Camporee

April 14-16, 2023 

Long Acres Ranch
2335 Richmond Parkway
Richmond, TX 77469

Camporee is a weekend campout for troops and crews around the district.  Patrols compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration, and Scout spirit. 

The planned activities include traditional Scout skills, pioneering, knots and lashings, fire building, first aid, orienteering, nature study and more!  Each troop will need to run an activity. There will be a patrol “Best Dinner” cooking completion and a Scoutmaster Dutch oven “ Cobbler of the Year” dessert contest for units. Each troop should prepare two skits or songs for the Saturday campfire and awards ceremony.

Every troop must send a representative to the December, January, February and March roundtable to help plan the camporee. Every troop needs to run an activity (e.g., competition, facilities). This year’s camporee promises to challenge the youth leadership, as well as stretching everyone else’s comfort zones. These events cannot happen without each Scout’s competitive spirit and participation. 

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Registration

Registration is a two-step process.

Step 1: RSVP - The troop leadership needs to RSVP with an approximate headcount for planning purposes by February roundtable. Please let the event staff know if this number changes significantly before the event as campsite assignments are made based on registration numbers. Every troop is expected to help at the camporee (e.g., run an activity or demonstration, emcee the campfire, interfaith service, logistics, administration, registration).  

                   Step 1: RSVP    

Step 2:  Payment  - The online registration fee is $10.50 for the first Scout and $9 for each additional Scout and covers camping, equipment, and a patch; the adult registration fee is $9. Registration is completed by the unit leadership online with credit card or electronic check. The late fee is an additional $20.00 and begins 3/27/22. There is no onsite registration. Council refund policy. 

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Tentative Schedule  

Check-in starts at 6:00 pm Friday and check-out by 11:00 am on Sunday.   

Friday

 
6:00 pm Camp opens
9:00 pm    Scoutmaster and senior patrol leader (SPL) Meeting
11:00 pm    Lights out

Saturday

 
8:00 am Opening Ceremony
8:45 - 11:30 am Morning skill sessions
11:20 - 12:20 pm Lunch at campsites (non-cooking lunch is recommended)
12:30 - 3:05 pm Afternoon competitions and campsite judging
3:15 pm Skit for campfire needs to be turned in 
4:15 pm  Register for Patrol & Scoutmaster cooking competitions
6:30 pm Patrol & Scoutmaster cooking competition 
5:30 - 7:00 pm Dinner
7:15 pm  Campfire
9:30 - 10:30 pm Order of the Arrow Gathering
11:00 pm Lights Out

Sunday

 
7:00 am Reveille and breakfast (troop campsites)    
8:30 am Interfaith Worship Service
9:00 am Checkout / Campsite inspections
10:00 am  All troops should be checked out
11:00 am  Camp closes

 

A detailed program schedule will be handed out at check-in Friday night. 

 

What to Bring

Participants:

  • BSA Annual Health and Medical form (Parts A, B) for every participant (please bring a copy, not the original)
  • James B Harrison Foundation (Long Acres Ranch) waiver for all attendees.   
  • Field uniform (Scout uniform) and belt 
  • Activity uniform (Scout t-shirt)
  • Clothing appropriate for the weather
  • Shoes (closed-toe) or hiking boots 
  • Pajamas or sleeping clothes
  • Rain gear (pants and jacket) 
  • 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 
  • Portable chair or camp stool (optional)

Patrols:

  • Tents with ground cloth
  • Water containers for hauling water
  • Cooking gear and food: Saturday breakfast, non-cooking sack lunches, Sunday non-cooking breakfast
  • Duty roster and menu
  • First-aid kit
  • Trash bags
  • Patrol flag
  • Toilet paper
  • Wash soap for restrooms

Troops/Crews:

  • Roster of all participants attending
  • Firewood, rakes, and fire buckets; buckets and shovel to remove unused firewood
  • List of Scouts elected into the Order of the Arrow
  • Copies of Youth Protection Training (YPT) certificate for all leaders. YPT can be taken online at www.my.Scouting.org.

