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For Tuesday’s (1 Sep) game night we’re meeting at North Middle School (612 E Yampa St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903) at 5:30 pm to navigate the school’s rope course!  Please coordinate your own carpools as necessary.

Uniform is class B shirt and suitable athletic wear. Bring closed toe shoes and a water bottle and be prepared to climb!  Pick up will be at 7:30pm.

New Troop Leadership!

Jon Ullmann —  August 26, 2015 — Leave a comment


Congrats to the following Scouts on their new leadership positions! (effective at the Court of Honor, September 15th).

Senior Patrol Leader – Noah W.

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader – Josh J.

Scribe – Jaxon M.

Quartermaster – Kevin A.

Chaplains Aide – Nate C.

Bugler/Tromboner – Riley M.


Junior Assistant Scoutmaster (effective immediately) – Michel S.


This Tuesday we will have Troop 287 elections!  Last week we were busy with SMCs and BORs, so the election was delayed to August 25th.  If you’re 1st class or above, come to the meeting prepared to persuade your fellow scouts why you’re the best choice for SPL!  If you need a Scoutmaster Conference or Board of Review prior to the Court of Honor (September 15th) and you’ll be ready on Tuesday, please e-mail me (  See you Tuesday!


We’ll be electing new Troop 287 scout leadership at the meeting on August 18th.  If you’re 1st class or above, come ready to stump for SPL!  We’ll also have a uniform inspection so wear your class As, merit badge sashes, and other scout gear as we prepare for the Court of Honor on September 15th!

Boy Scout Troop 287


Meeting:                     Troop 287 Committee Meeting

Date & Time:            August 11, 2015, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Location:                   Wilson United Methodist Church



In attendance:

Jon Ullmann, Jonathan Weston, Sandy Johnston, Andrea Warner, Lisa Woodard and Tom Sharp.



Sandy Johnston – Committee Chair

  • Called the meeting to order
  • Committee discussed the transfer of the Advancement Chair position
  • Decision made to move the Court of Honor (COH) to September 15
  • COH will be an Ice Cream Social
  • Boys should arrive for set up at 5:30 pm; ice cream 6:30; COH 7:30 – 8:30
  • Will look at new locations for next year’s Summer Camp
  • All adults assisting with Scout activities need to complete their Youth Protection Training – 20 minute online training


Jon Ullman – Scout Master

  • Boys will have elections at next week’s meeting
  • September activity: Lazy Camp here at the church around the 18th or 25th
  • October activity: Stanley Canyon backpacking trip
  • November activity: Dino Death March, Paint Mines or other hike out east


Andrea Warner – Treasurer

  • Monthly reconciliation report handed out and reviewed by members
  • Discussed Scout accounts
  • Reviewed with Sandy the Flag fundraiser earnings
  • Ashley Perry is our new Troop Fundraising Chair


Tom Sharp – Charter Representative

  • Troop lean-to next to barn has been demolished
  • Barn and Troop supplies need to be organized
  • Need a tarp to put over the lashing poles


Lisa Woodard – Secretary

  • Franklin’s Eagle project work day is this weekend August 15th and August 16th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Eagle project workday will be held this Saturday August 15th from 10 am to 3 pm, and the following day, Sunday August 16th from 10 am to 3 pm.  Feel free to come late on Sunday if you attend morning church.

Lunch will be served.

The location will be our home/garage: 6531 Hawkeye Circle, C/S, 80919

You will be helping to construct 20 cat-feeding structures for the Humane Society.

Franklin thanks you in advance!


The next Court of Honor will be Tuesday, September 15th, at 6 pm (scouts should arrive at 5:30 pm for setup).  This will be an ice cream social, with the committee supplying ice cream and scouts bringing a favorite topping to share!  Troop 287 will be awarding upwards of 40 merit badges and many rank advancements.  We’ll also introduce the new Troop Scout Leadership (elections will be held Tuesday, August 18th).  Save the date for this fun and rewarding Court of Honor!

