • Jen will contact Sean Warner and Tom Sharp about inviting Cub Scouts


Scout Master – Keith:

  • Philmont went great; Black Powder shooting was the favorite activity
  • Boys are now eligible for the 50-miler award
  • Boys learned that they really enjoy throwing tomahawks; Keith suggested that the Troop buy some.
  • Mr. Uhlman & Mr. Swanson have looked into Yellowstone for next summer


Summer Camp chaperones – Chris & Will:

  • Camp Jeffrey begins July 13th
  • Snacks: a purchase will be made of trail mix and power bars, boys will split the cost among them out of their Scout accounts


Advancement Chair – Joyce:

  • Keith spoke in Joyce’s absence that there was nothing to report


Activities – Sandy Johnston:

  • “Zombies are Coming” – Emergency Survival Area campout will occur at Camp Alexander on September 5th
  • Check for more info


Treasurer – Phil Stafford:

  • Treasurer’s report was given, and approved.


Flag Fundraiser – Will Mawhiney:

  • Fourth of July fundraiser went well





Boy Scout Ready for Summer CampAll right! Summer Camp 2014 is just a few days a way.


Please arrive at Wilson Church parking lot no later than 7:45 a.m. We will try to leave by 8 a.m. Scouts are to travel in their Class A uniforms (have them bring a hanger for their uniform at camp).

We have to be out of camp by 9 a.m. on Sunday and expect to return to Wilson Church between 12 and 2 p.m. Please be available to pick up your scout around that time. We’ll try to call parents when we’re en route.

Medical Forms:

STILL NEED medical forms and copy of insurance card (front and back) for:

  • Patrick
  • Noah
  • Franklin

The boys will NOT be allowed to go to summer camp without copies of their complete medical forms and insurance cards. Please BRING THEM SUNDAY MORNING!


  • Class A Boy Scout uniform
  • Sack lunch for Saturday’s drive to camp
  • $6-10 lunch money for return drive on Sunday (put in envelope with boy’s name and give to Swanie)
  • mosquito repellent
  • sunscreen
  • tooth brush and tooth paste
  • signed parent permission form
  • no open toe shoes … have a pair of boots and a pair of sneakers
  • hat with broad brim
  • personal water bottle … with some form of attachment (e.g. carabiner)
  • rain poncho
  • sleeping cot and pillow (extra air or foam pad optional)
  • folding camp chair (if we have room to transport them)
  • 50-100′ personal cord … can be useful for tarps or hanging clothes inside tents
  • Personal spending money for trading post
  • Scout Handbooks
  • Fire N’ Chit and Toten’ chit cards
  • Flashlight (head lamps are pretty handy) with extra batteries
  • Hanger(s) for scout uniforms

A lot of these items should already be on the personal checklist. Be sure to use a marker and write the scout’s name and “Troop 287″ on clothing and items that can tend to be left behind (hats, water bottles, books, bags, etc.).

Also, we will be purchasing some snacks for the whole troop so Scouts don’t have to bring their own. Good idea since we have to put all smellables in the bear box every night.

About personal pocketknives … they must be no longer than four inches and they MUST be able to lock. Most Swiss Army-type knives don’t lock and are now banned by BSA. They must have their Totin’ Chip card if they carry a pocketknife.

Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to keep a copy of your BSA medical form for yourself. They’re good for all BSA camps. Camp Jeffries is going to keep the copy we provide them. If you didn’t make your own copy and already turned in your form to Swanie, we might be able to make a copy at the church Sunday morning before we leave.