Tuesday’s Meeting

Sean Warner —  September 17, 2018 — Leave a comment

Scouts,

This Tuesday’s meeting is going to be Citizenship in the World. It is an Eagle required Merit Badge. We will start at 7pm….normal time.

Also, as a follow up to the campout, please bring in all of your Hennessy Hammocks, Water Filtration Pumps and Stoves. Please make sure they are clean and dry.

Thanks!

Sean

 

Troop,

Our next community service opportunity will be serving food to those in need at a Soup Kitchen. It will be Sunday the 23rd at 545pm.  We could use about 10 scout’s and a few adults to help this night.

Its located at the Sacred Heart Church located at 2030 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904

Please sign up here!!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054BACA929A4FC1-soup2

 

 

Folks,

Thanks for a great hiking trip!  We have a good time that included some night hiking, setting up hammocks in the dark, water purification, land navigation, dessert cook off and tough mountain hiking!  Everyone did really well!

Here is the link to the pics that are posted on the website thus far https://photos.app.goo.gl/FzEsvcv8uUbGAPfi6 . You should be able to download the pics from there easier than the website.  There will be more pics coming as we all consolidate the photos into the folder!

‘Break’

Our next meeting is game night at Springs Trampoline located at 2512 Airport Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80910. We will meet there on Wednesday the 12th because its closed on Tuesday’s. I hope that doesn’t upset anyone’s schedule too much.  We will also meet there at 6pm because they close at 8pm. From the website, it looks like the cost is $11 for an hour of jumping and there is a special on Wednesday for a 2nd hour for half price.  Here is a link to their site!

https://springstp.com

Thanks

Sean

*NOTE: Scout’s Must Provide their own Mountain House meal (or equivalent) for Saturday Night’s dinner!!  That meal will not be included in what the scouts buy.

 

Weather: The weather looks great for Saturday but be prepared to set up in the rain.  Also, please have your headlamps and rain coat accessible at the top of your backpack to aid in hiking and setting up camp in the dark.

Route:  The tentative route is depicted in the picture of the map above. Here is a full resolution PDF of the map so you can download it and print a copy: alltrails-bishop-castle. We will park cars near Davenport Campground right by the trailhead then hike in a counter clockwise direction around squirrel creek trail.

Meal Plan:

Friday Dinner: Bring your own (Subway or something similar)

Saturday Breakfast: Mini muffins and oatmeal

Saturday Lunch: Bread, jelly, peanut butter, and granola bars

Saturday Dinner: Mountain House Meals (Scouts responsible for bringing this one meal!!) and dessert cook off (Make sure dessert is purchased in accordance with scout decisions in the planning meeting)

Sunday Breakfast: Bagels and oatmeal

Snacks: Granola bars and trail mix

*Zip lock bags must be purchased to divide meals before hiking.

Note:

  • Evan R is buying the food for this trip. 8 Scouts are signed up. By food for 7 because one scout is on a special diet and will bring his own food. Budget is $12 per scout. There was an additional dessert cook off between patrols. Make the dessert cook off items are purchased in accordance with whatever the planning meeting decided.
  • Adults will bring their own food.
  • Scout’s can bring some of their own additional snacks if they choose
  • Scouts are responsible for bringing their Saturday night Mountain House Meal or something equivalent for Saturday night.

Packing List:

  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag (Rated to at least 35 degrees)
  • Sleeping pad (Optional)
  • Class A shirt
  • Clothes to match the weather (layers)…not too much clothes.
  • Raincoat (Can also be used for warmth)
  • First aid kit
  • Fire making stuff (Fire Ban might be in effect)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Brimmed Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Knife
  • At least 2 liters of water
  • BSA handbook and any other merit badges you want to work on (You don’t have to carry the book…but write down what skills you want to accomplish)
  • Mess kit
  • Hygiene kit (toilet paper, trowel, toothbrush, toothpaste, wetwipes etc.)
  • Broken in hiking shoes (proper footwear)
  • Extra socks
  • Healthy snacks
  • Compass
  • Hammock (One of the Troop’s or your own)
  • Garbage Bag (Scouts will hike out their own garbage)
  • Food Bag

Optional

  • Camera
  • Back Packing Camp chair

Troop Gear:

  • Jet Boil Stove (1 per buddy team) with Fuel
  • Water Purification pump (2 per troop)
  • Map (1 per buddy team)
  • Bear Bag and String
  • Cat Hole Shovel

Timeline:

