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Troop,

Thanks for quickly throwing your hats into the ring for Northern Tier next year. Awesome responses! We filled the TWO Crews we reserved, for a total of 16 people.

Currently, there is one more crew slot available for our trek dates (June 14-24, 2023). IF we can fill six more slots, we can reserve another Crew for that same date range. If we have the interest, and the date slot is taken, we can reserve another date slot, but we will need at least two adults to go on the third crew. These details can be discussed if we get the numbers to make the reservation.

Just remember, Scouts have to be 14 or completed 8th grade to attend high adventure trips.

I have the “original 16” and will expand the Sign Up Genius to allow up to 24 people (max number of participants for 3 crews). You can find that link below. If we do not get enough interest, we will not reserve another Crew.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4aada829a7fe3-northern1

If you sign up, the initial payment of $225 will be due by February 5, 2022.

Talk to you guys soon,

Dan

Troop,

Get your creative juces flowing. Tonight troop leadership would like to spend some time in our patrols creating designs for troop flags.

We will also be doing some prep work for the upcoming ski outing. If you have not signed up yet, please do so. It is importaint that we have a good idea of who will be attending so we can square away transportation and gear. Looks like there is already 6 that have commited. Link below.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4BA8A828A4FD0-monarch

We will further discuss Summer Camp, Philmont, and Northern Tier (Boundry Waters).

See you all tonight!!!

Mr. Petree

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4AADA829A7FE3-northern1

Above is the link to sign up for the trip.

Now here is the stuff:

Northern Tier High Adventure Camp: 06/14/2023 – 06/24/2023

We booked 2 crews for June 14-24, 2023 with a maximum of 16 participants (current 7th graders and up). Only 6 slots remain!

An initial payment of $225.00/person is due by February 5, 2022 to cover the trek deposit/first payment required by Northern Tier.  

Monthly payments of $100.00/person are due from March 1, 2022 until March 1, 2023 (13 monthly payments).  Payment schedule is based on crews with 6 participants.  Any excess funds will first be applied to trek incidentals (maps, gear rental, etc.), and then to camp incidentals and travel costs. If the crew numbers increase to 8 each, then the fees will be adjusted accordingly.

Northern Tier offers financial assistance for those in need. Campership information can be obtained at: https://www.ntier.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/CampershipApp.pdf

If you want to get in on this, sign up at the link above.

Dan

Troop,

The Northern Tier sign up opened yesterday and the slots have filled up rather quickly. Here is what I have for you:

This is a High Adventure Camp. Scouts must be a minimum of 14 years of age at the time of their trip (mid-June 2023) OR age 13 and have completed 8th grade. Scouts currently in 7th Grade or above are eligible to attend this trek next summer.

A crew shipping out of Ely, MN, is made up of 6-8 people (adults and youth). If we have more interest than 8, we need to reserve for more than one crew slot. Each crew will be separate from any other crew on the trip. So, if we have two crews, they would not camp or interact with each other during the trip.

The cost per CREW is $9,200. It doesn’t matter if there are 6 or 8 people on the crew, the cost is the same. Estimated cost per person is $1,150-$1,513 (depending on crew) size plus park fees, travel costs and incidentals.

Each trek is 10 Days long plus we’ll have to account for travel time on either end. We are planning to book a trek that starts in mid-June but cannot select a specific date until we know how many crews are needed. Estimated trek dates are between June 14-June 28 (trek start dates of June 14, 16 or 18).

We need to know who is committing ASAP since we would like to book by tomorrow at high noon.

Dan

Here is the sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4AADA829A7FE3-northern1

**If you age out between now and the trip, you can still attend as an adult leader, provided you are registered as an adult with the BSA and have completed all other requirements.

Troop,

January 22nd we will be heading up the mountain in search of that snow that has seemed to elude us here on the front range thus far.

Mr. Anderson will be leading the charge up the mountain on what will be an awesome day of skiing or snowboarding. The plan is to meet up at the church at 6:30 am and head on out from there. The group will return once they have had their fill for the day and will reach out to parents when they leave the mountain.

We really need a good headcount on this and there are some things to do in preparation so don’t delay. If you are a snow sports family please know that all are welcome. Please sign up below.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4BA8A828A4FD0-monarch

All attendees will need to purchase lift tickets and have equipment prior to going.

If you don’t already have a Monarch Pass we strongly recommend you purchase lift tickets online at least 2 days in advance as there are huge cost savings. It’s $44 if you are 12 or under, $59 if you are 13-17, and $89 for us old timers.

Rentals are $44 at Monarch and you would have to take the time to check them out there. You can likely get a better deal at somewhere local like Christi Sports, or the MWR if you have access. Please shop around and comment below if you find any gems you would like to share.
It seems Mr. Anderson has found a rental deal at Epic Mountain Gear – Colorado Springs. Address: 2454 Montebello Square Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918. Phone: (719) 268-9522. Looks like they have a youth ski package for about $14 per day and you could pick it up from them the day prior after 3 pm.
Give them a ring!

