Folks,

Just a reminder that our four scout volunteers for the Rotary mini-golf are meeting Thursday at 6pm. The details are below. The four Volunteers that I am tracking are:

Lance W.

Anders C.

Preston S.

Nick U.

THE DETAILS:

Shot Gun start at Adventure Golf, 6550 Corporate Drive at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25.

The after party follows at Coutura Design Inspirations, 6380 Corporate Centre Circle, and includes food and beverages

See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/3250/Stories/sixth-annual-north-colorado-springs-(ncs)-rotary-club-miniature-golf-tournament-on-august-25-2016#sthash.SBR5DJ0U.dpuf

Mr. Warner

Tuesday’s Meeting

Sean Warner —  August 22, 2016 — Leave a comment

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Hi Scouts!

Tomorrow we are going to focus on two cool things! We are going to generate ideas for outings and actives for the next year.  Its important for maximum participation so we can come up with the coolest most rad ideas for fun adventurous stuff!

The other thing we’ll do is this little game called Dodgeball!! It only…well…. kinda the coolest game in the world.

Also, always bring your handbooks and remind scoutmasters to sign off on achievements that you already earned.

 

See you tomorrow!

Mr. Warner

Mini-Golf with Rotary!

Jon Ullmann —  August 17, 2016 — Leave a comment

I need 4 Scouts to participate in the Rotary Mini-Golf tournament.  This is an annual Rotary fundraising event.  Our Scouts will be sponsored by the Rotary Club so there will be no cost to participate.  This will be a fun event and a great way to help our partners in the Rotary Club.  Please shoot me an e-mail if your Scout wants to mini-Golf….first four Scouts to volunteer are in (jonu_1999@yahoo.com)

THE DETAILS:

Shot Gun start at Adventure Golf, 6550 Corporate Drive at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25.

The after party follows at Coutura Design Inspirations, 6380 Corporate Centre Circle, and includes food and beverages

See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/3250/Stories/sixth-annual-north-colorado-springs-(ncs)-rotary-club-miniature-golf-tournament-on-august-25-2016#sthash.SBR5DJ0U.dpuf

gillhamstudios008-455-056The Ice Cream Social Court of Honor is this Tuesday, August 16th, at WUMC! Scouts should show at 5:30 pm for setup and the Ice Cream gets served promptly at 6 pm, with the Court of Honor beginning at roughly 6:30 pm.  Ice cream is provided by the Troop Committee; Scouts/Families should bring their favorite ice cream topping to share.

We’ll be setting up outside so bring a lawnchair if you’d like.  You can even share (like in the picture)!

For the COH ceremony we have lots of rank advancements and merit badges, and we’ll introduce the newly elected Troop leadership for the next 6 months.  There will also be a slide show of all the summer activities (summer camp, Stanley Canyon Hike, etc.) that you won’t want to miss.  At the end of the COH we’ll have a Troop picture, so bring your camera and Scouts should show up in full uniform (as always for the COH).

See you Tuesday!

 

Tuesday 8/9 Meeting!

Jon Ullmann —  August 8, 2016 — Leave a comment

Wow!  What a weekend of camping and backpacking for Troop 287!  We completed two activities; camping and hiking at John Wesley Ranch, and a 30-mile high adventure backpacking loop through Lost Creek Wilderness.  We’ll have lots of great pictures from these activities, as well as summer camp and the Stanley Canyon trip, at the upcoming Court of Honor on August 16th!

This week’s meeting will return to WUMC at 7 pm.  We’ll be working on rank advancement and planning for the Court of Honor.  There will be a committee meeting right at 7 pm to plan the COH, followed by Boards of Review for rank advancement.  We need committee members and parents to participate in the BORs, so if you can stay and help with this meeting it will be greatly appreciated!

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Here are the results from last week’s Troop elections!  These leaders will assume their positions at next week’s Court of Honor.  Congratulations and good luck in your positions!

Senior Patrol Leader:  Lance W.

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader:  Brennon S.

Quartermaster:  Jude W.

Chaplain’s Aide:  William R.

Scribe:  Avery B.

Bugler:  Rhett B.

Patrol Leader LH:  Riley M, Asst PL Ian M.

Patrol Leader DD:  Rhett B., Asst PL Cody P.

Patrol Leader ID:  Anders C., Asst PL Evan R.

