This weekend is the Lazy Campout at the Barn! We are going to do a few things this campout. We will do some Geocaching Merit Badge Work, fire building, cook-off, pioneering, and we will also organize the troop gear in the barn. There is also an opportunity to get a few service hours with the church. They are requesting some assistance with clearing out the mulch in the playground of the church in preparation for new rubberized mulch (Saturday 8-10am).
If you want to help with the cleanup, you can just show up at 8 at the church. If you plan on camping, please RSVP.
We will meet at the Barn at 6pm Friday night. Families and “part-time” attendees are welcome to show up and have fun with us!
Sorry on the wait. This is the recap from our trip to Summer Camp to the most recent meeting.
Tuesday August 6
While the older boys were at Sea base the rest of us had a meeting a Mr. Petree’s house and had a fire building competition. After we ate burgers and hot dogs. Austin won the fire building competition after an hour of trying.
Many of the older souts attended Sea Base in Florida this week. We are pending receipt of pictures and a post-event report.
Tuesday July 30
We had Sea Base prep and did a first aid transportation competition and did an inter patrol activity.
Tuesday July 23
We did rank advancement and IPA
Tuesday July 16
Escape room! We had 5 scouts participate in the room we beat the room in about 55 minutes.
Tuesday July 9
Was planned as 14er prep but no one signed up, so we did rank advancement and an inter patrol activity. The troop did a 22 mile bike ride in replacement of the 14er that weekend.
Tuesday July 2
We did individual Rank Planning and had an IPA afterwards.
Tuesday June 25
Post summer camp games and SMCs were done for those scouts who needed them.
Summer camp June 16-22
We had 14 scouts attend summer camp this year at Camp Cris Dobbins in Peaceful Valley. We earned 38 total merit badges and have 15 merit badges in progress; and a bunch of rank advancements were completed. At the Race/Family dinner we had tornado warning and severe weather watch. The entire camp was sheltered in the basement of the dining hall during the “Tornado”. We left camp that Friday night to avoid a rainy and miserable night.
I know many of you just returned from Sea Base, however, we still have a scheduled camp out this weekend at the barn. This is a lazy camp where we will split our time doing scouting activities and some cleaning of the barn and equipment. You enjoy all the benefits of having our troop gear, now we need to put in some effort to ensure it is ready for future campouts and activities.
This week we will focus on those requirements for campout prep: packing, food, and desired activities (geocaching, pioneering, orienteering, etc.).
Next week (20 Aug) will be focused [game night@ the church] on COH prep and several of you have BORs scheduled with the Troop Committee. the 27th is our COH (Ice Cream Social!!!) where you guys will get all the badges you earned at summer camp and over the last three months.
Troop, many of the older boys are headed to Sea Base in Florida this week. I hope they have fun surrounded by all that water with no land in sight and sleeping on the deck of a ship while rocking gently with the waves; hopefully they are tied to part of the ship so they do not fall into the water and left to drift alone to be found by a passing pirate ship, only to grow up in a life of swabbing the deck and talking with heavy “rrrr’s” while wearing an eye patch to keep their night vision up to speck for when they are sent below deck to get more rum for the Cap’n. Anyways, good luck to them.
While they are gone: Festivus for the restofus! (at least most of us). Instead of having a regular meeting at the Church, Mr. Petree has invited us all to meet at his house and have a grill out (the Petree’s are providing all provisions). Mr. Petree has activities planned to fill the time at his house, which are Scout skill oriented. An opening and closing ceremony will be conducted, as with all of our meetings. His house is located right around the corner from the church on Silent Rain Dr, more specifically, 2460 Silent Rain Dr. Of Course 7-8:30 on Tuesday night for our regular meeting time. Just the location is different.
Class B uniforms WITH pocket knives! Or fixed blades, which ever you feel more comfortable with. Just no machetes or swords or anything crazy like that! Please follow BSA guidelines.
Our next meetings Schedule:
6 Aug: Mr Petree’s house (I will be in lovely Alabama this week)
13 Aug: Church: Camp Prep for lazy camp and troop elections (effective date 28 Aug)
16-18 Aug: Lazy Camp at the barn (clean up, pioneering, geocaching)
20 Aug: Boards of Review (Malcolm, Evan, Conner), Class A inspection, and Annual Planning meeting (Scout edition).
This meeting will serve as a last effort to ensure all of your paperwork is ready to go for Sea Base. We will make sure all the adult leaders have what they need (the boys may be too old for sleep medicine) but none the less, any missing paperwork (physicals, swim tests, etc.) should be brought to the meeting tomorrow night.
We have an opportunity to get a little money for our troop and to help out a great Scouting supporter. I think volunteer hours will be credited as well.
Here is the deal: There is an older couple (Sharon and her husband) who are moving and need help loading their moving truck with their belongings. They have requested four strapping young volunteers to aid in this endeavor and are willing to donate $500 to the troop. The event is on 7 August, which is during Sea Base, so it is safe to assume those Scouts are out for this one. So, If you are inclined to lend assistance for this couple, please RSVP and we will hook them up.
Sharon and her husband will be greatly appreciative of our assistance.
They need to coordinate for movers if we can’t help, so please check your calendars and sign up quickly if you can. I would like to get back to them this week for their planning purposes.
The Sea Base Participants will need to complete the BSA swim test before we head to Florida. We have scheduled the Valley Swim Club for our test on Tuesday, July 23rd. We don’t have the time pinned down yet but will most likely shoot for 6:00. More on that as we finalize the details. It will be $5 per person. The scouts can then go to the troop meeting afterward. Adult and Scout participants must complete the test. Please let me know if your scout cannot make it. We will need to figure something out.
