The Boy Scouts of America will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.The purpose of Scouting is, "... to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law."
The Boy Scout Troop 211 was chartered March 1, 1940, by St. Marks Episcopal Church located at 3816 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, Texas 77025. Our Meetings are held every Monday at 7:30PM at Hauser Hall on the campus of St. Marks Episcopal Church. BSA Troop 211 is composed of patrols that help build character, teaches responsibility, citizenship & personal fitness development.
Troop 211 meets every Monday night at 7:30 pm in Hauser Hall at the St. Mark's Episcopal Church campus.
We camp each month during the school year, including campouts focused on: Backpacking, and Climbing, Canoeing, Nature Hiking, and survival skills development.
We have participated in Summer Camp's at Camp Daniel Boone in North Carolina, El Rancho Cima in San Marcos, Texas, Camp Alexander in Colorado and Camp Orr in Arkansas. This year we traveled to New Mexico to Camp Gorham Scout Ranch.
Our High Adventure progams include BSA Seabase, Philmont and Boundary Waters.
The Scout Law teaches, "A Scout is reverent . A Scout is reverent toward God . He is faithful in his religious duties . He respects the beliefs of others ." It is important that Scouts be taught to recognize the beliefs of other Scouts and to respect those beliefs . Scout outings and activities that span weekends should include an opportunity for members to meet their religious obligations . At times there might be Scouts of different faiths . If services for each faith group are not available, an interfaith worship service is recommended . However, some religions have specific requirements based on their own beliefs that would not be fulfilled through an interfaith service, and this also needs to be considered in conducting a weekend outing . When planning an interfaith service, it is recommended that scripture, prayers, hymns, and all other parts of the worship be considerate of everyone present—respectful of all religions
What do you think of when you hear the words “community service?” Sometimes I feel like the term has been hijacked by our court system and has come to describe a form of punishment. I have an acquaintance who, when asked to help with a volunteer project, responded, “I haven’t done anything wrong. Why do you want to make me do community service?” I’ve heard other people say, “I’m not going to work if I don’t get paid for it!
These attitudes are really unfortunate because, well, think about it – community service is simply a service that someone performs to benefit his or her community. We can all make a difference in small ways every day, and lots of people are doing just that. I know that everybody’s busy these days, but even if you have only an hour a week to give, you can make a difference to someone. How about shoveling the sidewalk of that elderly neighbor the next time we have snow? Or you could buy some extra canned goods to drop into the Dare to Care donation barrel at the grocery store. Offer to entertain her children so that the young mother next door can run errands without the kids. Clean out a closet and donate your good, but unworn, clothing to a charitable organization that will resell it. There are plenty of ways that you can help to make our community a better place.
While not required, it is a good idea to get a troop leader (other than your Scoutmaster) to serve as your project advisor. This leader can help you choose a project, help you determine what needs to be done in planning it, and help you get the write-up ready to go to the council or district for approval. Always take detailed notes when talking to your advisor – you cannot remember things nearly as well as you can read them from your notes later. Your advisor may not want to tell you the same thing again and again.
If getting involved in serving our community appeals to you, but you’re not sure what you’d like to do or how to get started, why don’t you check out the volunteering opportunities that are on Metro United Way’s website?Whether you’re interested in helping out at a one-time event or you’d like to donate time on a regular basis, there are plenty of nonprofit organizations that can benefit from your skills and experience. And just a reminder – if you’re a high school student with a community service requirement for graduation, don’t wait until the last minute. Be cool and volunteer now – then it won’t feel like a punishment!