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



 Please use the "Contact Us" link to request more information, get your user ID or a new password.


Starting the Family Life Merit Badge (Eagle Required)

Posted on Dec 21 2020 - 6:01pm

Hello Scouts,

I hope this message finds you well rested after the fall semester! The holiday break is a wonderful time to start the Family Life Merit Badge, which is required for Eagle. I’ve included some ideas below for specific requirements. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at becky.fearing@gmail.com (and copy your parents).

Service Opportunity

Posted on Dec 9 2020 - 9:28pm

If there are any scouts in need of service hours, or just want to be helpful, here is an opportunity to help some St. Matthew's Seniors!  Similarly, if any scouts want to look through some old Scouting memorabilia and perhaps come up with a creative way to display it, this is an option for a history lesson, too. Please reach out to Mrs. Hansen (ejdhansen@gmail.com) if you are interested in getting more information about this service opportunity! 

Virtual Sign-Offs

Posted on Dec 1 2020 - 1:59pm

From Ms. Juday:

Let's talk about virtual sign-offs.  Don't let stay-at-home orders and physical distancing stop you from advancement!  Here's what you need to do to get sign-offs in this new reality:

When a Scout seeks to have a requirement signed-off:

1. The Scout e-mails "asm@troop511austin.org" and CC an adult in your household. All ASMs in the Troop will receive the note. Any willing and able ASM can respond.

2. ASM responds by e-mail directly to Scout and Scout's adult, CC "asm@troop511austin.org" so the rest of the ASMs are aware and don't bombard the Scout with responses.

3. ASM works directly with the Scout (and Scout's adult) to set up appropriate video conference for demonstration of the requirement. Other mediums may be appropriate, depending on the requirement.

4. When the ASM is satisfied that the requirement has been met, the ASM will e-mail confirmation to the Scout, Scout's adult, Ms. Rindfuss ( bethrind@yahoo.com ) , and Mr. Hansen ( cphansen@gmail.com ) for proper recording of the sign-off in Troopmaster.

5. The Scout may enter a "V" in their Scout workbook and the date of the conversation with the ASM, representing the "virtual" sign-off.

6.  When in-person meetings resume, the Scout may request the "V" sign-offs be turned into ASM signatures by asking any ASM, who can verify the requirements are indeed recorded in Troopmaster.


- Scoutmaster conferences can be held virtually.  Scout sends an e-mail to Mr. Clarke ( ThinkOpenly@gmail.com ) and CC the Scout's adult.

- Boards of Review can be held virtually.  As always, request a Board of Review by sending an e-mail to Mr. Hoffman ( ltdhoffman@gmail.com ).

- Merit Badge requirements can work just like the sign-off requirements above, but by working directly with the Merit Badge Counselor instead of an ASM. If looking for a Merit Badge Counselor, check the 511 website: https://www.troop511austin.org/taxonomy/term/1175

Greenery Extras / Delivery Week

Posted on Nov 29 2020 - 6:52pm

Our Fresh Greenery has arrived in San Antonio from Washington state. The semi-truck should be headed down my street some time on Monday....one year it was 8:00 AM another it was 8:00 PM. It's 2020- it could be Tuesday. Regardless, I will be working as fast as possible to sort and match up our biggest order ever. Keep an eye on your email with instructions on collecting your items. A lot of extras are still available---spread the word!

Greenery Extras

Posted on Nov 17 2020 - 6:45pm

Our beautiful fresh greenery arrives the week after Thanksgiving and we have extra pieces to sell!

Extras as of November 17, 2020:
(8) 22" noble fir wreaths $25.00 each
(9) Cedar Garlands, 6 feet long $25.00 each
(2) Swags $25.00 each
(2) 28" mixed fir wreaths $35.00 each
(9) 22" mixed fir wreaths $30.00 each

They make wonderful gifts to kick off the season! If you would like to purchase any of the items listed, please email me to reserve your item and receive a confirmation. Exact Cash or Check made to BSA Troop 511 will be due upon pick up of item. All extras sold are assigned to Greenery Fundraising Participating Scouts. If you have a preference, please make note in your email.

Thank you for supporting our 2020 Troop Greenery Fundraiser!
Sherrise Palmer
text 512-922-4214

Troop 511 recharter time!

Posted on Nov 10 2020 - 10:45am
Rechartering season is upon us! In scouting jargon, that’s the term used for registering our troop and our members for the coming year. Our charter is on a calendar year basis, and our paperwork is due to the Council at the end of November. If you would like to continue with Troop 511 in 2021, we need to hear from you by November 20.
You’ll be receiving an envelope in the mail with this same information, plus a personal information form to update and return in case you have any changes.
This year’s rechartering process will be the same as last year’s, with just a couple of exceptions.
1.     While the National Council has announced a fee increase again for adult members next year, Troop 511 dues will remain the same, with the Troop covering the difference.
2.     Because of the change to the Youth Protection Training curriculum in 2018, most of our adults’ YPT is expiring before the end of this year. All adults wishing to register will need current YPT.
3.     There is no new background check form to sign!
To complete the rechartering process, we need the following from each scout:
·       Registration fee for troop activities, camping, advancement recognition, and to the Council for registration and insurance.

·       Scout Life magazine subscription fee (optional but encouraged)

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