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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

Meeting 5/3/2022

Ray Petree —  May 3, 2022 — Leave a comment


Tonight, being the first meeting of the month, is…. you guessed it Uniform Inspections! This will help us get all ready for anyone performing a Board of Review next week on 5/10/22.

In addition we will be working on campout prep for the Lathrop State Park Trip, and working on those last few rank requirements before the Court of Honor on 5/17/22. (If you havent signed up…. the time is now. See the “Activity Signup” tab or links below.

Lathrop State Park

May BBQ Court of Honor

We will also talk about Board of Review scheduling, Summer Camp med forms, Camp Cards, Rotary Club Color Guard, and Flag Fundraising.

See you all tonight!

Mr. Petree

We have been invited to a meeting at the Rotary Club on June 15th from 12-1:30 to receive our check for our flag program. This time they would like us to bring some of our Scouts to do a flag ceremony and give a little speech on how the funds benefit our troop. There are many advancement and MB opportunities with this meeting and you get a free lunch with it! This is a great opportunity for our new scouts and those working on the Communication MB for Eagle Scout.
We will meet at the church 11:30 and return at 2:00. I could also pick you up if you need a ride. Please sign up below. Feel free to contact me with any questions 2085963115.
Thank you,
Maureen Reiser

Hi BSA Troop 287 Scouts and Families,

Tomorrow night we will discuss the details for the Lathrop campout including: activities, meal plan, transportation, etc.
If you are signed up the for the Lathrop campout, please join us tomorrow night. If you are not signed up yet but would like to attend, please sign up ASAP!

Sign up link below:

Meeting 4/26/2022

Ray Petree —  April 26, 2022 — Leave a comment
Don’t forget your handbooks!


With the Court of Honor rapidly approaching I look forward to all the awards, merit badges, and ranks we will be handing out. Tonight we will be working on those last odds and ends to assist you in getting to that next level. The Scout leadership will be working the EDGE method with those who need it. The Assistant Scoutmasters can sign off on rank requirements. I will be available for Scoutmaster Conferences and be taking signups for Board of Reviews with the Troop Committee to be held at the May 10th meeting. Lets do this!

I will also have Camp Cards available for those of you who want to sign them out or need another batch if you have sold all yours.

See you all tonight!


troop, i messed up the address. it is at 5375 Centennial Blvd, the church next to Morning Star, on the corner of Centennial and Mule Deer

my bad!! dan

Eagle Court of Honor for Kobe Olson

Dan McGuire —  March 30, 2022 — Leave a comment


The new date has been set for Kobe’s COH. Here is the sign up for it. We are in need of a Color Guard (Class A with Sash) and a few ushers (double duty is allowed). Sign up and gt some cake! See what your efforts through Rank advancement can lead to!

Date, time and location are 24 April at 6:30pm, 2375 Centennial Blvd.


jeninewinslow —  April 22, 2022 — Leave a comment

Please join us for a celebration of the last 3 months of scouting fun! Dinner will be catered by Bird Dog BBQ, so no need to bring anything! Please just sign up at the link below so that we have accurate numbers for dinner.

Tuesday, May 17: dinner at 6:00; awards at 7ish

Parents and Scouts,

I know this past couple of days were a little rushed in reference to merit badge selections. But I want to send this out as a thank you for being patient and working with your Scouts to get those selection sheets and information back to me so quickly. Truly, it will benefit your Scouts since nearly everyone got their first choices of badges. The only “alternate” choices made were substitutions for Shotgun Shooting for the first year Scouts. While there is no BSA requirement for age, many camps limit that badge selection because many first year Scouts are just a little too small to successfully shoot 50 rounds of 12ga ammo in order to qualify. At least it gives those Scouts something to look forward to next summer!!

So, now what? We have 25 Scouts signed up for camp, and all 25 have their Merit Badges chosen. I will send out the actual scedule in the next day or so.

The next focus is medical forms. Here they are in case you need them. These are the only medical forms the BSA will accept. If you have a current physical for your Scout, and it will remain current through our time at camp (they are valid for 1 year). then I would suggest transferring the information from your “non-BSA” form to the BSA form linked below. Then have it signed by your physician or whomever.

