Camporee

March 1-3, 2019

Camp Mauritz
4665 County Road 256 

Ganando, TX, 77957

Camporee is a weekend camp out for troops.  Patrols compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit. 

      

There is a new Vespers Trail program. Older Scouts can participate in the exciting Mountain Man Rendezvous.

Leader's Guide

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 $10 per participant (adult and youth) and covers camping fees and a patch. This event is for Boy Scouts.

Boy Scouts will participate in the regular camporee competition or the Mountain Man Rendezvous. Before registration, please have the number of Scouts who plan on participating in Mountain Man Rendezvous. Every Scout pays $10.

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 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.

What to Bring

Check-in / Check-out

Campsites will be ready for set-up beginning at 6:00  pm on Friday evening. Check-in at headquarters. Check-out is Sunday morning after assembly. When you are ready to leave on Sunday morning, send a representative to the camp headquarters to request a campsite inspection. Once your campsite has cleared inspection, patches will be issued.

Paperwork

Upon arrival at camporee, each troop representative will need to present a packet with a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record for each adult and Scout attending. Packets must also contain the SHAC permission slip for each Scout. Packets will be reviewed and then returned to the unit to be maintained in their respective campsites. Each participant must also complete the Talent Release Form as we will be taking photos and publishing them. If you do not wish to have your photo taken please let it be known at check-in.

Mountain Man

Older Scouts can participate in the Mountain Man program. Scouts should be around ages 14 and up. The Mountain Man Rendezvous will have various events such as:

  • Hawk throwing
  • Knife throwing
  • Black Smithing
  • Flint napping
  • Fire starting with flint and steel
  • Archery
  • Black Powder
  • Totem Pole and Buck Saw

Vespers Trail

On Friday night, Scouts participating in the Mountain Man Rendezvous can go on the Vespers Trail starting at 8:30 pm. Groups of Scouts will follow the trail at 5-8 minute intervals. Along the trail they will meet 3-4 historical figures that have a message for them relating to Duty to God, Duty to Country, or Live the Oath - Obey the Law.

Uniforms

Full field uniform should be worn while traveling to and from the camporee, during all flag ceremonies, worship services, the Order of the Arrow ceremony on Saturday evening, and during general assembly Sunday morning. All other times, costumes aligned to the super Scouts theme will be allowed and or activity uniforms (any Scout t-shirt) may be worn. There will be prizes for the best costumes.

Leaders Meeting

All Boy Scout troop senior patrol leaders and a Scoutmaster from each troop should attend the leaders meeting on Friday night at 10:15 pm  for final instructions and schedules. Please bring a chair and be prepared to take notes. We will meet at headquarters.

Camporee Contacts

Camporee Chair Jody Court scoutmaster731@gmail.com 281-914-3785
Mountain Man Director Steve Dunford dunford6tx@hotmail.com 214-493-7453
Registration Terri Court troopsecretary@gmail.com 281-615-1160
Program Vice Chair Abraham Kurien abraham@kuriens.com 832-623-2330

Scouts Own Service

A nondenominational service will be conducted for all participants on Saturday morning.

Parking

Park in designated parking areas only. Vehicles will not be permitted to be parked at troop campsites. Unit trailers may be left in their campsite as long as wheels are blocked and the trailer is secured when unattended.

Campsites

Each troop will be assigned a campsite adequate for the number of Scouts indicated on your troop registration form. A large number of last minute additions may result in overcrowding of campsites so please have an accurate count for registration. A first aid kit, trash bags, duty roster, and meal planner should be visible in the campsite. Highly recommended that every troop have super Scout theme that is Scout appropriate displayed at your camp site.

Cooking and Fires

Each troop will be responsible for its own meals, furnish and cook their own food, as well as provide all equipment for preparation, serving, and cleaning up meals. A fire station/fire guard posting must be in place before any cooking or campfires may occur. No liquid fuels are allowed per SHAC policy, and you may not build an open fire on the ground anywhere. Existing camp fire rings are allowed. Please bring in your own wood/charcoal/ fire pit/sand if you choose to build a fire. Propane stoves are allowed. Remember that all materials brought in must be taken out. Campsite ash must be removed; do not put ash in the trashcans.

Water

Fresh water will be available at camporee. All troops should bring their own containers to transport water back to their campsites as needed.

Trash

The camporee will adhere to the leave no trace practices. All trash must leave with your unit and unburned firewood should be carried out. Remember carry in – carry Out. 

First Aid and Safety

There will be a first aid station for anyone needing assistance. The first aid station will be centrally located and marked with a sign. Please be sure to advise your patrol members of its location, which will be announced at Friday’s leader;s meeting

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.

Campsite Inspection

Campsite inspections will take place Saturday afternoon.  The unit with the highest point total will be recognized. Criteria will be defined and communicated during the leaders meeting on Friday night.

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
5:30 – 8:00 pm Troops arrive, check-in, campsite set-up
8:00 - 9:00 pm Vesper's Trail (for Mountain Man participants)
10:30 pm  Leadershttp://oa.shac.org/brotherhood Meeting (Scoutmasters/SPLs/Staff) at HQ
11:30 pm Lights out

Saturday

 
6:30 am Reveille
7:00 am Breakfast and clean-up in campsite
8:15 am  Opening flag ceremony and announcements at flag pole)
8:45 am Move to program areas
9:00 am Program activities
11:30 pm Lunch in campsites
2:00 pm Inter-troop games at the activity field
5:00 pm Flag ceremony
5:30 pm Burgers at the dining pavilion
6:00 pm Campfire at the program area
7:00 pm OA Call-out ceremony and Brotherhood Ceremony
10:30 pm Lights out

Sunday

 
6:30 am Reveille
8:00 am Closing ceremonies (awards, recognition, and patches)
9:00 am  Break camp and checkout
11:00 am Staff clean-up and departure

Saturday Mountain Man 

9:00 am Hawk Throwing, Knife Throwing, Black Smithing, Flint Napping, Fire Starting, Archery, Black Powder, Totem Pole and Buck Saw
11:30 am Lunch  in campsites
1:30 pm Hawk Throwing, Knife Throwing, Black Smithing, Flint Napping, Fire Starting, Archery, Black Powder, Totem Pole and Buck Saw
3:30 pm Turn in patrol scorecards at HQ
4:30 pm  Dinner and clean-up in campsite
6:00 pm Patrol Dutch Oven Cook-off
7:15 pm Retire Colors (flag ceremony, general assembly area)
7:30 pm All units gather at general assembly area
7:45 pm  OA Call-out ceremony
11:30 pm Lights out

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

Directions

The camporee is typically held at Camp Mauritz (4665 County Road 256, Ganando, TX, 77957).

 
4665 County Road 256, Ganando, TX, 77957

Contacts

For questions, contact the camp-o-ree chair or district activities chair.