Just a reminder that tomorrow is the day you drop off your kid with a bunch of dudes you really don’t know well and send them off to a place where there is no cell service and wait patiently for six days for them to return safe. Haha! Just messing around. It’s gonna be fine!
Remember to fill up your fuel tanks tonight or tomorrow morning PRIOR to showing up at the barn for cross load and roll out. I would like to convoy from here to there, just to ensure nobody makes a wrong turn, gets, lost, held up at a light, etc. Our route will be south on I-25 to Exit 74 toward Rye on Hwy 165. Here is a link to the route:
I will drive the lead and have a designated trail vehicle.
Last minute packing:
Snacks are good to bring (please don’t go crazy), but remind your Scouts all snacks and anything else that is a smellable will be stored in the troop trailer prior to evening close-out/bed time. It is a good idea to bring an identifiable bag for each individual’s smellables. Every year we have stuff left in the trailer and no one knows who’s stuff it is. No food will be stored in tents what-so-ever! Too many bears around that area.
Camp chairs: if you have room, these are a good idea to bring so they have somewhere to sit during our camp evenings when they are not at some other function, or in the morning while putting their shoes on while enjoying that morning cup of coffee. Also, some merit badge classes are in the woods. A chair is good so they are not sitting on the ground or whatever. Either way, they will have a chance to use them.
If there is anything else that may be helpful to any of us, Please dont heistate to shoot me a text saying so!
We are all going to have a great time this week; the adults attending with your kids, and the parents staying home without them!
We will be chatting back and forth starting tomorrow evening with Ray’s first “Scoutmaster Daily Update”
The troop will supply regular patrol gear for the week (cooking, easy up canopy, tools for rank advancemtn training, etc.), as well as cots for each of the Scouts and adults. So, no worries on bringing any of those items, unless you really want to because you have a really cool cot or whatever.
I will suggest bringing or making room in the budget to purchase a hammock. Our first year at camp, many of the boys brought or bought hammocks and they were a hit. So, it has continued for the past several years. If you plan on purchasing one prior to camp, I suggest paying a visit to Sierra Trading post over off of Powers Blvd. They have a pretty good selection of hammocks and are very reasonably priced. The Scout shop also has hammocks over on Fillmore, which are the same as what they will get at camp, and should be the same price (around $25-30 i think). Hammocks serve as a nice little resting area for the boys when they are all set up in the trees away from our main campsite.
Comments on the Troop site:
Ok, so the troop site does accept comments, but it is finicky. Here is how you do it:
1. Go to whatever post you want to comment on and click on the “comments” link. Fill out the form and submit your comment. Email and name is required.
2. I should get an email telling me there is a new comment. I then have to go into the admin sesction of the site and “approve” the comment. Then it will be posted to the site.
To view comments on the site, you have to do step 1 above and scroll down to the bottom where the comments are.
Maureen and I tested this process this morning and I think it will work out, if you want to use it. Unfortunately, I was unable to locate an “automatic approval” for the comments. I’m guessing because WordPress doesnt allow that?
Let me know if anyone has any questions or concerns. Or if you want further explanation about anything Summer Camp/Troop/Scouting related.
This post is for those first year Scout and parents to help out with some common questions you may have.
If you have additional useful information, please pass tit along with either a comment to this post, or email me directly and I will do a subsequent post.
We have had so many parents sign up to drive on Sunday that I am absolutely blown away! Thank you so much for volunteering your time, fuel, and patience to have a bunch of pre-camp Scouts in your car for a couple of hours!
We will meet up at 9am on Sunday, 10 Jun 22, at the barn. Please be there on time (or before) so we can get the Troop trailer loaded with troop and Scout gear, cross load and get a vehicle load plan where each Scout is sitting. I would also like to ensure everyone’s phone number is on a roster so we can make contact as neccessary throughout the week.
We have 26 Scouts and 5 adults headed to camp. The roster will be supplied to each of the adults for informational purposes, but Ray will assume all duties as the point of contact once we leave the barn.
I would like to head out in a convoy no later than 10am. With 26 Scouts loading and cross loading equipment and all that, I think we will be just fine on time (jinxed it!).
We will drop the Scouts and gear in wherever the deisgnated location is, and the Scouts may or may not have to carry their stuff to the campsite (Apache). We will be allowed to drive to our campsite and drop Scouts and gear there. Then all vehicles will have to depart the area (say goodbye’s then). The troop trailer will be parked at the campsite, so will my truck. This is to facilitate the trailer’s use as a bear bin and have a vehicle at the site for emergency evacuation and such.
I will take the lump of paperwork we have collected from you and head over to check us all in. Once that process is started, the other Scoutmasters will take the troop to the campsite and the PLC (SPL/ASPL) will assign tents and all that.
