Soap Box Derby

Dan McGuire —  May 21, 2019 — Leave a comment


If there is anyone who is interested in participating in the Pikes Peak Soap Box Derby (links below), the troop has four cars that can be used at your leisure.

If you are interested, please let me know and coordinate with me and/or Mr. Tom Sharp for the use of the cars.

This is a pretty cool event, think of it like a life size Pine Wood Derby.

The dates are rapidly approaching, trials are on 2 Jun and the race is on 9 Jun.


Parents and Scouts,

Due to inclimate weather and our plan to cook outside, we are going to push back the COA for a week. In addition, there have not been too many folks signed up for items on the Sign-up list. You can review what is needed at the link below.

So, let’s reset and get engaged with our COA, as a reminder, this will be the last COA for Assistant Scoutmaster Blake McTee; let’s make it a memorable one.

Since we will not be having the COA, we will have a regular meeting, remember the third meeting of the month is Uniform Inspection.

Have a great night!


Scouts and Families,
I’ve been communicating with the Discovery Center on the best day to finish the installation of my Eagle Project and we’ve agreed upon Saturday, May 25th. 

We will be starting the day at my house (7455 Winding Oaks Drive) to put the finishing touches on the dome before moving to the Discovery Center (4425 Arrowswest Drive) for some landscaping work and the installation. We should be finished by 5 pm at the latest. There will be a Signup Genius created for this workday. Please utilize the signup so I know who will be coming and in case I need to get ahold of everyone should something arise.  Parents, at drop off please let me know if you are ok with my parents transporting your Scouts to the Discovery center, We will abide by the 2 deep leadership rule within Scouting.

I appreciate everyone’s work so far and apologize for the inconvenience of working on Memorial Day weekend. Hopefully, we’ll be able to finish this project and have a final product we can all be proud of.

Please sign up here:

For any questions, contact me at (719) 440-7016
Joshua Johnston 

Troop (MTB Campers for this weekend):

As usual, we will meet up at the church at 5:30pm and plan leave for Farish by 6 (40 minute drive or so)-we may actually get to set up camp while it is still light!

We will not NEED our patrol boxes (but may want to load one just in case), but those who are cooking need to understand what is required to cook what is being brought and need to make adjustments for preparing the meals. From what I know about the meals, they can be cooked in a mess kit (but we will need a sanitizing station to clean).

Our main gear can be loaded up and stored in our vehicles while we ride down the hill and can recover them later on Sunday afternoon (day pack w/10 essentials on the rides).

We can plan to meet back up and get gear later on Sunday evening, or whenever is convenient. We hope to be at the Church by noon. Updates to family members will come as cell service allows. If you want to ride down the hill with us, I think our plan is to roll out of Farish around 9 on Sunday. There is no cell service up there, so if you are not there, we will assume you are not coming.

Let me know if there are any questions or concerns. I am sure I didn’t cover everything and I likely forgot a bunch of stuff. -but we will be safe and have fun regardless.


MTB Campout!

Dan McGuire —  May 16, 2019 — Leave a comment
Let’s send it!

The MTB campout is here! We have five Scouts and three adults headed up to Farish Rec Area for the MTB campout. Conner is purchasing the food for the Scouts, and adults will be responsible for their grub.

We plan to ride four routes on Saturday (2 x 2 miles; 2 x 5miles) and on Sunday we plan to ride from Farish all the way back to the Church for a total ride of 25.1 miles (on Rampart Range Road). Anyone who wants to join us, is more than welcome. Our start time on Sunday, in order to get back by 12noon, will be 9am Boy Scout time-which means very “ish”.

Safety gar required is helmet. Recommended are gloves, eye pro, and any other gear you may want to add (shin/knee/elbow guards, etc.).

The weather this weekend is supposed to rain, so ensure the appropriate gear is packed. Layers! Pack as if we were hiking, just to keep used to that sort of camping. No Patrol boxes, since there are only five scouts, we can cook on mess kits or in the fire.

FRI MAY 17Mostly Sunny60°/32°10%SW 17 mph33%
SAT MAY 18PM Thunderstorms49°/32°80%NW 9 mph39%
SUN MAY 19Cloudy53°/37°20%S 13 mph42%

So, the weekend looks to be fun, either muddy fun, or MTB fun, either way, we will have a great time!

