Webelos Woods

Webelos Woods is a special weekend designed for Webelos Scouts (4th and 5th graders) in Thunder Wolf District and their parents to experience what awaits them when they register in a troop.  Webelos Scouts will have an opportunity to visit with older Scouts and troop leaders. Webelos Scouts will work on adventures.  Fourth grade Webelos Scouts will camp with a parent in a group camping area. Fifth grade Webelos Scouts and at least one parent will camp with a host troop.

 Directions to Camp  

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Registration

Only one representative from each unit will need to register. Webelos Woods is for Webelos Scouts and their parent(s)/guardian(s); there is no program for siblings. There is no onsite registration.

Registration opens in August     

5th grade Webelos Scouts/parents and troop members: The registration fee is $8 and includes the camping fee, program supplies, and a patch; it does not include meals/ additional fees the may need to be paid to your host troop. Each 5th grade Webelos Scout and parent must register through a host troop. There is no onsite registration.

4th grade Webelos Scouts/parents: The registration fee is $28 and includes meals (Saturday and Sunda breakfast), camping fees, program supplies, and a patch. Packs must register all 4th grade Webelos Scouts and parents as a group.

Medical Forms

Upon arrival, each pack representative will need to turn in a packet containing a BSA Health and Medical Record (for all Scouting events; Parts A & B) for every adult and Webelos Scout attending. Packets will be returned at check-out. Troop leaders will be responsible for each participant’s BSA Health and Medical Record.  

Program

Scouts in troops will lead Webelos Adventure sessions. Webelos Scouts will receive a card that they mark which requirements of the adventure are completed at camp (typically partials). This is the only record of what has been completed. Fifth grade Webelos Scouts will be given an opportunity to select their morning and afternoon adventure pins first, then fourth grade Webelos Scouts will pick. Sign-ups happen after the opening ceremony on Saturday morning.

Adventures typically offered: Scouting Adventure, Fix It, Build It, Castaway, Game Design, Into the Woods, Outdoorsman, and Sportsman.

What to Bring

              

 

Suggested Personal Gear

  • BSA Health and Medical form (part A & B) for every attendee
  • Ground cloth
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Extra blanket
  • Pillow
  • Mess kit with utensils
  • Drinking cup / bottle to carry during the day
  • Field uniform (Scout uniform)
  • Activity uniform (Scout t-shirt)
  • Change of clothes appropriate for weather
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Jacket/sweatshirts 
  • Rain gear
  • Hat
  • Toiletries – soap, towel, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, deodorant
  • Personal medications
  • Pajamas/nightwear
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Camp chair
  • Webelos Handbook
  • Paper and pen
  • Daypack
  • Hand sanitizer, optional
  • Insect repellent
  • 5th grade Webelos Scouts - contact Scoutmaster for what to bring

Suggested 4th grade Den Gear 

  • Dining fly or canopy
  • Firewood
  • Den/pack flags
  • First aid kit
  • Folding table
  • Lanterns – propane or battery for campsite
  • Food (Saturday breakfast, non-cooking Saturday lunch, Saturday evening, non-cooking Sunday lunch)
  • Cooking gear – pots, pans, utensils, food
  • Cleaning gear – dishwashing soap, buckets
  • Water containers for hauling and holding (e.g., 5-gallon container with lid)
  • Trash bags
    (small for restrooms; 55-gallon for campsite)
  • Den menu and duty roster posted in campsite
  What NOT to bring to camp:  Alcohol, electronics/game equipment, firearms, guns and ammunition, sheath knives, fireworks, illegal drugs, liquid fuel lanterns or stoves, pets, scooters, skates, skateboards, valuables

Tentative Schedule

4th Grade Webelos Scouts

Friday

 
6:00 pm Check-in and camp setup begins
9:00 pm   Pack's cracker barrel and information meeting (Pavilion)
10:00 pm  Troops - Scoutmaster and senior patrol leader meeting
10:30 pm  Lights out - quiet time

Saturday

 
6:45 am  Reveille
7:00 am  Breakfast
8:15 am  Opening ceremony / Sign-up for adventures
9:00 am  Session # 1
11:00 am Archery range time (Webelos)
12:00 pm  Lunch break
1:00 pm  Session # 2
3:00 pm Troop presentations for 4th grade Webelos Scouts and parents
4:00 pm Visit campsites
4:50 pm Flag ceremony
5:00 pm Free time
6:00 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Campfire
9:30 pm Packs cracker barrel
10:30 pm Lights out - quiet time

Sunday

 
7:00 am Reveille
7:15 am Breakfast
8:00 am Scouts Own Service
8:20 am Flag ceremony
8:25 am Awards ceremony
9:15 am Check-out
10:30 am District units and staff depart 
 

5th Grade Webelos Scouts/ Troop Schedule

Friday

 
6:00 pm   Check-in and camp setup begins
10:00 pm Scoutmaster and senior patrol leaders meeting
10:30 pm Lights out all

