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The troop meeting tonight is the planning meeting for the backpacking trip this weekend. We already have several scouts and adults signed up. If you plan to attend, please sign up!

New scouts, bring your backpacking pack and gear for a gear check by the patrol leaders. The troop has a lot of gear that you can check out and borrow if you are missing something (i.e. backpacking packs, tent, hammock, jet boil, etc.)

Planning topics for tonight:
1. Transportation to from Crags, meet at trailhead or carpool.
2. Backpacking Gear Check – bring your backpack and gear!
3. Gear checkout from quartermaster (troop has backpacking packs, tents, hammocks, jet boils, etc.)
4. Tents or Hammocks? (Note: BSA is encouraging individual tents)
5. Gear List – Backpacking
6. Gear List – Pikes Peak Day Hike
7. Meal Plan (Note: BSA is encouraging individual cooking)
8. Hiking route and 14er tips.

Parents, here the current Pikes Peak Council Covid Guidelines. Things are mostly normal but I will ask you fill out a screening form before the activity and please stay home if you have covid symptoms.*MTYyNjIwNjAyMC43LjEuMTYyNjIwNjA3Ni4

Jason Holpuch

Hi scout families. Use the sign up below for the crags to pikes peak backpacking trip next weekend. Please indicate both scouts and parents that plan to participate. Tentative schedule below, we will finalize the details in the troop planning meeting on Tuesday 7/12.

Friday 7/16 – ~5pm Meet at Crags Trailhead (or carpool). Backpack a few miles to base camp location.

Saturday 7/17 – Morning day hike to pikes peak summit and back to base camp.

Sunday 7/18 – Backpack out Sunday morning to trail head.


A few things for tonight’s meeting:

  1. It is the first meeting of the month, which means Uniform Inspections! Class A with all the chest candy you can muster! Sashes, hats, neckerchiefs, you know, the works!
  2. Rank Advancement is scheduled for tonight! If you are ready to get some of your skills and knowledge checked off, make sure you have your book and are ready to go. If needed, do a quick review before showing up tonight.
  3. Reposting troop summer and fall schedule below, look for the pikes peak campout sign up later this week!

Jul: 16-18 – Crags to Pikes Peak 14er campout
Aug: 6-8 – Loop hike near Sedalia/Deckers
Sep: 10-12 – Dino Death March
Oct: 15-17 – Sand Dunes (Family Campout)
Nov: 6 – MTB 22 Mile Bike Ride (need to start the cycling MB for those who want/need it)
Dec: 10-11 – Lock-in

After Camp Games!

Dan McGuire —  June 28, 2021 — Leave a comment


Since we just had our fun times at Summer Camp, we should blow off some steam with a Game Night. Bring your tanks full of energy and we will play a couple games of Ultimate (frisbee-Jefferson, can you bring that light up frisbee you’ve got) and maybe a bit of tug-o-war. Kids against Adults maybe. Like campers vs. Adult Leaders. I know where I will be placing my money!

See you tomorrow night. I have uploaded all the earned/completed Merit Badges from camp (except some of the Stem Lodge ones) and have uploaded all the partial Merit Badges (except Stem Lodge).

So, If you take a look at your Scoutbook Merit Badges, and don’t see something you think you should, please make a note of it and let me know. I will continue to work on the partial MBs and compiling a list of remaining requirements for each individual Scout. That might take a few days for me to get through though.

Anyway, talk to you all tomorrow night!


Summer camp time!

Dan McGuire —  June 17, 2021 — Leave a comment


We are headed to Summer Camp this Sunday. Plan and info is as follows:

1015 Sunday Morning: Meet up at the barn, bring all of your stuff for camp. We will cross load gear and Scouts for travel.

Parents, I think we have enough seats for the 15 Scouts, but please be flexible and if you can drive, please grab a Scout or two and we can convoy out there together.

BIKES: Scouts must have a helmet in order to ride bikes at camp. No helmet=no riding. Might want to do a little maintenance prior to getting up there, I will have some basic tools, but nothing major.

Here are the forms I forgot to attach last time.

Info: These first two docs are super important!! I will have copies ready for signatures, but you can download, print and sign before Sunday and just hand them in. I need hard copies of these for when we check in at camp (for ALL Scouts at time of check in (1230).

See you on Sunday!! I am probably forgetting something, as always. Feel free to reach out and let me know if you have any questions (228-806-9063 /



Laid on for tonight is the final preparations for Camp. We will have parents signing paperwork, Scouts doing checks on equipment for camp next week and doing final checks and questions for the drive out there.

