Orion District Trail to Troop

Trail to TroopOctober 18-20, 2024

Tellepsen Scout Camp
3450 County Road 317
Navasota, TX 77868

Trail to Troop is a campout for all Webelos and Arrow of Light Scouts (4th and 5th grades). This awesome weekend event includes patrol-method camping and Scout activities. Webelos Scouts participate in events led by troop Scouts and learn about the different youth-led patrol methods.

Den leaders are encouraged to attend the September roundtable (second Thursday) at 7:00 pm to learn more about Trail to Troop and get helpful tips.

Learn more about Webelos-to-Scouts BSA transition and information to help assist Scouts as they make the important decision on which troop to join and questions to ask troops at shacbsa.org/webelos. Find area troops at shacbsa.org/join-troop.


Registration is typically completed by the den leader or unit leader; however, individual reservations are accepted if your pack is not participating.


 Webelos WoodsStep 1: RSVP: Every unit needs to RSVP by September roundtable (second Thursday in September) with an approximate headcount for planning purposes. Additional Scouts and adults can be added, but please let us know if this number changes significantly before the event as campsite assignments and schedules are made by the staff based on RSVP numbers. 

Step 1:  RSVP 

Step 2: Payment. The registration fee is $5 per participant. Beginning October 11, 2024, there is a $5 late fee. Payment is made online with credit card or electronic check.  Council refund policy  

What to Bring

Personal gear

  • Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for any Scouting event) for every person attending
  • Clothing appropriate for the weather
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Field uniform (Scout uniform) and activity uniform (Scout t-shirt)
  • Pajamas or sleeping clothes
  • Shoes (closed-toe) or hiking boots
  • Light jacket
  • Raingear (poncho or pants and jacket)
  • Hat
  • Sleeping pad or cot
  • Sleeping bag, blankets, sheet, pillow
  • Mess kit (plate, silverware, mesh bag) 
  • Water bottle
  • Personal items (e.g., toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, medications, deodorant)
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Portable chair or camp stool, optional
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Eat before arriving Friday night
  • Name on all items

Den gear

  • Tents with ground cloth
  • Water containers with lids for hauling water
  • Food (Saturday lunch and Sunday breakfast should be a non-cooking meal)
  • Cooking gear (pots, pans utensils)
  • First-aid kit (required – one per pack is acceptable)
  • Trash bags
  • Patrol skit or song
  • Optional items: marshmallows and sticks, raised firebox and wood (if you want a fire), 5-gallon buckets and shovel (to remove all ashes and unused wood), glow sticks, Scout Handbook, canopy
What NOT to bring to camp:  Alcohol, electronics/game equipment, firearms, guns and ammunition, sheath knives, fireworks, illegal drugs, liquid fuel lanterns or stoves, pets, scooters, skates, skateboards, valuables

Typical Activities

scout hikingScouts will compete in a variety of competitions led by troop Scouts, learn Scout skills, and meet area troops.  

Tentative Schedule



6:00 pm

Gates open / Check-in begins

9:00 pm

All units arrive by this time

9:30 pm

Cracker barrel for Scoutmasters, SPLs, Den Leader (or designee)

11:00 pm

Lights Out






Check-in open for Saturday arrivals


Clean / disinfect restrooms


Opening flags and organizational announcements


Troop-led activities for Scouts


Clean / disinfect restrooms

12:00 pm


1:30 pm

Interfaith Worship Service Planning Meeting (for Chaplain Aide's)

2:00 pm

Afternoon activities

4:45 pm

Closing Flags

5:00 pm


7:00 pm

Dutch Oven entries due at HQ for judging

8:00 pm

Campfire Program

11:00 pm

Lights Out



8:30 am

Opening flags, interfaith service, awards presented


Back to camp to break campsites and clean restrooms and sites


Start checkout and pick up patches after campsite is inspected.

Interfaith Worship Service

The Scout Law teaches, “A Scout is reverent. A Scout is reverent toward God. They are faithful in their religious duties. They respect the beliefs of others.” It is important that Scouts be taught to recognize the beliefs of other Scouts and to respect those beliefs. An interfaith service will be conducted for all participants on Sunday morning. An interfaith service is a brief worship or meditation, specifically designed for Scouting events where there may be members of more than one faith group. The intention of an interfaith service is to provide a spiritual focus during a camping experience that does not reflect the views of a particular denomination or faith. An interfaith service can be defined as a gathering of Scouts held to contribute to the development of their spirituality and to promote a fuller understanding of the Scout Oath and Law, with emphasis on one’s Duty to God.

Policies and Procedures

Emergency Procedures If a medical emergency arises, come directly to the First Aid Building located next to the pavilion. The attending first aid person will assess the situation. If a Camp-wide emergency occurs, we utilized the phone tree method to communicate requirements to all those in camp. If this needs to happen, every adult is a Safety Officer and as such must pass on the word and watch out for the safety of our Scouts. Please gather all of your Scouts and assemble at the pavilion.