Saturday

 
6:45 am  Reveille
7:00 am  Breakfast
8:15 am  Opening ceremony
9:00 am  Session # 1 / Troops prepare campsites for inspection
12:00 pm  Lunch break
1:00 pm Session # 2
3:00 pm Troop presentations for 5th grade Webelos Scouts and parents
4:00 pm Visit campsites
4:50 pm Flag ceremony
5:00 pm Dinner/ free time
6:30 pm Patrol cook-off – judging at HQ
8:00 pm Campfire
10:30 pm Lights out

Sunday

 
7:00 am Reveille
7:15 am     Breakfast
8:00 am Scouts Own Service
8:20 am Flag ceremony
8:25 am Awards ceremony
9:15 am Check-out
10:30 am District units and staff depart 

Parent-Focused Activities

Saturday

9:00 - 9:45 am Webelos to Scout Transition
10:45 - 10:30 am   Gear Talk
10:30 am - 12:00 pm TBD
1:00 - 3:00 pm Merit Badge Counselor Training

Uniforms

Field uniforms are to be worn while traveling to and from Webelos Woods, Saturday evening program and to the Sunday morning worship service. Activity uniforms (any Scout t-shirt) may be worn at other times.

Cracker Barrel/Information Meeting

There is a meeting on Friday evening at the pavilion for 4th grade Webelos Scouts and their parent. Snacks will be provided and information will be shared regarding schedules and the weekend's activities. Please bring a cup, a pen, and a chair.

Leaders Meeting

There is a leader's meeting on Friday evening.  All senior patrol leaders and Scoutmasters from each troop should be in attendance for final instructions and schedules. Please bring a cup, a pen, and a chair.

Troop Cook-off

Saturday evening each troop may enter one dish for the cook-off.  This dish can be any entree of your choosing and cooked in any manner. Troops with several patrols who are cooking a dish will need to select one dish is to be presented. Points will be awarded on appearance, taste, complexity, and incorporation of the theme.

Interfaith Service

The Scout Law teaches, “A Scout is reverent. A Scout is reverent toward God. They are faithful in their religious duties. They respect the beliefs of others.” It is important that Scouts be taught to recognize the beliefs of other Scouts and to respect those beliefs. Troops will conduct their own interfaith service in their campsite. Webelos Woods staff will hold an interfaith service for all 4th grade Webelos Scouts and their parents on Sunday morning.

Parking

Park in designated parking areas only. Cars 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. Please inform all drivers to obey posted camp speed limits and use extra caution while operating their vehicles on camp roads and parking areas. Please encourage all attendees to carpool as much as possible.

Campsites

Each troop will be assigned a campsite adequate for the number of Scouts indicated on the troop registration form. 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, duty roster, and meal planner visible in the campsite. A site will be assigned to all fourth grade Webelos and parents upon arrival

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 campfire 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. All troops should bring their own containers (with lid) to transport water back to their campsites as needed.

Trash

All participants are expected to adhere to the seven 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 staffed Saturday for any participant needing assistance. The first aid station will be centrally located and marked with a red cross sign. Please be sure to advise your patrol members of its location, which will be announced at the Friday leader's meeting.

Check-out and Patches

When you are ready to leave on Sunday morning, send a representative from the unit to headquarters to have a staff member visit your campsite for inspection. If your campsite is ready for your departure, you will be given your patches and health forms.

Disabilities

Scouts with a physical disability are encouraged to participate in all activities.

Campsite Inspections 

Campsite inspections will take place for all troops sometime Saturday afternoon.  The troop with the highest point total will be recognized.

Webelos Advancements

Webelos Scouts will be allowed the opportunity to earn adventures.  Webelos Scouts will sign up for these after the flag ceremony on Saturday.

Directions to Bovay Scout Ranch

Bovay Scout Ranch is one of three council camps. The 1,498 acres are a natural paradise for plants and wildlife with rolling hills, lakes, campsites surrounded by native Huisache and Bois-d'arc trees and spectacular sunsets.

The camp is located about 60 minutes from Katy, and is 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. Address: 3450 County Road 317, Navasota, TX 77868

              

Directions through Hempstead:

  • Take Hwy 290 W 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 the 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. 

Emergency Room

The nearest 24-hour emergency room is CHI St. Joseph Health Grimes Hospital (210 South Judson Street, Navasota, TX 77868) and is approximately 10 minutes away.

Directions to CHI from Bovay Scout Ranch:

  • Turn right onto Hwy 6 N for 4.1 mi
  • Exit onto TX-105 W/N Hwy 6 Loop/Feeder Rd toward TX-90/Anderson/Brenham for 0.6 mi
  • Turn left onto E Washington Ave for 0.5 mi
  • Turn left onto Judson St
  • The hospital will be on the right

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

Cancelations and Late-Breaking Information

For late-breaking news and announcements, sign up for our district texting service and e-mail list.  Webelos Woods will happen rain or shine unless there are dangerous conditions.  “Be prepared for all types of weather and conditions. Webelos Woods will not have an alternate or rain date.

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 Rusty Major at 713-724-4914 or the district activities chair.