Day camp is an opportunity for Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade during the next school year to make new friends, earn rank advancements and enjoy archery, sports, skills, and crafts.
Many volunteers are needed to make camp a success, so please consider volunteering. Adult volunteers can also register their non-Scouting children ages 3-5 (potty trained) or girls ages 6-13. Boy Scouts, Venturers, and youth ages 14-17 can also volunteer.
In addition to shooting archery and playing sports, Scouts will be working towards achieving parts of the following adventures (advancements).
Tigers (going into 1st grade)
- Curiosity, Intrigue, and Magical Mysteries
- Stories in Shapes
- Tiger Theater
Wolves (going into 2nd grade)
- Code of the Wolf
- Finding Your Way
- Motor Away
Bears (going into 3rd grade)
- Make It Move
- Super Science
Webelos (going into 4th grade)
- Art Explosion
- Build It
Arrow of Light (going into 5th grade)
- Build My Own Hero
- Game Design
- Into the Woods
Registration opens in February.
The registration fee is $76.50 for the first Scout and $75 for additional Scouts, Tot lots are $25, and sibling girls are $45. Volunteers (Boy Scouts, Venturers, junior staff, adults) are free. The registration fee includes a t-shirt, patch, program supplies, and a mug.
- Late registration begins May TBD. A late fee of $25 will apply; patches, t-shirts and craft supplies are not guaranteed.
- Registration closes for youth and adults two weeks before the first day of camp.
Have carpool contacts (must have at least one) before beginning the registration process. It is very important to complete the entire process (through payment). All incomplete registrations are deleted every evening at midnight.
Payment: At checkout, pay with a credit card, electronic check, or PayPal. Council refund policy.
LDS Youth: In LDS-sponsored units, boys are introduced to Scouting at age eight. LDS youth are put into dens at camp based on age. Youth who are under the age of eight will enjoy the camp activities, even though they aren't earning rank advancement.
Volunteers: Many volunteers are needed to make camp a success, so please consider volunteering. Adult volunteers can also register their non-Scouting children ages 3-5 (potty trained) or girls ages 6-13. Boy Scouts (under the age of 14) can register as volunteers for the service patrol, and boys and girls ages 14-17 can volunteer as junior staff. Each pack must have a minimum of one adult registered for every three youth registered.
Youth paperwork requirements:
- Complete online registration
- Submit a copy of the BSA Health and Medical form (Parts A & B: All Scouting Events) to the pack representative (for additional tips on filling out the medical forms click here)
- Submit a copy of medical insurance card, front and back (if insured) to the pack representative
Paperwork requirements for adults attending camp (ages 18+):
- Complete online registration
- Submit a copy of the BSA Health and Medical form (Parts A & B: All Scouting Events) to the pack representative
- Submit a copy of medical insurance card, front and back (if insured)
- Submit proof of Classroom Facilitated YPT
- Attend Day Camp Orientation Training
Senior Patrol Leader/Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Application
Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts who are interested in serving in an SPL or ASPL role can complete this application and submit it to BigCypressDirector@gmail.com.
What to Bring to Camp
- camp t-shirt (get this from your pack representative)
- Annual BSA Health and Medical Record (parts A and B for all Scouting events), if not already submitted
- very hydrated Scout (have them drink lots of water all day and a full water bottle on the way to camp)
- sack lunch or dinner and snacks (nonperishable in a Ziploc bag with name and den number). See details below.
- non-carbonated drink for meal (water, sports drink, juice box)
- camp mug
- bandana, optional
- closed-toed shoes with socks
- hat and/or sunglasses
- rain poncho
- sunscreen (applied by parent before camp)
- insect repellant (applied by parent before camp)
- money for trading post treats (quarters in a ziploc baggie work great)
- medications that need to be taken at camp must be in the original containers and turned into the health and safety chair. Scouts can carry their Inhaler or Epipen; however, the health and safety chair and camp staff must be notified.
Mark all items marked with name
Do Not Bring
- No aerosols of any kind in camp
- No carbonated drinks; they dehydrate the body.
- No eggs
- No mayonnaise
- No tuna or chicken salad
- No excessive sweets
- No perfume
- No eating during sessions – if there is a medical issue, please alert the camp director.
- No trading cards
- No pets
- No electronics – Nintendo DS, IPod, MP3, cell phones, radios, etc.
Everyone attending camp will be required to bring a meal in a disposable container. Juice boxes or sports drinks work best. Please do not send carbonated drinks. Use resealable plastic gallon sized bags with the Scout's name written on it. Ice water will be available at meals and every activity area.
Please check with the parents in your den concerning any allergies (e.g., peanut).