We have been assigned the Cripple Creek Campground, sort of near the shooting sports area and across from the pool (sort of). This camp assignment means we have a 1230 check in time, so backwards planning goes like this:

Check in time of 1230
Google Maps says it is a 59 minute drive (37.7 miles).
We have to leave from the barn no later than 1130 (plus a margin of 15% time adjustment, so 1120 is our time to roll out.
We have to cross load personal gear, Scouts, etc. So give us 45 minutes to an hour to do that. Which brings us to 1035 for that process to begin.
Well, if we say we should be meeting at the barn at 1015, there will be folks running a tad bit late and all that, which is a good margin for that kind of stuff to happen. before cross loading of gear and such happens.

1015 Sunday morning, meet at the barn. DRiving together is an option, howver, not required. I would like to keep as many of us together as possible (convoy) so we are all checked in at the same time and the Scoutmasters do not have to answer all the same questions on multiple occasions (which we will anyway).

Alright, lastly, make sure your CAMPDOCS stuff is squared awy in the system and we should be good to go!

Talk to you tonight,



I just spent the last hour or so (on Zoom) with the folks at Camp Cris Dobbins talking about our summer camp later this month. Here is the down and dirty on the info from the meeting:

  1. Every Youth must bring a signed copy of the last two pages of the linked document below. This is a COVID mitigation plan, and authorization to test for COVID. I will also have these printed out for signing on next week’s meeting and at Scout drop off for heading to camp. Scouts cannot attend camp without these forms signed.
  3. Masks are NOT REQUIRED when OUTSIDE and practicing social distancing of 6 feet or more. 95% of the activities are going to be outside.
  4. Bring 7-10 masks/face coverings/etc. for the week. Basically change masks when you change your underwear…wait, change masks everyday. disregard that underwear thing-i know how y’all roll.
  5. Since the programs are all outside and will have separation, it is recommended to bring a camp chair with you to each of your classes. Maybe a small hiking type chair is best, but you can make the call on what you want to carry around camp from class to class.
  6. Camp Docs should be all uploaded (access closes on 12 Jun).
  7. Merit Badge info is locked in, so if there is a desired change, we will have to deal with it at camp. We will have the schedules for the week in the next 48 hours or so.
  8. Merit Badge Fees (if any) will be compiled and paid at camp. If you owe fees, we can take it from your Scout account or get it paid prior to camp. In short-do not bring extra money to pay those fees.
  9. If you want to bring a bike to camp, you will have to sign an acknowledgement as to the biking rules of the camp. If you break any of the rules, you will not be allowed to continue using your bike. You will need to make sure we know about you bringing it ahead of time – like this coming meeting. We may not be able to accommodate a last minute barrage of bikes and get them all to camp if we are not prepared to transport them.
  10. Tents: Canvass tents are provided. No more than 2 Scouts allowed in each tent. You may bring your own tent to use, which is recommended by CDC, CCD, and all those other agencies that are pushing rules out about COVID. If you want to pitch your tent on one of the platforms that has a canvass tent on it, you can, we will just have to work that out when we get to camp.

I think that is all for now. If you have any questions ro comments, please let me know.


It’s Tuesday!

Dan McGuire —  June 1, 2021 — Leave a comment


A couple things for tonight’s meeting:

  1. It is the first meeting of the month, which means Uniform Inspections! Class A with all the chest candy you can muster! Sashes, hats, neckerchiefs, you know, the works!
  2. Rank Advancement is scheduled for tonight! If you are ready to get some of your skills and knowledge checked off, make sure you have your book and are ready to go. If needed, do a quick review before showing up tonight.
  3. We had a great flag display yesterday! It went nice and smooth, except the flags were kind of wet due to the weather. So, we didn’t roll them all. Instead, we propped them up in the barn to dry. With all the Scouts tonight, we will spend a couple minutes rolling and stowing the flags; it should be pretty quick if everyone helps out.

Summer camp update. I got an email from Camp Cris Dobbins about uploading my own and my Scout’s medical forms. Parents: You likely got the same email. This means we will not do a “Troop upload” of medical documents and each individual Scout/Family is responsible for uploading their own medical documents. Well great! If you have any issues, let me know and we will figure it out.

That’s pretty much it.

See you tonight!



Please send your medical forms to me via email, or you can give me a hard copy and I will scan them and give them back to you. I will then upload them to a secured folder so Shari Hughes (our outdoor coordinator) can upload them to Camp Cris Dobbins’ website.

This is a new process for us, since we have always had a hard copy of these documents in hand when we have gone to camp, so bear with us as we learn this too!

