It appears that we were not able to get enough folks signed up to meet the minimum group rate and therefor will save this game night location for another time in the future when we can plan a little further in advance.

We will change out game night to Skyzone this evening since we don’t need a reservation or advance notice. Skyzone is located at 1750 E Woodmen Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80920. The park is only open until 8pm so we can start 6:30pm instead of 7pm so you can get a full 90 minute jump. Tickets are $23.99 per person and they require a waiver and Skyzone socks to jump. Bring the ones you have (because you have all been there) to avoid having to purchase the.

Sorry for the late notice and hope to see you all tonight.

Mr. Petree

Gripstone Waiver

Maureen Reiser —  March 20, 2023 — Leave a comment

Below is the link to Gripstone, please fill out the waiver on line before arriving.


Gripstone waiver

Maureen Reiser —  March 20, 2023 — Leave a comment

Game Night 3/21/23

Ray Petree —  March 20, 2023 — Leave a comment


This week’s meeting will be a game night since we had a mountain biking day this weekend. We will be going to Gripstone Climbing & Fitness at 6220 Tutt Blvd. The admission will be $20, but Mr. Anderson knows the owner and might be able to get us a better deal. If you have climbing gear, bring it, since rentals are an extra $5-$7.

See you there!


We need to get our numbers up on our flag program! They have fallen in the past years and if we are going to give our time we might as well have a few more flags to place.
On April 8th at 8am the Scouts will be walking certain neighborhoods and placing flyers on doors. We need all available Scouts (and Parents)to participate so they can be in pairs and we can be done in under 2 hours. Mr. Petree will pick Scouts up a designated location. We are starting early because everyone is so busy this time of year so please think about giving some of your time.
There will also be a cash prize raffle for those that participate!
Maureen Reiser

Due to predicted extreme cold weather, the trip leaders have decided that the outing this weekend will not include camping. We will do a day trip to the Canon City bike trails on Saturday. Here’s the updated plan: 

– Meet at the barn at 900 Saturday to pack and split into vehicles.

– Ride and enjoy the scenery throughout the day (with breaks)

– Lunch will be provided, per the trip meal plan (Miles is shopping)

– Plan to return to the church by 5pm Saturday.

Given the schedule change, we understand if other boys would now want to participate, and they are welcome to, but we may need additional drivers. Please update the Signup Genius if you want to join the trip.

Send your questions to Mr. Anderson (801 791-7854).

Meeting 3/14/23

Ray Petree —  March 14, 2023 — Leave a comment


In this week’s meeting, we will finish up our campout prep for the upcoming trip and have a lesson from the Atomic Marmots on biking safety.

We will have a presentation from Mr. Anderson on climbing Mt. Denali.

Reminder for the PLC, we will be having a PLC online on Wednesday at 5:00pm



Don’t Forget!

jeninewinslow —  March 13, 2023 — Leave a comment

If your scout is a 1st class or higher, not going to Northern Tier AND interested in NYLT, please have them write a quick “scholarship application” tonight and submit before our council meeting tomorrow.

See the full post below but here are the questions:

1.        Why do you want to attend NYLT?

2.       How might you apply what you have learned when you get back to the troop?  Describe 3 specific actions you can take to apply what you have learned to benefit the troop by the end of the calendar year.

Mountain Biking!

jeninewinslow —  March 10, 2023 — Leave a comment

For our March campout, we’ll be doing some Mountain Biking, down in Canon City, “the Banana Belt of Colorado”. We will be riding at the South Canon open space. This is a new trail system, purpose-built for mountain biking with a great variety of trails for new and experienced riders. We will be camping at Temple View Campground, which is just a few miles up the road:

We will meet at the church at 5pm to load gear and bikes and plan to return by noon on Sunday. We will be car camping and riding bikes on Saturday. You don’t have to have a mountain bike to attend, but it is highly encouraged. Please make sure it is in working order. Mr. Anderson will bring a tool kit, but he won’t have spare parts for everyone’s bikes. We will have opportunities to work on the Cycling Merit Badge too. 

We really need drivers with bike racks. The drive is under an hour, so it’s an easy one. 

Please sign up as soon as possible so we can get started figuring out logistics!

*Open to First Class and higher.  

*Dates this year are 6/11-17 (same as Northern Tier, sorry!)

“The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what a leader must KNOW, and what a leader must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.”

“Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audio-visual support, NYLT participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skill and confidence to lead well.”

See more at:

NYLT “Scholarship Application”

In order to be considered for the Troop 287 NYLT $100 scholarship please complete the following questions in an email to before our next council meeting on 3/14.  The council will review the submissions at that time.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

1.        Why do you want to attend NYLT?

2.       How might you apply what you have learned when you get back to the troop?  Describe 3 specific actions you can take to apply what you have learned to benefit the troop by the end of the calendar year.


