Scouts & Families,

Tomorrow’s meeting will be all about prepping for our campout this coming weekend! It’s going to be a great outing! We are still in need of one more adult to help transport Scouts to & from the site. Some of the Scouts were interested in hiking out and camping out in the wilderness on Saturday night; for that we would need two more adult leaders to attend the campout. We can discuss this more at tomorrow’s meeting.

Popcorn News:  Popcorn order forms are due tomorrow at the meeting. Tomorrow is the only time to turn them in at a meeting because of game night next week. If you do not bring your order form to the meeting tomorrow then it will be your responsibility to get them to Jessica H. for her to turn in to council so you get your popcorn order filled. If you are not going to be at the meeting tomorrow and you have an order form, please get ahold of Sean or myself and let us know so the forms don’t get turned in to Council without your Scouts’.

Lastly, next week’s meeting is game night and is on the calendar. Game night will be on Thurs, Oct 26 from 6:45pm – 7:45pm at the Haunted Mines, which is now located at Chapel Hills Mall. The cost is $20/person. More information can be found on the calendar with a link to the Haunted Mines.

See you tomorrow,

Sandy

 

 

Hello Troop,

We have our next camping trip coming up from the 20th – 22nd at Glen Aspen Boy Scout Ranch in Woodland Park.  Our next Tuesday meeting will focus on getting prepared for the campout.  Our Scouts planned an awesome trip!  They elected to make this campout a cooking competition during breakfast and dinner and do some orienteering/hike trips during the day. We will also play some fun skills competition during the day by making apparatus though lashings and knots.

Here is a packing list guide that the scouts can use for the trip:

https://boyslifeorg.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/cold.pdf

Please add a compass to this. Every scout should have a good compass.

The Scout DO NOT need to bring their personal gear to the next meeting because we will be going through troop gear and doing final planning of the campout.

This is also a great opportunity for scouts to accomplish many Rank Advancements and merit badges of their choosing. All scouts should look in their books and plan ahead of what items they need to get done individually before the camp out.

Bring ideas to the campout to help the SPL and ASPL to plan it out Tuesday.

Please remember to sign up on Sign Up Genius. There is now a link on the top of the troop website where you can find all the Sign Up Activities: http://www.bsatroop287.org/activity-sign-up/

We have two adults going at this time. The scouts wanted to do an out and back overnighter back pack excursion and we would need two more adults to make this happen.

We will arrive at the church at 530pm on the 20th and will be back at the church before noon on the 22nd.

Sean

Boy Scout Troop 287

 

Meeting:                      Troop 287 Committee Meeting

Date & Time:              October 10, 2017, 8:00P.M – 8:30 PM

Location:                    Wilson United Methodist Church

In attendance:            S. Johnston,  S.Diggs, S. Warner, T. Sharp, L.Durrenberger, M.Pharris,

 

Sandy Johnston – Committee Chair 

Opened Meeting 8:05 p.m. 

  • Discussion regarding committee positions and training. We are in need of game night coordinator.
  • November Committee Meeting- CHANGE November 7, 2017 7:30 p.m.
  • Court of Honor, November 14, 2017 , set up 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. dinner, COH  7 .p.m.
  • Popcorn monies due October 17, 2017, Popcorn pick up November 11, 2017

Sean Warner – Scoutmaster.

  • Reminder Campout on schedule for October 20 – 22, 2017 : Glen Aspen , Sign up Genius sent out . Cooking Competition and Navigation
  • Game Night, October 26,2017 , Haunted Mines , Chapel Hills Mall
  • No Campout for November
  • Veterans Day Parade – November 4, 2017. VFW, 101, 702 S. Tejon Colorado Springs CO 80903 . Sign up genius sent out
  • December event hiking or backpacking TBD 

Danny Reeves – Committee Treasurer: 

  • Gave the current status of the Troop’s total operating account via communication to committee chair

Tom Sharp- Chartered Org. Rep Committee Member 

  • Discussion regarding scout leadership roles ,terms and training. After election leadership training proposed.

Scouts,

The plan for tomorrow’s meeting will be what was on the schedule for last week’s meeting that was cancelled. See post from last week below.

