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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 www.pikespeakbsa.org 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.

Departure/Return:

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!

Remember:

  • 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.

The next committee meeting will be held on Tuesday July 8, 2014 at 6:30PM at Wilson Church. All parents are welcome to attend!

Troop 287 Committee Meeting

June 10, 2014

6:30-7:30PM
Discussion Items

Welcome

Approval of Minutes – Kathy approved. Sandy seconded

Scoutmaster Report – NA – away at Philmont.

Chris Swanson asked committee to sign reference sheets for summer campout.

  • Saturday June 28 – Sunday 29 – one night camp out at church for new scouts to prepare to summer camp. Start at 1PM to 1PM next day. The goal is to knock out merit badges that won’t be at summer camp. Also do 5 mile hike through Ute park. Tom will check with the church for approval.

Advancements Report – NA

Flags Update

  • Will reported that we lost 27 flags subscriptions this year. It was suggested that another route be added in his neighbourhood.
  • Have enough drivers and scouts for Flag day June 14.
  • Tom reported two flags were dropped off to retire the flags. Tom suggested a donation to drop off flags to be put into the scholarship fund.

Treasurer’s Report

  • Kathy reported we are on track with the budget. All outstanding payments have been received. Camp Jeffrey is paid up. Jen approved the treasurer’s report and Sandy seconded.

Other

  • Sandy volunteered to take over camp coordinator duties. She will start looking in the fall for summer camps. Kathy suggested downloading information of all camps in Colorado for scoutmaster and have the boys pick the one they want to go to. Pick first and second choice and dates of the camps. Boys need to commit to going early in the year. The goal is to make an estimate and plan for that.
  • Kathy will update Tom as contact for the troopmaster renewal in September.
  • Sandy reported results from soapbox derby. Noah Walker was 4th in superstock division. Riley McNewb sixth, Josh Johnston eighth place.

Next Meeting – Tuesday July 8 – 6:30 PM

Adjourned at 7:20.

Hi,

This is Michael Warner. I am starting my Eagle Scout Project, which is building stray cat shelters for the humane society, and I am requesting volunteers for work days. The first day is on July 20th from 12:00 to 4:00. On that day we will measure, cut, and start assembling the shelters. I need 3 adult volunteers and 4 Youth Volunteers for the first day. Youth volunteer will make the measurements and conduct assembly.  Adults are required to operate the power saws. I also need 2 more circular saws and 2 more power drills with drill and screwdriver bits. If you can provide these items when you volunteer, it would be greatly appreciated. The second day is on July 26th from 11:00 to 4:00. On this day we should be finishing assembling the shelters and paint the shelters. For this day I would need 6 youth volunteers and 2 drills with screwdriver bits to paint and assemble. Food and refreshments will be provided on both days for the volunteers. Please contact me on my phone, (719) 648-2509, or my email, michaeloceanwarner@gmail.com, if you can participate.

Thank you,

Michael Warner

Troop 287

One Night Campout at Wilson ChurchThis Saturday, June 28, 2014, the boys of Troop 287 will be doing a one-night prep campout to have some fun and get ready for summer camp. We’ll start at 1 p.m. at Wilson Church and stay the night up by the barn. Eat lunch beforehand. The boys will be working on several summer camp re-requisites along with earning their Fire N’ Chit and Tote N’ Chit. Friday night is hobo dinners. Boys will prepare their own hobo dinner at home and bring it with them to cook Saturday night. The boys will shop for and prepare Saturday night’s dessert and Sunday morning’s breakfast. We’ll be doing a 5-mile hike Sunday morning and should be done before noon. Cost is $6 per scout.

Scouts should bring sleeping bag, sleeping bad, a change of clothes, PJs, hygiene kit, personal eating utensils, poncho, good hiking shoes/boots, personal pocket knife (they’ll be learning how sharpen and care for them). Bring firewood, if you have some. The boys will be learning how to properly build, start, and extinguish fires in the metal fire bins.

For the hobo dinners, the boys need to be able to explain the basic food groups in their Scout Handbooks and include them in their meal. Here are some ideas for hobo dinners:

http://queenbeecoupons.com/foil-packet-meal-recipes-foil-packet-cooking-for-camping-grilling/

Philmont

Sean Warner —  June 22, 2014 — Leave a comment

Troop 287,

Here are the pics that I took at Philmont. Mr. Moore has plenty more! It was an honor and a privilege experience the challenging Philmont adventure with the scouts. They all demonstrated true grit and positive character throughout the 11 day 106 mile hike.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/a9ko5yh86lvvqmz/AADHwlZ93zYcxaH4b-9wbqisa

Use the drop box link to access all the photos I took.  Please download the ones you want because I eventually delete them off my dropbox.