2022 Begins!!!

Ray Petree —  January 10, 2022 — Leave a comment

Scouts,

After a well-deserved holiday break, it’s time to kick off the 2022 Scouting Adventure.

We have the first meeting of the year coming up Tuesday 1/11 7:00pm in the church.

Being the first meeting of the month we have a uniform inspection. Please dress in your finest Class A uniform. Yep, with all the hats, pants, sashes, etc…. and don’t forget those scout socks. Youth leadership will take a look and help you get all up to snuff. If you don’t have your new position patches we will make notes and try to get that all figured out.

We will also be discussing upcoming events, Summer Camp, Philmont, and so on.

Can’t wait to see you all.

Mr. Petree

Summer Camp update!

Dan McGuire —  January 4, 2022 — Leave a comment

Troop,

Just a quick update on the Summer camp status.

We currently have 10 Scouts signed up for camp. If you want to go to summer camp this year at San Isabel Scout Ranch, (https://pathwaytotherockies.org/sanisabel), let me know and we will get you signed up and provide payment info.

Right now, the minimum required payment is $75, which will lock you into a $300 overall fee for camp. This fee schedule expires on 31 January, which is when the overall dues will increase to $335.

Anyway, check it out and let me know if you are interested and have not already signed up. Myself, Mr Gilkes, and Mr Petree are signed up as adult leaders for the week.

Dan

Return to Scouting

Dan McGuire —  January 3, 2022 — Leave a comment

Troop,

This is a reminder the calendar we follow for breaks and closures is the D-11 School calendar. This means we will not return to our meetings until NEXT week on the 11th.

Remember that next week is the second meeting of the month and will continue to follow the regular rotation, as set forth previously, and in coordination with the Scout Leadership Team (PLC).

Dan

Troop,

As I transition out of the role of Scoutmaster and Mr Petree moves in, I just wanted to say thank you to all of you for three years of fun and easy Scouting! I truly appreciate it!

Here is the list of events for the year to come (repost from when we adults put it together from Scout desires), these are on the troop calendar as well:

January 21-23, Ski Day (Monarch, opportunity to Stay in B&B in Salida-optional)
February 25-27, Winter Camp (Snow Sports) Old Monarch Pass 
March 11-13, Penitente Canyon Hike
April 8-10, Lost Creek Wilderness Hike
May 13-15, MTB Campout (Dillon-Breck)
June 10-12 Music Pass Camp
June 8-20 Philmont (select Scouts)
July 10-16 Summer Camp at San Isabel Scout Ranch
August 26-28 Squirrel Creek loop/Bishop’s Castle
September 16-18 11 Mile Canyon campout
October 14-16 Dino Death March at Picketwire Canyon
November 4-6 Camp/day hike/bike
December 9-10 Lock-in

As we move forward in the year, I will still be involved with the Troop as the Committee Chair, and will be as involved as I have been in campouts and other events. This includes Merit Badge Counseling. So, if you have any badges outstanding from summer camp last year or whenever, I will still sign off on those cards. Also, I will continue with any badges you started with me as a counselor, or desire to start.

thanks again,

Dan

Troop,

I was notified by a member of the Church that part of their fence around the dumpster is in need of repair. I took a look at it and it seems to be a really quick and easy job, just setting it back on the brackets and throwing some screws into it to secure it. If anyone wants to knock this quick repair out, it is worth (in my eyes) about 2 hours of community service.

Just shoot me a quick note saying you took care of it and log it in your Scout Handbook. This is a first come, first serve opportunity, so act quickly! No issue if a couple of you want to attack it together, you’ll still get full credit.

Talk to you soon,

Dan

Happy Holidays!!!

Dan McGuire —  December 15, 2021 — Leave a comment
Merry Christmas..........Happy Scouting.............

Troop, Last night was our last meeting of the year! We all had a great time bowling and playing pool at the Air Force Academy Bowlling Center. After the first round of games all the Scouts started playing pool so Mr. Petree and I finished all the bowling games! Yes, my shoulder is tired this morning!

Anyway, I wish you all a Happy Holiday and look forward to a fresh year of Scouting in 2022. Remember as of January 1st, Mr. Petree will be the Scoutmaster and I will be moving into the role of the Committee Chair. More on that at our first meeting next year!

Happy Holidays,

Dan

Troop,

I made an oversight on my post yesterday. We will be meeting up at the bowling place at 6pm tonight!

My bad, guys! The SPL put out the correct time on the sign up, I just had a blip in the attention side of things!

See you tonight!

Dan

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d4da5af2ba1fc1-game

Troop,

Above is the link to tomorrow night’s Game Night. We will link up at Harmony Bowl, 3845 N Academy Blvd Colorado Springs Colorado 80917, at 7pm and do some rock throwing!!

The cost is $60 for two lanes for two hours, plus $3 shoe rental. The more people that show up, the cheaper it is going to be!