3 Aug:

5pm: Meet at Wilson United Methodist Church

530pm: Depart to San Isabel National Forest

730pm: Arrive at Trail Head (By Davenport Campground)

4 Aug:

all day and night: Backpacking/Camping/Scout Activities

5 Aug:

9am:  Arrive at Bishops Castle

2-3pm: Arrive Back at the church

Friday Dinner: Bring your own (Subway or something similar)

Saturday Breakfast: Mini muffins and oatmeal

Saturday Lunch: Bread, jelly, peanut butter, and granola bars

Saturday Dinner: Mountain House Meals and dessert cook off (Make sure dessert is purchased in accordance with scout decisions in the planning meeting)

Sunday Breakfast: Bagels and oatmeal

Snacks: Granola bars and trail mix

*Zip lock bags must be purchased to divide meals before hiking.

Note:

  • Evan R is buying the food for this trip. 8 Scouts are signed up. By food for 7 because one scout is on a special diet and will bring his own food. Budget is $12 per scout. There was an additional dessert cook off between patrols. Make the dessert cook off items are purchased in accordance with whatever the planning meeting decided.
  • Adults will bring their own food.
  • Scout’s can bring some of their own additional snacks if they choose.

Ethan G.

Troop Scribe

 

Scouts & Families,

Labor Day is almost here and we need just one more Scout for September 3rd !  Please sign up using Sign-Up Genius.

All  Drivers & Navigators already signed up should have received an email from Sandy J. with route assignments, list of addresses and a link to the google map.  If you have any questions, please email or text Lisa D.

We will meet at 6:30am at the barn to load the vehicles and then head out to start the routes. We’ll meet at the barn at 4:30pm for afternoon pickup.

Scouts should wear their Class A uniforms.

Thanks!

Lisa

* Route May Change Based off Troop Planning.

Weather: 

Timeline:

3 Aug:

5pm: Meet at Wilson United Methodist Church

530pm: Depart to San Isabel National Forest

730pm: Arrive at Trail Head

4 Aug:
Backpacking

5 Aug:

10am:  Arrive at Bishops Castle

2-3pm: Arrive Back at the church

Packing List for Bishop’s Castle (To be refined by Troop Leadership)

  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Class A shirt
  • Clothes to match the weather (layers)
  • Raincoat
  • First aid kit
  • Fire making stuff (Fire Ban might be in effect)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Brimmed Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Knife
  • At least 2 liters of water
  • BSA handbook and any other merit badges you want to work on
  • Mess kit
  • Hygiene kit (toilet paper, trowel, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Broken in hiking shoes (proper footwear)
  • Extra socks
  • Healthy snacks
  • Compass
  • Hammock (One of the Troop’s or your own)

Optional

  • Camera
  • Back Packing Camp chair

Troop Gear:

  • Jet Boil Stove (1 per buddy team) with Fuel
  • Water Purification pump (2 per troop:
  • Map (1 per buddy team)

 

Menu: (to be determined by Troop)

Troop,

The last I looked we still need 1 driver, 1 navigator and 2 scouts to do a route on Labor Day.  Please sign up here if you can do it!! I will be out of the state this holiday or I would do it!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054baca929a4fc1-flag1

Thanks

Sean

 

Campers,

Our next campout will be around the Bishop’s Castle are in San Isabel National forest.  This will be a an easy to moderate backpacking trip that is good for all abilities of scouts!  On Sunday when we will go to Bishop’s Castle and hang there as long as the scouts want to. I would like to invite all families to come check it out on Sunday too with their scouts. Its truly an amazing thing!  Here is a link to its website: http://www.bishopcastle.org.

Also, I have 10 brand new Hennessy Hammocks that are for scout sized dudes that the scouts can use for this trip.   These are super cool and probably the best hammocks  you will ever use!  So this camp out can be a hammock camping trip too!  Sounds good huh!! Here is a link to the Hennessy Hammocks so you can check them out too.  https://hennessyhammock.com. The first 10 Scouts that sign up for one will get them then the remaining scouts will either have to use the tent or bring their own hammocks.

We will likely meet at the church on Friday Sept 7th at 5pm and Return on Sunday afternoon after seeing Bishop’s Castle.  Parents are more than welcome to take their scouts directly home from Bishop’s castle too if they choose.

Let have some fun!!

Pleas Sign up for the campout and hammocks here!

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F054BACA929A4FC1-bishops1

Sean

Troop!

