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Survivorman 2021 April 30-May 2

Posted by Colleen Combest on April 20, 2021

Survived 2020? Test your skills – Survivorman 2021 is coming April 30-May 2!  Sign up for this campout to put your survival skills to the test, complete requirements for ranks through First Class and for Wilderness Survival merit badge, and compete with your patrol for the campout’s grand prize. The campout will be held at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch near Elbert, CO.  First year scouts will sleep in tents both nights but compete in a survival themed Level 1 treasure hunt on Saturday.  For more experienced scouts, 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.  Register at

Adults are asked to sign-up to assist as referees and for other jobs at this event. Job descriptions and signups here:

John Martin Reservoir Campout April 16-18

Posted by Colleen Combest on April 5, 2021

Canoe, kayak, fish and visit the historic Bent’s Fort!  April 16-18, 2021.  $20 RSVP by 4/13/21 at


Glenwood Caverns March 27-29, 2020 RSVP Open Now

Posted by Colleen Combest on March 13, 2020

Unfortunately because of the school closures, we are canceling this campout.  Our program will hopefully resume with our PLC and Troop Committee meeting on March 31 at PUMC.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and the Ami’s Acres Campground.  This a fun camp with access to all the rides and thrills.

Fee:  $20 T-16 Camp Fee + $25 Glenwood Caverns Park Fee total $45.  This may change if we are able to do a service project.  If that happens the Park Fee will be refunded to you.

This campout has a maximum of 40 people for the campsite we will be using.

Meet-up: 4:00pm at PUMC, Friday March 27th the drive is about three hours.Back Home: 2:00p at PUMC on Sunday March 29th

The new big trailer will be going with new chuck boxes (make sure your patrol chuck is fully stocked)

NOTE TO ADULTS:  We need some volunteers to do the cooking for Dirty Socks and Staff and someone to pull the trailer.  If you can help please email  Thanks.


This campout will emphasize cooking requirements for Trail to First ClassTherefore, those scouts who need cooking requirements for Trail to First Class have priority when it comes to planning, preparing and clean-up.

Sack Dinner on Friday as per usual.  Lunch on Saturday should be a bag lunch taken into the Park and this is still a meal that needs to be planned, prepared and cleaned up.

Sunday morning should be a backpacking breakfast so the only cooking will be what can be done only with boiled water, try to be somewhat creative.


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.

Melita Island Summer Camp – 2nd Payment link now active

Posted by David Hilgartner on January 28, 2020

Melita Island Summer Camp

Camp date: July 25 – August 2, 2020

Summer camp 2020 will be a return to Melita Island! This one of Troop 16’s perennial favorite summer camps.  Melita Island is a 64-acre island in Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Montana. It is part of the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Melita Island is a superb place for Scouts to hone their leadership skills, revel in the island’s natural environment, and participate in all kinds of water-related activities. Melita Island offers a number of unique traits that make it an appealing place for Scouts from all over Montana, the nation, and indeed, the world, to come and camp.

Total Cost will be $800 per Scout, and $550 per adult. This fee is the camp fee plus transportation and food costs. Per Troop policy, payments are not refundable, unless someone else takes that spot.

Questions? Contact David Hilgartner at or via text at 303-883-4122

Payment schedule:


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).

Troop Track Sign Up

2019 Adventure Race – November Campout

Posted by David Hilgartner on November 12, 2019


the 2019 Adventure Race is upon us!

Calling all Knights and Men-at-Arms! The annual Troop 16 Adventure Race is on! The theme this year, back by popular demand, is Monty Python’s Quest for the Holy Grail. Join us in this life-sized race through over a dozen challenges scattered around Peaceful Valley as you seek enough power to get past the Black Knight, defeat the Killer Rabbit, and claim the Grail. You will enjoy the Royal Feast afterwards.

Contact your Camp Host, Dave Hilgartner, with questions about the campout, or your Gamemaster, Rob Beyerly, with questions about what the heck a Grail is.

Parents, please consider coming out for the weekend or just for the day on Saturday. We need lots of help to pull it off. Peaceful Valley is located at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch, North Elbert Road, Elbert, CO.


RSVP by Friday, Nov 8.

We meet at the PUMC church parking lot at 4 pm on 11/15/19.  As always, please bring your dinner for Friday.

Driving Directions to Peaceful Valley

Basic Gear Checklist

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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Camporee Sept 20-22, 2019

Posted by Colleen Combest on August 20, 2019


Troop 16 will participate in the Denver Area Council Camporee Sept 20-22 at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch. The sign up is open now. Please register only on TroopTrack  (Please do not sign up on the Council’s camporee website). The fee is more than usual but includes the council’s $35 camporee fee plus the troop’s normal camping fee to cover meals.  Questions?  Contact the camp host, Rob Beyerly, or click on the link to learn more!


Mt. Democrat Campout

Posted by Nate Smith on August 11, 2019


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Reach new heights! Come and climb a 14er on the next campout. Earn a Fourteener Club patch or a star! We will camp near by and learn to use backpacking stoves. We will also focus on learning outdoor ethics. Sign up closes on 8/13. Email Mr. Smith with questions.


Sign Up here by Aug 13:



Troop 16 - Parker's High Adventure Troop