Tuesday’s meeting will commence at 7 pm at WUMC.  This is game night, with the scout’s playing “capture the flag” after the opening ceremony.  Please wear Class B uniform (T-shirt) to the meeting.  We will also have a mandatory parent meeting for canoe trip participants at 8 pm.  At the meeting, the final payment of $110 per scout/adult is due (either by check or via scout fund).  I look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday!  If you have any questions, please e-mail me at jonu_1999@yahoo.com.

Hi Everyone,

I understand that many of us have plans but we’re down to the wire and still don’t have the minimum required number of Drivers and Scouts to fulfill our obligation to the Rotary Club on July 4th. Hopefully some of you can find a way to squeak in an hour or two in the evening to help pick up flags.

At the very least, we need two more drivers and one more scout in the evening.

Optimally, we’d also have:

– 3 Navigators each for both AM and PM (good way to learn the ropes and make it go faster for everyone).

– 3 more scouts in the morning and 4 in the evening to make teams of two.

The current roster is as follows:

AM Drivers: Sandy J., Sean W., Don P., Will M.

AM Scouts: Josh, Cody, Jaxon, Riley, Lance

AM Navigators: Michelle M.

PM Drivers: Sean W., Don P.

PM Scouts: Devyn, Cody, Lance

PM Navigators: Jessica H.

Please contact me if you can help out. We’ve never failed to meet our obligations before, let’s not make it the first time.

mawhiney@gmail.com 719-362-6909


Hey Troop 287,

Check out this most excellent KRDO new interview of ASM Swanie and Life Scout Ben S informing Colorado Springs on the when and how to retire an American Flag!

This is an excellent display of citizenship! Way to proudly represent Troop 287!


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Hi Everyone.

We’ve got a few brave souls signed up for Flags on July 4th, but we still need to fill out the roster. With all the Camping and Canoeing fees lately, now is a good time to refill those scout accounts with Flag participation funds.We’re still looking for:

– 2 drivers in the evening.

– 3 Navigators each for both AM and PM (good way to learn the ropes and make it go faster for everyone).

– 4 more scouts in the morning and 5 in the evening.

Please contact me if you can help out. mawhiney@gmail.com 719-362-6909

Hi Everyone,

Here comes Independence Day! BBQs, watermelon, fireworks, and … supporting Troop 287.

We’re looking for a minimum of 8 scouts and 4 drivers. 4 additional adult navigators would also help make it easier on everyone and navigation is a great way to learn how it works if you’ve never done it before. Please consider volunteering if you’re going to be in town.

The morning shift will start at 6:00 AM and the evening shift will start around 6:00 PM. I’ll be at the Scouts barn handing out routes and supplies in the morning and locking it up in the evening. If you’d like to volunteer, you can send me an email at mawhiney@gmail.com or call at 719-362-6909.

Thank you for continuing to support your Scout’s activities and the Rotary Club humanitarian efforts through this patriotic fundraiser.

– Will Mawhiney – Flags Coordinator

On Tuesday we will be back to our normal Troop 287 meeting time (7 pm) at WUMC.  The church is resurfacing the parking lot, so if the parking lot is coned off (as Pastor Dave told me it should be on Tuesday), please park and/or drop off your scout in the grassy area towards the barn.  We will meet in the church to work on rank advancement, merit badges (canoeing and cooking), and planning our next 10 mile hike.  If you are going on the canoe trip in late July, please ensure your scout has a current physical.  We will have have canoeing parent meeting next Tuesday, 7 July, to finalize details and collect the final payment (I’ll work the numbers for the final payment and get a number to you prior to the meeting).  See you Tuesday!

A fun evening was had by all when Troop 46 from Soiux City, SD hosted Troop 287 for killer Dutch oven meatloaf and baked potatoes, while 287 put out their best Dutch oven chocolate cherry, peach & apple crum cobblers for desserts. Each troop participated in flag retirement ceremonies while a Troop 46 bugler played taps. After a few skits and songs around the campfire everyone was wished safe travels.  


dutch oven

Our meeting for Tuesday, June 23rd will be a joint cookout/campfire with Troop 46 from South Dakota.  For those carpooling, we will meet at the church at 5:30 pm…return TBD, but should be about 10:30-11 pm.  We will be meeting Troop 46 at the Lone Duck campground in Cascade, CO, immediately adjacent to Highway 24 (8855 US-24, Cascade, CO 80809, https://www.loneduckcamp.com/).  You can also meet the group at the campground if that is more convenient for you (we should be arriving at about 6:15 pm).  I will be purchasing all the ingredients for our dutch oven cobbler.  If you signed up to bring ingredients on signupgenius I will be contacting you directly to coordinate this.  Please wear your class A shirt over your Class B Troop T-shirt.  Our troop will be accompishing a flag retirment ceremony as part of the campfire.  If you plan on attending and haven’t let me know, please sign up via signupgenius so we know how many people we’ll have for dinner/desert.  If you have any questions, please e-mail me at jonu_1999@yahoo.com.  See you Tuesday!

