Camporee is a weekend campout for troops, crews and ships around the district. Scouts will head to a galaxy far, far away as they compete as patrols (4-8 Scouts) in various competitions. The awards and recognition will be Sunday following Interfaith Service.

During the campout, the individual troops will be responsible for their own meals. Every troop needs to send a representative to the February roundtable; sign-up sheets will be available for leaders to volunteer.

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Registration

Payments are done by the unit leadership online with credit card or electronic check. There is no onsite registration. The registration fee includes the camping fee, awards, t-shirt and all activities. The registration fee is $30 per person. Council refund policy

T-shirts must be ordered through 2/9/21. Payments made after 2/9/21 do not include a t-shirt. 

To update or modify a registration and/or to make a payment, go to https://samhoustonbsa.doubleknot.com/signon/2563  (instructions).

                Payment        Event Feedback

What to Bring

Personal (check with Scoutmaster):

  • Field uniform (Scout uniform) and belt 
  • OA sash for campfire, for OA members
  • 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

About Tellepsen Scout Camp

Tellepsen Scout Camp is located at Bovay Scout Ranch. Tellepsen Scout Camp has eight campsites that accommodate 50 individuals per site. Each campsite has a 30'x40' pavilion with electricity. One shower and restroom facility is available for every two campsites. It is the home of the council's largest rifle range and a 41-foot climbing tower. The rifle range consists of four 50-yard high-powered rifle stations, four 100-yard high-powered rifle stations, a five-station shotgun trap range, eight shooting stations for .22 rifles and pistols and an archery range. The climbing tower has four rappelling stations of 11 feet, 22 feet, 32 feet, and 41 feet. 

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About Tellepsen Scout Camp

 

The camp is located about 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 (3450 County Road 317, Navasota, TX 77868).

Directions through Hempstead:

  • Take Hwy 290W 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 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. 

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. 

 

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. 

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

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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.

 

 

 

Modified 4/5/2022
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