Camporee

February 14-16, 2020

Tellepsen Scout Camp
3450 County Rd 317
Navasota, TX 77868

Camporee is a weekend campout for troops, crews and ships around the district. Scouts will compete as clans (4-8 Scouts) in various competitions on Saturday followed by a campfire and OA callout. The awards and recognition will be Sunday following Interfaith Service.

Please plan on arriving at Tellepsen Scout Camp on Friday night. During the campout, the individual troops will be responsible for their own meals. Sign-up sheets will be available during January roundtable for leaders to volunteer. Every troop needs to send a representative to the January roundtable!

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Registration

Registration is done by the unit leadership online with credit card, electronic check or PayPal. There is no onsite registration. The registration fee includes the camping fee, awards, and all activities. The registration fee is $20 per person. Council refund policyRegistration closes 2/7/20. 

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Big Cypress Highland Games

  Event Details and Scoring    

Clans will consist of 4-8 Scouts. The clans will choose a name and will develop a clan yell.  There will be a clan spirit competition. Clans will not be required to wear kilts but should wear armbands, headbands, etc. of a matching plaid. Awards will be given for game-winners, Scout spirit, and clan creativity! Scout Spirit will be based on teamwork, attitude, and participation of all members of the clan. Competitions (categories for younger clans and older clans)

  • Clan Flag – Each clan will be given a flag to decorate upon arrival – bring supplies
  • Caber Toss -  Distance and Accuracy Event. The caber toss is a traditional Scottish Highlands game involving the tossing of a large wooden pole called a caber, like a telephone pole. We will be using a smaller, lighter version than the Scots. Clan members will be required to stand up the pole, lift it from the bottom and hold it upright. Then by running forward, toss the pole so it flips end over end so it lands close to a 12 o’clock position. Each member of the clan will get 3 throws.
  • Clachneart - (shot-put): Distance Event. Similar to the modern-day shot put but using a rounded stone. The scout in a standing position, pushing the stone from the nape of the neck using only one hand. Each clan member will receive 3 tries to throw for distance.
  • Toss the Wellie - Accuracy Event. In retaliation for the men tracking mud into the house, the women threw boots (Wellington) at them. This modern competition based on this legend will task each member of the clan to toss (throw) the “Wellie” (boot) underhand into targets. Each clan member will get 2 tosses for combined points.
  • Cairn Construction Relay - Team and timed event. A Cairn is a 3-foot-high trail marker constructed of medium-sized stones. Each clan will have to “move” (i.e., disassemble) their cairn from its original spot to a new designated spot and reassemble it. Each clan member can only move 1 rock at a time. Speed and structural stability count.
  • Haggis Hustle (obstacle course): Team and timed Event: Haggis, the national dish of Scotland, is made from sheep offal. (Don’t ask what that is.) Each member of the clan will have to carry the Haggis (sheep) through an obstacle course. NOTE Storming the Castle and Log Drag may be integrated here
  • Storming the Castle - Scouts make a ladder (lashings and knots) out of spars to go over a fence, obstacle, or climbing wall. This is a timed event for the clan.
  • Log Drag - The clans run to the log and tie a timber hitch to one end of the log and a bowline to the other end of the rope. Three Scouts get inside the bowline and drag the log across the line. This is a timed event for the patrol.
  • Axe Throw -The battle axes used in the modern competition are frequently replicas of the type issued to the 78th Frasers Highlanders, a military regiment from the Highlands of Scotland. The ax is an oversized version that will be thrown at various targets to score points.  
  • Archery – clans get a set amount of arrows for scoring
  • Fire Buildin’ – clans compete in a timed event to build a fire to burn through the string
  • Trebuchet Launch - A demonstration but not part of the competition….
  • Campsite INSPECTION – Points awarded and given out for the entire troop. Small and Large troop categories
  • Clan Cooking Competition-  This competition will be between clans and will feature a Scottish dish

Participation in the contest is optional, however, bonus points will be given to each clan that submits an entry. Note: only one entry per clan. Clans are expected to provide their own ingredients and method of cooking, cooking utensils and preparation items. Any cooking method is allowed: gas or propane stoves, charcoal or campfire, stove-top cookware, dutch oven or foil cooking. All preparation must take place on-site during the competition. Independent judges will rate each entry on taste, presentation and creativity. There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place award.

