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).

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 (


This just in from Sandy Johnston:  the next Committee Meeting will be on Tuesday, July 12 (not August 9th.)

Boy Scout Troop 287


Meeting:                     Troop 287 Committee Meeting

Date & Time:            June 21, 2016, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Location:                   Wilson United Methodist Church


In attendance:

Sandy Diggs, Sandy Johnston, Jon Ullmann, Carrie Peterson, Pam Reeves, Danny Reeves, Joyce Stafford, Caryn Waldin, Andrea Warner, Jonathan Westcott, and Lisa Woodard.


Sandy Johnston – Committee Chair

  • Opened the meeting
  • Discussed the need for volunteers for the Committee:  Outdoor Equipment Coordinator, Training Coordinator, and a few other positions are still open.
  • Upcoming events:
  • Tuesday, August 9th, will be the next Committee Meeting
  • Tuesday, August 16th, Court of Honor, Ice Cream Social theme, set-up at 5:30 p.m., activities begin at 6:00 p.m.
  • Made a motion for the Troop’s web domain hosting account to be henceforth put in the name of the Committee Chairperson


Andrea Warner – Treasurer

  • Various Treasurer Reports and Scout Account statements were passed out
  • Reconciliation Reports were given to Committee Secretary for approval
  • Discussed balance for Summer Camp expenses
  • Discussed the need to disperse excess funds from camp-outs
  • Made a motion for leftover camp-out funds and additional misc. credits to be given to the Troop Equipment Fund
  • Motion was approved, and a total of $768 will put in the Troop Equipment Fund for the purchase of camping equipment
  • Brought up the need for a Troop Budget to be created
  • Discussed the need to step down as Treasurer; will be available for several months to work with her replacement
  • Pam Reeves and Danny Reeves accepted the job, and will be our new Troop Co-Treasurers!


Jon Ullman – Scout Master

  • Scouts are currently working on the Coin Collecting Merit Badge
  • Troop equipment needs: backpacking stoves, water coolers, water filters, etc.
  • Upcoming events:
  • Friday, July 15th to Sunday, July 17th will be a Troop backpacking weekend to take place in Stanley Canyon (on Air Force Academy grounds); trails range from beginner to moderate level; an excellent location for first-time backpackers
  • Friday, August 5th to August, 8th – the “high-adventure” trip for the older Scouts this summer will be a 4 day/3 night backpacking trip in a remote Colorado location






On Saturday, June 25th from 7:30 am-10:30 am (updated times), Nate S. needs volunteers to help with his Eagle Project.  We will build planting boxes for the preschool at Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 120 N. 31st St, Colorado Springs, 80904.  Sunscreen, snacks, water, and safety devices will be provided.  Come help build the planting boxes, plant flowers, and clean up the surrounding area.  This event is a great opportunity to knock out the service hours for your next rank! Both scouts and adults are needed. Please RSVP to by June 22. Thanks!

After what I understand was a fun filled summer camp where lots of merit badges were earned and rank accomplishments completed we need an admin meeting to catch up with all the paperwork!  Please bring your Scout Handbooks to Tuesday’s meeting so we can sign off all your achievements!!

At Tuesday’s meeting we will also have a parent’s meeting right after the opening ceremony to discuss the flag program.  After 2 flag days we have some important feedback from both the council and our Rotary partners that we need to pass on.  Please come to the meeting and bring any questions you may have about the flag program!

See you Tuesday at 7 pm!

It’s the last full day of Summer Camp and it looks like are going to survive! Yesterday was a tough day. It was long and hot. Many of the scouts were feeling the sun, were a little dehydrated and a feeling a little homesick (they miss their moms).  This is perfectly normal being so close to the end. Most everyone finished their merit badges. All the shooting sports Scouts earned their rifle, shotgun and archery merit badges. I believe all the new scouts earned their basketry, art, leatherwork and woodworking merit badges to include tenderfoot and second class rank achievements. The wilderness survival scouts spent the night in their shelters without sleeping bags last night! This morning four of use woke at 2:15 am to hike Blue Mountain to see the sunrise over Pikes Peak. These boys are getting tough!! I’m very proud of all your scouts and their accomplishments this week!  Tonight is Family Night…see yesterday’s post for information and we hope to see you at Camp A!

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One of the highlights at Camp Alexander is Friday Family Night. Friends and family are welcome to join in the fun and spirit Friday afternoon as the Scouts participate in Camp wide events!

Begins at 5:15 PM with the final camp assembly with Scouts dressed in full field uniform. Awards and rank recognition’s will be presented at this time. Be sure to have cameras ready to capture the great moments. Friday evening meal tickets must be purchased at the Camp A Business Office prior to dining; cost is estimated at $7-8 per person. There is no charge for Scouts already at camp. The closing campfire, performed by the Scouts, will begin at approximately 7:45 PM and should conclude by 9:30 PM.

