Camporee

October 15-17, 2021

Camp Strake
2020 Camp Strake Rd
Coldspring, TX 77331 

The camporee is a weekend campout for troops. Patrols from different troops will compete in various competitions and be judged on leadership, teamwork, Scouting skills and Scout spirit. Scouts from different troops will come together for friendly competition! In addition, Scouts will have an opportunity to learn from and about each other through team building and skill-based activities.

 

The weekend will afford troops an opportunity to focus on key Scouting rank requirements in addition to teamwork and camaraderie. Events are competitive; however, the main aim is to practice new and fun skills, sportsmanship and outreach to other Scouts.

The 2021 theme is Medieval Scouting Days! By blending competitive activities with education and joy of effort, the youth-led planning committee wants the fundamentals of outdoor skills to be learned by way of friendly competition and ethical sportsmanship. 

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The latest state, county, and Center for Disease Control and Maintenance (CDC) requirements on the day of the event will be followed. Participants will be notified before the event of the specific requirements. All participants must follow any procedures recommended by the council's Enterprise Risk Management Committee such as completing a pre-event screening form, temperature checks, wearing a mask (unless for medical reasons), limiting group sizes that remain together during the event, frequent hand washing, and/or social distancing. See the council's COVID-19 "At-Risk" Participant Statement. Participants who are sick or displaying any COVID-19 symptoms should not attend.

Registration

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

Step 1: RSVP:  Every troop needs to RSVP by 9/9/21 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. Please let us know if this number changes significantly before the event. Every troop is expected to help at the camporee (e.g., run an activity or demonstration, emcee the campfire, interfaith service, logistics, administration, registration).  

Step 1: RSVP

Step 2: Payment: The cost is $25 per Scout and $10 per adult and includes a patch, and camping fees. Youth staff fees are $10. 

Registration is completed online with a credit card or electronic check. Payment must be made before arrival; there is no onsite registration. Council refund policy.

 Step 2: Payment      Event Feedback

How to Register

Step 1: Click on the "Step 2: Payment" green button (above)
Step 2: Click "Register" at the bottom of the page
Step 3: Enter the number of Scouts, Scout staff, adults, and adult staff and click "Continue".
Step 4: Fill out the form with the name, phone number, and email address of the troop leader at camporee.  Select your arrival and departure times and enter the number of patrols your troop will be organized into at camporee. Click "Continue".
Step 5: If everything is correct in your cart, click "Checkout" to proceed to the payment page.
Step 6: Select the payment type, enter your payment information, and click "Make Payment".

About the Camporee

The events at the camporee will foster skills for the first-year Scouts to the youth who are expanding their leadership skills. The program reinforces Scout values, procedures, methods, and skills along with some friendly competition. It is a youth-led program. Scouts will enjoy the thrill of competing with other troops in the district which will is likely to encourage them to rehone their outdoors skills. Over 450 Scouts and Scouters typically attend the event.

Program Summary

Plan to arrive early Friday evening and depart before noon on Sunday. Troops will be assigned a campsite and the Scouts will camp, eat, and compete as patrols. In addition to skill events, there will be fun activities such as orienteering, knots, first aid and rifle shooting.  There will definitely be a Saturday evening filled with spirit and awards around an enthusiastic campfire.  The planning team is also working on a somber flag retirement ceremony in which each troop will be asked to bring a flag to retire. The Saturday night OA call out should be concluded with enough time for troops to be home at a reasonable hour should they wish to depart. On Sunday morning, there will be an interfaith worship service before breaking camp.

Planning and Volunteers

Every troop need 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. 

Each troop is to provide two Scouts to serve as camporee day staff to help with activities. They will camp and eat with their troops.

What to Bring

Personal (check with Scoutmaster):

  • Copy of Pre-event screening form
  • Copy of Activity Consent Form, for every youth participant (ages 21 and under)
  • Mask for each participant
  • Field uniform (Scout uniform) and belt 
  • Clothing appropriate for weather
  • Activity uniform (Scout t-shirt)
  • Shoes (closed toe) or hiking boots 
  • Rain gear (pants and jacket) 
  • Flashlight and extra batteries 
  • Personal items (e.g., deodorant, comb, medications, toothbrush, toothpaste)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries 
  • Water bottle (or canteen) and cup 
  • Pocket knife and Totin' Chip
  • Sleeping bag, blankets, sheet 
  • Pillow 
  • Cot or pad 
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Read the COVID-19 "At-Risk" Camp Participant Statement 
Optional
  • Portable chair or camp stool 

 

Mark all items with name and troop number.  

