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Philmont Update

Sean Warner —  May 7, 2020 — Leave a comment

Folks, I am sad to say that our Philmont Trek is canceled this year due to COVID. Our Trek was scheduled for June and right now, Philmont is not opening until 1 July so they asking for us to reschedule for 2021. My son and I would still like to go next year and I feel even if some back out that we can put together another crew for 2021 so I am going to lean forward to re-schedule. If your scout would not like to reschedule for next year then please let me know!

Thanks, Sean

Below is the pasted email from Philmont:

Dear 2020 Lead Advisors and Reservation Contacts,
It is hard to imagine a more difficult circumstance for operating Philmont Scout Ranch. Our mission brings people together and Delivers Wilderness Adventures that Last a Lifetime. Yet as our state, region, and the entire world continues to deal with the evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, we realize the nature of this virus, and how it spreads, presents significant challenges for Philmont. Your safety, health, and well-being remain our top priority. 
The staff at Philmont continue to work relentlessly through every scenario for opening, in conjunction with the constantly evolving environment that this challenge presents to all Americans.  In light of the state of New Mexico’s extension of stay at home orders through May 15th and decisions that other community and public entities have made to close, we have made the difficult decision to delay the opening of Philmont until July 1.  

We will continue to follow updates and recommendations from the CDC, NM Governor Lujan Grisham, and state and local health departments, and monitor data and decisions from other states and entities across the country. Additional updates will be provided on May 15 and June 1.
You are receiving this email because you are listed as the Reservation Contact or Lead Advisor for your crew(s). If you are a Reservation Contact it is important that you communicate with all of the Lead Advisors in your Contingent. If you are a Lead Advisor it is important that you communicate with all of your crew members to get their updated expedition plans before submitting the survey. It is important that the Reservation Contact and Lead Advisor coordinate who will submit this survey on behalf of the crew. Please only submit one survey response per crew. 
There are important decisions that will need to be made for your crew(s). Please follow the link below and complete the survey. This will allow us to gather information to help you and Philmont prepare for the summer ahead. Please complete this survey by Friday, May 8th. You will also want to refer to the updated cancellation/refund policy that can be found below.  Please know that when we open on July 1st, the Philmont program will look different to allow for appropriate social distancing. Philmont has begun implementing the following steps to promote a safer environment: Developing pre-travel protocols Pre-arrival screening Extensive on-site Screening Increased cleaning and sanitization in shared spaces, buildings, vehicles, and program areas Large gatherings, including campfires and chapel services, will be limited or eliminated Adjustments in our dining hall operations Any participant or staff member in a high-risk category for protection from COVID-19 should not attend Philmont this year, because of established protocols by our country’s medical experts. Additional measures will be implemented per CDC guidelines. 