Scouts will bunk with their buddy or buddies. max three per tent. Max two years of age differential, or school grade differential. If there is a buddy team already established, the PLC will allow that, however, there will be a “no Scout left behind” concept, where everyone’s desires will be considered for buddy teams. We can also switch it up mid-week, if so desired.
Buddy teams will remain for the week. A Scout will stay with his buddy during non-course hours (after badge classes and those times). Each Scout is responsible for telling his patrol leader where he is going (Scout shop, dining facility, etc.) during the scheduled down time. The Patrol leader will maintain a system of knowing where all of his patrol members are. We also have a white board in the trailer to help with this. The SPL is overall responsible for knowing were all of the Scouts are.
We have found that packing all of the Scouts stuff in a tuff box/plastic tote/or similar tub, is very beneficial. 1. They have ready access to their stuff. 2. it is easy to identify and mark with identifications. 3. it is easy to stack in the trailer for transport. 4. they seal to keep out mice, rodents, bugs, etc. There are many more reason they are a good idea. However, please make sure your Scout packs his own stuff. This helps him know where his stuff is. We have had parents pack and the Scout has no idea where something is when he needs it. When asked, he says, “I told my mom to pack it,” or “my dad told me he packed it.”
Bring Swim gear, just in case we can free swim.
SCOUTS SHOULD PACK THEIR OWN BAGS!
BSA does not restrict the type of knife a Scout uses (folder or fixed blade). Hoever, there are some common sense rules to abide by. Please do not allow your Scout to bring a machette to camp. It is cool, and a great talking peice, but not a practical choice for this event. Many Scouts will bring that $30-$60 of spending money and blow it on a camp knife they found at the Scout shop. Just so you understand, most camps restrict knife sales until Wednesday, so the boys are super excited to get their “first knife,” then play with it and throw it into their knee, causing other Scouts to break out their first aid kits and do all that. Great times were had by all, and great stories continue to be shared and embellished! Not a bad thing!
I do not think bringing bikes is a good idea this year. Although it is allowed, I am not sure we can successfully transport as many bikes as there are desires to bring them. Many of our Scouts are first time summer campers, so lets rely on the basics of transport around camp. SISR is a small property, unlike Dobbins or Camp A, where it takes 15 minutes to walk from one MB area to another, I think bikes are not necessary. However, adults will be free to make that decision on their own as we have to visit all of the MB areas twice a day, everyday. That is a lot of walking! And they won’t let me bring my motorcycle.
Camp Merit Badge Schedules:
Thank you for being understanding in the last week of merit badge madness.
We will get hard copies of merit badge schedules on Sunday during check-in. I also have a copy of everyone’s schedule which I will have on my phone and ensure all the other adults do as well. Just in case!
Each Scout will have a map of the camp so they can find their way to their classes. With 26 Scouts, I do not think there will by any “lone” Scout headed off to a class, everyone will be in at least a small group.
Your Scout may come home with requirements remaining to finish a badge. He will know what he needs to do to finish that particular badge. With that, he will also receive a printout and an unfinished Blue Card with blanks for the items that remain unfinished.
Any Scoutmaster attending camp can sign off as the merit badge counselor for those remaining requirements. We still have a few Scouts with outstanding requirements from Summer Camps in the past. It is no big deal. He will get those items completed so dont fret about it. As long as he maintains a copy of that Blue Card/printout, he will be alright.
We are required to travel to and from BSA Activities in Class A uniform (no sash required). Your Scout will wear his Class A to camp, every morning for flags, every evening for flags, and on the way home on Saturday. Sorry, parents! You can use a pressure washer on them when you get home to get the stink off!
Please ensure when your Scout packs, he packs deoderant. I have no issue calling a kid out who “forgot” to put deoderant on (tactfully, of course). These kids are going to be very active for the week, and really, help us out here!
The Scouts will be required to shower twice during the week. Tuesday evening and Thursday Evening. Then they will put deoderant on right after that. being Clean is one of the points of the Scout law. They will be reminded of this as necessary.
These dudes are old enough that they should have an idea of what hygeine is, so there will be no checks by adults, but we will definitely have this subject matter covered in our daily briefings and pre-bed nightly routine: brush teeth and all that!
Saturday is out check-out/pick up day. I would like to have everyone who dropped off do the pick-up, but I know that is not always a possibility. However, we will be ready and will need as many seats on Saturda to bring kids home as we did on Sunday to take them there.
If you are driving both ways, it would be benneficial if you took the same Scout home with you for ease of rosters and tracking purposes.
Please try and be up at Camp by 9am on Saturday for pick up. We will be clearing the campsite during that time and all the Scouts should be packed and ready to go. We will ensure all Scouts returning with the group are accounted for and leave no later than 10am to head home to the Barn for dowload and parent pick-up. Our estimated arrival to the barn will be announced by the Scoutmaster so parents can grab their kids and strap them to the roof of the car for the final trip home (it is possible they will smell funny).