Optional:  At 1 pm troops will compete in the “Scout Ironman” competition.  This is a fun event to attend if you want to head to Camp A early!  Troop 287 has a proud tradition of finishing well in this competition!

Guests will be required to park in the lower lot and make the 10 minute walk to the main camp.  Bring a water bottle as it will be nice and warm Friday!  Purchase your meal tickets and then meet your Scout at the camp assembly!

From the desk/tent of Camp Commander Sean Warner…with apologies as it appears internet connection in the wilderness isn’t what it should be!

“It’s day 3 here at Camp A and the boys woke up in good spirits this morning.  Yesterday the Scouts did some rifle and shotgun shooting, finished up their basketry and art merit badges, and practiced some life saving techniques on the pool!  …this means that most Scouts actually showered yesterday too :). For the astronomy merit badge Scouts stayed up to 11pm identifying constellations. We also pulled dining facility duties to feed the camp and cleaned up. The day ended with the Order of the Arrow ceremony where we got to see and participate in Native American dance.  It was a hot day here yesterday and some of the boys looked pretty tired and dehydrated last night. We constantly encourage hydration and sunscreen to offset the heat. Today the new Scouts start leatherwork and the woodcarving merit badges and go on a 5 mile hike while the older Scouts continue canoeing, swimming, shotgun, auto maintenance, climbing and other. This afternoon the entire troop gets to participate in a scout carnival and we also get some troop time so we are going to make cobbler on the Dutch ovens! Personally, JC and I are having a great time and appreciate getting to know each and everyone of you Scouts!”

Day 4:

“Yesterday, was a fun day.  The new Scouts started leather work and wood working merit badges and made some pretty cool stuff.  The new Scouts also completed their 5 Mile hike for their rank advancement. The shooting sports is going well and most kids in camp have qualified with the rifle, shotgun and archery. The boys had a carnival in the afternoon where they played games and ate hamburgers and slushies. The adults were fed Buffalo steaks so we were also happy! At night we had troop time and made some yummy cobbler, roasted marshmallows and told ghost stories! Another fun day at Camp A!!!

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Summer Camp-Day 2!

Jon Ullmann —  June 14, 2016 — Leave a comment
So far Camp A has been awesome! IMG_5673The staff put on some great skits last night that kept ourTroop laughing the entire time. The food has also been pretty good. Yesterday the new scouts learned some knots, Toten Chit, Fire Chit and some good tenderfoot and second class skill. They also made baskets and started their art merit badges. The older scouts started shooting, archery, wilderness survival, canoeing, auto mechanic shotgun, and a few other cool merit badges. Yesterday was especially exciting because it was sunny, rainy and hailed on us at
least three times! We are having a blast! IMG_5671

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Summer Camp Update!

Jon Ullmann —  June 13, 2016 — Leave a comment

From Mr. Warner, Camp Commander

“First day of Camp. We’re all checked in and have awesome tents. Here’s a pic of us waiting to eat and do the morning flag ceremony!”


Due to summer camp there will NOT be a meeting this week (Tuesday, 14 June).   Remember Tuesday is Flag Day so we will be putting out flags…please review/update your information on signupgenius (you should receive an e-mail from the site).

On Saturday, June 25th from 9 am-2 pm, Nate S. needs volunteers to help with his Eagle Project.  We will build planting boxes for the preschool at Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 120 N. 31st St, Colorado Springs, 80904.  Sunscreen, snacks, water, and safety devices will be provided.  Come help build the planting boxes, plant flowers, and clean up the surrounding area.  This event is a great opportunity to knock out the service hours for your next rank! Both scouts and adults are needed. Please RSVP to by June 22. Thanks!

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Summer Campers,

Just a few reminders before we meet at the church tomorrow at 1pm.

Please bring any missing forms if I contacted you about them…such as insurance card, missing physical pages or whatever.  I need a copy of both sides of the insurance card.

Scout should arrive at the Church wearing their Class A shirt. We always travel in this uniform.  Make sure you eat before coming to the church.  The next meal will be dinner at Camp A. Scouts should bring a swim suit and have it ready in case we have to re-take the swim test on Sunday night.