If you have any concerns about this process, please let me know and we will figure something out.



Here is the sign up for Flags. REMEMBER–Full Dress Uniform for flags -Class A, pants with belt loops – no athletic shorts (gotta look as professional as possible! Sash is optional since we will be climbing in and out of vehicles and all that – we don’t want it in the way.

It looks like we have the right number of Scouts and the right number of Drivers, but if you want to still help out on Monday, we could use a couple of Navigators to ride along with the Drivers and Scouts already signed up.

Also, the link above has the rest of the flag dates on there as well. If you can, throw your name in there and helpa troop out with showing freedom!

See you on Monday with donuts for all and coffee for adults.



Last week’s plan to reorganize the Patrols was pushed to this week due to our awesome FLAG SEASON (see below). The Scout leadership will conduct this process of reorganization under the watchful eye of the adults. The goal here is to have an even distribution of ranks and ages between the patrols. Ultimate veto power is held by adult leadership. New Patrol Names, Calls, Guidons, symbols, etc., will all be worked on tomorrow night.

Flags: there are five holidays we as a troop post flags. Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Veteran’s Day.

The Colorado Springs Rotary Club takes and manages the subscriptions for those who PAY ($75/2 years) for the honor of posting a flag in their yard each of these holidays. Yes, we have a duty to the subscribers who pay to have the flags posted. Remember that Scouting responsibility thing?

This means, we can’t just “not” do flags. We are the responsible party for posting these ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL SYMBOLS OF FREEDOM! We dress up, get fueled up on coffee and donuts, then post FREEDOM all around Mountain Shadows (and one ‘hood on the mesa). Then in the evening, we take them down, roll them up and store them for the next holiday. Remember: we salute the flag each time is it posted, and just prior to recovering it.

Here is the skinny on the flags. Basically, each flag costs the subscriber $7.50 to post and take down. The Rotary Club pays for new flags, and maintenance on them, so we don’t have to cover that. The $7.50 is divided three ways equally (Rotary Club, The Troop Operating Fund, and the Scout who posts the flag.

This means, of the eight slots for Scouts to sign up, all the flags are added up and divided amongst the eight Scouts. On average, it is around $60-65 per holiday the Scout can earn for about three total hours of work (once they get the route down and into the groove- this may take a couple of days on flags).

The money the Scout earns can be used for ANYTHING SCOUT RELATED!!! Annual Dues, Summer Camp registration fees, tuition to Scout related classes put on by Council (ours or another), equipment (as long as the item can be tagged against a rank or merit badge requirement), camping gear, etc. Basically, if you can think of a way to use that money for a Scouting item, then I think we can make it happen-just bring a receipt for reimbursement with an explanation…its all on the form! We had a Scout purchase a GoPro Hero 7 i think it was to aid in the Photography or Movie Making merit badge.

Parents, we also need your help and input. I know several of you are stepping up and working it–thank you very much! We need more involvement. Over the life of this program has made the troop nearly nearly $84,000; 50% of which has gone directly toward the Scouts who have participated. Help a Troop out! Get involved. I mean, where else can you help your kid earn $20 an hour, right?!?!

This is the only “Troop” centric fund raiser we do. Popcorn, Camp Cards, and Pizza Pals are all an individual effort. The proceeds the troop keeps pays for all the food we get to enjoy at our Courts of Honor, funds our Scholarship program, purchases new and maintains old equipment, buys fuel for our stoves, fuels our volunteer’s vehicles for those long road trips we have not taken in a couple years, trailer registration fees, etc. Troop dues pays for badges, and some other upkeep stuff as well as off-setting weekend camping trip stuffs.

Anyway, if you have any questions, please feel free to give me a shout. I am always here for you guys, except in July-I will not be here for you.

We usually link up at the barn at 6am, load flags, then roll out. Generally each route is done by 8-8:30. Then the evening pickup starts at 5pm, and gets done around 7 give or take. As the boys, Drivers, and Navigators learn the routes, they get faster, and some friendly competition breaks out via text messages from route to route. It is all in good fun and lending assistance to those on other routes is always offered (especially when there is a foot of snow during pickup that wasn’t there in the morning when we put flags out).

Sorry for the long post!


Wilson United Methodist Church – We welcome you with open arms


This post is just a reminder that we are guests in Wilson Church. We are authorized to use only a portion of the church which includes the main lobby, kitchen (on occasion), and sanctuary. We are NOT allowed to use the classrooms, or be in the classrooms AT ALL (due to Covid related issues).

