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.




On Tuesday’s meeting, we discussed the patrol menus for the weekend and assigned Austin and Evan to purchase the food. We also inspected our Patrol boxes and made a list of required purchases (propane, paper towels, etc).

Here is the personal gear list that we discussed (ensure you adjust for the weather!):

10 essentials

Sleeping bag – it is going to be 20degrees at night – 0 degree bag is suggested

snow gear

sleeping mat

mess kit

Check your Scout Handbook for a more complete list as well as checking over the attachment below.

Geren M.

Troop 287 Scribe


Here is some updated information for the Sand Dunes Campout:

Weather: (Make sure you bring good rain gear)


  • See directions from Wilson United Methodist Church to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Google Maps. Roughly a 2hr 40min Drive.

Attendance:  This is a family campout and we are planning on having a good turn-out! Scouts are divided into two patrols.


  • Friday, 12 April:
    • 5:30pm Meet at Church, load gear, cross load kids and gear if needed, and depart as soon as we can (hopefully by 6pm at the latest).
  • Saturday 13 April:
    • Scouting activities
  • Sunday 14 April:
    • 9am Depart Great Sand Dunes
    • 12pm (noon-ish) Arrive at Church


  • Hikes on the Dunes
  • Navigation (Maybe Geocache to make it fun)
  • Rank Advancement and Merit Badge Completion
  • Knot Tying / lashing relays


  • $12 per scout for food or so for food. Campsite is unknown at this time since we are looking at getting about four sites to accommodate everyone.


  • Scouts will prepare their own food.  Evan and Austin are buying the food and overseeing the cooking activities for their respective patrols. Note that scouts will bring their Friday dinner with them…a Subway Sandwich or something like that. Depending on weather and the time we arrive and establish camp, we may have a camp fire and have some community.
  • Adults will bring/prepare their own food. Adults are more than welcome to combine resources and prep “group” meals, but of course, that is on your own. We will have some Dutch ovens and will likely share breakfast and dinner.  Lunch will be on our own while we are on the Dunes (hopefully high dune).

Packing List (suggested-please adjust as necessary): 

* Scouts please pack your own gear, Parents check. Pack like you are back packing to get used that that and tailor as necessary to adjust for car camping:

  • Class A Shirt
  • Backpack with Waterproof Bag (Could be a lawn/leaf garbage bag)
  • Sleeping Bag – CHECK the weather and make sure your gear is rated to keep you warm!!!
  • Sleeping Pad (The foam ones are the best for cold weather or at least one with a high insulation factor)
  • Mess Kit with eating utensils
  • Two Liters of Water (One should be a Nalgene Bottle)
  • Lighter/Matches
  • Sunglasses
  • Clothes to match the weather and activities (Rain Gear, Down Jacket, Fleece, Base Layer, Insulation Layer)
  • Beanie Cap (Warm)
  • Warm Gloves
  • Wool Socks and one or two extra pairs
  • Head Lamp with spare batteries
  • Hand Sanitizer (For for starting fires too)
  • Tinder (Dryer Lint works awesome, petroleum jelly and cotton balls)
  • Some money to get lunch/snack/warm drink on the way back
  • Toilet Paper
  • Chapstick/Sunscreen – very important!
  • A list of rank advancements you need to accomplish!!! (yes, Scouts should bring their books)
  • Toothbrush
  • Wet-wipes
  • Positive Attitude
  • Permission slip 
  • Scout Hand Book!!! (For Rank Advancement Opportunities) 

Troop gear:

  • Tents
  • Water Purification Pump
  • Compasses
  • Food to be purchased
  • Troop Flag
  • American Flag
  • 2 Patrol Box complete with stove (Fuel), cooking items, Cooking Canopy, Table
  • Firewood
  • Troop Telescoping Flag Pole with American Flag (it is in the trailer)


  • GPS
  • Sleds, Snowboards, Cardboard box for sliding down the sandhill. Sand will ruin your equipment so I don’t recommend good sleds or snowboards.
  • Camera
  • Book
  • Folding Chair

Ghost Stories 

This week’s meeting will focus on camp out prep. As Geren stated in his post, the Scouts will prepare a menu (use the Scout Corner link for documents to help you out), so bring ideas! The boys will also need to ensure all Patrol Gear is up to snuff. New Scouts should bring their gear for inspection. We can adjust gear for the weather from there based on what we are seeing in the forecast. Scout meals will be a collective effort by the Scouts (and paid from Scout accounts-usually breaks down to about $12/Scout, historically).

