Webelos Woods

October 2019

4665 Camp Mauritz
Co Rd 256
Ganado, TX 77962

Webelos Woods is a fun and energetic campout for Webelos Scouts (4th and 5th graders) and their parents to experience what awaits them in Scouting. Webelos Scouts will have an opportunity to visit with troop Scouts and leaders.   

The weekend will introduce Webelos Scouts into the adventure of full-fledge Scouting. It will be an opportunity for Webelos Scouts to learn and ask questions of perspective troops, troops can showcase their skills, and Webelos Scouts can work on the Scouting Adventure, a requirement for the Arrow of Light rank! 

Registration 

Registration is a two-step process:

  • Step 1 RSVP: RSVP with an approximate head count for planning purposes ASAP. A representative from each Webelos den and troop should attend October roundtable.

Webelos Den RSVP              Troop RSVP

  • Step 2 Payment: The registration fee is $13.50 for the first participant and $12 for each additional participant.  Late registration begins 10/24/18 and is $18.50. There is no onsite registration. Registration is typically completed by the unit leader or den leader. Payments are made online with credit card, electronic check or PayPal.  Council refund policy.

Payment - opens in September

Program

The program will consist of two nights of camping and a full day of activities on Saturday. More information will be available at October roundtable. Leaders may want to purchase a Scout Handbook and read the chapters on camping, cooking, and first aid, and the sections on knots. Scouts will check-in Friday evening.  On Saturday, Webelos Scout dens will compete in activities such as basic first aid, fire lays and fire building, games, Scout skills and knots (square, taut-line, clove hitch, two half hitches, bowline, sheet bend). Scouts will break camp and depart Sunday morning.

Event Information

Check-in: At 5:00, campers can begin checking in and will be directed to their campsite. Official check-in starts at 7:00 pm.  After setting up camp, the Webelos den leader or assistant Webelos den leader should come to the registration area. Please bring the BSA Health and Medical form for every participant.  Leaders will receive a registration packet that includes final event schedules. After setting up camp, the troop senior patrol leader, Scoutmaster and the Webelos Scout denner or designee should go to the registration area.

Check-out: When all participants in the unit are ready to leave on Sunday morning, send a representative to the camp headquarters. A staff member will then visit conduct a final campsite inspection. After the inspection, the leader will be given the event patches and the health forms will be returned.

Restrooms: There are enclosed restrooms and showers at the center of camp near the flagpoles.                           

First Aid and Safety: A health and safety officer will be on duty all weekend. No food or candy is allowed in your tent or sleeping bag. Since this is a wooded and water area, all campers should be on the lookout for snakes. The buddy system is to be used by the Scouts at all times.

Troop Visits:  Webelos Scouts and their parents are encouraged to visit troops throughout the weekend. You may visit them anytime. This is a good time to meet the adult leadership and watch the troops in action.  After campfire on Saturday, visit troops and they may serve a Saturday night treat. This is a great time to ask questions and learn about the troop.

Uniforms: Scouts are encouraged to wear their field uniforms traveling to and from Webelos Woods, during the opening and closing on Saturday, and to the Sunday morning worship service. Activity uniforms (Scout t-shirt) may be worn at other times.

Special Items: For the first aid event, every Webelos Scout should bring or wear a neckerchief. For the knots event, every Webelos Scout should bring a six-foot section of rope (easy to handle and good for knots). For the Totin' Chip demonstration, every Webelos Scout should bring a pocket knife and Whittling Chip card

Leadership: In most cases, the Webelos Scout will be under the supervision of a parent or guardian. It is essential that each Webelos Scout be under the supervision of a parent-approved adult (Guide to Safe Scouting). If a parent cannot attend, arrangements must be made for another youth’s parent (not the Webelos leader) or another adult to be a substitute.  No parent should be responsible for more than one youth other than their own.

Leaders Meeting: There is a leader's meeting at 9:00 pm on Friday evening.  All Boy Scout troop senior patrol leaders and a Scoutmaster from each troop should be in attendance for final instructions and schedules. Please bring a cup, a pen, and a chair.

Parking: Park in designated parking areas only. Cars will not be permitted to be parked at troop campsites.  Unit trailers may be left in their campsite as long as wheels are blocked and the trailer is secured when unattended.

Troop Campsites: Each troop will be assigned a campsite adequate for the number of Scouts indicated on your troop registration form, so please have an accurate count for registration. Be reminded to have a first aid kit, trash bags, duty roster, and meal planner visible in your campsite.

Cooking and Fires: Each troop and den will be responsible for its own meals, furnish and cook their own food, as well as provide all equipment for preparation, serving, and cleaning up meals. A fire station/fire guard posting must be in place before any cooking or campfires may occur. Do not use liquid fuels. DO not build an open fire on the ground anywhere; use. existing campfire rings are allowed. Please bring in your own wood/charcoal if you choose to build a fire.  Propane stoves are allowed.  Remember that all materials brought in must be taken out.  Campsite ash must be removed; do not put ash in the trashcans.

Water: Fresh water will be available at Webelos Woods. All troops should bring their own containers (with lid) to transport water back to their campsites as needed.

Trash: All participants are expected to honor the BSA Outdoor Code and adhere to the seven keys to low-impact/no-trace camping practices. All trash must leave with your unit and unburned firewood should be carried out. Remember Carry in – Carry Out.