Firewood: Every den that wants to have a campfire must bring their own firewood. DO NOT gather any “downed” wood for firewood. DO NOT take down any trees even if they seem to be dead. Taking down a tree is considered damage to the camp and will be charged to the den/pack appropriately. Fires must be kept in the fire ring and must be attended at all times. If everyone leaves the camp, the fire must be extinguished. Charcoal needs to be placed on something (metal tray or an oil pan). No cooking on the ground.

Trash: Trash collection facilities will be provided. Please be considerate of the environment and others, avoid littering. All participants are expected to adhere to the seven Leave No Trace practices. 

Vehicles: All vehicles must be parked in the designated parking areas near the front of the camp after load-in. Special circumstances will be evaluated and determined on a case-by-case basis.

Campfire: Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in the campfire on Saturday night. The Orion Chapter of the Order of the Arrow is hosting the campfire program. Webelos dens or troops that would like to perform a Scout-appropriate skit, song or cheer will need to audition at the designated time Saturday afternoon. The location of auditions will be announced at the leaders' meeting. 

About Tellepsen Scout Camp


Tellepsen Scout Camp is located at Bovay Scout Ranch. Tellepsen Scout Camp has eight campsites that accommodate 50 individuals per site. Each campsite has a 30'x40' pavilion with electricity. One shower and restroom facility is available for every two campsites. It is the home of the council's largest rifle range and a 41-foot climbing tower. The rifle range consists of four 50-yard high-powered rifle stations, four 100-yard high-powered rifle stations, a five-station shotgun trap range, eight shooting stations for .22 rifles and pistols and an archery range. The climbing tower has four rappelling stations of 11 feet, 22 feet, 32 feet, and 41 feet. 

Tellepsen Scout Camp Leader's Guide     Maps  


The camp is located about six miles south of Navasota (one mile south of TX-6 BUS N and Tx-6 N Split) on the east side of TX-6 on County Road 317 (3450 County Road 317, Navasota, TX 77868).

Directions through Hempstead:

  • Take Hwy 290W through Hempstead
  • From Hempstead take
    Hwy 6N for 16 miles
  • Turn right onto County Road 317
  • Travel to end of road through camp gate

Directions through Conroe:

  • From Conroe take Hwy 105W
    for 45 miles
  • Turn left onto Hwy 6 South
    for 3 miles
  • Turn left onto County Road 317
    (just past Grassy Creek)
  • Travel to end of road through camp gate.

Note: When leaving camp, be extremely cautious as this is a 75 mph zone with poor visibility of oncoming traffic due to the hill. Many people will be leaving at the same time, do not bunch up in the median. Instead of crossing two lanes of high-speed traffic, it may be advisable to turn right and then u-turn at the next available median a short distance away. 

Late-Breaking Information

Late-breaking news and announcements will be emailed to those registered and posted on the Orion District Facebook page.

Please like our page at www.facebook.com/orionbsa.Facebook Invite parents and Scouters in the district to like our page. Units and Scouters can tag us (@orionbsa), and message pictures. To make sure you never miss a post, after liking the page, click on 'Following' and 'See First.' To help us promote Scouting, please engage with our content by liking, commenting and sharing our posts.

For additional district communications, sign up for the Orion District newsletter.

For additional council information, sign up for the eScouter and follow the Sam Houston Area Council Facebook page. Tag the council (@shac.bsa) and send them pics of your Scouting memories.

Orion District Facebook    Orion District Newsletter    SHAC Facebook


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

Scouting Safely

Safety is Your Responsibility posterScouting America's Commitment to Safety is ongoing, and the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees cannot be compromised. Scouting America puts the utmost importance on 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. 

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 is 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 Scout activities, the National Health and Safety Committee and the Council Services Division of the National Council has developed the SAFE Checklist of safety procedures for physical activity. These points, which embody good judgment and common sense, are applicable to all activities. 

*About Medical Record: Scouting America requires all participants to bring an Annual Health and Medical Record to every Scouting event. The Scouting adventures, camping trips, and having fun are important to everyone in Scouting—and so is your safety and well-being. Completing the Annual Health and Medical Record is the first step in ensuring you have a great Scouting experience. Completing a health history promotes health awareness, collects necessary data, and provides medical professionals with critical information needed to treat a patient in the event of an illness or injury. It also provides emergency contact information. Please download the form and have it with you at all Scouting events for every member of your family.  

^Closed-toed shoes are highly recommended for all Scouting events. Many of our outdoor venues have snakes and sticks that can injure toes. Many of our activities include active games, so shoes that Scouts can run in (e.g., tennis shoes) are recommended.

Youth Protection Guidelines     Guide to Safe Scouting      SAFE Checklist      Enterprise Risk Management


For questions, contact the Webelos Woods chair or district activities chair.