Like I said at the beginning, please let me know if there is anything you think to add to this list, or you want to see added. I probably have more knowlege about this than I am relaying because I have done this a few times and don’t remember a lot of stuff I previously asked questions about, so please ask that question and I will make a post on it!
I am sure I forgot something, so (seriously) let me know!
Don’t hesitate to shoot me a text or give me a call!
Sorry for the late message, but please stop by the committee meeting tonight when you drop your Scout off to ensure we finalize your camp docs. We are missing some forms and some signatures on forms. Carrie is heading this effort up to finalize our forms, so please don’t forget to check in and ensure yours are good to go!
If you are going to camp next week 10-16 Jul, there was a development in the offerings. Bottom Line Up Front, all shooting sports and water sports have been cancelled. Please see the below email from the camp director. I am working on the situation and will update you as I get information.
If you were registered for anything water or shooting related (77% of the troop), then those events were cancelled and you’ll need to pick something else from the offerings. Let me know if you would like to discuss this and how we are trying to move forward from here. I have volunteered as a step in instructor for both archery and shotgun shooting as I am a qualified BSA instructor for both of those. I can’t do anything about rifle or water sports.
If you choose one or more of the new offerings, plet me know sonner rather than later so I can get you plugged in.
Here is the email I sent earlier and the original email from camp:
Event Message From: Dan McGuire Event Details Week 4 – SISR Sunday, July 10, 2022 at 1:00pm to Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 9:00am San Isabel Scout Ranch 18353 State Highway 165, Rye, CO 81069 Regarding Contingent: Troop 287-BT – Colorado Springs, CO Troop, please read the below message i just received from San Isabel about 20 mins ago (1715hrs). I am attempting to coordinate with the adminstrators at SISR to fix this and have volunteered to instruct archery and shotgun as I am BSA certified for those.I emailed them and am awaiting a response as the director’s (Samuel) voice mail advises to email him.
Anyway, worst case scenario is that our Scouts will have to choose alternate badges listed below. Please be patient and let your Scouts know the issue and make a list of alternate badges.
Talk to you soon. Dan
Event Message From: Samuel Ahlstrom Event Details Week 4 – SISR Sunday, July 10, 2022 at 1:00pm to Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 9:00am San Isabel Scout Ranch 18353 State Highway 165, Rye, CO 81069
We are looking forward to seeing you at camp very soon. San Isabel is a special place, and we are looking forward to having you join us for an exciting summer camp experience.
There are a couple of items that I want to bring to your attention prior to arriving at camp regarding the program we have intended to offer this summer.
AQUATICS The Boy Scouts of America requires that waterfronts at summer camp be managed by an individual with specific certifications, including lifeguarding, Basic Life Support (BLS), and National Camping School – Aquatics Director Section. Despite our best efforts and having hired a number of individuals to fill the position, when our staff training week arrive, the person we believed was onboard to run the program did not come to camp. We have reached out to many people to help us address this issue, but at this time, we must cancel the following programs:
-Canoeing -Kayaking -Rowing -Stand Up Paddleboarding
SHOOTING SPORTS Unlike our aquatics director position, we did have a shooting sports director this summer. Unfortunately, he contracted COVID-19 outside of camp which has turned into long COVID-19. While we wish for his speedy recovery, he will not recover in time for your session of camp. Because of this, we must cancel the following programs:
-Archery -Rifle Shooting -Shotgun
NEW MERIT BADGES Because of these vacancies, we have added 9 new merit badge opportunities. They include the following:
-Astronomy -Plant Science -Public Health -Composite Materials ($10.00) -Photography -Mining in Society -Geology -Space Exploration -Oceanography
All of these merit badges are currently available for registration with only 1 of them having a fee.
MERIT BADGE REGISTRATION At this time, all individuals who were registered in these merit badges have been removed from those sessions. Additional spots for other merit badge sessions have been opened to accommodate this change, and registration for the new 9 merit badges is open as well. Please log in to your account to review and update schedules.
FEES Any fees that were paid for these canceled activities will be eligible for a full refund. Refunds are dispensed in September. In order to receive a refund, you must submit an online form through our website. Please use the link below.
Troop, There are always a lot of questions on what to bring to camp. Here is the list from the SISR website. Refrain from bringing knives which are too big! Basiclly no bowie knives and stuf like that. Please use your best judgement. Absolutely no firearms related items, real or fake, or representative of firearms (nerf, air soft, etc.).
Phones are a big topic of discussion because many people use them as cameras and video capture devices. Here is the deal: there is no cell service out there. Any Scout can ask an adult to contact parents back home. There are hard line communications available and I have been told there is WIFI for adult leaders in the leader cabin. That is likely the only place we will be able to communicate from, and maybe send the daily rollup message from there. We will definitely know on next Sunday.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments!
