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Scoutmaster Update, March 24, 2017

Benji Tollet’s Eagle Scout Project:
Dates: March 25th 8:30am-3:30pm, and March 26th 8:30am to completion (estimated 12:30pm)
What you should bring:
-Gloves, outside work clothes, hat, etc.
-Tools such as shovels, crowbars, and hammers (not to hammer but to pry)
-Water bottle, sunscreen, bug-spray
-Good attitude
Donuts and pizza will be provided, as well as coffee for adults
1529 Lombardy St, Houston, TX 77023

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, here is my contact information:
Cell: (713) 829-5237
Email: benjitollett@gmail.com:

Training Opportunities:
In Class YPT
Lyman Payden will be facilitating the Youth Protect Training April 3rd during our Troop Meeting. This training is good for two years.

Capitol Council Mega Training – Lost Pines Scout Reservation, May 19-21
Registration is open: http://www.bsacac.org/training/outdoor_training/mega_training
Classes include Scoutmaster Specific, IOLS, Wilderness First Aid, Swimming and Paddle Craft Safety, and more.

Troop 11 First Aid / CPR / Wilderness First Aid classes.
I believe the Troop will be able to offer these class during early June. They will be open to scouts 14 and older. Details coming soon.

Family campout registration
Lake Livingston, March 31 – April 2
Registration deadline is March 26. For more information and to register:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/troop-11-family-camp-at-lake-livingston-registration-32874861596

Summer camp registration:
Kia Kima, AR – June 25 – July 2
For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/troop-11-summer-camp-at-kia-kima-registration-32642652051

Scoutmaster’s Corner: Summer Camp Merit Badge selections

  • I suggest you take at least one Eagle required badge.
  • If you don’t have them already, Swimming and First Aid are critical badges to earn at Summer Camp because they are difficult to get elsewhere.
  • Environmental Science and either Lifesaving (need to be able to swim 400m) or Emergency Preparedness are also Eagle required badges.
  • On the other hand, the following Eagle required badges are regularly taught in groups at Troop 11 meetings so you may not want do these at Summer Camp: Cooking, Camping, Communication, Physical Fitness, Personal Management, Family Life, and the Citizenship badges.
  • I encourage scouts take advantage of the very robust watersports program (Canoeing, Waterwater Kayaking, Sailing, Motor Boating) offered at this camp.
  • I also recommend Pioneering, Wilderness Survival, and Orienteering as good Badges for learning practical skills.
  • Although popular among scouts, be aware that Archery, Rifle, and Shotgun Shooting require minimum scores to earn, which scouts often fail to achieve at camp and it may be difficult for the troop to help them complete.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

YIS,

Sean
713-202-1810

Register for Summer Camp at Kia Kima

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/troop-11-summer-camp-at-kia-kima-registration-32642652051

Troop 11 is headed to northern Arkansas’ Camp Osage at Kia Kima Scout Reservation. The camp has been welcoming Scouts to the banks of the South Fork River since 1964. At Camp Osage, you will find traditional, though exceptional, camp programs including nature, Scoutcraft, handicraft, shooting sports, aquatics, and STEM programs. All aquatic activities, including swimming and boating, are held at the Osage waterfront on the South Fork River. All meals in Camp Osage are served in the new dining hall that opened in 2015!

Transportation

This year we’re travelling on a chartered bus to and from camp. This makes the trip easier on the adults and allows us to avoid overnight stops in each direction, shortening the overall duration. Using a bus also means we can take a maximum of 55 people.

No Trail to First Class

In a departure from previous years, the troop has decided not to participate in the first-year program at Kia Kima. Instead, all Scouts can sign up for a full slate of courses that take advantage of the facilities available at summer camp. We will work on the “Trail to First Class” curriculum in smaller bites during regular troop meeting throughout the year.

