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This is a reminder that if you are planning on joining us on the upcoming backpacking trip you need to sign up at the following link.

It is important for pre-planning purposes to have an accurate headcount so we can appropriately shop for food and ready enough troop gear. Signups close on Friday 8/19, but it would be helpful to have a good headcount at tomorrow night’s meeting.

As of now, we have 11 signed up for the full loop and 2 signed up for the half loop. We need experienced/trained adults to sign up for the half loop if it is to be supported.

Remember, the Troop will provide tents and Jetboil Stoves/Fuel. The rest of the gear is individual responsibility. The troop does have a few backpacks and sleeping bags we are happy to loan out if needed.

After the trek we will be heading over to Bishop’s Castle to explore. If you never have seen it, it’s quite the sight.

It’s going to be a great time! Jump on board!

Mr. Petree


Ray Petree —  August 10, 2022 — Leave a comment

Congratulations to our new Candidates elected last night for eligibility to join Scoutings Honor Society!

Austin Petree
Jefferson Holpuch
Miles Kunkle
John Reiser

You young men have been identified by your peers as being worthy of having the opportunity to join the Order of the Arrow. In order to be inducted into Scoutings Honor Society, you must undergo and pass an Ordeal. The Ordeal will be held Friday, August 19, 2022 at 6:00pm to Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 9:30pm at Camp Alexander.

Please register for the OA Fall Fellowship Weekend at the link below on the Pathway to the Rockies Council Calendar. (Click on “Council Calender” not “Pathway to the Rockies Council”)

While we will not discuss the Ordeal, what I will tell you is you need to arrive packed to camp overnight for the duration and should eat a good dinner before you arrive. Make sure you bring your best Class A uniform and appropriate outdoor footwear for this event.

This is not a Troop 287 event and you will need to pack your own gear (10 essentials) and secure your own transportation.

Mr. Petree
Brotherhood Member, OA

Meeting 8/9/2022

Ray Petree —  August 9, 2022 — Leave a comment


I am back…. Yes this is your SPL.

It time for the OA elections, So I hope to see many of you tonight to support those eligible. The Buffalo Mountain Lodge sending is over some representatives to talk to us about the Order of the Arrow and then hold an election.

Tonight we will also be doing some campout preparations for our upcoming backpacking trip. Remember to sign up if your interested the link is in the signups drop down on the website, sign ups close 8/19.

Let’s go !!!!!

Austin Petree
Senior Patrol Leader


The Buffalo Mountain Lodge of the Order of the Arrow will be at our next meeting to speak with us about the OA and hold re-election.

Following summer camp. They felt it was best to attend a Troop 287 meeting and provide more information about the Order of the Arrow and hold a more official style election. You guys have already cast your votes and I expect the same results when you have the opportunity to do it again.

Please come in full Class A uniform and be ready to re-vote the 4 Candidates you previously elected.

In order for the election to be valid we need to have the majority of the Troop present, so please support the Candidates you selected and be there. We need everyone to attend this meeting.

If you meet the requirements and are elected to be a Candidate, the Ordeal is scheduled to take place August 19-20 at Camp Alexander and you can register following the election at the link below to the Pathway to the Rockies calendar and click on the OA Fall Fellowship Weekend event to register.

Meeting Inside

Ray Petree —  August 2, 2022 — Leave a comment


We will meet in the church again tonight to avid the muddy field and keep those uniforms nice. We will try the barn again next week.

Mr. Petree

Uniform Inspection

Ray Petree —  August 2, 2022 — Leave a comment


It’s the first meeting of the month. You know what that means…. Uniform Inspection.

Please come to the meeting tonight in your best Class A uniform.

After that we will work on more rank advancement and hopefully finish those last few requirements in preparation for our upcoming Court of Honor.

We will also be taking requests for Scoutmaster Confrences and Board of Reviews with the Troop Committee.

See you tonight!