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. 

Mark all items with name and troop number

Program & Competitions

Details of each event will be released at district roundtables in December, January, February, and March.  Tentative activities include those from a traditional good old fashioned Scout camporees: 

  • Pioneering
  • Knots & Lashing
  • Fire building
  • First aid
  • Orienteering
  • First Class Emphasis
  • Campsite Gateway & Camp Gadgets Competition
  • Campsite Inspections
  • Patrol Scout Skill Competitions
  • Patrol “Best Dinner” Contest
  • Scoutmaster “Cobbler of the Year” Contest

And of course, there will be awards, prizes and bragging rghts for all the winners!

Patrol Makeup

Patrols should be no more than 10 Scouts; the patrol will compete at the level of the highest-ranking member. Types of patrols:

  • New Scout Patrol: Under one year in a troop; no member over the rank of Tenderfoot 
  • Scout Patrol: More than one year less than four; no member over the rank of Star 
  • Senior Scout Patro: Any Scout in the patrol over the rank of Star 

 A detailed schedule will be provided at check-in.

Uniforms

Scouts and leaders are encouraged to wear their field uniforms during all flag ceremonies, the campfire ceremony, and the Order of the Arrow (OA) ceremony on Saturday, and during general assembly and the interfaith worship service on Sunday morning. 

Medical Forms

The unit leader must have BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A & B) for each Scout and Scouter participating in a binder. The binder will be turned in to the health and safety officer at check-in. All forms must be completed and signed by the parent or legal guardian.

Interfaith Service

An interfaith service will be conducted for all participants on Sunday morning. An interfaith service is a brief worship or meditation, specifically designed for Scouting events where there may be members of more than one faith group. The intention of an interfaith service is to provide a spiritual focus during a camping experience that does not reflect the views of a particular denomination or faith. An interfaith service can be defined as a gathering of Scouts held to contribute to the development of their spirituality and to promote a fuller understanding of the Scout Oath and Law, with emphasis on one’s Duty to God.

Leaders Meeting

All senior patrol leaders and Scoutmasters (or their designee) from each troop should attend the leaders meeting (aka Cracker Barrel) on Friday night for final instructions and schedules. Please bring a chair and be prepared to take notes. 

Order of the Arrow

The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. For over 100 years, the Order of the Arrow has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. The Order of the Arrow provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long-term resident camping, developing leaders, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich, support and help to extend Scouting to America's youth.

Learn More About the OA

First Aid

The first aid station will be located at camp with a red cross flag and is available 24 hours per day. Please be sure to advise your patrol members of its location, which will be announced at the Friday evening leaders' meeting. Volunteers are needed to staff the first aid station. 

Equipment Drop-off / Parking 

Each troop will be allowed to drop off troop equipment at the troop campsite. Please make every effort to unload completely prior to setting up your camp. Due to safety concerns, all vehicles must remain in the designated parking area until Sunday morning. Please Do not drive to or park at your campsite. There will be no vehicles allowed in the activity areas. Please drive slowly through the camp.

Trash

Units are responsible for taking all trash to the dumpster located at the camp. Do not burn trash. All trash must be in a bag and inside the dumpster. If trash will not fit inside the dumpster, you MUST take it with you. Trash MAY NOT be stacked outside the dumpster or on top of the dumpster. Please remember to check restrooms and other areas you may have used, and remove all trash. Animals will make a mess of trash left in camp. Long Acre Ranch should be left cleaner than before we arrived!

Fires

Campfires are permitted in the designated fire rings. If camp is under a fire ban, you will be informed in the email cover sheet. Gasoline, diesel fuel, and other liquids are not to be used to start fires. Please keep fires low and reduce sparks in windy conditions. Have water available to extinguish fires. Fires should be monitored at all times and put out cold before leaving your campsite or going to bed.

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. 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 d.cawthon@windstream.net