Camporee

March 1-3, 2019

23893 Kickapoo Rd.
Hockley
, TX 77484

Camporee is a weekend camp out for troops. Patrols compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit. This is a great event for new Boy Scouts who recently joined the troop.

camporee patch

Registration

Registration is completed by the troop leader.

Step 1:  RSVP for the camporee by February roundtable with estimated numbers so we 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. 

Step 2: Payment (opens in February)

Details

Every troop must send a representative to the February roundtable to help plan the camp-o-ree. Every troop needs run a part of the camporee (e.g., competition, facilities). This year’s camp-o-ree 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 boys from different troops will be a priority so the more troops in attendance the better.

Program

Morning Patrol Competitions:  These competitions will use a double round-robin, shotgun start format.  Each competition lasts 10 minutes and then every patrol rotates one event station to face a new opponent.  Scoring is very simple, you win you get a point, you lose you get nothing.  The competitions would attempt to incorporate as many of the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class required skills as possible but still have lots of room for good old fashion fun.  A list of competitions will be provided in the January registration packet so patrols can practice.

Afternoon Troop Competition:   This is the camporee’s greatest innovation.  Each troop must a host an attraction.  It could be a craft, demonstration, sport activity, carnival game, food stand, entertainment, etc.  Detailed guidelines will be provided in the January registration packet.  Every boy in attendance be given a stack of “camporee coins” (plastic poker chips) and will be a judge/customer.  Troops then charge for their attraction.  If you want to see a troop’s comedy skit, make a piece of rope, neckerchief slide, eat some cobbler, or play lawn darts then you have to pay.  At the end of the day, the camporee committee simply collects the coins and sees which event was most popular.  Attractions should showcase your troop’s skills so please do not plan on selling pre-made commercial items or food.  It would also be poor form to have your own troop members buy from their own attraction.  All of the attractions will be set up in a small central area so it is very easy to walk from one to another and generate a high energy atmosphere.

Campfire with Skits and Awards:  Troops will have the opportunity to earn bonus coins by performing a skit, song, or cheer.  Awards will be presented to the top scoring troops, patrols, and individuals.  We will have a system to recognize the achievements for both large and small troops; and older and younger patrols. The scoring matrix will be part of the January registration packet.  Some troops may even wish to present awards to some of their winning customers at the campfire.

What to Bring

Tentative Schedule

 

Friday 

           5:30 pm       Check-in begins for troops and optional Webelos check-in for Webelos Woods
  9:30 pm Cracker barrel meeting at covered shelter for Scoutmasters, senior patrol leader and Webelos den leaders
  11:00 pm Lights out
 

Saturday

  7:30 am Reveille 
  7:30-8:30 am Webelos Scouts check-in for Webelos Woods
  8:30 am  Meeting for senior patrol leaders, Scoutmasters and Webelos den leaders
  9:00 am Assembly at flag pole
  9:30-12:30 pm     Program: round robin of Scout activities
  12:30-1:30 pm Lunch
  1:30-5:00 pm Service project and activities
  3:30 Brotherhood ceremony for eligible Ordeal members of the Order of the Arrow
  5:30 pm  Flag ceremony
  5:40 pm Dinner served at shelter
  7:00 pm Campfire 
  8:00 pm Call out ceremony
  9:30 pm Cracker barrel meeting at covered shelter for Scoutmasters, senior patrol leader and Webelos den leaders
  10:30 pm Lights out
 

Sunday

  7:30 am Reveille 
  8:30 am Assembly at flag pole
  9:00 am Scouts Own service
  10:00 am Break camp / depart

Details

Every troop must send a representative to the August roundtable to help plan the camp-o-ree. This year’s camp-o-ree 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. Every troop needs run a part of the camp-o-ree (e.g., Boy Scout competitions, Webelos competitions, facilities). Typical program events include:

                          

First Aid: realistic first aid scenarios. 

  • Webelos 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 Webelos and Scout knots

  • show how to tie basic knots
  • make rope and/or whip rope ends

Fire Building: show different fire lays, including an LNT mound fire.

  • show types of fire starters and types of fuel (size of wood)
  • show how to start fire without matches
  • have Webelos build and light a fire

Knots and Pioneering: have 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 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 compass with a map
  • have Webelos do a short, simple compass course

Photographs    

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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 camp-o-ree chair or district activities chair.