Coin Collecting Merit Badge

June 16, 2011 by  
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There is an opportunity for the boys to earn the coin collecting merit badge.  There are two portions and you need to attend both in order to earn the entire merit badge.

1)  5:00-6:00pm Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at PEPC.  A representative from the Denver Mint will come to PEPC to give a presentation and work on the merit badge.

2)  10:30 am Wednesday, July 13th for a tour of the Denver Mint.  We have a maximum of 40 spots for the tour so I would like to restrict this to scouts and chaperones only.  Don’t be late, the tour starts promptly.  There is no drop off in front of the mint and parking can be problematic so give yourself plenty of time.  There is a gift shop.  Please let me know if you can drive.  Wear your class A uniform.  RSVP to me if you would like to attend.

3)  Prerequisites are items #5, #6, #9

Thank you.

Leanne Grubb
720.851.2281 home
303.887.4006 cell

Let Freedom Sing July 4th

June 16, 2011 by  
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Hello Troop –

The Town of Parker has asked the troop to sell blinkie items at July 4th Let Freedom Sing.  Last year this was a big money maker for the troop.  

This year I have organized the sales into two shifts:  6-9 pm and 7:30 – 10:30 pm.  You make work two shifts 6-10:30.  Mandatory training on site at 5:30 pm.  Wear your class A.  Parents may volunteer with the scouts.  You must sign up ahead of time through me in order to get credit for your scout account.

Wear your class A.  Location is Salisbury Park (same as last year).  If anybody who has a wagon they can loan I would appreciate it.

You may email me or call me if you are available to work.  I will also have sign up sheets at the troop meetings.  However, with summer camps email might be easiest.


Leanne Grubb
720.851.2281 home
303.887.4006 cell

Peaceful Valley Camping information

June 16, 2011 by  
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Good Evening Parents,

My name is Jim Rooney and I will be you son’s Scoutmaster at camp. My apologies for the delay in sending this communication.

This message is intended for parents of Scouts attending Camp Dietler at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch June 26 – July 2nd.  The contents of this email will significantly affect your son’s experience and enjoyment of summer camp, so please read this message in its entirety.

This email contains information on:

Parent/Adult Supervision Needed Drivers to and from camp needed Camp departure and return information
Scouts with special needs Medical Forms (BSA) Medications at camp
Most Common Forgotten of Overlooked Scout Supplies Packing for Camp Swim Check (Last Chance Before Camp!)
Additional Questions?    

Attachments to this message include:

  • Camp Dietler Leaders Guide (2011) – specific information about Camp Dietler, preparation and equipment needed, and you son’s experience there.
  • Camp Dietler Map – we will be at the Caribou camp site
  • BSA Medical Form – parts A, B and C must be completed and sent to (electronic) or given to me prior to departure for camp. Note that Part C requires a medical professional signature and physical.
1.  Parent/Adult Trip Attendance REQUIRED – We are bringing 38 scouts to summer camp this year! While this is a sign of a great troop, in order to properly supervise a group this size we need adults to coach and mentor the young, still learning patrol leaders through cooking, chores, and delegation and accountability of responsibilities.  A 1:10 ratio of adults to scouts is required.  As of today we still need adult volunteers. (This puzzles the troop leadership, as usually there is a waiting list for adults to attend.  Camp is fun!  Moms and Dads – we have WiFi!

Please see this link ( for a current signup roster of adults.

As you can see, we lack sufficient adults for daytime programs (which really breaks down into breakfast supervision and departure from camp, hanging out in the leader lounge or watching merit badge programs, then accounting for scouts as they return for dinner) and just a few additional nighttime adults needed (supervising dinner, quiet time, sleeping on-site, and then breakfast).

The consequences of insufficient adults on-site at camp may include:

  • Boys and their patrols will be disorganized, will miss or be late to merit badge programs.
  • Meal preparation and cooking will suffer. Food quality will be poor.
  • Leadership development (within the “Patrol Method”) will not meet the expectations of parents or the troop leadership.
  • Camp Scoutmaster’s attention to scout and patrol issues (homesickness, behavior or discipline issues, general counseling) will not be sufficient (because he will be attending to supervision instead).
  • We may have to keep more boys together on Outpost, resulting in a crowded “backcountry” experience.
  • As a LAST RESORT – we may have to cancel a few boy’s summer camp registration in order to stay within BSA youth protection and health & safety rules.
Please contact me immediately if you can help out –

2. Drivers Needed – We have 38 scouts attending camp and to my knowledge only seven (7) drivers. Please let me know if you can help drive scouts to/from camp –  Hitchhiking to camp = not a pretty sight.  🙂