Patrol:

  • Tents with ground cloth
  • Water containers with lids 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

Troop

  • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (part A&B for all Scouting events) for every participant (due at check-in)
  • Roster (due at check-in)
  • Roster of Attendees to include temperature checks
  • Firewood, rakes and fire buckets; buckets and shovel to remove unused firewood
  • Five-gallon bucket to hold water for each fire
  • Wagon to haul water
  • Hand washing station
  • Hand soap
  • List of Scouts elected into the Order of the Arrow
  • Leaders with up to date Youth Protection Training

Don’t Bring: 

  • Alcohol
  • Valuables
  • Electronics (e.g.,  iPod, iPad)*
  • Fireworks 
  • Sheath or hunting knives 
  • Pets 
  • Hammocks 
  • Personal firearms and ammunition 
  • Jewelry 
  • Personal bows and arrows 
  • Fuel-burning hand warmers 

*Electricity is very limited. 

Training

Training is an important part of learning to become an effective leader. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be! Every Scout deserves a trained leader. See the council training schedule for a list of additional training courses offered around the council. Several training classes are being offered during camporee. 

Patrols

The fun of camporee is competition and camaraderie. In order to make the competition fair, all ages and ranks will be blended in each competing patrol. Experienced Scouts in each patrol should use the EDGE method during the competition skills with the younger Scouts. This will also allow younger Scouts in troops to be exposed to the older Scouts; an activity that the youth-led planning committee felt was important to them as they progressed through Scouting.

EDGE Method:

  • Explain. Use the Scout Handbook as a resource to discuss the rank-appropriate information.
  • Demonstrate: Select specific Scouting skills and show what one might do to practice them. 
  • Guide: Guide Scouts in practicing Scouting skills.
  • Enable: Provide opportunities for Scouts to demonstrate Scouting skills. When requirements have been met, sign off outdoor ethics-related advancement records.

Camping Logistics

Patience

Please be patient and flexible! Everyone is a volunteer trying to make a fun and positive experience for our Scouts. The event was planned by Scouts and some events will go well, and admittedly others may not go well. Things that do not go well are learning experiences for the young men who stepped up to help plan, and they may already feel a bit down about the failure. Complaints and grumbling will cheerfully be accepted as an offer to help next year!

Campsite Assignments

Campsites will be pre-assigned based on troop size, so proper registration is critical. A master campsite map with campsite assignments will be provided at check-in. If there are space limitations, we may ask small troops to share campsites.

Bathroom Etiquette

For sanitary purposes please use the bathrooms directly on your side.  If you feel compelled to tidy up the bathroom sanitizing doorknobs and or handles in the sink areas, please feel free to do so.  In following the principals of leave no trace, please leave the restrooms in better condition than what you found it.  If for some reason, there is a mechanical issue please inform your SPL and direct it back to staff. 

Arrival at Camp

  • Check-in will open at 5:00 pm on Friday
  • There will be signage in the camp. Participants will receive an updated event map and event schedule.
  • All troop trailers will be allowed to park at campsites; trucks need to unhitch. All other vehicles will need to park in the parking lot. The parking lot does have a short scenic walk back to the campsites so pack accordingly. Essential vehicles and/or troop trailers should be able to drive to campsites.
  • Check-in will be at registration (see check-in section).
  • Saturday arrivals will need to check in at the registration area.  Saturday arrivals cannot drive on campsite roads after 8:00 am even if they are essential vehicles.

Parking and Vehicles

  • All passengers must be in seats with seat belts inside the vehicle. No passengers in backs of trucks or on trailers.
  • Respect the directions provided by the volunteers who are directing traffic.
  • Only essential vehicles (vehicles with significant camp gear and/or trailers) will be allowed to proceed to campsites.
  • Late arrivals (after 11 pm) must leave vehicles in parking area until 6 am on Saturday and hike to campsite.
  • No driving in camp between 11 pm Friday and 6 am Saturday or after 8 am on Saturday.

