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Troop,

Tomorrow night we are going to get to the Crime Prevention MB tomorrow night, so be prepared to take some notes and be involved in the discussion we will be having tomorrow night.

If you want to do a little read-ahead, here are the requirements (I’ve also attached the worksheet if you want to print it out and fill it out):

Requirements for the Crime Prevention merit badge:

  1. Discuss the role and value of laws in society with regard to crime and crime prevention. Include in your discussion the definitions of ‘crime’ and ‘crime prevention’.
  2. Prepare a journal from various sources that addresses crime and crime prevention efforts in your community.
  3. Discuss the following with your counselor:
    1. The role of citizens, including youth, in crime prevention
    2. Gangs and their impact on the community
    3. When and how to report a crime
  4. After doing EACH of the following, discuss with your counselor what you have learned:
    1. Inspect your neighborhood for opportunities that may lead to crime. Learn how to do a crime prevention survey.
    2. Using the checklist in this pamphlet, conduct a security survey of your home and discuss the results with your family.
  5. Teach your family or patrol members how to protect themselves from crime at home, at school, in your community, and while traveling.
  6. Help raise awareness about one school safety issue facing students by doing ONE of the following:
    1. Create a poster for display on a school bulletin board.
    2. With permission from school officials, create a page long public service announcement that could be read over the public address system at school or posted on the school’s Web site.
    3. Make a presentation to a group such as a Cub Scout den that addresses the issue.
  7. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Assist in the planning and organization of a crime prevention program in your community such as Neighborhood Watch, Community Watch, or Crime Stoppers. Explain how this program can benefit your neighborhood.
    2. With your parent’s and counselor’s approval, visit a jail or detention facility or a criminal court hearing. Discuss your experience with your counselor.
  8. Discuss the following with your counselor:
    1. How drug abuse awareness programs help prevent crime
    2. Why alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana are sometimes called ‘gateway drugs’ and how ‘gateway drugs’ can lead to the use of other drugs
    3. The potential consequences from the misuse of prescription drugs.
    4. How the illegal sale and use of drugs lead to other crimes.
    5. Three resources in your city where a person with a drug problem or drug-related problem can go for help
    6. How to recognize child abuse
    7. The ‘three Rs’ of Youth Protection
  9. Discuss the following with your counselor:
    1. The role of a sheriff’s or police department in crime prevention.
    2. The purpose and operation of agencies in your community that help law enforcement personnel prevent crime, and how those agencies function during emergency situations.
    3. Explain the role private security plays in crime prevention.
    4. Choose a career in the crime prevention or security industry that interests you. Describe the level of education required and responsibilities of a person in that position. Tell why this position interests you.

Talk to you tomorrow,

Dan

DISCORD!

Dan McGuire —  January 19, 2021 — Leave a comment

Troop,

your Troop leadership has some planning in store for your guys! Digital Lock-in, and planning for our next outing. Yes, we are going to get outside as a group. Whether it be camping, hiking, biking, or something else, we are going to do it. Details coming tonight.

See you all on Discord in a bit.

Dan

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Troop,

Alright, here is the deal: Covid really isn’t going away. We have to deal with it.

BSA rules say (for meetings) we can meet in groups of no more than 10 people, and only from two households. That really doesnt do anything for us or our Scouting format. **We are however, authorized to conduct “unit level outings/activities/events/camping/day activities” limited to 10 people (including adults). This means we can do weekend stuff for small groups-like patrol activites. More on that tonight.

Tonight we are moving to using Discord exclusively. It is free, we can have split off groups for advancement and stuff like that. Video is available and we can mold it however we want.

For future meetings, and “gatherings” we need to come up with some ideas. Right now it is a bit too dark and too cold for outdoor activites on Tuesday nights at our regular meeting times. Maybe we can come up with a schedule where we plan a weekend activity/hike/camp/etc., twice a month? Or have the Patrols plan their own outings-two adults required for each outing (YPT). We can discuss this further tonight.

Anyway, here is the link to discord, if you don’t already have it:
https://discord.gg/mhah7hgU

Dan

Virtual Lock-In!

Dan McGuire —  December 19, 2020 — Leave a comment
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Troop,

This is a reminder that the Virtual Lock-In is today from 3-7pm.