3. Summer Camp Departure and Return Information –

  • Departure Info:  We will depart PEPC promptly at NOON on Sunday, June 26th.  Please arrive 30 minutes early for equipment checkout, paperwork and attendance, and loading into vehicles. Early is the norm, on-time (Noon) is LATE, missing our departure time is unacceptable.
  • Return Info:  We will depart Peaceful Valley promptly at 10am on Saturday, July 2nd. We expect to return to PEPC by 11:30am.  Please be at PEPC by that time. Scouts trying to hitchhike home after 6 days in the dust and dirt of Colorado = again, not a pretty sight.  🙂
4.  Scouts With Special Needs – Please let me know if you have a scout with special needs (physical, emotional or mental). As a father of a special needs child, I am both sensitive to and understanding of the extra time and effort needed to enable that scout to not only enjoy summer camp but to prosper. That is the very reason we have them in Scouting. Please also consider spending the first day at camp with us to assist your son (and help and advise me) with settling in.

5.  BSA Medical Form REQUIRED – The BSA medical form (with parts A, B, and C completed) are required for ALL scouts attending summer camp at Peaceful Valley. No exceptions are permitted. Scouts arriving at PEPC on June 26th without a medical form on file with me (paper or electronic) will not be allowed to depart with the troop. I will notify those parents of scouts from whom I have not received a medical form within a few days. I am sorry for the harshness of this policy, but both BSA and the Colorado Department of Health are unbending on this policy.  Click here for a copy of the current BSA medical form in an easy, form-fillable PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format.

(Note – adult volunteers staying less than 72 hours (3 days) at PV need only to complete themselves (no physical needed) parts A and B of the form.)

6.  Medications at Summer Camp – ALL medications (prescription and over-the-counter), required to be taken by your scout must be listed on their medical form, be in their original pharmacy container, be current (not expired) and be presented to me prior to departure from PEPC. (This is a State of Colorado, Dept of Human Services, Child Care Division regulation.)

7.  Most Common Forgotten of Overlooked Scout Supplies – sunscreen, water bottle (or hydration pack – highly recommended), backpack (for Outpost camping), bug repellent, money for the trading post (snack bar, clothing items, camp necessities, toiletries and souvenirs), spending money (in a wallet or ziploc bag with your name) for merit badge and activity fees (see below), towel for aquatics activities, broad brim hat, rain gear.  PLEASE review the list of recommeded personal equipment needed (see page 31-32 of the Camp Dietler Leader Guide)

Merit Badge Fees (pay at headquarters)
Cinematography – $25 Climbing – $10
Cycling – $5 Pottery – $5
Horsemanship – $30 Photography – $10
Rifle – $10 Shotgun – $15
Cooking – $10 Finger Printing – $3
Pioneering – $5 Archery – $5 + $8 kit

Activities Fees (pay at headquarters)
Peaceful Valley Adventure – $25 Horses Trail Ride – $15
Discovery SCUBA – $30 Horses Dinner Ride – $25
10 Rifle Shots – $2 3 Shotgun Shots – $2

Merit Badges Requiring Kits (buy from trading post)
Archery ($8) Basketry (Need 2 kits, $10-$20)
Space Exploration ($10-$20) Woodcarving (Need 2 kits, $10-$20)
Leatherwork (Need 2 kits, $10-$20) Indian Lore ($10-$15)

8.  Packing for Camp – A duffle bag works great for camp. Putting everything needed in the duffle bag make loading and unloading fast and easy. Remember that a backpack will be needed for Outpost camping on Wednesday night.

9.  Last Call for Swim Checks – Getting your swim checks before camp eliminates having to wait in line an extended period for a camp swim check before being allowed to swim, canoe or sail. The last swim checks will be held:

  • Friday, 6/17 at Parker Rec Center (pool) from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Sunday, 6/19 at Parker Rec Center (pool) from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Additional swim checks MAY be held at Canterbury pool. Stay tuned for additional emails from Mr Townsend for more info.

10. Any Additional Questions?  Most remaining questions can be answered by reading the PV Parent Info Packet and/or the Camp Dietler Leader Guide. I would be happy to answer any questions that these two (rather comprehensive) guides contain.

Finally, I am very excited and pleased to be able to serve as your Camp Scoutmaster this summer. I look forward to meeting and getting to know your boys. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to improve your son’s camp experience this summer.