There will be Theme days at summer camp.  Your scout has the option of bringing and wearing the following themed shirts:

  • Monday – Troop T-Shirt Day – wear your troop T-Shirt
  • Tuesday – OA Day – wear your OA sash with full field uniform
  • Wednesday – Pink T-Shirt Day
  • Thursday – Camp T-Shirt Day – wear your favorite Camp Alexander t-shirt
  • Friday – Floral Fridays– wear your favorite floral shirt


One of the highlights at Camp Alexander is Friday Family Night. Friends and family are welcome to join in the fun and spirit, Friday afternoon as the Scouts participate in Camp wide events. At 5:15 PM the camp will have its final assembly, with Scouts dressed in full field uniform. Awards and rank recognition’s will be presented at this time. Be sure to have cameras ready to capture the great moments. Friday evening meal tickets are on sale at the Business Office and must be purchased prior to dining. There is no charge for the Scouts and leaders in attendance at camp during the week as the cost is already included in the camp fee. The closing campfire, performed by the Scouts, will begin at approximately 7:45 PM and should conclude by 9:30 PM. Guests will be required to park in the lower lot and make the 10 minute walk to the main camp

Here is a map and link to Camp Alexander using Google Maps. The Map starts from Wilson United Methodist Church.  It takes about an hour to drive from the Church. 

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Here is a link to the Camp Program guide just in case you haven’t looked over it yet. 2016_Camp_A_PROGRAM_guide

See you tomorrow!!


Merit Badge


Attached it the Merit Badge schedule for summer camp.  Please review it with your scout and verify any prerequisites  against the Camp A Program Guide. 

The below link takes you to a PDF of all the Merit Badges for each scout:

Summer Camp 2016 Schedule

As always fell free to call, email or text with any questions.



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Summer Campers,

Summer camp is upon us! We depart for Camp A in one week on the 12th!  Our next meeting on Tuesday is going to focus on final Summer Camp Preparations. If you are not going to summer camp then you can skip this meeting.  I would like a parent for each scout to attend this meeting to ensure you get all the information!

  1. Physicals and Medicine Prescriptions
  2. Transportation
  3. Permission Slips
  4. Timeline
  5. What to expect at Summer Camp
  6. Packing List

Physicals:  Physicals MUST be the approved BSA Scout Physical with part A signed by both the parent and the scout, Part C must be signed by you medical provider and it must include a copy of your Health Insurance Card. If I do not have this form complete before you leave your scout cannot go to summer camp L. Adults must have them too.

I have the following Physicals:

Nate C, Kevin A, Lance W, Anders C (Need Insurance Card), Ignacio H (Need Insurance Card), Daniel D (Need Insurance Card), Josh J (Need Insurance Card), Preston S (Need Insurance Card), Evan R (Need Insurance Card), William R, Sean W.

Transportation:  I will need some adults to help drive scouts to summer camp and back.  I can only fit 4 in my little Subaru!

Permission Slips:  Let fill these out now and get the admin stuff knocked out.

Timeline: We will discuss departure and return times and when parents can come visit their scouts.

What to expect at Summer Camp?:  We’ll touch on how summer camp works and I will provide a brief overview of events, merit badges, and basically how things are done there.

Packing List:  I am going to bring my camping gear in as an example and go through it with the scouts and parents. You have the option of bringing your scout’s stuff to this meeting so I can look at it and make sure it’s good to go….for example, the sleeping bag is rated correctly. Now is the time to start packing your stuff. Don’t Wait until the last minute!

  • Sleeping Bag rated to 20 degree or colder
  • Sleeping Mat
  • Nalgene Bottle (1 Liter) – I require this because it helps me monitor how much water your scout drinks
  • Rain Coat/Poncho
  • Brimmed Hat (Scout Hats work well)
  • Class A Scout Shirt  (will be worn during travel and ceremonies)
  • Class B Scout Shirt (Can be bought from the troop)
  • Jacket
  • Hoody type shirt
  • 5 Pairs of Socks (Preferably wool or synthetic)
  • Spare Long Pants
  • Spare Shorts
  • 4 Pairs of Underwear
  • Beanie Cap
  • Comfortable broken in Shoes (Hiking or Running Shoes)
  • Sandals or Flip Flops for shower and hanging around camp
  • Personal Hygiene Kit (Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Floss, Baby wipes, etc)
  • Towel
  • Pocket Knife (only folding knives with blades 4” or less). Must Carry Toten Chit
  • Fire making materials (Matches or lighter)
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Head Lamp and or Flashlight with Spare Batteries
  • Sunglasses (Optional)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bugspray
  • Camera (Optional)
  • Spending Money (I recommend at least $40)
  • cord (50 Feet)
  • Scout Handbook
  • Notepad and Pencis
  • Leisure Book (Optional)
  • Swimsuit (For those doing water sports …swimming, canoeing, etc)
  • Small backpack for little hikes. You do not need to buy an expensive Camping Backpack for summer camp
  • 2 x 1 Gallon Zip Lock bags with your scouts name written on it with a sharpy

Items Not To Bring:

  • Soda bottles to be used as a water bottler
  • Skate Shoes like Vans or Keds (unless this is your second pair for lounging around the camp)
  • Junk food or too much snacks.  There will be plenty food there and they can buy stuff in the trading post


Again, please contact me for any questions. 719-648-6798.