Summer Campers,

This isn’t the first post I wanted to do upon returning from summer camp, but one scout has already found a tick on their body.  Please have your scouts do a tick check on their bodies. They will likely not feel the tick so you must inspect for it.  Parents help them buy looking at places they cannot see themselves like in the hair on their heads.  If you find one, here is the procedure for removing it:

– Use a pair of tweezers to pinch the tick as close to the skin as possible. Do not twist or jerk the tick out of the skin.

– Gently pull up until the skin raises a little causing the tick to hold onto the skin.

– Wait until the tick releases then kill it. If any of the head is left in the skin attempt to remove the pieces with a needle or the tweezers.

– Wash thoroughly with soap and water.

Contact you doctor if the site becomes infected or if he starts feeling sick or feverish and let them know about the tick bite.


Hope you don’t have any!!!


I will have a happier post with pictures in the coming days :)





As a reminder, there is no meeting for Tue, 14 June.  Please sign up for the Tue 23 June joint cookout via signupgenius.  If you didn’t get the invite from signupgenius, please forward your e-mail to jonu_1999@yahoo.com and I’ll send you the invitation/RSVP.

This is a picture from our 10 mile hike today at Rampart Reservoir.  Lots of water, and the scouts had a great time!  Congrats to Riley for completing his first 10 miler!

On Tuesday, June 23rd, we will have a joint cookout/campfire with Troop 46 from South Dakota, at the Lone Duck campground in Cascade, CO.  Troop 46 will provide dutch oven dinner (meatloaf), and our troop will provide dutch oven dessert (cobbler).  Since we don’t have a formal meeting between now and then I need to get a good count for dinner and arrange for drivers.  Please signup via the SignUpGenius e-mail you received.  If you did not receive the e-mail, please send me your e-mail address and I will add it to the invite.

We will depart and return from WUMC (23 June, time TBD, probably departing about 5:30 pm).  Please sign up with total who will attend (scout/parent), and let me know if you will be traveling directly to the campground in your own vehicle, or meeting at WUMC to carpool.  I’ll need about 3-4 drivers to move the scouts back and forth from Cascade.  Please sign up as soon as possible so I can pass an attendee count to Troop 46 for meal planning purposes.  If you have questions, e-mail me at jonu_1999@yahoo.com.


Hi everyone. As a reminder, we’re still looking for 1 scout in the morning and up to 5 in the evening to handle the flags on Sunday June 14. In addition we could use 3 adult navigators in the morning and 2 more drivers/4 navigators in the evening.

Please volunteer if you can as the camping scouts are not available but we are still committed to the task as a troop. Please call me at 719-362-6909 or email at mawhiney@gmail.com if you can help.

Boy Scout Ready for Summer Camp

We will have a 10 mile hike on Monday, 15 June for those scouts not going to camp and working on their hiking MB.  We’ll meet at WUMC at 8 am on Monday morning and should return to WUMC about 3 pm.  Wear shorts, class B shirt, comfortable hiking shoes, and bring a hat and sunscreen.  Also, please bring a lunch/snacks and plenty of water (a very minimum of 2 litres…3-4 is better).  Cost is $2 for parking/gas, and also bring $2 for a stop at Sonic for happy hour (total of $4).  If you haven’t RSVP’d for the hike, please let me know you’ll be coming at jonu_1999@yahoo.com.

Mr. Ullmann

With many of our new scouts at summer camp we will not have a meeting on Tuesday night, 16 June.  Have fun at camp!  For those not going to camp, see the post about the 10 mile hike on Monday, 15 June.

Boy Scout Troop 287


Meeting:                     Troop 287 Committee Meeting

Date & Time:            June 9, 2015, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Location:                   Wilson United Methodist Church


In attendance:

Jon Ullman, Sandy Johnston, Andrea Warner, Will Mawhiney, Mary Cuccaru, Lisa Woodard and Tom Sharp.


