Conservation Campout

August 8, 2014 by  
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Workday: Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
Meeting location: Mountain Communities Fire Department

Link to map:

Project times: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Volunteers Expected: Up to 50

Workday Description:

The Trail Creek work area is part of a major restoration effort to stabilize drainages carrying high sediment loads to the South Platte River. Because of the intensity of the 2002 Hayman fire here, and around the Westcreek community, the soil remains loose and unable to soak up rain. Runoff frequently turns to high-volume floods, damaging roads, downstream creeks and filling reservoirs with sediment. Major in-stream restoration work utilizing natural materials such as burned trees and boulders has helped raise the height of creeks and stabilize steep eroded banks to re-create more natural flows and fight erosion. Retention ponds have also been added to stabilize runoff. These methods have become models for fire restoration throughout Colorado and nationwide. Depending on weather and the progression of work, volunteers will assist the rehab by stabilizing work sites by: re-seeding with native vegetation; planting willows; installing erosion control matting or fabric; and rehabbing illegal off road vehicle routes contributing to the erosion issues.

Important Notes:

  • CUSP will provide hard hats, tools and materials necessary to complete project work.
  • Portable restroom(s) will be available on site.
  • Safety review and work demonstration will precede the project work.
  • Weather, which could create hazardous conditions, may cause projects to be canceled or rescheduled; we will notify you of changes promptly, changes will also be posted at

Requirements of Volunteers:

All volunteers must complete and submit prior to the project: a CUSP Liability Release, 2014 CUSP RELEASE and a Volunteer Sign-up Sheet, Volunteer Listing 2014 for the group, attached. Please print ALL documents two-sided.

Please Bring:

  • Any applicable medicines (including epi-pens, insulin and inhalers)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun glasses or safety glasses
  • Work gloves
  • Work boots with ankle support
  • Long pants are required; long sleeved shirts are strongly recommended
  • Water containers, extra water will be provided
  • Sack lunches, to carry with you

What to Expect:

This burn area is in an exposed mountain environment. Please be aware and prepared for potential hazards, including but not limited to: driving on mountainous roads with loose gravel and high flash flood potential; exposure to sun, wind, lightening and rapidly changing weather conditions; working with sharpened tools in areas with unstable terrain and footing; possible falling trees; and hiking at significant elevation. Medications may have adverse effects in sun, heat or altitude. Please list medications and medical conditions on the CUSP release form so staff may be aware of potential concerns. Know your limitations and inform staff immediately if you become ill or injured. Be prepared to exit quickly in the event of an emergency or changing environmental conditions. Please drink plenty of water prior to and during the project to avoid dehydration. Please wear appropriate clothing; clothing may become stained or ruined. Expectant mothers may want to check with their physician before working in a burn area.


This moderately challenging project and will require team effort.
Please note that cell phone coverage is limited in this area.
GPS units are often inaccurate in this area as well.


Troop 88 14er Hike – Quandry Peak

July 23, 2014 by  
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This is the plan for the Mt. Quandry hike next weekend, August 1-3.
Friday, August 1 - Meet at Park N Ride by McDonald’s at Lincoln and Jordan.
                             Bring complete medical form, Part A & Part B, (required for a 72hr camp)
                             Eat before you come or on the road.  We will not be stopping.
                             Camping at Mr. Lutz’s property in Fairplay.  There are NO showers or potties, be prepared!
Saturday, August 2 - Wake at 6:00am
                              Breakfast:  Sausage and cheese sandwiches, bananas, juice or milk (yes, coffee)
                              Trailhead by 7:30am.  Scouts will be leading the hike, but we need adults in attendance to hike.
                              Lunch on the trail:  Cold cut sandwiches, apple, water
                              Nap on return from the hike.

                              Dinner: Campfire chili, cheese, fritos
                              Campfire, songs, skits, spooky stories
Sunday, August 3 - Go Home!
                              Awake, no later 7:30am.
                              Breakfast:  Bagels/cream cheese, bananas or apples, juice
                              Break camp
                              Homeward bound
Contact Mrs. Moncier for addition details!

Annual 14er Hike – Mt. Sherman

July 8, 2013 by  
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Our annual 14er hike is getting closer.  I hope everyone has been keeping in shape this summer!

This year we will be climbing 14,036′ Mt Sherman near the towns of Fairplay & Alama.  The hike will be 5.25 miles RT and 2,100ft of elevation gain.  Every 14er is challenging, but this one is one of the “easiest” 14ers.  For reference it will be easier than Grays and Torreys that we did last year.  For those boys who just can’t get enough summits, there are also two 13er’s nearby that can be climbed in the same hike.

Link to the mt and route we will be taking:
Dates and Times
Depart: Friday August 9th at 5:30pm (Park and Ride Lincoln & Jordan)
Hike:  Saturday August 10th Mt Sherman
Return: Sunday August 11th around 12pm.