Mr. Petree

The outing this month will be a backpacking trip in our very own San Isabel National Forest and visiting local attraction Bishops Castle.
The dates/times will be Friday 8/26/22 4:30pm meetup/ 5:00pm departure to Sunday 8/28/22 return about noon.
We are looking to start near the Davenport Campground located at the end of Forest Service Road 382. From there we will head out north west to perform the hike in a clockwise direction and plan to host two skill levels of loops. We will start and finish together as a troop, but will split out along the way.

The red loop is just a little over 7.5 miles / 2034 ft elevation gain and designed for anyone who is still working their way into backpacking.
The green loop follows the beginning and the end of the red loop, but will continue further south east making it a little over 14 miles / 3612 ft elevation gain and is designed for those that are a little more experienced and are looking to push themselves a little harder.

The Troop will supply tents and JetBoil stoves/Fuel. We also have a few loaner backpacks and sleeping bags that may be checked out in advance from one of the Quartermasters. Scouts will be responsible for their 10 essentials and all other personal gear.
Following the completion of the hike on Sunday we will all head over to Bishop’s Castle for about an hour or so and explore this monument.

The signup link is below. Please signup for the route you would like to complete.

Being this is a loop we will be able to leave vehicles at the trailhead. We should do our best to carpool to reduce the number of vehicles left at the trailhead. Please signup to drive and comment on how many Scouts you can accommodate.

Mr. Petree

Meeting Inside

Ray Petree —  July 26, 2022 — Leave a comment


Due to weather we will meet inside the church tonight.

Mr. Petree


As I know many of you have been working hard towards your next ranks, tonight we will focus on finishing up some of those remaining requirements prior to the upcoming Court of Honor.

Remember you should be using the EDGE method and working with your youth leadership to become proficient in the skills associated with the requirement and have them sign off in the left hand column. Once you have it, then it’s time to come to me or another adult leader fully confident and prepared to showcase your mastered skill to be signed off.

“BE PREPARED” with what you need to accomplish these goals. Above all… have your book. If you are tracking fitness or financial responsibility or observing plants and animals, bring your documentation. If you are tying knots have some rope ready.

I will also be taking names for those who are looking to have a Scoutmasters Conference or Board of Review prior to the Court of Honor. Let me know so I can schedule them and don’t wait until the last minute.

Looking forward to tonight!

Mr. Petree

SISR Day 6

Ray Petree —  July 15, 2022 — Leave a comment


We are in the home stretch!

Yesterday the Scouts started a whole new batch of merit badges. We held a Troop election and had four Scouts called out to be Order of the Arrow candidates at the campfire ceremony. The Hatch’s brought up a cake and we celebrated Noah’s golden birthday, then the scouts working on Wilderness Survival headed off into the woods for a night with minimal supplies in makeshift shelters. (We only lost one to predators …. kidding)

Today they will finish up the badges they have started and have our closing campfire.

This will be the last post from camp, and we look forward to seeing you all tomorrow morning.

Mr. Petree

SISR Day 5

Ray Petree —  July 14, 2022 — Leave a comment


All are doing well. Yesterday the troop won the camp spirit stick for the day.

The boys performed the flag ceremony this morning and did a great job.

Today the young men are back in the their classrooms in the trees to start their second series of merit badges.

Wednesday Troop Day

Ray Petree —  July 13, 2022 — Leave a comment


This morning we got up and hiked Dome Rock Trail after morning chow.

Then took a trip down to San Isabel Lake until noon chow.

Later today we will do some more hiking as well as conservation project for the camp.

More adventures to come.

Stay Tuned!

SISR Day 3

Ray Petree —  July 12, 2022 — Leave a comment


Yesterday was full of Merit Badge classes. Any free time was spent by most at the lake fishing, back and fort to the Trading Post, or whittling a project.

The rain didn’t stop the campfire fun. With no burn-ban we had a great time socializing around a troop campfire last night.

While missing you all, everyone is safe and having a great time.

Mr. Petree

We made it!

Ray Petree —  July 11, 2022 — Leave a comment

Just wanted to drop a note to let everyone know we have arrived safe and sound.

