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Scout Sunday

Dan McGuire —  February 12, 2020 — Leave a comment


Every year our Charter Organization requests that we participate in ONE of their ceremonies. We usher attendees into the pews, and one Scout reads from the scripture. This is one of the ways we give back to the organization which provides us a home for us to meet and store our stuff (along with using their kitchen and stuff for our activities).

Anyway, sign up and just sit through an hour of the Church’s ceremony on 8 March. 

Sign up here:



The February Court of Honor is upon us!

Get ready for the burn because it is time to break out the crock pots and mixing spoons for the annual Chili Cook-Off! Oh, yeah, some awards and stuff too.

So, here is the deal: bring your favorite home made chili to the court of honor and we will do a taste test and vote on the best all around chili. The winner will get a prize!

Of course, this is a family event, and the first event our six new Scouts will attend with us! Plus, there is an open invite to our Pack 24 Scouts we will bring into the fold later this month.

Also, sign up for a few condiments to bring.


Monarch Ski Day

Dan McGuire —  February 12, 2020 — Leave a comment


It is time for the Troop Ski day! Come on out and hit the slopes on the super fresh powder that Monarch Mountain has to offer.

Meet up in the parking lot of Safeway, 3275 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904 at 0630 Sunday morning. Please sign up if you intend on going so we don’t leave you behind and we can situate seats and stuff like that.

Friends and family are welcome!

Mr. Warner, Mr. Durrenberger, and Mr. McDowell are all attending and there are a few seats avalable in their vehicles, so please plan accordingly.

Sign up here:


Crossover time!

Dan McGuire —  February 10, 2020 — Leave a comment


I just want to re-emphasize that Pack 166 is crossing over tomorrow night from Cub Scouts to Scouts BSA, to join our troop!

They begin at 6pm. The Crossover Ceremony begins at 6:30pm. I will be there at 6 to kind of get the lay of the land and assess the happenings, meet parents, etc.

There are four troops receiving Scouts tomorrow night, and we are second in the line of events; receiving six Scouts.

meet up no later than 6:15pm: I would appreciate it if as many of our Scouts (and Leaders) can attend to represent the Troop and welcome these guys into our Scouting Family.

Also, I will hand out a voting sheet so we can make a determination on who is going to lead the troop for the next period (maybe-as it is still under development).

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please let me know.


Pack 166 Crossover

Dan McGuire —  February 7, 2020 — Leave a comment


We are welcoming nine Scouts to our troop this month; six of them are coming from Pack 166 this coming week. Their Blue and Gold is at 6pm with the Crossover ceremony begining at 6:30pm Tuesday night, at Eagleview Middle School. We will meet there and represent! I know this month’s meeting(s) plans are a little wonky, but we will endure!

The other Scouts coming over are from Pack 24 and will be joining us later in this month. We will also be present for their ceremony.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please let me know!


Cancelled meeting :(

Dan McGuire —  February 4, 2020 — Leave a comment


District 11 has cancelled school for the day, which means we will not have a meeting tonight. Stay safe, stay warm, and study your rank requirements so we can blast through them next time we have rank ADV.

Next week we will be welcoming six Scouts from Pack 166 at their Blue and Gold dinner. It is being held at Eagleview Middle School. More details on that later.



Pack 24 is having their Blue and Gold on 26 Feb, when two of their AOL Scouts will be crossing over to join us! Good month for recruiting for sure! We are super fortunate that these Scouts are choosing to join our ranks.

As a reminder: Our troop schedule follows the D-11 schedule. If they cancel school for the day, we will not have a meeting, or if they cancel after school activities (like they did today), we will not have a meeting.

Hope to see you all tomorrow night!



It is the first meeting of the month and I was thinking Mr Durrenberger can verify and sign off on some of your guys’ Citizenship in the Nation MB work that you can present to him. Also, Indian Lore MB can get wrapped up for those who are ready to present their work to Mr Petree.