We will be camping two nights so please bring your normal overnight gear which includes but is not limited to: tent, sleeping bag and pad, toiletry items, bug spray, etc.  If you do not wish to camp both nights you are still welcome to hike with us on Saturday, however historically it has been difficult to meet up with the group.

Each year when we hike in this area, Mr. Lutz graciously allows us to camp on his property near Alma.  He has extended this offer again.  This is primitve camping with no water and no facilities.

Patrols and Meals
We will be having a break out session closer to the hike and divide into patrols to doing meal planning.

Medical Forms
The standard BSA medical form (Parts A & B) for every scout and every adult planning on going are required.  As soon as you know you will be going please get me the form.  

Adults and Drivers
Adults who can help drive and for “two deep leadership” are needed.  Scouts if you ride with an adult (other than your parent), it’s always nice to provide the driver with a little money ($5-$10) for gas.

If you know you will be attending this event please email me now so I can get you on the roster.  I am traveling most of the month of July so I will not be at many of the Troop meetings.

What to wear hiking:

  • Hat with brim
  • Sunglasses
  • Broken in hiking boots with wicking socks
  • Pants (removable leggings) or shorts and something windproof for legs.
  • Daypack containing:
    • 10 essentials
    • 1-2 liters of water
    • Polar fleece or light jacket
    • Light waterproof rain parka
    • Lightweight gloves for warmth
    • Sunscreen, chapstick
    • Bugspray
    • Medicine for headache and stomach ache
    • Snacks – high protein (granola, trail mix, jerky, power bars, etc.)
    • Camera (optional)


How to Prepare:

  • Get in shape!  The better shape you are in the higher your chances are of making the summit.  Any activity is good, but especially biking, hiking and running.
  • Start drinking lots of fluids 1 to 2 days before the hike; the more the better!!  This does not mean soda! 
  • Eat a high carb meal such as pasta the night before and bananas the morning of the hike. 
  • Drink and snack frequently during the hike and before you feel hungry or thirsty
  • One or more of the boys might decide to turn around and that’s ok. Climbing 14ers is hard! 

Any other questions please let Mr. Buckingham know.

2013 July and August Camping Trips

June 20, 2013 by  
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In the coming weeks and months, Troop 88 has several camping opportunities.  Below are some of them to watch for more information.

Camp Christopher Dobbins – Peaceful Valley
Driving Directions
Want to know what’s happening? Check out the leader’s guide!
If you have more questions, contact Mr. Rose via email.

Camp Cherry Valley – Catalina Island, California
Camp Website
Are you doing the Island Adventure?  Here’s the program guide!
How about the hiking?  Here’s a map for the hike.
Don’t want to get lost while you’re there?  Here’s a map of the entire camp!

Backpacking Trip to Boulder Lakes – Silverthorne, CO area
For those of you who love to pack it in and camp, watch for more information on the Lower and Upper Boulder Lakes backpacking trip.
Mr. Townsend and Mr. Johnson have been talking about some of the logistics.  Stay tuned for more details.
Want to know a little about the hike?  Here’s a topo map to look over.
Here’s some more information on the trail.

14er Hike and Camping – Location To Be Announced
Have you heard about the 14er hikes the Troop does the second weekend in August?  Are you ready to ascend to the top of a mountain?
Mr. Buckingham will be putting together another awesome event for the Troop.  Watch for more information to come!

Upper Platte River Camping and Fly fishing
The last weekend in August is a great opportunity to go camping, plant some trees to restore the forest and do some fly fishing!
The Coalition for the Upper Platte River is doing forest restoration to help restore what the fires burned.  Troop 88 is going to be part of that effort.
More information will be coming on this trip but you can visit the Coalition’s website in the mean time.


One more thing – when we do go on campouts, you have to have your medical forms completed.  Instead of me trying to explain what form is needed for which campouts, please use the link below to the Dever Area Council’s site that has a great explanation on what you need when.
DAC Health Forms Information

A-Basin Campout

February 10, 2013 by  
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It is that time of year again to get ready for the 3rd annual A-Basin skiing, snowboard, winter camping, and just all out fun weekend! This year it will be on March 1-3. We will drive up Friday evening and then ski both Saturday and Sunday, returning Sunday evening. This event is open to all scouts and their friends and families. You may come the whole time (preferred) or just for one day (transportation is up to you). Again A-Basin is giving us some screaming deals.  If your scout is interested, Mr. Johnson will also be running a Snow sport merit badge class on Saturday if anyone is interested.

Mr. Johnson will follow up next week with a detailed itinerary but here are some of the plans so far.  Camping in the Last Chance Parking lot on Friday and Saturday. Free skiing and snow sport MB on Saturday. Pizza party and short safety talk by the Ski patrol, Saturday night. Maybe Bonn fire and dutch oven desert after dinner. On Sunday, we will have a photo scavenger hunt throughout the mountain.  A Troop 88 cookout at the “beach” for lunch that day also.