We are also required to put the furniture back in the same configuration as we found it (think leave no trace) as well as clean and sanitize the areas we use as best we can (sanitizer on hard surfaces, etc.).

Please be mindful of the church and their wishes as we use their facilities and make sure we are doing the right thing each time we use the building.

We will also continue to conduct our final evening checks (cleaning and security) after our clean-up at the end of each meeting.


Back to the Barn!

Dan McGuire —  May 17, 2021 — Leave a comment
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Tis the season to return to the barn! I know the weather is not really that welcoming for us to be outside; however, we like fire and outside stuff. So, we are going to meet tomorrow at the barn. First one there gets to prep the fire!

Also, Be Prepared! The weather may have a touch of rain for us, so make sure you are ready for that. We will focus tomorrow’s meeting on preparing for the upcoming Flags season. Our first Flags date is Memorial Day, just about two weeks from now. Basically, just making sure the flags we have are serviceable and ready to go without being torn or falling off of the pole. We will also go over the proper procedure of posting and recovering the flags.

There are still available slots for all the dates for the season (a total of five), so make sure you get in where you can! Scouts earn about $60/ flag day toward their Scouting account. Sign up below.

Class B for tomorrow night! Bring a flashlight and your Scoutbook as well. We may be able to get to some other Scouting activities/learning.



First of all, thanks for an awesome COH. Really well done by Mark and the Scout Leadership team.

Congratulations to those who earned rank advancements and merit badges. Well done by all of you.

And: Congratulations to those Scouts who were re-elected and elected into their positions:
SPL: Mark
ASPL: Evan
PL/QM: Austin
PL: Zander (new position)
Scribe: Jefferson

As a reminder, since I get a few questions and such tnight about how we do things such as rank advancement and merit badges.

Rank Adv:

Scouts need to show thier skills and demonstrate their knowledge to two senior Scouts (PL then ASPL/SPL) on separate occasions (can be same night, just separately) prior to coming to an adult leader for sign off in thier book. the Scout Leaders should sign on the left side margin next to the rank requirement.

The first Four Ranks (Scout-1st Class) can be worked on simultaneously, but must be completed/finalized/awarded in order). Scouts can get onesies and twosies signed off by Scout Leaders and Adult Leaders as they go along. There is no need to wait until all the initials are gathered for an entire rank before getting an Adult to sign off on a requirement. One or two rank requirements signed off a week is not out of the realm of possibilities, and should be sought after as a progressive way to advance.

Why do we do it this way: The Scout seeking advancement will have two opportunities to reinforce their knowledge/skills with their peers prior to presenting to an adult leader (which may be intimidating for some Scouts). The Scout Leader will have the opportunity to teach the younger Scout the skills using the Scouting EDGE method (Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, Enable). Once the Scout has two sets of initials next (left side) to the rank requirement, they can present to an Adult Leader for final sign off (right side).

Merit Badges: There are several steps to obtaining a merit badge, which must be completed in order.

1 Pick a subject (MB to complete)
2 Get permission from the Scoutmaster (signed blue card)-this officially starts your MB journey-Scoutbook will be updated with the date on the Blue Card)
3 Seek out an official BSA certified counselor and coordinate with them (counselor must be YPT and registered with BSA to be a counselor)
4 Either learn from the Counselor, or demonstrate your previous knowledge to the satisfaction of the counselor and get them to complete your Blue Card.
5 Turn in your Blue Card to the Scoutmaster and get awarded at the next COH.

Scoutbook: Parents can sign off on items in scoutbook attesting to items given as “homework” if the Counselor for that particular Merit Badge has authorized this action. If not, parents should not sign anything in Scoutbook because we as a troop track these items for Courts of Honor and such. As a MB Counselor, I often authorize this action since I can’t be there for every Scout to watch them do the stuff I am counseling for, since I pretty much only do “mass merit badges” for the entire troop and i often assign most of the badgework as homework so the Scout is required to do research and bring back the information they have discovered. More on that as we go along.

If anyone has any questions or concerns, please let me know. Apologies for the long post.



Below are the results of the Knot Patrol Meeting. Something is wrong with the calendar on the website, but we are working to fix it.

Jun: 20-26 – Summer Camp @ Cris Dobbins
Jul: 16-18 – Crags to Pikes Peak 14er campout
Aug: 6-8 – Loop hike near Sedalia/Deckers
Sep: 10-12 – Dino Death March
Oct: 15-17 – Sand Dunes (Family style)
Nov: 6 – 22 Mile Bike Ride (need to start the cycling MB for those who want/need it)
Dec: 10-11 – Lock-in

As always, these are the best dates we came up with where there would be support to do what you as Scouts voted to do. If there are scheduling conflicts, we will workthem out and get out there Scouting!


