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Meeting 11/29/22

Ray Petree —  November 29, 2022 — Leave a comment

Troop,

Message from your new Senior Patrol Leader.

Good morning,

Since you can post things on the website, could you please post that at this meeting, the PLC will meet at 6:30 before the meeting for some planning in the next few months. Also, at this meeting, we will be establishing new patrols and rank advancement if time after the patrols.

Thank you,

Miles Kunkle

No Meeting 11/22

Ray Petree —  November 22, 2022 — Leave a comment

Troop,

Just a reminder there is no meeting this week. I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving Holliday.

we will see you next week.

Mr. Petree

Troop 287 Annual Lock-in

Ray Petree —  November 8, 2022 — Leave a comment

Troop,

I know you all have been waiting. Well, Its time!

The Troop 287 Annual Lock-in is scheduled for Friday, December 9th into Saturday, December 10th.
Please signup below early so we can make all the arrangements.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4BA8A828A4FD0-annual

Meeting 11/8/2022

Ray Petree —  November 8, 2022 — Leave a comment

Troop,

Elections tonight! If you are running for a troop position, please come prepared to address the troop and let them know why you are the right choice.

Please think about what you want out of your youth leaders and troop. This is your responsibility as a part of our scouting community and your opportunity to have your voice heard.

See you tonight!

Mr.Petree

Hey, look! I’ts Scott Hoekstra

Troop,

Tomorrow we will meet in the Church parking lot at 7:00 am to group up and head out for our hike.

With the chilly weather, dress appropriately in layers. Bring your pack with your 10 essentials to include snacks, lunch, and water.

I originally posted we would be back at 4 pm, but with the quality of these hikers, we may be back earlier but will make sure to stop and smell the flowers and practice some scout skills, like they will be navigating…. not me. I’ll bring maps. On the other hand, we may not come back and choose to just live out a less complicated existence in the beautiful Colorado Rockies…. no…. well be back.

According to the signup we have 3 adults and 5 scouts. I will take Austin and Matt, Mr. Hoekstra will take Scott and Alex, and Mr. Holpuch will take Jefferson.

Meeting 11/1/22

Ray Petree —  November 1, 2022 — Leave a comment

Troop,

I hope you all had a great Halloween and scored lots of treats.

It’s November 1st and the first meeting of the month. You know what that means…. Uniform Inspection. Come in your best Class A uniform!

We will be preparing for elections by announcing our candidacies and giving initial announcements, working on those straggling requirements prior to our upcoming Court of Honor, and doing other fun stuff I am sure. (The PLC never lets me know the whole plan)

See you tonight!

Mr. Petree

Troop,

This is a reminder that the church that lets us meet in their building and store stuff in their barn has asked us for a little help.

Today will be their annual Trunk or Treat event. We are still looking for additional volunteers to assist us and show the church what Troop 287 is all about. Please join us at the church at 1:00 pm (I know the previous post said 1:30, but they asked us yesterday to come a little early). Please wear your Class A uniform so we can represent. Go Troop 287!!!!!

Please signup at the link below so I can track who is coming and who I can sign off service hours for.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4BA8A828A4FD0-trunk

Mr.Petree

Troop,

Our November outing will be a day hike to Raspberry Mountain on the back side of Pikes Peak. We will do this on Saturday, November 5th, 2022.

The plan will be to meet at the Church at 7:00 am and head out to the trailhead which is near the Crags Campground off of Highway 67 just outside of Divide, Colorado. The trek is an out-and-back on the same trail and is about 5.2 total distance. From the top, you have a beautiful view of the Catamount Reservoirs, Centinal Peak, and the back of Pikes Peak. Each Scout should pack their 10 essentials including water, snacks, and a lunch to have at the top. We can hang out and scramble at the top for a while, have a bite to eat and work on some scout skills, and sign off on outdoor requirements. Bring your Scout Books! We plan to be back at the church by about 4:00 pm.