Also, we have to plan for (discuss) our event this month: Ski-day on the 16th and/or camping at the end of the month (28 Feb – 1 Mar).

Not to mention, we have our Chili Cook-off Court of Honor this month too! Lot’s stuff happening!

Next week on the 11th, we will hold our meeting (at least in part) at Eagleview middle school for Pack 166 AOL crossover. We are welcoming in six new Scouts from them. Later in the month, we will be welcoming in two more Scouts from Pack 24. In light of so many new Scouts, I would like a few of you (higher ranking Scouts) to develop a plan on how to teach them (some Tenderfoot – 1st Class) skills as required for Life Scouts (building a knot board, or something similar). Think on that and bring some ideas to implement.

Let’s get the juices flowing and finish out some rank requirements, MB work, and sort all that stuff out for our upcoming COH so you all can reap the awards you earned!


Ready, set, help!

Dan McGuire —  January 30, 2020 — Leave a comment


Check out the link below for a way to assist those affected by the fires in Australia. Purchase a patch and the proceeds go directly to help Scouts who have lost their homes. Total cost for a patch shipped from Australia is right around $30. Check it out:


Game night update:

Dan McGuire —  January 28, 2020 — Leave a comment

Troop, as promised here is the update for tonight:

I spoke with CJ over at Battlefield (I finally got a call back) and he said they require a week’s notice for any reservation that is not on their open play nights (Friday-Sunday). This was not on their website, and I told them as much.

So, in light of this information, we need to fall back on the back up plan of doing some jumping at a trampoline place. Trampoline World has open jump until 5pm, so that is out. Springs Trampoline isn’t open until tomorrow. This leaves us with Skyzone. Skyzoen is open 3pm-8pm, so I propose we show up as early as 6, do some jumping and then roll out.

Here is the address and such:

1750 E Woodmen Rd
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Northwest corner of Woodmen/Academy Plan on 6-8pm.

$17/jumper for 60 minutes or $21 for 90 mins.

I looked on groupon, but did not see any deals.

Anyway, see you guys tonight. We will reschedule Battlefield (again).


Game night update!

Dan McGuire —  January 27, 2020 — Leave a comment


Here is the deal with game night: We have enough players for Battlefield. However, I have made a few phone calls to make the reservation for us to play tomorrow night, but have not received any sort of confirmation as of yet (7:45pm, Monday night).

So, please be flexible, we may have to rely on our second choice (springs trampoline) if the Battlefield Staff does not get back to me.

I will make a post as soon as I hear from them, whenever that may be; tomorrow morning I hope.

Have a good night and we will see you tomorrow regardless of the event!


Winter Camp!

Dan McGuire —  January 25, 2020 — Leave a comment

How do you cook food when you are on five feet of snow? Like this:

Yup, Ramen soup warms you to the bone!

Here are a couple more shots of the troop:

Three miles! In the sow, in the cold! At 9000+ feet altitude! Rock on Troop 287!
Ray, get out of the way! You’re hogging the spotlight!

Troop, above is the sign up for Battlefield. the cost is one arm and half a leg. Just kidding! It is $26/player for a 90 minute session that goes by really quickly. This is a lot of fun and we only do this event about once a year. And we do it in the cold because we are running around and getting warm that way. Plus, it is dark, so it makes it challenging!

We need at least 10 players to make this happen because they are not open during the week regularly. I will have to call and book the reservation out no later than Monday, so the sooner you sign up, the better!

Time is adjusted to start at 6pm and go through 7:30pm. We should arrive a few minutes early to get the safety brief and sign waivers and such.

Friends and family are welcome to play!!!!

If we don’t get the players for Battlefield, our alternate option is the ankle-breaker Springs Trampolines.

Have fun up at Monarch this weekend, see you on Tuesday.