About Boy Scouting's required positions of responsibility


There is a new “channel” on the discord server labeled COH Elections.

If you would like to run for a leadership position, please throw your name and what position you want to run for. All “Hard Leadership” positions (SPL, ASPL, and PL) require a candidate speech to be given. Scribe, Historian, Quartermaster positions do not require a speech, but are very important roles and require you to be active for most of our meetings and events.

Anyway, check it out.

Remember that next tuesday is the COH, we will set up starting at 5:30 at the Church. Dinner at 6pm. CLASS A UNIFORMS!!!! I am sure I am forgetting something!



Please RSVP at the link above for the Court of Honor next tuesday night, May 11. We will set up around 5:30pm, serve food at 6pm, then move to the Sanctuary for the presentation of the awards and all that.

Bird Dog BBQ is catering the event, so we need good numbers on who will be in attendance. Of course, siblings and folks like that are allowed and expected so they can see you get what you have earned. Basically, we need solid attendance so we get the right amount of food for everyone.

This is a CLASS A event, full dress uniform, all that good stuff.

Elections will be held as well. If you would like to run for a leadership position, please prepare a 2-3 minute speech to present on why you should be voted into that position.

Positions up for election: All of them! SPL, ASPL, PL (x2), Scribe, Historian, and Quartermaster is what we generally have in “office”. SPL/ASPL are limited to First Class Rank and above, PL and the others can be any rank.

Cabbage Games - Giant Bomb

Troop, you all decided to play ultimate cabbage at Oak Valley Ranch Park. Since this is a game night, we start a bit earlier than normal. We will meet up at 6pm and close out around 8pm. Mr. Petree is bringing the cabbage.

See you guys there! Here is the location/directions. It is right off of Silent Rain Dr.
From the Church, head north on Flying W Ranch Rd to the stoplight at Centennial. Turn left on Centennial and then turn left onto Silent Rain Dr, just a few hundred yards up. Follow Silent Rain until you see the park on the left.

See you there!


whitewater – SEE/zing!


Here is an opportunity to do some really fun white water rafting while we are at summer camp. We could also do this as part of a troop excursion this summer, if you all wanted to. We might be able to make that work.

The link below has all the info on it. Basically, in order to do it, we would need at least five Scouts to sign up. The cost is $75 (each) without transportation and $95 (each) for the River guys to drive the participants.

Rafting-Info-Sheet-and-Sign-Up-1.pdf (

We can discuss as we get closer to camp time.



Right now there are 15 Scouts signed up for Camp. I have 10 merit badge selections completed. There have been some adjustments to the offerings, like ATV is not on the list for a Merit Badge, but I beleive you can spend free time there (this also may change again), so be flexible.

I need (I apologise if I may have overlooked what you already gave me) the following Scouts to get me their lists: I need three Primary and three Alternate choices!!!!!!! Text, email, phone call, carrier pigeon, just get the choices to me!

John R.
WIlliam W.
Jefferson H.
Ethan M.
Noah H.

Here are the offerings as of right now for merit badges: I am not sure if the ones with a “/” are concurrent offerings or not. Like If you sign up for Energy, youll got Electricity at the same time. Not sure, we will find out!

  1. Energy/Electricity
  2. Chemistry/ Nuclear Science
  3. Astronomy/Space Exploration
  4. Emergency Preparedness
  5. First Aid
  6. Camping/Pioneering
  7. Search and Rescue/ Wilderness Survival/ Orienteering
  8. Mamal Study/ Fish and Wildlife Management/ Forestry
  9. Environmental Science
  10. Communications
  11. Photography/ Music
  12. Theater/ Public Speaking
  13. Indian Lore/ American Heritage/ Scouting Heritage
  14. Art/ Basketry
  15. Leatherwork
  16. Paul Bunyan Award/ Totin’ Chip/ Wood Carving
  17. Lifesaving
  18. Swimming
  19. Canoeing
  20. Kayaking
  21. Small Boat Sailing
  22. Archery
  23. Rifle
  24. Shotgun
  25. Cycling
  26. Climbing
  27. First Class/ Second Class/ Tenderfoot

If you want to attend camp with us, sign up here:

Also, we are just about a month and a half away from attendance, which means you and your parents need to work on getting to see your doctor to get a physical completed. Need to have one within a year of attendance to camp. Here is a link to the forms. Need to ensure the form for Summer Camp is filled out by the doctor.