Sandy Johnston – Committee Chair

  • Called the meeting to order


Jon Ullman – Scout Master

  • June 16, Tuesday: no Troop meeting; 10-mile hike being planned for the older Scouts not at Summer Camp
  • June 23, Tuesday: Cookout with Troop 46 in Cascade, CO to replace the regularly scheduled Troop meeting
  • Discussion on Troop 287 creating a Google Doc account
  • Discussed First Aid training for Scoutmasters


Andrea Warner – Treasurer

  • Discussed need for boys’ to sign up and pay for events in advance
  • Treasurer’s Reports were handed out and Troop bank account was discussed
  • Troop account has been balanced
  • Flag Fundraiser money was discussed


Will Mawhiney – Flag coordinator

  • June 14, Sunday, Flag Day “Flags” fundraiser
  • Boys needed for the PM route




Just a recap of Tuesday’s meeting with a few extra thoughts:

– We are shooting for an 11am departure from the Church on Sunday.  Please make sure you bring all your gear, permission slip and money for food.  click here to download the BSA permission slip form. Please arrive about 1030 to load the trailer and handle any last minute items. I will have two envelopes for food money. One for the trip up and one for the return trip.  We will probably stop at a Wendy’s on the way so please give me enough for your son to get a meal there for the way up and back.  The uniform for Travel is Class A’s. Some of you newer scouts sill do not have the Troop number and patches on the uniform. Please have them completed by departure. Plan on us arriving back Saturday the 20th around noon. We will call as we are headed back if the time changes.

– I am still missing a couple of physicals and Colorado Immunizations forms. For those that have not submitted them yet, please ensure you are using the proper forms.  Other forms are not accepted. Down load the BSA approved Physical form and Colorado Immunization forms here.  Again, these are the only forms accepted at Summer Camp.  Please make sure a copy of your insurance card is attached.

– Contact Information: My cell is 719-648-6798.  I will have reception during travel there and back. While at camp there is no reception and there is no internet.  The Camp’s emergency phone number is: 970-881-2144. I you do not hear from me then everything is good! You can mail your scout a letter if you like to the following address:

Scout’s Name
Camp Jeffrey, Troop 287
2331 County Road 68C
Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545

– Medications: All Campers – Youth and Adult – must check in any medications at the time of arrival. All medications (prescription and over-the-counter) will be distributed by Ben Delatour Scout Ranch’s trained medical staff before Breakfast and Dinner, unless a special time is required by a physician . Medications must be in their original containers labeled by the pharmacy. This is not optional! Emergency medications (inhalers, epi-pens, etc…) must be checked in with the Health Director, but campers will be allowed to keep them during their stay. All medications must be listed on the camper’s medical form. If a medication is listed on the form but was not brought to camp the Troop will have 24 hours to obtain it. Please do not pack these at the bottom of the Troop trailer. Have them readily available for the check-in process.

I recommend putting all medications in a ziplock bag with your scout’s name written on it with a sharpie marker.

– Special Dietary Restrictions: I am not tracking any at this time!

Packing List:

  • Complete Scout Uniform
  • Heavy Jacket or Sweatshirt
  • Cot or mattress
  • Hiking Shoes or Boots
  • Extra pants – both long and short
  • Six Pairs of Underwear
  • Six Pairs of Socks (preferably not cotton)
  • Boy Scout Handbook
  • Pencil, Notebook, Stamps, Envelopes
  • CPR certification
  • Flashlight & Extra Batteries
  • Canteen or Plastic Water Bottle (durable bottle like a Nalgene but not a soda bottle reused)
  • Toiletry Kit (Tooth brush, Tooth Pastes, Soap, comb, dental floss, etc)
  • Backpack, Duffel Bag or Camp Box to store gear ( this can be a plastic tote box)
  • Pocket Knife & Totin’ Chip ( no Samurai swords, or sheath knives…a regular pocket knife works)
  • Raincoat or Poncho
  • Tennis Shoes

    Optional Equipment:

  • Extra Shirts
  • Hat ( Scout hat works)
  • Pajamas
  • Bandanas
  • Watch
  •  Daypack or Bag ( Small back pack or camel back with pockets)
  • Clothing Repair Kit
  • Toothpaste & Brush (OK…this is not optional!!)
  • Sun block
  • Sunglasses
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Towels
  • Chapstick
  • Closed-toed water shoes for aquatics
  • Insect Repellant!!! There are mosquitos at this camp.
  • Fishing Gear
  •  Merit Badge Pamphlets
  • Alarm Clock
  • Camera
  • Rope for Clothesline
  • Clothes Pins
  • Backpack & Ground Cloth, if you are planning an outpost overnight campout
    Gloves, Long Pants, and Bandanna, if you are participating in Cope or Rock Climbing
  • Religious Literature
  • Spending Money for Trading Post. $20-$40

– Merit Badges: Ok, most of you have paid for your Merit Badges in Advance. I would recommend being prepared to use part of your trading post money to spend on merit badge items just incase they require something extra. They shouldn’t but just in case i missed something… for example, in Trail to First Class there is a cost for a leather work kit if they chose to do that…around $5.