Our next COH is upon us! This is a HUGE one with lots of Rank advancements, Merit Badges and a change of leadership! I am so proud of all our scouts and parents for making this possible!

The theme of this COH is ICE CREAM! Its the Ice Cream Social.

The troop will provide the ice cream but scouts will need to bring toppings to share! Please sign up for whatever toppings you would like to bring to share with the Troop.

Sign Up for Toppings here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F054BACA929A4FC1-court2

Set up begins at 530pm.  We will start serving the Ice Cream around 6pm.  The formal portion of the ceremony will begin around 645ish….could be a little earlier or later.

See you there!

 

Folks,
Sorry this is coming out as late as it is.
Tomorrow morning, Chris Gilkes and I will be running several scouts through a few requirements for the First Class Rank. More specifically, we will be going over the Navigation portion of the rank requirements.
We were going to start at my house (2540 Stoneridge Dr, Colorado Springs Colorado 80919)
at 0830 and head out from there. It will only take about an hour and a half, maybe two hours depending on how much horseplay occurs.
Anyway, equipment needed will be a water bottle, smartphone or GPS your Scout is familiar with, and a compass (I will provide a couple as well).
Weather forecast says partly cloudy starting after 0800, and a slight chance of rain, so appropriate gear is advised (rain isn’t supposed to start until 1300 or so).
We will be in the neighborhood ranging from the highest point of Mountain Shadows Park down to the Verizon Building complex parking lot doing some Geocaching and orienteering.
Anyway, let me know if you will attend.
Dan

 

Troop,

Here is a great opportunity to earn the Engineering MB in one day for $15.  There are only 60 slots so please sign up quick if you would like to participate. You sign up with the American Society of Engineers at the the following link: https://www.same.org/calendar/ModuleID/6303/ItemID/2829/mctl/EventDetails

It’s only $15!!

Have fun!

Sean

 

Folks,

Tuesday’s meeting is going to focus on two things: Rank Advancements and Elections.

We have a lot to get done Tuesday.  There are at least 2-4 scouts that I think may be ready for a scoutmaster conference so we could use as many ASM’s as possible to facilitate the process.

There will be at least two or more Board of Reviews to do tomorrow as well. Committee members please attend so we can divide into groups of three to speed things along.

Finally, the current 6 month leadership reign is up and its time to hold elections for leadership positions. I encourage all scouts to seek leadership roles within their abilities. 1st Class and above get priority for SPL, then 2nd Class after that….

The troop scribe is making a presentation for the COH so if you have any pics from the campouts, please share them with me on Google Pics or Drop Box so I can upload them onto the website so the scribe can access them for the presentation.

Thanks

Sean

Folks,

Just a reminder that Nate Stafford’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor is on Sunday the 12th at 2pm.  I would encourage you all to attend. We also need at least 4 scouts to be in the Color Guard for the ceremony.  Please sign up here if you can be a part of the color guard for this important ceremony. Eagle Scouts can also participate in the color guard!

Please sign up here!

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F054BACA929A4FC1-nate

 

Thanks
Sean

 

Troop,

We are approaching a Court of Honor.  Tomorrow’s meeting will focus on tying up loose ends. We will focus on Rank Advancements by signing off on requirements, completing MB’s, and conducting Scout Master Conferences for anyone that needs them!

 

See you Tuesday!

 

Sean

Scouts,

Unfortunately, I am postponing our Mt Harvard campout. We only had 3 scouts signed and the cost of the campground and food outweighed the benefit of the trip. We will plan for it in the future when we can achieve more participation!

Thanks

Sean

Troop,

Attached is the information for the Campout and Mt Harvard Hike this weekend.

Weather:  We will be hiking up on Saturday and the weather looks good.

Timeline:

3 Aug:

5pm: Meet at Wilson United Methodist Church

530pm: Depart to Buena Vista

745pm: Arrive at Arrowhead Campground

4 Aug:
6am: Wake UP

7am: Start Hike up Mt Harvard

5 Aug:

9am: Depart Buena Vista

1130am: Arrive Back at Wilson United Methodist Church

Camp Ground Information: We will be staying at Arrowhead Point Campground in Buena Vista.  The cost is $10 per person. https://arrowheadpointresort.com

Map:alltrails-mount-harvard-trail

Packing List for Mt Harvard Campout

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Daypack
  • Class A shirt
  • Clothes to match the weather (layers)
  • Raincoat
  • First aid kit fire making stuff
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Binie hat
  • Baseball cap
  • Sunglasses
  • knife
  • At least 2 liters of water
  • BSA handbook and any other merit badges you want to work on
  • Mes kit
  • Hygiene kit (toilet paper, trowel, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Broken in hiking shoes (proper footwear)
  • Extra socks
  • Healthy snacks
  • Spending Money * *This campground has a stocked trading post with tons of snacks
  • Compass

Optional

  • Camera
  • Camp chair

Menu: 

Friday dinner: bring your own.

