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Register for Webelos Woods

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/troop-11-2017-webelos-woods-registration-38277864122

Our October campout is Webelos Woods which means only one thing to the Scouts of Troop 11: ZIPLINE! This year, thanks to hard work harvesting trees on a campout, we have even bigger spars available to make this the biggest, fastest ride we’ve ever built!

We will be hosting dens at our campsite as well as receiving visits from many other Webelos and Scouts throughout the day.

 

9/12/17 update: Volunteering with JJ, pool party, calendar updates, CoH dates, and NYLT

Volunteering this Saturday
9AM-Noon
Lightning Logistics – 10622 Hirsch Road, Houston 77016.  It is about 13 miles from First Presbyterian Church
Lightning Logistics has taken on the responsibility of taking in, sorting, re-packaging and distributing all of the goods that are purchased/donated through JJ Watt’s efforts. We are confirmed for 9am on Saturday. Class B uniform and closed toe shoes. Boys should bring water too.  Should be a lot more fun than ripping out wet sheetrock. {Note:  We know this will be a long recovery and Troop 11 is committed for the long-haul.  If you know of ways you think the troop can help please let me know.}

Willow Pool Party this Saturday4-6PM
We are not camping this weekend but we are certainly due some fun.  We will be swimming and grilling hot dogs at Willow Pool (10525 Cliffwood Dr).  Please bring sides, fruit, chips, and drinks.

Camping Calendar
For some obvious and some not so obvious reasons, our scheduled toobing trip has been postponed.  Our next campout is Webelos Woods October 6-8.
Tentatively, we are also scheduling a winter backpacking trip to Guadalupe Peak the January 2-7th and a Spring Break (March 10-17) canoeing trip down the Buffalo River in Arkansas.

Court of Honor
Our next Court of Honor is October 16th. The deadline of all award and rank submissions is October 2nd.

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)
Register now for NYLT!  National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an action-packed leadership course designed for Boy Scouts and Venturers. During the six days of NYLT, youth are challenged to develop leadership skills through teambuilding activities, games, and practical application. Graduates return to their home units to continue their growth and deliver the promise of the youth-led unit. Registration is now open for Winter NYLT, to be held at Bovay Scout Ranch on December 26-31. To learn requirements and more about NYLT, please click here. To register for the 2017 Winter NYLT course, click here.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

YIS,
Sean O’Connor
713-202-1810

Summer Camp and Colorado Trip Meeting, Wilderness First Aid

Summer Camp Informational Meeting

Please come to our Summer Camp at Kia Kima information meeting Monday, June 5th in LC 181/185 at First Pres. from 7-8pm. Matthew Moore will go over what to bring, when to arrive, what to expect and answer any questions.

He also will want to double check any dietary restrictions you or your scout require.

We currently have 13 leaders going on this trip and we just heard from another scout that would like to go. If there are any leaders who are willing to give up their seat, we could bring another scout along.

The current plan is to meet at the church at 5:30am and to leave by 6am on Sunday, June 25th. We are on a tight schedule, so please arrive on time and fed that morning. We will eat lunch on the bus ride.

If you miss the meeting and have any questions, just email, text or call me.

Looking forward to a fun week in the Ozarks,

Matthew Moore

Troop11summercamp@gmail.com

713-703-2165

American Red Cross (ARC) CPR and Wilderness and Remote First Aid (WaRFA) certifications

1.  American Red Cross (ARC) CPR class from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon on Saturday, June 3 at the Red Cross headquarters, 2700 Southwest Freeway.  No charge to participants.  Open to anyone 12 years old or older.  Current ARC CPR certification (i.e., received after July 15, 2015) is a prerequisite to taking the Wilderness and Remote First Aid course–so if a participant is going to the WaRFA course, the participant either needs to take this class, already have a current ARC CPR certification or arrange to take the class (will almost surely be a combined First Aid/CPR class) by July 15, 2017.  Please RSVP using Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/troop-11-cpraed-tickets-34851964163 

2.  ARC Wilderness and Remote First Aid (WaRFA) class from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16 at the Red Cross headquarters, 2700 Southwest Freeway.  No charge to participants.  Open to anyone 14 (not 12 or 13) years old or older.  Please RSVP using Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/troop-11-wilderness-first-aid-tickets-34873036190

Any Philmont crew must have at least one member with current (i.e., within the last two years) WaRFA certification.  It’s a good idea to have as many crew members as possible with this training; one never knows the circumstances when it may be needed.  And it will be a good idea for the participants in this summer’s Colorado trip to have this training–so this is training that should be considered by anyone planning on going on either the Colorado trip in 2017 or the Philmont trek in 2018.

Please contact me if you have any question.

Lyman Paden

ScouterPaden@gmail.com

Colorado Planning Meeting

Chris Bryant and I would like to have a Scout and Leader meeting to finalize the rosters and itineraries June 3rd from 5- 7 PM at the Church (Vegetables with a side of Pizza will be served).  We would also like to collect checks for $450/participant.  

