A Klondike Centennial or Valley Will Not Forget

Klondike_16-11On a cold and windy Saturday morning, Scouts from Valley & Centennial Districts woke to start their Klondike derby.
This is an annual event and held by the Denver Area Council Districts during the winter months. The Klondike derbies are based on the heritage of the Klondike Gold Rush. Boy Scout units have been conducting their Klondike derbies since 1949, and they may differ in what is planned, but the typical Klondike derby consists of several stations. These stations test patrols/units, Scouts skills and their leadership abilities. Some of this year’s stations were fire building, and a sled race, both were huge draws during the Klondike_16-15derby. Life Scout Parker who is the Senior Patrol Leader stated that the sled race, “allowed us to be a team and when you cross the finish line you know you made it as a team and there is no better feeling”. I would say that the combined Klondike was a great success and both Districts showed their stuff and did great during the stations. But there can be only one winner during the derby. For the first time ever the father Dyer “Ski” a prized trophy given to the winner of the District Klondike from Centennial District will find a new District home in Valley District who was the winner the combined District Klondike derby.

Scout & Father Recognized for Their Heroism at the Summit of Mt. Princeton


On July 31st, 2015, Gary and Taylor recognized the danger to an adult leader Vic Freestone who had lost control during a descent from their hike to the summit of Mt Princeton. Acr8471915974400-211455After recognizing the situation, Gary quickly reached out to stop Freestone but Freestone had too much momentum. This resulted in Gary’s glasses being knocked off, and a brush to his face by Freestone’s flailing arms. Taylor saw that his father attempt did not stop Freestone’s decent and tackled Freestone, after which both tumbled a few yards, with Freestone gashing his head but was stopped from the unsafe out of controlled descent towards danger.

“It could have been terrible, not just for me but for both of them,” Freestone said. “It worked out really well, and I’m grateful that they were there.”

Gary then joined his son Taylor as they used first aid treating the head wound/gash Freestone had suffered. After stabilizing Freestone’s wound, both Gary and Taylor assisted Freestone the remainder of the way down the mountain, stopping frequently to ensure aAWARD-10 safe descent.

“I stuck to Vic like glue all the way because I was worried he had a concussion,” Taylor Morgan said. “We got down the mountain, but it took a while.”

Because of the heroism of Taylor and his father Gary at 14, 197 feet at the summit of MT. Princeton on that day, they were awarded the Honor Medal (Taylor) and the Medal of Merit (Gary) from the Boy Scouts of America on January 22nd, 2016 in Frisco, CO.


Eagle Scouts with ties to the Broncos, Patriots and the Superbowl


Scouting’s highest honor, meet pro football’s highest honor. With the Super Bowl approaching fast and the AFC to be decided today, Jan 24th, 2016 between two very good teams, I thought I’d share these Eagle Scouts and their connections to the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots.


Thomas Chandler Gailey, Jr. (born January 5, 1952) and was awarded Scouting’s Highest Honor (Eagle Scout in 1966).

Chan Gailey

Super Bowl appearances: 4

  • XXI (1986 season) as special teams/tight ends coach of the Broncos
  • XXII (1987 season) as tight ends/receivers coach of the Broncos
  • XXIV (1989 season) as offensive coordinator of the Broncos
  • XXX (1995 season) as wide receivers coach of the Steelers

Teams: Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers


Jordan Devey (born January 11, 1988) and was awarded Scouting’s Highest Honor (Eagle Scout in 2006).

Jordan Devey

Super Bowl appearances: 1

  • XLIX (2014 season) as an offensive lineman for the Patriots




Team: New England Patriots

Know of any others?

Did I miss any Eagle Scouts who have appeared in the Super Bowl as a Coach or Player between these teams? Let me know in the comments and I can verify their Eagle Scout status.

