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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

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

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

 

Photos from Backpacking Trip to Colorado Bend State Park

Winter Camp Photos

Troop 11: Backpacking & Spelunking at Colorado Bend SP

Colorado Bend State Park is one of the gems of the Texas hill country, offering amazing scenery and a wide variety of activities that we’ll take full advantage of. This is really two trips in one: a mid-adventure backpacking trip for those that want to put in some miles and an exciting cave exploration day for everyone else.

Signup deadline is Monday, December 19. Maximum is 48 people. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/troop-11-backpacking-spelunking-at-colorado-bend-sp-registration-30007212380

The park is a long drive from Houston, so we will break it up by staying overnight at Tellepsen Scout Camp near Navasota on Friday night. We’ll be on the road just after the sun comes up on Saturday morning so that we arrive at the park for lunch.

Backpacking

After lunch on Saturday, the backpacking crew will start their 9-mile trek on trails that vary from steep and challenging to easy and shady. Along the way, the crew will see Gorman Falls, a hidden rock bowl formation, and the Colorado River gorge before arriving at the group site before dark, making camp alongside the cave crew, and eating backpack-style meals. On Sunday morning, the crew will head out to complete a loop of the park with another 8 miles of hiking that includes spectacular overlloks of the pools and waterfalls of Spicewood Springs.

Spelunking

After the backpacking crew starts their trek, the cave crew will drive down to the group site and make camp. In the afternoon, small groups will take a shuttle bus to spend an hour and a half getting dirty in Turtle Shell Cave. Explorers will get a helmet, headlamp, kneepads, and elbowpads before going underground with a professional guide for an exciting expedition. On Sunday morning, the cave crew will break camp and load the trailers in time to meet the backpack crew back at the park headquarters.

Advancement 

Most of the requirements for the hard-to-earn Backpacking merit badge will be covered. We will try hard to set up the program so that Scouts can complete it this spring. Doing both legs of the hike will also meet the Camping merit badge requirement of a 15-mile trek. (It might qualify for 1,000 foot elevation change too.)

Packing lists

Check out the “Weekend Backpacking” tab on our Packing Lists for Camping page. Remember, we’re camping in central Texas in mid-January — it could be hot or it could be below freezing. Highs are usually around 60 degrees, lows are around 35 degrees. There will be a lot of discussion about this at troop meetings.

Preparation

This will be the first of two backpacking treks this spring, so everyone will participate in the backpacking prep course the troop has prepared for the troop meetings leading up to this trip. This includes gear discussions, how to hike safely, foot care, and trail cooking.

Troop meeting on Monday, December 12

  • Review compass, maps, navigation, what to do if lost
  • First aid, blisters, hypothermia
  • Footwear discussion
  • Crew decides roles and does meal planning

Troop meeting on Monday, December 19

  • Registration deadline
  • Establish and record buddies for tents, food, stoves
  • Backpacks distributed and fitted
  • Packing lists distributed
  • Packing techniques demonstration to illustrate packing list items (water, food, clothing, weight ratios/target dry weight, other gear)

Backpacking crew meeting on Saturday, January 7

  • Weigh-in with complete packs
  • Tents distributed
  • Dump gear for review, list of what hikers need/don’t need
  • Short shakedown walk with gear
  • Test tents

Troop meeting on Monday, January 9

  • Low-impact camping, leave no trace, Wilderness Pledge
  • Food, stoves, fuel distribution and packing
  • Review plans and schedule
  • Cave exploration program for those not backpacking

Trip Schedule

Friday, January 13

  • 5:15 p.m. All participants arrive at Scout Shed
  • Load trailer(s)
  • 5:50 p.m. Sunset
  • 6:00 p.m. Depart shed
  • Stop for dinner near shed
  • 8:15 p.m. arrive Camp Tellepsen
  • set up tents
  • Bed

Saturday, January 14

  • 6:30 a.m. Wake up
  • Break camp, load up
  • 7:28 a.m. Sunrise
  • 7:30 a.m. depart Camp Tellepsen
  • eat no-cook breakfast in vans
  • 11:00 a.m. arrive Colorado Bend State Park
  • eat no-cook lunch, discuss safe hiking while we get signed in to park
  • 12:00 noon depart park headquarters (either hiking or driving)
  • Backpacking crew hikes 9 miles
  • Cave crew sets up camp at group site, then goes on tours in small groups
  • 5:50 p.m. Sunset
  • Backpacking dinner
  • Evening program
  • Bed

Sunday, January 15

  • 7:00 a.m. Backpackers wake up
  • 8:00 a.m. Backpackers depart camp
  • Backpacking crew hikes 8 miles to park HQ
  • Backpacking crew eats breakfast on the trail
  • Cave crew eats backpacking breakfast in camp
  • Cave crew breaks camp and drives to park HQ
  • 12:00 noon Two crews meet at park HQ
  • Depart park
  • Pizza lunch in Lampasas, TX
  • 6:00 p.m. Arrive Scout Shed

Registration

All participants should use this Eventbrite invitation to register and pay (if applicable.)

Adult training required to participate

The troop and the BSA require participating adults to have completed several training courses prior to attending troop activities. We encourage adults, both men and women, to be actively involved with the troop’s activities and to spend a few minutes going through three online training courses.

  • Youth Protection Training for Boy Scouts
  • Fast Start Orientation Training for Boy Scouts
  • This is Scouting for Boy Scouts

If you are interested in becoming an Assistant Scoutmaster, additional in-person training is required. Speak to any adult leader to find out more.

Directions to the Troop 11 Scout Shed

4400 Town Plaza Drive, Houston, TX 77045

(Important note: There are NO restroom facilities at the shed)

  1. From 610, go south on South Main to the Hiram Clarke Road exit.
  2. Go south on Hiram Clarke Road for about a mile
  3. Turn left onto Town Plaza Drive.
  4. Turn left into the second driveway (into the warehouse complex)
  5. We’re the second-from-the-last rollup door on the left side of the middle lane in the complex.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/troop-11-backpacking-spelunking-at-colorado-bend-sp-registration-30007212380

Register for November Shooting Sports Campout

The November campout will be the weekend of 18-20. The focus of the campout will be on shooting sports. Due to space limitations at Lost Pines, we have to limit participation to 50 total participants. Shooting sports are always popular, so register early to ensure your slot. 

There will also be a session to work on the classroom components of the Shotgun Shooting or Rifle Shooting merit badges. Led by Richard White and Richard Byrd at the Byrd home at 2 pm on November 13th. This training is not mandatory for the November campout to Lost Pines Scout Camp, but it will be necessary to earn either badge.

Register for the campout here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/troop-11-november-shooting-sports-campout-registration-28604869936

Get more details and register for the classroom training course here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/troop-11-shooting-merit-badges-course-tickets-28643197575