Folks,

  • This Tuesday we are going to do more Advancement/Merit Badge completion.  Please bring your binders and scout handbooks as well as any new advancements that have not been recored. We will also run the any remainder Tenderfoot PT tests so boys needing that can arrive in athletic gear. Also, Max from the Rotary Club is coming to talk about Flags so we need maximum scout participation.
  • Discuss campout at Glen Aspen Ranch. Could be a Backpack or a Car camping trip. Other ideas welcome
  • Tuesday (Oct 10th)  is the committee meeting. We really need everyone that volunteered for a position to please show up so we can make sure you have the knowledge to do them.  Some of the new positions were Quartermaster, Advancements, Popcorn, Outdoor Coord, etc. We are still in desperate need of a new Committee Chair. Sandy has time to start the transition which will be much easier than learning on your own.
  • Also, we are going to have a Leader’s meeting on Oct 19th at 630 PM. The address is on the scout calendar.
  • We will also run the remainder Tenderfoot PT tests so boys needing that can arrive in athletic gear.
  • Finally, we need adults to look at this sign up Genius and select what campouts they can attend. This is planned a year in advance so plenty of time to plan!! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054baca929a4fc1-adult  

See you all tomorrow!

Parents,

Just a reminder that our Troop Committee meeting is tomorrow evening, Tuesday 10/10 starting around 7:30pm. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to attend. Some of the business that we will be discussing is filling Committee positions and other volunteer positions. I’m asking that anyone who may be interested please come to the meeting tomorrow. Please!

Some positions that I am hoping to fill are the following….

  1. Someone to take responsibility for the Scout closet and keep track of inventory of t-shirts, neckerchiefs, binders etc. This is something that can be done about once a month.
  2. Someone to take over the responsibility of ordering t-shirts, sweatshirts, and getting neckerchiefs made when we need them. This is something that needs to be done maybe once or twice a year.
  3. Someone to coordinate game nights. The Scouts have decide on activities and the dates are on the calendar so this would entail picking an activity and then making arrangements or reservations and passing that info along to the Scoutmaster.
  4. Court of Honor Lead – this is a 4x/year responsibility. Feb (Chili cookout), May (BBQ), Aug (ice cream social) & Nov (Thanksgiving dinner). This job would include making sure we have enough paper goods, cups, utensils, drink mix, etc; also arriving early to set up (around 5:30pm) for COH, and help Scoutmaster with Signup Genius for salads, sides, desserts,

Thank you for considering this positions! See you all Tuesday!

Sandy

Committee Chairperson

 

Scouts,

Neither Fort Carson nor the Air Force Academy can run a Climbing Merit Badge this month so I requested the use the our primitive Boy Scout Ranch in Woodland Park. We can either do some car camping with hikes or backpacking. We can decide at the next meeting what we would like to accomplish….or it can just be a lazy campfire campout. Its beautiful area and its only 35 minutes from Colorado Springs.

I figure this campout would cost about $15 per scout as its only $4 per scout to use the area for the weekend and the rest can go towards food. We will need two Leaders to go. I may or may not be able to go myself….

We DO need to keep camping regularly to stay active and have fun outdoors!!!

The campout will be from 20-22 Oct.  We will figure out the details at the next meeting. Please sign up at the below Sign Up Genius Link:

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

 

Sean

Scouts, Family and Friends,

Wilson United Methodist Church will be holding a prayer and healing session tonight at 630pm in the wake of the shooting in Las Vegas.  As such, we will not be able to have a meeting tonight.  Please take a moment to give thanks for your scouts, families and friends tonight. Reflect on the happiness around you and think of how you can make the world better place. Live your lives striving to help others and to make others happy.  Love and happiness is contagious so spread it wide. I’m very thankful to have all of you in this Troop that teaches be to become a better leader, friend and father.

Sean

Our Scout meeting is canceled but all are welcome to attend for the prayer if you’d like. Here is the note from the Church:

Hello church family,

In the sadness of the recent Las Vegas shooting and just an overwhelming feeling of divisiveness and darkness, we have decided to put together a time of prayer and healing for THIS EVENING, October 3 starting at 6:30 pm.

Our Senior Pastor, David Hiester, will start with some opening words, and then we will simply provide space for people to pray, process, and heal.  There will be individuals available to talk with you if you need guidance and prayer. This time will also be interpreted for our Deaf community.

You are invited to come, but this is not just for Wilson.  Please invite the community around you, your front line, to come and be blessed by this time together.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  John 14:27

In Him,

~Indiana Martin

One addition to the last post….We will also run the any remainder Tenderfoot PT tests so boys needing that can arrive in athletic gear.