Check-In

  • Check-in is at HQ.
  • Check-in will open on Friday at 5:00 pm and close at 11:00 pm
  • Scoutmaster or senior patrol leader needs to check-in for troop upon arrival
  • Saturday arrivals will need to check in at the HQ but cannot drive on campsite roads after 8 am.
  • Troops should send the Scoutmaster or SPL to check-in while the troop’s campsite is being set-up. 
  • Essential check-in items:
    • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (part A&B for all Scouting events) for every participant
    • COVID Prescreening Check
    • Temperature Checks and Troop rosters
    • Up-to-date counts (camping, patrols) 
    • List of any special needs
    • Registration fees for last-minute registrants can be paid using the online registration link.  A link to modify the registration is in the email receipt.

Health and Safety

  • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (part A&B for all Scouting events) must be turned in during check-in and will be returned at check-out.
  • Troops are responsible for all medications.
  • If an emergency arises please dial 911 and notify a camp staff member.  The closest hospital is approximately 13 miles away from camp.
  • BSA Annual Health and Medical Records will be returned to the troop leadership at the end of camp.
  • The most common medical problem at camp is dehydration, even when it is cold. Please have all participants carry a water bottle at all times and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Leaders Meeting

The patrol method will be used to communicate information. Scoutmasters and senior patrol leaders (SPLs) must attend a patrol leader conference (PLC) at registration at 9:30 pm on Friday night.

Weather and Emergencies

Life or Death Emergencies:   CALL 9-1-1

If you call for emergency services, start at the top of the council phone numbers list and keep calling until you reach someone with the council.

All troops should be fully prepared for weather conditions typical for the time of year. It may rain, shine, be warm and cold on the same weekend. Please bring enough clothing to be as comfortable as possible.

If severe weather or a camp-wide emergency occurs, three blasts on an air horn will indicate that one adult leader from each troop should meet at the registration for instructions. In some cases, some or all of the activities may be suspended for safety reasons during periods of severe weather.

Emergency Numbers:

  • The nearest 24-Hour Care facility is in Navasota:
    Grimes St. Joseph Health Center (936) 825-6585
    210 South Judson Street
    Navasota, Texas 77868
  • Grimes County Sheriff Department (936) 873-2151
  • Navasota Fire Department (936) 825-6410
  • Game Warden (936) 446-6551

Alcohol and Tobacco

  • Alcoholic beverages are absolutely not permitted at Scouting functions. Anyone found possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages will be required to leave the site immediately.
  • Tobacco products should be used with discretion and out of the sight and smell of Scouts.

Cell Phones

Youth and adults should exercise discretion in their use of electronic devices during the event as some troops do not allow devices on campouts. Although most campers and leaders use digital devices responsibly, educating them about the appropriate use of cell phones and cameras would be a good safety and privacy measure. The Cyber Chip is a tool to help educate youth on topics such as cyberbullying, cell phone use, texting, blogging, gaming, and identity theft.

Water and Restrooms

It is critical that each troop set-up a hand washing station to instill good sanitary practices. Please leave the latrines cleaner than you found them. Please educate participants about the prevention of communicable diseases.

Hand Washing: Careful hand washing prevents many infections. Hands may be washed with an alcohol-based solution containing at least 60 percent alcohol if the solution stays on the skin for about 20 seconds. If the hands are visibly dirty, soap and water should be used for at least 20 seconds until the dirt is gone from the hands and from under the fingernails. When handling or preparing food, the hands should be washed frequently. Hands should always be washed after using the restroom—even if the Scouts are in a wilderness setting where there is no “restroom.” A bottle of alcohol-based sanitizer should be in the Scout’s daypack and available for use.

Each troop should provide containers with lids for transporting and storing water. Bring a wagon to assist the transport effort. Each troop will need a five-gallon bucket of water for each charcoal fire and each attendee should bring a personal water bottle for use during the program sessions. There will be water stations throughout the camp during the competition and afternoon games.

Fire Policy

  • As part of one of the seven Leave No Trace principles, it is suggested that cookstoves or elevated fire pits such as a Dutch Oven table or Dutch Oven inside a metal pan on bricks are used.
  • Campfires are permitted in the designated fire rings. If the camporee is under a fire ban, unit leaders will be informed. Gasoline, diesel fuel and other liquids are not to be used to start fires. Please keep fires low and reduce sparks in windy conditions. Have water available to extinguish fire. Fires should be monitored at all times and put out cold before leaving your campsite or going to bed.