Please signup below so we can make transportation arrangements.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4BA8A828A4FD0-raspberry

Troop,

Looking for community service hours?
Want to help out the Church that supports our Troop?
Have free time this Saturday?
Like candy?

Our Charter Organization has asked for our Troop to provide volunteers to assist with their annual Trunk or Treat event this Saturday 10/29/2022. We are looking for volunteers to assist the Church with setup, coordination, and cleanup. The time will be from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the church. Let’s represent the Troop in Class A uniform and pitch in. This is probably the only community service where candy is involved. Come on! 

Please signup below!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4BA8A828A4FD0-trunk

Meeting 10/25/2022

Ray Petree —  October 25, 2022 — Leave a comment

Troop,

Here is the plan for tonight.

The PLC will be discussing Troop positions and elections to be held Tuesday, November 8th

In continued preparation for our upcoming Court of Honor on November 15th, we will work on rank advancement to assist you all in completing those requirements you are needing to move on up.

We will be discussing the upcoming hike to Raspberry Mountain.

As always, there will be a fun IPA to burn some of that excess energy.

See you tonight!

Mr. Petree

Meeting 10/18/2022

Ray Petree —  October 18, 2022 — Leave a comment

Troop,

The PLC has decided to try a new schedule for tonight’s meeting after suggestions of adjusting the IPA timing to get rid of excess energy to allow better focus when it’s time to get down to business.

The next Court of Honor will be here before we know it, so following the IPA we will get into rank advancement and check some of those boxes and help you all level up.

Can’t wait to see you all tonight!

Mr. Petree

Meeting 10/4/2022

Ray Petree —  October 4, 2022 — Leave a comment

Troop,

Tonight we will do patrol planning for the upcoming Dino Death March family campout. Come with your menu prepared or at least some good ideas. Signup if you have not already at the link below so we have a good head count.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4BA8A828A4FD0-dino

Being the first meeting of the month it’s time for Uniform Inspection. Show up in your finest Class A Uniform. It will be good practice for Geren’s Eagle Court of Honor next week.

We will work on some advancement and have an inter-patrol activity as well.

See you tonight!

Mr. Petree

2023

Ray Petree —  October 4, 2022 — Leave a comment

Troop,

Next year will be upon us before you know it. Last month we did our annual planning meeting and collected your requests and ideas for next year.

The Knot Patrol met and below is the plan for next year. All of this has been posted on the troop calendar for your future reference.

January 21st – Monarch Ski Day
February 24th-26th – Snowshoe Campout
March 17th-19th – Mountain Biking Campout
April 14th-16th – Penetinte Canyon FAMILY CAMPOUT
May 19th-21st – Wheeler Geographical Area
June 9th-11th – Lone Eagle Peak
June 13th-25th – Northern Tier (Tentative)
July 9th-15th Summer Camp
August 18th-20th Collegiate Peaks (14er/Base Camp)
September 15th-17th Shavano / Tabeguache (14er/Base Camp)
October 13th-15th Great Sand Dunes FAMILY CAMPOUT
November 4th-5th 7 Bridges
December 8th-9th Lockin

Look forward to all the great adventures.

Mr. Petree

Meeting 9/27/2022

Ray Petree —  September 27, 2022 — Leave a comment

Troop,

Due to weather, we will meet in the church tonight.

You as a Troop have expressed interest in planning and having our own Troop planned and run Summer Camp. Please bring ideas tonight so we can start preparing for the adventure of a lifetime.

Uniform is Class B and we will be working on rank advancement as well as SummerCamp 2023 Planning.

See you tonight!

Mr. Petree

Troop,

Our next campout will be a family campout and is scheduled for October 14th – 16th at Picket Wire Canyonlands in the Comanche National Grasslands just outside of La Junta, Colorado.

We will meet as a group at the barn on Friday, October 14th at 5:00 pm to load up and head out from there.

We will be camping in the grasslands near the Withers Canyon Trailhead. This is just open land and there is no potable water or amenities and only one vault toilet.

