scouts bsa Troop 11 | Houston, texas

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  • 11/01/2019 6:11 PM | Stephen Cullar-Ledford (Administrator)

    As you know, it's almost Christmas.

    Troop 11 has been selling holiday greenery for decades as our primary fundraiser to provide operating funds for all our activities. This year, Troop 12 will also have the option to participate with proceeds flowing into the Troop 12 operating account.

    Sales commissions of half the profit (approximately 25% of the sales price) are deposited into the salesperson's Scout Account on Wild Apricot. Scouts also earn awesome incentive prizes for selling more. Details are available at troop meetings.

    There is an abbreviated schedule for this year's campaign. All orders and payments are due by Monday, November 11. Greenery will be available for Scouts to pick up from the Church on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7. 

    There are several ways to sell:

    1. Scout sales door-to-door. 

      Scouts approach friends and family to see if they would like to support the troop by purchasing holiday greenery using this sales flyer. Collect payment at the time of ordering by cash or check.

    2. Parent sales at work
      Similar to the way the Girl Scouts sell cookies in workplace breakrooms, we have a multiorder form that parents can put in common areas where coworkers can sign up to buy greenery. Collect payment at the time of ordering by cash or check.

    3. Online sales for local delivery
      If someone you know in central Houston wants to purchase greenery using a credit or debit card, they can do it from the Troop's online store. Notes: - The buyer needs to enter the Scout's name in the "comments" section at the end of the shopping cart process - That Scout is responsible for delivering the greenery to the purchaser.

    4. Direct ship to anywhere from the farm
      If someone wants greenery who does not live nearby, you can arrange for the products to be shipped directly from the farm using this online order form. This is also a good way to send greenery as gifts to faraway friends and relatives. Payment will be taken by credit/debit card at the time of ordering. 

    5. Corporate sales
      We offer quantity discounts and personal service if you have a business which would like to send greenery as a nice thank you to important clients or customers. Contact Glenn Wallin directly with leads for corporate sales. These are generally paid via invoice after delivery.

    6. Church in-person sales
      We will only have two Sundays (Nov 17 & 24) this year when we can sell at First Presbyterian Church. Watch for announcements if you are interested in participating.

    If you have any questions or problems, please do not hesitate to contact this year's Greenery Chairperson, Glenn Wallin or Stephen Cullar-Ledford.

    Thank you for supporting the troop!


  • 10/31/2019 7:04 AM | Stephen Cullar-Ledford (Administrator)

    A nice coffee table book of photos from our 2019 Philmont trek is now available for purchase:

    https://www.blurb.com/b/9670494-troop-11-philmont-2019

    For information contact contact Stephen Cullar-Ledford

  • 08/21/2019 4:55 PM | Stephen Cullar-Ledford (Administrator)

    We will have an adult leadership/Troop Committee meeting on Monday, August 26 in the normal troop meeting space at First Presbyterian between 7 and 8:30 p.m. The tentative agenda includes:

    1. New Scoutmaster Christopher Bryant
    2. Adult positions of responsibility
    3. Event plans (camping trips, swim checks, court of honor)
    4. Summer events review
    5. Troop 12 update
    6. Scoutbook/Troopmaster advancement tracking

    As always, we will not have any meeting on Labor Day, Monday September 2.

    Our first full troop meeting will be on Monday, September 16.


  • 06/03/2019 4:50 AM | Stephen Cullar-Ledford (Administrator)

    Court of Honor

    Congratulations again to Bailey Stidman and Zach Bryant for becoming Eagle Scouts.  If you were not able to attend we will have your badges available in September.  If you have any questions regarding what you received or did not receive please contact Melinda McGouldrich (melindaanddylan@sbcglobal.net) or Becky Galloway (rcarazzone@gmail.com).

    More Eagle Scout Projects

    Elliott Conley

    Houston Arboretum on June 1st, from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. We will be removing invasive species over a 1/2 acre portion of the park. There will be the obligatory donuts and pizza. This is great opportunity to help an awesome organization and earn potentially 6 hours of community service. I will have waivers there to be signed the day of. If you would like one prior please email me at legoeddc@gmail.com, call at 713-594-9299, or snap at elliottconely. 