Sean Warner

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2014 Summer Camp Update

swanie —  June 15, 2014 — Leave a comment

We’re now less than a month away from heading to Ben Delatour/Camp Jeffries Summer Camp. A few house-keeping items:

Friday Night Dinner

Visitors are invited to join us in Camp Charles Jeffrey on Friday night for the Family Dinner. We need advanced reservations and payment for the Friday night meal by Tuesday at noon of the week you will be attending. You can buy Friday dinner passes under the day passes option in your registration on Camper. Friday Night Family Dinner Only: $8.00 per person.

If you plan to attend, you’ll need to write us a check for $8 and get that to Phil Stafford, troop treasurer. We’ll then be able to go into their registration site and sign you up.

Forms

Bring your completed medical forms to the next troop meeting, please!

If you haven’t completed your medical form yet, please do so. Note that you will need a front and back copy of your insurance card, too. I (Swanie) will be collecting all the forms and have them in a master 3-ring binder to take to camp. Be sure to keep a copy for yourself. This form is good for one year for all BSA activities that may require a medical form.

Day Passes for Visitor Fees

Visitors and guests are welcome at the Scout Camp during any day of the week. Anyone who is not on the Scout or Adult summer camp roster is considered a guest. All guests must check in at the Scout Camp office upon arrival to camp and must check out when leaving.

Visitor day passes are $35 per day for adults and guests that come for just a day (or two or three). We will need to know when they will be in camp and for how many days at least two weeks prior to arrival to have food, as dining hall availability allows.

Day Passes

You can purchase day passes for the visitors who will be in camp. They are $35/day and can be added to your registration by checking the “Day Passes” box. Simply enter in the number of passes you would like.

Adults that plan to camp with the troop (regardless of the number of days) in the troop’s campsite must have the required Leader Reference Form and Character References. They will also need a Health and Medical record, but will not need Part C (Physicians form) unless they will be staying more than 72 hours. Upon check-in at the camp office you will be required to check-in all medications to the Camp Health Officer.

If you want a day pass, let us know and arrange payment with Phil Stafford.

Web Page

We’ll try to keep all the information updated on the summer camp web page:

http://www.bsatroop287.org/summer-camp/

The next committee meeting will be on June 10 at 6:30 PM at Wilson Church. Anyone is welcome!

Here is a picture from the 15 mile backpacking trip to Lost Creek Wilderness.  Everybody did great, and the boys going to Philmont in 2 weeks got to shake down all their gear.  The weather was great, no injuries, and all the boys got along–good luck to the Philmont crew!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

May 2014 Committee Meeting Notes

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Discussion Notes

Attendees: Keith Moore, Joyce Moore, Kathy Kaelin, Jen Jirous, Phil Stafford, Lisa Woodard, Sandy Johnston, Will

Welcome

Correction from April’s Minutes: Scouts served at a Men’s Fellowship dinner, not breakfast.

Approval of April Minutes: Kathy approved, Phil seconded the motion.

Scoutmaster Report:

Keith shared the boys’ decision to hold a cake contest at May 20th Court of Honor.

Sign-up sheet for Memorial Day Flags will begin; 12 boys max can sign-up; meet at the church at 6:00 AM, and for the evening tear down, meet at the church at 5:00 PM.

Backpacking trip – departure date is Friday, May 30th; arrive back on Sunday, June 1st

May 27 – regular meeting

June 2 – Game night

June 10 – Leave at 6:00 AM for Philmont

June 22 – depart Philmont in the evening

Scout from Kentucky will be joining Philmont crew and will have info turned in by next week.

Lock-in was a huge success: boys mended tent poles, cleaned barn, etc.

Several Troop tents still need mending; we are down to 5 tents; this is sufficient until the Fall

In early 2015, Committee should start shopping for discounted tents

Advancement Chair Report:

Scoutmaster Conferences and Board of Reviews being held tonight, May 13th

Treasurer’s Report:

Kathy passed out the Treasurer’s Report that she and Phil completed

Committee discussed how to cover the cost of the two adult leaders for Camp Jeffrey

Decision was made: the Troop will cover half of their cost and boys going to camp will pay an extra $20

Two Scouts applied for a Camp Scholarship; Kathy distributed the applications; unanimous approval to grant scholarships for $140 each from the Troop Scholarship Fund

Treasurer report was approved by Jen; seconded by Phil

Committee Chairman Report:

Jen discussed the May 20 Court of Honor Cook-out

Troop will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, and condiments; bring your own cheese!!

