Camporee

March 9-11, 2018

Bovay Scout Ranch, Camporee Site
3450 County Road 317,
Navasota, Texas 77868 

Camp-o-ree is a weekend camp out for troops.  Patrols compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit.

      2016 Leader Guide

Registration

Registration is done by troops. 

Step 1: RSVP. The troop leadership needs to RSVP with an approximate head count for planning purposes by January roundtable. Please let us know if this number changes significantly before the event as campsite assignments are made based on registration numbers. 

Step 1: RSVP for Camporee  

Step 2: Payment. The registration fee is $15 per Scout and $2 per adult. The troop leadership needs to pay online by 3/6/18. Onsite registration is $25 per Scout.

Step 2: Payment opens in February

Program Details

Scout Patrols. The recommended size patrol to properly compete in the program activities will require a patrol size with a minimum of five Scouts.

Leader Patrols. Each unit will be asked to provide their Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, or an adult leader for the patrol competition. Multiple Leader Patrols can be formed depending on the number of troops present for the weekend. The adult patrol will be challenged to see if they are tougher than a Boy Scout by doing their best at the same program stations as the Scout patrols. The first leader patrol formed will be the Old Goat Patrol.

There will be plenty of opportunities where an adult can help out during the Camporee. For those leaders not participating in the Leader Patrols, there will be a need for adults to help run the different events. In the spirit of the scouting tradition, it is important for the Scouts to lead themselves through the program competition without the aid or assistance of adults.

Arrival. Please plan to arrive at Bovay Scout Ranch between 6:00-9:00 pm Friday night. You will have to check in with the guard shack and then the registrar at the camporee site when you first enter the camp.

Campsites. Troops will be assigned their campsite upon arrival at the campground. Larger units may have more than one site, however, every effort will be made to keep them next to each other. Some sites require that tents be set up on dirt/gravel so bring a ground cloth and sleeping pad. All campsites have potable water.

Fires. Use of the dedicated fire rings at the campsites is approved for use. Provided that there is no combustible material near the fire ring per Firem’n chit regulations.

Restroom Facilities. There will be port-a-potties located at the end of the driveway in the campground. Scouts should help keep the port-a-potties clean and replace the toilet paper as necessary.

Campground. Please be respectful of the property and practice the principles of Leave No Trace, the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. The Cub Scout area (including pool and all cub activity areas) of Bovay Scout Ranch is off limits. The unit roster will need to be completed and submitted to Colleen Austin or designee the week before the camporee weekend for head count purposes for the camp rangers.

Vehicles. The speed limit at the campground is 5 mph. Vehicles will be allowed to park at the camporee parking area (or limited spots near their sites), provided they are completely clear of the road and not a danger to campers. Please try and limit the number of vehicles at the site as this will determine how much space the troop has to set up camp.

Awards/Scoring. The Tough Enough Award will be awarded to the troop with the highest combined score. Overall First, Second and Third place awards for overall combined scores. The Leader patrol(s) will be recognized accordingly.  Bonus Points will be awarded to Troops for a secret event and for leaders who participate in the Adult Patrols!

Uniform Inspections. All Scouts are expected to arrive in full Scout uniform. There will be a uniform inspection conducted by the Senior Patrol Leaders for each troop. Results to be presented at the SPL cracker barrel.

Campsite Inspections. Commissioners will inspect your troop campsite for general setup, cleanliness, health and safety issues, etc. Participation/Inspection ribbons will be awarded to every troop. Inspections will take place during morning activities.

Medical. Troops will be responsible for their own first aid. Troops should have a medical form on-site for all participants.

Campfire. Each patrol is asked to prepare a skit or a song for the Saturday evening campfire.

 

Schedule

Friday

6:00 PM Registration Open
9:00 PM Scoutmaster & SPL cracker-barrel at Registration
9:30 PM Call To Quarters
10:00 PM Taps. Scouts to be in their campsites. Quiet please!

Saturday

7:00 AM Reveille & Breakfast
8:45 AM Opening Ceremony at Flag Pole
9:00 AM Events Open
12:00 PM     Lunch
1:00 PM Events Open
4:00 PM  Events Close
5:30 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Campfire
8:00 PM Closing Ceremony & Awards (at Campfire)
8:30 PM Call Out Ceremony (at Campfire)
9:30 PM Call to Quarters
10:00 PM Taps. Scouts to be in their campsites. Quiet please!

Sunday

7:00 AM Reveille & Breakfast
8:30 AM Scouts Own Service at Flag Pole
9:00 AM  Break Camp
 

Program

In keeping with the camporee theme, each unit is asked to provide their Scoutmaster or an Assistant Scoutmaster to compete in the patrol competition. These adults will be members of the Old Goat Patrol(s) and will be challenged to see if they are tougher than a Boy Scout by doing their best by competing at the same stations and events as the Scout patrols. Depending on the number of units present, and the number of adult victims/competitors, more than one adult patrol may be formed.

