Boy Scout Troop 285 Albuquerque

Boy Scout Troop 285 Albuquerque Troop 285 is a high adventure Boy Scout troop in Albuquerque New Mexico. we meet every Monday at 7 pm at Saint Paul's United Methodist Church.

Troop 285 of Albuquerque is a high adventure troop, meeting each Monday from 7pm until 9pm. At St. Pauls United Methodist Church 9500 Constitution Avenue Albuquerque, NM 87110. If you would like to join troop 285 or want more information about the troop please feel free to visit us at any monday meeting. Troop 285 holds 10 weekend camp outs a year, one week long camp out in July and 2 high adventure treks each year (hiking and canoeing). We are continually striving to provide a program that challenges the boys and builds leadership skills in each boy, While also instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath, Law, Motto and Slogan. Troop 285 believes all scouts if they want, should be given every opportunity and every effort given to help them achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. There is only one achievement that a teenage boy can attain that he can put on a resume at age 50 and that is the rank of Eagle Scout. The Troop committee and scout leaders have built a program over the years that aids and encourages scouts to advance in rank, with most scouts achieving the rank of 1st class within their first year and ultimately many scouts will reach the rank of Eagle in Troop 285. We are very proud that Troop 285 has had 212 scouts reach the rank of Eagle scout over the last 60 years. This is a testament to the program that Troop 285 has built over the years to build up and encourage all the scouts to have fun and reach any goal they set for themselves. We realize that not all scouts will want to advance in rank and thats OK! Troop 285's program is balanced so all scouts first and foremost will have fun weather or not they advance in rank.

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Bandelier National Monument Campout - Troop 285 unintentionally picked a very frigid weekend for a first campout for sev...
04/21/2021

Bandelier National Monument Campout - Troop 285 unintentionally picked a very frigid weekend for a first campout for several of our new Scouts. It even included some very light snow but they came through like real troopers. On Saturday, April 17th, we explored Bandelier's many cliff dwellings which was intriguing as the Scouts tried to visualize how these natives lived under such primitive conditions.

Mini-Equipment Day - For our new Scouts that, due to COVID, have never camped with the troop in a year, Troop 285 combin...
04/21/2021

Mini-Equipment Day - For our new Scouts that, due to COVID, have never camped with the troop in a year, Troop 285 combined introducing these guys to using troop camping equipment plus having them inventorying the cooking equipment in each patrol's chuckbox.

There are some skills that cannot be taught online...knot and lashings are two of them.  As Saturday, March 20th promise...
03/21/2021

There are some skills that cannot be taught online...knot and lashings are two of them. As Saturday, March 20th promised to be a warm, sunny day, Troop 285 decided to go outdoors for this session AND do a little recruiting as the same time. The turnout was great including five Cub Scout families wanting to check us out. Under the instruction of Mr. Ericson, the boys got some fresh air, learned some new pioneering skills plus we got to meet some very nice new families.

Night Bike Ride in the Rio Grande Bosque.  Everyone had a great ride topped off with fried chicken and ice cream at the ...
03/13/2021

Night Bike Ride in the Rio Grande Bosque. Everyone had a great ride topped off with fried chicken and ice cream at the end.

Troop 285's March Court of Honor celebrated the induction of three new Scouts into the troop and two young men being awa...
03/12/2021

Troop 285's March Court of Honor celebrated the induction of three new Scouts into the troop and two young men being awarded Scouting's highest rank of Eagle Scout.

Troop 285 teaching knots,lashings & setting up a troop tent.
03/05/2021

Troop 285 teaching knots,lashings & setting up a troop tent.

Some Scout advancements you just can’t teach virtually.  Troop 285 met at the Rio Grande Nature Center to teach our newe...
02/23/2021

Some Scout advancements you just can’t teach virtually. Troop 285 met at the Rio Grande Nature Center to teach our newest Scouts how to whip or fuse a rope, use a compass, identify native plants and animals and much more.

02/10/2021
02/10/2021
Troop Good Turn Day at St Paul’s UMC - Sprucing up around the church.
02/10/2021

Troop Good Turn Day at St Paul’s UMC - Sprucing up around the church.

10 Black Leaders Who Got Their Start In Scouting
02/03/2021
10 Black Leaders Who Got Their Start In Scouting

10 Black Leaders Who Got Their Start In Scouting

In celebration of Black History Month, we wanted to share a list of 10 prominent African-American leaders who got their start in Scouting.

01/24/2021

Take a moment to learn about and remember Hank Aaron. He was a hero to many, including us.