Family and adult meals will be the responsibility of those respective families.

A weekend timeline will follow after Tuesday’s meeting. As will a “planned” events listing. We sometimes get to do what we plan to do!

See you all on Tuesday!


Scribe Notes

Dan McGuire —  April 7, 2019 — Leave a comment


On Tuesday’s Meeting we started the Fire Safety Merit badge (completed Req.1,3,4,5-the rest is homework and we will visit a station at a later date) and decided the campout for April; which will be the Sand Dunes National Monument. Next week, we will plan food and gear for the Sand dunes, so bring ideas and be ready to support if you need to complete any of the following: Cooking Requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class.

We also decided to be more careful with time management during meetings so that we only have one hour of merit badge/Admin so we have time for an IPA (Inter Patrol Activity) every meeting.

Geren M. Troop Scribe

Tuesday’s meeting!

Dan McGuire —  March 30, 2019 — Leave a comment

Greetings, Scouts and Families!

I hope you all had a great Spring Break and are ready to tackle the rest of the school year, as well as get into some great Scouting fun this Spring and Summer!

Tuesday’s meeting is scheduled for the Fire Safety MB. We will cover a lot of the admin data and there will be some homework as a result (you can get a head start if you download, print and fill out the MB worksheet).

I’ve invited the CSFD to bring a truck to the church and talk about Fire Safety and what we can do to enhance our knowledge. As for now, they have not contacted me about showing up, but they have time.

See you all soon!


The Air Force Academy decided to re-schedule their Freez-O-Ree for the same weekend as our camp out at the Great Sand Dunes.  The weekend we are making a decision on is 12-14 April 2019.  Here are the choices:

Great Sand Dunes Family Campout:  All family are invited. We will hike the sand dunes, hike a trail to the waterfalls, swim in the little lake (if the snow melt started), communitee cooking, merit badge and rank advancemetn activities. Cost will be watever the campground costs and food. 

Here is a link to the Great Sand Dunes:

Freez-o-ree:  This is on the Air Force Academy. Scouts and Adult leaders only. This is a fun event for scouts. They will have a lot of organized activities. The ciriculum the cadets do does not include merit badges or rank advancements but scout leader’s can run some inbetween and after Air Force activities. 

Please sign up for one or the other. Based on the results we will choose one of the campouts so we will assume that scouts or family that sign up for either activity will end up going to the one the troop chooses.

Please sign up for one of the campouts at the below link:


Good morning everyone!

Apologies for the lengthy email.

The troop has been covering funds for Summer Camp for the scouts but we are in need of getting “caught up” for your scout to get the troop’s account flesh again. I mentioned at the court of honor the need for funds.

As I understand it, there will not be a meeting next week for Spring Break. This will mean that the troop will have to cover another summer camp payment on April 1st, before our next opportunity to collect funds from you. For most scouts we have collected $55. By April we should have collected an additional $275 for each scout. There are balances in your Scout’s account but it won’t be sufficient to catch them up. So, we will need checks as soon as possible to catch your scout up for summer camp. If you wish to connect with me off-line to check scout account balances and make arrangements for payment, contact me at to do so.

To date, Mark Pharris, Connor Pietzrak, Lance Warner and Evan Reeves are paid in full. I also have two scouts who have not made payments at all. We will need to get some funds from you in order to increase our number of participants with Cris Dobbins.


You are being tested. You may or may not pass.

This is the body of the test.


This weeks meeting will be at SkyZone located at 1750 E Woodmen Rd
Colorado Springs, CO 80920. We will meet there at 630pm and it closes at 8pm. It has many trampoline, a dodgeball trampoline court and other stuff kids like but adults get hurt on.

To save time when getting there please sign this waiver in advance!

