Spring Camp-o-ree

March 24 - 26, 2017

Johnson Ranch
3668 County Road 227
Centerville, TX

Camporee is a weekend camp out for troops.  Patrols compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit.  The troop who amasses the most points will be awarded the George Strake District honor flag.



Registration is done by troops. 

Step 1: RSVP

The troop needs to RSVP with an approximate head count for planning purposes by February roundtable. Please let us know if this number changes significantly before the event as campsite assignments are made based on registration numbers. Every troop is expected to help at the camp-o-ree (e.g., run an activity or demonstration, emcee the campfire, Scouts Own Service, logistics, administration, registration).  

Step 1: RSVP for Camp-o-ree by February roundtable 

Step 2: Payment

The registration fee is $15 per person (Scouts and adults) and covers facility fees, t-shirt and patch. Patches and t-shirts are not guaranteed for registrations after March 14!

Camp-o-ree is for Scouts and their parents/leaders only. Siblings are not allowed at this district event.

Step 2: Payment opens in March

Health Forms

Upon arrival at camp-o-ree, 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.  


Field uniforms are to be worn while traveling to and from Camporee, Saturday evening program and to the Sunday morning worship service. All other times, activity uniforms (any Scout t-shirt) are to be worn.

Leaders Meeting

There is a leader's meeting at 10:00 pm on Friday evening.  All Senior Patrol Leaders and a Scoutmaster from each troop should be in attendance for final instructions and schedules. Please bring a cup, a 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.


Park in designated parking areas only. Cars will not be permitted to be parked at troop campsites.  Unit trailers may be left in their campsite as long as wheels are blocked and trailer is secured when unattended.

Troop Campsites

Each troop will be assigned a campsite adequate for the number of Scouts indicated on your troop registration form. A large number of last minute additions may result in overcrowding of campsites, so please have an accurate count for registration. Be reminded to have a first aid kit, trash bags, duty roster, and meal planner visible in your campsite.

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 per SHAC policy, and you may not build an open fire on the ground anywhere.  Existing camp fire rings are allowed. Please bring in your own 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.


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


The event will adhere to the 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 Scout or Scouter needing assistance. The first aid station will be centrally located and marked with a red cross sign. Please be sure to advise your patrol members of its location, which will be announced at Friday’s leaders meeting.

Check-out and Patches

When you are ready to leave on Sunday morning, send a representative from your unit to the camp headquarters to have a staff member visit your campsite for inspection. If your campsite is ready for your departure, you will be given your patches and health forms.

Special Needs

Scouts with special needs are encouraged to participate in all camp-o-ree activities.

Campsite Inspections 

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

Tour Plan

Because Camp-o-ree is a district event, a tour plan is NOT required.


Notice!  Please be advised that promotional videotaping/photography may be in progress at any time at an event. Your entrance constitutes your agreement that the council and district have the right to reproduce your likeness in videography/photography for promotion (e.g., publications, internet, newspaper).

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.

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. BSA Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed and all participants must follow youth protection guidelines at all Scouting events. Highlights include:

  • Two-deep leadership on all outings required.  
  • No one-on-one contact between adults and youth members. 
  • The buddy system should be used at all times. 
  • Discipline must be constructive.

Youth Protection Guidelines     Guide to Safe Scouting     Enterprise Risk Management


For questions, contact Mat Burt.

Directions to Johnson Ranch (from Conroe)

  1. North on I-45 to Centerville
  2. Centerville east on 7.
  3. Go about 6 miles.
  4. Just past water tower w/ blinking red light, turn LEFT on St. Leo the Great Cemetery Rd.
  5. Keep going straight, DO NOT take any curves!
  6. Go straight.
  7. No 209, no 210, no 208!
    Go straight!
  8. Go LEFT on County Road 227.
  9. Go RIGHT (in order to stay on 227).