Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, in-person district and council meetings, activities, and events are canceled through June 14th; council camps are closed through June 30th. The council office and Scouts Shops open May 4th with limited staff and social distancing protocols. Learn More.
Prepare for launch as we count down to lift-off, 2020: A Scout Odyssey! Cub Scouts and their families will learn new skills and make new friends. Day camp is a council camp organized by districts and conducted by volunteers from the local area for Cub Scouts entering 1st through 5th grade for the next school year. Day camp is a week of fun with awesome programs and activities such as archery, sports, STEM, games and crafts, rank advancements, Scout skills, fun and more.
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). Scouts in troops, crews and ships can also volunteer. An adult/guardian must register with a Tiger (going into 1st grade).
In addition to shooting archery and playing sports, Scouts will be working towards achieving parts of the following adventures (advancements).
Day camp advancements supplement the exciting program offered at the council's resident camp held in July. Resident camp is a three-night campout at Bovay Scout Ranch in Navasota, TX, for Cub Scouts entering the first through fifth grade the following school year.
Tigers (going into 1st grade)
- Curiosity, Intrigue, and Magical Mysteries
- Stories in Shapes
- Tiger Theater
Wolves (going into 2nd grade)
- Germs Alive
- Finding Your Way
- Motor Away
- Running with the Pack
Bears (going into 3rd grade)
- Make It Move
- Marble Madness
- Super Science
Webelos Scouts (going into 4th grade)
- Art Explosion
- Build It
Webelos Scouts (going into 5th grade)
- Earth Rocks
- Build My Own Hero
- Looking Back, Looking Forward
The registration fee is $76.50 for the first Scout and $75 for additional Scouts who register at the same time, tot lots (siblings ages 3-5) are $25. Volunteers (adults; junior staff; Scouts in troops, crews and ships) are free. The registration fee includes a t-shirt, patch, program supplies, and a mug. All youth entering 1st grade through age 18 must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America. A registered parent/guardian must be onsite at all times when tot-lots (siblings ages 3-5) and Tigers (going into 1st grade) are at camp.
Step 1 (youth and adults): Register all participants in the same family.
Step 2 (adults): Every volunteer also needs to complete a background check.
- Late registration begins 5/15/20. 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 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.
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). Scouts in troops, crews and ships can register as volunteers. A registered parent/guardian must be onsite at all times when tot-lots and Tigers are at camp. Each pack must have a minimum of one adult registered for every three youth (5th grade and under) registered.
Youth registration requirements:
- Complete online registration (Step 1)
- 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
Adults registration (ages 18+) requirements attending camp:
- Complete online registration (Steps 1 and 2)
- 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 Youth Protection Training (YPT) online at my.scouting.org (taken after 3/13/18). This is a mandatory requirement by the state. Certification last two year and must not expire prior to the last day of camp.
- Attend Camp Volunteer Orientation, This is a mandatory requirement by the state and must be taken annually.
Senior Patrol Leader/Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Application
What to Bring to Camp
- camp t-shirt (campers will get this on the first day of camp)
- shorts (lightweight is best)
- old, closed-toed shoes with socks (no sandals, swim shoes, crocs). Tennis shoes work best.
- extra pair of socks
- hat and/or sunglasses
- 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 the meal in a recyclable plastic bottle (water, sports drink, juice box). No sodas, carbonated or caffeinated drinks. No glass bottles or reusable water bottles.
- camp mug (campers will get this on the first day of camp)
- Draw stringed backpack
- bandana, optional
- rain poncho/rain coat
- moist towelettes
- sunscreen (applied by parent before camp); sunscreen wipes
- insect repellant (applied by parent before camp); towelette insect repellant (no aerosol allowed)
- money for trading post treats (dollars and quarters in a ziploc baggie with name written on it works 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 knives or weapons (camp is located on school property)
- No camp chairs
- 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 – games (e.g., PSP, iTouch); music players (e.g., radios, iPods, CD players); cell phones
- No flammable materials
- No drugs or alcohol
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 their personal needs and whether their 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. Leftovers are donated to charity. Please label all items taken to the camp.
Drop-off and Pick-up
Carpooling is strongly recommended. To facilitate pick-up, the pack representative will give each camper a tag to hang on the rearview mirror with the camper's name and den number. There will be stickers on the back with each child’s name, one for each day of the week. in the pick-up line, give the sticker to the volunteer in the car rider line.
Parents or the pack representative must pick up the hang tags at the May roundtable, and sign for them.
Hang tags must be visible in the car rider line to pick up campers. Cars may pick up more than one camper as long as they have the appropriate hang tag and permission to pick up the camper (as stated in the online registration).
Absent or Late Scouts
If a Scout is going to be late to camp or absent, please call 281-671-7080.
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.
The state of Texas requires that all adults attending camp must:
1. Take Youth Protection Training (YPT) online at my.scouting.org. Certification lasts two years and must not expire prior to the last day of camp.
2. Attend Camp Volunteer Orientation
- April 9, 2020, from 6:30-8:30 pm at Good Shepard United Methodist Church (20155 Cypresswood Dr, Cypress, TX 77433). Bring a copy of BSA Health and Medical Record and YPT certificate.
BSA requires a minimum of one person per 25 people on site to be trained in First Aid/CPR/AED. If currently certified, please submit a copy of your certification. Find upcoming training opportunities.
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)
- 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
- Key Staff – Volunteer who has been specifically asked by the camp director to serve as a key staff and attends key staff meetings.
In addition to the what to bring list under the Preparing for Camp tab, den walkers should also bring:
- travel games or activities in case of downtime
- wrapping paper roll for den flag post (paper will be provided for actual flag)
- markers, pencils
- bungee cord (to hold the Scout's mug to the wagon)
- bandanas for each Scout in the den (makes it easier to identify your den)
- mesh laundry bag to take home mugs to wash each night
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. The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on 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
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 two-sided placemats are available to use at blue and gold banquets or pack meetings to help promote day camp and resident camp.
The council has lots of ideas for blue and gold banquets and pack meetings (e.g., magic, beach). Follow us on Pinterest for more ideas.
Placemats and Blue and Gold Banquet Ideas