We ask that you do not call Philmont but fill out the survey and let our team of Registrars, plan their work, and work the plan. With 2,200 crews and more than 24,000 individuals all seeking personal assistance, we must focus on the surveys you submit and prioritized by importance. Survey responses will be prioritized for resolution by the end of May.   Refund Policy – If the Boy Scouts of America or a National High Adventure Base (HAB) cancels your program due to COVID-19, you can reschedule your adventure and apply fees to an alternate date later in 2020 or 2021 (and 2022 at PSR and NT) at 2020 pricing. If it is not possible for you to reschedule, you will receive a full refund of fees paid. 
If you cancel your program during the COVID-19 outbreak, you may select an adventure later in 2020 or 2021 (and 2022 at PSR and NT) at 2020 pricing. If it is not possible for you to reschedule, you will receive a refund of fees paid less 10% (to support the program costs of operating the HAB). See the HAB website for more information. 
Refunds will be processed within 10-12 weeks.  Additional information and updates are available at 
Here are our options for next year….
Options for Crews:Crews that were scheduled to arrive before July 1 are encouraged to reschedule for 2021 or 2022 (as space allows) or transfer to another high adventure base closer to their home. Crews that are no longer able to travel to Philmont for an adventure this summer are encouraged to transfer to 2021 or 2022 (as space allows), transfer to another high adventure base, or cancel their reservation. Crews that cancel and request a refund, will be subject to the refund policy listed above and will receive their refund within 10-12 weeks of cancellation. Philmont has adjusted the minimum crew size to 5 participants (minimum of 2 adults) to allow for individual participants to cancel without canceling the crew. Philmont reserves the right to match you with a sister crew as needed to meet Health and Safety needs. Philmont will waive the adult to youth ratio (if YPT guidelines are met) to accommodate Scouts who will “age out” by the time they are rescheduled through 2022. Wilderness First Aid and CPR – Philmont highly encourages crew leadership to complete the Wilderness First Aid and CPR requirements as written in the Guidebook to Adventure, however, Philmont will not deny crews a Philmont adventure due to the inability to meet WFA and CPR requirements during the 2020 season. Philmont’s program model has been adjusted to accommodate crews who do not have these certifications. Health and Medical Record – State by state requirements for physicals have complicated and delayed the solution for participants who have been unable to complete the Annual Health and Medical Record this calendar year. We are confident that with the delay of the start of the summer that a solution will be available by May 15th with plenty of time for crews to complete before they depart for Philmont. 
Survey Questions to answer with your crew (please submit your crew’s responses at the link below, these are provided to assist you in consulting with your crew prior to entering the survey)
Email:Name:Expedition Number:Phone:I am the:Do you want to cancel your entire crew in 2020 and receive a refund? Please recognize there are options to transfer your reservation.Yes (Continue to Comments and Concerns)No (Continue to next question)Do you want to cancel a partial crew in 2020?Yes, I have crew members who will not be attending with my crew as previous planned – We will be reaching out to determine which crew members are canceled soon. (Continue to next question)No, my entire crew will be attending. (Continue to next question)What is your arrival month?June (proceed to June crews choices)July/August (proceed to July/August Crew choices)June Crews please rank your choices between 1 and 4Transfer the reservation to July or August dates in 2020 (space will be limited to a smaller number of crews arriving each day)Transfer the reservation to 2021 (space will be limited to available spaces)Transfer the reservation to 2022 (you will be able to pick your date now instead of waiting for the lottery)Transfer the reservation to available space in 2020 or 2021, at one of the other National High Adventure Bases (Florida National Seabase, Northern Tier High Adventure Base, Bechtel Summit Reserve)July and August Crews please rank your choices between 1 and 4.Keep original reservationTransfer the reservation to 2021 (space will be limited to available spaces)Transfer the reservation to 2022 (you will be able to pick your date now instead of waiting for the lottery)Transfer the reservation to available space in 2020 or 2021, at one of the other National High Adventure Bases (Florida National Seabase, Northern Tier High Adventure Base, Bechtel Summit Reserve)Was your crew canceled in 2018 due to the fires?YesNoComments and Concerns?If you are a unit that has requested cancellation in July or August, please indicate extenuating circumstances to be considered for waiving the 10% program support recovery fee. 

We didnt have enough participation to meet the 10 person minimum for Battlefield Colorado tonight so we are going to do some night time sledding instead. We will meet at Howbert Elementary School at 6pm. Bring a sled and dress appropriately for the cold. We’ll be done before 8am, but might want parents to stay in case your scout gets too cold. Howbert Elementary is located at 1023 N 31st St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904 or

See you then!!


The next COH is a Thanksgiving/Christmas/Holiday COH. We will give thanks and also dine in the Christmas spirit with a great potluck dinner prior to awards and advancements.  We truly have a lot to be thankful for….living in Colorado, our happiness, health and most importantly our wonderful scouts that bring us all together and allow us to have such great scouting adventures! Please sign up for what you are able to bring to the dinner. 

Set Up for the COH is at 530pm, Grace and Dinner will begin at 6pm. 

2 Ham’s

1 Turkey’s – (keep your receipt for reimbursement by the Troop)

3 Salad’s

6 – 8 Sides 

4 – 5 Desserts

Please sign up here!

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Troop 287!

Mr Warner Here: Only THREE Scouts are signed up to be in the Veteran’s day parade tomorrow!! I know we can do better than this. Let’s get some more participation and represent tomorrow. I’m going to be there but will be a little embarrassed that there is only 3 of us because I know other Troops will show in force. The United States of America has Special Forces soldiers fighting in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq right now. They just killed the leader of ISIS!!! I think we can walk for 30 minutes down the road with our Retired Special Forces Chapter. . What say you?? Are you up for the challenge? If so, sign up at the link below and I will see you there tomorrow morning. There WILL BE DONUTS! We should have at least 10 scouts!

Here are the details:

Date: 2 Nov 2019

Link Up Time: 0730 Hrs

Link Up Location: Parking Lot at North West Corner of South Tejon and East Rio Grande Street

Address is 702 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

(Due East from VFW 101)

Activities at Staging Area: 

Prep Truck (Driver: Tom Wisdom)

SFA Members Onsite

SFMC Onsite

Boy Scouts Troop 287 Onsite

Note: Coffee/Juice & Donuts will be provided by SFA QM

Depart for Parade Area: 0830 Hrs

Parade Area Line Up: #42 for SFA 4-24 (NE Corner of Dale/Tejon)

Hey everyone!

Just a friendly reminder that my eagle scout project is approaching very, very soon. I purchased most of the building materials today. So far, I only have two scouts signed up. It’s not too late! Please sign up and help me achieve a goal that has been in the grasp of my hand for years. Not only does your participation support me but it also benefits you. Service hours are needed to promote to the next rank. We will be spending two weekends working on a bicycle storage shed for the nonprofit, UpaDowna. The first weekend will be the 5th and 6th of October and then the following weekend after that. The construction will begin at 9:00 A.M. and end at 4:00 P.M. at 335 Manitou Ave, Manitou springs, CO, 80829. Please sign up on the sign up genius at the link below!