All the scouts have settled in to their new homes for the week, got the lay of the land, their schedules, and are ready to hit the ground running.

We had a great opening campfire last night. There was a little home sickness before bed, but that quickly subsided.

All is well, and we will post updates as service allows.

Mr. Petree

Meeting 6/28/22

Ray Petree —  June 27, 2022 — Leave a comment


Tomorrow night we will be meeting up at the barn. Attire will be Class B uniforms.
We will have some fun patrol challenges and further develop our teamwork. We need to get our new Patrol names, calls, flags, etc. ready. Patrol Leaders make sure you are present.
There are still a lot of adventures to have this summer and we will be taking advantage of the daylight to make sure we are prepared and everything is in order.

Many of you have troop gear that you had taken home to cleanup following outings. Things like tents and stoves etc. Please take a look around and bring those with tomorrow evening. We need gear back to make sure we are ready for the next adventure. Check twice!

Speaking of next adventure…. get ready for Summer Camp. We have signed up and chose our merit badges. All we need to do is pack… right!?!?! … Wrong!!! Many are still missing medical forms. Mr. McGuire has been asking and asking. If you turned them in… Great Job! If not, the deadline is tomorrow night. Bring them with you.

August will be Squirrel Creek Backpacking Trip and Bishop’s Castle. Post and more info coming soon.

Things you’ll need…..
1. Good Attitude
2. Scout Book
3. Troop gear you have
4. BSA Med Forms (A,B1,B2,C)

See you soon!
Mr. Petree

Meeting 6/7/22

Ray Petree —  June 7, 2022 — Leave a comment


We will meet inside the church for tonights meeting.

The Philmont Crew will be bringing all their gear in to do a shakedown and we will take this opportunity to discuss backpacking planning, packing, and gear. It will be a great warmup for Summer Camp coming in July and Squirrel Creek Loop Backpacking Trip in August.

After that we will continue to work on some advancement and conduct another teambuilding IPA (Inner Patrol Activity) if we are focused and have time.

Reminder that we have Flag Day on June 14th. There may be slots left. This is a great way to raise some funds for your scout account. Due to our flag fundraising and a lot of the troop being away at Philmont there will not be a meeting on June 14th. Enjoy your family, friends, and celibrate that awesome stars and stripes.

Next meeting will be June 21st and we will have a game night with the activity to be determined. If you have ideas and suggestions, bring them tonight.

Philmont Crew!!! Bring your packs fully ready to go. We meet at the barn tomorrow morning at 0700 to hit the road to New Mexico.

Yours in scouting!

Mr. Petree

Camp Cards

Ray Petree —  May 31, 2022 — Leave a comment


Hope you had fun and were successful selling camp cards. Now that we are at the end of the selling period, I need everyone to reconcile with me at tonights meeting. Please bring the money for the ones you sold and any ones you didn’t so we can settle up with the council.

Mr. Petree

Metting 5/24/2022

Ray Petree —  May 24, 2022 — Leave a comment


Following the Court of Honor last week we will be distributing the new position patches and determining the new patrols.

To start things off we will work on a round of fun team building activities tonight to build that patrol comradery. Get ready for some teamwork.

Teamwork makes the dreamwork!!!

Mr. Petree

Tonight is the night! Tonight we get to honor and celebrate all of the hard work and accomplishments we have realized over the past three months.

Remember to look your best and bring your loved ones.

Dinner at 6:00; awards at 7ish.

Cannot wait to see you all.

Mr. Petree

Meeting 5/10/22

Ray Petree —  May 10, 2022 — Leave a comment


Tonight at the meeting we will be holding elections for the next round of Troop Leadership and working on some bushcraft skills. This will allow those participating in a Board of Review to sneak away and level up!

If you would like to run for a position you will have the opportunity to address your peers prior to casting of ballots.

Whether running for office or crushing your Board of Review, remember to look your best…. Class “A” uniform.

See you all tonight!

Mr. Petree