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May Family Campout

Ray Petree —  April 22, 2024 — Leave a comment


Our next event will be a Family campout May 10th – 12th, at Picket Wire Canyonlands in the Comanche National Grasslands just outside of La Junta, Colorado.

We will not meet at the barn as normal, but rather meet onsite near the Withers Canyon Trailhead to accommodate families and their varying schedules.

We will camp two nights 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.

This is one of the rare opportunities to bring along an RV or trailer on a scout outing, but again there is no power or hookups.

Any families that might need to borrow some troop gear are welcome to do so, just reach out to Ray Petree.

Being a Family Campout, each family should plan a menu for themselves. The Patrols will host deserts and goodies for the campfire ceremony Saturday night.

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.

Scouts that would like to attend solo please let me know and we will pair you up with a family for the weekend to travel and dine.

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

Game Night 4/23/2024

Ray Petree —  April 22, 2024 — Leave a comment


The game night for this week is a Ute Valley Park scramble with Pinion Valley Park football and frisbee. Pick up and Drop off will be at the Pinion Valley Park pavilions:

Make sure to bring a headlamp, hiking shoes, and a sweatshirt.


4/24: *IMPORTANT* PLC starting at 4:30 (Its okay if you can’t make it)

4/30: Meeting Night: TBD

5/7/24: Trip preparation and meal planning for FAM CAMP DINO MARCH in La Junta, CO

5/10 – 5/12: FAM CAMP DINO MARCH

-Axel and Rudra


jeninewinslow —  April 15, 2024 — Leave a comment

Don’t forget that we have our Court of Honor Ceremony plus a hot dog cookout this week! We need everyone to sign up below so we can buy enough food for families. We will have some veggie dog options too. Please remember to bring the items you signed up for, and if possible, arrive at the church a little early to help with the setup between 6-6:30.

We still need volunteers for our Flag Fundraiser. This is how our troop earns a lot of money for cool trips and gear. We need all scouts to help out so please pick a date you can help on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day or Veterans Day.


4/16 Court of Honor: 6:30p – 8:30p 

4/23 Game Night: TBD

4/30 Meeting Night: TBD

5/7/24: Trip preparation and meal planning for FAM CAMP DINO MARCH in La Junta, CO

5/10 – 5/12: FAM CAMP DINO MARCH

-Axel and Rudra

Flag Fundraiser

Maureen Reiser —  April 11, 2024 — Leave a comment
I have been on the Board as the Troop Fundraiser and Flag coordinator for almost 3 years. I’m looking for the next person to take my place and the end of this season. It is a rewarding position and does not take much time, other than the many emails you will soon receive The flag program has been the same for 25 years and pretty much runs itself. If you are interested in this position on the Board please contact me at or 208-596-3115 for more information.
Maureen Reiser

Flag Fundraiser

Maureen Reiser —  April 11, 2024 — Leave a comment
Flag Season is here again! We have a much smaller troop then we have had in the past, we ask that every Scout in the troop do at least 2 holidays. We all like to go away on the long weekends but we ask that you consider this fundraiser when you are making family plans. If you are new to the troop and would like more information about our flag fundraiser please contact me at or 208-596-3115. Please use the link below for more information and to sign up for shifts. It works best with a Scout and a parent signing up together.

Meeting 4/9/2024

Ray Petree —  April 8, 2024 — Leave a comment

We have a lot going on this week. Firstly we will be preparing for the Penitente campout, refreshing on some of our climbing and cooking skills. We will also be planning the Game night for the meeting after the Court of Honor.


– Bring Church donations to say thank you and help our community

– Sign up to our various future trips

– Court of Honor sign up. Schedule SMC and BORs if needed.

