scouts bsa Troop 11 | Houston, texas

  • 10/28/2019 10:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Scouts! If you haven’t sold Christmas Greenery yet, I have put a list of ten steps that will make it easy, and help you be successful!

    1. Go door to door in uniform.

    2. If they don’t open the door in one minute then leave (if they do open the door then don’t leave)

    3. Say your name, troop number.

    4. Explain what you are selling.

    5. Ask if they would be interested in buying a wreath

    6 Have knowledge on the product

    7. Gather their info and payment method

    8. Give an approximate deliver date

    9. Say,” Thank you for your support!”

    10. Turn in paperwork to the troop!

    Here is a list of the products we are selling along with their pricing.

  • 10/26/2019 2:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Personal first Aid Kit.

    From the Boy Scout Handbook, page 289:

    "Carrying a few first aid items on hikes and campouts will allow you to treat scratches, blisters, and other minor injuries, and to provide initial care for more serious emergencies. Everything will fit in a self-sealing plastic bag. Get in the habit of taking along your personal first aid kit whenever you set out on a Scout adventure."

    Personal First Aid Kit -

    These item can be purchased at Amazon  or Target

  • 10/26/2019 1:53 PM | Stephen Cullar-Ledford (Administrator)

    STEP 1: Gather Your Tools

    There's a bit more to building a great campfire than simply placing a few logs in a heap and tossing on a match. Here's what you'll need:

    Tinder—the smallest and easiest burning materials used to get a campfire started. Tinder can take many forms, including:

    • Wood shavings

    • Wadded paper

    • Strips of cardboard

    • Commercial fire sticks or fire starters

    • Dryer lint

    • Wax

    Kindling—the next step up in size. Usually twigs or small branches between 1/8 inch and 1/2 inch in diameter.

    Firewood—the crown of an inviting campfire. Firewood can vary anywhere from 1 inch to 5 inches in diameter. It can be whole logs, or split down from larger pieces. It's important that your firewood is completely dry in order to start easily and stay lit.

    Important Note: Don't break branches off trees for firewood. If everyone did this there wouldn't be any forests left. Some forest management agencies permit you to pick up fallen limbs but ask first.

    Matches or a lighter—how else are you going to get your campfire started? Common stick matches are fine, although gas lighters used for starting BBQ grills are gaining in popularity.

    STEP 2: Build the Fire

    Before you can start a campfire, you have to build it first.

    If your site has a fire ring, you'll probably have to push the ash and charcoal from previous fires to the outer edge of the ring to give you enough room for the new fire. For ashes that are stone cold, consider shoveling them into a plastic trash bag for proper disposal later.

    If you have to create your own fire pit, clear away any dead grass or vegetation for 8 to 10 feet around. You want bare dirt. Then dig down into the cleared soil several inches and set the loose dirt off to one side for use in case of emergency. You can mound the dirt around the sides of the pit to act as a firewall, or place large rocks around the edge of the pit to insulate the fire.

    Next, at the center of the fire ring, lay a bed of tinder perhaps a foot in diameter. (Remember, tinder is the really light, quick burning material.)

    1. The Teepee Fire: This style is good for cooking. First, arrange your kindling in teepee fashion over your tinder. Then build a larger teepee of firewood over the kindling. When lit, the flames will rise up through the kindling and into the larger wood.

    2. The Lean-to Fire: This style is also good for cooking. Start by sticking a long piece of kindling into the ground above your tinder at about a 30-degree angle, with the other end of the stick pointing into the wind. Then lean smaller pieces of kindling against both sides of the longer piece to build a tent. As the kindling catches fire add more, followed by your firewood.

    3. The Cross Fire: This is ideal for a long-lasting fire. Start by laying your kindling over the tinder bed in a crisscross fashion, followed by your logs or firewood.

    4. The Log Cabin Fire: Another long-lasting fire. Begin by creating a kindling teepee over your tinder, then lay two logs on either side of the cone. Place two more logs on top of these to form a square. Then build up using smaller and shorter pieces of firewood until you've formed a cabin. Top off the cabin with some of your lightest kindling.

    STEP 3: Light the Fire

    Now it's time to enjoy the results of your labor. Remember to keep children and pets safely away, then light your tinder. For best results light the tinder from several sides. Don't squirt charcoal lighter fluid into a fire; flames could travel up the stream and burn you. And NEVER use gasoline!

    Once your campfire is established, feed it with additional wood as needed, taking care not to build the flames too high. Be sure to keep your fire extinguishing tools nearby, and never leave a fire unattended, even for a moment.

    Putting Out Your Fire

    Once the evening is over, it's your responsibility to put your campfire out completely so give yourself plenty of time to do the job right.

    Start by sprinkling—not pouring—water onto the flames or coals. Don't flood the fire ring or pit as you or the next camper will want to use it later.

    As you sprinkle, stir the embers with a stick or shovel to ensure that all the coals get wet. Once the steam has subsided and you no longer hear any hissing sounds you're just about done.

