Folks,

 

Please sign up for Flags on Veteran’s Day. We really need more drivers!! Don’t assume someone will do it.  Thank you in advance for being part of the team!

Here is the link to sign up:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F054BACA929A4FC1-veterans2

Sean

 

Hey Scouts,

Thank you those that did Flags today! You are all supporting the Troop! However, we have the same parents doing it all the time and desperately need some more Parents driving 🙂

So this Tuesday we have an Annual Planning meeting. We got a little start the other day before the ascent but we will finish it up. We will apply Merit Badges and Activities to each month through next August.   I would also really like parent involvement if you have good ideas. Let’s continue to make this Troop full of Adventure and fun!!

Some other things to look at:

Finally, I kinda hurt my foot and I might not be able to make the Canoeing Trip because I might have surgery. For planning, I need someone with a military ID able to get the canoes from the Air Force Academy and potentially someone to run this campout.

 

Thanks

Sean

Labor Day Flags

Sandy Johnston —  September 3, 2017 — Leave a comment

Hi Folks,

These are the assignments for flags. I apologize for the late notice but I was still trying to fill some empty slots until 9pm tonight! We need all the Scouts that signed up to please show up and fill their spots on the assigned routes. Since we did not have enough drivers, we don’t need everyone that signed up for navigator. I appreciate those of you who signed up but I just picked random people for slots. If I didn’t put you in a slot this time, don’t worry there is still Veteran’s Day!

Please meet at the barn at 6:00am for the morning route and 5:00pm for the evening route! If you have any questions or anything comes up then please txt me because I will not be checking my email anymore tonight or tomorrow morning.

See you all in the morning!

Sandy

719-494-9922

Route A am: Sandy, Jude

Route A pm: Ted, Ryan, Jacob J, Riley

Route B am: Paul, Lisa, Jack, Daniel

Route B pm: Paul, Lisa, Jack, Devyn

Route C am: Michael, Julie, Mark, Jacob C

Route C pm: Michael, Julie, Mark, Jacob C

Route D am: Floyd, Audrey, Preston, Jacob J

Route D pm: Floyd, Audrey, Preston

Troop,

Here are some photos my son Lance took on the Pikes Peak Ascent.  He said this time its free but next time it will cost you!! haha!  He wants to be a professional photographer…I think he’s on his way!

Hello,

Parents, we are still in need of drivers and scouts for Labor Day Flags. We are going to divide it into 4 routes at this point. So, we need one more driver and two scouts on the morning route and one more scout for the afternoon. I will be out of town working and Sandy will be out of town too so we cannot drive this time. The trailer is still available too so someone can use it to transport the Flags.  If we cannot get another driver in the morning then someone will have to do two routes which is pretty demanding.

Its a true privilege to put out Flags in honor of our national holidays! Please participate in supporting the troop and your scout’s activities.

I thank you in advance for your team work and dedication to the troop!!

Here is the link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054baca929a4fc1-labor

Thank you!!!

Sean

 

I would like to say what an honor it was to experience such a tremendous feat with your scouts along with my own son.  This was a really tough hike and you and a huge accomplishment for all the scouts and parents that completed it. It was also awesome to have to many parents there to share this experience with their scouts. This was something special that we will always remember! I am proud of all of you!

Please download these photos. I tried to get shots of all the boys throughout the hike.

https://goo.gl/photos/psSJTTA8XVZFfoq76

Sean

Troop!

The Scouts decided that they wanted to so Springs Trampoline for game night this week.  They are closed on Tuesdays so I made a group reservation for Thursday from 6-8pm. There is NO meeting on Tuesday!! There are trampolines and an American Ninja Warrior Course. This is open to everyone….scouts, parents, siblings, and friends….

Here are the details:

Date/Time: Thursday 31 Aug from 6-730pm. Try to show a little early like 545pm because it will take a while to check waivers for each person.

Cost: $11 per person.  This is a group rate as long as we have a minimum of 15 people

Waiver: Every person needs to have a waiver and it must be filled out by a parent. I CANNOT fill out a waiver for your scout if you forget to do it and drop him off.  Here is the link to fill out the online waiver: http://www.springstp.com/safety-waivers/

Ninja Course: If you want to do the ninja course then there is an extra cost of $5 and you must wear tennis shoes.  You can go back and forth between the Ninja course and the trampolines as much as you want.

Here is the link to SignUpGenius so you can sign up: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F054BACA929A4FC1-game  Even if you forgot to sign up you can still come

It looks fun!!

