George Strake District Camporee

Camporee is a weekend campout for troops around the district.  Troops compete against other troops, to win the honor troop flag. Scouts test their survival skills in the ultimate troop competition. 

  • Patrol events
  • Troop contests
  • Skill tests
  • Order of the Arrow callout
  • Saturday campfire

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Registration

Registration is done by the troop leadership. Registration is a two-step process.

Step 1:  RSVP

Every unit needs to RSVP by 3/28/23 to let the event staff if you are attending. Estimated numbers are provided to the council so the district can reserve the appropriate number of campsites and program areas for the event.

Step 1: RSVP

Step 2: Payment and Order T-shirts

Registration is $TBD per Scout and $10 per adult. T-shirts can be purchased for $15-$18 and must be ordered by March TBD, 2023. Pay online with credit card or electronic check. Council refund policy

Step 2: Payment (opens in February)

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
  • Rain gear (pants and 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 
  • 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 meals
  • Duty roster and menu
  • First-aid kit
  • Trash bags
  • Patrol flag
  • Items for campsite inspection
  • Toilet paper
  • Wash soap for restrooms
  • Firewood, if having a fire in campsite

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 Scouts elected into the Order of the Arrow for call-out
  • Painter's tape. Painter's tape is the only tape allowed to be used at Camp Strake. Do not use any other tape (e.g., Duct tape) on pavilions or buildings
  • Hand washing station to put next to the water spigot, recommended (e.g., small bucket, bar of soap)
  • Zip ties (20"+, wide, industrial-strength) or twine. All items must be removed be leaving camp.
  • For bulletin board: 
    • Camp roster 
    • Troop duty roster 
    • Scout schedules 
    • Pushpins

Don’t Bring 

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

*Electricity is very limited. 

Medical Forms

BSA Health and Medical Records (Parts A & B) are required for every participant. These will be turned in on Friday night. You can bring your alphabetized notebook which will be returned on Sunday morning.

Competitions

The three areas of competition: campsite challenge, fire building/cooking and Dutch Oven dessert contest.

Volunteer Information

Each troop will need to provide at least one adult to assist the events and skills competitions. Please contact the camporee chair if your volunteers have any preference for any particular event. We will try to accommodate your preferred event, but we cannot make any promises.

Attire

Field uniforms should be worn at all flag assemblies, campfire and awards ceremony, and Interfaith Service. Scouts may wear activity uniforms (Scouting t-shirts) or Scouting-appropriate themed attire at all other times. All patrol members are expected to be in uniform with each other; themed spirit items within the patrol are encouraged and not required, but no spirit points will be awarded. Running cleats or special competitive clothing is not permitted. No inappropriate costumes or clothes are permitted. Scouts must wear a shirt. No firearms, including toys, props, and replicas are permitted. Any such weapons will be confiscated. Judges factor neatness, completeness, and uniformity of Scout uniforms and patrol cooperation during competitions. In keeping with the theme, Scouts are encouraged to go all out in designing. Please note that you are not required to dress in themed attire or to make themed patrol flags or campsite items; however, patrols will not be awarded the spirit points. Scoutmasters should inform all Scouts / Scouters scheduled for Order of the Arrow (OA) callout to be prepared to wear their field uniform during the call out ceremony.

Scoutmaster Guidance

  • Be prepared! The camporee will go on to the best of the staff’s ability unless there are dangerous weather conditions. Unit leaders and Scouts should be prepared for rain, snow, or shine. Some events or activities may be canceled if the camporee staff determines it to be in the best health and safety interest of all involved.
  • All units are required to carry a first aid kit. There will be a first aid station at headquarters should the need arise. Major medical needs will be addressed using 9-1-1 or local emergency response as required.
  • Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters (at least two adults from each unit) and SPLs are invited to the cracker barrel on Friday night. Program details will be discussed there. Trailers are allowed at campsites, and one vehicle. Please park all other vehicles in a designated area near check-in.
  • All BSA events require two deep leadership.” All units are expected to adhere to this, and operate using the patrol method, under the leadership of their senior patrol leader.
  • Scouts and leaders alike are to use the buddy system at all times. Do not leave and go anywhere by yourself and keep your buddy informed of your activities. Unit leaders are responsible for their units at all times.
  • All Scouts in possession of a knife must have their Totin’ Chip on their person. Otherwise, if you cannot produce your Totin’ Chip card on request, your knife will be confiscated.
  • Cutting or pruning live trees is not permitted.
  • The following items are prohibited and will be confiscated: sheath knives, fireworks, firearms.
  • Confiscated items will be returned to the Scoutmaster or unit leader.
  • Illegal drugs and alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Users will be turned over to proper authorities.
  • Electronic entertainment devices are strongly discouraged and should be left at home, or in the car. GPS are permitted for camp activities; cell phones needed for emergency purposes should be left with Scoutmasters.
  • Campsite fires are permitted only in designated fire rings. Remember and practice Leave No Trace, please: bury your ashes and remove any partially burned fuel. It shouldn’t look like you had a fire there when the event is over.
  • No pets are allowed unless preauthorized by camporee staff.
  • Destroying, trashing or defacing the property of other Scouts will result in the offending Scout’s automatic dismissal.
  • All Scouts and their units will be required to follow the Leave No Trace practices and the Outdoor Code of the BSA. If trash receptacles are full, don’t leave your trash on the ground, take it home. Each unit must provide their own trash bags and remove all refuse from their campsite. Remember, Pack It In, Pack It Out.
  • Restrooms and restroom trash receptacles are not for campsite trash. Toilets must be kept clean. Please use proper etiquette and cleanliness with this property. A scout is, after all, courteous and clean.
  • All units may bring their own water for drinking and cooking (e.g., have water jugs in your campsite), though there are water spigots available at camp for refill.