 

For those Scouts going to John Wesley Ranch (situated directly next to Mueller State Park in Divide).
-We will meet at 7 am on Saturday Morning in the Church Barn Area (BREAKFAST WILL BE AT CAMP) a  light morning snack is recommended at home or for the drive (Wear Class A uniform)
-We will return Sunday after having Lunch in camp – back at the Church around 2:30pm
-We will be taking the Troop trailer (scouts may want to bring a camp chair)
-Food/meals is by Patrols (cooking stove & utensils provided by Troop; you will need a mess kit and eating utensils (Food can be stored in a cooler with ice (block ice recommended) if needed)
-Tents are per Troop equipment, bring a sleeping pad / sleeping bag and clothes for cooler temps and possible rain
-Outhouse available on Site
-Pack as if backpacking (sleeping bag can be separate if too bulky for the pack: also bring a day pack for a Hike (remember your water bottle(s)& appropriate Shoes / boots)
-Scouts will continue working on rank advancement (bring your Book, paper pencil) and Scout Skills
-All scouts will attend a leadership training session with Tom Sharp & Jim Brinkman
-All Scouts will attend an introduction to public/group speaking with Floyd Studebaker & Jim Brinkman
-Each scout should have a Flag Ceremony written out in which he will take his turn in leading (be creative and patriotic) at meal times / mornings and evenings
-Evening program by to be written out by MC – patrols be ready with skits/jokes/stories
-Patrol Leaders bring the DUTY ROSTER filled out and give to the Senior Patrol Leader to be posted
-Senior Patrol Leader to meet with adults upon arrival to plan activity timeline
Adults attending are Floyd Studebaker, Tom Sharp and Jim Brinkman (719-661-2349)

Tonight we will meet in the Fire Station #18 community room from 7-8:30 pm. The fire station is located at 6830 Hadler Vw, Colorado Springs, CO, 80919, just behind the Walgreens at Centennial and Flying W Ranch Rd.  It is only about 1 block from WUMC.  Walk into the fire station and the first thing you’ll see is the community room.

ALL SCOUTS NEED A PEN FOR TONIGHT’S MEETING!  We will be holding troop elections, and also taking notes for this weekend’s camping trips.  As always, please bring your Scout Handbook to the meeting.

See you tonight!

CSFD_Patch_Logo_Final_JPEG-e1440097899931For Tuesday, Aug 2nd’s meeting (only this date), we will meet in the Fire Station #18 community room from 7-8:30 pm.  This is due to carpet cleaning at WUMC.  The fire station is located at 6830 Hadler Vw, Colorado Springs, CO, 80919, just behind the Walgreens at Centennial and Flying W Ranch Rd.  It is only about 1 block from WUMC.  Walk into the fire station and the first thing you’ll see is the community room.

 

 

 

voteAt the meeting we will hold troop elections to fill positions for the next six months.  We will elect a Senior Patrol Leader, who will then appoint an ASPL and his staff.  We will also elect 2 patrol leaders.  Please come prepared to run for a position, especially if you are 1st class or above as a leadership position is required for rank advancement!

Following elections we will continue planning for next weekend’s outdoor activities.  For younger Scouts we have a campout Aug 5-7 (Friday evening to Sunday early afternoon) at John Wesley Ranch (adjacent to Mueller State Park near Divide, CO).  This campout is $25 which will cover all food and camping fees.  For older Scouts we will continue to plan the Lost Creek Loop Backpacking Trip for Aug 4-7 (Thursday 7 am meet at WUMC, return Sunday afternoon time TBD).  The cost for this trip is $20 which covers gas, parking fees, and incidentals (Each Scout is responsible for bringing their own food for this trip).  Every Scout Parent will need to sign a waiver and pay for these activities (cash, check to Troop 287, or Scout Funds if available) at Tuesday’s meeting.

See you at the Fire Station!

 

 

 

 

 

runningAt Tuesday’s meeting new Scouts will be completing the last of the Tenderfoot fitness requirements.  We’ll be doing pushups, situps, stretches, and running/walking 1 mile.  This is an important meeting for current Scout Rank members to attain Tenderfoot.  For this meeting all Scouts should wear the Class B Troop T-shirt, shorts, and appropriate shoes (no need to dress like this guy!).  Older Scouts will help with the fitness requirements.  As always, please bring your Scout Handbook so we can sign off advancement items!

After completing the fitness portion of the meeting we’ll be planning August events.  There is a campout for new Scouts from Aug 5-7 and we’ll have more details at the meeting.  For older Scouts (1st Class rank and above) we’ll be planning the 30 mile backpacking trip in Lost Creek Wilderness (Aug 4-7).  After the meeting we’ll have information and waivers available for parents.

See you Tuesday!

Important!  Bring your Scout Handbook to tonight’s meeting.  We have lots of advancement items to sign off from last weekend’s backpacking trip and other activities!

Stanley Canyon!

Jon Ullmann —  July 17, 2016 — Leave a comment

Here are a few pictures from our backpacking trip!  We’ll have more to show at the August Court of Honor!

All the boys were challenged and there was lots of learning for everybody, including Scoutmasters.  I’m very proud of all the boys!  Please discuss with your son what they did and what they learned.  We have many more great events coming up that will build on this trip.