Patrols will plan, camp, and cook together as normal like any car camping trip, but will also do a Saturday night dessert for the whole group.

Families are encouraged to attend and will need to supply their own gear and menus for the adventure.
Campers and RVs are welcome but note that there is a lot of unimproved dirt road driving and I would suggest smaller ones like a popup.

On Saturday we will day hike down the Withers Canyon Trail along the Purgatory River past the Dolores Mission to the Dinosaur tracks and have lunch, then return the same route. Round trip is an easy about 10 miles.

On Sunday we will depart at about 10:00 am and plan to be back at the barn at about noon.

Sign up at the link below. Please review all categories and sign up under all applicable slots.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4BA8A828A4FD0-dino

Troop,

Sorry for the late notice. Being the first meeting after a campout….. IT”S GAME NIGHT!!!!

Our game night meeting 9/20/2022 will be held at SkyZone • 1750 E Woodmen Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80920. We will be there from 6:30pm-8:00pm and the cost is $22.99 per participant for 90 minutes, or $18.99 per participant for 60 minutes if you cannot arrive until 7:00pm. Siblings (and adventurous parents) are welcome to attend. All participants must fill out a waiver at the link below prior to showing up or once they arrive. Attire for this function will be athletic clothing and Skyzone socks if you have them! If you don’t have socks they are required and available for $3 a pair.

https://www.skyzone.com/coloradosprings

Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. Prepare to have some fun and work up a sweat!

Mr. Petree

Meeting 9/6/2022

Ray Petree —  September 6, 2022 — Leave a comment

Troop,

Being the first meeting of the month, it’s time for Uniform Inspections. You all earned a lot of stuff at the last Court of Honor. Come looking your best!

We will also be doing some campout prep and meal planning for the upcoming 11 Mile Canyon trip.

We should have some good weather. See you all tonight around the camp fire at the barn.

Mr. Petree

Game Time!

Ray Petree —  August 29, 2022 — Leave a comment

Troop,

Following our outing it is time for a game night. The PLC has informed me that we will be holding a barn game night to consist of thing like ultimate frisbee, dodgeball, tag, hide and seek, and others. We will hold it at normal meeting time.

See you tomorrow night for some fun, games, and exercise.

Mr. Petree

Troop,
Just wanted to send out a reminder for this weekends backpacking trip.
The plan is as follows Friday 8/26/22 4:30pm meetup/ 5:00pm departure to Sunday 8/28/22 return about noon give or take.

Please print off and complete a permission slip for your scout and bring it with you to turn in tomorrow when we meet up. Remember Class A uniforms for travel.

We still need a few drivers. Please sign up below with comments on how many seats you have available for scouts .

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4BA8A828A4FD0-squirrel

Patrol shoppers ( Austin, Orion, and Ben) should arrive tomorrow with the food portioned out per person for the weekend so we can hand each scout their rations to add to their packs. Adults we are on our own.

We are looking to start near the Davenport Campground located at the end of Forest Service Road 382. From there we will head out northwest 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.
The green loop follows the beginning and the end of the red loop, but will continue further southeast making it a little over 14 miles / 3612 ft elevation gain.

The Troop will supply tents, JetBoil stoves/Fuel, and water filters. 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.


Court of Honor 8/23/22

Ray Petree —  August 23, 2022 — Leave a comment

Troop,

Tonight is the night! We will gather to recognize all of the accomplishments of the past 3 months. It’s been a busy one!

Please attend in your finest Class A uniform, Merit Badge Sash, Scout Pants, etc.
Arrowmen (Order of the Arrow members), please bring your sashes, but wear your Merit Badge Sash.

Any Scouts that can come a little early… like 5:30 pm to help set up will be appreciated.

Ice Cream Social starts at 6:00 pm. Bring your family!

We will start awards at about 6:30 pm…. and there are a bunch!

See you tonight!

Mr. Petree