Camporee is a weekend campout designed to give all Scouts in troops an opportunity to experience the traditional values of Scouting as well as enjoy a challenge. Patrols compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration, and Scout spirit. Additional skills will include shooting sports (rifle, archery, shotgun) and climbing. There will be a camp gadget competition, so Scouts should practice lashings and bring materials!
Every troop needs to run a part of the camporee (e.g., competition, facilities). This year’s camporee promises to challenge the youth leadership, as well as stretch comfort zones. These events cannot happen without each Scout’s competitive spirit and participation. Campsite assignments will be made after registration closes.
The registration fee is $30 per Scout (includes shooting sports and climbing) and $6 per adult. There is no onsite registration. Update registration (instructions). Council refund policy.
What to Bring
Personal (check with Scoutmaster):
- Field uniform (Scout uniform) and belt
- Clothing appropriate for weather
- Activity uniform (Scout t-shirt)
- Shoes (closed-toe) or hiking boots
- Pajamas or sleeping clothes
- Rain gear (pants and jacket)
- Winter coat
- 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
- Cot or pad
- Personal first aid kit
- Portable chair or camp stool, optional
- Backpack to carry everything needed on an ordinary campout
Mark all items with name and troop number.
- Tents with ground cloth
- Cooking gear and food: Saturday breakfast, non-cooking sack lunches, Sunday non-cooking breakfast
- Duty roster and menu (meal planner)
- First-aid kit
- Trash bags
- Patrol flag
- Toilet paper
- Items for campsite inspection
- Materials for camp gadget competition
(due Friday at the leaders meeting)
- Firewood, rakes and fire buckets; buckets and shovel to remove unused firewood
Don’t Bring: alcohol, valuables, electronics, fireworks, sheath or hunting knives, pets, hammocks, personal firearms and ammunition, jewelry, personal bows and arrows.
For the entire weekend to run smoothly, volunteers are needed to staff the camporee. Each troop is requested to provide at least two Scouts or adults to serve on staff.
All participants must be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America.
Troops will divide Scouts into patrols with a minimum of six up to a maximum of 12 Scouts per patrol.
The senior patrol leader is in charge of and responsible for the conduct of the troop at all times during camporee.
All units must ensure sufficient leadership and comply with the BSA supervision requirements. Two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required. There must be a registered female adult leader 21 years of age or over in every unit serving females. A registered female adult leader 21 years of age or over must be present for any activity involving female youth. Notwithstanding the minimum leader requirements, age- and program-appropriate supervision must always be provided.
Alcohol and Tobacco
Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at Scouting functions. The use of any tobacco product is discouraged at any time at a BSA event
Everyone must be fully prepared for variable weather conditions at this time of the year. Temperature ranges over the weekends could be quite cold to quite warm. Scouts are encouraged to bring necessary clothing to be as comfortable as possible at both of these extremes. Hazardous Weather Training can be taken at www.myscouting.org.
The first aid station will be located in the training center building and marked with a red cross sign and is available 24 hours per day. Please be sure to advise your patrol members of its location, which will be announced at the Friday evening leaders meeting. Volunteers are needed to staff the first aid station.
Equipment Drop-off / Parking
Each troop will be allowed to drop off troop equipment at the troop campsite. Please make every effort to unload completely prior to setting up camp. Due to safety concerns, all vehicles must remain in the designated parking area at the climbing tower parking lot until Sunday morning. Do not drive to or park in the campsite. Two vehicles and the troop trailer can remain at the campsite parking. Please drive slowly through the camp.
Restrooms are located at campsites, shooting ranges, and the climbing tower. Do not dispose of trash in the restroom. It is recommended that each troop bring toilet paper. Please be considerate of others and keep them clean. Troops are responsible for cleaning restrooms before departure. A Scout is clean.