    Sage Cullar-Ledford

    June 6th 8 AM to 1 PM at Gregory Lincoln education center (1101 Taft St, Houston, TX 77019). There will be food and drinks. We will be building garden marker signs and a large world signpost. If there are any questions please feel free to ask me at sagecullarledford@gmail.com 

    Medical Forms for Summer Camp

    DUE June 10th

    It’s time to complete the required medical forms for our summer camp at Woodruff Scout Camp. This campout is longer than 72 hours and thus you will need to turn in Part C of the BSA Health and Medical Record. Part C must be completed, signed, and dated by a certified and licensed physician (MD, DO), a nurse practitioner, or a physician’s assistant.  In-store clinics at some pharmacies (e.g., Walgreens or CVS) have practitioners who can conduct this brief exam and sign the form. Part C needs to be filled out by all participants – both scouts and attending adults

    ·  Further instructions on filling out the forms are on the Troop 11website: https://bsatroop11.wildapricot.org/How-to-Complete-Your-Medical-Record

    ·  Forms can be found at: BSA Health and Medical Record.

    ·  Please include a copy of both sides of your health insurance card if your health insurance has changed.

    ·  Please include an immunization report from your doctor if available.

    ·  Be sure to include both pages of Part B, and please endorse and sign the non-prescription medication permission on page 3.

    You can email me a scan of the completed forms at bertadkins@comcast.net.

  • 04/11/2019 7:10 AM | Stephen Cullar-Ledford (Administrator)

    Zach Bryant’s Eagle Scout Project - Work Day Details

    My name is Zach Bryant and I am currently working on my Eagle Scout project. My

    project’s goal is to create a library for San Francisco Nativity Academy, a non-tuition based private independent Christian PreK-3 through 1st-grade school serving low-income students and families. Many students at San Francisco Nativity Academy are from immigrant families who have recently moved to the United States. 95% of the students currently in attendance are considered English Language Learners and are just beginning to develop English language speaking skills. We are working to assist in their language learning activities by starting a Library at their school. This library will allow students to read age-oriented books during the school day to practice and develop their skills.

    If you are interested in helping to build the new library, please join me at San Francisco Nativity Academy (5808 Renwick Drive, Houston 77081) on Saturday, April 13 from 9:00am-12:00 pm. During that time, we will be assembling new library shelving, stocking the library with the collected books, and cleaning and placing donated tables and chairs. Food and drinks will be provided for all volunteers – adult helpers are welcome! If you would like to know: how to get there, what to wear, what to bring, and to sign up to attend, use https://bsatroop11.wildapricot.org/event-3323071

    Emergency Preparedness Talk at 4/22 Troop meeting

    The Office of Emergency Management will be there to talk about Emergency preparedness to most of the scouts and Search and Rescue to the scouts finishing the Search and Rescue Merit Badge.

    Houston Food Bank

    Do you need service hours for rank advancement or as part of the Citizenship in the Community merit badge (you need volunteer for 8 hours of community service)

    During the troops merit badge day, the scouts voted to work at the Houston food bank.

    Troop 11 and 12 are signed up for the following dates.

    · 28th of April for the 9-12pm shift. Register: https://bsatroop11.wildapricot.org/event-3356982

    · 12th of May for the 9-12pm shift. Register: https://bsatroop11.wildapricot.org/event-3356985

    (6 hours listed above, 2 more hours needed)

    We will provide an additional date for the remaining hours later.

    SPECIAL NOTES:

    Volunteers MUST be at least 6 years old and supervised by parent or guardian throughout the shift.

    All volunteers under the age of 18 also need a completed Youth Volunteer Consent Form signed by a parent or guardian. A copy of this form can be downloaded by clicking the RESOURCES tab on your Volunteer Profile page.

    Please plan to arrive at least fifteen minutes before your scheduled volunteer shift so you can check in, receive instructions and start on time. If you arrive after the start of your shift, you may have to wait up to 30 minutes for orientation and assignment. If members of your group arrive late, we cannot guarantee they will be able to join you in your assigned project area.

    Description of Duties

    Varies with the makeup volunteers for shift. Most of the projects at the warehouse involve inspection, sorting, and repackaging of donated food items for community distribution.

    Address 535 Portwall St.

    Houston, TX. 77029

    Directions

    From Downtown: Take IH-10 east and exit Gellhorn St. (exit #774). Make a U-turn at Gellhorn, stay on feeder and turn right on Portwall St."

    Bellaire City Council

    Register: https://bsatroop11.wildapricot.org/event-3356989?CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=4/10/2019

    As part of the Citizenship in the Community merit badge and Communication merit badge (both eagle requirements).

