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.
Potable water is not available. All troops should bring their own water in containers for their campsites as needed. Non-potable water is available for washing.
Each patrol should cooking using the patrol method and must furnish its own food and cooking supplies except for the meal provided on Saturday evening. Units should plan on preparing sack lunches for Saturday. Scouts will not be returning to camp during the lunch period.
All participants should follow Leave No Trace practices. Units must take all trashed and unburned firewood. Carry in – Carry Out.
Fires will be allowed, provided each unit abides by the following rules:
- Keep fires in the fire rings provided in each site.
- Leave No Trace of fire
- Bring a shovel, rake, and fire buckets
- Never leave a fire unattended
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 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.
An interfaith service will be conducted for all participants on Sunday 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 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.
All Scouts are expected to arrive in field uniform. There will be a uniform inspection at check-in. The uniform inspection will follow the standard BSA uniform guidelines.
Field uniforms should be at check-in during all flag ceremonies, interfaith worship service, the Order of the Arrow ceremony on Saturday evening, and during general assembly Sunday morning. Scouts should wear activity uniforms any other time. Costuming is encouraged but does not replace the uniform at check-in and flag ceremonies. Remember that no weapons, real, simulated, or otherwise will be permitted. Since this will be a friendly competition, leave your weapons at home.
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.
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.
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.
Patrol flags, patrol yells, a great team dynamic, and good sportsmanship will all come into play towards Scout spirit!
The campfire will be performed by the troop/patrols with staff supervision. Each patrol should prepare one skit/song for the Saturday evening campfire. Skits or songs involving audience participation are encouraged and points will be awarded for participating and count towards the final troop score. Extra points will be awarded if the skit/song is related to the theme.
Order of the Arrow (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. Once each year, a troop, crew, or ship may hold a unit election to elect youth members to become members of the Order of the Arrow.
Following the campfire, a traditional OA Call-Out ceremony will take place to recognize those youth and adults from troops, crews and ships in 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, crew advisers and Skippers 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, crew or ship may hold an election to elect eligible youth members to become members of the Order of the Arrow. Adults (age 21 or older) who meet the camping requirements may be selected following nomination to and approval by the lodge adult selection committee. A special call-out ceremony is being held during the camporee for Order of the Arrow candidates. Candidates are not required to participate in a call-out ceremony but must complete an Ordeal within one year of their election, 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.
Parent Visitation: Parents who wish to attend the call-out on Saturday evening must check-in with registration desk upon arrival to camp. They will be given a visitor sticker and this must be worn visibly during their time in camp. They must check out with registration desk prior to leaving. Parents are not permitted to leave camp with their child unless approval is made with troop leadership. The staff must know that Scout has permission to leave camp with a specified person.
Order of the Arrow (OA) Brotherhood Walk / Ceremony
The Order of the Arrow will have a Brotherhood Walk on Saturday evening. All Brotherhood-eligible Arrowmen are invited.
- 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.
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.
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly (Pack It In, Pack It Out)
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors