Welcome to Troop 511
Founded in 1914, Troop 511 is the older Boy Scout troop located in Burlington Massachusetts, and one of the oldest troop in the entire country.
Our goal is to help all young men grow into responsible adults who will help shape and lead our future... and have fun with their friends.
By providing an open, inclusive and fun atmosphere, teaching the ideals and lessons found uniquely in the Scouting experience, we hope to instill the qualities of leadership, responsibility and self reliance that will benefit both the scouts and the community at large.
We meet each Wednesday during the school year at the following location:
- Wednesdays - United Church of Christ, 6 Lexington Street Burlington
All meetings are held from 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Visitors are welcome to all meetings - feel free to "test-drive" scouting with us.
We would like to invite all boys and their families to experience the adventures scouting has to offer. Troop 511 has been a Burlington, MA landmark for more than 70 years. Today we are more dedicated than ever to provide an exciting and fun, but also safe and clean environment to help our children grow into responsible adults. Scouting is a character forming program that goes far beyond the usual after-school activities:
It starts with basic scouting stuff like camping, merit badges, pioneering. In small groups of 6-8 boys the scouts explore their own world and make lasting friendships with other all over the world.The boys integrate themselves into a group of like-minded peers and take responsibility for their community, by dedicating time to community and service projects.
While progressing through the program, they learn to help younger scouts find their way and take leadership roles within the Troop and the Boston Minuteman Council.
Come see the Whole Picture by visiting our Troop. Please contact the Scoutmaster - everyone is welcome!
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference."
Merit Badge University is coming up!
That's right! The 2018 MBU is here! Make sure that any prerequisites are done before you go!
Where: Meet at the UCC in Burlington prior to leaving for Harvard University.
First Session: Saturday, March 3rd, from 8am to 2:30pm
Second Session: Saturday, April 8th, from 9am to 2:30pm
Isaac Davis Camporee and March
The 3rd week of April 2018, members of Troop 511 are participating in the Isaac Davis Camporee and March.
What: A weekend event featuring:
Fun afternoon activities (e.g., outdoor games)
A giant bonfire with songs, skits, etc.
An early-morning hike that follows the line of march of the Acton Minutemen
When: Sunday, April 15 to Monday, April 16, 2018
Where: School Street field, Acton, MA
For more information go to:
News from the Troop
It is with great pleasure we announce the return of Mr. Bill Ryan!
Mr. Ryan was previously our Assistant Scoutmaster and he has returned to be our new Committee Chairman. He is looking forward to working with us to help teach the Leadership Qualities, enthusiasm for Advancement and the myriad of weird, interesting and quirky things he has been known for. It looks like we are in for a blast now that he is back!
Several years ago, we went through some of our paraphernalia and found two older neckerchief designs of the troop:
This helps us to officially date the troop's first charter back to 1914, making it one of the oldest boy scout troops in the country.
Permission from Selectmen
Please see the permission letter from the Burlington Selectmen for building a new trail in the Landlocked Forest here
2014 Spring overnight at T.L.Storer
At the end of April, Troop 511 along with several Webelos 2 scouts went on an overnight to T.L.Storer. We put up tents on the platforms and prepared for a damp chilly overnight. Rain swept in and the camp allowed us to bunk in the lodge. While part of the trip was devoted to performing a service project to clear access ways of debris, scouts also worked on achievements for rank advancement. Rudy P. taught the prospective scouts how to whip and fuse rope,
Spring Court of Honor and Overnight on the U.S. Constitution 2014
In May of 2014, Troop 511 was able to have our Spring Court of Honor on the USS Constitution. Although we had the privilege of having her Commander Sean Kearns as our guest for the Court of Honor, we had the special privilege of having a tour led by Cmdr. Kearns. In addition, we performed a service project of sweeping the decks, we were able to go below to see the hull structure and try on some of the firefighting equipment. We were able to watch as the evening colors shot was fired and our bugler Rudy P. joined the ranks of those who've played Taps on the USS Constitution. We slept overnight on the Berth deck and were offered an opportunity to sleep in a hammock, however we stuck to our sleeping bags.
Look in the PICTURES section for more photos from this event
T.L. Storer Summer Camp 2014
Summer camp was a great success. Thank-you Mr. McGrath for all your hard work getting us prepared to go this year. First year boys were able to complete the Trailblazer program getting them through most of the requirements for Tenderfoot as well as a number of the Second class requirements as well. Sr. Scouts Bill C. and Rudy P. were able to complete Eagle required merit badges. The whole troop got time at the rifle range and tried the tower climb. Follow the link below to see some pictures of summer camp.
See pictures HERE
2012 Fall Camping Trip to Beagle Club, RI
Except for a bit of rain on Sunday morning, the scouts and adults were welcomed by beautiful weather at Beagle Club in Rhode Island on the weekend of Sept 29th and 30th. Scouts worked on archery merit badge on Saturday and on rifle shooting on Sunday.
2012 Camp Cachalot and King Richard's Faire, Carver, MA
The recent Scout trip to King Richard's Faire was an exciting trip where every scout had a great time. The fair had a great atmosphere and realistic feel. The beach which was the scouts' campsite was very nice and all of the scouts had a great time with an old transistor radio, gathered around a little fire far away from the adults' fire. The scouts still got everything they needed to achieve and had fun along the way. In total, the trip was a great success and a great place to be with everything being great.
Christmas Tree on USS Constitution
In December 2011, our scouts volunteered to help the active duty personnel on the USS Constitution with their Christmas Tree Lightning Ceremony. This was a fantastic event where we able to see Colors (the lowering of the Flag at sundown), experience the cannon shot, and be part of the community onboard the ship. After the official event was over, we got a full tour of the ship, including a rare peek into the powder room and the keel.
Fall 2011 Camp Trip
We had a great time at the Beagle Club in Cumberland, RI, on the weekend of Oct 15-16. With the support of the club members, our scouts did not only practice their camping skills after the long summer break, but also started their journey on the rile shooting and archery merit badges. We also retired a number of U.S. flags for the VfW in Burlington, and completed an orienteering course. In the end, all attending scouts will advance a rank in the next CoH - congratulations!
Troop 511 Welcomes our Newest Scouts
At the Crossover ceremony on May 21, Troop 511 received a number of new scouts from Pack 555. We are honored to welcome Joel, Cameron, Mark, Danny, Billy, and Brendan to the troop! (Photos to come soon)
Yet another Eagle Scout!
Congratulations to Ross on having passed his Board of Review and now is our latest Eagle Scout! Great job Ross! You are a role model to our younger Scouts and an example of what makes our Troop great. You are truly an asset to our Troop!
Blazing new Trails
Boy Scout Troop 511 teamed up with members of the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) to build a new trail in the Landlocked Forest. The project – coordinated with the Friends of the Landlocked Forest and approved by the Burlington Board of Selectmen – created a trail that makes access to the property and its trail system easier for resident of all ages.
Our scouts demonstrated their outdoor skills and teamwork spirit throughout the entire project. Working hand-in-hand with the team from NEMBA, Troop 511 was able to build the trail in record time. This project was a valuable lesson in how to balance development of natural resources with the local environment.