Lanterns and Stoves

  • Propane-fueled lanterns and stoves may be used. Liquid-fueled equipment (e.g., Coleman fuel, kerosene, or white gas) is specifically prohibited.
  • There should never be any open flames inside a tent. Tent light should be provided where necessary by flashlight or battery powered lanterns.

Damages

Participants are requested to follow the seven principles of Leave No Trace (LNT). This is a great opportunity to teach old and new Scouts how to exercise LNT practices. 

Any damage to camp property, staff area tents, equipment, or other items will be the financial responsibility of the troop. If you find camp has been vandalized, had unauthorized use, or damaged in any way, contact the event chair immediately.

  • Ditching of Tents: No ditching (trenching) of tents will be allowed.
  • Trees: Attendees are not to cut down or cut branches from any live trees. There are many trees that provide shade and protection. Please be careful of these trees and do everything you can to protect them for your future enjoyment.
  • Any Scouts found damaging or defacing trees will be asked to leave the event.

Assembly

Saturday will begin with morning assembly at the flagpole at 8:30 am. Please take extra time to find your designated area.   A fast breakfast on Saturday is recommended to ensure patrols are ready to go at 8:00 am.

Campsite Inspection

Troops are encouraged to keep their campsites clean and neat. Patrol method should be evidenced in the organization of separate patrol sites within the troop site. Troops are also encouraged to demonstrate Scouting skills through the construction of a campsite gateway or other camp gadget that displays troop pride and Scouting spirit. Campsite inspections will be conducted during the morning or afternoon program period, and top troops will be recognized. See appendix for troop campsite inspection scorecard.

Garbage Disposal

  • No trash left in campsites after check-out
  • Place trash in dumpsters on the way out of camp

Units are responsible for taking all trash accumulated during the event with them to dispose of properly. Please remove waste and refuse when you leave.

Check-Out

  1. Have two Scouts (buddy system) retrieve a staffer from registration when the troop is ready to check out.
  2. Upon successful campsite inspection, the SPL will receive a camporee evaluation form which must be filled out and exchanged for the camporee patches and medical forms. Inspectors will specifically look for litter, damage, and wash water trailing.
  • Obtain troop medical forms from HQ.
  • Submit a completed camporee evaluation form in order to obtain camporee patches.
  • Troops staying until Sunday are asked to delay departure until after morning awards and interfaith worship service at 8:30 am. (A Scout is Reverent)

Program Overview

Summary

  1. Patrol challenges (All Day)
  2. Assemblies, campfire, and Order of the Arrow (OA) events (Saturday evening)
  • There will be a Friday evening meeting for SPLs and Scoutmasters.
  • Saturday morning, a camp-wide assembly and flag ceremony at 8:30 am.
  • Saturday evening will feature a campfire with patrol and troop awards and a flag retirement ceremony followed by the traditional OA call-out ceremony.
  • Sunday morning will be a non-denominational service and the lowering of the camp flag.

Morning Competitions

The inter-patrol competition consists of challenging events located throughout the camporee area. Patrols will use a map to navigate to the different events, and complete challenges to earn as many points as they can. Patrols will move at their own pace to complete as many challenge events as possible in the time available. Each station will be thirty minutes. You must stay with your troop. Scouts may wear their field or activity uniform and all shirts should be Scouting in nature. Scouts should have basic Scouting skills required for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class. At each station, Scout judges are watching for teamwork, teachable moments (older Scouts teaching younger Scouts) and Scout attire.

  • Inter-patrol competition using score sheets to be tallied at end of day
  • Intended to challenge skills as well as knowledge
  • Activities and locations will be confirmed at the opening PLC meeting
  • Patrols will visit every station to increase overall point count.

Required Patrol Equipment

Patrols should carry the following gear:

  • Scout spirit
  • Patrol flag and yell
  • Compass
  • First aid kit- Including bandages for sprains
  • Flint and steel for extra credit
  • Notebook and pen
  • Water bottle and rain gear (each Scout)

Afternoon Events

  • Emphasis on fun
  • Stations and locations confirmed at morning assembly.