Tuesday, 8/11 meeting

Jon Ullmann —  August 11, 2015 — Leave a comment

It’s been a busy summer!  In preparation for the Court of Honor (date to be determined tonight) we will focus our meeting on rank advancement (documentation, Scoutmaster Conferences (SMCs), Boards of Review (BORs)), merit badge completion, and skills development.  It is important that all scouts bring their Scout Handbook, Troop 287 binder, and all partial merit badge workbooks and documentation to tonight’s meeting!  Here are some examples of what we’ll be doing.

-Rank advancement requirements for younger scouts (Tenderfoot, Second Class)

-Camping and Hiking documentation in logs in Troop 287 binder (to track progress towards Camping and Hiking MBs)

-Merit Badge completion/documentation (summer camp and canoe trip MB cleanup, blue cards, and partial MB documentation)

-SMCs and BORs (Lance W, Kevin A., Riley M.-BOR, Brennon S.).  Ben S. is scheduled for an Eagle SMC on Thursday at 1 pm.

If you haven’t e-mailed me about a Scoutmaster Conference, please do so and we’ll add to the schedule (  We’ll need ASMs for the SMCs, and Committee Members for BORs.  The scouts have done lots of great work over the summer!  See you tonight,


Hello All,

Just a reminder, there will be a Committee Meeting on Tuesday, 8/11 at 7:30pm. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to attend. We will be discussing Court of Honor, Financial, Flags for upcoming Labor Day and many other items. We will also need a few committee members to stay after for Board of Reviews for some of the Scouts.

Thanks & See you all then!


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Yesterday Troop 287 completed a 10 mile hike along the Santa Fe Trail on the USAF Academy.  Highlights include seeing a snake devour a mouse (only to find this sign later saying the mouse was endangered) and completing the field portions of the wilderness survival and cooking merit badges.  Great job scouts!


This Friday (7 Aug) Troop 287 will embark on a 10 mile hike on the Santa Fe Trail.  This is a hike suitable for all scouts!  We’ll meet at WUMC at 8 am and return about 1 to 2 pm.  Wear sturdy shoes and a hat, and bring sunscreen, water, and a lunch in a day pack.  During the hike we will learn how to treat water, use trail stoves, build a fire using alternate methods (no matches), and practice signalling techniques.  For those scouts working on the cooking merit badge, you need to put together your own trail lunch and be prepared to discuss the foods you selected and how you prepared it.  For scouts working on the wilderness survival merit badge, please bring your personal survival kit and be prepared to discuss the contents and how to use the items in a survival situation (use the internet as a resource to find items to include).  I’m also looking for another adult driver/hiker to go on this trip.  Please e-mail me at, if you (scout or adult) are going on this adventure so I can plan accordingly.  See you Friday!

Summer Camp Photos

Sean Warner —  August 4, 2015 — Leave a comment


A little delayed but here are the Summer Camp Photos that Will and I took for Ben Delatour Summer Camp!

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The rest of them can be viewed and downloaded at the below dropbox link:

Also, many of these summer campers are ready for rank advancements so please study for them and schedule a scoutmaster conference for one of the next two meetings prior to the next Court of Honor.

Flash cards are available on the Troop 287 website to study for rank advancement.  Here is a link to the flash cards:

Remember, you must also be prepared to demonstrate what you learned DURING the scoutmaster conference…such as knots, map reading, first aid, etc.


This Tuesday’s meeting will be a game night-canoe trip cleanup “party” at WUMC at 7 pm.  With everyone’s help we should be able to clean and stow the gear in about 45 minutes, leaving some time for the traditional game night.  Please wear your Class B T-Shirt.

