Troop,

There are just a few opportunities to camp near the dino tracks. We can discuss in depth on Tuesday, but there is a place called Picketwire Corrals we can use for dispersed camping and then hike into the dino tracks Just a couple of miles to the south) via a couple of different routes. I will bring a couple of maps, and you can bring some ideas after you do some research.

Also, we need to decide on where we are going to attend summer camp. I think we should try somewhere we have not been yet, such as San Isabel Scout Ranch near Bishop’s castle, but it is definitely up to you guys as a troop.

We can discuss further on Tuesday night.

Dan

DINO Death March!!

Dan McGuire —  October 9, 2019 — Leave a comment
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Pretty sure this never happened! At least on Earth.

Troop, 

It is time to walk where our forefathers strode across the plains, hunting the mammoths, tricerotops, and chickens, and being hunted by the velociraptors and tyranosaurus rexs of the past! It is time for the Dino Death March!!! (just kidding, I know humans were not around during the dinos; in fact, more time passed between T-Rex and Tricerotops than has passed between T-Rex and humans: crazy, right?!)

We will be staying in the Picketwire Canyon Lands and trapsing through the wilderness where the mightiest of the thunder lizards roamed and left their prints in the ground for us to find eons later. 

On Tuesday, 15 OCt, Scouts will plan the meals and identify gear required. The current forecast is as follows, for consideration of gear. Seems like a nice couple of nights to sleep under the stars!

FRI OCT 18Sunny77°46°0%SW 12 mph25%
SAT OCT 19Mostly Sunny72°42°10%NW 11 mph29%
SUN OCT 20Partly Cloudy66°39°10%N 11 mph33%

We will meet up at the barn on Friday, 18 Oct at 5pm like usual, and then head out from there. We will find a place to camp down there in the immediate area of the trailheads (more to follow on that specifically). You can check out some of the stuff to do in the area at the link below. 

http://www.exploresoutheastcolorado.com/picketwire.htm

Scouts will prep breakfast on Saturday morning, then pack a to-go lunch for eating on the trail. Then head out for the hike, which is about 5 miles or so one way (from what i’ve been told). Lunch will be on the trail, then head back to base camp for the Scouts to prep dinner. During down time, the Scouts should try and maximize the captive audience to work on some of their ADV and prep a skit or two to entertain over the campfire. 

Sunday we will have a light/quick breakfast, pack up and head home. We should be home by noon for parent pick up.

Sign up so we can learn something about history and have fun while camping!

Here is the sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4aada829a7fe3-dino

Dan

Family Fun Festival!!

Dan McGuire —  October 9, 2019 — Leave a comment

Scouts,

It is time for the Wilson Methodist Church Family Fun Festival (formerly the Harvest festival). This is a chance to give back to the church that gives us a place to meet every week since 1986.  Every year we have scouts and scout parents help direct cars in the parking lot and help run some of the activities.  The Church needs as many helpers as we can get from our troop, both Scouts and parents.  There is food and treats and Scouts have a pretty good time during this event.  Please sign up if you can help.  Proudly wear your Class A Scout uniform to represent the Troop!

The Church Harvest Festival is October 26th from 2-5pm.

Please sign up here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4AADA829A7FE3-community

Dan

Rank ADV/MB work

Dan McGuire —  October 8, 2019 — Leave a comment
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Troop,

Tonight we will actually get to the MB Indian Lore we wanted to start last week. Many of you already have the worksheet that was handed out last week, so bring what you have done, if any. If not, no worries, because Mr. Petree will spend a few minutes going over the requirements and showing some regalia he has.

We will also do some Rank ADV because next week is camp prep and the following week is game night, so we have to fit it in somewhere!

Lastly, Thanks to all who assisted Lance in his Eagle Project for UpaDowna! With all the help and determination, they completed the project in one weekend! Fantastic news, right! Now I have next weekend free! Thanks guys! Lance will also provide an update to his project – sorry if I stole your Thunder, Dude.

See you all tonight!

Dan

Hey everyone!

Just a friendly reminder that my eagle scout project is approaching very, very soon. I purchased most of the building materials today. So far, I only have two scouts signed up. It’s not too late! Please sign up and help me achieve a goal that has been in the grasp of my hand for years. Not only does your participation support me but it also benefits you. Service hours are needed to promote to the next rank. We will be spending two weekends working on a bicycle storage shed for the nonprofit, UpaDowna. The first weekend will be the 5th and 6th of October and then the following weekend after that. The construction will begin at 9:00 A.M. and end at 4:00 P.M. at 335 Manitou Ave, Manitou springs, CO, 80829. Please sign up on the sign up genius at the link below!

I would greatly appreciate your participation and I hope to see you there!

