Remember to sign up for the COH tomorrow night at the link below, if you haven’t already. We have a pretty good menu so far, but if there is something specific you want, make sure you sign up to bring it. The meats are taken care of, and we currently have five sides. With a total of 24 attendees signed up, I think we will be alright. However, I did not hear back from any of the Cub packs I emailed, or Troop 187. It is possible they will show up (a couple of our boys said they heard T187 boys talking about coming while they were at school).

See you all tomorrow!


Hi Everyone,

I am needing one scout to help with pickup today at 4:00pm. My son Zander has a hockey game during pickup time, so I am short a scout. I forgot that pickup for Veterans Day starts earlier because of the time change. It can be very challenging with one, so if anyone is available please give me a text. (719) 533-0473

Thank you!

Renee Hames


Here is the link to sign up for the COH. Please RSVP as an attendee if you are planning on being there. Also, if you are planning on bringing something to support the food effort, sign up there as well.

Anyway, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach out. I am inviting a couple of Cub Scout Pack WEBELOS as well, and Troop 187, since they came from us back in the day.

Talk to you soon,


SPL, you are off the hook for game night.

I totally forgot there are like four boards of review scheduled for tomorrow night, plus the committee meeting. So, we will try and finish up some Merit Badge stuff. We currently have a few open in the troop-led department: Indian Lore, Family Life, Cycling, Orienteering, just to name a few, I am sure there are others I am forgetting.

So, that being said, we will be at the church tomorrow. If you have any MB requirements to show to your counselor, please be prepared to do so. Also, if you are attending a BOR, you need to be in Class A uniform, all nice and neat!

Sorry about the confusion, I got excited and was set straight by some level headed parents!

See you tomorrow night.



We had a great ride yesterday from Palmer Lake to Goose Gossage Park. We did it in just under three hours and only had two crashes and two break-downs (same bike).

Since we had an outing, we should be having a game night tomorrow night, but we did not plan anything. So, SPL: what are we doing?!?! We can hit up Summit and bowl, play laser tag, whatever, or the mini-golf place, or maybe even just get some pizza and chill. It is up to you guys, so let me know. Sorry about the last minute game night ideas, I forgot to ask again before we broke from the ride.

Anyway, SPL, let me know what you think and I will throw a post out there.

Also, remember to check the Flags sign up and get that all done up, make some money for summer camp.

Lastly, if you received a message about dues, please make sure you are ready to write a check or Zelle the cash over!


20 Miler bike ride!

Dan McGuire —  November 3, 2021 — Leave a comment


The above sign up is for a 20 mile long bike ride from Palmer Lake down the Santa Fe Trail to Goose Gossage Park. Please sign up if you are interested. We are looking at starting out at 10am, and it should take us no longer than three hours to complete. Why 10am you ask? Because it will have warmed up by then!

This ride will fulfill the Cycling MB requirement for the 20 miler. No worries if you do not have the other rides in yet, they are a separate requirement.

Sunday, November 7 at 10am. Palmer Lake (104 Oakdale Dr, Palmer Lake, CO) at the Santa Fe Trail.

I forgot to talk about this last night, my bad! We had a lot going on!

Please coordinate with friends and such to transport your bikes (MTB) up there. If needed, let me know and we can work something out. Or, if you are really motivated: ride your bike up there in the morning and wait for us.

Remember, no motors electric or gas powered, just you and your legs!

See you there,


The first meeting of each month is Rank advancement and uniform inspection! Don’t forget to wear your uniform and bring your book!

See you tonight!

Rank ADV tonight!

Dan McGuire —  November 2, 2021 — Leave a comment


I would like to have you focus on First Aid tonight during rank advancement. There are several Scouts who need only to demonstrate their skills before completing rank requirements. Afterwards, we will knock out a few SM conferences and get BORs scheduled (committee members needed for that!)

See you all tonight!


A few things:

Dan McGuire —  October 30, 2021 — Leave a comment

Renee posted another update to the flags signup, lets have a bunch of folks earn some cash for their Scout accounts! It is about $60-65 each time a Scout does flags. That money can be used for anything Scouting related, tuition to camp, annual dues, equipment, etc. You name it and can attribute it to a Scouting requirement, then that money can be used for it.