If you’re ready for rank advancement at the August COH, please prepare for a Scoutmaster Conference and e-mail me ( a date when you’d like to complete it.  We really only have tomorrow and the following Tuesday to get the conferences and BORs complete.  You can find a link to the “BSA Road to 1st Class Flash Cards” under “Downloads” on the troop website home page.  These are the cards you should use to study to prepare for the Scoutmaster Conference.

See you Tuesday!

More Canoe Pics!

Jon Ullmann —  August 1, 2015 — Leave a comment

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The boys of Troop 287 had  a grand time paddling, floating, and swimming down the Green River near Moab, Utah. It was certainly hot during the middle of the day, but massive canyon walls and peaks occasionally provided shade. Jumping into the river off large boulders became an instant hit as well.

Mud – it was everywhere – for a lot of boys, that was a bonus ‘fun’ feature.

At the end of the trip, we camped with another Boy Scout troop* and had a nice campfire program and ate wonderful chocolate brownies made by Mr. Ullmann in the dutch ovens.

Overall, spirits were high, the rigor was just right, and it’s safe to say all had a great time and experience.

Riley and Jon canoeing the Green River

Massive Green River canyon walls

Sam and Josh on the Green River

Sandy Camp Site

Green River canyon wall

We’ll certainly have more photos to show at the next court of honor.

Meeting Tuesday

Sean Warner —  July 27, 2015 — Leave a comment


The canoe trip folks are off having their awesome adventure! Since, most of us that are still around are the younger scouts, we will focus on Tenderfoot rank advancements (or other rank requirements if needed) this Tuesday at the church. The court of honor is next month so lets knock out those remaining requirements!! We might even have time for a fun game too…

Normal Meeting Time. 7pm, July 28th at Wilson Methodist Church.


There will NOT be a regular Troop 287 meeting this Tuesday, 21 July.

The Troop will be preparing for the canoe trip with 2 events later next week.  On Friday (24 July) at 10 am all those working on the cooking merit badge on the canoe trip will meet at WUMC to go to WalMart and Costco to pick up expedition food and supplies.  Please bring the meal and shopping list for your assigned meal day (for the meals you were assigned at the meal planning meeting).

On Saturday (25 July) at 10 am, we will meet at the Troop barn to inventory and pack equipment.  Please bring your personal gear/bag for a shakedown to make sure you have everything and we get an idea of how we’ll load the vehicles.  Also, we will have a bug treatment to treat your clothes/gear, so please bring the personal clothes and gear you’d like to treat.

We will meet on Sunday (26 July) at WUMC at 7:30 am sharp to depart on the trip.

Please e-mail me at with any questions.


Tonight is the canoe trip meal planning meeting at WUMC beginning at 6 pm.  If you plan on completing the cooking merit badge, please bring 2 complete days of camp meals (2 x breakfasts, lunches, and dinners) to the meeting.  Also, if you haven’t signed the trip waivers or turned in your physical please do so at the meeting.  See you tonight!


St. Mary’s Falls

Troop 287 had a successful 10 mile hike in the Cheyenne Canyon area, trekking along Upper Gold Camp Road to the St Mary’s Falls trail, to St Mary’s Falls, and beyond.  In true Troop fashion the boys elected to take on one of the more difficult trails!  Even a bit of rain at the end couldn’t dampen their spirits!  Look for another 10 miler in August.

Boy Scout Ready for Summer Camp

Troop 287 will depart on the 2nd in a series of 10 mile hikes on Thursday, 9 July, meeting at 8 am at WUMC.  We will hike the upper Gold Camp Road beginning in Cheyenne Canyon.  The hike is along an old dirt road (closed to vehicles) with spectacular views of Cheyenne Canyon and the plains.  The first 5 miles is a gentle uphill slope, and then we’ll turn around and head back to the trailhead.  I need one more adult to come along to make this happen…if you can help or want more information please e-mail me at  Hikers need a day pack, hat, sunscreen, at least 2 liters of water, a rainjacket, a trail lunch, and snacks for the hike.  We’ll have a signup at tonight’s meeting.