Troop 870 “Mystery Scout Trip”

Troop 870 considers themselves a high adventure Troop that is populated with Scouts and families that like to go out deep in the wilderness. They learn interesting new stuff all while creating an adventure and preparing young men and women for life, fulfilling the mission of the Boy Scouts of America. The out-of-the-box camping trip this Troop came up with and conducted in November 2015 did just that.

Crew in the rock

The planning for this trip started in October 2014 at their annual planning meeting where someone in Troop 870 suggested that “maybe we should test our Scouts’ ability to ‘Be Prepared for anything”.  This statement sparked the idea of how our Scouts can prove their readiness for anything. The answer to this question came when someone suggested that they should conduct a mystery Scout trip where nobody would know where they were going and what to pack or expect except the Outdoor Assistant Scout Master, Committee Chair, Outdoor Coordinator and Council professional staff. For the next nine months, the Outdoor Assistant Scout Master kicked around different ideas. Some of these ideas included scuba diving at the Blue Hole, climbing the Tooth of Time at Philmont, and camping at the bottom of a volcano, but only came to one solution: a “trip through time”.With a trip location in mind, the next step was to find a date. The Troop Adult leadership settled on the weekend before Thanksgiving as this worked best for most schedules with midterms, the holiday and dicey weather.
On the morning of the trip it started unlike any other trip for the Scouts and parents within Troop 870. The Outdoor Assistant Scout Master asked the guys to arrive prepared ready to take care of themselves for the weekend. Specifically each Scout and attending adult were asked to arrive prepared backpack ready with food, tent, clothes etc. for both cold and warm weather excursions. The only thing Scouts know about this trip is that any group gear would be provided. Other than that the Scouts and attending adults had no idea what was in store or where they were headed.
Until after the Scouts and attending adults were loaded up. They were then told that they were headed on a “trip through time” in the Comanche National Grasslands in Southeastern Colorado.


“I signed up for this trip because I wanted to see if I can be prepared, even if I don’t know where I am going. I wanted to test my skills and see if I am able to be comfortable with the supplies I have and still have fun”, stated Eagle Scout Luke R.

“To prepare for the trip, I packed everything I could because I didn’t know if we were going to hike a lot or freeze”, stated Eagle Scout Brady R.

Brontosaurus Tracks

Upon arrival, the Scouts were told they would be setting up camp on the lip of Picket Wire Canyon. During the next day, the Scouts hiked all 18 miles to see the largest concentration of dinosaur tracks in the United States.“Throughout the mystery trip, I saw breathtaking things, but the coolest thing was the dinosaur footprints. When I saw the footprints and put my foot in the three claws of a dinosaur foot, it was unbelievable and mind-blowing to think that these footprints were made over 65 million years ago and were left for curious people.” 1st Class Scout Joshua B.

After the trip ended and the Scouts returned home, they were left with memories that would be the talk through the new-year.

“The trip was such a hit that the annual planning this year has already added another Mystery Trip for November 2016”, stated Greg Streech, Assistant Scoutmaster, Past Scoutmaster Troop 870.

View more photos here: Photo Album

Scout Night With The Colorado Avalanche

On December 19th, 2015 Scouts and Families arrived at the Pepsi Center with enthusiasm and pride to participate in a Scout night hosted by the Colorado Avalanche. Not known to all Scouts and Families at the game but they would see Scouting represented on the ice before the game as Troop 79 presented the flags for the Canadian Anthem and US Anthem. image001

This Troop showed what being a Scout is by standing tall, having respect as well as honor while on the ice with the flags.

ScoutNIght_ColoradoAvalanche -32After the game all Scouts and families that attended were invited down onto the ice to take a picture with the Colorado Avalanche Mascot Bernie. This is where the fun began as the Cub Scouts were sliding around and having Cub Scout derbies is how i would explain it. They would line up on ground against the wall and push off with their legs as if they ScoutNIght_ColoradoAvalanche -30were pine wood derby cars racing toward the finish line even some of the adults would participate, “this is what being a kid is all about, having fun and creating enjoyment out of nothing” Just some ice and some kids waiting in line but everyone found things to do out on that ice one of the parents explained.