End of Day Events: (optional but earns bonus points)

  • Tug-of-war is one the oldest athletic contests known throughout recorded history. It was part of the Olympics in Ancient Greece. All participating clans will gather at the tug-of-war area at the scheduled time. Single elimination.
  • Kilt Run originated in the hills of northern England/Scotland. It is a non-traditional endurance test of running and skills over terrain. All clan members participating will gather at the starting area of the kilt run at the scheduled time. This race will be about one mile in distance.

Note: Clans not participating in the tug-of-war and/or kilt run can return to their campsites after their last station but are encouraged to watch and cheer.

What to Bring

Personal (check with Scoutmaster):

  • Field uniform (Scout uniform) and belt 
  • OA Sash for Campfire
  • Clothing appropriate for weather
  • Activity uniform (Troop or Clan shirt)
  • Shoes (closed toe) or hiking boots 
  • Pajamas or sleeping clothes
    (wool, polypropylene or polyester, never cotton!) 
  • Rain gear (pants and jacket) 
  • Winter coat 
  • Flashlight and extra batteries 
  • Personal items (e.g., deodorant, comb, medications, toothpaste, toothbrush)
  • Water bottle (or canteen) and cup 
  • Pocket knife and Totin' Chip
  • Sleeping bag, blankets, sheet 
  • Pillow 
  • Cot or pad 
  • Personal first aid kit 
    Optional:
  • Thermal underwear (pants and shirt, if cold (synthetic, polyester, nylon, polypropylene or rayon, not cotton)
  • Portable chair or camp stool 
  • Nontoxic, noncombustible, environmentally friendly hand warmers
Mark all items with name and troop number.

Patrol:

  • Tents with ground cloth
  • Water containers for hauling water
  • Cooking gear
  • Meals: Saturday breakfast, non-cooking sack lunches, Sunday non-cooking breakfast
  • Duty roster and menu
  • First-aid kit
  • Trash bags
  • Patrol flag
  • Items to decorate a flag
  • Items for campsite inspection

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. 

Troop:

  • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (part A&B for all Scouting events) for every participant (due at check-in).  Extra copy in troop binder to leave at first aid station.
  • Firewood, rakes and fire buckets; buckets and shovel to remove unused firewood
  • List of Scouts elected into the Order of the Arrow

What are some winter camping tips?

Participants are expected to come to camp prepared for variable weather. 

Sources - Scouting Magazine: Winter camping tips and tricks to help you enjoy the fourth season, Eight essentials for staying warm while cold-weather campingOutdoor Smarts: How to Keep Warm in Camping's Fourth Season; Boys' Life: How to Stay Warm With the Right Winter Gear

Dressing for the cold. When dressing for cold weather, focus on a layering system including the three Ws: wicking, warmth and wind. Your base layer should be wicking (like an athletic shirt), an insulating layer should be warming (like fleece or wool) and an exterior layer should block the wind. Use clothing you have, focusing on the right combination of fabrics.