Saturday breakfast: instant oatmeal, and bananas.

Saturday lunch: turkey and cheese sandwiches, oranges and hard boiled eggs.

Saturday dinner: hamburgers, and corn on the cob.

Sunday breakfast: toast, and hard boiled eggs.

Snacks: bring your own, and chewy bars.

If extra money: tang, lemonade, and cookies.

 

Shopping List (Austin is picking up these groceries for the troop)

  • ketchup
  • oranges
  • chewy bars
  • eggs
  • instant oatmeal
  • bananas
  • bread
  • turkey
  • mustard
  • mayo
  • cheese
  • hamburger meat
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • pickles
  • corn on the cob
  • butter
  • butter hamburger buns

This information was prepared by Ignacio, the ASPL

Thanks

Saen

Folks,

Time for our next big hike and camp will be in Buena Vista and we will hike Mt Harvard.  This is a  car camping trip but the hike will be 12.4 miles round trip.  Here is a link to the full size map: alltrails-mount-harvard-trail

We will determine the Meal Plan and details about the trip on Tuesday at the meeting. Please bring your back pack and items you will be bringing on the trip to this campout.  We are not going to put out a packing list on this email…the scouts will decide the packing list, but please bring what you will use to go up the mountain do we can come up with some good ideas.

We will likely meet at the church at 5pm on Friday and will come back Sunday afternoon.

Skills we will work on are Navigation, the hiking merit badge, camping merit badge, and any additional skills that scouts may need for rank advancement.

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F054BACA929A4FC1-mtharvard

Sean

At the meeting on Tuesday, July 24, scouts wrote a rough draft of what events the troop could do for the year of 2019. We planned camping trips, merit badges, game nights, and community service. They came out with a large list, and we will be narrowing it down at the next planning meeting. We starred the ones we really wanted to do,and left the ones that we were less enthusiastic about without stars.

 The List:

 

Camp outs

  • *Bishop’s Castle
  • Freeze-o-Ree
  • *Biking and/or Backpacking on the Colorado Trail or Santa Fe Trail
  • *Sand Dunes/Family Camp/ Weblow Event
  • Ferrish
  • *Shooting Camp
  • Boating Camp
  • *Canoeing/Kayaking Trip
  • *White Water Rafting
  • Geocaching Trip
  • *Red Feather Horse Trip
  • *Yellowstone
  • Rock Climbing
  • *Telluride
  • Hike Day

Merit Badges

  • *Scuba Diving
  • *Wilderness Survival
  • *Search and Rescue
  • *Rifle/Shotgun/Archery
  • Geocaching
  • *First Aid
  • *Emergency Preparedness
  • *Swimming/Lifesaving
  •  *Hiking
  • Cycling
  • *Cooking
  • Dog Care
  • Chess Day
  • Automotive Maintanence
  • *Family Life
  • *Personal Management
  • *Music
  • *Nuclear Science
  • Climbing
  • *Fishing/Fly Fishing
  • *Snow Sports

14ers

  • Long’s Peak
  • Mt. Elbert
  • Grays and Torreys

Game Days/Nights

  • Water World
  • Lock in
  • Battlefeild
  • Whirley Ball
  • Elitches
  • Ice Skating
  • Overdrive
  • Summit
  • Penny Arcade
  • Dodgeball
  • Kickball
  • Mini Golf
  • Visit Fort Carson and/or Air Force Academy
  • Movie

Community Service

  • Humane Society
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Upa Downa
  • Medicine Wheel
  • Rocky Mountain Field Institute
  • Soup Kitchen
  • National Museum of World War Two Aviation

Other Ideas

  • Once a month, wear class A’s, then wear class B’s.

Evan R

Troop Scribe

 

 

Folks,

Nate Stafford’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor is on August 12th @ 2pm.  All of the troop is invited to attend!

We are also  going to needs some scouts for the Color Guard and a few other items. Please come celebrate Troop 287’s newest Eagle Scout!!

 

Thanks,
Sean