Summer camp is slotted for Jul 10-16 at San Isabelle Scout Ranch. Cost is $300/Scout until 1 Feb, then it increases to $335. Chris Gilkes and I are planning on attending again this year as adult leaders (more are welcome to join us). Please sign up on the sign up genius so we can get that reservation made and the ball rolling on financing.

Next and VERY important: We are very fast approaching our recharter. This is where we re-register everyone in the troop whether a Scout, Adult Leader, or Committee Member. This being said, there are a couple of committee members who have been in their positions for quite some time and it is time for them to be relieved of their duties.

Lisa Durrenberger has been our Committee Chair for the past five+ years. She has done an outstanding job at holding our troop and committee together and keeping the Scoutmasters in line.

Well, Lisa has DRAWN THE LINE. She has made the decision (a tough one) to not renew herself in the Committee Chair Position, which means we will be out of luck during recharter if someone doesn’t step up and take those reins.

In order to have a troop, there are three KEY PERSONNEL required. If any one of those three are absent in the position, we will not have a troop. Those key three are the Committee Chair (Lisa until Dec 31), the Scoutmaster (me for now), and the Charter Organization Representative (which has recently been filled by Janelle Anderson-THANK YOU!!)

The other position that comes to mind is a direct circle back to the opening line of this post. The Flags coordinator position. Renee has been doing this job for the past 3+ seasons and had done a great job! We are looking for someone to step into her role as the Flags coordinator and as the overall Fund Raising Chairperson. Basically, that means Popcorn (which is an individual effort), Camp Cards (individual) and any other fund raising opportunities we may need (possibly for our high adventure Scouts-Philmont, Sea Base, Northern Tier, which cost over $1k plus travel expenses). It isn’t a tough gig, but all the coordinating scares folks away – especially if you did popcorn in Cub Scouts-It is way different here in our troop.

Anyway, enough rambling for now. If you are interested in eith the Committee Chair position or the Fund Raiser Chair, please send me a note and we can discuss it.

Lastly, RSVP for the COH on 16 Nov. It is our 30th anniversary!

Talk to you soon,

Flag Sign Up!

Renee Hames —  October 30, 2021 — Leave a comment

Our last Flag Fundraiser is approching fast. Please sign up at the link below for Veteran’s Day Flags, which will be on Saturday, November 13th.

Thank you!

Renee Hames


Troop, Please sign up for Summer Camp at the link above.

We will be attending San Isabel Scout Ranch from 10-16 July 2022.

The cost is $300/Scout until January 31, then it increases to $335/Scout.

There will be a payment schedule put out in the next couple of weeks, or you can make arrangements to pay with Mrs. McGuire (Troop Treasurer). A commitment contract will also be produced and distributed in the coming weeks.

More information will follow.

See you soon,


Next COH!

Dan McGuire —  October 29, 2021 — Leave a comment

Troop, Families, Friends, Scouters,

Sign up here so we can have an accurate headcount for the COH (food and all that).

So here is the deal: We are celebrating the 30th year of the troop this year and are inviting everyone who has been part of this troop since it was created.

We have had 70 Scouts attain the Rank of Eagle in the past 30 years! We also have had in the past a Venturing Crew which made tons of trips, including earning several 50 miler awards right here in the Pikes Peak region.

At one point Troop 287 got so big that it had to break into two troops (Troop 187 started this way). We have also invited them to join us in this celebration because they used to be part of our troop.

So, come one, come all, out and help us celebrate three decades of Scouting.

If you have any history with our troop, and are receiving this message, please feel free to respond and send your wishes, or if you are in the area, come on out and hang with the Troop for the evening.

See you soon,


Troop, We had Rank ADV, then Camp Prep and Game Night, now it is time for MB work! We will continue our work on the Orienteering MB by planning a course around the neighborhood. It will have us traveling at least 2000 meters.

Also, I want to let everyone know that next month’s COH is super important since it it the Troop’s 30th anniversary celebration as well. I will post a sign up genius open to all who are active or were active in our troop over the last 30 years. So, if you are an inactive Scouter who still subscribes to this posting system, please com on out and celebrate the 30th year of this troop!

See you soon,


Air City BOGO.

Dan McGuire —  October 19, 2021 — Leave a comment

We figured out that if you want to get the BOGO, you’ll have to call the place, that is, if you have trouble when trying to apply the BOGO in your cart. Here is the number: 719-653-3182., option 7.


AIR CITY Update!