During this COVID pandemic, troop bike rides are one of the few safe activities that we are allowed.  This time, we rode...
01/10/2021

During this COVID pandemic, troop bike rides are one of the few safe activities that we are allowed. This time, we rode trails along the Elena Gallegos Open Space in the foothills east of Albuquerque. After the ride, we each prepared our own simple hot meal which warmed us up and allowed three of our new Scouts to complete two requirements toward their Second Class rank.

01/07/2021

Rick Mondick has passed away.

Ranger Rick’s family has been involved with our Troop since it began in 1953! His Father-in-law, Ernest “Ernie” Lee Bolton helped start Troop 285 and was our Scoutmaster from 1954 till 1976.

Rick began with our Troop around 1990 and was our Scoutmaster from about 1998 till 2004. He remained active in Scouting until the day he passed.

Whether on the trail, at a camp, or in a troop meeting, Rick was always fun to be with and I am honored to have been his friend.

Our deep condolences go out to his wife Debbie and their children Jennifer and Christian.

Alexander Vertikoff
Committee Chair
Troop 285, Albuquerque, NM.

12/16/2020

It's with great sadness that Troop 285 learned that alumni Rocky Jones, Eagle Scout #160, was killed on Tuesday, December 8th while flying an F-16 during a night training flight for the Wisconsin Air National Guard when the aircraft crashed in a remote area of the Hiawatha National Forest in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Our sincere condolences go to his wife Corinne and two sons, ages 2 and 2 months, parents Lee and Kathy Jones as well as his younger brother Rob (Eagle #162), all part of the Troop 285 family.

12/15/2020

Liam has passed his OEC (Outdoor Emergency Care) certification for Ski Patrol. He had to undergo some pretty intensive training and had to pass both the written exam and hands-on practical. He still has a lot of On-the Hill training to go, but I’m a proud mommy. When he took his practical he was asked if he had any previous medical training or leadership experience. They asked if he came from a military family or martial arts background. He said, “I’m in Scouts”. I believe that scouting is one of the best programs for youth to learn leadership responsibility, a positive attitude and life skills. I’m so very proud of the Boy Scout program and so thankful that we have had that in our lives for many years. We have been blessed with great leadership in both Troop 100 on Maui and Troop 285 in Albuquerque. Thank you Scouts!

How to P**p Outside
10/14/2020
How to P**p Outside

How to P**p Outside

When bathroom facilities are closed and where regulations allow, burying human waste is the most effective method to dispose of p**p properly. Whether you’ve...

05/31/2020

Troop 285 Status – Well, Troop 285 has been pretty quiet since COVID-19 came to New Mexico. In mid-April, the troop stopped holding its traditional in-person meetings until further notice. Thanks to Liam, our senior patrol leader, and Henry, assistant SPL, for taking their leadership role in a new direction. They were able to set up weekly virtual meetings on Zoom…and hand-walk the entire troop, especially the adults, through the steps to get online. Further, they set up a Google Classroom account where any of us can post photos, instruction and any other documents needed to keep the troop connected. Since our Scouts are at various levels of advancement, Henry sets up separate “rooms” to meet in during our meetings for instructors and Scouts to work on various merit badges.

In addition, the troop is blessed with eleven Scouts in its Basic Skills program so Henry sets up a separate room for them as well. After the troop’s traditional opening ceremony, announcements and a troop-wide instruction, the new guys break out for about 30-40 minutes to cover skills needed for them to earn their rank requirements through First Class.

To be sure, conducting virtual Scout meetings has been a learning situation for all of us. However, as we await permission from our New Mexico governor to begin meeting in person again, we are proceeding to plan for upcoming campouts and high adventure expeditions in the hope that we will get the “go ahead” from her. In the meantime, we all practice “Staying Home and Staying Safe”.

10/18/2019

Troop 285 is headed to the fall Camporee this weekend. Have a great time guys!

09/27/2019

Huge thanks to Mr McNeil for spending 2 hours with Liam at the gym. This launches Liam’s 12-week fitness program for the Physical fitness merit badge. Liam was very excited to work with him and get expert tips on weight training.

09/12/2019

Troop 285 is Going Caving – For its September campout, Troop 285 will give its Scouts a chance at an unusual adventure – caving. We will be camping in the Cibola National Forest south of Grants for the weekend. On Saturday, Mr. Nelson, a very experienced caver, will be leading the Scouts and adults in exploring a new, to us, lava tube at the El Malpais National Monument near Grants, NM. In preparation, the troop will be given careful instructions, at its meetings, on how to explore a lava tube safely. Since lava can be very sharp each person must wear old long pants, a long sleeve shirt, and since it is cool in there, an old lightweight coat or sweatshirt that they don’t mind getting torn. Knee pads, work gloves and water will be a must plus the troop will provide helmets for every caver. Obviously, it will be totally dark in there so each person must carry THREE sources of light including a head lamp. Finally, we will file a tour permit with the monument’s office telling them which lava tube we will be exploring and when we plan to enter and exit it. This will likely be a unique and memorable experience for most of our boys.

