Welcome to Boy Scout Troop 511!

Welcome to Boy Scout Troop 511's web site. Boy Scout Troop 511 in Austin TX is sponsored by St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, and was founded in 1972. It is one of the larger troops in Central Texas and during its existence, it has produced more than 170 Eagle Scouts.

If you're interested in our troop, we encourage you to come visit us at one of our meetings. We meet every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in Huffman Hall on the St. Matthew's Episcopal Church campus. We love to have guests any time. Some meetings are more interesting for visitors to come to, so feel free to contact us if you're wondering which meeting would be best for you to come and check out out Troop 511.

Scoutmaster: Paul Clarke
Troop Committee Chair: Emily Hansen



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Virtual Campout/ Lock-in

Posted on Jul 28 2020 - 11:51am

It is almost time for Troop 511's second virtual campout and first ever virtual lock-in! The event will start at 7:30pm and conclude around 11pm. This is going to be a fun night filled with food, a campfire, games, and more! Be sure to RSVP now on the Troop website. More information will be sent out as we get closer to the event but expect the following:

Merit Badge Pamphlets Now Electronic!

Posted on Jul 22 2020 - 5:41pm
Though certainly not required, Merit Badge Pamphlets can be a really great resource for a Scout working on a Merit Badge. Each is a full-length booklet that covers almost everything a Scout needs to work on a given Merit Badge. BSA revises them regularly, and keeps them up to date and aligned with the current Merit Badge requirements. You can now get authorized electronic copies of  Merit Badge Pamphlets via Amazon, so all that great material is on hand immediately! Important Note: A Kindle device is needed to read the pamphlet. There's a free app. So if you want a pamphlet, you can buy, download and start learning!

June Service Opportunity

Posted on Jun 24 2020 - 3:35pm
Although we might not be able to engage with our community as we usually do, it is still important that we stay mindful of the oath we take to "help other people at all times". This month we have partnered with Westover Church to collect donations for Sparrow House. You can find out more information about Sparrow House at http://www.nacconline.info/sparrow-houseAny scout who donates will earn an hour of service to count as service hours! Sparrow Hosue is asking for donations to include: 

Merit Badges - Lost Pines Update, Summer Merit Badge Extravaganza!

Posted on Jun 19 2020 - 10:46am

Lost Pines Summer Camp registrations for Week 4 & 5 (July 4-10 and July 11-17) are still open but filling up. In addition to a great schedule of online merit badge classes, the Week 4 and 5 offerings include Rifle, Shotgun and ATV!   You must be at least 13 for shotgun and 14 for ATV!  These 3 courses will be blended, with an on-line portion during the week followed by in person range/course time (3-4 hours) on August 29, August 30 or September 5 or 6. Schedule & registration here: https://www.bsacac.org/activities/summer-camp/    More info here: https://www.troop511austin.org/node/2827

The San Antonio Merit Badge University has been replaced by the Summer Merit Badge Extravaganza, with a very robust schedule of online Merit Badge classes scheduled now through July 30! Scouts can register with the Alamo Area Council directly (just click the Merit Badge name to get started). If you have Scout Bucks, you can contact Mr. Kapoor to be reimbursed by the troop! Schedule & registration here: https://www.alamoareabsa.org/resources/scouting-at-home/

Here are the Merit Badges the San Antonio team is offering that weren't on the Lost Pines schedule, as those may be of special interest:

Scout Summer Camp at Lost Pines 6/14-20 -- NOTE: 2020 SUMMER CAMP AT LOST PINES CANCELLED

Posted on May 12 2020 - 5:41pm

Summer Camp 2020 IS CANCELLED!!!


As many of you know, the council has made the decision to not hold summer camp in person this summer, so our troop will not be going to Lost Pines.  They're still working out details, but here's what we know so far:
Basically it will shift to limited virtual merit badge classes for the first two weeks of the currently scheduled summer camp. They may add more weeks depending on demand. They are open to adding more MBs if there is demand. Minimum 10 to make a class, max 15. 
Classes will run Mon-Thurs at same time each day. Each MB is $20. Eagle Quest (FCE) is Lost Pines' First Class Emphasis program for new Scouts. Registration is $40 for Eagle Quest and First Aid as they are double blocked. Scouts can register for as many or few MB as they like. Scouts can register for multiple weeks as well. Unlike traditional summer camp, the troop will not be coordinating registration. All registration will be done through Double Knot just like if they were registering for TechLab or any other local scout offered registration. The information for about which classes they're hoping to have this summer is available here: 
A copy of the schedule is also attached. REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE NOW through the end of May 2020 at this link:
Please go to the link which will take you to the Doubleknot site. Fill in the boxes as follows:
Troop number: 511
Council: Capitol Area
Contact name: Parent's Name
Contact Phone Number: Parent's Phone
Registrations type: Choose "Troop was registered for Week 2"
Any Scout can register for the merit badge courses, regardless of whether or not they were originally planning to attend summer camp with the troop. With the kids cooped up over the summer, this seems like a great opportunity to knock out some MBs and alleviate some of the summer boredom.
For younger Scouts, Eagle Quest teaches basic Scoutcraft skills they need to know to earn Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class ranks. Choose the specific rank track your Scout needs to earn/ They may repeat Eagle Quest a during a second and third week to learn the next rank's skills. Scouts will still earn signoffs for these ranks through troop instructors and ASMs, but Eagle Quest will give them a great start!
For those who registered for summer camp with the troop, we expect to get a refund from the council, and will refund the deposits that you've already paid.  We don't know  the schedule for that, as it depends on how quickly the council refunds the money to the troop.  If you were planning to use Scout Bucks to pay for summer camp, those will be returned to your account, and you'll be able to use them for future summer and winter camp activities. Since registration for the MBs this summer will be handled by the individual Scouts and their families, we don't currently expect to use Scout Bucks for these MBs, but we can investigate doing so if there's interest.
As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Yours in service,
 Dave Schneider and Beth Rindfuss.


Merit Badge Opportunity San Antonio - July 25 - REVISED Date!

Posted on Apr 22 2020 - 3:28pm

Did you miss the UT Merit Badge University in Austin because you were at the Space Center Campout? Do you want the chance to earn more Merit Badges? The Alamo Council (San Antonio) Merit Badge University is coming up on July 25 (revised date)! Scouts will be able to earn up to four merit badges. The program includes a number of Eagle-required badges, plus some merit badges that are not readily available elsewhere (Birding! Oceanography!). It seems to be very big and successful -- over 60 classrooms get used at St. Mary's, and they say they pull in Scouts from all of south and central Texas, and from as far away as Laredo and Oklahoma. 

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