We are required to mail all hard copies of these medical forms to camp in Mid-Jun. I will bug you as we get closer.

Again, thanks so much for getting those selections to me on such short notice.


Hi Troop 287 and Families,

Please see signup genius link above to participate in the May 13-15th campout at Lathrop State Park.
As usual, we will have a planning meeting a couple weeks ahead of the campout to lock down the sign up and plan the food, gear, transportation, and activities.

Excerpt from the previous post and sign-up:
Lathrop is Colorado’s first state park and there are lots of outdoor opportunities here including bike trails, hiking, kayaking or SUP, fishing, beach zone, and even a golf course in the park!
We can come up with an activity plan based on feedback and interest from the scouts.
I have 5 campsites reserved which will accommodate up to 30 people and 10 cars for the campout.
I look forward to seeing you at the campout May 13th-15th! 


This morning I received an email from the San Isabelle Scout Ranch Program Director. It basically stated if a troop was paid in full, they can early-register for Merit Badges.

That being said, get me your Merit Badge Selections NOW!!!! This way I can grab your choices and make sure you are getting what you selected!! I currently have only three Scout’s selections in hand.

You can text me a pic, email me, or just text me the selections of what badges you all want and I will work it out the best I can.

If you still owe money, be sure to get your payments in as soon as you can. The final payment is due in mid-May.


Summer Camp update!

Dan McGuire —  April 20, 2022 — Leave a comment

Troop, the below link is to the San Isabelle Camp website for Forms and Resources. If you scroll down on that page, you will be able to download the required medical documents, Merit Badge Schedule, as well as a host of other resources. Parents, the leader guide will provide you with an idea of how the week will be scheduled. Scouts, there is a packing list on there as well.

So, to the business: our next hard date for Camp is April 28th. This is the day that Merit Badge Selection opens up. Please get me your #1, 2, and 3 selections for morning and afternoons (the sheet can be found at the link above) in the next couple of meetings, or email/text/ carrier parent, etc. Just get it to me! Otherwise, you will be in a merit badge session I select for you!

Medical: Scouts are required to have a medical examination, documented on the BSA Forms dated within one year of attending camp. Please schedule this out now so we don’t have any issues. We are required to mail the hard copies to the camp office in Pueblo no later than two weeks prior to camp, so we are setting a deadline in mid June for these docs.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Camp Cards are in!

Ray Petree —  April 15, 2022 — Leave a comment


Camp Card season has started. Just $5 each! I just picked some up from the Council office yesterday. It runs from now until June 2nd. You may check them out from me starting next Tuesday in groups of 10 cards each. You may sell them and return the money to me during our Tuesday meetings and check out more as needed.

You will be responsible for any cards you check out, so keep them safe. I will have a check out sheet you will need to sign acknowledging receipt. If you lose the cards you will have to cover those costs. On the May 31st Tuesday Scout Meeting we will collect final funds and any unsold cards so we can give them back to the Council by June 2nd.

So, get ready and start raising some funds to put in your scout account!

Mr. Petree

Hello Scout Families!

ASM Jason Holpuch here with some details on the upcoming family campout May 13th-15th at Lathrop State Park.


Lathrop is about 90 miles South of COS, near Walsenburg, CO.  

Lathrop is Colorado’s first state park and there are lots of outdoor opportunities here including bike trails, hiking, kayaking or SUP, fishing, beach zone, and even a golf course in the park!
We can come up with an activity plan based on feedback and interest from the scouts.
I have 5 campsites reserved which will accommodate up to 30 people and 6 cars for the campout.
I look forward to seeing you at the family campout May 13th-15th! 

– Jason Holpuch

Game Night 4/12/2022

Ray Petree —  April 12, 2022 — Leave a comment


Following our strenuous adventure it’s time for some fun. Ultimate Cabbage at the Wilson Ranch Park just behind the barn. Class B uniforms or athletic attire (Don’t forget hoodies or light jackets). I’ll get the cabbages. We will meet at the barn as usual and walk as a group along the trail to the park for some fun and games. While the scouts are doing getting their game on, the Troop committee will be meeting in the church. Get some!!