The committee meeting will also be held at SkyZone this week while the kids are jumping.

See you there!

Congrats to the scouts and adult leaders that completed the 21.08 mile hike yesterday! Its all down hill for the Hiking Merit Badge at this point!!! Well done! Here is the google photo link:

See previous post for information

The snow on the trail is too much for a mountain bike ride thanks to the Snowmageddon on Wednesday. So the troop is going to Hike 20 miles for the Hiking Merit Badge. This is the best route because its gentle sloping down the entire way!

On Sunday the 17th, Meet at the Santa Fe Trailhead in Palmer Lake at 630am:

We will finish and be picked at Goose Gossage Park approximately between 1-2pm (Scoutmasters will call or message parents in case that time changes)

Packing List:
Worn: Broken in Hiking Shoes. Running shoes are ok too. Synthetic pants and shirt (Preferably no cotton), Wool or Synthetic Socks, Light Gloves, Sunglasses, Hat, Sunscreen, Day Pack.

Daypack: 10 essentials with emphasis on (one liter or more of Water, Healthy Snacks, Light Jacket, Beanie Cap, extra pair of socks, $ for snacks if we stop into anywhere along the way)

On Tuesday, we decided to do a day trip on March 17 which will be a either a bike ride (Cycling MB; Mountain Bike Requirement) or a hike (Hiking MB requirements), weather permitting. Please sign up for either the Hike or the Bike on SignUpGenius so we can decide which one to do on Sunday:

We will let you know tomorrow what the final decision is.

The route will be the same for either event: from Palmer Lake to Colorado Springs via the Santa Fe Trail. The route is about 20(+) miles. 
On Saturday, ASM Blake McTee will check the trail and report back to decide if the trail is suitable for biking or hiking.

If we bike: 
The plan is to meet up at Goose Gossage Skate Park (Mark Dabbling Blvd:,-104.8267472,17z) at 8:30am and carpool to our start point in Palmer Lake. This way, drivers can return to Goose Gossage and pick up their vehicles and not leave a vehicle in Palmer Lake. This ride should take around 4 hours (give or take). (9am-1pm)

If we hike:
We will meet up around 6:30 in Palmer Lake (,+Palmer+Lake,+CO+80133/@39.1258441,-104.9109997,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x876caecf444acde9:0x735ec489ae80492d!2sPalmer+Lake,+CO!3b1!8m2!3d39.1222138!4d-104.917204!3m4!1s0x876caeeea51ce7d5:0xc320cb0a584447f8!8m2!3d39.1258551!4d-104.9088069), ready to hike! We will hike down the Santa Fe Trail and end at Goose Gossage Park for pick up. We are planning about 7 hours to complete the hike. (7am-1pm)
Equipment needed:

Day Pack with 10 essentials (inspection expected)Helmet (required for bike ride, not for hiking)Gloves(optional)Bring your own meal/Snacks Cell Phone(optional) Charged 

On Tuesday, we also decided to have a game night at Skyzone Trampoline Park Tuesday, 19 March at 7pm.

Our uniform inspection was moved to our next scheduled meeting, 2 Apr. (D11 Spring Break is 25-29 Mar)

Geren M.Troop Scribe

Tuesday’s Meeting

Sean Warner —  March 11, 2019 — Leave a comment


Please come with some ideas for our next campout. The AFA has not rescheduled the Free-O-Ree must come up with an alternate plan! Us leaders have a few ideas and we will discuss and vote on them at the next meeting.



So it turns out when everyone went to Dart Warz there was this sign on the door. I guess they decided to close today without notice or updating their website. I apologize for the drive that I know most of you took to get out there.



This weeks meeting will be game night at Dart Warz on Thursday from 6-8pm. They are not open on Tuesdays. Thursday is the cheapest day also at $9 an hour. No need for signup genius. Just come if you want. Pay the counter. Family and friends are more than welcome to come!

Dart Warz is located at 5850 Championship View, Colorado Springs, CO 80922. (855) 717-3278.

Come and have little fun!!!

Remember, there is no meeting on Tuesday. This will be the weekly meeting.