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Registration Now Open for October 16-19 Picketwire Canyon Trip

Posted by rbruns on Sep 15 2014 - 10:02pm

This year’s family campout will be held over 4 days and 3 nights at Picketwire Canyon in south east La Junta, CO.  We will stay at the Koshare Kiva on Thursday night and listen to history of the natives and visit the museum on Friday.  Friday night we will stay at the trailhead of Picketwire Canyon.  Saturday there will be a hike into the canyon, this hike is approximately 10.6 miles round trip.  On this hike, you will see plenty of visible dinosaur tracks as well as Native American art, some of which dates back from 375 to 4500 years ago.  During the hike, we will also encounter the famous Dolores Mission & Cemetery.  Register at this LINK.

For more information, please visit these links:

      Koshare Indian Museum and Kiva:  http://www.kosharehistory.org/

      Picketwire Canyon:  http://santafetrailscenicandhistoricbyway.org/pwdino.html

Court of Honor This Tuesday - Church of Christ

Posted by rbruns on Sep 13 2014 - 11:21pm
We would like all scouts and their parents to attend this Court of Honor at the Church of Christ (not FUMC).  In addition to presenting rank and merit badge awards, there will be information on upcoming activities.

Directions:  From Wilcox St. in Castle Rock and head towards Franktown on Hwy 86 (5th Street).  The church is on the corner of Woodlands Blvd. and 86.


Posted by rbruns on Sep 13 2014 - 11:20pm

There are a variety of training opportunities for adults in our troop.  If you take any of the courses below, please turn in a copy of your certificate into our training coordinator.  The fees for many of the in-classroom courses will be reimbursed by the troop upon completion.  Contact the Troop Treasurer or the Committee Chair for details.  Click on 'read more' to to see the list of upcoming classes.

The Annual Popcorn Fund Raiser is still Going On!!

Posted by rbruns on Sep 9 2014 - 4:35pm


Only 4 more weeks left to sell Trails End Popcorn for the Annual Troop Fundraiser and get more money into your Scout account for Scout activities and summer camp!!!!

All order forms and money collected must be submitted by Tuesday, October 7th – this is the final deadline to turn all money and order forms.



Two Easy Ways to Achieve the $600+ per Scout Goal


#1:  Combine Online Sales with Door-to-Door Sales

A.  Email 15+ family members/friends and likely sell $200 to at least 5 *                           =  $200 +

B.  Door-to-door selling to 20 customers in your neighborhood **                                      =  $400

                                                                                               Total Raised by Scout           =  $600 +

 #2:  Door-to-Door Sales

A.  Door-to-door selling to 30 customers in your neighborhood (1 completed order form) =  $600

                                                                                                   Total Raised by Scout             = $600+

 *  Average online sale is $43 and Scouts keep 35% of all online sales (5 sales X $43 = $258)

**  Likely takes 5-6 hours of door-to-door selling to obtain approx. 20 sales for approx. $400

 Questions: Contact Scott Saunders at 719-332-3396 or scott@apiexchange.com

Some Merit Badge books and Leader Materials available for Kindle

Posted by rbruns on Sep 6 2014 - 6:42pm

More than twenty BSA titles are now available as digital downloads at Amazon.com! Just log on and grab some essentials for
adventure, including the comprehensive reference that is your Fieldbook, invaluable leader guides, and even Merit Badge Pamphlets.

More info for October Campout - Save the Date

Posted by rbruns on Sep 6 2014 - 6:41pm

Picketwire Canyon – family campout

Oct 16,17,18,19 – last weekend of fall break- Leaving Thurs afternoon, returning Sun morning

Below is more information about the October Campout at Picketwire Canyon.  It will be a great trip so Save the Date!!


Lajunta, CO – approx. 3.5 hours driving time to location

A variety of wildlife inhabits the area, including deer, antelope, coyote, snakes, lizards and birds.  Visit to the Koshare Native American Museum (which is also troop 232 known as the Koshare Dancers)  During our stay there, we will hear history of the area and of the Native American Indians that lived there so many centuries. 

Picketwire Canyon - 150 millions years ago, this area was part of a large, shallow lake and was teaming with Brontosaurs and Allosaurs. As these massive beasts plodded along the muddy edge of this lake they left their footprints in the mud, which were eventually buried and turned to stone. Today, over 1,300 of these footprints, extending on a 1/4 mile plain, are exposed at the Picketwire Canyonlands dinosaur track site. Forty percent of the tracks were left by the Brontosaurs, a massive, four-footed plant eater. Parallel trackways indicate that several younger Brontosaurus were traveling as a group heading west along the shoreline, which is the first evidence of social behavior among younger brontosaurs from the Morrison Formation. The remaining sixty percent of the tracks were left by the Allosaurus, a two footed, ferocious, meat eating scavenger who possibly hunted in packs and left three toed footprints behind.

Native American Rock Art can be found in Picketwire Canyon. Very little is known of the prehistoric Native Americans of this area, but archaeologists suspect they were nomadic hunter-gatherers whose visits were short as they followed migrating game. Some of the rock art in this area may be 375 to 4500 years old.

Before you reach the dinosaur tracks, you will encounter the Dolores Mission and Cemetery, which was built between 1871 and 1889 by Mexican pioneers settling the valley. Partial remains of the Mission and Cemetery are still visible. This site is about 3.7 miles from the trailhead.

The hike from the trailhead to the Mission is 3.7 miles, the Mission to the Dinosaur Tracks is 1.6 miles and the Tracks to the Rourke Ranch is 3.4 miles. Total round trip for the Dinosaur Tracks is 10.6 miles, so please plan your time accordingly. If you plan on going all the way to the Rourke Ranch, your round trip will be 17.4 miles.

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