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Another Pack of Cub Scouts even decided to show their adult leader what it is like to be a kid during the fun as they dog piled onto their Leader. “This was a lot of fun”, Stated Scouts during the event.

Scouting for Food in Metro Denver


The Boy Scouts of America councils nationwide hold an annual Scouting food drive called “Scouting for Food”. This food drive is yet another reminder that our local community Scouts are here, doing good things within the community. The Denver Area Council holds their annual Scouting food drive to coincide with the annual Scouting4Food-44.JPG9Cares Colorado Shares Food drive. This year Coloradans stepped up and donated nearly 328,000 lbs. of food between both programs. The amount of donated food and funds will provide more than 400,000 meals to help those in need. Scouts from the Denver Area Council went out into their communities a weekend prior to the food drive and hanged door hangers on their neighbors doors to remind them about the donation as well as to inform them that they could fill a bag for the food drive and Scouts would come and pick it up to take to one of the drop off sites for the 9Cares Colorado Shares 33rd annual food drive.


Scouts from Troop and Crew 763, Centennial District also volunteered at the aurora drop off site packing up all the donations being dropped off for the 9Cares Colorado Shares 33rd annual food drive. These Scouts did an amazing job and even as the day wore on they continued to pack boxes of food and clothing for those in need within the community. Supporting our communities in need is one of the greatest things we can.



If you would like to see more photos from the event click here Scouting for food photos

Also click here for our Facebook where Troops within our council shared their photos. Denver Area Council Facebook


Broomfield Boy Scout makes music possible for foster children

Austin-Secor-Eagle-Project-2The Eagle Scout project by 15-year-old Austin is literally music to the ears of the neediest children in Broomfield and the surrounding community. is Austin is a Boy Scout with Troop 337 and his family has provided foster care to dozens of children. He has a passion for helping foster children and that’s how he came up with his musical instrument idea for an Eagle project. Over the past seven months, Austin has worked tirelessly to solicit musical instrument donations, get those instruments repaired and finally distribute them to foster children……..

To read the full story on Enterprise Lifestyles click here Full Story

Inaugural Duty to God Breakfast


For 105 years the ideals and principles of “duty to God” and “A Scout is Reverent” set forth in the Scout Oath and Scout Law have been and will continue to be central to Scouting. Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, every rank for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will include a duty to God requirement. To be clear, duty to God has been a part of the Boy Scouts of America from the start. The first BSA Handbook for Boys, published in 1911, says “no boy can grow into the best kind of citizenship without recognizing his obligation to God.”

Scouting-49On November 4th, 2015 the Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America held its inaugural Duty to God breakfast where not only Scouts were recognized for their Duty to God within their Faith, but everyone in attendance had the great chance to witness history as a presentation was conducted to present the first ever Islamic charter partner within the council.  Their charter creating Cub Scout Pack 322, registered to the Denver Islamic Society.

This breakfast promoted the fundamental promise created by the Scouting founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell. In his original book on Scouting in 1908, he introduced the first edition of the Scout Promise, which was “on my honor I promise that I will do my Duty to God and the King, I will do my best to help others, whatever it costs me, I know the Scout Law, and will obey it”. Even though the Scout Promise has changed in the way it is written it has not in its fundamental principals, one of which is doing your Duty to God.

This breakfast is a great way to honor Scout youths for achieving religious awards within their religion and goes to show that even in this fast-paced world faith still has a hold on future generations and their values.