– We still have open slots for Summer Camp at Camp Dobbins. Scholarships available

– If you’re going to Summer Camp we need to know your merit badge choices, so be sure to bring a list on this week


4/12-4/14 Trip: Climbing in Penitente Please sign up

4/16 Court of Honor: 6:30p – 8:30p 

Sign up here:

4/23 Game Night (TBD)

-Axel and Rudra

When: Friday, April 12 – Sunday, April 14

We will be car camping just outside the main canyon close to Witches Canyon. Directions and specific location details will be shared. We will be able to explore new rock formations, canyons, and trails. There will be rock climbing on Saturday with another opportunity to earn the Climbing Merit Badge. Bring good hiking shoes and layers of warm clothing because the nights can get chilly. 

Previous climbing experience or gear (harness & climbing shoes) is NOT required but is recommended so if you have it, bring it.  NOTE: You can rent climbing shoes ($10 for the weekend) at REI which we highly recommend. Get a size that fits tightly with no wiggle room. We will be providing helmets, a few harnesses and belay devices for the troop. 

There’s plenty of hiking and hanging around camp available for those not interested in climbing. It’s about a 3 hour drive to the San Luis Valley so we will try to carpool to limit the vehicles needed. We will meet at the barn on Friday and plan to leave nlt 5pm. We plan to be home Sunday afternoon and will send an update on timing that morning.

Please RSVP ASAP at this link:

For our April Court of Honor we will be doing a hot dog cookout!  The troop will provide dogs and toppings, please sign up for a salad/side or dessert at the link below. 

Time will be 6:30 to 8:30 as we have quite a few merit badges to give out.  Please have scouts to the church a little early if possible to help set up!

Sign up here:

Meeting 4/2/2024

Ray Petree —  April 2, 2024 — Leave a comment

Dear Troop,

This week we will be focusing on the First Aid. We will review the First Aid merit badge requirements to refresh our skills. This information will be helpful for everyone even if you have no interest in finishing the merit badge. We will be working in small groups using the EDGE method and helping each other. We will include some games too!


4/9 Meeting: Climbing in Penitente trip preparation and meal planning. Review Climbing and Cooking Basics

4/12-4/14 Trip: Climbing in Penitente

4/16 Court of Honor: 6:30p – 8:30p Watch for sign-up!

4/23 Game Night (TBD)

-Axel and Rudra


Reminder we are not not meeting at the church tonight being we have our game night at Gripstone Climbing Gym.

Please film out a waver in advance and have your registration fee. See previous post for details.

I addition if you have any other climbing gear please bring it or be prepared to rent it. The Anderson’s will be bringing harnesses to share around.

see you all tonight at 6:30pm.

Game Night 3/19/2024

Ray Petree —  March 18, 2024 — Leave a comment


We will be going to Gripstone Climbing Gym this week for game night!

Keep in mind that the meeting will start 30 minutes early at 6:30 to have more time to climb.

Make sure you bring $23 so you can have a fun time rock climbing with us! Please fill out a waiver before you arrive.

Here is the link to gym site for all the info you need. 

If you need a ride,  please contact Mrs. Janelle Anderson at (801)518-9659 via text or call. 


Game Night 3/19: Rock Climbing at Gripstone Climbing Gym ($20 -$23 per person, price depends on how many attend)

Spring Break 3/26: NO MEETING

Meeting 4/2: First Aid Rank Advancement + Guest Speaker (Mr. Hatch)

Meeting 4/9: Climbing Penitente Trip preparation and meal planning

Campout 4/12-4/14: Climbing Penitente Trip

4/16 Meeting: Game Night TBD

-Axel and Rudra

BSA Troop 287 voted for Philmont as the high-adventure for the summer of 2025. As such, we secured a reservation for 7/12 – 7/24/2025. We have a crew of 6 committed to this high-adventure opportunity and need 2 more to meet the minimum of 8. The maximum crew size is 12, so we have room to grow.

To recap, this high-adventure trip will cost $1,675 per person plus travel to/from Philmont. There is a financial agreement with payment schedule similar to previous adventure camp agreements.

If your scout is interested and able to commit, please use this SignUp Genius link to register. As the coordinator for this effort, I will schedule regular information and planning meetings.


Please review the Philmont Scout Ranch website for more information about the camp itself:

The crew will be led by Jason Holpuch and Shawn Hatch. 