    Before you head off to bed or pack up to leave, place the back of your hand just above the wet ashes. Don't touch them as they could still be hot. Don't feel any heat? Then the fire is out. If it still feels warm add more water and stir until the fire bed is cold.

    With the proper fire ring or pit, the right tinder, kindling and firewood, plus selecting the style of campfire that best meets your preferences, you and your family can safely enjoy an evening under the stars while making s'mores.

    Don't Forget: Safety First

    Safety is the most important factor when learning how to start a campfire—especially if you have kiddie campers. A 2011 study revealed that a person is injured by fire every 30 minutes, so stay alert as dancing flames have a magnetic quality that draws people close.

    Right behind personal safety is the environment. The Earth's climate change is leaving our forests and grasslands parched—to the point where one errant spark can set off a raging wildfire. So before you even think about how to start a campfire, consider these important points:

    • Are campfires allowed in the area? Look for posted signs. Or ask a ranger or camp host. Just because a campsite has a fire ring doesn't automatically mean fires are permitted.

    • Is the site properly prepared? Be sure there's at least 8 to 10 feet of bare dirt surrounding the fire ring. Take the time to clear away any flammable debris that can catch fire. And make sure there are no tree branches overhanging the area; they can catch fire more easily than you think.

    • How about weather conditions? Take heed of building clouds and rising winds. An approaching storm can easily fan the smallest campfire out of control. If there's even the slightest doubt, wait for safer conditions.

    • Do you have fire safety equipment? Always make sure there's a shovel nearby, along with a few gallons of water. While water is preferred, a liberal application of loose dirt can keep things under control. Just be aware that coals can stay dangerously hot beneath a blanket of soil many hours after you've put the fire out.

  • 10/26/2019 1:37 PM | Stephen Cullar-Ledford (Administrator)

    Tying a square knot is as easy as right over left, left over right. Here’s how:

    • Hold an end of the rope in each hand.
    • Pass the right end over and under the rope in your left hand.
    • Pass the rope end now in your left hand over and under the one now in your right.
    • Tighten the knot by pulling both running ends at the same time.

    The square knot has many uses, from securing bandages and packages to joining two ropes together. A square knot works best when pressed against something else and the ropes are of the same diameter. It should not be used to hold a heavy load.

  • 10/18/2018 9:11 PM | Stephen Cullar-Ledford (Administrator)

    Handy recipes for Scout cooking on campouts compiled by Troop Scribe Alex Citardi in 2018.


    Serves 6-8


    • 1-pound ground beef
    • 1 (26-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
    • ¾ cup hot water
    • ¼ teaspoon ground oregano
    • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
    • 1 (16-ounce) container cottage chees
    • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
    • 1 egg
    • 8 ounces lasagna noodles


    • 12-inch Dutch oven
    • 2 medium-sized mixing bowls
    • 23 coals


    1. Brown meat in a Dutch oven over 23 briquettes. Drain excess grease.
    2. Add spaghetti sauce, hot water and oregano to ground beef. Stir and set aside in medium sized bowl.
    3. In a second medium sized bowl, mix mozzarella, cottage cheese, parmesan, and egg.
    4. Place a band of uncooked noodles on the bottom of the Dutch oven. Cover noodles with a layer of meat mix, then cover meat mix with layer of cheese mix.
    5. Repeat process until all ingredients are gone
    6. Cook for 45 minutes, leaving 10 briquettes under the Dutch oven and moving 13 coals to the lid. Lasagna is done once noodles are soft.


    Serves 10-12


    • 2 pounds of ground beef
    • 1 pound of Italian sausage
    • 2 tablespoons crushed or minced garlic
    • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
    • 1 (26-ounce) can spaghetti sauce
    • 2(26-ounce) cans water (use empty spaghetti sauce can for measuring)
    • 2 pounds uncooked elbow macaroni
    • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
    • ¾ cup grated parmesan cheese


    • 12-inch Dutch oven with 25 coals, or stove and cooking pot


    1. Brown beef and sausage in Dutch oven over 25 briquettes. Drain grease.
    2. Stir in garlic and continue to cook until it becomes golden.
    3. Add oregano, spaghetti sauce, water and uncooked macaroni. Stir and make sure all noodles are saturated.
    4. Cover Dutch oven and place 13 coals on the lid and leaving 12 under the oven.
    5. Bake until fully cooked, about 45 minutes.
    6. Add mozzarella cheese. Once melted, sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese, then serve.

    Mexican Grilled Cheese

    Serves 8


    • 16 slices bread
    • 1 (1/4-ounce) packet taco seasoning mix
    • 1 (16-ounce) package Velveeta Mexican cheese OR pepper jack cheese
    • 4 tablespoons (1/2 standard stick) butter
    • 1 (16-ounce) jar black bean and corn salsa OR 1 (16-ounce) can corn and 1 (16-ounce) can black beans


    • Stove
    • Large frying pan


    1. For each sandwich, sprinkle a little taco seasoning mix on one slice of bread.
    2. Spread one-eighth of Velveeta cheese block (or 1 slice of pepper jack cheese) on top of seasoning mix.
    3. Close the sandwich and melt ¼ tablespoon butter in the frying pan. Cook on medium-low heat until side is lightly browned. Flip sandwich and repeat.
    4. With cheese slightly melted, remove sandwich from pan, open, and add 2 tablespoons of black beans and corn.
    5. Repeat process with other sandwiches.