Thanks, Lance

719-367-3738

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054baca929a4fc1-lance

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Troop,

We would like to have max participation this week in Class A uniform because the Arrow of Light Den from Pack 166 is visiting us at our meeting. We would like to put on a good showing so they consider us as their Troop of Choice when it comes time to transition over in February.

We will have our regularly scheduled stuff and do not plan on ‘putting on a show’ for our visitors. Our merit badge this month is Indian Lore, and will be led by Mr Petree, who has volunteered to bring in some artifacts for your viewing and knowledge gaining pleasure. The short MB instruction will be followed by some pioneering skills and then an IPA with the WEBELOS.

The only other adjustment to this week is the time: we would like to start at 6:30pm to capitalize on the remaining light for the opening fire of the ceremony and to welcome our friends in Scouting to our meeting place.

Whomever arrives first can start to build the Troop fire. However, do not actually start the fire until an adult arrives!!

Start time is 6:30pm, please wear Class A uniforms!

See you Tuesday!

Dan

Troop,

We planned on having Pack 166 hang out with us this week, but there was a scheduling conflict, so they will be with us next week.

We will carry on with our uniform inspection, Rank Advancement and such. We will meet at our regular time, 7pm. We will adjust for next week with the WEBELOs from Pack 166 to 6:30.

See you all tomorrow night!

Dan

Philmont Update

Danny Reeves Reeves —  September 22, 2019 — Leave a comment

Hello everyone!

The troop has made its next payment to Philmont for the June 2020 trek. The troop is currently covering some of these fees as we have not collected enough money either from participants or have we filled all of the available slots. We currently have 9 of 12 slots filled. A scout should be 14 years old OR 13 years old AND finished 8th grade. It would be great to get these last three spots filled. We are not required to have 12 members in our crew. We can continue with the current 9 participants. With 9, the fees would be $1,367 each. Please discuss with your scout if they are interested in participating.

Game Night at the Park!

Dan McGuire —  September 16, 2019 — Leave a comment
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Troop,

I was informed that game night this week will be park games (football, kickball, ultimate, or whatever) at Pinion Valley Park. Instead of our usual 7pm start time, we will do our best to take advantage of what remaining daylight there is by starting at 6:30pm. Pinion Valley Park, near the kickball diamond. See you tomorrow night!

P.S. No uniform inspection this week. We are postponing it to next week when we have Pack 166 Arrow of Light Scouts visiting us. That will be a rank advancement meeting, so do that Scout thing and “Be Prepared” to use the EDGE method to teach some younger Scouts some skills (lashings, first aid, fire building) although whomever gets to the meeting first gets to build the fire-6:30pm again next week because of the younger scouts and we want to capitalize on daylight with them too.

Dan

Hi it’s Lance! 

My eagle scout project is approaching and I need people to help me. I am constructing a bicycle storage shed for a nonprofit organization, UpaDowna. Any hours volunteered counts as community service. 

To fully make this shed, it will take two weekends (most of the work will be on the first weekend). The first weekend will be October 5th/6th and the second is the 12th/13th. The 5th/6th will be spent making the shed itself. The following weekend will consist of painting the shed and extra added details. Please wear work clothes that you don’t mind getting damaged. Bring sunglasses or eye protection. Work Gloves is a good idea. 

The hours for each weekend will be from 9am-4pm but may change depending on how much we complete on the weekends. 

There will be food and drink provided!  Sunscreen will be provided. 

The address is 335 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829. 

Please sign up on the link below 🙂

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054BACA929A4FC1-lance

Thank you!

Lance A Warner, Life Scout and Awesome Son

Troop,

The Council is hosting a Camporee at Camp A next month (Oct 11-13). Here is a link that tell a little more about it. We can discuss if we want to attend or not next week. http://www.pikespeakbsa.org/Event.aspx?id=4192. The link takes you to the Council site where you can register and provides the following information:

You can register now through October 10 2019 at 5:00PM

Individual RegistrationsRegular
Individual Scout Registration$25.00
Individual Adult Registration$20.00
Staff Registration$12.00
Contingent RegistrationsRegular
Unit Registration$0.00
– Scout Participant$25.00
– Adult Participant$20.00
– Staff Registration$12.00

This event will be for all families who are involved in scouts! We invite all Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and their whole family! Activities include; shooting sports, climbing, fishing, boating, handicraft, hiking, biking, welding, scout skills, campfire program, cooking, and more! A more detailed program guide will be released in May!

Price include all activities, weekend camping, food for Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday breakfast.

Dan

14er Campout this weekend!

Dan McGuire —  September 12, 2019 — Leave a comment

Troop,

Here is the packing list from Mark P. Austin will be purchasing the food for the menu you guys decided on.