There are some things you may need to bring to camp in preparation of the merit badges. I will list them below.  Also, please print up the Merit Badge Work Sheet so you can complete the entire Merit Badge While at Camp!

Rifle: Down Load Rifle Merit Badge Worksheet Here. There was a $5 fee for bullets.  However if your son needs extra bullets then he can buy an additional 20 shots at the trading post for $1.  No prior preparation needed.

First Aid Merit Badge: Download the First Aide Merit Badge Worksheet Here. For this merit badge, scouts must bring a completed first aide kit to summer camp.  They can make it or buy it.  A first aide kit could include the following:

Item Qty Use
Adhesive bandages 6 Keep wound clean – p. 384
Sterile gauze pads, 3-by-3 inch 2 Larger wounds – p. 304
Adhesive tape 1 small roll Hold pad in place – p. 304
Moleskin, 3-by-6 inch 1 Blisters – p. 398
Soap 1 small bar Wash skin – p. 301
Antiseptic 1 small tube Sterilize exposed skin – p. 299
Scissors 1 pair Cut gauze or tape – p. 304
Latex gloves 1 pair For bleeding or wound care – p. 299
Mouth-barrier device 1 Rescue breathing or CPR – p. 299
Plastic goggles or other 1 Protect eyes – p. 299
Pencil and paper 1 each Log treatments & details – p. 292












Do not go overboard or spend a ton of money on this. Just put together what you can.

Robotics: Download the Robotics Merit Badge Worksheet Here. No prep needed. Just the $5 charge that you paid.

Wilderness Survival: Download the Wilderness Survival Worksheet Here. Scouts participating in Wilderness Survival Merit badge need to bring a completed wilderness survival kit or plan to purchase one in the trading post for $12. A list of items in a kit can be found here.

Emergency Preparedness: Download the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge Here. The only requirement for this was that you have already completed the First Aide Merit Badge.

Climbing: Download the Climbing Merit Badge Worksheet Here. Climbing courses may cause conflicts with other Badge work, rafting trips, trail rides, and meal service. Scouts who miss a session will not be allowed to continue in the course. Mountain weather is unpredictable, make-ups may be necessary to complete this merit badge. If necessary, merit badge make-up will be offered on Friday morning. Requirement 1 will not be completed at camp.

All Merit Badge participants must purchase a climbing carabineer for $10.00. A carabineer ticket, bought from the trading post, will be redeemed during class for the actual carabineer. The scouts use the carabi- neer during class and keep it as a functional souvenir. The Scrambling Program does not require a carabineer ticket. This was covered if you paid the troop already.

Fishing: Download the Fishing Merit Badge Worksheet Here. 

The Fishing and Fly Fishing MB’s require the Scout to catch & release one fish. The Ranch has three species of trout available; brook, brown and rainbow, including trophy fish over 20 inches.

BDSR has acquired a private lake license allowing all Scouts and Adult Leaders to fish in Weaver Lake without a Colorado fishing license. However, a BDSR Fishing Conservation Permit is required for anyone fishing on the ranch. It can be purchased at the Trading Post for $2.00. 100% of funds from the permit are used to restock fish in Weaver Lake. All fishing is catch and release with flies or artificial lures only. Every effort should be made to release fish alive. Elkhorn Creek has a small population of trout, but most years’ it is very difficult to fish due to snowmelt runoff until about mid-July and requires a Colorado Fishing License. When fishing anywhere on the Ranch other than Weaver Lake, or to fish off Ranch proper- ty, a Colorado State fishing license is required for anyone age 16 or older. One day, five day, and annual fishing permits are available at outlets in Fort Collins, LaPorte and Red Feather Lakes. The $2 cost was covered when you paid the troop.

Limited fishing equipment is available. If you have a fishing rod, plan to bring it for use in the Merit Badge program. But, there will be no fishing during the Fishing or Fly Fishing MB class time. Class time is for completing the other requirements. The Trading Post stocks a variety of fishing equipment.

Fly Fishing: Download the Fly Fishing Merit Badge Here.