    Monday May 6th, 2019.

    You can attend our regular Troop meeting or you can attend the Bellaire City Council Meeting

    7:00 PM (please be there by 6:45)

    7008 S Rice Ave, Bellaire, TX 77401, meet outside the building

    Please wear your class A uniforms and bring along your merit badge worksheet.

    For questions contact Stephen Logue

    This visit will count towards one of the following requirements, either Citizenship in the Community or Communications (not both)

    Citizenship in the merit badge (Eagle Badge Requirement)

    3. Do the following:

    a. Attend a meeting of your city, town, or county council or school board; OR attend a municipal, county, or state court session.

    b. Choose one of the issues discussed at the meeting where a difference of opinions was expressed, and explain to your counselor why you agree with one opinion more than you do another one.

    Communication Merit Badge (Eagle Badge Requirement)

    Attend a public meeting (city council, school board, debate) approved by your counselor where several points of view are given on a single issue. Practice active listening skills and take careful notes of each point of view. Prepare an objective report that includes all points of view that were expressed, and share this with your counselor.

    May Campout May 19-21

    Join Troop 11's first triathlon! This campout is the combination of two fun events...a campout at Stephen F. Austin State Park in addition to an OPTIONAL kids' triathlon at Typhoon Texas for kids 6-15 years old. As a bonus, the triathlon participants have private access to Typhoon Texas from 10:30-1:30.

    Remember to bring money for Whataburger for Friday evening. If you're doing the triathlon, also bring money for lunch and snacks at Typhoon Texas.

    Triathlon registration and race distances can be found at: http://www.typhoontexaskidstri.com

    If you have any questions, contact Michael Lewis 832-368-6727, michael.l.lewis@outlook.com

    Troop Wild Apricot Registration: https://bsatroop11.wildapricot.org/event-3344501?CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=4/10/2019


  • 03/28/2019 6:53 AM | Stephen Cullar-Ledford (Administrator)

    April Family Campout (sign-up deadline is next Monday at 4:00 PM)

    Bring Everybody to Family Camp at Double Lake Campground!

    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 the troop during the first weekend in April. Double Lake is 90 minutes north of the Scout Shed.

    It is very important all scouts and guests register.  We often have a shortage of food due to unregistered guests.  Register with Wild Apricot: https://bsatroop11.wildapricot.org/event-3305166\

    This campout will not only be a blast, but will also allow for completion of some rank advancement requirements. There will be opportunities for younger Scouts to work on their Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class requirements. For older Scouts, we will have a service project and a long hike. Everybody can join for challenge events and cooking competitions. 

    Troop 11 and Troop 12 will both be camping at Double Lake during the same weekend. There will be some shared activities such as Saturday night dinner and some advancement activities. Each troop will have its own tent area.


    May Campout

    May 3-5 Camping at Stephen F. Austin State Park with a Triathlon at Typhon Texas.  Please see the attached flyer.  Scouts need to sign-up with the Troop (Wild Apricot coming soon) and at Typhoon Texas Kids Triathlon:   https://www.trisignup.com/Race/TX/Katy/TyphoonTexasKidsTri

    The past three years the event has sold out at least two weeks prior to the race (April 21st). 


    June: Summer Camp (space is limited so sign up fast)

    WOODRUFF SCOUT CAMP

    06/22/2019 9:00 PM

    06/29/2019 11:30 PM

    Your Scouts will have a week of pure adventure at Woodruff Scout Camp. We’re not just talking about a fun week with your best friends, this is the summer of a lifetime. This is where thousands of Scouts come together for a week of awesomeness that will impact them forever.

    You'll never forget your summer at Woodruff. With programs designed for maximum fun and achievement, Woodruff offers once-in-a-lifetime adventures for Scouts looking for a pure Scouting experience.

    Your typical Woodruff morning is spent knocking out Merit Badge requirements at our class-leading waterfront, nature/STEM center, field sports, handicraft or shooting sports ranges. In the afternoon, Scouts and their Troops have the opportunity to take on adventure challenges like climbing & rappelling, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, mountain boarding, Ga-Ga ball, interpretive programs, and a variety of aquatic activities. Campfires, movie nights, Vespers, and spoof badge sessions fill the twilight hours before taps closes out another great day of camp. 

    Located in the North Georgia Mountains, Woodruff's natural environment gives you nearly unlimited opportunities for adventure. And our renowned first-year camper program and quality merit-badge instruction means that every Scout will have the time of his life.