Those Scouts recognized at this event were the following:

Cody Barnes, Bear Cub Scout, Pack 400


  • Chartered by Mountain High Christian Center
  • Religious Affiliation:  Presbyterian
  • Religious Institution:  Deer Creek Church
  • Religious Award Received:  God and Me, Protestant



Daniel LeTerneau, Eagle Scout, Troop 577


  • Chartered by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Quincy Ward
  • Religious Affiliation:  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Religious Institution: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Religious Award Received:  Duty to God




Mayer David Kerub Reynolds, Life Scout, Troop 120


  • Chartered by Colorado National Guard, Friends of Scouting
  • Religious Affiliation:  Jewish
  • Religious Institution:  The Jewish Experience
  • Religious Award Received:  Ner Tamid



Douglas Drake, Life Scout, Troop 212


  • Chartered by Northglenn United Methodist Church
  • Religious Affiliation:  Catholic
  • Religious Institution:  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Northglenn
  • Religious Award Received:  Pillar of Faith, All 4 Catholic awards





Future Eagles Soar High

Flight Day Group Photo 1.jpgScouts from Cub Scout Pack 236, chartered by the VFW Post #3631, had the opportunity of a lifetime earlier this year. Cubmaster, Vickie Sykes had made contact with a pilot from the Young Eagles, a program through Experimental Aircraft Association, that gives kids a chance to experience a flight at no cost .Vickie extended an invitation to families from Archuleta Elementary Cub Scout Pack to have an opportunity to take flight in a single engine plane with a pilot.

Jonathan's Flight.jpgWith permission from Salvador DiMarco, Principal of Archuleta, Vickie worked with the “On Laughter Silvered Wings” program and together hosted a flight school in the cafeteria where about 40 families attended. Other siblings of the boys in the Scout pack were invited to participate as well. In order to have a chance to take flight in a plane each participant had to be at least 8 years of age and attend flight school. They were told what their experience would be like and the rules/safety about flying.

On February 28th at 7:30 a.m. all but two families came to the Front Range Airport to participate in this event. Each youth was assigned to a single engine plane with his own pilot to fly for a 10-15 minute flight. They were also given the decision of whether or not they wanted their parent to ride in the back with them. Once in the air, the Scout had the opportunity to handle the student wheel for a short time frame.V Sykes Flight.jpg

Each Scout was photographed after each flight, given a certificate signed by each pilot and given a flight log recording actual flight time.

After everyone in the group, including parents, had their chance the Scouts completed the Young Eagles Program. Both parents and Scouts left with a sense of pride and excitement for the experience they all had.

Thanks to Vickie Sykes and the Young Eagles program the Scouts and families of Pack 236, one of 84 units in the Leadership Assistance Program, were given an experience that none will ever forget.

High Alpine Rescue by Eagle Scouts 

Luke and Chris from troop 373 were involved in an high alpine rescue on Monday August 10, 2015 on Snowmass Mountain. During the rescue another gentleman by the name of Steven who is an Eagle Scout was helping the victim neither Steven or Luke met before this day nor did they know the victim. Luke and Steven bonded in their efforts, and they only later discovered that they were both Eagle Scouts (Luke from 3 years ago, Steven probably 15 years ago.) Two Eagle Scouts, and their training, quite possibly saved the victims life.

image017On that day up on the mountain Luke and Chris were down climbing and were at 13,100 ft. when they heard rock falling and screams. Steven and the victim had just started to descend when the victim fell 40 to 50 feet. Luke immediately climbed back up the mountain to 14,000 ft., about a 40 minute climb, to help assess the situation. Both Luke and Steven administered first aid and stabilized the victim. If anyone has been on a mountain at 14,000 ft., you know this is not an easy place to operate. As the afternoon wore on, and the risk of thunderstorms were a possibility, both Luke and Steven were committed to stay with the victim. In fact, they stayed with her and helped Search and Rescue Personnel evacuate her from the peak of the mountain. The selfless actions and calm execution in an emergency situation were incredible.

image031The victim suffered a broken arm, wrist/hand, and ankle. She also broke her tail bone and back at L4. She will have a long recovery, but should be ok. She and her family really appreciated the efforts of these 2 Eagle Scouts. A great example of the wilderness training they received as Scouts really making a difference.