Tuesday’s Meeting

Sean Warner —  September 19, 2016 — Leave a comment


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Hey Scouts!

First, that was an amazing backpack trip last weekend. Everyone demonstrated toughness, skills and professionalism! …and just maybe you had some fun too!

If anyone still has gear issued to them for the backpack trip then please bring it back to the church. Also, please bring in your scout handbooks so we can sign off on achievements.

Here is a link to the photos from the trip: https://goo.gl/photos/q6ApwAUxvHR2W9ui8

On Tuesday, we will continue on inventories, conduct the make up run for tenderfoot achievements, and conduct senior scout rank advancement planning.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Centennial Campout on Oct 14-16.  The Council described it as Disneyland for Scouts. There will be multiple activities and stations and scouts can just run around to each one and do fun stuff. This is a family campout!

See you tomorrow!


Online Popcorn Sales

Sean Warner —  September 16, 2016 — Leave a comment
Hello Troop 287!
The Kernel here. I just finished registering each scout for online popcorn sales! Here are some benefits: popcorn gets shipped right to the customers house (great for the troop). The customer pays online and it is easily tracked (greater for the troop). It makes it easy for you to track and meet/exceed your goals (greaterest for the troop)!!
Here’s how it works:
Family/friends/random people go to popcornordering.com
They click the big red box that says ‘customers order here’
They type in the 10-digit code especially assigned to each scout (below)
They are brought to the catalogue  and buy popcorn from you! Wow how easy!
You can also go to that website and click the buttong below the red one that’s labeled ‘scouts log in here’. The information for that is also below, and it organized as such:
**the 10-digit code is the phone number on file** I will post the last 4 digits so everyone’s phone number isn’t posted**
The password to log on is the same phone number
Scout name — last 4 of phone number on file — username — password (same as 10-digit code)
Anders Schermack — 8312 — andersschermack
Avery Bolenbaugh — 9721 — averybolenbaugh
Benjamin Burling — 0412 — benjaminburling
Brady Gossage — 4988 — bradygossage
Brennan Simpson — 4347 — brennansimpson
Cody Peach — 0685 — codypeach
Daniel Diggs — 9190 — danieldiggs
Devyn Labriole — 9372 — devynlabriole
Evan Reeves — 0339 — evanreeves
Ian Miller — 5438 — ianmiller
Ignacio Huber — 3509 — ignaciohuber
Jack Durrenberger — 6835 — jackdurrenberger
James Moon — 8108 — jamesmoon
Joseph Blair — 6241 — josephblair
Josh Johnston — 7034 — joshjohnston
Jude Walker — 9697 — judewalker *Noah is different*
Kevin Ames — 0412 — kevinames
Lane Warner — 6798 — lancewarner
Marquel Edwards — 9684 — marqueledwards
Nathaniel Cuccaro — 9734 — nathanielcuccaro
Nicholas Grim — 3383 — nicholasgrim
Noah Walker — 9698 — noahwalker (number is the same except for last digit)
Preston Studebaker — 5995 — prestonstudebaker
Rhett Brinkman — 6675 — rhettbrinkman
Riley McNew — 6905 — rileymcnew
Skyler Waldin — 9243 — skylerwaldin
William Reeves — 1950 — williamreeves
An email was required to sign each scout up, and there isn’t one on file, so I used my own email, blake.mctee@gmail.com. If your scout logs on and sees an ‘update contact information’ button, that would be great, despite how much I’d love to get an email each and every time a T287 scout makes a sale.
I have already typed in someone’s 10-digit code and know it works, as it says ‘You are purchasing for Firstname Lastname’ at the top of the page. I tried to log on to some of the scout’s page as well, and it didn’t register the username/password yet. I’m guessing it takes some time for it to register all the names I just input.
If anyone has and questions and doesn’t know which phone number that is, feel free to call, text, or email. Now lets get poppin’!
Blake McTee

Just a reminder that we will be meeting at the church at 430 and departing as close to 5pm as possible. I understand some scouts get out of school very close to that time and I appreciate your efforts!


Sean Warner

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:          Sara Chermack, Steve Cuccaro, Sandy Diggs, Sandy Johnston, Pam Reeves, Danny Reeves, Tom Sharp, Jen Walker, Sean Warner, Jonathan Westcott, Lisa Woodard.


Sean Warner – Scout Master

  • This Friday, Sept 16th through Sunday the 18th will be the Wigwam Backpacking Trip in the Lost Creek Wilderness area. Scouts should be at the church at 4:00 PM on Friday; the plan is to arrive back around 12:00 PM on Sunday
  • October 14th – 16th will be the Centennial Campout hosted by our local Boy Scout council. It will take place at the El Paso County Fairgrounds in Calhan. This will be a family campout, $20 for entire family, or just $10 for one Scout.
  • Saturday, November 5th will be the Veteran’s Day Parade and our “Flags” fundraiser.
  • November 11th & 12th – “The Dino Death March” will most likely occur.
  • Towards the end of the year, the Scoutmaster will be planning a Holiday gathering at his home for all of the Troop parents
  • Suggestion made to participate in Camp Jamboree – Summer 2017