Dan McGuire —  October 19, 2021 — Leave a comment


Air City 360 is open until 8pm, which means we would only have an hour to play. Given the fact our last game night everyone wanted to go longer, I propose moving out lilnk-up time to 6pm instead of 7pm. This will give us 2hrs to play and we will also be able to capitalize on the BOGO offer and play time

Time Change: please meet at the Air City location at 6pm, not 7!

Also, please try and register on-line to ensure you have a spot. If you have issues, we have Mrs. Anderson calling them at 3 when they open to get clairification on the BOGO and reservations.

See you all tonight!



You all voted to head over to Air City 360 for game night. Above is the link to their website so you can fill out the wiaver before heading out there. Tuesday is BOGO night so this is a good opportunity to buddy up with another Scout to basically get half price admission. We are going to meet up out front a few minutes before 7 so we can organize and get in there together.

Who: All Scouts in Troop 287 and friends, siblings, family, etc.
What: Game night after Sand Dunes Family Camping
Where: Air City 360, 225 Spectrum Loop (near Top Golf)
When: Tonight, 19 October, 6:50pm
Why: To have a great amount of fun and blow off some steam.

Alrighty, then! See you guys tonight!


Dunes Campers,

Dan McGuire —  October 14, 2021 — Leave a comment
Tatooine - Works in Progress - Blender Artists Community

We’re excited to join you at the Dunes this weekend! Here are some final planning details. If you have any questions, please let me know:

– Transportation is on-your-own. We will NOT meet at the church and caravan down.  The Andersons plan to leave as early as possible after school on Friday (430ish?). It’s about a 3-hour drive, but you might want to pick up dinner on the way. If anyone needs help with transportation, let us know.  

– It is a National Park, so there is an entrance fee if you don’t have a pass. I have paid for the camping, but that doesn’t include park entry. 

– We are staying in Pinon Flats Campground, in the National Park. We have 3 sites reserved, all in “Loop 2,” Sites 45, 71, and 88. If you get there first, just occupy one of those sites. We called ahead and confirmed this procedure (there shouldn’t be any check-in required). Technically, each site is limited to 8 people and 2 cars, but they may not strictly enforce that. Sites 45 and 88 are intended for tents only. Site 71 is suitable for an RV. If you’re bringing an RV, please let us know so we can hold that site for you. Pets are allowed but must be leashed.

– Food is not provided by the troop. Families should plan/make their own meals. If you need help with equipment, let us know. The scouts planned a desert competition for Saturday night.  

– It is expected to be “crisp” fall weather. Overnight lows in the 20s and highs in the 50s, and it can be windy (that’s how the dunes got there!) so pack appropriately and definitely bring a windbreaker.  Please bring firewood if you have some. We will not be able to collect firewood, as it’s a National Park. I don’t know if they sell it there. 

– The main activities Saturday will be working on Scout Skills/rank advancement, Family Life Merit Badge, and hiking/sledding in the Dunes. Bring your snow sleds — plastic-bottomed sleds work the best. 

– If I forgot to mention anything, please reach out. I am most-easily reached by text at: 801 791 7854. E-mail is:

See you Friday!

Take care,


2022 Calendar dates!

Dan McGuire —  October 13, 2021 — Leave a comment

Troop, last month the Scouts planned their 2022 desires and the adults sat down and had a Knot Patrol meeting to throw all the Scout’s desires on the calendar where it could be best supported by the Adult Leaderhip team. Below are the results.

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

I will get these publilshed on the troop calendar in the next day or so.


Camping In The Dunes of Great Sand Dunes National Park - Traveling Tacos


Tomorrow night’s meeting will focus on campout prep for this coming weekend’s Sand Dunes Family Campout. Make sure you sign up at the link below if you and your family plan on attending. This will allow for the purchase and preparation of food and all that. We generally will have a patrol level dessert cook off.

See you tomorrow night!


family life merit badge - Berel

Scouts and Parents, Mr Anderson will be offering a Family Life Merit Badge workshop during the Dunes family campout. This badge is required for Eagle, and since scouts and parents will be there, it will be very easy to knock out a large chunk of the requirements in one weekend. Mr Anderson will bring worksheets to facilitate the required activities. It would really help if we had additional merit badge pamphlets (he has one that he can share). If you have a copy of the book, can we borrow it? 

If you would like to buy one ($5):

The hard-copy workbook (preferred)  can be purchased at the local Scout Shop, or online here:

The eBook can be purchased here: