Boy Scout Troop 287 hosts Webelos from Pack 26

Fun and learning was had by the Webelos of Pack 26 as they visited Troop 287. Events included tomahawk and atlatl throwing along with some dutch oven cooking. Overall, a good turn out and good weather … wheh!

All scouts of Troop 287 are encouraged to help with serving dinners at St. Mary’s Annex on Sunday, December 28th. Please be there by 5:45 in Class A uniforms.

All scouts of Troop 287 should be at Wilson Church 12-3:30-ish to help with the Webelos activities Saturday, Dec 13. Wear Class A uniforms.


DECEMBER 9, 2014, 7:30 PM


In attendance:

Keith Moore, John Uhlman, Tom Sharp, Will Mawhaney, Chris Swanson, Lisa Woodard, Sandy Johnston and Phil Stafford.


Jen Jirous – Committee Chair

  • Agenda provided via email – Get well, Jen!


Keith Moore – Scoutmaster

  • Dec 28, Sunday – Soup Kitchen, 5:45 – 7:00 (always the 4th Sunday)
  • Chris Swanson will start a sign-up sheet for the Mt. Cooper Ski Trip
  • Jan 24, Saturday (or Jan 25) – Ski Trip Cooper
  • Boys started the Citizenship in the World merit badge tonight; thank you, Gina Swanson!
  • No Scout meetings on Dec. 23, Dec. 30 and Jan. 6th; meetings resume Jan. 13th.


Chris Swanson

  • Need adult volunteers for Ski Trip to Mt. Cooper
  • Will Mawhaney may be able to volunteer as a chaperone


Phil Stafford – Treasurer

  • Popcorn sales are finished; prizes were distributed.
  • Phil will help look for a replacement Treasurer


Mark your calendars – here are a few other upcoming activities planned by the Scouts’ at their Yearly Planning Meeting (more info at

  • Dec 13, Saturday, from 2:00 – 6:00 pm – USAFA Falcon Ice Arena Basketball Scout Night and post game skate.
  • Feb 7, Saturday, from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Pikes Peak Council University of Scouting; held at Colorado Technical Univ. – space is limited.
  • Feb 27-Mar 1, USAFA Freeze-O-Ree; $20 early-bird registration.

The December committee meeting will be at 7:30PM on Tuesday December 9 at Wilson Church. All parents/guardians are welcome.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a reminder that Troop 287 has volunteered to help with parking at the Wilson Church tree lighting on Sunday November 30. Please plan to arrive at 6:15. Dress warmly and BRING A FLASHLIGHT!

See you then!

All Families are invited to the annual

Troop 287 Thanksgiving Court of Honor

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Set Up 5:30 PM – Dinner 6:00 PM – Court of Honor 7:00 PM

Wilson United Methodist Church

The Troop Committee will provide 2 Turkeys, Dressing, Potatoes, Gravy, Rolls and Butter. Scouts will provide a Thanksgiving themed dessert of their choice.

We ask that the troop families bring side dishes to complement our dinner and one canned food item per person to donate to Westside Care & Share.

We hope to see you there!

Please SAVE THE DATE for the Troop 287 Thanksgiving Court of Honor on November 18. Setup will begin at 5:30 with festivities beginning at 6PM. The troop will provide turkey and all the fixins – families provide the sides. All family members are welcome and encouraged to attend! Watch for details in an upcoming message post this weekend.

The next Troop Committee Meeting will be Tuesday, November 11 at 7:30PM at Wilson Methodist Church. We will be discussing the next Court of Honor event as well as other items. All parents are welcome!



If you’ve already signed up for flags this November 8th, thank you.
It looks like we still need 2 more scouts and 1 more driver/navigator team in the morning. It’s certainly a lot easier on everyone if we have a full roster, so please consider volunteering if you can.
The morning shift will start at 7:00 AM and the evening shift will start around 3:45 PM due to the earlier sunset. If you’d like to volunteer, you can send me an email at or call me at 719-362-6909.
Thank you for continuing to support your Scout’s activities through this patriotic fundraiser.

– Will Mawhiney 719-362-6909

Tuesday, November 4, the boys will be bowling at Bear Creek Lanes, 6-8 p.m. Bring $10 for shoes and bowling. Wear class B uniforms. Meet at Bear Creek Lanes.

All boys on the patrol leadership council should attend. See this blog post for more information: Troop Annual Planning Meeting Scheduled for Saturday, November 8


OCTOBER 21, 2014, 7:30 PM


Jen Jirous – Committee Chair

  • No edits necessary from last month’s Meeting Minutes
  • November 18 – Tuesday 6:00 pm – “Thanksgiving“ Court of Honor; Committee member volunteers needed to bake 3 turkeys, make stuffing and mashed potatoes; arrive at 5:30 to set-up
  • Parent volunteers needed to bring side dishes and desserts
  • November 11 – Next Committee Meeting at 7:30 pm – all parents are welcome to attend


Keith Moore – Scoutmaster

  • October 28 – Scout Meeting – PLC monthly planning meeting
  • November 8 – Saturday – Veteran’s Day Flag fundraiser, arrive at 7:00 am and meet back at 3:00 pm for picking up flags
  • November 8 – Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 (in between flags) PLC yearly planning meeting – PARENTS welcome!
  • November 14 – 16 Dino Death March – (Picketwire Canyon, I think?)
  • November 18 – Court of Honor
  • November 25 – No Scout meeting, Thanksgiving Break
  • No weekend Scout activities in December


Tom Sharp – Church Liaison

  • October 26 – Fall Harvest Festival at Wilson United Methodist Churcht
  • Volunteers needed, arrival time is 3:45 pm


Sandy Johnston – Activities Chair

  • No forthcoming activities


Phil Stafford – Treasurer

  • Popcorn forms are in; orders are processed


Gina Swanson

  • Possible hut trip to occur over half of Spring Break 2015 – Ben Swanson will contact Dave Kresbian to confirm



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.