See you all tomorrow night!

Dan

Lock-in update!

Dan McGuire —  December 10, 2021 — Leave a comment

troop lock-in participants, below is the schedule for tomorrow night through Sunday morning.

Assistant scout masters Jason and mike to attend.  Jason can be reached at (719) 323-1513

Drop off and hot pizza at 6pm Saturday.

Fingerprint MB on Saturday night.

Sunday scout pickup by 7:30am.  We want to be out of the way in for church band rehearsal.  

Have a great night!

Dan

For anyone doing ROBOTICS MERIT BADGE, you can find a robotics work sheet at this URL: http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/Robotics.pdf Please look at requirements 2 & 3, which are “general knowledge” requirements. I would like to discuss these at the meeting Tuesday (Dec 7th) and sign off those who are ready. You can use the worksheet to take notes, if you like, but you will need to be able to discuss the topics. I recommend you read those parts of the MB book, if you have it, or simply do some research online. There should be plenty of information available. For anyone doing FAMILY LIFE MERIT BADGE: I would be happy to sign off any requirements you have completed as “homework,” such as your Family Meeting, Family Project, Personal Project, etc. If you have done any of these, be prepared to discuss them with me Tuesday (bring whatever notes and documentation you have).

Take care,

-Mike

Troop,

This week is the first week of the month, so that means Unifrom inspection and Rank Advancement!

SPL: Need to talk to you about themes for the future, pretty easy stuff.

Also, need to re-hash the information on this weekend’s lock-in on Saturday night. Need a couple of adults to sign up or it is a no-go. I will be out of town starting Friday and should be back on Tuesday next week.

Summer camp:

We have reservations at Summer camp and the information can be found at the link below. We currently have eight Scouts signed up (with money paid for their reservation), so if you want to go, make sure you sign up and get some money over to the Troop Treasurer so we can add your name to the roster. Link for the signup genius is below. Let me know if you need contact info for the Treasurer, or you can bring a check. Cost is $300/Scout until the end of Jan, then it goes up (if you pay a deposit now, you get locked into the lower cost bracket and are not subject to the increase in fees).

See you guys tomorrow night!

Dan

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4aada829a7fe3-sumer

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Troop,

Here is the sign up for the lock in:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4AADA829A7FE3-lockin

We need two adults to sign up to make this bad boy work, and I will be out of town that weekend, which came up after we scheduled this.

The SPL already threw down a schedule with you guys for the events and decided on a MB to start up, so we will work that in as well.

We really just need a headcount for food, generally pizza.

Bring your guys board games, game consoles, etc. and we can use the entrance room for board games and MB work, the sanctuary for Jack box like always, and the youth room for gaming systems. We are not permitted in any other room, so please do not go into them or anything like that.

More to follow on Tuesday night.

Dan

Philmont Update post!

Dan McGuire —  December 1, 2021 — Leave a comment
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Troop,

Our troop is scheduled to attend a trek from 8-20 June 2022.

We have a reservation for a trek of 12 people.

Here are the folks currently signed up and paid in full:

1. Jack D.
2. Ignacio H.
3. Mark P.
4. Evan R.
5. Lance W.
6. Sean W.
7. Michael P.
8. Blake M.
9. Greg S. (to be replaced)
10.
11.
12.

If you desire to attend, please email me directly (I know Matt M. is interested). If you want to change your reservation, let me know that as well.

The current cost to reserve your slot is $1213. If the crew numbers get filled to 12, the trek cost will be reduced for each member. This does not include any travel costs or anything else like that.

There are currently four available slots.

To attend Philmont, you must be 14, or be 13 and completed 8th grade.

I thought I had a Sign up genius for this, but I don’t; so just email me and we will get you squared away.

Slots are a first come, first served. Slots can be reserved with a down payment of $200, and followed up with monthly payments. Please coordinate with the Troop Treasurer for payments.

Mr. Petree is putting together a “prep for Philmont” plan beginning in January, so be on the lookout for that.

I am sure there are things I forgot to add stuff, so if you have questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to let me know.

Dan

Troop,

Tomorrow night we are going to have a nice relaxed administrative day. As we enter the end of the year I would like to see where everyone is in their rank progression and where they are as far as open/in progress merit badges.

Also, we need to plan the lock-in (timelines, activities, food, merit badge desire, etc.), so while the lock-in planning and all that is going on, I will go through each of your individual Scoutbook accounts and all that to see what is all happing in there and make sure Scoutbook reflects what your Scout handbook says.

So make sure you bring your handbooks and any open blue cards you might have (or a list of what you have open).

If that doesn’t make sense, it will tomorrow night.

See you all tomorrow night!

Dan

Have a Happy Thanksgiving this week and enjoy this time with your Families. No meeting this week. We will see you back at the church on November 30th for a merit badge “clean up” day. Also, we need to plan for the lock-in.

Take care, see you soon!

Dan