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Our next COH is upon us! This is a HUGE one with lots of Rank advancements, Merit Badges and a change of leadership! I am so proud of all our scouts and parents for making this possible!
The theme of this COH is ICE CREAM! Its the Ice Cream Social.
The troop will provide the ice cream but scouts will need to bring toppings to share! Please sign up for whatever toppings you would like to bring to share with the Troop.
Please no nuts!!! We have food allergies and do not want any cross contamination with nuts being on the same table or anything like that. Thanks in advance for this!
Sign up genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4AADA829A7FE3-icecream
Set up begins at 5:30pm. We will start serving the Ice Cream around 6pm. The formal portion of the ceremony will begin around 6:45ish….could be a little earlier or later.
See you there!
Last night we finished decorating the barn. Scouts got their Boards of Review and Scoutmaster Conferences as required. We also played in games in and around our “new” area. In addition, we built a fire in the new fire pit.
This weekend we cleaned out the Barn and helped the church dig and lay some mulch for their playground (earning three hours of service each). There were nine scouts that attended. We donated a bunch of old camping gear and made the barn our summer meeting area. We also found old camp maps and pictures of the troop and high adventure. We decorated the “new” meeting place with our finds.
A lot of moving parts tonight! We have four BOR’s, COH planning, annual planning (may be saved for later), and Uniform Inspection. The rest of the meeting will be dedicated to having fun! We will utilize our “new” meeting location tonight and see how it goes. And I am probably forgetting something as usual.
Class Uniforms tonight!!!!
Here is another opportunity for service hours and to give back to the community. Please take the time to sign up! The event is at the Sacred Heart Church from 6-8pm this coming Sunday, 25 August.
Tuesday August 13
Held elections and planned for lazy camp. Jack is purchasing the food for this weekend.
During the campout we will clean out and organize the barn and help the Church upgrade their playground (Will Count for Service).
New leadership (Takes affect Week after CoH) :
Turbo Ninos PL- Cody
Wall Clan PL- Xander K.
Chaplin’s Aid- Zander H.
Geren M., Troop Scribe
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.
Yours in Scouting,
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.
See you tomorrow night!
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).
27 Aug: COH (Ice Cream Social)
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.
See you then!
Just a reminder that we will be meeting at the Valley Swim Club tomorrow at 6:00 pm for our Sea Base swim test.
See you there!
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:
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.
See you Tuesday at 6:45pm,
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.
Geren M Troop Scribe
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.
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.