SPL Guidance

  • Each activity will begin at the times indicated on the schedule; please ensure that your unit is on time.
  • SPLs are invited to the SPL/SM meeting Friday night. Program details will be discussed there.
  • Field uniforms are requested to be worm for assemblies, the campfire, and interfaith service. An activity uniform is acceptable for other camp activities.
  • All Units are strongly encouraged to participate in the interfaith service on Sunday morning. A Scout is reverent.
  • Practical jokes, whether in your troop, patrol or to another unit, are not in accordance with proper Scout spirit and will not be tolerated.
  • Scouts are not to roam through other campsites. A Scout may enter the camping area of another troop only by asking for and receiving permission.
  • Scouts are not permitted in the staff camp unless permission is requested and received.
  • Scouts are expected to do their best and participate in the activities at the prescribed times. Campsites are off limits during activity times.
  • Scouts are expected to remain within the camporee bounds at all times. Scouts must remain in their camping area between taps and reveille unless on authorized errands.
  • There will be a limited number of slots available for skits and songs at the campfire. We strongly encourage units to participate, and to practice your presentation in advance; however, the campfire chair must approve all songs and skits in advance. Please let him know if your patrol is interested in participating. Slots will be awarded on a first come first serve basis, subject to approval from the campfire chair. Participating in the campfire will add bonus points to the honor troop and honor patrol competitions.

Camp Rules

  1. Have fun
  2. No running in camp except for competitions
  3. All injuries must be reported to camp staff
  4. Quiet time begins at 11:00 pm
  5. Leave No Trace
  6. Camp director has the final say
  7. Demonstrate sportsmanship and Scout values
  8. Have more fun!

Patrol Scoring

Patrols will be broken down into three categories:

  • Patrols with Scouts between 1- 2 years of experience 
  • Patrols with Scouts between 2-3 years of experience 
  • Mixed patrol and patrols with 3 + years of experience

Each patrol will rotate to all events and compete. Each event coordinator will judge the events and awards points based time, skill performed correctly, team dynamics, and Scout Spirit. All scores will be tallied and a final score will be calculated. The top patrols in each category will be honored. Each event will have an event coordinator that will oversee the event. The event coordinator will make all rulings and judgments to the best of his/her ability. If there is a dispute that needs to be settled, it will be brought to the camporee chair. The chair will make the final decision after hearing from both sides.

Campfire

Each troop is encouraged to participate in the closing campfire by performing a song, skit or dance. Multiple entries from the same troop are acceptable but cuts could be made due to time constraints. All entries will need prior approval from the camporee staff. Campfire entries are due to the camporee staff by the start of the cooking competition.

About Camp Strake

Camp Strake is a first-class, state-of-the-art camp at a rural site near the Sam Houston National Forest, close to the community of Evergreen.

Camp Strake is surrounded on three sides by the Sam Houston National Forest and has the Lone Star Hiking Trail close to one corner of the property. 

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Camp Strake has 20 campsites with pavilions; modern restrooms and shower houses; climbing and repelling tower; zipline;  an aquatics center with a swimming pool, lake, canoes, and kayaks; a shooting sports complex with rifle, shotgun, and archery range, including a sporting arrows course; and more.

About Camp Strake

Camp Strake is located on 2,816 acres between New Waverly and Coldspring near the community of Evergreen, Tx. Lake Livingston is 10 miles east of the property. The camp is a 1.5-hour drive from downtown Houston and close to I-45 and the Grand Parkway. Camp Strake is located at 2020 Camp Strake Rd., Coldspring, TX 77331(latitude and longitude: 30.608901, -95.230270)

 

Directions from Houston:

  • Take I-45N to exit 94 (FM 1097) toward Willis
  • Turn right onto Montgomery St. (.7 mi)
  • Turn left onto Danville St. (360 ft)
  • Turn right onto FM 1097 / Stewart St (9.6 mi.)
  • Turn right onto TX-150E (8.8 mi)
  • Turn left onto FM 945N (3.6 mi)
  • Turn left into Camp Strake at the sign. 

Order of the Arrow

The George Strake Chapter of the Order of the Arrow will conduct a call out ceremony for Scouts and Scouters that have been elected into the Order of the Arrow. The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. For over 100 years, the Order of the Arrow has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. The Order of the Arrow provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long-term resident camping, developing leaders, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich, support, and help to extend Scouting to America's youth.

Learn More About the OA

Photographs  

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 district has the right to reproduce your likeness in videography/photography for promotion (e.g., publications, internet, newspaper). 

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, please contact Mike Mathena at 74mathena@gmail.com or the district program chair.