I would greatly appreciate your participation and I hope to see you there!

Thanks, Lance


Hi it’s Lance! 

My eagle scout project is approaching and I need people to help me. I am constructing a bicycle storage shed for a nonprofit organization, UpaDowna. Any hours volunteered counts as community service. 

To fully make this shed, it will take two weekends (most of the work will be on the first weekend). The first weekend will be October 5th/6th and the second is the 12th/13th. The 5th/6th will be spent making the shed itself. The following weekend will consist of painting the shed and extra added details. Please wear work clothes that you don’t mind getting damaged. Bring sunglasses or eye protection. Work Gloves is a good idea. 

The hours for each weekend will be from 9am-4pm but may change depending on how much we complete on the weekends. 

There will be food and drink provided!  Sunscreen will be provided. 

The address is 335 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829. 

Please sign up on the link below 🙂

Thank you!

Lance A Warner, Life Scout and Awesome Son

Hey Folks, Our next 14er hike will be this weekend. We are going to stay at a cabin at the base of the Grey’s and Torrey’s trail head on Friday. Summit the two peaks and return home late Saturday. Please be ready to pick up the scouts late Saturday evening. Every participant that will be staying with us must fill out this release form to stay at the cabin. You may scan and email this to me or give it to me at tonight’s meeting. I need these as soon as possible (today).

We will plan out the details of the campout at tonight’s meting.



Scouts and Families,
I’ve been communicating with the Discovery Center on the best day to finish the installation of my Eagle Project and we’ve agreed upon Saturday, May 25th. 

We will be starting the day at my house (7455 Winding Oaks Drive) to put the finishing touches on the dome before moving to the Discovery Center (4425 Arrowswest Drive) for some landscaping work and the installation. We should be finished by 5 pm at the latest. There will be a Signup Genius created for this workday. Please utilize the signup so I know who will be coming and in case I need to get ahold of everyone should something arise.  Parents, at drop off please let me know if you are ok with my parents transporting your Scouts to the Discovery center, We will abide by the 2 deep leadership rule within Scouting.

I appreciate everyone’s work so far and apologize for the inconvenience of working on Memorial Day weekend. Hopefully, we’ll be able to finish this project and have a final product we can all be proud of.

Please sign up here:

For any questions, contact me at (719) 440-7016
Joshua Johnston 

Scouts and Families,
There has been a delay in communication with the Discovery Center that has led me to have to cancel the work day for tomorrow, Sat, May 10.  Since I have not been granted access to install the structure, I will have to reschedule the next workday after I get the go ahead from them. Thank you all for your help with my Eagle Scout project and I apologize for the delay. I will let you know of future dates as soon as I get it worked.
I checked the SignupGenius and no one was signed up yet so that will be deleted until the next dates are decide.
Thanks,Josh Johnston719-440-7016

Sea Base parents. It’s a requirement for all adults going to Sea Base (2 per boat) that we have our Wilderness First Aid/CPR/AED certification prior to going. Danny Reeves found this class and its perfect because it cover’s it all in two days. Please sign up for the $140 option that includes CPR/AED. Its for June 8-9. I will be there…

Dear Scouts & Families,
Due to a delay in receiving supplies for my Eagle Scout project, I am going to have to delay the start date for work on my Eagle Scout project  We will NOT be meeting on Saturday 4/4 for a work day. Instead we will only meet on Sunday 4/5 and the following Saturday 4/11. Nothing else has changed. We will still be meeting on these days at my house from 10am – 5pm at 7455 Winding Oaks Drive, 80919. If you have any questions please reach out to me. I apologize for the inconvenience. I look forward to working with all of you.

Please sign up here to help out!

Thank you,

Josh Johnston 719-440-7016

Scouts and Families,

I am currently working towards the rank of Eagle Scout and one of the most difficult parts of achieving the rank is leading an Eagle Scout Project. 

The current plan is for the troop to build an outdoors exhibit for the Space Foundation Discovery Center which fits the museum’s yearly theme of Building on Other Planets. The exhibit will be a model of a Mars habitat, constructed from a PVC dome and plated with wood paneling. 

Older scouts will be in charge of using power tools (under supervision of adults) like saws and drills in order to build the dome while younger scouts will be tasked with measuring and painting. Scouts need to bring work clothes (clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty) as well as eye protection and work gloves (if they have them). Lunch and drinks will be provided.

The currently scheduled work days are May 4th, 5th, and 11th from 10 am to 5 pm. The worksite will be my house at 7455 Winding Oaks Drive. Make sure to sign up if you need volunteer hours or if you just want to help me out. 

For more information please text or call Josh at 719-440-7016


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:



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.