Skip to content. Skip to main navigation.

Category: Camping

Fishing Trip Info!

The fishing trip is next weekend!  Here’s a few details for everyone that is signed up or thinking about signing up.  There’s still time to join us, but time is running out very fast! 

Waivers:  Wellington Lake requires everyone to sign a waiver.  No Exceptions!  Please complete the digital waiver at the link below.  When completing the form, we will be in campsite 60G, our departure date is 5/19/2024, and use your own vehicle information even if you aren’t camping with us as it’s a required field.

https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/e/SsJk99paiQ9eQrVPWaAtxS

Destination:  Wellington Lake, 21843 Stoney Pass Rd.,

Bailey, CO 80421

Meeting Location: Abiding Hope Nature School Parking Lot

Meet for Departure: 5/17/2024 at 5:00pm

Return:  5/19/2024 before 12pm

Weather:  Wellington Lake is at approximately 8,000ft elevation.  It will be a little chilly, so please plan accordingly.  Weather information for Wellington Lake can be found at the link below.

https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-105.36386489868163&lat=39.31434206489379

Fishing Regulations:  Wellington Lake is a private lake and fishing licenses are not required.  The lake is catch and release only.  The fine for killing a fish or not returning it to the water fast enough to survive is $50.  Only unscented artificial flies and lures may be used.  Live bait is prohibited.  Barbs on hooks must be crimped down.  Single hook lures are preferred.  Treble hooks will suffice as long as the barbs are crimped.

Fishing Gear:  Please bring your own fishing pole if you have one.  If you don’t have a pole, please contact Mr. Naber right away!  Scouts are welcomed and encouraged to bring their own fishing tackle as well, but it is not required.  The troop has purchased some dry and wet flies to fish with as well as some lures. Mr. Naber will teach scouts how to fish with artificial flies without using a fly fishing rod.  A pair of needle nose pliers can also be very helpful.

Canoeing Gear:  Everyone using a canoe must wear a personal floatation device (PFD).  No Exceptions.  We have several PFDs of varying sizes.  If you have your own PFD that you know fits you, please feel free to bring it with you if you want to do any canoeing.  Please keep in mind that canoeing weather dependant and is not guaranteed to take place.  

Questions?  Please feel free to contact Mr. Naber at  or at 720-840-5326.

Snow Sports Trip This Weekend!

UPDATED 12/5/2023

December 2023 Tubing Hill Night and Ski Day at Granby Ranch  

Friday December 15 530pm to late Saturday night

The plan is to gather at the church Friday at 530pm and leave soon after to go to the Fraser Tubing hill for 90 minutes of tubing action.  We will be spending the night indoors at a local church in Fraser (bring a sleeping pad and your lighter weight sleeping bag).  

 Saturday will be a full day of skiing at Granby Ranch.  We will depart after skiing Saturday for hom arrive between 6-7pm depending on traffic.

MUST DO PRIOR TO LEAVING FRIDAY 

  1. Rent Skis locally Friday (the ski rental shop at the mountain is expensive and chaotic, best to rent here around town at Christy Sports, Happy Sports Ski Rental, Epic Mountain or Breeze Ski Rental.) 
  2. Purchase your Scout’s lift ticket online at https://granbyranch.com/tickets-passes/ .  Each skier needs to have a liability waiver signed before purchasing the ticket, this can all be done online and the lift ticket picked up Saturday at the ski hill. 
  3. Sign and print liability form for Fraser Tubing Hill   http://nebula.wsimg.com/7b37f92d1cb1f7d7e35409e41ff22824?AccessKeyId=DCFD5220866A132B718D&disposition=0&alloworigin=1 

2024 Alaska High Adventure

Who is interested in high adventure in Alaska in July 2024?

Come Monday, October 16th to hear information about an Alaska trip in 2024. Will have pictures from previous trips and discuss what possibilities are available for this adventure!  I can answer any questions people may have.

See you Monday the 16th.

Old Gray (Mr Johnson)

2025 Cozumel Scuba Adventure Interest

I would like to run a High Adventure Scout trip to Cozumel in Summer 2025 (Dates TBD) primarily to go scuba diving. I’ve found a resort that has all-inclusive packages which include diving for 7 nights at approximately $1200 per person, however we would have to work out some details such as if people aren’t Scuba Diving but want to go to the resort anyway and possibilities on group discounts if we bring enough folks. For now, just assume the price is around $1200 plus flights and other incidentals. Also, for those who are not certified to Scuba Dive yet, you would need to be fully certified prior to our departure and that component isn’t cheap or quick. However, this can be coordinated as a group to get certified which can be a lot of fun, including the required open water dives (can be done locally, in Blue Hole, NM, or at Homestead Crater, UT). Total cost can be around $700 for the classes and open water dives plus lodging if we do it out of town.