  • Wicking Layer or Base. Also commonly known as long underwear, the base layer is worn closest to your skin. Its main job is to wick away sweat and moisture so your skin stays dry. Wear it relatively tight to the skin and use only wool or synthetic base layers. Never use cotton because it will not keep you warm once it’s wet, whether from sweat or precipitation. These base layers come in various weights, from heavy for frigid conditions to lightweight for warmer temps and activities that cause a lot of sweating, such as strenuous hiking and cross-country skiing. It’s a good idea to have one extra pair of base layers to change into every night at camp.
  • Warmth Layer or Insulation. The insulation layer is worn atop the base layer and is designed to provide the majority of your insulation. It should be made of fleece, wool, down or synthetic insulation and can be a pullover, zip-up jacket or vest, depending on how much insulation you need.
  • Windproofing Layer or Shell. The outermost layer, the shell jacket and pants protect you from wind and wet conditions. There are two types of shells: the hard shell is a lightweight layer that’s windproof and waterproof, capable of handling heavy rain and very wet conditions; a softshell is made of a more flexible, soft-faced material that’s windproof yet highly breathable, and water-resistant enough to protect you against everything except a heavy downpour.

Mittens. Mittens are warmer than gloves. If insulated mittens get wet, they stay that way. Wool mitts worn inside leather or nylon shells are removable for faster drying. Wool gloves are needed for dexterity when cooking.

Sleeping. Be sure to change into dry clothes for sleeping — moisture retained in field clothes will cause chilling. For overnight warmth, wear wool, polypropylene or polyester (never cotton!) long johns, socks and a balaclava to bed. Place a scarf across your neck to seal drafts.

Sleeping bags. Two sleeping bags — one placed inside the other — should provide enough warmth down to about zero degrees. If you don’t have a closed-cell foam pad to use as a sleeping mat, try half-inch-thick foam carpet padding.

Ground cloth. In warmer months, a plastic ground cloth should be used inside your tent to stay dry. However, in winter, use the ground cloth beneath your tent to keep it from freezing to the ground.

Toes cold? Put on a hat. Your body loses up to half of its total heat in 40-degree temperatures. So, when it’s below freezing and your head is uncovered, you could be radiating more than three-fourths of your overall body heat from your head.

Baggy clothes are back in style at least in the freezing-cold wilderness. Your body heats itself most efficiently when it’s enveloped in a layer of warm air. If your clothes are too tight, you’re strangling the cold right out of your body. Dressing in loose layers helps aid this convection layer of air. Tight clothes or too-tight boots can also restrict blood-flow.

The three W’s. Every cold-weather camper needs to dress for the occasion. You’ll need a wicking layer (long underwear), a “warm” layer (fleece) and a “wind” layer (waterproof shell).

Stay hydrated. In winter, you may not be aware of how much you’re sweating. A gulp of ice-cold water is hardly appetizing, but it is important to keep drinking. Hot drinks and soup are a great way to replenish liquids, electrolytes, and heat. Keep extra tea bags on hand, as well as bouillon cubes, and hand out hot drinks liberally, especially at the end of the day when energy is low.

Rules, Regulations and Important Information

Camp Code: The Scout Oath, Scout Law and Outdoor Code will be the law of the camp.

Dress Code: The dress code for the weekend must be weather appropriate, so please pack accordingly. Sturdy boots are highly recommended. Tennis shoes might be best for some of the competition games. Open-toed shoes are not allowed for safety reasons. Field uniform (Scout uniform) is recommended for the Saturday evening flag ceremony, campfire program, and Sunday interfaith worship service. Activity uniforms (camporee t-shirt) during Saturday activities.

Camping: Each unit is responsible for all camping gear, food, and safety and discipline within their units. Each unit will be provided a space to camp. Camping assignments will be given via email to each Scoutmaster or troop event coordinator.

Participants: All participants must be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America. Units participating in this program will need to have their Scouts divided into troops with a minimum of four and a maximum of 12 Scouts per troop.

Leadership: All units must ensure sufficient leadership and comply with the BSA supervision requirements. Two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required. There must be a registered female adult leader 21 years of age or over in every unit serving females. A registered female adult leader 21 years of age or over must be present for any activity involving female youth. Notwithstanding the minimum leader requirements, age- and program-appropriate supervision must always be provided. From the Youth Protection website, the BSA has adopted the following policies for the safety and well-being of its members. These policies primarily protect youth members; however, they also serve to protect adult leaders. Parents and youth using these safeguards outside the Scouting program further increase the safety of their youth. Those who serve in positions of leadership and supervision with youth outside the Scouting program will find these policies help protect youth in those situations as well.