Thanks

Sean

Folks,

  • This Tuesday we are going to do more Advancement/Merit Badge completion.  Please bring your binders and scout handbooks as well as any new advancements that have not been recored. We will also run the any remainder Tenderfoot PT tests so boys needing that can arrive in athletic gear. Also, Max from the Rotary Club is coming to talk about Flags so we need maximum scout participation.
  • We are also going to come up for a back up plan for this months campout.  Fort Carson and the AFA cannot run the Climbing Merit Badge at this point and I think a campout at Glen Aspen Ranch would be an nice one. Could be a Backpack or a Car camping trip. Other idea
  • Next Tuesday (Oct 10th)  is the committee meeting. We really need everyone that volunteered for a position to please show up so we can make sure you have the knowledge to do them.  Some of the new positions were Quartermaster, Advancements, Popcorn, Outdoor Coord, etc. We are still in desperate need of a new Committee Chair. Sandy has time to start the transition which will be much easier than learning on your own.
  • Also, we are going to have a Leader’s meeting on Oct 19th at 630 PM. The address is on the scout calendar.
  • Finally, we need adults to look at this sign up Genius and select what campouts they can attend. This is planned a year in Advance so plenty of time to plan!! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054baca929a4fc1-adult 

 

See you tomorrow!!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 9/26 Meeting

Sandy Johnston —  September 25, 2017 — Leave a comment

Scouts, Leaders & Parents,

Tomorrow’s meeting will be all about tying up loose ends! We will do rank advancements and merit badge completion from 7:00pm – 8:00pm. We will also have an SPL meeting from 8:00pm – 8:30pm to get some more planning done! Scouts – please bring your Scout books and binders!

Leaders – we need as many leaders as possible tomorrow evening to help with all the open merit badges and rank advancements. We also need one Leader to run the Tenderfoot PT test.

See you all tomorrow!

Sean

 

Reminder Soup Kichen

Tom Sharp —  September 23, 2017 — Leave a comment

Reminder for Soup Kitchen tomorrow, Sunday, at Sacred Heart Church at 5:45. We need volunteers.

 

Just a reminder this event is coming up on Oct 6-7. This is not an official scout event because beer will be served there but it would be a great chance to hang and get to know each other as families.

Contact me for a 30% discount code if you would like to go and have a good time!

Family friendly, beer, music, paddle boarding, fat tire biking, archery….your favorite Scoutmaster and more. All gear provided.

http://www.upadowna.org/event/folknflannel-fundraiser/?instance_id=24266

 

Soup Kitchen THIS SUNDAY

Tom Sharp —  September 18, 2017 — Leave a comment

We need Scouts and families to volunteer at this Sunday’s soup kitchen. The time is 5:45 PM, and we volunteer at Sacred Heart Catholic Church(21st street and Colorado ave) Avenue. Scouts wear class A uniform. We should be finished by 6:45.
Tom Sharp COR

Canoe Trip Photos

Sean Warner —  September 17, 2017 — Leave a comment

 

It looks like the troop has some great weather and fun. Here is the link to the canoe trip photos that I received from Ryan B. If anyone else has some then please send them and I will add them to the photo album.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/waCqplvo9RgUCxTT2

 

Sean

Troop!

I hope you had a great time Canoeing this weekend.  Now that you had the monthly campout we are going to have our Game Night. This week it will be at CityRock Climbing Gym located at 21 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. I will arrive at 7pm and go until 830 but you are more than welcome to come earlier and stay later if your parents are good with it.  The cost is $17 to climb and $5 if you want climbing shoes.  If you are a member then you don’t have to pay of course.

Next month our outing will be a climbing merit badge at Fort Carson and Red Rock Canyon so this will a good prep session and just a fun time.

If you have not climbed at CityRock before then please fill out the waiver at the link before coming https://www.smartwaiver.com/w/59372f972e195/web/

First time climbers will also have to do go through a short orientation at the beginning.  The rest should just only need to sign in and climb. This is just a fun climbing night!

See you there!

https://climbcityrock.com/

Sean

 

 

Popcorn News!

Sandy Johnston —  September 15, 2017 — Leave a comment

 

Just a quick update on popcorn sales! All of the Scouts should have received their order forms in the mail by now. If your Scout hasn’t then you need to stop by Council and pick one up. Some dates to keep in mind….