  • 2 liters of water
  • Backpacking backpack
  • Lightweight sleeping bag (rated to 35 degree)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Hygiene kit (hand sanitizer, toothbrush & toothpaste, TOILET PAPER)
  • MAKE SURE YOU HAVE TOILET PAPER
  • hiking shoes (broken in)
  • Mess kit
  • At least one pair of extra clothes that match the weather (probably at least three pairs of socks)
  • Beanie cap/ hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Light jacket
  • Rain jacket ( can also be the light jacket)
  • Headlamp or flashlight (extra batteries)
  • First aid kit
  • Matches
  • Lint (tinder)
  • Pocket knife (make sure you have totin chit)
  • List of requirements the need to be signed off
  • Compass

        Mark P., Troop scribe

Knot-Patrol meeting!

Dan McGuire —  September 10, 2019 — Leave a comment

Adults and Leaders,

Tomorrow night is our “bi-semi-every now and then-whenever we remember to do one” knot patrol meeting to plan the activities the Scouts decided they wanted to do. Basically, throw them at a calendar and see where they stick and are viable for us to support.

So, please come on over and enjoy mostly banter and laughter, and a little planning to boot. Maybe we will find out how we will support the boys this year!

Bring ideas and such, since I am basically clueless in this regard. I feel funny about posting my address, so if you need it, send me a text and I will get it to you. Or you can text Sean, since his phone number is still on the Website as the Scoutmaster!

All [active] adults are encouraged to attend so we can get the best ideas and support for the Scouts. 6:30pm Wednesday, 11 Sep.

Dan

Hey Folks, Our next 14er hike will be this weekend. We are going to stay at a cabin at the base of the Grey’s and Torrey’s trail head on Friday. Summit the two peaks and return home late Saturday. Please be ready to pick up the scouts late Saturday evening. Every participant that will be staying with us must fill out this release form to stay at the cabin. You may scan and email this to me or give it to me at tonight’s meeting. I need these as soon as possible (today). seanmwarner@gmail.com

We will plan out the details of the campout at tonight’s meting.

Thanks!

Sean

14er Campout prep!

Dan McGuire —  September 6, 2019 — Leave a comment
Grey’s and Torrey’s Peaks. This may be the route, maybe.

Troop,

This week we are prepping for the 14er campout this weekend. If you have not camped with the Troop before, please ensure YOU pack your gear in accordance with the Scout Handbook and bring it to the meeting on Tuesday to be checked by senior Scouts. Additional packing items (list) will be provided on Tuesday. The single most important item is a full water container! You can not over pack water for this trip! It is a little far out to plan for weather, so that will be discussed on Tuesday as well.

See you all Tuesday!

Dan

Annual planning!

Dan McGuire —  September 3, 2019 — Leave a comment

Troop,

Tonight, please bring your ideas and desires for our activities for the year. We will make a list of activities, camp outs, and game nights to add to our calendar and the adults will then figure out the best way to support what you guys want.

See you tonight.

Dan

Troop,

I hope you all have a great and wonderful Labor Day weekend.

I just wanted to send out a quick note and last minute plea for assistance with flags this weekend. We are still in need of s couple of Scouts and also adult support. Please sign up if you can.

Also, just as a forewarning: This coming up meeting will focus on our annual planning. The Scouts need to come up with ideas for trips and game nights so the adult leaders can program support for those desires the Scouts have.

Again, help out if you can, and have a safe and fun weekend!

Dan

Hello everyone

We are one month away from our next Philmont payment. Thank you to all who have made payments. Our goal should be that all participants pay at least half before September 30th. Many of the current payments have done so but we still have a couple in which I would like to collect some funds.

We also have three spots open. Philmont is scheduled for June 17th through June 29th. This is an incredible experience for the scouts. Participants should be 14 years old OR 13 years old AND have completed the 8th grade.

The cost to participate is $1,025 if we have 12 participants. The troop can attend with the current 9 participants which will increase the price to $1,367 ($342 additional funds).

Please discuss with your scout if they wish to attend.

We would appreciate it if current participants would bring a check to the next troop meeting.

Thank you.

Soup Kitchen reminder!

Dan McGuire —  August 24, 2019 — Leave a comment

Troop,

We currently have only one Scout signed up for the soup kitchen tomorrow night. it is only two hours from 6-8pm, so don’t be shy, get those community service hours recorded!

Here is the original post with the link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4AADA829A7FE3-soup1

Troop,

Here is another opportunity for service hours and to give back to the community. Please take the time to sign up! The event is at the Sacred Heart Church from 6-8pm this coming Sunday, 25 August.

Dan

14ers Campout

Dan McGuire —  August 21, 2019 — Leave a comment
That red dot? Oh, yeah, that’s base camp! Saturday, we are going to the left, Sunday, to the right.

Troop,

You wanted it, you got it! The 14er campout is just about upon us!

Sign up here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4AADA829A7FE3-14ers

More information and planning to follow.

Dan