Camporee

March 24-26, 2023

Camp Strake
2020 Camp Strake Rd.
Coldspring, TX 
77331

Camporee is a weekend camp out for troops. Patrols compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit. Troop leaders need to attend the April roundtable to help the event staff plan the event.

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Registration

Registration is a two-step process. Registration is completed by the unit leadership.

Part 1: RSVP:  Every unit needs to RSVP by September roundtable 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.

Part 1: RSVP         Flier

Part 2: Payment: The registration fee is $15 for Scouts and adults and includes Saturday mystery lunch ingredients (for the cooking competition). Payment is made online with credit card or electronic check. There is no onsite registration; full payment must be made prior to arrival. To make changes to the initial registration, use the link provided in the emailed receipt. Council refund policy.

Part 2: Payment     Event Feedback

Check-in

The camporee site will be open at 6:00 pm on Friday. All units are required to check in with the registration staff upon arrival and turn in the following items:

  1. BSA Annual Health and Medical Record for every participant. A paper copy of the BSA Health and Medical Record (Parts A&B) for every participant (Scouts and adults) is required to be turned in at registration.  You can bring your alphabetized notebook which will be returned on Sunday morning.
  2. Pre-event screening form stapled to the medical form.
  3. Troop roster will need to be turned in at check-in.
  4. Patrol roster will need to be turned in at the Friday night leader's meeting.

After check-in, campsite assignments will be given and a staff guide will lead the troop to the assigned campsite. 

There will be a mandatory meeting for Scoutmasters and senior patrol leaders at 10:00 pm on Friday evening.  Following that meeting, the senior patrol leader must submit a roster for each patrol that will compete in the events.

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
    (wool, polypropylene or polyester, never cotton!) 
  • Rain gear (pants and jacket) 
  • 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 food: Saturday breakfast, lunch condiments (lunch ingredients) will be provided), Saturday dinner, Sunday non-cooking breakfast
  • Duty roster and menu
  • First-aid kit
  • Trash bags
  • Patrol flag
  • Items for campsite inspection
  • Toilet paper
  • Wash soap for restrooms

Troop

  • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (part A&B for all Scouting events) for every participant (due at check-in)
  • Firewood, rakes and fire buckets; buckets and shovel to remove unused firewood

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

Tentative Schedule

Friday

6:30 pm Unit check-in and campsite set-up
10.00pm Scoutmaster and senior patrol leader meeting
11:00 pm Taps, lights out, and quiet time

Saturday

7:30 am Reveille
7:30 am Breakfast at troop campsites
8:45 am Opening Ceremony
  Camporee Competitions (45-minute round robin sessions)
9:00 am Event 1
10:00 am Event 2
11:00 am Event 3
12:00 pm Event 4 - Lunch Competition
2:00 pm Event 5
3:00 pm Event 6
4:00 pm Event 7
4:45 pm Break (change into field uniform)
5:00 pm Retirement of the Colors (turn in score sheets)
5:30 pm Dinner at troop campsites
7:30 pm Campfire and award presentations
10:00 pm Scoutmaster and senior patrol leaders meeting
11:00 pm Taps, lights out, and quiet time

Sunday 

7:00 am Reveille and breakfast at troop campsites
8:45 am Interfaith Service and World Scouting Fund (bring a small donation)
9:15 am Pack up, clean campsite (including all litter)
9:45 am Campsite inspection and unit check-out
11:00 am Camp closes

Events

Scouts will compete in seven events during 45-minute round-robin sessions.

  • TBD

Cooking Competition

The cooking competition will be held during lunch. Each troop will be provided a mystery box with the ingredients that must be used to cook lunch. judges will be grading!

This cook-off is expected to be fun, challenging, and educational for all participating. 

Objective: The main objective for this competition is to have fun. It is also to do the following:

  1. Instill troop pride.
  2. Assist in instilling troop knowledge.
  3. Demonstrate teamwork among the troop.
  4. Encourage creativity.
  5. Demonstrate Leadership

Rules:

  1. Troops have the designated time during lunchtime to prepare their mystery meal.
  2. All Scouts in the troop must be the ones preparing the meals. Judges will be walking around monitoring for the cook-off competitions.
  3. Troops should be preparing enough food to serve everyone in their patrol plus a tasting portion for the judge.  All food materials will be provided. Patrols can use their own spices.
  4. Ingredients must be combined, chopped, sliced, or diced during the competition, on-site. Only items given to the patrol plus any condiments or seasoning packed in chuck box used at regular campouts can be used.
  5. No troop should start cooking until the designated cooking time.
  6. All cooking and eating and clean-up must be in the two hours allotted. Patrols are responsible for their own cleaning.
  7. Everything cooked MUST be presented to the judges. Food must be presented to the judges on time.
  8. The Patrols may use disposable dishes, bowls, cups, etc. or permanent ones when submitting their meal for serving to patrol and sample to judge.
  9. Know and practice safe food handling procedures. The troop must provide its own sanitation supplies.  Each troop must provide its own coolers for all refrigerated items. There should be no finger-licking. Tasting utensils should be supplied by the troop for their dishes.
  10. Garnishing the food is acceptable to complement the dish being presented.
  11. The grading area must be cleaned and leave no trace principles applied. Failure can result in disqualification as judged by the judges.
  12. All items in Mystery Box must be used to cook lunch.  They can be all in one dish or used in several dishes.
  13. Judging will all items in the Mystery Box provided by the camporee staff. 
  14. All judging decisions are final.