During the campout, the adults will teach the Scouts about Dutch oven cooking. The boys, however, will assist in the menu planning, food buying, preparation and actual cooking of group meals for everyone. Afterwards, they will learn how to clean and properly seal cast iron cookware so it doesn’t rust.

08/04/2019

Tubing on the Rio Grande – What better way to beat the August heat than floating the Rio Grande in an inner tube? Troop 285’s August campout will do just that. Although this year’s summer runoff is a little higher than last year's, the troop has chosen to float a section that will be a little challenging but safe. We will camp at Rio Bravo Campground, float downriver toward Pilar, meet our rides back upriver and, hopefully, have time for a second run. Oh, and sq**rt guns and super shooters are encouraged. Stay cool, guys! 😎😁

07/26/2019

My son Liam just asked if he could trade away his Boy Scout class A at world jamboree. He is totally out of tradables and is now contemplating the shirt on his back:)

07/08/2019

Troop 285 Heads to Gorham Scout Ranch – On July 7, 2019, the Troop packed up to spend its 2019 Long Term 7-day campout at the Gorham Scout Ranch near Chimayo, NM. After checking in, going through medical record reviews and swimming classifications, the Scouts dropped off their gear at Solo Pino campsite and then learned about hiking across map contour lines, the pool rules when swimming and eating/clean-up at the chow hall. After that, they returned to Solo Pino to find their tent partner and move in before dinner. By that time, they had found that each campsite has its own shelter, running water, vault toilets, flag pole and fire ring. Pretty nice! Looking forward to a great week in camp.

06/22/2019
ournohq.com

Liam and I have returned from Philmont! I have finally been able to put my entire journal on my Journo site. We had no cell/internet for the entire trek so I uploaded it today. The trek was itinerary 32, 78 mi in north portion. Our lead advisor tracked everything and our grand total was 107 miles. Enjoy!

journohq.com/journo/philmont-2019-trek-32-00016

06/09/2019

Troop 285 "Blue Crew" is Back Home. After reaching the Blue River in Arizona two days ago, our high adventure backpackers turned around and made a final push back to the Pueblo Park campground, their point of origin, on Saturday, June 9th. They then jumped into their vehicles and headed back to Albuquerque...with a well deserved stop in Socorro, NM, for some "real food" after seven days on the trail, Welcome home, guys! We understand that you had a great time..

06/08/2019

Troop 285 Expedition Status Report - as of June 7th: Today, it appears, from VertiSpot satellite tracking, that Troop 285's hikers have now reached the Blue River, have resupplied and are now headed down Lanphier Canyon in Arizona's beautiful Blue Range Primitive Area. Tonight, they are camped just upriver from Cow Flat/Franz Spring (which you may be able to find on a map). Probably by tomorrow they will cross back into New Mexico. Their goal is to return to their starting point (Pueblo Park Campground) on Sunday or Monday.

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Troop 285 of Albuquerque is a high adventure troop, meeting each Monday from 7pm until 9pm. At St. Pauls United Methodist Church 9500 Constitution Avenue Albuquerque, NM 87110. If you would like to join Troop 285 or want more information about the troop please feel free to visit us at any Monday meeting. Troop 285 holds 10-weekend campouts a year, one-week long camp out in July and 2 high adventure treks each year (hiking and canoeing). We are continually striving to provide a program that challenges the boys and builds leadership skills in each boy, While also instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath, Law, Motto and Slogan. Troop 285 believes all scouts if they want, should be given every opportunity and every effort given to help them achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. There is only one achievement that a teenage boy can attain that he can put on a resume at age 50 and that is the rank of Eagle Scout. The Troop committee and scout leaders have built a program over the years that aids and encourages scouts to advance in rank, with most scouts achieving the rank of 1st class within their first year and ultimately many scouts will reach the rank of Eagle in Troop 285. We are very proud that Troop 285 has had 217 scouts reach the rank of Eagle Scout over the last 65 years. This is a testament to the program that Troop 285 has built over the years to build up and encourage all the scouts to have fun and reach any goal they set for themselves. We realize that not all scouts will want to advance in rank and that's OK! Troop 285's program is balanced so all scouts first and foremost will have fun weather or not they advance in rank.

“Troop 285 does not go camping Troop 285 goes on maneuvers.”

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