Our next payment of $5,500 is due to Philmont by October 1st. We currently have six scouts and three adults signed up as follows:
Jack D. Evan R. Lance W. Mark P. Ignacio H. Riley McNew
Our adults are Sean Warner, Michael Pharris, and Greg Smith.
There are still three slots open for participants.
The total due for the Philmont Ranch portion of this trip is $1,025 per participant (with 12 participants). I have received a down payment for Greg and Lance of $100. Riley has paid $650 and Evan is paid in full. We are going to need another $4,825 dollars between now and October 1st to meet our obligation. The troop will not be able to cover this large fee until we collect, so please plan on paying all or a part of your scout’s fees.
The escape room is booked based on the eight Scouts signed up.
It is located at Pikes Peak Escape Rooms, 1826 E Platte Ave, suite 200. We need to arrive at 6:45pm to get the briefing and rules and such. The room starts at 7pm. The cost is $24/person. Brian Burdick fronted the reservation fee, so please make arrangements to pay him on Tuesday.
You can brush up on some techniques by watching the video below.
Today we rode 22 miles from Palmer lake down to Goose gossage park on the Santa Fe trail and had 3 scouts ride the distance (Zander H , Malcolm B and Geren M). We had one flat and no crashes. After the ride we had donuts, courtesy of Mrs.Burdick, then rode the jump park for a little bit. This route took right at 3 hours.
Troop, It was voted on at the last meeting that the game night this time would be an escape room. We are researching the various rooms available here in the local area to find the best deal (groupon and all that). So, if you are interested in participating, please RSVP so we can get a good deal on a group price. RSVP at the link above the picture. Dan
Due to lack of participation sign up for the 14er campout, the boys decided to forego the campout and have a bike ride instead.
They planned to ride the same route we hiked from Palmer Lake to Goose Gossage Park. The route is just shy of 22 miles, but with a little loop at the end, we will round it out to the required 22 miles.
If you are interested in joining the boys for the trip and getting credit for the 22 mile mountain bike ride for the cycling badge, please sign up (RSVP) for the ride.
We will meet up at Palmer Lake at 7am and begin riding shortly after that, something like 7:15-7:20.
This is an easy ride, mostly down hill-ish and on a walking path (Santa Fe trail).
Required equipment includes a helmet and a pack with the 10 essentials. Also, bring a snack or two and maybe a light lunch.
Tonight I would like for the you guys to work on a rank progress outline. This is already in your Scoutbook, however, I would like you as individuals to lean a little more forward and plan on how you are going to progress either toward ranks or merit badge completion. I can give a little guidance, but I would prefer if you came up with your own method that will work for you.
If you have any photos from Summer Camp 2019, please feel free to share via Google Photos, or email them to me and I will drop them in there. I am still learning that process, so bear with me on that one!
Next week is 14er camp prep, and since the third week of the month falls onto our post campout game night, we will move our uniform inspection to next week. Sign up here:
Here is an updated listing of available merit badges that I am a counselor for. i just updated my application and changed a few badges out. If you are interested in any of the badges below, let me know and we can start work on them. FYI: I always require the workbook to be completed before I sign off on the blue card; hand written or typed is fine. Maybe typed is better, I’ve tried to decipher some of your handwriting!
As a reminder for some of our new Scouts, the process for MBs is pretty simple: 1) Pick a badge, 2) get a blue card from the Scoutmaster (signed with start date), 3) find a counselor and conduct a meeting to go over the requirements (or, in some cases, show what you have already completed), 4) follow guidance from your counselor to complete the requirements to your counselor’s satisfaction, get initials/signatures/dates/contact info on the blue card from the counselor, 5) turn in the blue card to the Scoutmaster for recording, 6) reap the benefits of having an award ceremony for your accomplishments and look good in your uniform with your sash and neatly sewn on merit badges.
Many of the other Adult Leaders are merit badge counselors as well for a bunch of different badges (ahem-Greg-Personal Finance-Eagle Required). If you have an interest in any of the 130+ badges, one of the adult leaders is likely a counselor for it. But, just in case we are not, do not hesitate reach out to the listing provided by the council to other MB counselors (but always remember the buddy system and YPT when doing so). I can provide the link if you have any issue finding it on the council site.
By now, may of you are probably tired of my posts. I get it, however, this is one of those things that has to happen. My apologies up front.
Anyway, on with the business: This coming Thursday is our third out of five flag posting dates for the year. We are lacking in some support, so if you can, please throw your name in the hat in one of the slots as a driver, navigator, or as a Scout: the ones who actually get a monetary benefit-the rest of us get to spend a couple hours during the day yelling at our kids to “hurry up” and “stop twirling the flags” and/orjust looking at the kids and saying, “seriously?”
Let’s do flags they said. It’ll be fun they said. All kidding aside, we need some help, and it really is a good program. I know, I know, i kid around…A LOT. Sign up genius link below.
In support of our Cycling Merit Badge, I would like to extend the invite to do a ride Saturday morning in Ute Valley Park. We will complete an eight (8) mile route in and around Ute Valley.
We will meet up at 7:45am at the Walgreens on the corner of Flying W Ranch Rd and Centennial Blvd, up the street from Ute Valley Park. We will start and end there since I anticipate limited parking at the actual park. We will head out from there at 8:00. If you show up, great, if not, there will be more rides available in the future
Required equipment: Helmet, water and day pack with 10 essentials. I will not let you ride without a helmet. Safety and all that.
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