IMPORTANT:  If you are driving to the Mint on Monday please e-mail me your TOTAL number of seats and cell phone number ASAP (  We need about 60 seats, which means about 10 drivers and it looks like we may be a few seats short (from what I can tell on signupgenius).  Also, please update tour participants on signupgenius so we know how many seats we need!


The Mint tour is this Monday!  This is an all day event so come prepared!  Here is the itinerary.

8:30 am:  Meet at WUMC (please be prompt!).  Depart for Denver.

11 am – 12 pm:  Families tour mint.  Tour participants must be at the tour entrance 30 minutes prior to scheduled tour (10:30 am for this group).  While families/guests are touring the mint, Scouts will be working on coin collecting merit badge requirements in the vicinity of the mint.

12:30-1:30 pm:  Scout leaders and Scouts tour mint (12 pm at the tour entrance).  Previous tour group waits at the collection point (TBD, bring a frisbie or book!).

After we have regrouped we will head to a late lunch on the way home.  We should be back at WUMC about 4:15-4:30 pm.

Scouts need to wear Class A shirt; bring their coin collection merit badge worksheets and pen; bring a completed “BSA Parent Permission Form” if unaccompanied by a parent (available under “downloads” at; and bring about $10-15 for lunch/snacks and to help cover parking fees.  If you bring your own lunch/snacks, please bring about $5 to help cover parking and any additional costs.

I’ll put together a handout that will include the address of the mint, the itinerary, driver contact information, and other important info.  See you Monday morning!


Denver Mint Tour requirements:

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to:

  • Handbags, purses, fanny packs, backpacks and packages
  • Strollers
  • Food, drink, tobacco products, lighters and matches
  • Weapons (including pocket knives and personal protective devices)

Permitted items:

  • Palm sized wallet that can fit in your pocket and umbrellas
  • Cameras and cell phones (use of these items is prohibited while inside the Mint building).
  • Medical necessities



Monday is Memorial Day Flags!  Please show up at the flag barn promptly at 6 am for morning shift, and 6 pm for evening shift.  There are still a couple of Scout positions available on signupgenius. It should be a beautiful day!


Tuesday’s Meeting (31 May, Game Night) will consist of swimming at the USAF Community Center Pool.  Please show up at WUMC at 5 pm Tuesday to carpool.  We should be returning about 8:30-8:45 pm.  Cost is $3.50 for Scouts (exact change please), and adult leaders are no charge.  Please wear your Class B T-shirt, and bring a swim suit, towel, goggles (optional), and dry clothes for travel.  We need DoD ID cardholders in each car, so please e-mail me at if you can drive and/or hold an ID.  We’ll need transportation for about 25 kids so please let me know if you can drive and I’ll try to match driver’s and ID card holders.  At the pool we’ll be accomplishing the annual BSA swim test (for camp and other activities), water based rank advancement items, and have some free time to splash with the many swim toys at the pool.  See you Tuesday!

We will have an action packed Tuesday meeting!  Scouts will begin work on the coin collecting merit badge in preparation for the Denver Mint Tour on Monday, June 6th.  Please RSVP for the Mint Tour on signupgenius!

Parents are asked to attend the meeting for a special Flag Program training event.  This is a mandatory meeting prior to accomplishing a flag route (and helping your Scout earn money for camp/events!).  See the Flag barn (extra credit if you see/hear the ghost of Cowboy Bob in the barn hay loft!), find out how to identify flag locations at a residence, and actually put out a flag (right by the church)!

See you Tuesday!


The only physical that you need for summer camp is the one posted under the above Summer Camp 2016 link.  You do not need the additional Colorado Immunization Form.

Please work on completing the physicals and acquiring the packing list. Also, remember to let me know if you would like to rent a cot ($20).

Thanks and as always please feel free to contact me with any questions at 719.648.6798 or



The May Court of Honor is next Tuesday, 17 May, at WUMC!  The Committee will provide hamburgers/hot dogs, and families should RSVP and sign up for sides/desserts. Setup begins for all Scouts at 5:30 pm with dinner beginning at 6 pm.  The COH will follow at 7 pm with awards and advancements.  This is a great time to bring in your summer camp physical or other paperwork so we can take care of Troop business.  All Troop 287 families are invited!

An invite was sent out on signupgenius…if you’re not getting Troop invites, please send your e-mail address to