Tom Sharp – Chartered Organization Representative

  • October 31st event: Church Harvest Festival and ‘Trunk or Treat’ – Scouts are encouraged to participate as volunteers
  • Sunday, Sept. 25th, Soup Kitchen at Sacred Heart Catholic Church


Sandy Johnston – Committee Chair

  • Suggestion made for purchasing camping equipment with unallocated funds
  • Veteran’s Day Flags will be discussed towards end of meeting
  • Discussed the scholarship fund


Danny Reeves – Committee Treasurer

  • Discussed reconciliation reports


Flag Fundraiser Discussion

  • Flags raises $2,200 roughly for the Troop which goes towards the costs of awards at Courts of Honor; dues would be significantly higher without the help of Flag fundraising
  • We need to keep this as a fundraiser; cannot afford to lose this partnership with the Rotary Club
  • There is the potential for the Rotary Club to find another Boy Scout Troop
  • Various solutions were discussed to improve the participation of the boys and the parents
Hello everyone!
After a long journey to this day, I can finally say my Eagle project is planned and ready to be completed. All I need is a group of enthusiastic volunteers. The work days will be on October 1 and 2 (Tentatively Saturday from 10-4 and Sunday from 12-5) at Wilson Methodist Church as long as the weather allows. If it happens to be cold or rainy, it will still be the same dates, just at an indoor location. My project involves building some mountain bike skills elements for the Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates group here in the Springs so I need as much help as possible from every age group.  If you think you may be able to help with this, please send me an email at sctjirous@gmail.com and I will send you additional information.
Thank you!
Scott Jirous
Troop 287

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Troop 287,

Here is the flyer for our October 14-16 Centennial Campout hosted by Pikes Peak Council.  Families are invited!! There will be a ton of activities, games, merit badge and rank advancement opportunities.  Please discuss with your scout and sign up on the separate Signup Genius email that has been sent out. If you are not receiving the Signup Genius emails then please contact me directly so I can add your email.

The cost is $10 per scout and there will be an additional cost for food.  We need at least two adult leaders to attend.

Centennial Campout

Thank You!

Sean Warner


Just a friendly reminder for all the scouts going on the backpack trip this weekend to bring all the gear in the posted packing list to tonight’s meeting for inventories and also a list of your planned meals.

Thank you!

Sean Warner



Here is the packing list for the upcoming Wigwam backpack trip. PLEASE BRING YOUR GEAR WITH YOU TO THE NEXT MEETING.  You do not have to bring food, but bring a list of what your meals are going to be.

These are the “essentials” plus a little extra..

1. A pocketknife or multitool can be handy in a wide variety of situations. It’s useful for tasks as large as building an emergency shelter or lighting a campfire with poor fuel, or as small as repairing a damaged backpack. Keep you knife sharp and clean, and don’t forget to first earn your Whittling Chip (for older Cub Scouts) or Totin’ Chip (for Boy Scouts).

2. A first-aid kit can be a lifesaver. Literally. A few items will allow you to treat scratches, blisters and other minor injuries. They should also allow you to provide initial care while waiting for help for more serious injuries. Make sure it’s small for backpacking.

3. Bring extra clothing to match the weather. Multiple layers are better than a single massive jacket, because layered clothing is adaptable to a wide range of temperatures.  A good backpacker is a minimalist. Wear one long pair of pants, preferably dry wicking convertible pants. Bring one set of extra underwear. Bring one warm shirt (fleece or hoodie). Wear one t-shirt and have one more.  Bring at least 3 pairs of socks…preferably wool or synthetic. Cotton sucks!!! Bring a beanie hat! Do not over pack clothes. Normally, the scout wears the same thing home that he wore to the campout…just needs some extra items for the cold.

4. Rain gear is very important. Rain can come in a hurry, and getting your clothes drenched is more than just uncomfortable, it can lead to hypothermia, a potentially fatal condition. A rain coat can also be your cold weather coat. Please do not have multiple coats. A rain coat over a hoodie or fleece will work fine.

5. A flashlight, headlamp or a rugged penlight is important for finding your way in the dark. Bring extra batteries, too.

6. Trail food is good for maintaining your energy. Bring more than you think you’ll need in case you get stuck (or lost) in the woods. Stay away from junk food. Trail mix, healthy energy bars and dried fruit are best.

7. Water can prevent dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Use a lightweight, unbreakable 1 liter Nalgene container with a secure lid. Every scout should have 2 liters. This can be in the form of a Nalgene or Camelback.

8. Matches and/or a fire starter may be used to light fires for heat, or for signaling for help. Store matches or lighters in resealable plastic bags.

9. Sun protection might include sunblock, sunglasses, lip balm and a wide-brimmed hat. No giant sunscreen tubes. A mini-tube of sunscreen or simply a hat and long clothes work fine.

10. A map and compass are probably the most important tools you can carry in case you get lost. Every scout should always carry a compass. The troop will provide the map.

11. Sleeping Bag should be rated to at least 20 degrees. If you can find one that is rated to 0 degrees then even better.

