Camporee

March 1-3, 2019

Lake Houston Wilderness Park
28540 FM 1485
New Caney, TX 77357

Camporee is a weekend camp out for troops.  Patrols compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit. Competitions typically include plant identification, animal sign, first aid, orienteering, leave no trace, and more.  The troop who amasses the most points will be awarded the George Strake District honor flag.


 

Registration

The registration fee is $20 per person (Scouts and adults) and covers facility fees, t-shirt and patch. Registration is completed by the troop leadership and is made online by credit card, electronic check or PayPal. Onsite registration is $25 per person (check payable to SHAC). Refund policy.

Register

Contact Brian Gedelian at 936-581-2886 or bgedelian@icloud.com for any additional questions.

What to Bring

Personal (check with Scoutmaster):

  • Field uniform (Scout uniform) and belt 
  • Activity uniform (Scout t-shirt)
  • Clothing appropriate for weather
  • Shoes (closed toe) or hiking boots 
  • Pajamas or sleeping clothes
    (wool, polypropylene or polyester, never cotton!) 
  • Rain gear (pants and jacket) 
  • Jacket 
  • Flashlight and extra batteries 
  • Personal items (e.g., deodorant, comb, medications, toothpaste, toothbrush)
  • Water bottle (or canteen) and cup 
  • Pocket knife and Totin' Chip
  • Sleeping bag, blankets, sheet 
  • Pillow 
  • Cot or pad 
  • Personal first aid kit 
  • Order of the Arrow members bring sash for the Saturday evening
  • Portable chair or camp stool, optional
Mark all items with name and troop number.

Patrol:

  • Tents with ground cloth
  • Water containers for hauling water
  • Cooking gear and food: Saturday breakfast, non-cooking sack lunches, Sunday non-cooking breakfast
  • Duty roster and menu
  • First-aid kit
  • Trash bags
  • Patrol flag
  • Items for campsite inspection
  • Toilet paper
  • Wash soap for restrooms

Troop

  • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (part A&B for all Scouting events) for every participant (due at check-in)
  • Roster (due Friday at the leaders meeting)
  • Firewood, rakes and fire buckets; buckets and shovel to remove unused firewood
  • List of Order of the Arrow candidates for the call-out

Don’t Bring: 

  • Alcholol
  • Valuables
  • Electronics (e.g.,  iPod, iPad)*
  • Fireworks 
  • Sheath or hunting knives 
  • Pets 
  • Hammocks 
  • Personal firearms and ammunition 
  • Jewelry 
  • Personal bows and arrows 
  • Fuel burning hand warmers 

*Electricity is very limited. 

 

Tentative Schedule

Friday

 
6:00 pm Unit check-in and campsite set-up
10:00 pm Scoutmaster and Senior Patrol Leader meeting and Cracker Barrel
11:30 pm Lights out

Saturday

 
8:15 am Opening ceremony / flag ceremony
8:30 am Camporee events begin
12:00 am Lunch (in troop campsite)
1:00 pm Camporee events resume
4:00 pm Events end / begin free time / prepare evening meal
6:00 pm Dutch oven Judging
9:00 pm Campfire
9:30 pm Order of the Arrow Call-out and Cracker Barrel
11:30 pm Lights out

Sunday

 
8:15 am Interfaith Worship Service
8:45 am Awards presentation and closing ceremony
11:00 am Unit check-out: All units must have their campsites inspected before picking up patches and medical forms.

Health Forms

Upon arrival, each troop representative will need to turn in a packet containing a BSA Health and Medical Record (for all Scouting events; Parts A & B) for each adult and Scout attending. Forms will be returned at check-out.  

Uniforms

Field uniforms should be worn during the Saturday evening program and Sunday morning interfaith worship service. An activity uniform (any Scout t-shirt) can be worn other times.

Leaders Meeting

There is a leader's meeting at 10:00 pm on Friday evening. The senior patrol leader and Scoutmaster from each troop should be in attendance for final instructions and schedules. Please bring a cup, pen, and a chair.

Cast Iron Chef

Saturday evening each Boy Scout patrol may enter one dish for the cook-off.  This dish can be any entree of your choosing but must be cooked in a dutch oven. Points will be awarded on appearance, taste, complexity, and incorporation of the theme.  One adult per troop may enter a dutch oven dessert.

Parking

Trailers and one vehicle will be allowed to park at the campsites.  All extra vehicles will need to be parked at one of the nearby overflow parking areas.

Troop Campsites

The district has reserved two loops at the park (Magnolia and Ironwood loops).  Troops will be assigned a campsite or campsites, based on the number of Scouts and leaders registered. It is important to have a fairly accurate number of people by the end of registration. It will be difficult to find space for large numbers of late registrations.  Be reminded to have first aid kits, trash bags, duty rosters and meal planner visible in the campsite.