The following Scouts have committed to this adventure:

1. Miles Kunke

2. Alex Winslow

3. Jefferson Holpuch

4. Noah Hatch

Join us! You’ll love it!

Please contact me if you have questions or concerns before registering.

Jean Kunkle


Meeting 3/11/2024

Ray Petree —  March 12, 2024 — Leave a comment


We have meal planning and prepping for the MTB to Fruita trip on the schedule. However, we are watching the weather and may have to change plans depending on the storm coming in this week. 

We will have the Fruita travelers plan for meals and gear.

We will also be doing another rank advancement one one-on-one session. If you have Merit Badges you need to work on, please come prepared with appropriate materials. Mrs. Anderson will be helping with the Cooking MB.


Meeting 3/12:  MTB trip to Fruita preparation and meal planning

Campout 3/15 – 3/17: MTB trip to Fruita (PENDING)

Game Night 3/19: Rock Climbing at Gripstone Climbing Gym ($20 per person)

Meeting 3/26: TBD – Spring Break

Meeting4/9: Climbing Penitente trip preparation and meal planning

-Axel and Rudra

3/5/24 Meeting

Ray Petree —  March 5, 2024 — Leave a comment


This week we will be working on the Citizenship In the World merit badge.

If you have that completed, you can work on other merit badges you are doing, so bring any other merit badge work you need to get done!

The rest of the meeting will be a Mini Game Night!

Bring headlamps and wear Class B’s!


3/5 Meeting: Citizenship in the World MB or other MB work

3/12 Meeting:  MTB trip to Fruita preparation and meal planning
Haven’t signed up yet??? Do it below now!!!

3/15 – 3/17: MTB trip to Fruita

3/19 Meeting: Game Night (Climbing Gym)

3/26 Meeting: First Aid MB + Guest Speaker (Mr. Hatch)

-Axel and Rudra


The March outing is to the world-class Mountain Biking destination of Fruita, Colorado! We will be car camping at the North Fruita Desert BLM Campground. This area has a wide selection of awesome trails from beginner to advanced. You do not need to be an expert rider to come on this trip and have a great time. If you would like to go, but don’t have a bike, please reach out. We may be able to loan you one. Renting is also possible. 

In fact, you don’t have to be a cyclist at all. Everyone is welcome to come and camp/hangout. We will likely do some sightseeing at some point (Colorado National Monument is very close by.)


Trip Leader: Mr. Anderson

Depart: Friday, March 15 at 4PM (this is about a 5 hour drive in good conditions, so we would like to leave an hour earlier) 

Return: Sunday, March 17 ~ 4PM. We will notify parents when we are about 30 minutes out.

We will stop for a fast food dinner somewhere along the way, and for lunch on the return, so please bring ~$20

Drivers: We need drivers with capacity to carry bikes. If you sign up to drive, please note how many bikes you can carry. 

Gear: If you intend to ride, a working bike, and a helmet are required. Gloves, a hydration pack, portable tool kit and hand pump are highly recommended.

Permission Slips: If you have not filled out a annual permission slip, please make sure you print and fill one out for this outing.

Please inspect your bike prior to the trip. Mr. Anderson will bring an assortment of tools and spare parts, but don’t count on that. BE PREPARED!

Haven’t signed up yet??? Do it below now!

Philmont won as the choice for high-adventure camp 2025. 

Troop 287 has a tentative reservation for Philmont 7/12-7/24/2025. This will be a 12-day trek in beautiful New Mexico with the first 3 days led by one of the camp rangers. This high-adventure camp is open to scouts who are at least 13 years old and have graduated 8th grade. In addition, they must be able to carry a backpack weighing up to 50 pounds and be able to hike up to 12 miles daily.

Our tentative reservation is for 1 crew of 12, which includes 3 adults and 9 scouts, 7/12-7/24/2025. (We are on the waiting list for spots in June so that we can have cooler weather, but this was the spot we have for now!) 

