camporeeMarch 1-3, 2024

Camp Maritz, Co Rd 256
Ganado, TX 77962

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.

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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 
  • Pillow 
  • 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.

General Information


All participants must be registered members of Scouting 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 the camporee.

All units must ensure sufficient leadership and comply with the 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, and the use of tobacco products is discouraged at all times.


Everyone must be fully prepared for variable weather conditions at this time of year. Temperatures 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 extremes. Hazardous Weather Training can be taken at

First Aid

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 before 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. 

Typical Schedule


7:00 - 9:30 pm Unit check-in, campsite set-up
10:00 pm  Leaders meeting (Scoutmasters/SPLs/staff)
11:00 pm Lights out


6:30 am Reveille, breakfast
8:15 am  Opening flag ceremony and announcements
9:00 am Rotation 1
10:30 am Rotation 2
12:00 am Lunch
1:00 pm Rotation 3
1:30 pm Rotation 4
4:00 pm Free time
5:00 pm Flag closing ceremony
5:45 pm Dinner 
7:30 pm Campfire & awards
8:30 pm Unit activities
10:00 pm Lights out


6:30 am Reveille & breakfast
8:30 am Interfaith worship service & closing
9:15 am Break camp
11:00 am Camp closes

Check-in / Paperwork

Check-in will begin at 6:30 pm Friday.  Upon arrival, directions to campsites will be given. 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 an 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 campsite overcrowding, 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 furnish its 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.

Fire Safety 

Fires will be allowed, provided each unit abides by the following rules:

  1. Keep fires in the fire rings provided at each site.
  2. Leave No Trace
  3. Bring a shovel, rake, and fire buckets
  4. Never leave a fire unattended

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 and respect the beliefs of other Scouts. There will be an interfaith worship service on Sunday morning. All Scouts and Scouters should plan on attending this service. A 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.

Uniform Inspection

All Scouts are encouraged to arrive in field uniforms. At check-in, a uniform inspection will follow the standard uniform guidelines.


Field uniforms should be worn during all flag ceremonies, the interfaith worship service, and the general assembly on Sunday morning. Scouts should wear activity uniforms any other time. 

Leaders Meeting

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. If accommodations are needed, please let the staff know at check-in.


Camporee will happen rain or shine unless there will 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.

Scout Spirit

Patrol flags, patrol yells, a great team dynamic and good sportsmanship will all come into play towards Scout spirit! 


The campfire will be hosted 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

Leave No TraceInstilling values in young people and preparing them to make moral and ethical choices throughout their lifetime is the mission of Scouting 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 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

Campsite Inspection

Remember to keep your campsite clean! Staff will inspect campsites during afternoon competitions, and points will be awarded to the troop or patrol. Participants should demonstrate the patrol method and followlow-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 General Campsite
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 Prevention Theme
Fire Building Tools Properly Stored/Axe Yard Appropriately Located & Marked       Theme Is Evident
Water Source Safely Located by Fire Pit Creativity & Originality
The area near the Fire Ring Is Raked and Clear  

Staff can award up to 20 extra points.


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 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 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 have developed the SAFE Checklist of safety procedures for physical activity. These points, which embody good judgment and common sense, apply 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 to treat a patient during 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 camporee chair or district activities chair.