Troop 11 is happy to offer canoeing/kayaking on our late spring/early summer campout. Our destination will be San Marcos River Retreat near Luling, TX.
The San Marcos river is one of the largest spring fed rivers in Texas so that even in the driest months it has sufficient water for canoeing and kayaking. This trip should be exciting and fun for all the boys and adult leaders!
This trip has a 48 participant cap and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline is midnight on April 21.
Since this event involves canoeing and kayaking, all boys and adult leaders who plan to attend must pass a BSA swim test. A swim test must be renewed yearly so even if you got your chip before last year’s summer camp, plan on getting it renewed before attending. Troop 11 is administering a swim test April 15.
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!
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
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
Last day to register for next weekend’s Camporee: Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/
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/
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!
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.
Please let me know if you have any questions,