It will be hosted on Discord, so use the same room as you always do for meetings, there will be a myriad of games and stuff to partake in.

Talk to you soon,

Dan

Last meeting of the YEAR!

Dan McGuire —  December 15, 2020 — Leave a comment
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Troop,

Tonight is our last regular meeting of the year. The Scout leadership is going to lead a discussion on the Virtual Lock in, how to participate and all that info.

We will also make sure to mention summer camp at Cris Dobbins 20-26 Jun this coming summer. Make sure you sign up.

See you guys tonight.

Dan

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Not sure where this is, but it isn’t CCD, but it is in Colorado.

Troop,

Camp Cris Dobbins sign up is linked below. 20-26 Jun 2021, cost of $450/Scout.

More info to follow in the coming weeks. We need to get a good idea of who is attending so we can make our reservation.

We will develop an optional payment plan to get everyone paid in full by May. Usually the initial deposit is $100, then the rest is divided over the remaining months. Or, you can pay in full. Up to you. More to follow on that.

Here is the link:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4AADA829A7FE3-summer1

Dan

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Troop,

We are looking to get a few more rank advancements completed tonight before we finish out your meeting year with a Merit Badge next week and a virtual lock-in. I am not totally sure what that entails, maybe streaming movies and games over discord? The PLC will fill you all in on that tonight.

Of course, we will start again via Zoom, then move to Discord. If everyone has access to Discord, we may just hold our meetings on that platform and forego Zoom entirely. SPL-Please take a poll and let me know if this is a possibility.

See you all tonight.

Dan

Back in action, sort of!

Dan McGuire —  November 30, 2020 — Leave a comment
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Or at least, the Corona Virus pandemic.

Troop,

We are back on the Zoom meeting format, and will continue our regularly scheduled meeting themes with a slight change in the future, however, this month will follow the below format since we are not able to hold any in-person events at all (I was looking forward to the lock-in):

1st week: Rank Adv
2nd week: MB Work (which one?)
3rd week: Rank verification/MB requirement verification/etc.

We only have three meetings left in 2020, then we will start back up in January on the 12th.

Dan

Same Zoom channel, same Zoom folks!

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Troop Parents,

Here is a call to action! Several Committee Members are coming to the end of their terms as members of the Troop Committee. The term is generally two years and filled often by new members to the troop, or those who have been in the troop for about a year, so they kind of know the ropes (ish). This way, there is some buy in and the new members can see how things were run, and how they can be improved upon.

Several of the current committee members have been in their positions for nearly four years. While they are doing a fantastic job, they need a little releif from their roles and need to be allowed to focus on other aspects of their Family lives. Their Scouts are Life Scouts and are getting ready to move on to bigger and better things.

The bottom line here, is that we need some of you to step up and hep the Troop out by grabbing up one of the positions that is opening up. They are listed in the sign up genius link below. Closing date is the end of the year, so we can start 2021 nice a fresh!

No worries if you miss this post, I will repost it several times between now and the end of the year.

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

Talk to you all soon!

Dan

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Troop,

Tonight the new leadership takes over as voted by you a couple weeks ago. Here is the breakdown:

SPL: Mark P.
ASPL: Evan R.
PL: Austin P.
PL: Geren M.

This is what is in store for you tonight:
Since this past weekend was a campout (we just wont talk about that), tonight is a game night, hosted and managed by your ASPL via Jackbox over Discord. Zoom to start, Discord to follow; details below.

Next week is Thanksgiving week, there will not be a meeting.

Our next meeting is scheduled for 1 Dec.

See you all tonight!

Dan

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Merit Badge Process!!

Dan McGuire —  November 12, 2020 — Leave a comment

Troop, I have recieved a few questions about Merit Badges and the process to obtain them. Here is a quick rundown on how it works:

This stuff can also be found here: https://www.scouting.org/resources/guide-to-advancement/the-merit-badge-program/

I totally encourage all Scouts to get involved in the Merit Badge program and it does a lot for a Scout, including reaching out and “cold calling” or making “cold contact” with people they are not familiar with to set up meetings and discuss things they are interested in learning about (for us adults, it kind of sounds like a cold call in business).

Step 1: Find a topic you want to explore. There are likely a few out there that one of the currently available 138 merit badges will cover.