  • Two-deep leadership is required on all outings. A minimum of two registered adult leaders — or one registered leader and a participating Scout’s parent or another adult — is required for all trips and outings. One of these adults must be 21 years of age or older.
  • One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is prohibited. In situations requiring a personal conference, such as a Scoutmaster conference, the meeting is to be conducted with the knowledge and in view of other adults and/or youth.
  • The policies of two-deep leadership and no one-on-one contact between adults and youth members also apply to digital communication. Leaders may not have one-on-one private online communications or engage one-on-one in other digital activities (games, social media, etc.) with youth members. Leaders should copy a parent and another leader in digital and online communication, ensuring no one-on-one contact takes place in text, social media, or other forms of online or digital communication.

Meals: Units are to provide all their own meals for the weekend. Please use Leave No Trace principles when preparing and cleaning meals. All trash must be disposed of in the dumpsters.   Each troop will cook by the troop method and must furnish its own food, ice, stove fuel, wood or charcoal. Each area has a campfire ring that may or may not be available for use depending on the number of Scouts in your camp area. If using a dutch oven please bring a portable table or metal pan instead of placing on the ground.No ground fires outside the fire ring.

Fires: Practice sensible fire safety. Please make campfires in the designed fire rings located in each campsite. Please do not move fire rings. Any special restrictions will be administered at check-in should the need arise. Liquid fuels are not permitted. Please follow BSA policy on handling, use, and storage of such fuels. If a burn ban is in effect, no open fires will be permitted.

Generators: Generators are not allowed for unit use. The use of a generator by the camporee committee will be permitted where the power to run equipment is not available.

Cooking Fuel: Use wood, charcoal, or propane fuel in preparation of meals. In the interest of conservation, charcoal is recommended and encouraged.

Pressurized Fuels: The use of either high or low-pressure lanterns or stoves must be in accordance with current BSA and SHAC policy.

Use of Water: Water sources are only for filling water containers. They are not to be used for personal hygiene, washing or rinsing dishes, or washing clothes. Each campsite has bathroom and shower facilities.

Latrines/Shower Facilities: Please keep latrines in good shape and respect others. Latrines are spread throughout the camp. Latrines will be checked as part of the check-out procedure. Units camping near latrines are responsible for the cleaning of them prior to check-out.

Trash: Each unit must take their trash to the dumpsters located by the exit from Tellepsen Scout Camp.

Tobacco/Alcohol: No person under the age of 18 is allowed to use tobacco products. No alcohol of any kind is permitted. All adult smokers are encouraged to refrain from smoking around the Scouts during the weekend. Alcohol is strictly prohibited.

Parking: Due to the limited space, all personal vehicles will need to park in designated parking areas, no exceptions. Unit trailers can be parked on road by campsites and can be delivered on Friday night and retrieved Sunday morning. No vehicles are allowed to drive around camp on Saturday. Only properly marked staff or handicapped vehicles will be permitted in camp. Vehicle permits will be provided at check-in for those allowed to travel into the camp. Only camp staff and/or handicap vehicles will be allowed into the camp. Do not drive or park vehicles on the grass.  Keep all vehicles on the pavement or in a parking spot.

Taps and Reveille: Please observe quiet hours and be aware of surroundings and neighbors.

Visitors: All visitors must check-in and check out at registration and must depart camp before Taps each evening.

Knife Safety: Follow all rules regarding knife safety and proper handling of knives and tools.

Cutting of Trees: Please do not cut down any live trees for firewood. Any cutting down of live trees will require permission from the camp ranger.

Prohibited: Sheath knives, alcohol, fireworks, firearms, and non-medically prescribed drugs are strictly prohibited.