The link to the spreadsheet below has three pages. The first page is the pricing. The second page is a medical waver for the ski patrol that says they can help you if you get hurt. This must be filled out for everyone skiing. The third page is a waver only if you are renting ski equipment or a snowboard from A-Basin.

In addition to that, you will need a BSA medical form for anyone camping.  Also, any adults camping must have a current Youth Protection Training on record.

The Pizza party and the slope side grill cookout for lunch on Sunday will cost $12.00 per person for both. Other meals you can do on your own.  A-basin will give you a 15% discount on all food and beverage if you show your Troop 88 neckerchief before they ring up your food.

To get all these great discounts A-Basin requires us to sign up as a group with one payment. Therefore everyone must submit forms and money by 2/27/2013, so please plan ahead.

A-Basin Spreadsheet

Backpacking Trip to Lower Boulder Lake

July 25, 2012 by  
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Backpacking trip to Lower Boulder Lake in the Eagle Nest wilderness area by Silverthorne on Aug 25 and 26th.

This hike is for both the beginner backpacker and for any scout that wants to go. Families are welcome. The 2.7 mile hike is rated easy to moderate. We will leave the Park and Ride by McDonald’s off of Lincoln and Jordon at 8:00, so be there by 7:45. If any parents can drive, please indicate it the email. If you can take a boy or two, let me know that as well.

To prepare the scouts new to backpacking for this trip, There will be a Backpacking 101 class on Tue, August 14th at 6:30. We’ll cover how to pack, the use of a light weight stove, cooking, purifying water, safety and other “101″ items. Bring your stove and water purifier if you have one.

The next troop meeting after that, Aug 21, we will have a breakout for all scouts going. At this meeting, we will collect BSA Medical forms and Activity forms. Tent buddies will also be determined. For the new scouts and those new to backpacking, please bring your packed backpack as if you were leaving that night. We will use this time for review.

Link for the Activity consent Form:

Link of a blog of the hike:

Please contact Mr. Moncier with any questions.

14er Climb

July 15, 2012 by  
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Depart- Friday Aug 10th 5:30pm from Park and Ride Lincoln and Jordan (Wear your Class A’s)
Hike- Saturday Aug 11th
Return- Sunday August 12th around noonish.


Grays Peak 14,270’ and Torrey’s Peak 14,267’
Distance: 8.25 miles
Elevation gain: 3,600ft
Location: (Up I -70 past Georgetown)
Route info:

What to wear hiking:

-Hat with brim
-Broken in hiking boots with wicking socks
-Hiking pants with removable leggings or something windproof for lower body
-Daypack containing:
-10 essentials
-1-2 liters of water
-Polar fleece
-Light rain proof parka
-Lightweight gloves for warmth
-Medicine for headache and stomach ache
-Snacks-high protein (granola, trail mix, jerky, candy bars, etc)
-Camera (optional)
-Treking poles (optional)


We will be camping 2 nights (location still being determined) so please bring your normal overnight gear which includes but is not limited to: tent, sleeping bag, toiletry items and bug spray, etc. If you do not wish to camp both nights you are still welcome to come hike with us on Saturday, however, you will need to make your own ride arrangements. The last mile or so up to the trail head requires a higher clearance SUV, but not 4wheel drive.

How to Prepare:

-Get in shape! I know the hike is just around the corner but the better shape you are in the higher your chances are of making the summit. Any activity is good, biking, hiking, running, playing sports.
-1-2 day before the hike start drinking lots of fluids, the more the better!! (not soda).
-Eat a high carb meal such as pasta the night before and bananas the morning of the hike.
-Drink frequently during the hike and before you feel thirsty
-It might very well turn out that one or more of the boys decides to turn around and that’s ok, climbing 14ers is hard!

Boys Life?!
There is a rumor that Boys Life Magazine might send a photographer along to document our hike for a possible future story in the magazine!! I will keep everyone posted on if this rumor is true or not.
Questions Please contact
Alan Buckingham

Farewell to Summer Boating Event

July 8, 2012 by  
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Farewell to Summer Boating Event

August 18th, 2012
10am – 4pm

Chatfield Gravel Pond

For more info contact Gary Souza @ 303-875-4541

Upper Cataract Lake and Eaglesmere Lake Backpacking

June 6, 2012 by  
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  •  Mr. Moncier and I have started to plan a trip for June 29,30 and July 1.

    This will be an intermediate level hike consisting of 15 miles and two separate nights of camping (this mets the requirements of the backpacking MB). Please don’t sign up if you are new to backpacking, a beginner, or not physically fit to do the 15 miles. There will be a backpacking 101 offered later in the summer.