The cost for the trek is $1,675 per person, plus incidentals (i.e., food, tshirt, travel to Philmont). A payment plan will be provided in the coming weeks, which will include the incidental fees. Once we have a crew put together, invites will be sent out for planning meetings to work through the other details. For now, we need to secure individual commitments and the reservation.

If you and/or your scout wish to attend this high-adventure, please sign up by 3/14/2024 using the following Signup Genius link. A deposit of $150 will be due by 3/15/2024 along with a commitment form (coming soon) to reserve your spot.

Please use this SignUp Genius to register your scout for Philmont 2025:

Jean Kunkle is the primary contact for this adventure. She may be reached at 303-887-9881 or by email at

This week we will be hosting an open house, campfire, and game night for future Boy Scouts who wish to join this troop! 

Please remember to bring the things you committed to and try and show up early to help set up. I know Mr. Petree will be there around 6:30pm to open the barn.

 Make sure to wear a Class A uniform and to be on your best behavior for the new scouts!


2/27 Meeting: Open House

3/5 Meeting: Citizenship in the World MB or other MB work

3/12 Meeting:  MTB trip to Fruita preparation and meal planning

3/15 – 3/17: MTB trip to Fruita

3/19 Meeting: Game Night (Climbing Gym)


NOAC 2024

Ray Petree —  February 21, 2024 — Leave a comment

Hello Troop 287 Arrowmen,

As you may know the National Order of the Arrow Conference is coming up. This may leave you asking a couple of questions, here are some details about the event that may answer them.

What is NOAC? It is the National Order of the Arrow Conference and usually hosts around 8000 Arrowmen from around the country. 

When is it? It is July 29th – August 3rd.

Who can attend? Any Arrowman currently registered with any lodge.

Where is it? It is in Boulder Colorado this year, the closest NOAC will ever be!

How much does it cost? Early registration is $675, and at the gate registration is $1100

How do I register? You will need to contact your lodge leadership and talk to the youth and adult NOAC contingent leaders, or follow the instructions in the below link.

Brian Foulks   719-332-5987 

Betsy Meikle           719-573-2632.*1p89jlg*_ga*MTYyOTQwNjA2MS4xNzA4NTMzNTg4*_ga_9RSGWEBP51*MTcwODUzMzU4Ny4xLjEuMTcwODUzMzU5NS4wLjAuMA..&_ga=2.243144961.2076912934.1708533589-1629406061.1708533588

If you have any more questions feel free to talk to Austin Petree your OA Representative, or visit the website

I hope to see you there!

Austin Petree
Order of the Arrow Representative

Summer Camp 2024

Ray Petree —  February 20, 2024 — Leave a comment


We have a plan… June 16-22nd Camp Chris Dobbins just Northeast of Black Forrest. Now we just need to make the arrangements… check it out!

Camp Chris Dobbins Video

Camp Chris Dobbins Website

This camp is close and is a great opportunity to earn many merit badges and make even more memories. Cost will be about $450 per person and that will include all food and lodging.

To do that we need to know who would like to attend. Please check your schedules and sign up below.

Mr. Anderson, and Mr. Huntley have lead the charge, along with other adults who will rotate in.
So far, we have Axel SPL, Alex ASPL, Miles, Mason, Ben and Keagan who have shown interest.


It’s time for the long awaited Pack 166 2024 Pinewood Derby! This is our most popular event of the year.

Event: Pack 166 Pinewood Derby
Where: St Michaels Episcopal Church – 7400 Tudor Rd (This year we will be in the larger upstairs room at St. Michael’s.)
When: Feb 24, 2024, 9:30am – 11am (UTC-07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)

Volunteer: Please see link below to volunteer for Friday and Saturday. We need parents and a few scouts to help with set up/tear down and car check in. (Boy Scouts are also good helpers. share with your local Troop)

Pinewood Derby Volunteers 2024Pinewood Derby 2024 is Here!!! We need volunteers to help it run smoothly. No experience required. Set up and Tear down, Car Inspection, Race Day Crew and More! Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Adults. Contact me with questions – Adam Thesing 719-963-6933   Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!