    CAMP WEBSITE 

    https://www.campwoodruff.org

    More information and registration at:

    https://bsatroop11.wildapricot.org/event-3239465?CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=6/26/2019


    Merit Badge Fair:  This Weekend

    On Sat March 30 from 9:00-3:00, Troop 11 leaders are beginning 2 Eagle required merit badges.  These require some homework.  We will also be available to help scouts work on their partial merit badges at the beginning of the meeting. 

    For those who are planning to ski or have skied this year, we will teach the beginning of Snow Sports in the morning.

    ·         Citizenship in the Community in the morning

    ·         Personal Management after lunch. 

    A couple of Life Scouts will be preparing lunch for those who are there.  We will charge $2 (cash only) to help cover the cost of the food.  Registering will help us have a headcount for planning.


    Religion Award

    From Kathy Hwu:

    We will begin the Ad Altare Dei class in 2 weeks. The class is geared toward 13-14yo Scouts, 7th grade or above. Older Scouts and Venture crew members are welcome. We will also have the Pope Pius award class for high school or older Scouts and Venture Crew Members. We will meet Sunday, March 31 at 130pm in PFC Room 208Ato review expectations, requirements, class dates. This is the diocesan website for the religious emblems. Scouts who complete all 4 emblems (2 as Cub Scouts and 2 as Boy Scouts/Scouts BSA) are eligible for the Pillars of Faith Award. 
    Website for the diocese regarding religious emblems

    http://www.dccs-dgh.org/

    Scouts of other faiths who are interested in earning their religious emblems can also contact me. I will try to help you get in touch with the appropriate counselor.

    https://www.scouting.org/awards/religious-awards/

    Thanks! Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns.

    Peace and blessings,

    Ms. Kathy Hwu
    713-898-2239 (call or text)


    Tenderfoot Fitness Requirement

    All our scouts working on the Tenderfoot rank started their fitness requirement.  Parents, please help remind the scouts to do their exercises and record their progress.


    Court of Honor

    Save the Date:  May 25th, 2:00 PM.  This means we need to get all advancements turned in on Monday May 13th.


    Zach Bryant’s Eagle Scout Project

    My name is Zach Bryant and I am currently working on my Eagle Scout project. My

    project’s goal is to create a library for San Francisco Nativity Academy, a non-tuition

    based private independent Christian PreK-3 through 1st-grade school serving low-

    income students and families. Many students at San Francisco Nativity Academy are from immigrant families who have recently moved to the United States. 95% of the students currently in attendance are considered English Language Learners and are just beginning to develop English language speaking skills. We are working to assist in their language learning activities by starting a Library at their school. This library will allow students to read age-oriented books during the school day to practice and develop their skills.

    This project offers a couple different ways you can help. Please read below and let me know how you’d like to help.

    1 - I am collecting new and gently used children books to fill the new library at San

    Francisco Nativity Academy. I have assembled collection kits that are available for you to take and distribute in your neighborhood or to friends and family. After about a week, I will ask you to return to collect the kits. Any books you collect, you can bring into the next meeting. I will have collection kits available at every Troop meeting in March or you can email me at zachary.bryant@students.sths.org to arrange a way to get a kit outside of a meeting. Beginning and early reader books in English and Spanish are especially welcome.

    2 - Another way you can assist with the book collection is by gathering books in your own home. If you have any books in your own house that you believe could help the school, please bring them in to the next meeting (any time during the month of March) so we can include them in the new library.

    3 - Please join me at San Francisco Nativity Academy (5808 Renwick Drive, Houston 77081) on Saturday, April 13 from 9:00am-12:00 pm. During that time, we will be assembling new library shelving, stocking the library with the collected books, and cleaning and placing donated tables and chairs. Food and drinks will be provided for all volunteers – adult helpers are welcome! Please mark your calendar and plan to help us out. 

    We would really appreciate your help! Please contact me with any questions or to

    volunteer at zachary.bryant@students.sths.org.

    Thank you for your consideration,

    Zach Bryant


  • 02/24/2019 5:18 PM | Stephen Cullar-Ledford (Administrator)

    Garage Sale

    At tomorrow’s meeting you are welcome to bring any Scouting related items (uniforms, boots, clothing, equipment, gear, etc) you want to get ride of.  You can donate them to the troop or sell/trade them yourself.  The Troop will be selling lots of Class A uniform parts.