Lake Houston Wilderness Park

All camping and entrance fees to the park will be covered under your camporee fees.  Upon entering the park, let them know you are with George Strake Camporee to enter and for any additional directions to the camping loops. Visit Lake Houston Wilderness Park website at https://www.houstontx.gov/parks/parksites/lakehoustonpark.html for additional rules. As Scouts, we are representing Boy Scouts of America abiding by park rules and the Scout Law and Oath.

Cooking and Fires

Each Boy Scout troop will be responsible for its own meals, furnish and cook their own food, as well as provide all equipment for preparation, serving, and cleaning up meals. A fire station/fire guard posting must be in place before any cooking or campfires may occur. No liquid fuels are allowed, and open fires on the ground may not be built. Existing campfire rings can be used; bring wood/charcoal/ fire pit/sand if you choose to build a fire.  Propane stoves are allowed.  Remember that all materials brought in must be taken out. Campsite ash must be removed; do not put ash in the trashcans.  As per park rules, there is no collecting wood on premises for fires.  There is additional wood available at the entrance for a fee as well.

Water

Fresh water will be available at camporee. All troops should bring their own containers (with lid) to transport water back to their campsites as needed.

Trash

The event will adhere to leave no trace practices. All trash must leave with your unit and unburned firewood should be carried out. Remember carry in – carry out.

First Aid and Safety

There will be a first aid station staffed Saturday for any participant needing assistance. The first aid station will be centrally located and marked with a red cross sign. Please be sure to advise all participants of its location. This location will be announced at the Friday leader's meeting.

Check-out and Patches

Before departure on Sunday morning, each unit needs to send a representative to the camp headquarters. An event staff member will then be sent to inspect the campsite. After passing inspection, the unit representative will be given the event patches and the BSA Annual Health and Medical Records will be returned.

Special Needs

Scouts with special needs are encouraged to participate in all camporee activities.

Campsite Inspections 

Campsite inspections will take place for all troops sometime Saturday afternoon.  The unit with the highest point total will be recognized.

Order of the Arrow (OA) Call-Out Ceremony

Following the campfire, a traditional OA call-out ceremony will take place to recognize those youth and adults from the district elected into the Order of the Arrow. 

  • Scoutmasters should encourage elected candidates to attend camporee to be called out. Many troops choose to let the candidates be surprised when their names are called.
  • Once each year, a troop may hold a unit election to elect youth members of their troop to become members of the Order of the Arrow. A special call-out ceremony is being held during the camporee for candidates elected into the Order of the Arrow by their troop last fall. Scouts are not required to participate in a call-out ceremony but must complete an Ordeal within one year, in order to become a member of Colonneh Lodge. If a candidate does not attend an Ordeal within one-year, then the candidate has to be re-elected by their unit.

Interfaith Worship Service

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. There will be an interfaith worship service on Sunday morning. All Scouts and Scouters should plan on attending this service. Field uniform should be worn. 

Leave No Trace

Instilling values in young people and preparing them to make moral and ethical choices throughout their lifetime is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America. Leave No Trace helps reinforce that mission, and reminds us to respect the rights of other users of the outdoors as well as future generations. Appreciation for our natural environment and a knowledge of the interrelationships of nature bolster our respect and reverence toward the environment and nature. Leave No Trace is an awareness and an attitude rather than a set of rules. It applies in your backyard or local park as much as in the backcountry. We should all practice Leave No Trace in our thinking and actions–wherever we go.

The principles of Leave No Trace might seem unimportant until you consider the combined effects of millions of outdoor visitors. One poorly located campsite or campfire may have little significance, but thousands of such instances seriously degrade the outdoor experience for all. Leaving no trace is everyone’s responsibility. All participants are asked to follow the seven principles of Leave No Trace

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly (Pack It In, Pack It Out)
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Cancelations and Late-breaking Information

Camporee will happen rain or shine unless there are dangerous conditions. Be prepared for all types of weather and conditions. Camporee will not have an alternate or rain date. Late-breaking information will be emailed to registered participants and posted on the district Facebook page.

Scouting Safely

Safety is Your Responsibility posterThe BSA's Commitment to Safety is ongoing and we want you to know that the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees cannot be compromised. The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership. The Sam Houston Area Council takes great strides to ensure the safety of its youth as well as the adult volunteer leadership that interacts with them. 

BSA Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed. All participants must follow Youth Protection Guidelines at all Scouting events. Highlights include:

  • Two-deep leadership on all outings required.  
  • One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is prohibited. 
  • The buddy system should be used at all times. 
  • Discipline must be constructive.

Health and safety must be integrated into everything we do, to the point that no injuries are acceptable beyond those that are readily treatable by Scout-rendered first aid. As an aid in the continuing effort to protect participants in a Scout activity, the BSA National Health and Safety Committee and the Council Services Division of the BSA National Council have developed the "Sweet Sixteen" of BSA safety procedures for physical activity. These 16 points, which embody good judgment and common sense, are applicable to all activities.

Youth Protection Guidelines     Guide to Safe Scouting      Sweet Sixteen      Enterprise Risk Management

Contacts

For questions, contact Brian Gedelian.