Campfire

A highlight of camporee is the Saturday night campfire.

  • Held at the campfire ring where opening flags were.
  • Starts at 8:00 pm, there will be designated areas for each troop.
  • Each troop please bring an American flag that needs a proper retirement.
  • Each patrol prepare one skit to perform
  • Awards will be announced at Campfire!  Actual awards will be given to the SPL at Check out. 

OA Call-Out Ceremony

The Order of the Arrow is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. Colonneh Lodge is the Sam Houston Area Council's Order of the Arrow Lodge. The Order of the Arrow (OA) recognizes Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long-term resident camping, developing leaders, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich, support, and help to extend Scouting to America's youth.

Following the campfire, a traditional OA call-out ceremony will take place to recognize those youth and adults from the district elected to the OA. 

  • The OA chapter adviser has a list of elected candidates and during the day will seek to confirm they are at camp to be called out.
  • Scoutmasters should encourage candidates to attend camporee to be called out. Many unit leaders choose to let the candidates be surprised when their names are called.
  • Once each year, a troop may hold a unit election to elect youth members of their troop to become members of the Order of the Arrow. A special call-out ceremony is being held during the camporee for candidates elected into the Order of the Arrow by their troop last fall. Scouts are not required to participate in a call-out ceremony but must complete an Ordeal within one year, in order to become a member of Colonneh Lodge. If a candidate does not attend an Ordeal within one-year, then the candidate has to be re-elected by their unit.

OA Brotherhood Ceremony

  • Arrowmen must be current on lodge dues.
  • After 10 months of service as an Ordeal member and after fulfilling certain requirements, a member may take part in the Brotherhood ceremony, which places further emphasis on the ideals of Scouting and the Order. Completion of this ceremony signifies full membership in the Order of the Arrow.  Brotherhood is an opportunity for members to evaluate their past service to Scouting (camping and unit involvement) and to their lodge, and to reaffirm their belief in the high purposes of the Order. There is no charge for the Brotherhood walk or ceremony.

Sunday Morning

  • Awards will be presented.
  • After a short interfaith worship service, the camporee honor guard will lower the camp flags.
  • Troops will receive event patches and pick up the medical forms after their campsite is inspected and cleared.

Tentative Schedule

Friday    
4:00 pm Key staff meeting Camp 
5:00 pm Campers begin to arrive Camp 
9:30 pm Leaders' meeting (SPLs / SMs) HQ
10:00 pm All staff meeting (key staff and day staffers) Pavilion at Climbing Tower
11:00 pm Lights out Camp
Saturday    
6:00 am Reveille, start breakfast Camp
7:00 am Registration reopens HQ
8:30 am Opening ceremonies and announcements Flagpole
9:00 am Patrol challenges begin (campsite inspections begin) Refer to Map
11:30 am Lunch Camp
12:30 pm Camp inspections continue Camp
1:00 pm Afternoon events begin Refer to Map
5:00 pm Afternoon events close Camp
5:30 pm Dinner Camp
7:00 pm Campfire: awards, flag retirement and OA call-out Flagpole
11:00 pm Lights out Camp
Sunday    
6:00 am Reveille, start breakfast Camp
7:00 am Police camp Camp
8:00 am Interfaith service Flagpole
9:00 am Check-out process begins Camp
Troop SPLs pick-up staffer for site inspection HQ
Submit camporee evaluations  
Pick-up patches and medical records  
10:00 am Last campers leave Camp
11:30 am Key staff departs  

Sample Scorecards

Patrol Flag Sample Scoring

  Points
1. Patrol name 0 or 10
2. Patrol emblem 0 or 10
3. Troop number 0 or 10
4 Council name 0 or 10
5. District name 0 or 10
6. Names of Scouts 0 or 10
7. Creativity (design, originality, etc.) 1 – 20
8. Craftsmanship (materials, handiwork) 1 – 20
Maximum Points: 100  

Field Uniform Inspection Scoring

If more than five Scouts in patrol, five Scouts are randomly selected from the duty roster to inspect.