We’ll be discussing what we learned at next Tuesday’s meeting.  All hikers should plan on attending.  We’ll also be planning the next high adventure backpacking trip for the older Scouts (Aug 4-7), as well as another campout (car camping and day hike) for the newer Scouts (Aug 6-7).

See you Tuesday!

Stanley Canyon begin- July 2016

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As a reminder, we always show up for travel in our class A (collared) Scout Shirt.  We’ll store the shirts in the vehicles while on the trail.  Please show up in your Class A shirt.

The Class B (t-shirt) makes great hot weather hiking attire and you should wear this shirt on the trail.

See you this afternoon!

Troop 287 will meet Friday, 4pm, in the WUMC parking lot to depart for Stanley Canyon!

We will need a signed waiver for each Scout participating in this event.  If you didn’t fill out a waiver on Tuesday please make sure you fill one out Friday when you drop off your Scout.  We’ll have blank waivers available for you.

Remember to arrive with your water bottles or water reservoirs full and ready to go.  We’ll divvy up Troop gear and each Scout will be carrying part of a tent and possibly one other item.  For Friday dinner you can bring a sandwich or other perishable item.  My personal preference is to bring a Subway sandwich to start off on our adventure!

We have enough drivers as I will now be joining the Troop on Friday at the church and will be driving to the Academy (originally I had planned to join the Troop later Friday night).

We will return Sunday between 11 am and 12 pm.

See you Friday!!!!!

Boy Scout Troop 287

 

Meeting:                     Troop 287 Committee Meeting

Date & Time:            July 12, 2016, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Location:                   Wilson United Methodist Church

In attendance:           Sandy Johnston, Carrie Peterson, Jon Ullmann, Jonathan Westcott, Lisa Woodard.

 

Sandy Johnston – Committee Chair

  • The meeting was opened
  • All parents are requested to complete Youth Protection Training
  • The upcoming ‘Flag Fundraiser’ days are Labor Day and Veterans’ Day
  • Both Scouts and parents are asked to volunteer once a year for ‘Flags’ (both morning and evening route); spreading it out this way ensures that the job is shared equally amongst all
  • If a parent has not yet volunteereded, please keep these future ‘Flag’ days in mind — Labor Day in September and Veterans’ Day in November — and take a look at the Sign-Up Genius emails when they come around
  • Jonathan asked who is responsible for keeping flag subscriptions up; Sandy and Jon’s answer was “both” – the Troop and the Rotary Club work together to solicit Flag subscriptions
  • August 9th: Regular Troop Meeting and the next Committee Meeting
  • August 16th: Ice Cream Court of Honor

 

Jon Ullmann – Scout Master

  • A large amount of camping supplies have been purchased for the Troop
  • This weekend’s Stanley Canyon backpacking trip will be well attended; 17 Scouts and 7 adult volunteers are going!
  • Next week’s Troop meeting – Tuesday, July 19th — will be a planning meeting for the August “high-adventure” 30-mile backpacking trip
  • We may not have a Game Night in August – Tuesday, August 2nd
  • August 4th – August 7th; “high-adventure” 30-mile backpacking trip for the older Scouts in, perhaps, Lost Creek
  • Court of Honor, August 16th, all of the new Scouts will receive their three-ring binders. There will be a lot of rank advancements and Merit Badges to award.
  • Nick Ullmann earned Eagle Rank; looking at Sunday, October 2nd to hold his Eagle Court of Honor

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Don’t be this guy!  At Tuesday’s meeting we’ll have a shakeout for this weekend’s Stanley Canyon Backpacking Trip!  This trip is designed for new scouts to test out their gear and learn the basics of backpacking and wilderness camping.  Please bring all the gear you expect to take on the campout to the meeting, packed in your backpack.  We will identify any extra gear or gear shortfalls and make sure we take care of everything prior to Friday; new Scouts need a pen and paper so they can take notes to help them prepare.  We need all the older experienced Scouts to attend, whether you’re going on the backpacking trip or not, to help the younger Scouts sort through their equipment.  We need your experience and tutelage!

Also, Scouts should bring a meal plan for Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast/lunch/dinner, and Sunday breakfast, as well as snacks.  Each Scout is responsible for his own meals and must bring everything on Friday when we depart (as well as full hydration bladders and/or water bottles!).  Food should be packaged by meal; individual marked gallon size ziplock bags (e.g. “Fred Saturday Lunch”) work great for separating items into meals.  Remember, we’ll be hanging bear bags so we need all the “smellables” (food, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.) separated out so we can quickly grab everyone’s smellables for the bags.

Expect to meet at WUMC late Friday afternoon/evening, and return on Sunday at about 11 am – 12 pm.  We’ll finalize times and transportation details at Tuesday’s meeting.  See you tomorrow!

