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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

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

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

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.

Scoutmaster Update: September 30, 2016

Karl Young Park service project:

Looks like we should have great weather for our service project Saturday morning. I did a walk-through and the park certainly needs our TLC. I recommend bringing gloves, sunscreen, water, loppers, hedge clippers, bow saws, telescoping pruning saws, and folding chairs if you have some. Three service hours are required for First Class requirement 9d (Bring your book.) If you are going and have not RSVPd, please send me an email asap.

Last chance to register for Webelos Woods 

The trip is next weekend, October 7 – 9 but the deadline to register is the start of the next troop meeting.

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/troop-11-2016-webelos-woods-registration-28113469143 Be sure to check that your patrol is correct on the form.

There will be a uniform inspection on Monday. We will be the hosts of the entire district event and will host several dens in our own campsite. We need to look the part, with complete class A uniforms. Here is a handy uniform cheat sheet with all the details.

Trail to First Class advancement:
Physical fitness tests at the next troop meeting

We will do physical fitness testing next week (Tenderfoot requirement 6a.) If you did the test four weeks ago bring your log of how you have worked out over the last month. If you haven’t been keeping a log go back and recreate one using your baseball practice, gym period at school, bike riding events with your family or whatever you do to stay active. If you missed part 1 of the test no problem, do the test next week and this will be your part 1 then in another month we will do it again so you can complete the requirement. If you completed part 2 last month you should continue your fitness log for Second Class requirement 7a.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks,
Sean O’Connor

Scoutmaster Update: September 26, 2016

Tonight’s Meeting

Due to other activities in the church we will only have the downstairs basement for tonight’s meeting. Parents can meet in Room LC 299.

Karl Young Park Needs Our Help

Troop 11 will once again be helping the Braeswood Place neighborhood with the maintenance of Karl Young Park. We will be trimming trees, waxing play equipment, painting the tennis backboard, and anything else we can do to help the park. This counts as a Troop Event and Service Hours.

When:  Saturday October 1st, 8:30-noon (Lunch provided)
Where: Karl Young Park (Stella Link and Braeswood)
What to Wear:  class B shirts are fine as you might get dirty
What to bring:  Work gloves, sunscreen, Tree Pruning Saws, Loppers,
Please RSVP by e-mail so we know how much food to get

Registration for Webelos Woods in now open, October 7-9:

Remember, many scouts are in a new patrol

Please let me know if you have any questions.  713-202-1810

Yours in Scouting,

Sean O’Connor
Scoutmaster
Troop 11

Scoutmaster Update: September 15, 2016

Hello All,

First, if your Scout will not be continuing with Troop 11 this year please let me know.

New Patrol Assignments

Between the Bob White’s Ceremony of Joining at the last campout and the Troop elections this past Monday a lot of Scouts are in a new patrol. The roster with new patrol assignments was sent via e-mail on September 15 to all members of the Troop. If you did not receive it, please contact Sean O’Connor.

Karl Young Park Needs Your Help

Troop 11 will once again be helping the Braeswood Place neighborhood with the maintenance of Karl Young Park. We will be trimming trees, waxing play equipment, painting the tennis backboard, and anything else we can do to help the park. This will count as both service hours and a Troop activity for Scouts working on rank advancements. We will be joined by the Webelos II Nuclear Potato Patrol from Pack 34.

When:  Saturday October 1st, 9:00-noon (Lunch provided)
Where: Karl Young Park at the corner of Stella Link and Tartan (7800 Stella Link Rd, Houston, TX 77025)
What to Wear:  Class B shirts are fine because you might get dirty

Next Campout is Webelos Woods, October 7-9

Troop 11 will be the host troop this year so be on the lookout for opportunities to help during the weekend at Camp Brosig in nearby Sealy, TX.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  713-202-1810 or oconnorhook@gmail.com

Yours in Scouting,
Sean O’Connor
Scoutmaster
Troop 11

Scoutmaster Update: September 5, 2016

Hello Troop 11,

It’s departure week, so there are several important events:

Monday

There is no troop meeting tonight because of Labor Day.

Wednesday

7:00 p.m.
All trip Grubmasters and Assistant Grubmasters should meet at HEB on the corner of Bissonnet and Buffalo Speedway. Make certain to bring your shopping list and know how many people you’re buying for! The patrol roster for the trip is here.

7:00 p.m.
All trip Quartermasters and Assistant Quartermasters should meet at the Scout Shed (4400 Town Plaza Drive, 77045)

Friday

5:30 p.m.
Meet at the Scout Shed for departure. Be sure to bring money for dinner and Scout Handbooks. If you need Tenderfoot requirement 1a completed please find me at the shed on Friday with book in hand.

Sunday

Approximately 12:00 p.m.
We should be back to the shed early since we don’t have far to drive. We will send an e-mail update and have Scouts call home when we know a specific time.

Please let me know if you have any questions,

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

Scoutmaster Update: August 14, 2016

  1. Kid Cook at home week
  2. Adventure Day- August 20th
  3. First Troop Meeting-August 22nd 7:00 PM; FPC
  4. Camping Calendar – First campout – September 9-11
  5. National Youth Leadership Training – Registration is open

Did you know August 13-21 is Kid Cook at home week?