Due to the relative difficulty of the skills involved in some of the requirements for Fly Fishing MB, it is recommended that scouts be age 13 or older. Cost for Fly Fishing is $5.00 and includes the the ticket for a kit to tie two flies required for the merit badge. The ticket is presented to the instructor during one of the open fly tying periods. Fly Tying instruction will be held in Camp Jeffrey (CJ) at Kola Lodge. It is a drop-in class that takes 30-40 minutes to complete. The $5 fee was covered when you paid the troop.

Archery: Download the Archery Merit Badge Worksheet Here.   The Archery Merit Badge is an introduction to a sport of great skill and concentration. Because the Badge requires fine motor skills and good upper body strength, Archery is recommended for Scouts age thirteen or older. Scouts are required to construct their own arrow. Arrow kits are available in the Trading Post for $2.00 (prices subject to change), though they aren’t needed for the first day of class. A Scout interested in earning the Archery Merit Badge should also schedule at least two open shooting periods to qualify. The $2 fee was covered when you paid the troop.

Campers may NOT bring their own bows to camp.

The Archery Range will be open during Open Program Time from 4:00-5:15 Monday through Thursday.

Shotgun: Download the Shotgun Merit Badge Here.  Since Shotgun shooting requires good upper body strength and fine motor skills, it is recommended for Scouts age 13 and over. Shotgun shooting will have a fee of $20.00 and will include all open shooting time to qualify.

Shotgun shooting open time outside of the merit badge is $5.00 for 10 shots and wristbands may be purchased at the trading post as well.

Photography: Download the Photography Merit Badge Worksheet Here.  Photography is offered at the Porter Handicraft Lodge. Expect a 5 minute walk from the dining hall. The camp offers the digital option only on this Merit Badge. No film photography will be done. Scouts will need to supply their own digital camera. Most digital cameras will work (no disposables please!)

Kayaking: Download the Kayaking Merit Badge Worksheet Here.  This Badge requires a swim check before Scouts may participate. It is strongly suggested that Scouts are at least 12 years old to participate in these merit badges. It is very physically strenuous. Scouts must attend all sessions to complete the merit badge.

Astronomy: Download the Astronomy Merit Badge Here.  No Prerequisites required. The Astronomy Merit Badge require night time viewing for completion. This may have to be completed back at the troop.

That should about do it.  After all this admin stuff…I’m ready to camp!!!







Hi All,

Just a reminder that our Committee Meeting is this coming Tuesday, June 9. We will be starting as close to 7:30pm

as possible, after the Summer Camp Parent Meeting at 7:00pm. All are welcome to attend the Committee Meeting!


Also a reminder Flag Day, Sunday June 14 is coming up and we will need Scouts, drivers, and navigators for our

flag fundraiser. The boys that are going to camp are able to do flags that morning before they leave. This is a great

opportunity for your Scout to add some funds to their Scout accounts. Sign up sheet will be available at this week’s


We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday!


Summer Camp Parents,

We are just a week away from our awesome summer camp! So, this Tuesday we are having a Summer Camp Parent meeting at the church at 7pm (during the normal meeting time).  I would like at least ONE PARENT for each scout going to summer camp to attend.  Here are some of the items on the agenda:

– Collect remaining Physicals and Colorado Immunization Sheets that have not been turned in yet.

– Transportation plan / Food plan while traveling

– Collect Merit Badge Money (Link to Merit Badge Cost Post)

– Summer Camp Schedule

– Packing List (Link to Packing List)…Good Gear vs. Bad Gear, What’s needed and what’s not, etc.

– Answer any questions from Scouts and Parents

– Disseminate Emergency Contact Information and Mailing Address

– Medications

In preparation for this meeting and to get a better idea of what to expect, I recommend downloading and reviewing the Summer Camp Leader’s Guide prior to attending the meeting. (Download Leader’s Guid here)



Sean Warner



Tomorrow’s (Tue, 2 June) meeting will be a canoe/swim night for all scouts at the USAFA prep school pool.  We’ll depart WUMC at 7:15 pm and return at approximately 10:15-10:30 pm.  We have 15 seats (3 vehicles) for scouts, so if we have more than 15 scouts show up I might need one more driver.  I can sponsor you onto the USAF Academy if you have a driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance…we’ll figure out the final vehicle assignments at the church.  Bring a suit, towel, googles (if you want) and $3.50 for pool access.  E-mail me at jonu_1999@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

Mr. Ullmann

We had a successful outing on the Santa Fe trail today, with several of our new scouts completing the 5 mile hike requirement for rank advancement.  Thanks to Cynthia (Carson’s mom) for helping out today.  Here are some pics….get ready for more hiking (10 milers!) this summer.

5 mile hike 1 jun 15b