We realize this is an expensive trip, overall, and want to plan early so there’s plenty of fundraising opportunities. Since this would be classified as a High Adventure, Scouts participating would have to be 14 years old (or completed 8th Grade) but that includes most of our current Scouts since we’re almost 2 years out.

We want to get an idea of how many might be interested in such a trip/experience.

Fall/Winter Campout Signups – Update

Update! We have added more campouts to the Events page on the website. Note that only the most recent events will usually have direct links in the newsletter – everything else is on the website. For a refresher on signing up, check out the article in our New Scout Corner.

We’ve added December’s annual ski trip (moved from the usual January spot) and the planned ice climbing adventure at Camp Alexander in January. Signups for the latter are coming very soon so we’d love to have an idea of how many Scouts are interested in the amazing activity. Note that both trips will be spent indoors. The ski trip is dependent on us finding a place to stay – preferably the same church we used last year. Stay tuned!


We are trying to be more proactive with our planning and registration of our campouts so you will see more and more events posted on the website and linked in the newsletter. We currently have campouts open for signups through November and will continue to add our winter campouts in the coming weeks. Please sign up as soon as you know you want to attend – while we don’t like to see people cancel, it can be done (easier if you create an account on the Events page and use that for your signups). Note that for “far out” adventures, the itinerary and times listed are estimates and are subject to change as we get closer to the event. Thanks everyone and Camp On!

-Mr. Bielkiewicz
ASM of Proactive Programming

Fall/Winter Campout Signups

We are trying to be more proactive with our planning and registration of our campouts so you will see more and more events posted on the website and linked in the newsletter. We currently have campouts open for signups through November and will continue to add our winter campouts in the coming weeks. Please sign up as soon as you know you want to attend – while we don’t like to see people cancel, it can be done (easier if you create an account on the Events page and use that for your signups). Note that for “far out” adventures, the itinerary and times listed are estimates and are subject to change as we get closer to the event. Thanks everyone and Camp On!

-Mr. Bielkiewicz
ASM of Proactive Programming

Fishing Campout Urgent Message!!!!

Attention Troop 640 Scouts and Scouters!!!  We only have 3 youth and one Adult signed up for the Fishing Campout this coming weekend.  Last year was a blast, and this year will be also!   We need more scouts and one more adult to make this trip happen!  We have three camp sites reserved at Green Ridge Campground on the south end of Shadow Mountain Reservoir for Friday and Saturday nights.  Please, please, please sign up immediately so we know by Monday night if we have enough interest for this trip.  

Don’t like fishing?  Attend anyway to get in more nights of camping!  Need to work on homework or requirements?  What better place than camping in the forest!  Don’t know how to fish or have Fishing gear?  We’ll teach you and make sure you have equipment and bait!  Don’t have the Fishing Merit Badge, but want to earn it?  This weekend is your chance to get started!

Please contact me immediately with any questions.  

Thanks!

Mr. Naber

April 2023 Shootzenfest (funny name and a fun time)

The troop had a good turn out of nine scouts (Damon B, Bjorn B, Jackson D, Andrew N, Caleb, N, Vince P, Alexander R, Evan S, and Nash W) and 3 adults (Brett B, Little Bob P and Scoutmaster Strauss) who attended this event April 28-30th 2023.

We got lucky and had great weather all weekend.  Friday night involved camp set up and gorging on cookies and hot chocolate at the dining hall.  Overnight we had some drama with a neighboring scout blowing his emergency whistle due to fear of local coyotes that were serenading us with some original hit songs. 

Saturday was all about shooting.  There were stations for shotguns, 22 caliber rifles, muzzle loading, axe throwing, archery and sports archery.  The scouts and adults were allowed to shoot as much as they wanted while the ranges were open.  Saturday evening entertainment consisted of a garlic bread eating contest (Congratulations Evan) and a campfire program in which our troop did NOT do the invisible bench skit. 

Sunday morning, the scouts broke camp early and were able to sneak in another hour on the range before departing for home.