OK, I made this up however after a very detailed review of uncompleted rank requirements it is very clear our scouts will need to do a lot of cooking on upcoming camping trips in order to advance.  You can help them by having them pick a recipe, help shop for the ingredients, cook the food, and clean the kitchen.  And I am not talking about microwaving pizza pockets.  The “sniff test” is what would I want my son to be able to cook for his girlfriend’s parents the first time he invites them to dinner.

Food related: Please let me know if your scout is a vegetarian.  I know of three and for obvious reasons would like to group them in a single patrol.

Adventure Day- August 20th

Please register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/troop-11-aviation-day-registration-27061314119
The August Troop 11 outing will focus on an introduction for Aviation Merit Badge.  A group outing with a focus on airport operations and history —  a good start for those interested in working on the Aviation MB, and a fun and interesting day out for anyone who wants an unusual behind the fence tour.

8:15 meet at Church
8:30 depart for Ellington Field

9:00 to 11:00
Tour of various facilities at Ellington, includes a tour of the inside of the Air Traffic control tower, and a behind the scenes look at the Fixed Base Operator (FBO) functions going on there.  An FBO is a commercial business granted the right by an airport to operate on the airport and provide aeronautical services such as fueling, hangaring, tie-down and parking, aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance, flight instruction and other services.

11:30 – 12:30 lunch at Whataburger or similar.

1:00
Guided tour of Hobby Airport Museum with access to on-site event “Wings and Wheels” after the tour.

2:30 depart for church.
3:00 arrival at church

First Troop Meeting-August 22nd 7:00 PM; FPC

We will hit the ground running by working on the Tenderfoot fitness requirement, which takes a month to complete and was not covered at summer camp.  We will also start planning for our next campout as there will be no troop meeting September 5th – Labor Day.

Camping Calendar – First campout – September 9-11

Once again Troop 11 will be tubing for our September campout.  This is one of our most popular trips and a great way to beat the heat.  We will also be working very hard to finish-up rank advancement and other partials leftover from summer camp.  Thank you to Bert Adkins for volunteering to be the Person-in-Charge (PIC) for this trip.

I am also attaching the Troop’s camping calendar.  I think we have a wide variety of interesting trips planned and I look forward to a lot of parental involvement.  Please let me know if there is a particular trip you would like to attend.

National Youth Leadership Training

December 18-23, 2016

Bovay Scout Ranch

This course is an exciting, 6-day action-packed program to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others. NYLT incorporates the latest leadership ideas and presents fresh, vital and meaningful training for today’s Scouts.

NYLT centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he must KNOW, and what he must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership. Through a wide range of activities, presentations, challenges, games, and adventures, participants will work, learn and play together as they put into action the best Scouting has to offer.
Prerequisites: Boy Scouts (first class and above), Varsity Scouts and Venturers may participate if they:
have completed Troop Leadership Training Troops or Crews in their unit;
are between 14-18 years old, (Venturers between 14-20) may participate in NYLT
have unit leader’s recommendation
attend the mandatory orientation class
For more information and to register, click here.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Yours in Scouting,

Sean

Follow-up details from Parents’ Meeting

We really appreciate the great turnout for the parents’ meeting last night. This note is to follow-up on some of the topics discussed with more information.

  1. Camping Schedule
    The troop’s camping schedule for 2016-2017 has been announced. Click here see it.
  2. Packing Lists
    We have a great set of packing lists available on this site. Click here, then click on the rightmost tab for summer camp.
  3. Detailed Camp Information
    Camp leader’s guides have detailed information about each camp

  4. Swim Check
    There will be a swim check on Saturday, June 18 at Willow Pool. Time is TBA. Watch your e-mail, Facebook, or this site for details to come.
  5. Adults Needed
    With our expanding size, we really need a few adult leaders to step up to help in some supporting roles.

    • Campout Assistant Persons-in-Charge
      We already have volunteers in place for all of our events for the school year. It is a lot of work to organize a trip and the load is lightened if we can have Assistant Persons-in-Charge who can shadow the PICs and learn how to do it.
      – Contact Stephen Cullar-Ledford, Camping Chair, if you are able to help. 
    • Campout Grubmasters
      We eat at every campout. Whether we eat well depends on the grubmasters. The Adult Grubmaster helps the patrols plan their menus then goes shopping with them on the Wednesday night before departure to buy it all.
      – Contact Stephen Cullar-Ledford, Camping Chair, if you are able to help. 
    • Campout Quartermasters
      While the Grubmasters are shopping, the Quartermasters are at the shed folding tents and loading trailers so that we can depart more quickly on Friday night. We need someone to supervise.
      – Contact Stephen Cullar-Ledford, Camping Chair, if you are able to help. 
    • Assistant Scoutmaster for Indoor Activities
      Be a mentor to the Green Bar (The Scouts who are in leadership positions in the troop) to make sure that troop meetings are well planned and well run.
      – Contact Sean O’Connor, Scoutmaster, if you are interested.
  6. Troop 11 Facebook Group
    We have a new Troop 11 Facebook group which is becoming a good source of information about what is going on. Go to http://www.facebook.com/tr11houston. If you “Like” the group at the top of the page, you’ll see updates in your feed as they are posted. Also, be on the lookout for a communications preferences survey to be distributed in the next few days. Your feedback is valuable and appreciated.