Help / Questions During the Event
If help is needed, the camporee committee and staff will help as much as possible. Ask for help at any time to solve misunderstandings. All camporee staff will wear a distinctive shirt for easy identification.
|7:00 - 9:30 pm
|Unit check-in, campsite set-up
|Leaders meeting (Scoutmasters/SPLs/staff)
|Opening flag ceremony and announcements
|Flag closing ceremony
|Campfire & awards
|Reveille & breakfast
|Interfaith worship service & closing
Check-in / Paperwork
Check-in will begin at 6:30 pm Friday. Upon arrival, directions to campsites will be given. BSA Annual Health and Medical Records for all participants must be submitted to the registration staff in addition to a troop roster.
The unit leader must have BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A & B) for each Scout and Scouter participating in a binder. The binder will be turned in to the health and safety officer at check-in. All forms must be completed and signed by the parent or legal guardian.
Inform the registration staff of any Scouts or Scouters who need any accommodations.
When the troop is ready to leave on Sunday morning, send a representative to the headquarters, a staff member will then visit the campsite for inspection. After passing inspection, troop leaders will be given event patches and medical forms will be returned.
Saturday night check-out
Any unit checking out on Saturday must make prior arrangements with the event chair. This will ensure that a proper campsite inspection takes place before the unit’s departure.
Each troop will be assigned a campsite adequate for the number of Scouts indicated during registration. 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, patrol duty roster, and meal planner visible in the campsite.
Each patrol should cook using the patrol method and must furnish its own food and cooking supplies. Units will eat in the campsites. Units should plan a non-cooking lunch that is quick to prepare (e.g,. sandwiches).
All participants should follow Leave No Trace practices. Units must take all trashed and unburned firewood. Carry in – Carry Out.
Fires will be allowed, provided each unit abides by the following rules:
- Keep fires in the fire rings provided in each site.
- Leave No Trace of fire
- Bring a shovel, rake, and fire buckets
- Never leave a fire unattended
Scout should not enter the camping area of another troop without permission. Defacing, destroying, or trashing of the property of others or the property of BSA is strictly forbidden. Scouts are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that will bring credit to their unit and the BSA.
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.
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.
All Scouts are expected to arrive in field uniform. There will be a uniform inspection at check-in. The uniform inspection will follow the standard BSA uniform guidelines.
Field uniforms should be worn during all flag ceremonies, the interfaith worship service, and during general assembly Sunday morning. Scouts should wear activity uniforms any other time.
All senior patrol leaders and Scoutmasters (or their designee) from each troop should attend the leaders meeting on Friday night at 10:15 pm at headquarters for final instructions and schedules. Please bring a chair and be prepared to take notes.
Scouts who need accommodations are encouraged to participate in all camporee activities. Let the staff know at check-in about any accommodations needed.
Camporee will happen rain or shine unless there is going to be dangerous weather. Be prepared for all types of weather and conditions. Camporee will not have a rain date. Late-breaking information will be emailed to all leaders who registered.
Patrol flags, patrol yells, a great team dynamic, and good sportsmanship will all come into play towards Scout spirit!
The campfire will be performed by the troop/patrols with staff supervision. Each patrol should prepare one skit/song for the Saturday evening campfire. Skits or songs involving audience participation are encouraged and points will be awarded for participating and count towards the final troop score. Extra points will be awarded if the skit/song is related to the theme.
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.
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly (Pack It In, Pack It Out)
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Don’t forget to keep your campsite clean! Staff will make rounds inspecting campsites during afternoon competitions and points will be awarded to the troop/patrol. Participants should demonstrate the patrol method and use BSA’s low-impact camping guidelines.
The following areas will receive up to four points (4 Points = Complete, 3 Points = Mostly Complete, 2 Points = Half Complete, 1 Point = Mostly Incomplete, 0 Points = Incomplete.)
|Tents Set Up in Uniform 3-4ft Apart
|KP/Cooking Area Acceptable & Food Properly Stored
|Guy-Out Lines Taut & Visible
|Clean and Orderly Campsite
|Personal Clothing/Equipment Neatly Stored
|Troop/Patrol Identification (Flags Flying, Signage)
|Fire Building Tools Properly Stored/Axe Yard Appropriately Located & Marked
|Theme Is Evident
|Water Source Safely Located by Fire Pit
|Creativity & Originality
|Area Near Fire Ring Is Raked and Clear
Staff can award up to 20 extra points.
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The 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