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Snow Sports Campout February 21 – 23, 2020

Posted by Robert Holzhauser on January 29, 2020

Sign-ups are now open for the Snow Sports campout to be held Feb 21-23, 2020.

This is a popular campout and affords the opportunity to earn the Snow Sports merit badge.

We will be snow camping at the Tennessee Pass trailhead near Ski Cooper. Ski Cooper is an ideal ski and snowboard venue with plenty of terrain for beginners and experienced skiers alike. Ski Cooper visitors also benefit from smaller crowds and affordable lift tickets. Cost will be standard camp fee of $20 plus the cost of a lift ticket and/or equipment rental (group prices are being negotiated). The Troop encourages adult sign-ups too and we are looking for an adult Camp Host for this campout, contact Mr. Kamm for details.

Winter Campout – January 17 – 19, 2020

Posted by Robert Holzhauser on January 1, 2020

This January 17-19, Troop 16 returns to YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch for our Troop 16 Polar Bear Challenge campout.

If we are lucky the temperature at night will drop below 0° F and we will earn the Denver Area Council Polar Bear Award patch.  This campout will be an education in cold weather camping and cooking.

During our stay we will have free access to the many fun facilities at Snow Mountain Ranch like the Tubing Hill, the ice rink, and Kiva.  The Kiva is a huge gymnasium rec   center where we stay toasty warm and enjoy rollerskating, basketball, ping pong, games, you-name-it.  Nervous about the cold?  Don’t Be!  Your Scout Leaders will give you all the tips and tricks to have a successful, comfortable, and fun winter camping experience.

Camp Host for this campout is TBD (contact Camp Coordinator Brian Kamm (303) 828-8280 if you are interested in hosting).

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Cave of the Winds Campout October 25th to 27th

Posted by Robert Holzhauser on September 26, 2019

How about some spelunking through a cave?!

The campout will give you an opportunity to work toward the Geology Merit Badge and explore the Manitou Grand Caverns. Saturday we will take a 2 1/2 hour tour through part of the cave that is closed to the public. On this tour you will crawl/climb/walk for nearly a mile while learning basic spelunking skills as well as the history and geology of the cave.  Sign Up on Troop Track

The troop is going to cover the cost of the spelunking. Cost for the campout will then be just the customary $20. 

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Parker Brewfest

Posted by Robert Holzhauser on August 2, 2019

PARKER BREWFEST – SATURDAY AUGUST 17, 2019 For the 3rd consecutive year, the Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club has asked Troop 16 for our help during Parker Brewfest. This fundraising event allows the Rotary Club to provide financial assistance to local charitable and community causes as well as to international projects.

We are looking for both adult and scout volunteers to work 4 hour shifts on Saturday and in return you will have money deposited in your scout account. Based on last year’s results each shift worked by either an adult or a scout equated to about $50 in your account!

Our duties include bringing ice to the vendors throughout the event, filling and emptying water containers at each vendor station, trash duty, and helping with the setup and breakdown of the event.

If you have any questions you can contact Chuck Carboni (, otherwise please use the link below to sign up:

Chipman Eagle Project

Posted by Robert Holzhauser on July 1, 2019

Dear Troop 16,

July 6th at 1:00 PM and July 7th at 10:00 AM. I am doing my Eagle Project at the Edwards Foundation (more info here: where we will be painting the barn. The first day we will be powerwashing the Barn to clean it and the second day we will be painting the Barn. I will be providing food the second day for volunteers. This is a great way to get Community Service Hours for Scouts, School, and anything else that requires Community Service Hours. If you have any questions feel free to contact me at and/or I will be at the next meeting.
If you wish to attend either one day or both days please RSVP at:

Cameron Chipman

June 2019 – Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Posted by Robert Holzhauser on May 10, 2019

Troop 16 scouts have requested a whitewater rafting adventure, and here it comes. Join us June 21 – 23 for a camping trip to Buena Vista, Colorado, including a full day raft trip on the Arkansas River.

We will camp in the group site at the Buena Vista KOA which has shower and bathroom facilities nearby the tent site. On Saturday we will make a short drive to Wilderness Aware Rafting and embark on a full day raft trip on the Arkansas River which includes a lunch provided by the rafting company. We are currently planning the Narrows Express section but Wilderness Aware may modify the section rafted based on flow to ensure it is appropriate for ages 10+. This company has years of experience with scout groups and an excellent safety record and experienced guides. The cost of the rafting is $110 (a great discount) in addition to the standard camp fee of $20 plus the fuel charge of $10 to reimburse drivers, making a total weekend cost per person of $140. This is a great way to introduce Scouts and Scouters to the scenic beauty of our nearby Colorado treasures, the Arkansas River and Brown’s Canyon. Adults are encouraged to sign-up to share the adventure with their scout!

Registration Deadline: Monday, June 10, 2019 so that scouts can do a swim check at the Pool Party, June 11.

May 2019 Campout – The Survivorman Challenge!

Posted by Robert Holzhauser on April 15, 2019

Survivorman is coming May 10-12, 2019!

Sign up for this camp-out to put your survival skills to the test and complete requirements for Wilderness Survival merit badge and compete with your patrol for the camp-out’s grand prize.

First year scouts will sleep in tents both nights but participate in a survival themed Level 1 treasure hunt on Saturday.

The Level 2 challenge encourages scouts to work together as a patrol to complete survival skills challenges and sleep in a shelter they construct in the wild for Saturday night.

Older scouts may participate in a Level 3 two-night survival challenge.  Adults are needed to sign-up to assist as referees and supervisors for our scouts as they trek through the wilderness of Peaceful Valley.

Registration deadline is 6pm Monday, May 6th!

Merit Badge College – May 4, 2019

Posted by Robert Holzhauser on March 31, 2019

The Troop 16 Merit Badge College will be on Saturday, May 4th 2019 at Parker UMC, 11805 S. Pine Dr., Parker, CO.

Be sure to register early in order to complete prerequisites and to allow time to read the merit badge book.  Scouts must read the merit badge book and bring a worksheet to class (for worksheets – start here and then follow the links).

Merit Badges Offered: 
Emergency Preparedness
Family Life
Adult Training – Committee & Asst. Scoutmasters
Personal Management
Personal Fitness CANCELLED
Swimming or Cycling
Trail to First Class

Registration will end on: April 30 2019.

Event Time Line: May 4th 2019
7:30am to 8:00am – Registration and sign-ups
8:00am to 11:30am – Morning session

11:30 to 12:30 – Lunch

12:30 to 4:00 –  Afternoon session
4:00 to 4:30 – Conclusion and wrap up

Signup Here:  Signup Genius

Please email Mr. Faust with any questions

Location: PUMC

Troop 16 - Parker's High Adventure Troop