Step 2: Talk to the Scoutmaster and get a Signed Blue Card for that merit badge (basically, the signed blue card is the authorization to start the MB) – I will update SB with the started MB. Most Pikes Peak BSA (PPBSA) programs (not camps) will require you to turn in a SIGNED blue card at the start of class.
This step is to be completed PRIOR to starting the Merit Badge. Officially, any work completed prior to doing this does not count toward the completion of the Merit Badge. However, we can work stuff out on a case by case basis depending on the situation (and the Merit Badge counselor).

Step 3: Search out and make contact with a QUALIFIED MB counselor (YPT and Registered with BSA); let me know who it is and I will link them to you in Scoutbook. There have been some folks who get MB stuff completed by those “counselors” who are not validated, registered, or YPT certified to do this type of stuff under the BSA umbrella.
Finding a QUALIFIED MB counselor is a safety thing for the Scout and the Counselor. Plus, should anything happen (someone gets shot with an arrow, etc.), BSA insurance will cover it. If the counselor is not qualified, insurance will not cover it.

Step 4: Either demonstrate skills/knowledge to the MB Counselor or obtain guidance from the counselor – continue this process until the counselor is satisfied with your skills, knowledge, etc. (completing the requiremens of the badge) and signs off for all requirements. This process may take more than one meeting with the counselor, or may take several months to complete. Since the counselor should be linked in SB, they should sign off in the system. If they don’t, let me know and I will take care of that aspect of it when I get the [completed] blue card.  The PPBSA is pushing this process and we will likely see this mandated in the future, but who knows. Any knowledge or skills demonstrated prior to getting a signed blue card will not count toward completion of the badge. You’ll have to re-deomonstrate stuff to your counselor if this is the case.

Step 5: Turn in the Completed Blue Card to the Scoutmaster and get recognized at the next COH. The Counselor may or may not keep a portion of the card for his/her records. That is just fine. The other two portions of the card should be turned in and the Troop will keep a portion of the card for our records. The last portion of the card will be returned to the Scout upon recognition at the CoH with the badge earned.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know.

There is some flexibility due to COVID this year, that will be discussed individually on a case by case basis.

Dan

Thank you for being so flexible and attending the ceremony we held for Josh the other weekend. It was a really nice turn out and the weather was fantastic. I know that Sandy, David, and Josh all appreciated the fact you braved the social world and turned out for his ceremony.

Josh reached out to me and asked me to ask those who provided gifts for him without tags to reach out to him (or Sandy) directly so he can properly thank you for what you gave him. He is super appreciative of everything you all did and provided!

Thanks again,

Dan McGuire
Scoutmaster
BSA Troop 287

Troop,

You guys decided on a few things for this weekend’s campout.

Food: Everyone is on their own for food.

Shelters: Everyone will be in their own tent/shelter (family members can be together)

Activities: Geocaching MB, Quartermaster duties inside the barn, First Aid Skills for rank advancement.

Schedule:

Friday at 1700: Arrive at the barn and set up your shelters. Dinner, then maybe a socially distant gathering around a propane fed fire (fire ban is currently underway)

Saturday: Wake up and get breakfast, cleanup, quatermaster duties in the barn (inventory and inspection, organization), Geocaching MB (E. Reeves instructing), Rank required First Aid Skills instruction. Lunch and Dinner will be played by ear (easy since everyone will be supplying their own food).

Sunday early wakeup and break-down of camp/shelters, then breakfast.

Sunday 1000: End of Camping operations. Hand-over of Leadership responsibilities to newly voted persons.

We will not be holding our CoH as we had planned. It will be rescheduled for a future date. COVID strikes again!

***COVID UPDATE*** Play this weekend by ear guys, as of right now (12 Nov 20), we are a go for camping according to the PPBSA website.

BE PREPARED TO HEAR THAT THIS WEEKEND IS CANCELLED (hope not).

Here is the organization deal: we are supposed to have only 10 people at an outdoor activity. The Scouts will camp in a separate location from the adults (maintaining social distance). The Adults will supervise from a distance. We can make this work, but please be flexible.

If anyone has any questions, comments, or concerns, please let me know. Trying times, but we will deal with it all.

Dan

Voting Information!

Dan McGuire —  November 9, 2020 — Leave a comment
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Troop,

This evening, the PLC had a meeting where they discussed the next round of Scout Troop Leadership. Please continue reading. Most importantly, if you want to have a position in the Scout Leadership ranks, please attend tomorrow night’s meeting.