You will be able to indicate your preferences through this invitation, though note that this is only an indication — we may not be able to sign you up for the courses you want for any number of reasons. There will be some back-and-forth to settle on a final schedule for each Scout. Sign up early for your best chance to get the courses you want!

High Adventure Options

There are several high-adventure options available on an individual basis. Some of these programs allow Scouts to stay in camp and earn a few other merit badges. Other programs take the Scout into the field for the entire week.

Get much more detail and register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/troop-11-summer-camp-at-kia-kima-registration-32642652051

Scoutmaster Update 3/17/2017

 

In-Town Backpacking Practice Hike #2

Backpacking will be a big theme during the next 16 months with two major trips on the horizon and we will be having lots of in-town practice hikes.  Tomorrow(3/18/17) we will depart Pershing Middle School at 9:00 AM for a two hour hike.  You decide how much weight you want to carry but 20-25% is a good starting target.  You do not need to bring real gear (books, water jugs, cannonballs, dumbbells are all fine).  However, bring real water, good shoes, and sunscreen.

Family Camp at Lake Livingston State Park March 31 – April 2 
For information and to register follow this link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/troop-11-family-camp-at-lake-livingston-registration-32874861596

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)
I am certain your summer calendars are getting pretty full but, if you have nothing to do June 4-9 or June 11-16 and are over 13 you should strongly consider taking the BSA National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) class.   You must complete this course to run for SPL and the troop will reimburse half the tuition upon completion. Let me know if you are interested. For more information:  http://www.samhoustonbsa.org/nylt

Merit Badges at Houston Museum of Natural Science
If you are looking for summer day camps I can recommend the merit badge classes at HMNS:
http://www.hmns.org/education/scouts/summer-classes/
The organizers work closely with the Scout office to make certain they offer a quality product.  I particularly recommend the Eagle Required Badges like Citizenship.

Save the Date:
May Campout, Canoeing and Kayaking on the San Marcos: May 5-7
Kia Kima Summer Camp:  June 25 – July 1
Great Sand Dunes National Park:  July 29 – August 6

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks,
Sean
oconnorhook@gmail.com
713-202-1810

Register for Family Camp (March 31 – April 2)

Bring Everybody for Family Camping at Lake Livingston State Park!

Moms, dads, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and even great-grandparents are all welcome to see what it’s like to camp (and eat) with Troop 11 during the first weekend in April. Lake Livingston State Park is just 85 miles northeast of Houston. There will be opportunities for the younger boys to work on their Trail to First Class requirements and for all others, they can work on their fishing merit badge. Families can also go hiking and biking throughout the park. Most importantly, we will have a dinner Dutch Oven Cooking Competition by patrol for all scouts. So, this campout will not only be a blast, but will also allow for completion of some rank advancement requirements. What more do you need?

We have reserved 10 sites in the Pin Oak Loop area of the park. Each site can accommodate a maximum of 8 people, so we have a hard cap of 80 participants. There is very limited space for tents, so older boys (first class +) should plan to share a tent with a friend. Families are asked to limit the number of tents.

Tickets are first-come, first-served. The registration window will close at midnight on Friday, March 24.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/troop-11-family-camp-at-lake-livingston-registration-32874861596

Photos from February Camporee

Camporee Update

Hello All,

Last day to register for next weekend’s Camporee:  Register at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/troop-11-2017-district-camporee-registration-32218545537

We are hosting a canoe race and need empty milk, bleach, or similar jugs to mark the course.  Please bring tonight or Friday.

Another troop is hosting a climbing tower.  No Scout will be allowed to climb unless he’s covered by a climbing release form, signed by his parent, present at the campout.  http://www.samhoustonbsa.org/Data/Sites/1/media/camping/tellepsen/informed-consent-release-indemnification-agreement-tellepsen-revised-feb-2015.pdf

Pre-campout Wednesday night activities:
The Wednesday night before most of our campouts we have two preparation events:

  • Grubmasters:  7:00 PM at HEB corner of Bissonnet and Buffalo Speedway.  Buy all the food for the patrol.  A Troop ASM will be there to supervise and pay but scouts do the shopping, storage, and transport.
  • Quartermasters: 7:00 PM at the Shed (4400 Town Plaza).  Prepare gear for trip.  This is critical for a timely departure on Friday.