Geren, Troop Scribe

Have bike, will travel.


There are currently only three Scouts signed up for the MTB campout this weekend. I assume that will change in the next day or so!

Tomorrow night’s meeting will focus on campout prep (food, packing list, etc.) for the trip to Farish. The boys will also map recon for routes that will complete the Cycling merit badge requirements. We will not be able to complete all of the requirements, but will be able to get a good start on them! Ride requirements are:

Ride the following rides with your counselor: two 2 mile rides; two 5 mile rides; two 8 mile rides; and one 22 mile ride.

If time permits, we can also knock out some rank requirements to keep up with the tradition of rushing to completion the week before the COA!


Scouts and Families,
There has been a delay in communication with the Discovery Center that has led me to have to cancel the work day for tomorrow, Sat, May 10.  Since I have not been granted access to install the structure, I will have to reschedule the next workday after I get the go ahead from them. Thank you all for your help with my Eagle Scout project and I apologize for the delay. I will let you know of future dates as soon as I get it worked.
I checked the SignupGenius and no one was signed up yet so that will be deleted until the next dates are decide.
Thanks,Josh Johnston719-440-7016

Hello Troop!

Its time for Rank Advancements and to present Merit Badges! Tuesday, May 21st is our Court of Honor and it will be a BBQ themed event. The Troop is going to provide the Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Brats and the Buns.  We are asking the families to bring the sides:

Please sign up for the side dish you can bring.

Set up begins at 5:30 pm and the COH starts at 6pm at the Church


Oooh, look, a pretty rock!

Above is the link to the sign up for the MTB campout next weekend. The Scouts will need a good number of attendees so they can plan for food at next week’s meeting.


Out next campout is our Mountain Bike (MTB) campout up at Farish Rec area 17-19 May. Scouts will plan food and routes using available maps at next Week’s meeting (14 May). We have to make a couple of decisions on where everyone is to sleep since we have a pavillion, a cabin, and some tent sites. We may be able to consolodate on the Pavillion with tents (which would be best). 

Anyhow, please sign up and bring your bike, helmet, and all other safety gear for a few rides.

The riding requirements are two 2-mile rides, two 5-mile rides, two 8-mile rides (in that order), and a 22 mile ride. We will try and get at least three rides in during the weekend and finish up on another weekend later this year. At least all the admin and technical stuff should be done this month!


Scouts and Families,

Tonight’s meeting kicks off our flag season. We will focus on getting our flags ready and making sure our buckets are well equipped to manage the task on Memorial Day.

This is the Troop’s primary funding effort, so we need to ensure all the flags we put in subscriber’s yards, are good to go without rips, frays, or other issues.

If you have not signed up yet for flag distributions, please do so!

I will also hand out merit badge worksheets for Automotive Maintenance (May’s merit badge-we may have to reschedule this one) and Cycling (the focus of our campout next weekend). I will put out a separate post for the campout sign up.


Sea Base parents. It’s a requirement for all adults going to Sea Base (2 per boat) that we have our Wilderness First Aid/CPR/AED certification prior to going. Danny Reeves found this class and its perfect because it cover’s it all in two days. Please sign up for the $140 option that includes CPR/AED. Its for June 8-9. I will be there…

Dear Scouts & Families,
Due to a delay in receiving supplies for my Eagle Scout project, I am going to have to delay the start date for work on my Eagle Scout project  We will NOT be meeting on Saturday 4/4 for a work day. Instead we will only meet on Sunday 4/5 and the following Saturday 4/11. Nothing else has changed. We will still be meeting on these days at my house from 10am – 5pm at 7455 Winding Oaks Drive, 80919. If you have any questions please reach out to me. I apologize for the inconvenience. I look forward to working with all of you.

Please sign up here to help out!

Thank you,

Josh Johnston 719-440-7016

Scouts and Families,

I am currently working towards the rank of Eagle Scout and one of the most difficult parts of achieving the rank is leading an Eagle Scout Project. 

The current plan is for the troop to build an outdoors exhibit for the Space Foundation Discovery Center which fits the museum’s yearly theme of Building on Other Planets. The exhibit will be a model of a Mars habitat, constructed from a PVC dome and plated with wood paneling. 