Cutting Through Campsites: Please do not pass through other unit's campsites, there will be walkways marked out. A scout is courteous, kind, and obedient to name a few. Please be considerate.

Buglers: Any Scouts who can play taps, reveille, call to colors, etc. on their bulges are encouraged to bring their bugles and check in with the staff on Friday evening. 

Prescription Medication: On all outings, an adult is to be responsible for youth medications (in the original containers), kept secure, and dispensed as prescribed. Prescription medicine will be handled by the troop leadership.

Health/First Aid: Minor first aid issues should be handled by the unit leadership. Major first aid issues will be handled by camporee first aid staff who will be available 24 hours per day. The first aid station will be marked with a red cross flag. Advise troop members of its location, to be announced during Friday’s cracker barrel and the Saturday morning flag ceremony. 

Order of the Arrow (OA) Call-Out Ceremony

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. 

  • Scoutmasters should encourage elected candidates to attend camporee to be called out. Many troops 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.

Parent Visitation: Parents who wish to attend the call-out on Saturday evening must check-in with the 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 the 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.

 

Check-In Procedures

Arrivals. Participants can begin arriving on Friday night at 5:00 pm. Early arrivals: Those persons not on staff that arrive prior to 5:00 pm will be asked to wait.

Campsites: Campsites will be pre-assigned and emailed to all Scoutmasters or troop event coordinators. Camporee staff will assign campsites. Each troop is requested to use the minimum space for its campsite. Due to large expected attendance, more than one troop may be assigned to each campsite as needed. Be courteous to your fellow campsite mates. Upon arrival, please proceed to the assigned campsite to unload gear and then move all vehicles to parking lot located by climbing tower. Do not set up any tents or troop equipment until the unloading vehicle has been parked at the designated parking lot.

Medical Forms – Every participant must a current BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A & B). Every troop should bring two copies in a binder. One copy will be turned in at check-in. They will be held in first aid location during the event. The binder will be returned to the troop upon checkout. Troops should have a second copy to keep in the campsite.

  • Roster
  • BSA Tally Sheet for Short Term Camping Roster - An electronic version will be emailed to all troops.
  • All adult leaders must have completed Youth Protection Training online.  

2. Parking Passes

  • All troop trailers will be allowed to remain on the road or in a parking spot next to the campsite location.
  • All other vehicles must be unloaded at the campsite and then moved to the designated parking area next to the climbing tower. We will have shuttle vehicles to help out with this.
  • Only designated vehicles will be given an all-access pass to be able to move around during this event. The speed limit is no more than 5 MPH.
  • If you have a special need or a handicap that will require you to have a vehicle, please inform registration upon check-in.

Check-out Procedures

1. Clean-Up Assignments (campsites and bathroom facilities): All troops will be assigned cleanup assignments and should complete them prior to departure.

2. All troops must check out with registration prior to departing. The following items must be completed and checked by a staff member.

  • Campsite and pavilion area cleaned and all trash removed
  • Bathroom facilities cleaned – each troop will need to bring a broom, bathroom cleaning material, etc. to use for cleaning the bathroom facilities.
  • Each troop will share the campsite bathroom with another troop. Thus, the cleaning must be done by each troop who used the bathroom facilities.

2. Once the unit has passed campsite inspection, units will receive camporee patches for each registered participated and a participation ribbon to hang on the troop flag. Medical forms binders will be returned.

3. When leaving camp, all trash is to be taken up to trash dumpster located by the exit. Please plan to depart camp by noon on Sunday.

4. Early Departures: Units needing an early departure on Sunday should make prior arrangements with the camporee registration staff and follow the check-out procedures.

5. A survey for the SPL/Scoutmaster to fill out and return by March roundtable. Please take time to discuss this survey with the participants and give feedback. Feedback is a gift and all comments are appreciated.

 

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

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly (Pack It In, Pack It Out)
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

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. 

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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 Tess Wall at 713-824-0858 or news4bcd@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Last Modified: Jan 11, 2020