Step 1: Determine whether Troop 11 is right for you
- Webelos dens often visit a number of troops to get a feel for which one fits best. It is helpful if a den representative contacts the Scoutmaster prior to these visits (just so that it is not a surprise to have 10 extra people in the room!)
- Webelos and their parents often attend Webelos Woods in the autumn. This is a district-level event where the troops in the district all camp together and show off what makes each one unique. It’s a sort of Boy Scout troop trade show.
- If you are not already involved with a Cub Scout pack, individual youth and their families can visit a Troop meeting any time. We meet on Mondays during the school year at First Presbyterian Church in Houston at 7:00 p.m.
- Boys can join Scouts any time between their 11th and 18th birthdays. The majority of boys join in 6th grade, but it is not at all unusual to have older boys (who typically were not in Cub Scouts) join later on.
Step 2: Get registered
- Complete an official BSA registration form.
- Pay the registration fee
- Complete the BSA Medical Form
- The form can be found at: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/ahmr/
- Parts A and B are required for all activities. (These sections do not require a doctor’s examination/signature)
- Part C is required for any trip longer than a weekend, summer camp, winter camp, or high-adventure activities. (Part C does require a doctor’s examination and signature)
- Medical forms are valid for one year. Without a valid medical form on file, a participant will be turned away at departure.
Step 3: Get a uniform
Note that the Troop has more than a few gently-used uniforms available at no charge if you'd like one
- Go to one of several Scout Shops located around the Houston area: http://www.samhoustonbsa.org/scout-shop
- You will need to purchase the following items:
- Scout uniform shirt (short or long-sleeved)
- Scout uniform pants or shorts
- Scout socks
- Scout belt
- Merit badge sash
- You will NOT need the following because the Troop provides them:
- Shoulder loops
- Scout Handbook
- Handbook cover
- Knot tying kit
- Neckerchief slide
- Patrol patch
- Unit number/veteran unit patch
- SHAC patch
- World crest patch
- World crest ring
- Troop t-shirt
- Name tape
Step 4: Be active!
- At the first Troop meeting after signing up, the new Scout will receive the items (listed above) that the Troop provides and will be assigned to a patrol
- Make sure that you are registered on our system (so that you can log in to this site). If you do not receive a login and password, contact the webmaster. This is how you will register for events and receive important notifications.
- Regularly attend Troop meetings on Monday nights
- Come camping with us for a weekend every month during the school year.
- You will hear about these opportunities at Troop meetings and via broadcast e-mails.
- You will need some gear, but it is not expensive (to start out with, at least!) We have a good gear list in our resource library.
- Go to summer camp or winter camp to move quickly through the ranks and learn Scout skills
Step 5: Get the parents involved
- Even though we are a boy-led troop, we still rely on a lot of parental involvement to keep things running smoothly. There are a number of ways to volunteer with the Troop:
- Become a uniformed adult leader (Assistant Scoutmaster or Scoutmaster)
- Become an active member of the Troop Committee
- All parents/guardians of a troop youth member are automatically members of the Committee and are encouraged to attend these meetings. Dates for the meetings will be announced a few weeks before they occur.
- Troop Committee members are also frequently asked to participate in Boards of Review. These small meetings are opportunities for three adults to have a conversation with a Scout who has completed all the requirements necessary to advance to the next rank.
- The BSA adult application is at: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/524-501.pdf
- Become an official merit badge counselor