Great job on the recent backpacking trip. It was a first for many, we had a great time, and we learned lots of lessons. Hopefully many more to come for each and every one of you. Here are some of the memories.


Austin, Hunter and I did some recon yesterday afternoon after hearing there may be additional road closures at the location of our new trek. The rumors were correct that Gold Camp Road is closed near Helen Hunt Falls, but we checked out and were successful taking an alternate route. We made it to the trailhead.

Even though there is a parking lot the plan is to be dropped off and picked up as originally planned. We do not want to leave any vehicles at the lot. We will meet at the barn tomorrow afternoon at 5:00 pm sharp, and plan to be on the road before 5:30 pm. We will caravan as a troop from the barn to the trailhead.

There is not a long drive, so those that usually eat in the car Friday night should keep that in mind. Come will a full (but not to full because we are hiking Friday evening) belly, or something snacky you can eat quickly during the drive, on the trail, or once you arrive at Friday night camp. An extra ramen in their pack never broke any ones back.

Patrol Shoppers should arrive with food rations broken out for each person in their patrol to carry. No flats of Costco muffins to carry down the trail.

Everyone should arrive with their packs completely packed minus the room you left for food and troop gear. We will hand out the divided gear (Personal ration of food, Jet Boils, Fuel, Tent parts, and Water filters) at the barn to have you add them to your packs. Remember to have plenty of water/water containers. While there are a number of watersheds shown on the map, we are not sure what the levels will be. There appears to be some snow patches still on the north slopes of certain areas, so we may be able to use that as a source as well.

Remember this time of year can be hit or miss with weather. It could be sunny and warm as well as rainy or snowy in the same day. Layers are our friends. Bring the appropriate gear. No big snowboarding jackets and snow pants. Instead a base, mid, and outer layer.


I have maps all printed for both treks.

The roster I have is as follows:

+/- 10 Mile Trek

Mr. Holpuch, Mr. Kunkle, Mr. Boydston, John, Ben, Madden, Jefferson, Alex, Hunter, Hayden, Nickolai, Sam, Zayden, Scott, and Miles

+/- 20 Mile Trek

Mr. Petree, Mr. Winslow, Austin, Evan, Matt

Drivers, Thanks so much for the assistance. Just for being awesome we reduced the drive time for you this one time from 2+ hours each way to about 20 minutes.

Look forward to it gentlemen!!!! remember to Be Prepared

Mr. Petree

Thank you for everyone that has signed up for flag duty. The team REALLY appreciates it. We are still in need for more scouts and parents to sign up for more flag days. It will be much easier and more fun if we can fill these slots. We have many new scouts and this is a good way to meet more parents.

We have 4 routes. Each route has approximately 60, 8ft flags. These are established routes with flag holders in the ground. The scouts put them up, salute the flag and move on. We will try to pair young scouts up with the older ones. In the afternoon, flags are collected, rolled and put away.

Below you will find the link to the SignUpGenius

Flags is a FUNdraiser that our troop has been doing for over 20 years. We have raised over $88,000 in that time, so it is a very large part of our troop funding. Only 3 troops do flags here in Colorado Springs, we are fortunate to be one of them. We are partnered with the Rotary Club and they do the subscriptions and collect the money for the flags. It is our obligation to get just over 200 flags up and down for 5 holidays. It makes it easier if each family commits to a holiday (or more).

Thank you for signing up for a shift (or more). Feel free to call or text with any questions

If you are new and/or not sure what you are getting into, please feel to contact me. We really do need everyone to sign up for a shift. We all like our holidays off. We are only asking for one day.

Maureen Reiser 208-596-3115

Meeting 4/5/22

Ray Petree —  April 5, 2022 — Leave a comment


Due to the wind and possibility of rain, let’s meet in the the chapel tonight. Don’t wanna mees up those nice uniforms. Hint Hint. Uniform inspection.

Things to remember… bring your books for tracking rank advancement and if you have a troop tent or other gear from a recent outing please bring them so we can return them to inventory.

See you soon

Mr. Petree