Camporee

February 15-17, 2019

Camp Mauritz
4665 County Road 256 
Ganando, TX, 77957

Camporee is a weekend campout designed to give new Scouts in troops as well as seasoned Scouts an opportunity to experience the traditional values of scouting as well as enjoy a challenge. Patrols compete in various competitions all based on Leave No Trace principles and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit.  They will complete the Leave No Trace 101 course.

The evening program on Saturday will be a callout for Scouts elected into the Order of the Arrow, as well as a Brotherhood ceremony for those Brotherhood eligible Arrowmen.

      

Registration

Registration is completed by the troop leadership.

Step 1: RSVP

The troop leadership needs to RSVP with an approximate head count for planning purposes by January roundtable. Please let us know if this number changes significantly before the event as campsite assignments are made based on registration numbers. Every troop is expected to help at the camporee (e.g., run an activity or demonstration, emcee the campfire, Scouts Own Service, logistics, administration, registration).

Step 1: RSVP

Step 2: Payment

The registration fee is $15 per participant (adult and youth) and covers camping fees, insurance, event supplies, burger burn and a patch. This event is for Scouts in troops.

Payment is made online with credit card, electronic check or PayPal. There is no onsite registration. Council refund policy.

Step 2: Payment (opens in January)

Planning

Every troop must send a representative to the January 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.

What to Bring

  • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (part A&B for all Scouting events) for every participant (due at check-in)
  • First aid kit, trash bags, duty roster, and meal planner
  • Saturday breakfast, non-cooking sack lunches, Sunday non-cooking breakfast
  • Roster (due Friday at the leaders meeting)
  • Firewood, rakes and fire buckets; buckets and shovel to remove unused firewood
  • List of Scouts elected into the Order of the Arrow
  • Containers (with lids) to carry water
  • Water bottles
  • Troop / patrol camping gear

Check-in / Check-out

Check-in will begin at 6:30 pm Friday.  Upon arrival, directions to campsites will be given. BSA Annual Health and Medical Record for all participants must be submitted to the registration staff. Inform the registration staff of any Scouts or Scouters who have special needs.

Check-out: 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.

Paperwork

The unit leader must have BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A & B) for each Scout and Scouter participating. Forms 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.

Uniforms

Full field uniform should be during all flag ceremonies, worship service, the Order of the Arrow ceremony on Saturday evening, and during general assembly Sunday morning. 

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. 

Campsites

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 overcrowding of campsites 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.

Cooking

Each patrol should cooking using the patrol method of cooking and must furnish its own food and cooking supplies. Units should serve non-cooking sack lunches on Saturday.  Scouts will not be returning to camp during the lunch period.  The district will provide a meal for all participants on Saturday evening.

Garbage

All participants should follow Leave No Trace practices. Units must take all trashed and unburned firewood.  Carry in – Carry Out.

Campsite Inspection

Each campsite will be inspected Saturday afternoon. Participants should demonstrate the patrol method and use BSA’s low impact camping guidelines.

Fire Safety 

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

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

Water

Potable water is available in each campsite. All troops should bring their own containers for water in their campsites as needed.

Conduct

Scout should not enter the camping area of another troop without permission. Defacing, destroying, or trashing of the property of others or the property of BSA is strictly forbidden. Scouts are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that will bring credit to their unit and the BSA.

Interfaith Service

An interfaith service will be conducted for all participants on Saturday 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 (formerly known as a Scouts’ Own) 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

Membership and Patrols

All participants must be registered members of the Boys Scouts of America. Troops will divide their Scouts into patrols with a minimum of six Scouts up to a maximum of 12 Scouts per patrol.  

Leadership

The senior patrol leader is in charge of and responsible for the conduct of the troop at all times during camporee. All units attending must comply with the BSA leadership policy requiring that two registered adult leaders, one of whom must be at least 21 years of age or older, are required for all trips and outings.

Location

The camporee will be held at the Camp Mauritz located near Ganado, TX. From Sugar Land, take Hwy 59 south heading towards Victoria. Exit in Ganado on FM 710 heading west.  Travel approximate a mile to County Road 258.  Turn left, and proceed about a mile to County Road 256.  Turn right until reaching the entrance to Camp Mauritz on the right.  Enter the camp and follow the dirt road to the parking lot.  There will be a staff member directing you to the parking lot.

Alcohol and Tobacco

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at Scouting functions. The use of any tobacco product is discouraged at any time at a BSA event

Weather

Everyone must be fully prepared for variable weather conditions at this time of the year. Temperature ranges 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 of these extremes.

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 prior to setting up your camp. Due to safety concerns, all vehicles must remain in the designated parking area until Sunday morning. Please Do Not drive to or park in your campsite. There will be no vehicles allowed on the activity areas. Please drive slowly through the camp.

Restrooms

Portable toilets will be available in the field adjacent to the main parking lot. Flushing toilets and showers are located on the west side of the main parking lot.  No trash is to be disposed of in these facilities. It is recommended that each troop bring toilet paper, just in case. Please consider others and keep them clean. A Scout is clean.

Questions / Help

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.

Disabilities

Scouts with a physical disability are encouraged to participate in all camporee activities. Patrols will not be penalized for a Scout’s inability to complete a challenge due to disability.

Cancellation

Camporee will happen rain or shine unless there is going to 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! 

Typical Schedule

Friday

 
12:00 pm Key staff set-up
6:30 pm Troops arrive, check-in, campsite set-up (evening on own)
9:30 pm  Leaders Meeting (Scoutmasters/SPLs/staff) at dining hall
10:30 pm Lights out

Saturday

 
6:30 am Reveille
7:00 am Breakfast and clean-up in the campsite
8:15 am  Opening flag ceremony and announcements at flagpole)
8:45 am Move to program areas (take sack lunches)
9:00 am Program activities: begin at designated station and rotate)
  Lunch during rotation
1:00 pm Free time at activity field (volunteers needed to monitor/assist)
5:00 pm Flag ceremony
5:30 pm Burger burn at the dining hall (bring water bottle) and campfire with troop skits
6:00 pm Campfire at the program area
7:00 pm OA Call-out ceremony and Brotherhood Ceremony
10:30 pm Lights out and staff meeting at first aid building

Sunday

 
6:30 am Reveille
8:00 am Closing ceremonies (awards and interfaith worship service)
9:00 am  Break camp and checkout
11:00 am Staff clean-up and departure

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

Late-Breaking Information

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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

Camporee Chair Jody Court scoutmaster731@gmail.com 281-914-3785
Registration Terri Court troopsecretary@gmail.com 281-615-1160
Program Vice Chair Abraham Kurien abraham@kuriens.com 832-623-2330