In preparation for gettint the 25 kids to camp next weekend, we will need some help. Please review the Signup and let us know how many kids and gear you can transport to San Isabel Scout Ranch.
It is about a 105 miles and 1 hr 50 minutes one way. We will need enough drivers to get the Scouts there and to pick them up on Saturday the 16th.
If anyone wants to volunteer to drag the troop trailer, we will need that as well for cots and other gear. I will not be able to as I will need to leave camp Friday night to make it back for an event Saturday morning.
The plan will be to meet up at 9am on Sunday, cross load equipment and Scouts, then head out to camp no later than 10am. Our arrival time is 12, so we can get our camsite and get kids over to swim checks and stuff like that.
Please let me or Ray know if you have any questions. Once we get to camp, Ray will take over all primary communications as the Scoutmaster.
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)
If you have not already turned in your medical documents, please get them to me no later than Tuesday evening at the next meeting (6/28). I will package and mail them on Wednesday unless there is an extreme verified reason that I have not received your Scout’s documents (you’ve known about this for a while now!).
Below are the forms which need to be completed in order for your Scout to attend camp. Immunizations need to be transcribed onto the forms in order for them to be legit, so please don’t just staple your immunization records to your forms and write in “*See attached”. Because that means I will have to do the transcribing. Camp facilities in Colorado are classified as Day Care Centers and they are pretty particular about this stuff.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
There are a few things I need to cover here as well:
Daily meds: please ensure it comes to camp in the provided prescription bottle, not another pill container (because it will be held at med lodge). Campers, Scouts, kids, youth (etc.) are not allowed to self administer medications while at camp (unless exigent circumstances-epi pen, etc.). Even allergy meds. They will go to the med lodge in the morning and/or at night to get their medications. Again-child care facility.
If your Scout needs to carry meds with him on a daily basis (epi pen, inhaler, etc.), please fill out the form below the med forms. That is the “Contract to Carry meds” form. If you kid doesnt get his daily meds, Ray will have to deal with him.
Please, please, please, turn in these forms if you have not already. Over the next couple of days, I will go through my emails and print out all the forms I have received over the last couple of weeks since I was gone. If I do not have a form from you, I will email you no later than Sunday evening.
If you know you did not fill one of these out, please do so and get it to me on Tuesday. This will make the check-in process so much easier on Camp day 1. I would hate for camp to send a Scout home because they didn’t have the proper paperwork.
If you missed the dead line for ordering shirts or hoodies due to Philmount, we are still have the oppurtunity to order and receive the shirts before camp. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Orders must be in no later then Sunday, June 26.
Orders are due tomorrow for troop t shirts. Since we are not having a meeting tomorrow I would like you to email me your order. My email address is email@example.com. Please do not comment on this site, we do not get these comments. You can bring a check next week to the meeting or Zelle Carrie McQuire @ Cmack_26@hotmail.com
We are still looking for one navigator and two scouts for this Tuesday to join us for Flag Day. Please sign up below if you can help us out. Sibling are also invited to join and will get paid as the scout if we don’t have enough scouts. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4BA5AF2BA1FEC52-flag
Last call to represent our Troop at the Rotary club meeting, Wednesday, June 15. Meet at the barn 11:30. Return at 2pm. Please be in Class A uniform. We accept our check twice a year and ask for a honor guard once a year. It is a difficult time during the week with so many Scouts gone or in camps. Please sign up below is you are able to join us. Contact me if you need a ride. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4BA5AF2BA1FEC52-rotary
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.
We are in need of support for Flag Day flags on Jun 14th! Please sign up and get out there, show support for the country, military, and our community! Plus, youll get some cash in your scout account-but that isnt why we do it, right?
Summer camp is good to go with the exception of medical forms.
We have a total of 25 Scouts attending camp and will be asking for a couple of parents to serve as transporters to get all those Scouts up to San Isabele Scout Ranch. More information on that to come as we approach the date.
If you have not turned in your medical forms (annual physicals), please do so as soon as you can. These forms need to be mailed (hard copy) to the BSA office in Pueblo before the end of Jun. I would like to package them all and get them in the mail on 25 Jun.
Here is the t-shirt order form. We are dropping off the order form on 14 Jun, so if you want a Troop 287 t-shirt, please print this form off, fill it out, and get it to the Scoutmaster before the 14th. He will give it to Mrs. Reiser who will turn it in for us.
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.
Welcome to the website of Boy Scout Troop 287 at Wilson United Methodist Church, located on the northwest side of Colorado Springs, CO, in school districts 11 and 20. We are in the BSA Pikes Peak Council, Frontier District.
To the left, you can view our news and events. Below you can browse information about our troop, subscribe to our blog by email, download documents, and access useful links.