Yours in Scouting,

Jim Rooney
Assistant Scoutmaster – Troop 88
10138 Granite Hill Drive, Parker CO 80134
h: 720-842-1627
m: 703-980-0353  (will work at camp)

Tahosa Camping Information

June 16, 2011 by  
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First, please do a “Reply” to this e-mail immediately so I know who got it and who did not.
Second, I’m just guessing on a lot so all the e-mails were left open so people who know more than I do can “Reply all” if appropriate.  This can be a conversation.
Third, will those who are driving let me know the number of seats you have available, please be sure you have a current insurance card with you.
Fourth, we will be leaving from PEPC at 10:00 am on Sunday the 19th of June.  (the time is a recent change)
Some notes:
1.  Boys MUST have completed medical forms in order to leave PEPC headed for camp.
2.  Boys MUST wear their Class A scout shirt while in  route to and from camp.
3.  If there are any boys who have special medical, dietary or others needs or requirements please call me at the phone number below.  All information will remain confidential.  In the past, years ago, I have been the medical officer for camp in another state.  My EMT license has long expired but I haven’t exactly forgotten everything, but I really would like to know what to watch for.
4.  The boys will be eating in the dining hall.  There will be some snacks provided and the boys may bring some stuff but they will have to be prepared to “bear-proof” it.
5.  I understand there is a camp store so the boys may want some spending change.  The leaders cannot be responsible for it.  In my past life I limited the boys to a max of $20.  That did not include costs for merit badges they had signed up for.
The philosophy:  In discussion with Mr. Souza his objective with this camp is to prepare the boys for longer term camps and backpack trips.  For that reason he is encouraging the boys to pack and prepare as if they were going on a weeklong back pack trip.  This would mean that they probably would not be brining cabin tents, cots, foot lockers, PS3 and the TV.  This is not a mandatory requirement however this is the intent and the direction he is trying to go, also get them away from the “car camp” mentality.  This is also then something that they should be working out with their patrol for the camp, e.g. two boys in the same tent one brings the tent the other some other shared item.  There will be hikes but no overnight camps away from the main camp.  (I will confess that I will be bringing the cabin tent, cot, chuck box, etc. etc.  That’s what it takes to get me out these days.)
Boys should bring; this list is not complete but some suggestions that may be different from the normal, whatever that is.
1.  There are water activities so swim suit, towel and probably some form of footwear appropriate to such an activity.
2.  There will be hikes so boys should have at least a fanny pack or small day pack, they should probably have it with them all the time anyway.
3.  Water, the boys should have water with them at all times.
4.  Sun protection to include hats, ointment or lotion, possibly sun glasses.
5.  Socks, please tell them to change socks daily!!  (those that need it please bring deodorant)
6.  There are showers, we will encourage the boys to use them, I suspect they will be cold showers, would you please encourage the boys to use them, we will encourage them anyway!
7.  It will get cold at night and it is Colorado so we could get a foot of snow and rain could almost be a certainty, Be Prepared.
8.  Ticks were always a problem in Florida, I don’t know if that is true here but tell the boys how to check themselves for ticks.
9.  Bring some sort of chair for sitting around camp fire, table etc.  I do not know if we have tables or benches in camp.
10.  When sleeping on the ground have a pad or air mattress of some sort, you can lose more heat to the ground than the air.
OK, let me know what I have forgotten.
Eric W. Freund
In addtion:

Hello to everyone going to Tahosa, I am also going to be helping Mr Souza out next week. For those of you interested I am going to be teaching the Wilderness Survival  Merit Badge during out down/free time at camp. If you want to take the class and get the MB please bring your worksheet, pen/pencil, your survival kit (#5) and a space blanket if you have one. Also plan on spending one night in a “improvised natural shelter” (Thus the space blanket). If you have any other gear that could help us survive (flint/steel, signal mirror, fire starter, satalite phone, etc.) please bring it so that we cant play/practice/learn it. If you have any other questions feel free to ask.
Steve Johnson

Scribe Notes June 7, 2011

June 14, 2011 by  
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Scribe Notes 6/7/11

  • JUNE
  • 9th– Parker Days Sneak peak
  • 9th– Pioneer Trails District Committee
  • 10th – 12th Parker Days *
  • 14th – Flag day
  • 14th – Committee meeting
  • 16th -Pioneer Trails District Commissioner
  • 18th – Brian Yost’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor
  • 19th -25th – Tahosa- If you haven’t paid, you can’t go
  • 21st– Troop Meeting- guest speaker
  • June 26th –July 2nd – Peaceful Valley- if you didn’t pay you can’t go
  • JULY
  • 1st -7th Philmont Trek
  • 4th – Let Freedom Sing ( Mrs. Grubb)
  • 5th– PLC meeting and Troop Meeting
  • 8th – 10th Hornaday weekend
  • 8th– Roundtable and OA meeting
  • 12th-Committee Meeting
  • 10th– 16th – OA National Summit Corps
  • 19th– Troop Meeting
  • 23rd -30th – Green River Floating trip

* We will be operating the parking lot along pine curve again this year.  Hopefully the rain will stay away and we can make more than $10 this year.  The lot will be open Friday 4:30 – 10pm; Saturday 7:30 am – 10 pm; and Sunday 8:30 am – 6 pm.  We have been asked to provide free parking during the parade, but any car staying longer will be charged $5.  Please sign up to volunteer during tonight’s meeting.  You can contact Zach Sertic or Mrs. Grubb for any further questions.

Andy M.
Troop 88 Scribe