Merit Badge Camping Opportunity

August 15-19, 2018

Bovay Scout Ranch
3450 County Road 317
Navasota, TX 77868

A troop in the Big Cypress District recently experienced a terrible tragedy during their summer camp. A special camping merit badge opportunity is being held to help the Scouts in the troop. 

Scouts in any troop who have adults who are willing to provide merit badge counselors and event staff may attend this special event.

Adults are needed to help with all aspects of staffing this event. All adults attending must have current Youth Protection Training taken online at Merit badge counselors are also needed and must be registered as a merit badge counselor.

Merit badges offered will depend on volunteer registration.

Flier       Volunteer Interest Form


All troops attending will need to provide merit badge counselors and event staff. Contact Chip Whitley with specific information.

Troop registration          Adult background check

  • Staff registration: Volunteers not attending with a troop should register individually. The fees will cover meals (based on days/times attending).

Staff Registration Step 1        Staff Registration Step 2 (background check)


Scouts will be able to earn up to five merit badges. Members of the Order of the Arrow will be teaching the First Class emphasis program.


Free time events: 

  • Open shooting at the shotgun, rifle and archery ranges
  • Open climb at climbing tower
  • Canoeing
  • Sporting Arrows
  • Swimming
  • Kick Ball
  • Dodgeball
  • Fishing
  • Obstacle Course
  • Volleyball 

Other Events 

  • Opening campfire hosted by the Order of the Arrow on Wednesday night.
  • Movie night on Thursday night
  • Luau bash on Friday night. Dunk your Scoutmaster at the dunkin’ booth. Compete in the obstacle course challenge. Get your photo at the photo booth. Compete in the limbo and hula hoop contest. Wear your best luau attire!
  • Closing campfire hosted by the Order of the Arrow on Saturday night. 
  • Beach Party at the pool hosted by the Order of the Arrow following the closing campfire 


  • Scoutmaster Specific and IOLS Training – Friday evening and Saturday ($20)
  • Scoutmaster/Leader Sporting Clay Competition 
  • Dutch Oven Cook-Off (meal or dessert)

What to Bring


Required items

  • Completed BSA Health and Medical Record ("Are You Going to Camp?" version), signed by a physician
  • Compliance Form
  • Sleeping bag or blanket
  • Pillow
  • Washcloths
  • Two towels (swimming, bath)
  • Toiletries (soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant)
  • Clothes, underwear and socks
  • Closed toed shoes (tennis shoes) and an old pair of shoes
  • Swimsuit
  • Jeans or long pants (old pair)
  • Flashlight (with fresh batteries and extra set of batteries)
  • Water bottle
  • Hat (e.g., baseball cap)


  • Raingear
  • Religious book
  • Scout Handbook
  • Jacket
  • Camera
  • Sleeping bag
  • Neckerchief
  • Money
  • Shower shoes or flip-flops
  • Medicated powder
  • Cot

Things not to bring to camp

  • Valuables
  • Jewelry
  • Radios
  • Electronic games / devices
  • Pocket knife
  • Sheath knives
  • Expressive shoes, dress shoes or expensive clothes
  • Fireworks
  • Firearms
  • Excessive cash


For more information, contact Chip Whitley.