Camporee

May 3-5, 2019

Camp Karankawa
3249 FM 1459
Sweeny, Tx 77480

Camporee is a weekend camp out for troops. Scouts compete in various competitions such as fire building, first aid, knots, orienteering, archery, rifle shooting, and other Scout skills. Patrols are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit. 

Many of the activities will be arranged as a challenge course where the Scouts must work through skills or tests to gain clues or access to their next activity.  It will be like combining the TV shows Amazing Race and Are you Tougher than a Boy Scout. Bring your patrols out to compete and find Orion's best Scouts.

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Registration

  Step 1: RSVP: Registration is done by troops. To help with planning, troops must RSVP. Troops need to provide an estimated number of Scouts, adults and patrols attending and list the areas that your troop is willing to help (e.g., run a competition event, facilities, campfire, Scouts Own Service). 

Step 1: RSVP for Camporee

  Step 2: Payment: Scouts in troops are $10. Adults are $3. Registration should be completed by the troop leader online with credit card, electronic check or PayPal before arriving at check-in. There is no onsite registration. Council refund policy.

Step 2: Payment (opens in March)

Late-Breaking Information

Late-breaking news and announcements will be emailed to those registered and posted on the Orion District Facebook page.

Please like our page at www.facebook.com/orionbsa. Invite parents and Scouters in the district to like our page. Units and Scouters can tag us (@orionbsa), and message pictures. To make sure you never miss a post, after liking the page, click on 'Following' and 'See First.' To help us promote Scouting, please engage with our content by liking, commenting and sharing our posts.

For additional district communications, sign up for the Orion District newsletter.

For additional council information, sign up for the eScouter and follow the Sam Houston Area Council Facebook page. Tag the council (@shac.bsa) and send them pics of your Scouting memories.

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Check-in

Troops need to bring:

The check-in staff will retain only patrol registration forms and troop registration summaries. Each unit leader will be responsible for maintaining all other forms and records. 

What to Bring

Scouts are always prepared.

About Camp Karankawa

Camp Karankawa boasts 450 acres of beautiful Texas wilderness located just West of West Columbia, Texas (3249 FM 1459, Sweeny, Tx 77480).

Training

Two training courses are typically taught during the camporee. Pre-registration is required

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) is a training course for Boy Scout leaders. Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank.  Topics covered: • Campsite Selection • Ropes – Whipping, Tying, and Lashing • Wood Tools – Knife, Camp Saw, and Ax • Fire Site Preparation and Building • Cooking • First Aid • Plant and Animal Identification • Packing and Hiking Techniques • Map and Compass • Leave No Trace. Webelos Scout parents and leaders are encouraged to take this training to prepare for Boy Scouts.

Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) is the Cub Scout leader training required for any Cub Scout den or pack outdoor event, including packing camping, overnighters and Webelos den overnighters. BALOO training is now comprised of two components – an online component, and a practical, hands-on component. Both components must be completed to qualify as a trained Cub Scout outdoor leader and to receive the BALOO recognition patch. The online component contains introductory and basic information and must be completed prior to the practical component at my.scouting.org. The practical component is an overnight that takes about 16-hours to complete. 

Program

Scoring: Each patrol will be scored according to their Scout level, troop against troop. Each event will be scored with an eye toward skill, teamwork, leadership and Scout spirit.

Events

More information coming soon

Campsite Inspection Form

Points  Description
 5   Tents neat, orderly with ground cloths properly placed. Opened tents can be inspected
10 Campsite free of trash. Trash bags kept off ground. (-5 for trash on ground or tables)
5 Campsite free of personal items. includes dishes unless drying.
10 Fire safety readily stored near the fire ring. (Water and tools)
10 Campfire tended or cool to the touch. (-20 for unattended fires)
5 Fireguard chart completed and posted.
5 All camping equipment cleaned and stored off the ground (on logs and stable is permitted)
5 Duty rosters on display
5 Camp schedule posted
10 Troop and American flags displayed
10 First aid kit easily accessible
5 Camp labels
10 No more than one vehicle and trailer in camp (subject to changed due to facility rules) -20 points for each unauthorized vehicle
5 Ax yard set up properly, away from campsite. Tools may be stored in the trailer. They should not be left in wood.
25 Bonus: Camp gadgets; use of lashings visible. For example, tool holders, towel racks, tables, chairs lashed from rope or twine. 
125 Total

Awards

Top troop: Total highest score (yes we will be doing some averaging of patrol scores so the size of the troop will be averaged out—that way a troop with two patrols will be on equal footing as one with five). This total score includes the score from the campsite inspection and the adult challenge and additional points for a unit participating in the campfire.

Top troop: Total highest score for all events.

Best Campsite: One troop only; highest total score. The time of the inspections will be announced at the event. The score sheet is at the end of this document.

Top Dutch Oven: Leader with the overall best dessert

Best at individual event awards troop  

Mystery Event: To be determined

Tentative Schedule

 

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 the district activities chair.