Please RSVP is you can attend.  If you cannot attend but still want to go to Colorado let me know.  If you are no longer planning on going on this trip let me know.  

 

YIS,

Sean O’Connor

oconnorhook@gmail.com

713-202-1810

Service Project, Snow Sports, Court of Honor, Summer Trips

Hermann Park Service Project

This is our third of three service projects at Hermann Park.  We will meet 9:00 AM at the same location (6540 Almeda Rd.) but will be building gardens this time.  Breakfast and Lunch will be prepared.  Bring the usual: sunscreen, hat, water, bug repellant, etc)

Snow Sports Merit Badge

Ms. Brown will be teaching the classroom portion of the snow sports merit badge in our upstairs meeting room at the Church, Sunday at 2:00 PM.  Even if you have never skied before you are welcome to attend.  The Troop is currently in the early planning stages of a January 2018 ski trip.

Court of Honor

We have a very special Court of Honor on Monday night at 7:00 PM.  Benji Tollett and Nicholas Herrero will be receiving their ranks of Eagle Scout.  We will also be awarding merit badges and ranks earned by our Scouts.

Court of Honors are a time when we really want our Scouts to dress their finest.  Full Class A uniform, neckerchief, and merit badge sash.

Upcoming Camping

I believe next Monday is also our deadline for signing up for Summer Camp and the Colorado trip

Please let me know if you have any questions.

YIS,

Sean O’Connor

713-202-1810

More photos from San Marcos river canoe trip

Photos from San Marcos river canoe trip

Scoutmaster Update April 26, 2017

Backpacking shake down hike this Saturday at Brazos Bend

Please RSVP to Neil Bailard:  etherist@gmail.com

At 8:30 AM on Saturday, April 29 we will carpool from the Shed (4400
Town Plaza Dr)  for a 3-hour training hike in beautiful Brazos Bend
State Park (an easy 50-minute drive):  All are welcome!  If you need a backpack you can grab one at the shed.
https://goo.gl/maps/R5HbAAWG8k62

Please note: if you are going on the San Marcos canoeing/kayak trip
May 5-7, we ask that you come to the shed early at 8:00 AM to do some
quick prep work for the San Marcos trip.

If you have never been to Brazos Bend, it’s fantastic – lots of
wildlife, including alligators!  If you are wondering how big a
particular gator is, you take the distance from the nostrils to the
eyes in inches, and that’s how many feet long it is.

We are planning on a 6.5-mile trek starting from the parking lot by
New Horseshoe Lake, setting out for Big Creek Loop, then coming back
by way of the Elm Lake Loop.  All told, about 6.5 miles, about two and
a half hours.  The route loops back on itself somewhat, so if this
turns out to be too ambitious, we can get back to the vehicles easily.

http://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/pwdpubs/media/park_maps/pwd_mp_p4504_0110z.pdf

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, sunscreen and bug repellent.

(The Park does charge a $7 day use fee for anyone 13 and up.)

Pre-register for the Troop 11 Colorado Adventure – July 29th to August 6th

Chris Bryant is organizing a great opportunity to escape the Houston heat and explore, camp, hike, and backpack in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve and other sites in southeastern Colorado.  We need to know who is interested in attending and what specific activities may be of interest to the group.  With responses to these questions, the final planning will be made regarding activities for the group while there and transportation.
Use this Eventbrite link to get more information and to reserve your spot: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-summer-adventure-to-colorado-interest-survey-tickets-34070324257

Summer Camp

We still have a few spots available for summer camp
Kia Kima, AR – June 25 – July 2
Many of the most popular merit badge classes (Swimming and First Aid) fill-up.  Therefore, please register ASAP.
For more information and to register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/troop-11-summer-camp-at-kia-kima-registration-32642652051

Scoutmaster Update, April 20, 2017

Sunday 2-4 PM at the Shed:

Canoeing Merit Badge: 
If you are planning on going on the May campout and want to earn Canoeing Merit Badge please join Ms. Brown, Mr. Shah, And Mr. Joseph at the shed on Sunday 2-4 PM.

The First Class lashing requirements 7A and 7B.  Taught by Mr. Walsh and Mr. Citardi.

“discuss when you should and should not use lashings. Then demonstrate tying the timber hitch, clove hitch, and their use in square, shear, and diagonal lashing’s by joining two or more poles  together. Secondly, use lashings to make a useful camp gadget”

We will also assist any scouts who show up and need help with any other scout knots and lashing requirement.

Monday Troop Meeting

  1. Summer camp: Mr. Moore will discuss the High Adventure options for older scouts at Kia Kima
  2. Merit Badge requests will start being processed tomorrow so you really need to register ASAP For more information and to register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/troop-11-summer-camp-at-kia-kima-registration-32642652051

May 22 Court of Honor

May 22nd at 7:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church
May 8th is the last opportunity for Scoutmaster Conferences and Boards of Review and all awards must be submitted to the Advancement Table by the end of the meeting.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments,

YIS,
Sean
713-202-1810