    We will be camping at Upper Cataract Lake and Eaglesmere Lake in the Eagles Nest wilderness area. We will leave early Friday morning and return Sunday evening. More details to follow.

    I will have a sign up sheet at the next couple of meetings or you can e-mail me if you can’t make the meetings. I would like to have at least 4 adults going and of course we will always need drivers/seat belts. Also depending on the response we may have to limit the size, since it is in a wilderness area, so don’t sign up unless you are sure you can go and make it the whole way.

    It should be a lot of fun! Its a beautiful area and the fishing is not bad!

    Email Mr. Johnson or Mr. Moncier for questions.

Tahosa Summer Camp

May 29, 2012 by  
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We are getting down to the final run for Tahosa Summer Camp, here are the details:
I have included the contents of the earlier e-mail because all of that is still current.

So far the full-time adults attendees are Mr. Schultz and myself with Mr. Ramirez possibly part-time (depends on baby). Another adult would be great even if only for part-time ESPECIALLY for Friday!

On Friday I have a conflict and need to be at a Douglas County Emergency Management Event if at all possible. It runs 8-5 so if an adult could come up Thursday and stay through Friday evening or Saturday that would be great.

We will need more drivers for equipment. My vehicle will be limited so will need at least a pickup truck load for my stuff as well. If you can drive please e-mail me ASAP!

I will be brining my personal chuck box which is very large and heavy as well as the shelter, dutch ovens, fire wood, etc. We will meet at PEPC on Sunday the 17th at 10:00 with a departure time of 10:30.

URGENT: I need the phones numbers of the parents for each of the boys and their e-mails, obviously I have some e-mails but never got any phones number. I need those immediately.

Only two Medical Forms have been received so far. We will need all of those no later than 6/12/12.  We have a fun night tonight so some may not be there and I will not be at that as well.  The preferred method to get the Medical Forms would be electronic, scan it and send it to my e-mail address. If you do not want to do that then provide the hard copy, I will scan it and return the original to you. This way you keep the original for future use and I can print them whenever necessary. Special medical or dietary needs need to be communicated ASAP so we can make proper arrangements at Tahosa.

Boys MUST wear Class A Uniform for travel and “flags”. This includes scarf. We only have 8 boys going this time so one patrol and on the 12th they will elect a patrol leader so all boys need to be present on that date.

We should try to set up tent groups as soon as possible, I can bring a tent large enough for four if necessary but even if we all are in two-person tents we should not have more than 6 (4 for boys, 2 for adults). We will control where they set up a bit better this time as we have a few that decided to set up far from the rest of the troop and we won’t do that this time. It rained pretty hard and long the first night last time and the camp ranger said it almost always rains at some point so I would suggest each tent have an additional tarp for over the tent because after several hours of rain they began to soak through.

Obviously the boys need to have ponchos! It can still be cold up at camp so make sure boys are prepared for it.

It would also be suggested that the boys bring cots this time, this will get them well off the ground if it does rain, they will also be more comfortable especially if they will include a pad with it. They will need the pad for the mini-trek as well.

The boys might want to consider brigning all their stuff in a single (one only one) tote box, easier to contain and less chance of getting wet. They will still need a fanny pack for around camp, they boys should always have water with them, and a backpack for the mini-trek

We will not have a lodge again this year but will have a new 10’x20’ (garage) shelter we will use just like last time.

The list of Merit Badges is listed below and only one response has been received as to preferences. Need those ASAP! Each boy should select several in priority order. They will be spending most of their time with COPE and the mini-trek but the evenings and Friday will be open for Merit Badges. Strongly suggest the water options for Friday. We still plan on a game and treat night, probably for Thursday, dutch oven deserts, ball of ice cream, etc. If anyone has particular games they want to recommend or bring please let me know.

It is recommended that boys do not bring electronics, too easy to lose or get damaged.

There is a camp store and the boys always hit that pretty hard so if sending money please don’t send a lot, less heartache when they lose it!

Swim tests, we will probably have to do these at camp so make sure the boys have their swim suits easily accessible because we will do that right after check in.

There will be an emergency drill Sunday night.

There is fishing if any boys wants to bring equipment.

Meals will be in the dining hall except for the mini-trek.

Things TO BRING:
Tent (shared)
Sleeping Bag
Light Blanket
Pillow (?)
Sleeping Pad
10 Essentials
Fanny Pack
Swim Suit
Class A Uniform (scarf!)
Sun Screen
Water Bottle
Extra Shoes
Flip-Flops/Water Shoes
Chair Ground Cloth/Tarp
Ditty Kit (showers)
T-Shirts (watch slogans!)
Hiking Boots
First Aid Kit (Fanny Pack)
Sun Glasses
Insect Repellant
Tote Box

CD Player
Game Boys
Electronic Toys
Too Much Money

I know there are still questions, Please Call Me,
Mr. Freund! 720-351-7096

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