March 6-8, 2020
Camporee is a weekend camp out for troops. Scouts in patrols compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit. This is a great event for new Scouts who recently joined the troop.
Registration is completed by the troop leadership.
Step 1: RSVP for the camporee by February roundtable with estimated numbers so the event staff can plan the event.
Step 1: RSVP
Step 2: The registration fee is $30 per person. Pay online with credit card, electronic check or PayPal before check-in with your final headcount. Refund policy.
Step 2: Payment opens in February
Every troop must send a representative to the February roundtable to help plan the camporee. Every troop needs run a part of the camporee (e.g., competition, facilities). This year’s camporee promises to challenge the youth leadership, as well as stretching everyone else’s comfort zones. These events cannot happen without each Scout’s competitive spirit and participation.
The goal of the planning committee is to host a highly structured and entertaining camporee with lots of fast-paced competitions and unique attractions. There will be something for everyone, from the newest Scout to the oldest Eagle Scout. Interactions between Scouts from different troops will be a priority so the more troops, the better.
Morning Patrol Competitions: These competitions will use a round-robin format. Each competition lasts 25 minutes and then every patrol has five minutes to rotate to a new event. Since archery, rifles, and shotguns are far away, the locations of two of the basic events will be in campgrounds between the main competition area and the ranges to reduce the time to walk to and from the ranges.
The competitions will many of the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class required skills but still have lots of room for good old fashion fun (e.g., knots, lashings, fire building, shelter building, stretcher race, canoe instruction). There will also be archery, rifle shooting, and shotgun shooting.
The events for Scouts who have just crossed over into a troop will be non-competitive but will be designed for instruction. The new Scouts need to be organized into a patrol of just new Scouts with an experienced patrol leader. Adult leaders of the new Scouts need to keep track of which requirements each of their new Scouts successfully complete during this campout.
Patrols of older Scouts will be scored at each event with scoring from zero to three points. For example, in the canoeing event, the fastest patrol gets three points, second gets two points, third gets one point, and the rest get zero. In rifle shooting, the highest scoring patrol gets three points, second gets two, third gets one, and the rest get 0. In the event two units tie for 1st place, then there will only be one 2nd place and no 3rd place score, and likewise for other combinations.
Afternoon Troop Competitions: Afternoon competitions will be run just like the morning competitions. At the end of the afternoon competitions, each patrol will perform a service project.
Campfire: At the evening campfire, each patrol is expected to perform at least one skit, one song, or tell three jokes. Patrols can do more. All skits, songs, and jokes must be approved during the free time by the host troop. Awards for the best patrols in each of the events will be given out during the campfire. There will also be a flag retirement ceremony at the end of the campfire.
Meals: Dinner on Saturday evening will be catered. If notified in advance, the staff will try to accommodate Kosher and vegetarian fare. Troops need to be prepared to cook Saturday breakfast and lunch and Sunday morning. Because there is only one hour for lunch on Saturday, a non-cooking meal is recommended, (e.g., sandwiches).
What to Bring
Personal (check with Scoutmaster):
- Field uniform (Scout uniform) and belt
- Activity uniform (Scout t-shirt)
- Clothing appropriate for the weather
- Shoes (closed toe)
- Water shoes, optional
- Extra clothes and shoes (in case canoe gets capsized)
- 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
- Cot or pad
- Personal first aid kit
- Portable chair or camp stool, optional
- Eight full sheets of newspaper in a baggie to dry wet shoes, optional
Mark all items with name and troop number.
- Tents with ground cloth
- Water containers for hauling water
- Cooking gear and food: Saturday breakfast, non-cooking sack lunches, 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
- 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
- Electronics (e.g., iPod, iPad)*
- Sheath or hunting knives
- Personal firearms and ammunition
- Personal bows and arrows
- Fuel burning hand warmers
*Electricity is very limited.
Did you know? Newspaper can be used to dry soaking wet shoes inside and out. Stuff two sheets of newspaper in each shoe. After an hour, replace the sheets of newspaper and leave overnight. The outsides of the shoes can also be wrapped. It works fast and won't harm shoes.
||Check-in begins for troops
||Cracker barrel meeting at covered shelter for Scoutmasters, senior patrol leader, and Webelos leaders
||Reveille and breakfast by troop
||Meeting for senior patrol leaders and Scoutmasters
||Assembly at the flag pole
||Program: round robin of Scout activities
||Service project and round robin of Scout activities
||Free time. SPLs from each troop bring campfire skits/jokes to host troop for approval.
||Dinner served at the shelter
||Campfire, awards, and flag retirement ceremony
||Cracker barrel meeting at the covered shelter for Scoutmasters and senior patrol leaders
||Reveille and cold breakfast by troop
||Assembly at the flag pole and interfaith worship service
||Check out / break camp / depart
Every troop needs run a part of the camporee (e.g., competitions, facilities, facilities). Typical program events include:
First Aid: realistic first aid scenarios.
- Webelos Scouts come to the scene and solve the first aid situation using the First Responder adventure skills,
- Scouts use Second and First Class first aid skills.
Knots: displays of knots
- show how to tie basic knots
- make rope and/or whip rope ends
Fire Building: show different fire lays, including a Leave No Trace (LNT) mound fire.
- show types of fire starters and types of fuel (size of wood)
- show how to start a fire without matches
- have Webelos Scouts build and light a fire
Knots and Pioneering: have a display of types of knots and lashing
- build camp gadgets (use correct lashings)
- have Webelos use knots to erect tent, tarp or flag pole.
Cooking: show different methods of camp cooking
- set up cooking area … Talk about safety
- show how to cook something
- have Webelos Scouts try to make and then taste
Model Campsite: set up a model campsite using BSA guidelines
- show tent areas, dining areas, cooking areas, etc
- have Webelos Scouts set up a tent
Compass: show how to use a compass and maps
- show how to read a map
- show how to use a compass with a map
- have Webelos Scouts do a short, simple compass course
Interfaith Worship Service
An interfaith worship service will be conducted for all participants on Sunday morning. An interfaith worship 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.
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).
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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 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
For questions, contact the camporee chair or district activities chair.