Tomorrow evening we will have the Buffalo Mountain Lodge present to talk to the troop about the Order of the Arrow and hold elections. In order for an election to be valid, we need a majority of the troop present. So come on out! We need as many at this meeting as possible to support those eligible.

Mr. Petree

Meeting 3/7/2023

Ray Petree —  March 6, 2023 — Leave a comment

Hello, Troop,

This week’s meeting will entail doing some campout prep for the next campout coming up, we have Order of the Arrow elections, rank advancement, and a lesson from Mason on shelter building. Also, as the first meeting of the month, we will do uniform inspections, so come in your best class-A uniform.



Flag Day change

Maureen Reiser —  March 6, 2023 — Leave a comment

There has been a change to our Flag Day post from June 17th to June 10th due to the change in our Lone Eagle camp out change to June 17th weekend. We have many Scouts out of town for Flag day. Please consider signing up if you are in town since this is always a hard holiday to fill.

Thank you,
Maureen Reiser

I know everyone is trying to plan out the summer. Please consider adding a flag holiday to your schedule. It’s our biggest troop fundraiser, although it is not mandatory, we do need everyone to participate, scout and parent. Thank you in advance for making this the best season yet!
Here is the SignupGenies

Meeting 2/21/23

Ray Petree —  February 21, 2023 — Leave a comment

Hello, Troop,

In this week’s meeting, we will be going over this weekend’s camping trip and some packing lists.

Alex will also teach a lesson on cold weather prep and first aid.

Lastly, we will practice our skits in patrols for the Court of Honor next week.



Meeting 2/14/2023

Ray Petree —  February 13, 2023 — Leave a comment

Hello Troop,

This week’s meeting will entail some campout prep for this upcoming snowshoe campout.

We will also be doing our scoutmaster conferences and board of reviews, so come prepared if you are doing one. (From Mr. Petree… Scott, Noah, and Alex are the only ones who are signed up and scheduled)

Lastly, we will have a lesson from Nate on some first aid skills.



Date: Tuesday, February 28

Time: 5:30 set up, 6:00 dinner, ceremony and awards following dinner.

If you are bringing chili please be sure the scout makes it. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!

All scouts should be in their Class A uniform.

Please sign up as soon as possible and let me know if you have any questions.

Snowshoe Campout

Ray Petree —  February 8, 2023 — Leave a comment


Our Snowshoe Campout is coming up quickly. It is scheduled for February 24th-26th.

We have spoken with the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp in Divide, Colorado, and have made arrangements to stay in their Park Ridge Rustic Cabins. We need to have a solid count of attendees to let RMMC know, so please signup ASAP.

From there we will have easy access to Raspberry Mountain Trailhead, Crags Trail Head, and the Ring of the Peak Trailhead. Depending on the amount of snow, we may be able to snowshoe right out of the cabin.

Imagine it with snow!

I am working with them on coming up with some sort of service/conservation project to give you all an opportunity to serve and earn some hours toward your next rank.

The plan is to meet at the church on Friday evening, February 24th at 5:00 pm to depart and will return on Sunday, February 26th around noon.

Please signup ASAP at the link below.

Your Senior Patrol Leader and Patrol Leaders will be working on campout prep with you all during the next meeting.

Snow gear and snowshoes are required for this outing. If you do not have snowshoes they can be rented from most local sporting goods outfitters like REI or the MWR/Outdoor Rec. if you have access to one of the local military bases.

Mr. Petree

Summer Camp 2023

Ray Petree —  February 8, 2023 — Leave a comment


After reviewing your input as well as looking at availability across camps for the dates we scheduled for summer camp we have selected and registered the Troop to attend Camp Alexander July 9th-15th 2023.

It is an outstanding camp right here in our backyard.

Summer camp is open to all scouts. No restrictions on age or rank. It is the best time to earn lots of merit badges. More info to come over the next couple of months on this year’s offerings.

The camp will cost $440 per scout and $330 per scoutmaster/adult and this cost includes all lodging, facility use, and food for the entire week. We will be putting payment plan information out soon. Check out the web link below.

The first step is to sign up. Please do so on the following signup genius to reserve your slot.

All attendees will need to have all completed medical forms turned in to the Troop by the end of May this year. This will be the standard BSA form A, B, and C as well as a Contract To Carry for any individuals who have medications they carry on their person. The forms can be found on the Camp Alexander web link above.

Again, please signup early to attend this awesome adventure!

Yours in Scouting

Mr. Petree

Meeting 2/7/2023

Ray Petree —  February 7, 2023 — Leave a comment

Hello, Troop,

This week’s meeting will be a uniform inspection since it is the first of the month.

Hunter will be giving this week’s instructions.

Like last week, we will split off by rank we are working toward getting some stuff signed off in hopes to level up at this next Court of Honor.

If you need a Scoutmaster Conference or Board of Review make sure to schedule that with Mr. Petree so he can make arrangements.