 

Sean

 

 

Hi Folks,

The Troop did it!!! They reached the Peak just before 1:30pm and they are all set to catch the Cog at 3:20pm for the ride down. The Cog arrives at the station around 4:30pm. You can pick up your Scout there at the Cog station at that time (but please be aware that parking in that area is really limited) or since the Troop will be taking the shuttle to Memorial Park in Manitou, you can pick up your Scout there (where you dropped them off).

Sandy CJ

 

 

Hi Folks,

Just wanted to give you an update on the Pike’s Peak hike! The Troop arrived at Barr Camp at around 12:30pm today! The Scouts, Leaders, & parents did amazingly well! We got some strong Scout go-getters! Everyone arrived safe & sound! The Scouts picked out their spots in the lodge and the adults set up their tents. Everyone had some time to unwind, rest, play and even work on some Scout skills for rank advancements! It’s been a great outing!

Tonight, everyone will be enjoying a spaghetti dinner with “switchback” garlic bread! Then it will be early to bed and early to rise for pancakes before heading out to conquer the Peak. Hopefully there will be plenty of time to enjoy donuts at the top before catching the 3:20pm Cog train back down the mountain. Sean will have some great photos to share!

Good Night!

Sandy CJ

 

I forgot to add toilet paper to the Pikes Peak Packing list post! Hope everyone thought to bring some!!!

 

Folks,

CHANGE: WE WILL NOW MEET AT MEMORIAL PARK AT 5AM IN MANITOU SPRINGS. NOT SODA SPRINGS PARK.

We can all park there for free overnight so it just makes sense to meet where we can park. If for some reason you would like to park somewhere else then here is the link to Manitou Springs Parking. Please plan accordingly if you plan on Parking Overnight. https://manitousprings.org/whats-happening/parking-information/

Here is the link to the Parking Map in Manitou Springs. https://manitousprings.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Parking-Restictions.pdf

The current weather for the summit of Pikes Peak on Saturday is a high of 54 and a low of 29 with a 20% chance of rain. On Sunday its a high of 52 and a low of 27 with a 50% chance of rain.  Our goal will be to make it to the top before the rain on Sunday.

Also, Please email me if your scouts have any allergies that we need to be aware of.  We will have ibuprofen, Aspirin, Tylenol and Benadryl in case someone needs it.

Also, in case a scout cannot make it we have a few backup plans.  We can send someone down at on the COG railway from Barr Camp or Walk back down.  You might have to pay for another ticket on the COG railway if you scout needs to return early.  The ticket we already purchased be able to be transferred.   The 2nd Plan is if anyone cannot make it to the top then we might have to walk back down to Barr Camp and take the COG Railway then also.  If some scouts cannot make the top by the 3pm train then Mr. Brinkman will drive to the top and pick up the stragglers.

Here is a great link that explains the hike in detail!! http://www.barrcamp.com/hike.php

 

Here is the current list of people I am tracking for the trip. Remember, there are only 12 slots in the cabin right now so we will prioritize the scouts use of the cabins but can adults if some want to sleep in tents. If there are any extra spots in the cabin when we get there then we can adjust.

Total 23

Adults (9 Adults)

Mike P

Sean W

Paul D

Sandy J

Ted J

Julie C

Ryan C

Michael W

Blake M

Scouts (14 Scouts) 

Lance W

Josh J

Mark P

Ignacio H

Devyn L

Jack D

Jude W

Noah W

Jacob J

Riley C

Jacob C

Josiah C

Rhett B

Cody P

See you at 5am Saturday morning!

Sean

 

Hi Troop!

Our awesome Pikes Peak Ascent is this weekend.  Our meeting tomorrow will focus getting ready.

Please bring your complete Packing list to tomorrow’s meeting so we can go over it, make sure we have the right stuff, and most importantly….make sure the packs are not too heavy!

Please bring you permission slips to tomorrows meeting. Also, headaches can be a symptom high altitude.  Please annotate on the permission slip is scout leaders can be authorized to give your scout some Ibuprofen, Aspirin  or Tylenol.  Please write “I give (or do not give) permission for the Scout Leaders to administer Ibuprofen, Aspirin  or Tylenol to my scout as needed”

Permission slips can be found on the left side of the website or at this link http://www.bsatroop287.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/BSA_ParentPermissionForm.pdf

We do not need Mess Kits to eat at Barr Camp for the Spaghetti Dinner or Pancake Breakfast. They provide plates and utensils.

Here is the link to the original post for our trip: http://www.bsatroop287.org/pikes-peak-ascent-campout-2/

By the way, I took this photo a while ago and there is not that much snow up there right now…:)

 

Don’t forget to enjoy the Eclipse today!!