First Aid and Safety: There will be a first aid station staffed Saturday for any Scout or Scouter needing assistance. The first aid station will be centrally located and marked with a first aid sign. Please be sure to advise all participants of its location, which will be announced at the Friday leader's meeting.

Disabilities: Scouts with a physical disability are encouraged to participate in all Webelos Woods activities.

Webelos Advancements: Webelos Scouts should coordinate with their host troop to request help on working on needed activities towards the Scout's adventures. 

Tentative Schedule

 

Friday night

  5:00 pm  Leaders, Scouts and parents start arriving
  7:00 pm One leader should check-in (after campsite setup) at headquarters with BSA Health and Medical form for every participant
  9:00 pm Cracker barrel 
  10:30 pm Lights out
 

Saturday

  7:00 am   Wake-up
  7:15 am  Meal preparation, breakfast, clean-up
  8:30 am  Flag opening
  8:45 am Events
  11:00 am Parent orientation for Webelos parents
  11:00 am Troop lunch preparation
  11:30 am Lunch (non-cooking)
  12:45 pm Events
  3:00 pm Troop and den time
  5:30 pm Dinner
  6:45 pm  Flag closing
  7:00 pm Campfire 
  9:00 pm Cracker barrel
  10:30 pm Lights out
 

Sunday

  7:00 am Wake-up
  7:15 am Breakfast
  8:15 am Vespers (interfaith service)
  8:30 am Pack; clean campsite
  9:00 am Check-out starts (final inspection, receive patches)
  10:00 am Last check out

General Rules

  1. At all times, follow the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  2. Stay with your den during the events and with your pack at all other times. Use the buddy system.
  3. If it isn't yours, don't touch it.
  4. Stay away from the playgrounds and the waterfront.
  5. Don't go into the woods at the edge of the park; we don't want someone lost or hurt.
  6. Don't mess with any wildlife.
  7. If you are not female, stay out of the women's restrooms and women's port-a-cans.
  8. Keep your campsite clean at all times. Dispose of trash properly.
  9. Observe lights out and silence in the camp.
  10. If someone gets hurt, let an adult know and have him or her get our medical team over to take care of the injured person. Don't move them unless they are in danger staying where they are.
  11. No vehicles in the camping area.
  12. No ground fires.  No liquid fuel. Propane is okay; Webelos shall not handle propane fuel.
  13. All fires must be in pits, raised off the ground.  All ash must be removed from the site - not placed in the trashcans.
  14. Never leave your campfire unattended.  Put out all fires before going to bed.
  15. Webelos Scouts will not be allowed to handle axes or hatchets.  Saws are to have blade guards.
  16. No sheath knives, No firearms, No BB guns, No fireworks, or No slingshots are permitted.
  17. If your group wishes not to camp, you will still be assigned a campsite. The same rules apply as if you were staying the night.
  18. After all of the above, HAVE FUN IN SPITE OF ALL THE RULES!

What to Bring

Personal gear:

Check with the troop Scoutmaster for what to bring, but typically:

  • Tent (if not supplied by troop)
  • Bed roll, or sleeping bag
  • Jacket, raingear, hat
  • Extra change of clothes and shoes
  • Mess kit; camp cup
  • Toiletries, personal items, medications
  • Field (Scout shirt) and activity (Scout t-shirt) uniform
  • Webelos Handbook 
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Folding chairs
  • BSA Health and Medical form for every participant -- everyone onsite (parents too)
  • Daypack
  • Water bottle
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Paper and pen
  • Pocket knife and Whittling Chip card
  • Neckerchief (for the first aid event)
  • Six-foot section of rope (easy to handle and good for knot tying)
  • Optional: glow sticks (helps to keep up the Scouts at night)

Den gear:

  • Water containers with lid for hauling water (if not supplied by troop)
  • Cooking gear and food (if not supplied by troop)
  • First-aid kit (one per pack is acceptable)
  • Trash bags
  • Den flag
  • Den menu and duty roster
  • Optional items (if not supplied by troop): table, marshmallows and sticks, raised firebox and wood (if you want a fire), 5-gallon buckets and shovel (to remove all ashes and unused wood), canopy

 

Directions to Camp Mauritz

Camp Mauritz is a primitive camp located on the banks of Sandy Creek primarily used by Scout groups. The camp is located at 4665 Co Rd 256, Ganado, TX 77962.

Map

Directions:

  1. From Sugar Land travel approximately 70 miles south on US 59
  2. Take the Ganado 172 / 710 Exit
  3. After exiting the freeway stay RIGHT on the feeder road
  4. Turn right on TX-710 - follow the Camp Mauritz sign
  5. Turn left on CO 258 - follow the Webelos Woods sign
  6. T intersection Turn right on CO 256 – follow the Webelos Woods sign
  7. Curve left continue on CO 256 - follow the Webelos Woods sign
  8. Turn right into Camp Mauritz

Rain Date / Late Breaking Information

Webelos Woods is typically held rain or shine unless there is going to be dangerous conditions.  Be prepared for all types of weather and conditions. 

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.

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Contacts

For questions, contact Rick Cunningham at 832-689-8202 or Rickcunningham01@hotmail.com.