    Crunchy French Toast

    Serves 6


    • 1 (12-ounce) box cornflakes cereal
    • 6 eggs
    • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 cup milk
    • 3 tablespoons butter
    • 12 slices bread
    • Syrup


    • Large frying pan
    • Large mixing bowl
    • Medium mixing bowl
    • Stove


    1. Crush cornflakes in a large bowl.
    2. Whisk eggs, vanilla and milk in medium sized bowl.
    3. Melt butter in frying pan.
    4. Dip each slice of bread in the egg batter, then place in bowl of cornflakes, covering both sides in crushed flakes.
    5. Fry both sides of each slice until brown
    6. Serve with syrup

    Coffee Cake

    Serves 6-8


    • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • ¾ cup granulated sugar
    • ¾ cup vegetable oil
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 1 cup buttermilk
    • 1 cup chopped nuts (any type)


    • 12-inch Dutch oven
    • Aluminum foil or Dutch oven liner
    • Medium sized mixing bowl  
    • 25 coals


    1. Line sides of Dutch oven with aluminum foil or liner.
    2. Preheat oven using 8 coals underneath and 17 on the lid.
    3. In a medium size bowl, mix all ingredients together except the nuts.
    4. Remove oven from heat and pour coffee cake batter into oven, spreading evenly.
    5. Sprinkle nuts on to of batter
    6. Return oven to the coals and bake for 30 minutes.

    Porcupine Ball Soup

    Serves 6-8


    • 2 pounds ground beef
    • 1 medium onion, diced
    • 2 cups Minute Rice
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 egg
    • 3 (10 ¾ ounce) cans condensed tomato soup
    • 3 (10 ¾ ounce) cans water (use empty soup can to measure)
    • Shredded cheese (optional)


    • Medium size mixing bowl
    • Large size cook pot
    • Stove


    1. Combine beef, onion, rice, salt and egg in a medium size mixing bowl.
    2. Form beef mixture into bite size balls.
    3. In a large cook pot, combine tomato soup and water and boil.
    4. Gently drop porcupine balls into boiling soup. Put on low heat for 30 minutes or until cooked.

    Hot Dog Stew

    Serves 8-10


    • 2 pounds hot dogs
    • 8 medium white potatoes
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 2 large onions, diced
    • 6 cups water
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


    • Large frying pan
    • Aluminum foil or frying pan lid
    • Stove


    1. Cut hot dogs into ¼ inch slices. Peel and slice potatoes into ½ inch cubes.
    2. Heat oil in frying pan. Cook hot dogs and onions until brown.
    3. Add potatoes and enough water to just overlay all ingredients. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally until potatoes are soft. Lightly mash potatoes in the pan.
    4. Add salt and black pepper and any additional water as needed. Stir to make a thick brown gravy.

    Apple Caramel Cake

    Serves 10-15


    • 3 large sliced golden delicious apples
    • 2 cups of sugar
    • 2 cups flour
    • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 large eggs
    • ¾ cup vegetable oil
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • ½ cup chopped walnuts
    • ½ cup chopped pecans


    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • ¾ cup butter
    • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla


    • 12-inch Dutch Oven
    • Dutch Oven liners
    • Medium size saucepan
    • Large size mixing bowl
    • Medium size mixing bowl
    • 25 coals
    • Stove


    1. In a large bowl, mix apple slices and sugar
    2. Add flour, baking soda cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Stir.
    3. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, vegetal oil and vanilla together
    4. Stir the egg mixture into the apple mixture, blending until apples are moistened. The mixture should be thick.
    5. Stir in chopped walnuts and pecans.
    6. Pour cake batter into Dutch oven.
    7. Bake for 45 minutes using 17 coals on the lid and 8 under the oven.
    8. Prepare caramel while cake cooks by mixing all topping ingredients in a saucepan.
    9. Bring to a low boil and cook for 3 minutes.
    10. Once the cake has finish baking, pour the caramel topping over the cake and serve.


    Serves 3-4


    • ¾ cup peanut butter
    • 1 cup butterscotch morsels
    • 1 (3 ounce) can chow Mein noodles


    • Medium size sauce pan
    • Waxed paper


    1. Melt peanut butter and morsels together in a sauce pan over medium heat.
    2. Once sauce is smooth, stir in the noodles.
    3. Drop mixture by the teaspoonful onto waxed paper 4. Chill in cooler.


  • 09/14/2018 7:13 AM | Stephen Cullar-Ledford (Administrator)

    Thanks to former Troop 11 Scoutmaster, three-time Philmont trekker, and yoga dude Stephen Klimas for teaching our Philmont-bound crews “wilderness yoga”.

    Download a copy of his how-to handout here.

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

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