 

Folks,

I apologize for the last minute update but I forgot to mention that the Troop 287 Treasurer will be at the pool with scout account balances and the troop check book so scouts that have enough money in their account and which to use it to pay the $5 entry fee tonight can do so. Just let Andrea Warner know when you get to the pool.

Also, the pool only accepts cash.  Adults that wish to enter will also have to pay $5, so if you are just paying for the scout you are more than welcome to drop them off.  Again, please tell the person at Check in that you are a guest of Sean Warner.

 

Here’s the original post with the details as a reminder….

“The fun starts at 5pm and you can stay until the pool closes at 9pm but are you are more than welcome to leave earlier. The pool is located at 1111 N 31st St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904. You can bring snacks and drinks.  The only rule is no glass containers. Its ok to arrive after 5pm and leave before 9pm.

The cost is $5 per person. Please tell the check in desk that you are a boy scout and a guest of Sean Warner.

Please wear sunscreen because there is plenty of sun even in the evening. Parents please apply sunscreen to your scout before he arrives.”

 

Sean

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The meeting for this week will be game night at Valley Swim Club Pool on Wednesday from 5-9 pm (or until you’re done!).  Please see Mr. Warner’s post with the information (bsatroop287.org).  No meeting on Tuesday night. 

Next Tuesday, 12 July, we will have a shakedown of hiking gear for the Stanley Canyon Backpacking trip on 15-17 July.  Please bring all your gear, packed in your backpack, to the meeting!  This is mandatory for new Scouts as we want to make sure you have all the necessary gear.  Please use this week to get everything ready to go!  You should also bring a meal plan with you….all Scouts are responsible for their own food (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast/lunch/dinner, and Sunday breakfast, and snacks).

This backpacking trip is designed for our new Scouts to learn the basics of backpacking.  The route is fairly short (about 3 miles), but challenging.  This is a great introduction to backpacking and a trip your Scout will remember for a lifetime.  Don’t miss the fun!  The pictures above are from previous Troop 287 expeditions up Stanley Canyon!

If you need gear, have questions, or want to know more please e-mail me at jonu_1999@yahoo.com, or call me at 719-434-8450.  Of course, we’ll be answering all your questions next Tuesday.

Here is a link to the packing and meal idea document handed out at the last meeting

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_3eDCDOh0VITWFKM0hNU0otOXM/view?usp=sharing

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Troop 287 Dudes,

We are going to have some fun in the sun for our next game night. We are going to swim and play at the Valley Swim Club Pool.  They have a big swimming area, a diving board, Grills, a snack bar and plenty of places to relax. 

The fun starts at 5pm and you can stay until the pool closes at 9pm but are you are more than welcome to leave earlier. The pool is located at 1111 N 31st St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904. You can bring snacks and drinks.  The only rule is no glass containers. 

The cost is $5 per person. Please tell the check in desk that you are a boy scout and a guest of Sean Warner.

Remember this meeting is WEDNESDAY not Tuesday as normal.

Please wear sunscreen because there is plenty of sun even in the evening. Parents please apply sunscreen to your scout before he arrives.

See you there!

Sean

seanmwarner@gmail.com

For tonight’s meeting we’ll be accomplishing the rest of the initial physical fitness rank requirement for Tenderfoot.  We’ll be running/walking 1 mile in the Wilson parking lot.  Please wear your Class B Troop T-shirt, shorts, and appropriate shoes!  Please bring your Scout Handbook so we can log the event.

We’ll also be working on the coin collecting merit badge so please bring your workbooks and your coin collection, if you’ve started the required collection.

There will be a 15-20 minute PLC immediately following the meeting to discuss upcoming game nights, the July campout (see previous post), and the August High Adventure Backpack Trip (4-7 Aug).  PLC includes the SPL and his staff, and all the patrol leaders (or the assistant patrol leader in the absence of the patrol leader).

See you tonight!

Boy Scout Ready for Summer Camp

Ready for some backpacking?!!  Troop 287 is heading up Stanley Canyon (accessed from the USAF Academy) from 15-17 July (Fri-Sun)!

Here is a link to a file with ideas on what to pack for meals and for camping gear (ignore the dates on the document; review for packing list and meal ideas).

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_3eDCDOh0VITWFKM0hNU0otOXM/view?usp=sharing

Importantly, scouts will need a sleeping bag rated to at least 20 F!   Scouts should bring all gear packed in their backpack to the meeting on Tuesday, 12 July, for a shakedown so we make sure everybody has the required items for a successful trip.

This will be a great trip for both seasoned scouts and our newest scouts.  Don’t miss the fun!

If you need any gear (backpack, sleeping bag,etc.) now is the time to get them at 4th of July sales, or let me know as we have access to some of these items (jonu_1999@yahoo.com).