Every patrol will navigate to a “station”. At each station, the patrol will have to complete a task or challenge. The patrols will have a limited amount of time to complete that challenge (10-15 minutes). Once a station has been completed, the patrol will head to the next station. Patrols will be crisscrossing the area so following the patrol that just departed the station might not be the correct path. A master plan of who is supposed to be where will be provided to each station. Scoring will be done with a passport that can record what time they get to station, how long to do the task, what time to leave, and the score at the station. This will help prevent any “back-ups” that can happen at a station. Also, all members of the patrol must be at the station before they can start.

Events

  • Plant Identification - Each patrol will need to use simple skills to identify the names of the plants displayed within a set time period.  Correct spelling of the plants is appreciated by not required.  Abbreviations are not acceptable.
  • Bird Identification - Each patrol will need to use simple skills to identify the names of the birds displayed within a set time period.  Correct spelling of the plants is appreciated by not required.  Abbreviations are not acceptable.
  • Knot Tying - Ten (10) knots must be tied and will be timed.
  • Lashing & Slingshot - Scouts must use their lashing skills to build a sling shot and then (with eye protection) shoot at clay pigeons.
  • Compass Pie - Patrols will have to put their navigation skills to the test. Through teamwork they will have to accurately assemble a 32 point compass point puzzle. Score will be based on time and accuracy. Points will be deducted for each wrong point.
  • Astronomy - Each patrol will need to use simple skills to identify the names of the constellations displayed within a set time period.  Correct spelling of the plants is appreciated by not required.  Abbreviations are not acceptable.
  • Trolley Race - Each patrol will need to use simple skills to use wooden skis with ropes to navigate around a set course.
  • River Crossing (How Wide for Adult Patrols) - Each patrol will need to use their knowledge of lashings to build a device to transport their “victim” across the “River.”  For the Adult Patrols, items will be provided to guess the distance of the river crossing.
  • Blindfolded Tent Building - All members of a patrol are blindfolded except for the patrol leader. The patrol leader must guide the rest of the patrol in setting up a tent. The patrol leader may not touch any part of the tent.
  • Life Saving - Each patrol is given a 5” to 6” length of rope.  The “victim” is placed a set distance from the patrol. On a signal, the patrol must tie the ropes end to end using square knots.  When the rope is completed, the group must coil the rope and throw it from the imaginary shoreline to the victim.  The victim must catch the rope and tie a bowline around his waist and then be rescued by pulling to the shoreline.
  • Pack a Backpack and Hang a Bear Bag Station - Several items will be set out for a backpacking trip. Pack the necessary items for the trip in a backpack and put the rest of the gear in a bear bag in a tree. Score will be based on time to complete the task and accuracy. The correct use and tying of a proper knot to hang the bag will also be judged.
  • Citizenship - Each patrol will need to use knowledge of Citizenship and as using general knowledge and information from the previously provided study guide to correctly answer 25 questions.  Score is based on the number correct. A study guide will be provided.
  • Fire Building & Pancake Toss - After a starting signal, tinder and kindling are gathered by the patrol.  They then build, light and tend a fire until it burns up to string suspended about 18” above the pit.  The patrol also uses the fire and provided ingredients to make a pancake which is then tossed over a string and land pack into the pan. First Aid (If under fire burn and will replace Fire Building – Hosted by Troop 40 if needed) - The patrol will use their First Aid knowledge to identify and treat a scenario.

Scoring

Camping

Points

Check In and Registration   100 
Uniform inspection (Performed by OA) 100 
Camp site inspection 100
Total 300

Required Field Events

 
Plant ID – Hosted by Troop 30         100
Bird ID – Hosted by Troop 20     100
Knot Tying – Hosted by Troop 30    100
Lashing & Slingshot - TBD    100
Citizenship – Hosted by Troop 540 100
Fire Building & Pancake Toss – Hosted by Troop 40  100
Total 600

Optional Field Events

 
Compass Pie – Hosted by Troop 879   100
Astronomy – Hosted by OA Chapter  100
Trolley Race – Hosted by Troop 1138 100
River Crossing - TBD 100
Blind Folded Tent Building – Hosted by Troop 540 100
Life Saving – Hosted by Troop 924  100
Pack a Backpack and Hang a Bear Bag – Hosted by OA Chapter 100
Total 700

Secret Event

 
Secret Event (to be revealed at Awards Ceremony, Hosted by OA) 100
Total 100

*Any adult troop member helping or assisting will result in a 20-point deduction.

There will be a total of 13 possible events this year. Throughout the camporee, how well a unit exemplifies “Scout Spirit” may contribute significantly to being awarded points in all of the Camping and Field Events above. Points will generally be awarded based on the following:

1) Patrol Yell,
2) Attitude,and
3) Uniform Appearance (dressed alike).

Patrols may compete only once for a score in each field event. For popular events, patrols that have not completed an event have priority over units that have already competed or over non-competing units.

Other than the items expressly identified within this packet, all materials/supplies necessary to participate in the field events will be provided. This does not include knife and fire-building permissions and skills that should have been prepared for prior to the camporee. [BSA Tote’n Chip; Fireman’s Chit]

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).

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. 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

Contacts

For questions, contact the camp-o-ree chair or district activities chair.