Each family will bring a side dish or salad

Boys will be providing dessert via their Cake Contest

Next Committee meeting will be, June 3rd, 1st Tuesday of the month (not June 10th)

Troop needs a Camp Coordinator; this will be announced at the Court of Honor

“Troop Treasures” program to begin:

Joyce suggested we find a way for Scouts to pass-down their gently used camping gear

Committee decided to begin providing hand-me-down bins beginning with the August C.O.H.

Flag Update:

The boys and Kathy repaired 60 broken flags during the Lock-in

Andrew and Kathy attended the Mountain Shadows Community Association meeting and got a few Flag subscriptions.

June 14 is Flag Day; younger Scouts will cover this, as older Scouts will be at Philmont

Zip Line activity:

Sandy announced that the Pikes Peak Council is holding a Boy Scout Zip Line Day

May 31st, 4:15 pm – 6:30 pm; $35; see pikespeakbsa.org for more information

Meeting Adjourned at 7:45

Next Meeting June 10 6:30 PM

 

 

15-mile backpacking tripThe boys of Troop 287 are doing 15-mile backpacking trip near Lost Creek Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1, 2014. We leave Friday, 4 p.m. at Wilson Church. We expect to be back mid-afternoon on Sunday.

Tuesday, May 20 is our Court of Honor. Scouts are to wear full class A uniforms with kerchiefs and merit badge sashes.

Dinner will begin at 6 p.m.

All are Welcome!

Troop Committee Meeting – Tuesday May 13th at 6:30 PM at Wilson Methodist Church.

See how the support system for the troop works. All parents are welcome to attend. You do not need to be a registered leader to participate.

Hope to see many of you there.

Jen Jirous – Troop Committee Chairman

Troop 287 Committee Meeting

April 15, 2014

6:30-7:30PM
Discussion Notes

Attendees: Kathy K., Tom Sharp, Sandy Johnson, Jen Jirous, Phil Stafford, Andrea Warner

Welcome

Approval of March Minutes – Kathy approved, Keith second

Scoutmaster Report – Keith shared information about Philmont and materials to be purchased (T-shirt, Bandana). A scout from Kentucky wants to join our troop for Philmont because our troop has an extra spot and is doing the 110 mile trek. Keith needs to find out more information but with check with the boys and other adult leaders. The only concern of the committee was to ensure that the scout is physically able to handle the trek. We need to have a firm commitment by May 15 from him.

Schedule:

  • Easter Egg hiding Saturday 10-12 at Wilson church.
  • April 26 Lock-in. Scouts will go through gear and will let committee know if any equipment is needed.
  • April 27 – soup kitchen
  • May 10 – help with Men’s fellowship breakfast.
  • Backpacking – first weekend of May. Need adult leader to be able to do it.

Advancements Report – Not available

Treasurer’s Report. Jen make a motion to approve. Sandy second.

  • Kathy suggested we search for banks that don’t charge for debit cards.

Flag Update –

  • The troop was asked to attend the Mountain Shadows Community Association meeting on April 30 to promote the flags at 6PM. We need several scouts and adults to attend and promote.
  • Flag repair will happen during the lock-in.
  • $25 donation for burning flags. Kathy will put it in the scholarship fund. Kathy will write a thank-you letter and have the boys sign.

May COH Planning – Cookout

  • Jen will check with Joyce about flier.
  • Kathy will get the meat, buns, or condiments.
  • Eating at 6. COH starts at 7. Jen will ask Joyce about the cake.

Recruitment Opportunity – April 19 – cannot setup due to the short notice but we can. Sandy would like to step-up recruitment coordinator if someone else can takeover some flags. Kathy has welcome packets. Sandy will check out creating a tri-fold brochure and check into visiting troops.

Other items

Next Meeting – Tuesday May 13 – 6:30PM

swimming

For game night this Tuesday (May 6th) we’ll be accomplishing the Boy Scout swim test at the USAFA pool, followed by pool fun.  Meet at the church at 5:30 pm to carpool to the Academy pool.  Cost is $3.50 per scout.  Bring a swimsuit, towel, and goggles (if you prefer).  I’ll need one more adult to drive/chaperone the event.  See you Tuesday!  Jon Ullmann

Need Help Soup Kitchen Sunday April 27th 5:45 PM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church 21st and Colorado ave.