 

Sean

 

Folks,

Short notice community service opportunity

The World War II Aviation Museum needs some landscaping in preparation of a senate visit. They could use the help 9-5 Thursday the 17th.   Please notify me if you’re able to help.

Sean

Here is our initial plan to make it up to the top of Pikes Peak on the 26th/27th…

I have 22 people signed up and paid for. The updated list is below. Please no more people sign up on Sign Up Genius. Everyone attending this event, Adults and Scouts, please come to the Tuesday meeting on 22 August so we can go over and finalize the plan.

Time line:
26 August

5am – Meet at Soda Springs Park in Manitou Springs (Do not be late!)

530am – Start Hike up Barr Trail

1230 – Arrive at Barr Camp (Planing on 1mph movement time)

5pm – Spaghetti Dinner at Barr Camp

27 August

6am – Pancake Breakfast at Barr Camp

7am – (or earlier) Start hike to Pike Peak Summit (Planing on 1mph movement time)

1pm – (or earlier) Summit Pikes Peak

3pm – Take Train Down

5pm – (or earlier) Parents Pick up Scouts at Soda Springs Park in Manitou Springs

Back Pack Packing List:

  • Back Packing Back Pack with internal or external frame – Please make sure it fits
  • Waterproof Bag (Garbage bag or something like that)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Resistant Jacket (for warmth and rain protection)
  • One warm shirt (Light Fleece or underlayer)
  • Extra Pair of Socks
  • Tent (for those not in the cabin…we will discuss this at the meeting)
  • 2 Liters of Water (in Bladder or Nalgene)
  • Beanie Hat
  • Gloves
  • Headlamp
  • Personal Hygiene stuff
  • Snacks Plus one lunch. No Junk Food. Hydration powder, trail mix, granola bars, sports gels are good. Definitely no energy drinks like Red Bull

Troop Gear

  • Water Filtration Pumps
  • First Aid Kit

Worn:

  • Shorts or Pants/Shirt. Dry Wicking. Convertible pants are awesome. Do not over dress because we will heat up fast! No Cotton!!
  • Hiking Shoes. Broken In.
  • Smart Wool Socks
  • Hat with Brim
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Knife (If you have the Toten Chit)
  • Spending money for Lunch/donuts at the top

Optional:

  • Phone (There are no chargers at Barr Camp I think…)
  • Camera

Plan to be warm when moving and chilly when stopped. Plan for temps to be in the 30s at the top but don’t over pack! Please do not over pack their back packs. They do not need 2 complete changes of clothes. Its ok if they are little stinky that day:)

Please have your scouts hike in their pack a little before the ascent. This is not an easy hike! We will go slow but we need to try to get to the top before 1pm to reduce the chance of lightning strike which is probably the biggest threat. The picture shows a couple scouts doing the right thing and preparing.  We are leaving very early to beat the heat.  The first three miles up Barr Trail are very tough and are super hot when the sun is up.

In addition to the below list of attendees, I would like two volunteers that are willing to simply hike up to Barr Camp on Saturday then hike back down. These two adults would be there to bring down scouts that get sick or injured or simply cannot make it to the top.  Another option will be to buy another ticket on the train so they can get on at Barr Camp. I do have a little reception at Barr Camp and should be able to make a call if necessary.  We might be able to have someone drive up and walk down from Barr Camp from Pikes Peak HWY but I have to confirm that.

Here is an update list of who is signed up:

Adults

Mike P

Sean W

Paul D

Sandy J

Ted J

Julie C

Ryan C

Scouts

Lance W
Josh J
Mark P
Ignacio H
Devyn L
Michael W
Jack D
Jude W
Noah W
Jacob J
Nicholas G
Riley C
Jacob C
Josiah C
Rhett B

We will work out the remain details at the Tuesday meeting. All input to make this trip fun and safe will be greatly appreciated

 

Sean

 

Troop 287,

Due to most of the districts starting school this week we will not have a meeting on Tuesday. Our next meeting will be Tuesday the 22nd where we will be focusing on our Pikes Peak Ascent Preparations. A separate post for that campout to follow.

Welcome back to school!!

 

 

Hello,

I’m am going to send the packing list and plan for the Pikes Peak Ascent and overnighter tonight. So far this is the list of adults and scouts signed up on the trip.  I have already paid for the Barr Camp lodging/Food and the ride down on the train so those on this list are responsible for the cost. I believe cost per adults is $68 and the cost per scout is $58. This is the $43 for the camping at Barr Camp which includes dinner and breakfast and the ride down on the train ($15 per scout, $25 per adult).

I have one additional Adult and one Additional Scout that would like to attend. If you would like to back out of this trip…the first adult and scout that contacts me will get their slot and will not have to pay.  Otherwise I will add them to the trip.