    Next Weekend’s Camporee

    For moring information and to register go to: https://bsatroop11.wildapricot.org/event-3273948

    NEW FEATURE:  Carbon Copy in Wild Apricot

    Very, Very Important!  Wild Apricot has been edited so you can enter up to three email addresses into an account that will be CC’d on an email to that account.  For example, if an email goes to my son Patrick it will also go to me. You must go into the Scout's account yourself to add these email addresses. This way if we have a change in the Sunday Shed return ETA and we email all the participants, most of whom are on the trip, the parents will also get the email.

    Also, because not all of our Wild Apricot contacts want to get all our Troop emails, in the future I will send emails to the following:

    • Scouts who have paid dues
    • Adults who have completed YPT
    • Anyone who has joined the “Distribution List”

    We realize Wild Apricot is not the easiest system to use so if you need any assistance please let me know.

    Snow Sports Merit Badge

    Are you planning on going skiing for spring break.  You should talk to Mrs. Brown about earning the snow sports merit badge.

    Name Patches for Shirts

    Do you need a name patch on your uniform?  Please email Stephen Logue (stephenlogue@hotmail.com)

    Cooking Contest:

    Congratulation to our first three winners:  Alex Citardi, Liam Logue, and Silas White.  The Contest is still on!


  • 12/27/2018 2:26 PM | Stephen Cullar-Ledford (Administrator)

    Most of you know Troop 11 was supposed to go to Philmont last summer but the trip got canceled due to forest fires.  Our makeup trip has just been rescheduled for July 5 – 17, 2020.  I am assuming we will leave Houston Saturday July 4th and return Saturday July 18th.  We need to give Philmont our headcount and deposit by January 31st.   You need to be at least 14 on July 5, 2020 (born before July 5, 2006) and I want to collect a $100 non-refundable deposit so I can determine who wants to go (scouts and adults).  Use Wild Apricot register:

    https://bsatroop11.wildapricot.org/event-3155893 

    Philmont promotional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jxx5L872yVc


    Please let me know if you have any questions or find any problems with the registration system.

    Thanks,

    Sean


  • 10/18/2018 9:09 PM | Stephen Cullar-Ledford (Administrator)

    Court of Honor Readers Needed

    We are looking for four scouts to read during the upcoming Court of Honor. We will meet this Saturday at 5:00 at Candelari's Pizza on Holcombe. If you can do this please let Elliott Conley know as soon as possible. His email is legoeddc@gmail.com

    Uniform Reminder

    For Court of Honors we really want all scouts to be in full field uniforms (official shirt, pants, belt, socks, neckerchief, and merit badge sash).  We have several boxes of uniform parts if you need something.  I also know there are several scouts who have not picked-up their new neckerchiefs.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    YIS,

    Sean O'Connor


  • 10/08/2018 6:58 AM | Stephen Cullar-Ledford (Administrator)

    Registration for the Twin Bayou district fall merit badge fair is open.

    October 20, 2018  |  8:30 am - 4:00 pm
    St. Thomas High School
    4500 Memorial Dr.
    Houston, Texas 77007

    Merit Badge University is an advancement opportunity open to Scouts in troops, crews or ships. A Scout has the opportunity to work on requirements for several merit badges. 

    These are not give-away merit badges. Each Scout is expected to fulfill all the requirements by reading the merit badge book before the event, attending the class, completing prerequisites, and to participate fully during the class in order to receive full credit for the requirements offered. All Scouts are required to bring blue cards signed by their Scoutmaster in order to work on merit badges. 

    Adult participation is needed to offer this event. Every unit with Scouts participating is expected to provide volunteers.

    Registration

    The registration fee is $15 per Scout and includes lunch, supply costs and a participation patch. Lunch will be a Chick-fil-a sandwich, bottle of water and chips. 

    Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Merit badge class sizes are limited.

    Important: Before registering, read the prerequisites below. 

    • Check your Scout's school and troop calendar for conflicts. 
    • Check which merit badges the Scout has already completed. 
    • Have the Scout discuss which merit badges they should sign up for with their Scoutmaster or troop advancement chair. 

    Registration is typically completed by parents, but can also be completed by the troop leadership. Registration is completed online with credit card, electronic check or PayPal. Council refund policy.

    Click here for more information and to register

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Scouts BSA Troop 11
First Presbyterian Church Houston
5300 S Main St, Houston, TX 77004

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