September 8 – Door to Door Popcorn Sales began

October 26 – Final orders will be due at Council. For our Troop, please bring your final sales sheets in to the meeting on Tuesday, Oct 24 so our Popcorn Kernel Jessica L. can collect those and turn them in to Council by 10/26. Don’t forget to pick your prizes on your order sheets!

November 11 – Popcorn pick up at Distribution Center; Jessica might need help with this depending on how much we sell.

November 30 – Full Payment is due to Council by 6:00pm!!!! Please have all monies ready to turn in at the meeting on Tuesday, November 28!!!

December 15 – Commission checks and prizes should be available for pick up!

Don’t forget your Scouts can create an account online at www.trails-end.com and sell popcorn to family and friends in other cities and states!

Any questions, reach out to me and I can get with Jessica to get you answers!

Good luck with your sales Scouts! Have fun!

Sandy

Parents,

 

If your scout is going on the Canoe trip, Please print and bring the signed permission slip for your scout. This link is also located on the website to the right of the page.

http://www.bsatroop287.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/BSA_ParentPermissionForm.pdf

Thank you,

Sean

Hi folks,

This weeks campout will be canoeing at Rampart Range Reservoir! Mr. Durrenberger and Mr. Studebaker will be starting the merit badge Tuesday.

Rampart Range Reservoir a short drive from Colorado Springs and its easy car camping. These sites are first come first serve so we will need one adult to head out a little early and secure the sites.  The cost for this campout will be approximately $15-$20 per scout. This fee covers the cost of food, campsites, sunscreen, bug spray and cooking stuff for the scouts. The $160 rental fee for canoes are being paid for by the troop which was earned through FLAG MONEY!!  This is another reason why flags are so important! The next flag sign up will be coming out soon so please support the program.

Please sign up on Sign Up Genius at the below link:

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

For this Tuesday’s meeting we will decide meal plans, who is buying and preparing food.  We will also prepare our troop gear.

If you took home a tent to dry out from the Terryall Campout then please bring it back as we will need it!!

You do not have to bring in your gear to this meeting but here is a good link to a basic packing list: http://boyslife.org/outdoors/outdoorarticles/6976/scout-outdoor-essentials-checklist/

Please make sure you have a bathing suit or two and towel. We will be in the water a lot and sunburn is a risk so hats and swim shirts are a good idea. Shoes that you can get wet in will help protect your feet.  You can also bring goggles or a swim mask/fins if you’d like because I’m sure we will get some play time in the water too 🙂

Thanks

Sean

 

Scout Leaders and Parents,

In order to ensure that we do not have a lack of Adult leaders to participate in future camp outs, I’ve created a sign up for every camp out for the rest of the year. This is for Adult Leader’s only. Each individual sign up will come out later. Please take a look a sign up for what you can do or would like to do.  We have to have a least two adults for every camp out. This will allow us to plan way in advance so there are no surprises.

Camp outs on this list for 2017-2018

Sept 17: Canoeing Trip Rampart Range (Paul D and Floyd S are already signed up but more can)

Oct 17: Climbing Merit Badge (Fort Carson and Red Rock Canyon)

Nov 17:Veteran’s Day Parade (No Overnighter in Nov)

Dec 17: Long Hike or Bike Ride (No Overnight in Dec)

Jan 18: Snow Sports Merit Badge (Monarch Mountain/Salida)

Feb 18:Snow Shoe camp out (Mueller State Park)

March 18: Freez-O-Ree (Air Force Academy)

Apr 18: Great Sand Dune Back Pack Trip (Great Sand Dune National Park)

May 18: 15-20 Mile Back Pack Trip (Terryall, Refrigerator Gulch/Wilderness Canyon Loop)

June 18: Summer Camp (TBD)

July 18: Troop high Adventure 5 day backpack trip (Rocky Mountain National Park or Canoe Trip)

Aug 18: 14er Camp out (Harvard Peak or Bierstat)

Please sign up on SignUpGenius at this link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F054BACA929A4FC1-adult

Thanks
Sean

Troop,

We are again invited to march with the local Colorado Springs Special Forces Veterans in the Colorado Springs Veteran’s day parade on November 4th.  We will meet at the VFW 101 at 7am (Time might change) and will be done about noon or earlier.  After the parade you can hang and chat with the veterans about their experiences….don’t forget to thank them!!

We would like to have at least 10 scouts there and two adult leaders. Please sign up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F054BACA929A4FC1-veterans3

Thanks

Sean