Food Judging Score Card

Scoring: 7-Exceeded requirements; 5 to 6 for satisfying requirements; 3 to 4 for minor mistakes; 1 to 2 for major mistakes; 0 for unsatisfactory performance.

    Points Possible
Overall Appeal Originality, creative ingredients, good use of items. 10
Appearance & Presentation Visually appealing, pleasing aroma, appropriate garnish presentation. 10
Execution Cooked just right (not over or under done), color, volume, too moist or too dry 10
Taste Good flavor combination, appropriate seasoning, spices & herbs balanced for best flavor, and texture is tender, moist or crunchy as appropriate 10
Used all of the ingredients provided    Will use all ingredients provided by the Camporee as foodstuffs and as garnish. 10
Difficulty Bonus   10
Total   Max 60
Chuck Box or Patrol Box The patrol box organized with proper supplies. 5
Cleanliness Are all work area keep clean. 5
Leadership There is an identified leader, that is properly leading the efforts of the Scouts. 10
Teamwork   Did everyone in the patrol do their job? 10
Cleanup Did all patrol members work together to properly clean up the area and all supplies used.  If Patrol had extra food, did by properly store it following safety standards.    10
Deductions (Judges can take away up to 10 points)  -10
Total   Max 40
Combined Score   Max 100

Parking

Access to the area will be directed by the event staff. After drivers have dropped off equipment and Scouts, the vehicles are to be parked in the designated parking areas. 

Remember that all staff -- adult and youth -- are volunteers. They have complete authority, in any matter in which a dispute arises. If anyone does not follow the direction or instructions of a staff member -- adult or youth -- that person or their entire unit may be subject to sanctions by the event committee. The parking rules will be strictly enforced.

Only certain staff vehicles will be allowed to drive within the camporee area and these vehicles will be tagged.

Uniforms

The field uniform should be worn at the morning and evening flag ceremonies, Sunday morning interfaith worship service and at the Sunday awards/closing ceremony. The field uniform or activity uniform can be worn at all other times. 

First Aid

Each unit is encouraged to have its own first aid supplies and to handle scrapes and bruises in their unit. Each unit is encouraged to carry consent to treat forms for all persons in their unit. Emergencies and incidents that the unit cannot handle should be reported to a staff member immediately if you need assistance, and they will call the first aid staff to the area.

A first aid station, with qualified staff, will be on-site for emergencies and incidents that the unit cannot handle on its own. The first aid station will be located in the headquarters area. The first aid station will be available on a 24-hour basis. Please remember that this is a volunteer staff and consideration should be taken when having to wake them in the middle of the night.

In the event that someone must be transported to the hospital (non-ambulance cases), it is the responsibility of the unit leaders to provide that transportation.

Quiet Time

Quiet hours will be enforced beginning at 11:00 pm until 6:00 am the next morning on both Friday and Saturday nights. Respect fellow participants by observing these quiet hours.

Water

Water will be on-site, but Scouts should have a water bottle.

Fires

Unit fires are expected to be allowed, absent any local fire bans. Proper procedures and precautions must be taken at all times. Fires must be raised off the ground and must be in some sort of fireproof container. Do not leave fires unattended…. Make sure it is out before leaving your area. Practice fire safety and have fire buckets and shovels at the fire area. Those who do not follow proper procedures will be asked to extinguish the fire and will not be allowed to have a fire for the remainder of the camporee. Firewood is not available on site. Bring your own supply of firewood, if you plan to have a fire. 

Discipline

A spirit of Scouting and brotherhood must prevail during the entire camporee if it is to be a success. Conduct is to be in accordance with the Scout Oath, Scout Law, and the Outdoor Code. Scouters are responsible for the supervision of their units at all times and will be held accountable for their behavior. This is a good time for youth leaders to practice leadership skills. All Scouts are to remain at the camporee area at all time. Should it become necessary for a Scout to leave the camporee, the Scoutmaster must notify the staff at headquarters so that the Scout can be signed-out. Remember to ask permission before entering another unit's campsite. There will be no raiding, ambushing, or sabotaging another unit or unit site. Remember a Scout is courteous and obedient.  

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. There will be a collection for the World Scouting Fund.

General Notes

  • The buddy system is to be used at all times.
  • Low impact camping should be adhered to and Leave No Trace methods should be used.
  • Each unit is responsible for its own camping area, unit equipment, and meals.
  • Each unit is responsible for its own trash/garbage. Please bring an adequate supply of trash bags. All trash/garbage must be removed from the campsite and placed in the dumpster departing camp on Sunday.
  • Be Prepared and have fun! 

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

  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

About George Ranch Historical Park

The George Ranch Historical Park is an internationally-recognized living history site that authentically preserves and interprets the four-generational storyline of a remarkable Texas family beginning in 1824 and spanning more than 100 years. Just 30 miles southwest of downtown Houston, the Park is located on a 20,000-acre+ working ranch featuring historic homes, costumed interpreters and livestock. The park aims to educate people of all ages about Texas history and the region’s unique heritage through programming that connects and inspires learners of all ages. 

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

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Health and Safety

Safety is the responsibility of everyone.

  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
  • Weather is unpredictable. Bring rain gear. The event will be held rain or shine unless there is dangerous weather conditions. It is likely to be windy. Dress for the weather pack for the season.
  • For those adults who smoke, please be careful of your ashes. Make sure that your smoking material has been properly extinguished and that the remains are deposited in a trash bag, not on the ground. Do not smoke in front of Scouts. Be courteous to others.

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, contact the event chair, Sherry Dieckmann, or the camping chair or district activities chair.