The PLC decided to use a Google form to vote on. Each Scout will have the opportunity to throw his name in the hat for what position he wants (1CL+ for SPL/ASPL).

If you want to be a PL, make it known! Your name will be added to the list for voting. If it is not on the list, of course you will not get that position.

Also available for leadership (what I call soft leadership positions) are Historian, Scribe, Quartermaster, Chaplains Aide, Bugler, Outdoor Ethics Guide, and Instructor. I know there are several other positions in the book, but our troop traditionally does not use them (like the Librarian, since everything is online anyway, or the Webmaster, since the SM does a lot of that web-stuff).

Anyway, please attend tomorrow night via Zoom for the first 40 minutes and then a transition to Discord, where the voting and all that stuff will be documented.

Dan

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Troop,

Last week, you all touched on prepping for this weekend’s Quartermaster/Lazy Camp at the barn.

Here is the Scoop: COVID is a bunch of disruptive business. It pushed us back into the digital meetings, but still allows us to camp together as a Troop (under 25 attendees), which means we are good to move forward and have our Lazy Camp this weekend (13-15 Nov). Here is the sign up genius:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4AADA829A7FE3-lazy2

Here is the deal for this campout: We need a couple of adults to sign up and be there for the weeknd. I have a client coming in from out of town, so I will be out of the net for most of Saturday. Need some help on this one! Otherwise, we will have to cancel it.

Leading from the campout which is scheduled from Friday night until Sunday morning aroudn 10, we will roll directly into our Court Of Honor.

Details on the COH:

This is our first one since February. We will have quite a few Rank Advancements and Merit Badges that have been earned. We need to get these Scouts recognized for their efforts. Don’t worry boys, your rank is recorded as the day of your SMC (Scout rank) or your BOR (TF-Life).

We will have some light refreshments, ranks, awards, and new leadership which will be voted on by the Scouts. I will have voting sheets available for every Scout in the troop to cast a vote. I will collect the sheets and make count the votes. If there needs to be a run-off, we will cross that bridge when it comes to that.

Details on Voting:

Here is the deal on voting and postitions: If you are running for SPL or ASPL you need to be 1CL or higher. For PL or any other postion, I prefer TF or higher. It takes a bit of experience to lead, but you can’t gain experience without trying, and with the size and makeup of our troop, you get experience by leading your peers. So, the kids with the most direct leadership contact (PL) should be younger and can be in the First Four Ranks.

I like the Soft Leadership (Scribe, Histroian, Quartermaster, etc.) to be anyone who wants to volunteer for that position.

Anyway, too much rambling for one night. I will send another message as the week progresses.

Dan

Veteran’s Day Flags!

Dan McGuire —  November 5, 2020 — Leave a comment

Troop,

We need another Driver/Navigator team to pony up for flags this Sunday. I think we have the Scouts covered.

Please if you have the opportunity to help us out, throw your name on there! The Scouts do all the work, so all you would really have to do is donate your time and gasoline for the route you are given. It takes about 90 minutes in the am and pm.

The Scout’s get about $60 each to do this in their Scout accounts, which can be used for dues, gear, classes, etc. (pretty much anything Scout-related).

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0849aaa623a13-flag

Talk to you soon,

Dan

We’re almost there. Please sign up!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0849AAA623A13-flag

Thanks,

Renee Hames
719-533-0473

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BoyScouts Troop287 is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Northern Tier interest

Dan McGuire —  November 3, 2020 — Leave a comment
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Troop, a few weeks ago, we were offered the opportunity to fill some slots at Northern Tier. This opportunity is for Scouts who are 13years old and have completed the 8th grade, or are already 14 years old by the time of attendance (Jun next year). If you are interested, the sign up link is below.

Here is the catch: We have to pay our deposit by Thursday this week!! This means, if we get enough for a crew to do this, you’ve got to be able to put your money where your mouth is and drop off a check for the amount of $700+/attendee by Thursday so the Troop can drop the money on-line to reserve our spot. Right now there are three people signed up (Geren, me, and Jack D.). So, if you are (or will be) of age, and are interested, and have the cash to cover it (final price to be detailed in the next day or so), sign up.

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

I gotta know quickly!!

Dan