Every patrol needs to supply at least one scout to each team.  New scouts should try to go with an experienced scout to learn the ropes.  Please let your scouts know if they are available on Wednesday.

Tonight’s Meeting Agenda:
We are going to be planning for next weekend’s campout.

  • New Scouts can bring their personal camping gear for inspection.  Go to http://tr11.org/packinglists/ for packing list
  • Scouts interesting in completing the First Class requirements #2 or Cooking MB need to bring recipes (cookbooks, magazines, print from internet, etc).  ALL MENUS MUST BE PRE-APPROVED BY THE COUNCILOR!

Photos from backpacking the Lone Star Hiking Trail, Feb 2017

Scoutmaster Update: Feb 8, 2017

Hello All,

Three quick Calendar Updates

Court of Honor
Monday February 13th,7:00 PM First Presbyterian Church.  Please wear your complete Field Uniform including neckerchief and merit badge sash.

Scout Sunday
All Troop 11 members are encouraged to attend the 8:15 AM service at First Presbyterian Church Sunday February 19th.  Please arrive at 7:45 AM as we will help with ushering.

Skiing Merit Badge
Rebecca Brown will be teaching the classroom portion of the Skiing Merit Badge from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Saturday February 25st at First Presbyterian Church. No cost but please RSVP.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/troop-11-skiing-merit-badge-tickets-31955434565

Philmont 2018 Deposit

This ticket is to secure your Philmont 2018 spot with a non-refundable $100 deposit.

This is Step Two of the registration process. Step One was completing the interest survey. The results of the interest survey showed a third crew was needed and a deposit check for $3,600 has been mailed to Philmont. However, we still have more interest than spots. Therefore, you need to act quickly to secure your spot by completing this registration.

The trip dates are July 29 thru August 10, 2018.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/deposit-for-philmont-backpacking-trek-2018-100-tickets-31679651691

Please let me know if you have any questions,

Sean

713-202-1810

 

Scoutmaster Update: January 24, 2017

 

Youth Emails

Are you tired of being an answering service for your son? A large part of scouting is to teach responsible and organization. If you want them to receive these Troop-wide messages just send me their address. Note: as a social experiment I occasional send my kids an email with a “secret word.” Any kid who knows the word at dinner gets a prize. It worked wonders.

Uniform Reminder

All scouts need to be in full field uniforms (official shirt, pants, belt, socks, and book) at all Troop meetings and whenever the Troop travels. Complete uniforms are a requirement for Scoutmaster Conferences and Boards of Review. For Court of Honors they should also wear their neckerchief and merit badge sash.

Service Hours

If you need service hours before next Monday night please let me know. I am aware of several opportunities.

February 10-12 campout: Backpacking and service project on the Lone Star Trail

Please find details and registration information at this Eventbrite link. Note: there is an Early Bird Registration Discount:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/troop-11-february-10-12-service-project-and-backpacking-on-the-lone-star-trail-registration-31269742642 While newly joined scouts are welcome, this is a physically challenging trip. You should be prepared to carry all your food and gear at least 2 miles. Not ready, no problem, we have two easy trips in March.

Court of Honor: February 13, 7:00 PM

This will be a special Court of Honor as Nick Herero will be receiving his Eagle Scout Award. Next Monday (January 30th) is the submission deadline for all advancements and awards.

Skiing Merit Badge – February 25th

If you are planning a ski trip and want to earn Skiing Merit Badge please email Ms. Brown (rdbrown1998@hotmail.com). She will provide you instructions for how to document your on the slope requirements. Classroom requirements will be covered February 25th at FPC.