I will send a follow up post of the packing list, link up times/locations, and complete plan over the next couple of days.

 

Adults

Floyd S

Sean W

Paul D

Sandy J

Ted J

Julie C

Ryan C

Scouts

Lance W
Josh J
Preston S
Ignacio H
Devyn L
Michael W
Jack D
Jude W
Noah W
Jacob J
Nicholas G
Riley C
Jacob C
Josiah C

 

 

Scouts & Families,

Just a reminder that our August Court of Honor is this Tuesday, August 8th @ 6:00pm! August COH is our ice cream social to celebrate all of the Scouts’ accomplishments and a fun way to end the summer!

The Troop will provide the ice cream! Scouts, please  bring your favorite topping to share! We’ll be enjoying our ice cream outside (hopefully the weather will be good for us)  so bring picnic blankets or camp chairs to sit outside!

It’s going to be a great time with lots of awards! We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Sandy J

Committee Chairperson

Summer Camp Pics….

Sean Warner —  August 2, 2017 — Leave a comment

Here is the link to summer camp photos….

https://goo.gl/photos/L4hrDA45EAjGNELA9

Sorry for the delay! Here you go! I might have some more too. I’ll post them as I find them.

Sean

Hello,

I’m doing awards this time around until we get a new Advancement Chair. Please confirm these are correct with your scout asap.  If yes, no action needed. If no, please text me at 719.648.6798

Sean

Rank Avancements:
Lance W – Star

Cody P – Second Class

Marquel E – Tenderfoot

Jacob J – Scout

Merit Badges:

Cooking

Lance W

Ignacio H

Daniel D

Avery B

Anders C

Preston S

Cody P

Evan R

Devyn L.

Canoeing 

Evan R

Cody P

Ignacio H

Michael C

Inventing 

Daniel D

Environmental Science

Lance W

Michael C

Devyn L.

Ignacio H.

Evan R.

Daniel D.

Jack D.

Nuclear Science

Ignacio H

Daniel D

Wilderness Survival

Michael C.

Preston S.

Rhett B.

Cody P.

Avery B.

Rifle Shooting

Preston S

Rhett B

Avery B. (Still need to get another couple of shot groups)

Climbing

Jude W.

Marquel E (from City Rock)

Preston S (from City Rock)

Movie Making

Lance W.

Devyn L.

Communication 

Devyn L (Still needs requirement 7a or 7b or 7c)

Lance W. (Still needs requirement 7a or 7b or 7c)

Jack D. (Still needs requirement 7a or 7b or 7c)

Search and Rescue 

Cody P. (Still needs requirements 4 and 6.a)

Jude W. (Still needs requirements 4 and 6.a)

Avery B. (Still needs requirements 4 and 6.a)

Rhett B. (Still needs requirements 4 and 6.a)

Preston S. (Still needs requirements 4 and 6.a)

Space Exploration

Jack D.

Engineering

Daniel D.

Jack D.

Evan R.

Live Saving

Jude W. (Still needs requirements 6, 15.a, and 15.b.)

Family Life

Josh J.

Emergency Prep

Josh J.

Other Summer Camp Patches

Ironman – Mark P

10k Bike – Ignacio, Mark P, Daniel D, Jude W,

Polar Plunge – Jacob J, Mark P, Riley C, Michael C. Ignacio H

5K Run (They didn’t give patches for this one)

Summer Camp Patch – All Summer Campers

Hi folks,

Here is a list of positions available within the troop. We are going to ask for Volunteers at the next COH on the 8th. These positions are very important and currently we have some people doing 2-4 of them and its gets a little overwhelming. Please help out if you can!

Please let Sandy or I know if you can fill any of these positions

Sean

Scoutmaster:

Current Volunteer – Sean W

Frequency – Weekly

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the safe and educational execution of scout activities and events
  • Leads weekly troop meetings
  • Leads annual planning meeting
  • Conducts scout master conferences in conjunction with BSA guidelines
  • Liaison with District Council on Scouting Program
  • Ensures troop elections occur bi-annually
  • Supports Senior Patrol Leader and other scout leaders in the operation of troop meetings and activities
  • Works with Troop Committee Chair to ensure operational efficiency of troop business activities
  • Liaison with local Cub Scout Packs
  • Coordinates with Assistant Scoutmasters recruitment efforts for Webelos crossing over to troop
  • Works with Troop Committee Chair in welcoming new scout families to the troop
  • Supervises Assistant Scoutmasters in day-to-day troop activities

Assistant Scoutmaster:

Current Volunteer – Jim B, Paul D, Ryan B, Blake M, Floyd S

Frequency – Weekly

Responsibilities

  • Assist Scoutmaster and Senior Patrol Leader in running troop meetings
  • Assist scouts with advancement
  • Assists and participates in monthly campouts, summer camp, service projects

 

Committee Chair:

Current Volunteer – Sandy J ( Need Replacement in December)

Frequency – Weekly

Responsibilities

  • Recruits for and fills all Committee positions
  • Chairs monthly Troop Committee meeting
  • Interprets national and local policies to the troop
  • Liaison with church sponsoring organization and District Council
  • Works with Scoutmaster to support scouting program
  • Assists Scoutmaster in resolving disciplinary problems or personal conflicts
  • Oversees all committee member positions

 

Charter Organization Representative:

Current Volunteer – Tom S

Frequency – Weekly

Responsibilities

  • Serves as direct contact between troop and Charter Organization (church)
  • Solicits the church for potential service projects and communicates to Scoutmaster

 Adult Quartermaster:

Current Volunteer – OPEN

Frequency – Monthly

Responsibilities

  • Ensures that troop gear is properly maintained and inventories
  • Propose new equipment needs to Troop Committee

Treasurer:

Current Volunteer – Danny and Pam R

Frequency – Weekly

Responsibilities

  • Handles all troop financial activity
  • Reconciles troop bank account
  • Prepares monthly report for Troop Committee meeting
  • Tracks and reports scout account activity
  • Supports other committee members with their duties as it relates to finances

 

Secretary:

Current Volunteer – Sandy D

Frequency – Monthly

Responsibilities

  • Prepares minutes at Troop Committee meeting and sends to all parents

 

Outdoor Coordinator:

Current Volunteer – OPEN

Frequency – Monthly

Responsibilities

  • Manages logistics for troop outings and activities to include
  • Securing camp site reservations
  • Coordinating transportation
  • Assists Scoutmasters with attendance and tracking of scout participation
  • Secures tour permits for all troop activities
  • Obtains permissions slips for all activities

 

Summer Camp Coordinator:

Current Volunteer – OPEN

Frequency – Once a year

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate with Scouting District that boys will be attending to include reservations, payment
  • Track scout participation and work with Treasurer on scout payment
  • Notification to parents of appropriate forms required including physicals
  • Assist scouts with merit badge and rank advancement class registration
  • Arrange transportation to and from camp
  • Liaison between attending scoutmasters and parents should a need for communication arise

 

Popcorn Kernel:

Current Volunteer – OPEN (We need this right now!)

Frequency – Once a year

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the Troop popcorn fundraising event to include
    • Communication of participation sheets
    • Collecting orders and money
    • Submitting orders to Council
    • Coordinating popcorn pickup and delivery to scouts.

 

Flag Program Coordinator:

Current Volunteer – OPEN

Frequency – Five times a year. Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Veterans Day

Responsibilities

  • Liaison between troop and Rotary Club organizer
  • Solicits participation from scouts and parents
  • Organizes routes for scouts
  • Communicates participation to Treasurer for credit to scout accounts
  • Assists Flag Program Operations Lead on days of program if needed.

 

Flag Program Operations:

Current Volunteer – OPEN

Frequency – Five times a year. Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Veterans Day

Responsibilities

  • Ensures barn is open and ready for scouts & parents on day of activity
  • Ensures barn is locked at the end of the day
  • Ensures all buckets have appropriate supplies, i.e. duct tape, pliers, PVC caps.
  • Assists Flag Program Coordinator as needed

 

Advancement Chair

Current Volunteer – OPEN

Frequency – Monthly

Responsibilities

  • Maintains scout advancement records via Scout Handbook (cloud based)
  • Submits all advancement data to council
  • Orders/pick up/package Scout recognition awards for Court of Honor
  • Coordinates scout shop account balance with Troop Treasurer and Council
  • Trains committee members on how to conduct Scout board of reviews

 

Troop Charter Coordinator:

Current Volunteer – OPEN

Frequency – Once a year

Responsibilities

  • Updates Troop Roster for contact information, adds new scout families when necessary
  • Prepares and submits annual charter
  • Assist Treasurer with collection of dues and registration fees

 

Webmaster:

Current Volunteer – Ryan B

Frequency – As Needed

Responsibilities

  • Maintains the troop’s website
  • Works with Scoutmaster and Committee Chair on event notifications

 

Records Coordinator/Historian:

Current Volunteer – OPEN

Frequency – Monthly

Responsibilities

  • Maintains file of frequently used forms
  • Keeper of the troop policies and operations manual
  • Maintains list of all material available for use