  Points
1. Scout shirt (field uniform) 0 or 30
2. Scout pants 0 or 30
3. Scout belt 0 or 5
4. Scout socks 0 or 5
5. Scout hat 0 or 5
6. Scout neckerchief and slide 0 or 5
7. Uniform clean 0 or 5
8. Neatly worn/tucked 0 or 5
9. Good posture/ patrol line 0 or 5
10. Matching troop t-shirt under uniform 0 or 5
Total for each Scout

Troop Campsite Inspection Scoring

    Points
1. No vehicles in camp (subject to instructions) 0 or 5
2. Troop flag at campsite entrance 0 or 5
3. American Flag properly displayed in campsite 0 or 5
4. Dining fly(s) properly set up (staked down, not sagging, lines flagged) 0 – 5
5. Tents pitched by Patrol in an orderly fashion 0 – 5
6. Tents zipped or tied for rain protection 0 – 5
7. Patrol duty roster(s) posted 0 or 5
8. Cooking gear clean and properly stored 0 or 5
9. Food properly stored 0 – 5
10. Cooler / jugs available for drinking water 0 or 5
11. Garbage in bags and protected from animals 0 – 5
12. Patrol sites and tables are free of clutter 0 – 5
13. Hand sanitizer station 0 or 5
14. First aid kit available and easy to locate (visible, one/troop) 0 or 5
15. Troop gear properly stored (if troop trailer, neat & secure) 0 – 5
16. Campsite neat & free of trip hazards 0 – 5
17. Entire campsite free of litter 0 – 10
18. Campsite gateway or gadget 0 – 10
Maximum Points: 100  

 

Sample Patrol Duty Roster

To be displayed at patrol tent.

 Patrol name at camporee _____________ 

  Water Canopy Patrol Box Setup Trash
FRIDAY        
Scout #1        
Scout #2        
Scout #3        
Scout #4        

 

  Breakfast Water Cooking KP (clean up)
SATURDAY        
Scout #1        
Scout #2        
Scout #3        
Scout #4        

 

  Lunch Water Cooking KP (clean up)
SATURDAY        
Scout #1        
Scout #2        
Scout #3        
Scout #4        

 

  Dinner Water Cooking KP (clean up)
SATURDAY        
Scout #1        
Scout #2        
Scout #3        
Scout #4        

 

  Breakfast Water KP (clean up) Packing
SUNDAY        
Scout #1        
Scout #2        
Scout #3        
Scout #4        

 

Troop Roster and Medical Checklist


Last Name

First Name

Temperature

Symptoms last 14 days
Exposure to COVID in Household Other reasons for concern
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           

 

Camporee Medical Self Screening Questionnaire

See SHAC's COVID-19 Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist 

 

About Tellepsen Scout Camp

Tellepsen Scout Camp is located at Bovay Scout Ranch. Tellepsen Scout Camp has eight campsites that accommodate 50 individuals per site. Each campsite has a 30'x40' pavilion with electricity. One shower and restroom facility is available for every two campsites. It is the home of the council's largest rifle range and a 41-foot climbing tower. The rifle range consists of four 50-yard high-powered rifle stations, four 100-yard high-powered rifle stations, a five-station shotgun trap range, eight shooting stations for .22 rifles and pistols and an archery range. The climbing tower has four rappelling stations of 11 feet, 22 feet, 32 feet, and 41 feet. 

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About Tellepsen Scout Camp

 

The camp is located about six miles south of Navasota (one mile south of TX-6 BUS N and Tx-6 N Split) on the east side of TX-6 on County Road 317 (3450 County Road 317, Navasota, TX 77868).

Directions through Hempstead:

  • Take Hwy 290W through Hempstead
  • From Hempstead take
    Hwy 6N for 16 miles
  • Turn right onto County Road 317
  • Travel to end of road through camp gate

Directions through Conroe:

  • From Conroe take Hwy 105W
    for 45 miles
  • Turn left onto Hwy 6 South
    for 3 miles
  • Turn left onto County Road 317
    (just past Grassy Creek)
  • Travel to end of road through camp gate.

Note: When leaving camp, be extremely cautious as this is a 75 mph zone with poor visibility of oncoming traffic due to the hill. Many people will be leaving at the same time, do not bunch up in the median. Instead of crossing two lanes of high-speed traffic, it may be advisable to turn right and then u-turn at the next available median a short distance away. 

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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 camporee chair or district program chair.