The only casualty from the weekend was headlamp that fell down to the bottom of the latrine.  Thankfully the scouts had the foresight to just let that one stay were it landed.

The biggest highlight as an adult was having every scout, at different times during the day, enthusiastically describe to how they were improving at their firearm skill or how they tried out a new activity.

Thank you to the SPL, Caleb N, for keeping the Troop going in the right direction on this weekend’s adventure.

Photos have been added to the website at https://www.bsatroop640.com/photos/ and if you need the password, email .

2023 Project Tenderfoot Notes

For the uninitiated into the ways of our standard campouts, please refer to the New Scout Corner, specifically the post about Project Tenderfoot last year found here. There’s a lot of great info there that still applies. Below are the differences with this years campout.

Arrival Time

This year, because our location is much further away (~1 hour drive from the church), we need to meet earlier. We would like folks to arrive as close to 4:00pm as possible. We realize this can be tough with school not letting out much earlier than that, but with weather and darkness fighting us, we’d like to get to the campsite as soon as possible. Remember you need to bring Friday Dinner (sack dinner) to the church.

Weather

The current forecast is indicating we will have an adventurous campout! Remember that any weather can hit us in Colorado and this weekend is calling for rain, snow, AND sunshine. The temps don’t look too cold, but BE PREPARED! I will be bringing my warm sleeping bag and lots of extra clothes and layers! Our tents are quality tents that can handle all weather (when properly setup, which we will ensure you do!).

Med Forms

Read the prior post for details but know that as of this writing, it looks like we need updated med forms for the following Scouts and Adults:

Brett Borstad
Todd Prebynski
BJ Thompson
Alexander R.
Dalton M.
Liam H.

It is very possible (and likely in some cases) that you’ve turned in a current Med Form, however I can’t find it at this time so please see me at the meeting or just fill out another one if you have some time and bring it to the meeting or the church on Friday when we meet to depart. Thanks.

For any other questions, please see me at the meeting Monday or at departure Friday, or email me at

Mr. Bielkiewicz
SMiC Project Tenderfoot 2023

Mystery Trip Update

Updates (3/5/23): We should be back to the church by around 12:30pm on Saturday, March 11th. Lunch will NOT be provided so be prepared to feed your hungry Scout! If you need to make arrangements to pick up your Scout before that time, please just see Mr. Bielkiewicz at the meeting or at the dropoff on Friday.

We will need Med Forms, parts A, B1, and B2 filled out – we likely have most Scouts current within the past year, but if not (including new Scouts!) we need you to fill out a new one and give it to Mr. Bielkiewicz or Mrs. Mackey (our med form guardian). Please bring this to the meeting Monday or the dropoff Friday.

We also will need a waiver filled out for each Scout attending by their parent. I will have them at the dropoff.

Hint #3: What’s normal for Christmas-time will be around for us once again, if you look hard enough.

Updated packing list:

  • Sleeping Bag/Blanket (lightweight is good!)
  • Pad
  • Clean change of clothes
  • Typical toiletries for an overnight
  • Class A uniforms for travel
  • Class B shirt for non-travel times (suggested)

We will be meeting at the church at 6:00pm on Friday, March 10th. We will be sleeping indoors, so make sure to bring a sleeping bag and pad/cot and a change of clothes. We will travel to and from our locations in our class A uniforms, as always. Due to the late departure time, please ensure you’ve eaten dinner prior to coming to the church. Breakfast will be provided the next morning. We are still ironing out some final plans so our return time is not quite firm, but we are thinking sometime around noon. We will decide if lunch is included once we finalize the plans.

NEED: Everyone who is attending needs to provide me with their T-shirt size as a t-shirt is included with this adventure! I will be at the meeting looking for this info, so if I haven’t talked to you, please find me and let me know your size!

If you haven’t signed up and still want to attend, please do so now on our Events tab as I need to get our final numbers to our hosts ASAP.

Hint #2: Will we see Lions and Tigers and Bears? No guarantees to see them all, but surely at least one? Under or out of this world, the possibilities are endless.

As of right now, costs look to be around $70 but until our entire trip is finalized, we won’t have the exact amount.

-Mr. Bielkiewicz
ASM of Staying Healthy For A Mystery Trip

© 2024 BSA Troop 640 - Boy Scouts of America | WordPress Admin
© 2024 BSA Troop 640 - Boy Scouts of America
WordPress Admin