Older scouts will be in charge of using power tools (under supervision of adults) like saws and drills in order to build the dome while younger scouts will be tasked with measuring and painting. Scouts need to bring work clothes (clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty) as well as eye protection and work gloves (if they have them). Lunch and drinks will be provided.

The currently scheduled work days are May 4th, 5th, and 11th from 10 am to 5 pm. The worksite will be my house at 7455 Winding Oaks Drive. Make sure to sign up if you need volunteer hours or if you just want to help me out. 

For more information please text or call Josh at 719-440-7016


Summer is almost here and it’s time to prepare the health and physical forms.  Please turn in all forms to Mr. McDowell by May 14th because Camp Cris Dobbins requires all the forms a few weeks in advance.  Scouts cannot attend camp without all the required documents.

All forms are located on the Camp Cris Dobbins website.  Scroll down the page and look for “Youth Required Forms” in the blue column on the right side. There is also information on our website under Summer Camp 2019.

Required forms and documents for all Scouts:

1. BSA Medical Form Parts A, B, & C (parents must sign Part B, page 2)

2. Copy of health insurance card

3. Colorado Addendum: Immunizations (this form must be filled out, a printed list of immunizations from the doctor’s office is NOT accepted)

4. Colorado Addendum: Additional information

Optional forms, depending on circumstances:

Colorado Addendum: Contract to carry emergency medications

Routine Drug Administration Record, filled out with meds, dosages, times

Special Diet request form

Remember: The journey is worth it.

Greetings Scouts and Families!

This week’s meeting will focus on Rank Advancement and MB completion. Higher ranking Scouts will dedicate their time to getting who I call “First Four” Scouts (Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and in some cases-First Class Ranks) up to snuff on their requirements using the EDGE method. Adult Leaders will be on stand-by to sign off requirements and conduct any SM Conferences needed. Higher Ranking Scouts (First Class, Star, and Life) need to be ready to begin developing their EDGE methodology for use with younger Scouts and also begin thinking about their service hours and projects.

See you tomorrow night! Class B uniforms!


Scouts and Families,

Above is the latest link for our Flag program sign up. This is the program which provides most of the operating funds for our troop and is the only “Troop” fund raiser (Popcorn and Camp Cards are individual efforts). Please Take an opportunity to sign up if you can.

In preparation for our Flags season, we will be preparing our Troops inventory of flags during our May 7th meeting.

Yours in Scouting,


Tonight’s meeting

Dan McGuire —  April 23, 2019 — Leave a comment


A reminder for tonight’s meeting:

We are meeting at Fire Station 18, will have a uniform inspection and move directly into the Station tour.

Camp Card money is due to Mrs. Durrenberger. If not money, then left over cards are to be turned in.

Yes, I sold all the camp cards, madam!

See you all tonight!


Spring Soup Kitchen!

Dan McGuire —  April 18, 2019 — Leave a comment

Soup Kitchen – Community Service Hours


This Spring’s Soup Kitchen will be on April 28th at the Sacred Heart Church. It will start at 5:45pm and probably run until about 7pm. Please come in your class A’s and full of giving and helping Spirit! It will be at the Sacred Heart Church located at 2030 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904.

We need at least 10 scouts and 6 adults. Friends and Family are welcome to lend assistance as well. The link is above for the signup.



Date: 04/28/2019 (Sun.)

Time: 5:45pm – 7:00pm MDT

Location: Sacred Heart Church, 2030 W. Colorado Ave.


Just a reminder to get it in your mindset that next week we will be continuing our Fire Safety Merit Badge at Fire station 18 (right around the corner from the church) at 6830 Hadler View.

Remember to bring your Fire Safety Merit Badge Worksheet (filled out) and wear your Class A uniform. We will conduct a uniform inspection right at 7pm, then roll into the station tour. Patrol Leaders and SPL will conduct the inspection.



Game Night!

Dan McGuire —  April 15, 2019 — Leave a comment


We had an excellent camping trip to the Great Sand Dunes. We are going to follow it up with a fun Game night at Pinon Valley Park (5585 Mule Deer Dr.) stating at 6:30pm to maximize light and fun. The Scouts were thinking kick ball or flag football. We will make a final decision when everyone arrives.