Notes from our Scribe:

Dan McGuire —  January 23, 2020 — Leave a comment

Hey Troop,     

This last meeting we discussed the proper winter packing list and planned food for the snowshoeing campout, Adam is buying. Remember we have game night next week, stay warm!
-Mark P. Troop Scribe


Here is the plan for this weekend:

Meet up at the barn at 0530am, in order to cross load gear and assign seats in the vehicles heading up to Monarch Mountain for the weekend.

Mr Petree and Mr McDowell will be driving. There are four scouts signed up on the signup genius; however, I know there are two other Scouts are attending.

The weekend plan is to leave at 6am from the barn, head up to the Mountain. Snowshoe for a few hours and then set up camp for the night. Sunday morning after breakfast, cleanup and head out. Mr Petree and Mr McDowell have a few other activities planned for the evening.

If there are any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to give me a call or shoot me a text.


Winter camping?

Dan McGuire —  January 20, 2020 — Leave a comment
So, where’s the tent?


Here are a few things that you can check out for ideas and knowledge for winter camping:

Anyway, talk to you guys tomorrow night.


Campout prep!

Dan McGuire —  January 20, 2020 — Leave a comment
What do you mean you’re cold? You have no reason to be cold!


This week’s meeting is the third Tuesday of the month, which means it is uniform inspection week! So, wash and iron your shirts and prep them to look your best. Comb your hair at least once too.

We will also meal plan for this weekend’s winter campout and discuss winter camping safety (layering, proper gear ratings, etc.). Lastly, we need to identify what we will be doing for game night next week.

If you have any updates to your rank advancement, please ensure they are documented in your Scout handbook so your Scout leadership can check them off before the adults verify your knowledge and skills. You have two weeks before the rank advancement meeting.

Have a great day, it’s going to be warm out there today! See you tomorrow night.



Here is an update from Mr Durrenberger on the MB requirements:

For Citizenship in the Community Item #3a,
Attend a meeting of your city, town, county council or school board; OR a municipal; county or state court session.
If a session is available on-line (internet) and with your parents’ permission, then watch that.

Item 3b, Choose one of the issues discussed at the meeting where a difference of opinions was expressed, and
explain to your counselor why you agrees with one opinion more than you do another one.

Jack and Mr Durrenberger will be attending the District 20 school board this Thursday Jan 23rd @6pm, 1110 Chapel Hills Drive.  If you can’t make that meeting, District 20 school board holds every other Thursday @6pm.

District 11 school board meetings will be streamed live on the D-11 website on Wednesday @6:30pm.
Meetings can also be seen live on Comcast Channel 16, Falcon Broadband Channel 73, and CenturyLink Channel 8004. Meetings are rebroadcast on Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m.
Otherwise, District 11 school board meets every Wednesday @6:30pm at 1115 N El Paso Street.



As you know, many of you started the Citizenship in the Community MB. Mr Durrenberger provided a lot of guidance the other night. Some of which was to watch a movie (from a pre-authorized list) and finish the requirement pertaining to the movie. Anyway, here is the list:

Take a couple hours (with your parent’s permission) and check out one of these films.

I will soon post an update to some merit badge stuff that I am tracking and how you can attribute a lot of stuff you have already done in Rank Advancement to some MB work.

Have a great weekend!


Winter campout sign up!

Dan McGuire —  January 15, 2020 — Leave a comment
An unattended fire? Not in Troop 287! Get back out there and watch that fire!


Last night the decision was to do some camping and snow shoeing. Yup. Camping. And snowshoeing. I am excited.

Here is the link to sign up:

The plan will be solidified at next week’s meeting. If you have not attended a winter/cold weather camp before, please bring your gear next week so we can discuss cold weather safety and how to stay warm overnight, as well as how not to overheat in the day when we are wearing all those layers and hiking around.

We will meet up at the church, cross load gear and Scouts into vehicles and roll out from there. Right now the choices are likely to be either National Forest areas, Camp Shadybrook, or Mueller State Park. Adult leaders are researching the best choice and will let you know next meeting what shakes out.

I heard, we had a good meeting last night. I will coordinate with the scribe to get the notes posted today or tomorrow.

Have a great week!