Consider: frozen grapes, frozen bananas sliced, watermelon, strawberries, carrot or celery sticks with peanut butter, broccoli, beef jerky, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, peanut butter or cheese crackers, canned tuna or chicken, trail mix, dried fruit, pickles, crackers and hard cheeses (e.g., cheddar, colby and provolone), pudding cup, fruit cups, applesauce cup, chips, raisins, dried fruit, almond butter, yogurt raisins, granola bar, summer sausage, crackers, Goldfish, pumpkin seeds, protein bar, dry cereal, muffins. Perishable or refrigerated foods, such as mayonnaise, meats, eggs, or leftovers are not allowed at camp.
The trading post is well-stocked with camp refreshments. We will have refreshments for sale during lunch, free time, and before and after camp. Bring some money to take advantage of this! The amount each boy actually spends will depend on his personal needs and whether his interests require special purchases. Items typically include snow cones, popcorn, pickles, candy, and crackers.
There are several opportunities for Scouts to earn advancement at camp. A list of advancements covered will be sent home the last day of camp. The list needs to be given to the Scout's den leader.
Lost and Found
Found items will be taken to the registration table. Left over are donated to charity. Please label all items taken to camp.
Drop-off and Pick-up
Carpooling is strongly recommended.
All medications (with the exception of inhalers, emergency epinephrine kits, and diabetes kits) must be checked-in to the health and safety director in the first aid area by the parents of the child requiring the medications. Each medication must be in the original prescription container with only enough medication for the week, clearly labeled with the Scout’s name, dosage, and specific time(s) medication should be taken. A medication form will need to be filled out. Other than using an inhaler, Epi-pens or diabetes kits, no child should be taking any medication except while in the first aid area. Please inform the Scout's leader and the health and safety officer of any medications that need to be taken at camp. See the health and safety director at camp if there are any questions.
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 has the right to reproduce your likeness in videography/photography for promotion (e.g., publications, internet, newspaper).
Day camp is run by volunteers. Each pack is required to provide a minimum of one adult register for every three youth register per pack. If the pack does not meet this ratio, then the pack will not be able to attend camp. Please consider volunteering.
ALL adults attending camp must attend both camp volunteer orientation and Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT). Both will be offered during April and May Roundtables.
All volunteers must have a copy of their Classroom Facilitated YPT certificate or a copy on their phone at all times at camp. Inspectors may ask to see the card.
Volunteering for camp is fun. Many opportunities are available:
- Adult partner with a Tiger Cub
- Den walker (escort a group of ~10 Scouts from one area of camp to another)
- Archery range (must be certified)
- Girls program (1st - 5th grade girls)
- Health and Safety (must be certified)
- Scouting program (teach advancements)
- Sports and games
- Tot lot (preschool program)
- Key staff
- Full-Time Volunteer - will be at camp every day from opening to closing
- Job Share Volunteer - two or more adults split the camp and the adults ensure coverage for every day from opening to closing. This counts as one volunteer in the required adult to Scout ratio.
- Part-Time Volunteer - an adult who volunteers for part of the camp. Part-time volunteers do not count in the required adult to Scout ration.
- Key Staff – Volunteer who has been specifically asked by the camp director to serve as a key staff.
The 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. BSA Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed and all participants must follow youth protection guidelines at all Scouting events. Highlights include:
- Two-deep leadership on all outings required.
- No one-on-one contact between adults and youth members.
- The buddy system should be used at all times.
- Discipline must be constructive.
Youth Protection Guidelines Guide to Safe Scouting Enterprise Risk Management
Day Camps are operated and licensed under the guidelines of the Boy Scouts of America National Camp Standards. Camps are inspected annually by the NCAP team to ensure compliance with the National Camp Accreditation Program (430-056), Day Camp Administrative Guide (13-33815), Cub Scout Outdoor Program Guidelines (510-631), and the Guide to Safe Scouting.
The Texas Department of State Health Services Youth Camp Program is the principal authority on matters relating to health and safety conditions at youth camps in Texas. All youth camps must obtain a license prior to operating. Any youth camp may be inspected during operation to determine compliance with the Youth Camp Safety and Health Act and the Youth Camp Rules.
Day Camp Contact
For questions, contact BigCypressDirector@gmail.com
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Most packs celebrate Scouting anniversary week in February with a birthday party called the blue and gold banquet.
Free, customizable place mats are available to use at blue and gold banquets to help promote day camp and resident camp.
In 1914, Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell started a Scouting program based on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book stories and targeted at younger boys in Britain. Jungle Safari makes a great blue and gold banquet theme and ties in with the 2017 day camp theme. We have a variety of jungle themed resources available. Follow us on Pinterest for more ideas.
Letter Sized Place Mat Legal Size Place Mat Blue and Gold Banquet Ideas