12. The Backpack should have a frame. School backpacks do not provide the support necessary for backpacking trips. I recommend at least a 45L backpack.

13. A Sleeping Pad insulates your scout form the cold ground. This can make all the different in preserving energy, providing a good night sleep and preventing hyperthermia.  A foam one works fine…there are more expensive lighter inflatable ones available on many online sites, REI and like outdoor retailers.

The troop will provide backpacking tents, water filter, first aid kit, and Jetboil stoves.


Here are some hygiene items you may want to pack, depending on the outing:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Soap
  • Waterless hand cleaner
  • Washcloth
  • Toilet paper
  • Trowel for digging cathole latrines


Here are some cooking and eating items you may want to pack, depending on the outing:

  • Bowl for cooking and eating
  • Spoon
  • Cup or insulated mug
  • Water treatment system
  • Backpacking stove with fuel (Troop will provide this but you can bring one if you have it).
  • Metal Cup that you can heat water on one a stove


Here are some extras you may want to pack, depending on the outing:

  • Watch
  • Camera
  • Notebook
  • Pen or pencil
  • Sunglasses
  • Small musical instrument
  • Gloves
  • Whistle
  • Nylon cord (50 Ft for close line or improvised fishing)
  • Insect repellent
  • Hiking stick or trekking poles
  • Animal identification books, plant keys, geological studies, star charts or other guide


The goal is to keep your scout’s backpack 30-35lbs or lighter…the max weight can vary a little pending on the ability and age of the scout

Please feel free to contact me with any questions!

Sean Warner



Just a friendly reminder that popcorn door to door sales start tomorrow!!! September 9th….

Here are a few tips for successful popcorn selling:

  1. Always have an adult present when selling popcorn. Safety is the first priority!
  2. Wear your Class A uniform and be polite.  Make a good Impression.
  3. Ask for payment upfront. Checks are made out to Troop 287.  Make sure you mark down who paid and how much. It gets confusing when you mix up everyone’s money.
  4. Start selling your popcorn Friday, Sep 9th (Tomorrow)! If you wait to long then people will have already bought popcorn.
  5. Set up your online account to sell to family and friends across the nation.  Its really easy!
  6. Set a goal…for example, $300 of popcorn sales will put about $100 in your scout account. That’s really easy to accomplish.
  7. Hit up your parents Co-Workers. Scout’s sell a lot that way 🙂

Finally, if you did not receive your order form in the mail then you can pick another one up at council.

Good luck and have fun!!!

Sean Warner



We have a committee meeting on Tuesday the 13th at 730pm. All committee members to include new committee members please attend as matter’s discussed affect the future of the troop. One important topic of discussion will be Flags.  We have not had enough recent participation to support this fundraiser and it’s resulting in extra work for those that do show and Flags not being placed and recovered properly.  The Rotary Club, which owns the Flag program, has hinted that they could find another troop.

Flag revenue is how we fund all the awards and any other expenses of the troop.  We’ve been lucky to not have to ask parents to pay and not do other fund raisers such as car washes.  So, please help us discuss and solve this issue! All parents are welcome to attend too.

Thank you to the following people for volunteering for the committee:

Charter Org Rep – Tom S

Troop Committee Chair – Sandy J

Troop Secretary – (Vacant)

Troop Treasure – Danny R.

Troop Advancement – Mary C.

Troop Equipment Coordinator – (Vacant)

Troop Outdoor/Activity Chair – Lisa D

Troop Training Chair – Jessica H

ScoutParent Coordinator – Sara C

Popcorn Kernel – Blake M

Webmaster – Ryan B.


You guys rock and are going to help continue to make this church great!!! Thank you


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Troop 287,

Here are the upcoming Camp Outs.  They are going to be fun and allow your scouts to have fun and earn advancement toward their ranks. Please have them sign up at church and we will also send out a signup genius link too.

17-18 Sep: Wigwam Trail Back Pack Trip.   This is a backpack trip that all the scouts are capable of participating on.  Its up by Tarryall so its pretty close yet out in beautiful Colorado Country.  Scouts will pack their own food, so the only cost will be their food.

14-16 Oct: Centennial Campout.  This is a campout that is led by the Boy Scout Council. Families can attend this event. There is a flyer attached to this email. The cost is $10 per scout to attend the campout and a max of $20 per family. There might be an additional cost for food.  There is a flyer attached. Since this is a council event, we need people to commit within the next two weeks so we can register by the deadline.

4-5 November: Dino Death March.  This campout is down near Pueblo and is good for October.  It has some hiking and we get to see some dinosaur tracks.  The cost will be $15 per scout.

I also need adult leaders to commit to each campout in advance.

Thanks a ton and I’m looking forward to these fun adventures!!!



Centenial Campout

Tonight’s meeting

Sean Warner —  August 30, 2016 — Leave a comment


Wear your Class B’s with shoes you can run in at tonight to the meeting. We are going to begin our equipment refit by unloading the trailer into the barn. We’ll also do our make up fitness test for Tenderfoot.

See you tonight!



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.


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)


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!



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!