Camporee

Camporee is a weekend campout for troops and crews. Put on your kilts and compete in various highland skills competitions such as tossing the caber, shotput, log drag, kilt run, lashing ladder, fire building. 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.  Bring your patrols out to compete and find Orion's best Scouts.

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Registration

Registration is done by the unit leadership. Registration is a two-step process.

Step 1: RSVP - Every unit needs to RSVP by March roundtable to let the event staff if you are attending. Estimated numbers are provided to the council so the district can reserve the appropriate number of campsites and program areas for the event. Please let the event chair know if this number changes significantly before the event. Every troop is expected to help at the camporee (e.g., run a competition event, facilities, campfire, interfaith service).  

Step 1: RSVP

Step 2: Payment - Scouts in troops and crews are $15. Adults are $4. Registration should be completed by the troop leadership online with credit card or electronic check before 4/15/21. There is no onsite registration. Council refund policy.

Step 2: Payment       Event Feedback

What to Bring

Personal (check with Scoutmaster):

  • Copy of Activity Consent Form, for every youth participant (ages 21 and under)
  • Field uniform (Scout uniform) and belt 
  • Activity uniform (Scout t-shirt)
  • 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 
  • Sleeping bag, blankets, sheet 
  • Pillow 
  • Cot or pad 
  • Personal first aid kit 
  • Portable chair or camp stool, optional
  • Insect repellant
  • Read the COVID-19 "At-Risk" Camp Participant Statement 
Mark all items with name and troop number.

Patrol:

  • Tents with ground cloth
  • Water containers for hauling water
  • Cooking gear and food: Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sunday non-cooking breakfast
  • Duty roster and menu
  • First-aid kit
  • Trash bags
  • Patrol flag
  • Items for campsite inspection

Troop*

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

 

*Electricity is very limited. 

*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. 

Campsite Inspection Form

 

Points

Description

10 Troop and American flags displayed
10 First aid kit easily accessible
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 and items such as dishes unless they are drying.
5 Food and cooking gear properly stored
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 Hand/Dishwashing station set up
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
5 Ax yard set up properly, away from campsite. Tools may be stored in the trailer; they should not be left in wood.
10 No more than one vehicle and trailer in camp (subject to change due to facility rules) (-20 points for each unauthorized vehicle)
20 Bonus: Camp gadgets; use of lashings visible (e.g., tool holders, towel racks, tables, chairs lashed from rope or twine)
5 Bonus: Camp Labels
125 Total

Tentative Schedule

Friday

Location

Activity

6:00 pm Main gate Gates open and temperature checks
6:00 pm HQ Check-in
9:00 pm Campsites All units arrive by this time
9:30 pm HQ Cracker-barrel for Scoutmasters and senior patrol leaders
11:00 pm    Campsites Lights Out

Saturday

   
6:30 am Campsites Reveille
7:00 am HQ Check-in for Saturday arrivals
7:45 am Campsites Clean / disinfect restrooms
8:00 am Flag Pole Opening flags and organizational announcements
8:30 am Activity areas    Highland Games
11:00 am HQ Kilt Run
11:25 am Campsites Clean / disinfect restrooms
11:30 am Campsites Lunch
1:00 pm Activity areas Highland Games
4:00 pm HQ Tug-o-war
4:55 pm Campsites Clean / disinfect restrooms
5:00 pm Flag Pole Retire flag and skit auditions
5:10 pm Campsites Dinner
8:00 pm Canoe area Campfire program
11:00 pm Campsites Lights Out

Sunday

   
8:30 am Flag Pole Opening flags, awards presented, interfaith service
9:00 am Campsites Back to camp to break campsites and clean latrines and sites.
10:30 am Campsites Start checkout and pick up patches after campsite is inspected.

Program

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

2021 Events: Highland Games

Clans will consist of 4-8 Scouts. The clans will choose a name and will develop a clan yell.  There will be a clan spirit competition. Clans will not be required to wear kilts but should wear armbands, headbands, etc. of a matching plaid. Awards will be given for game-winners, Scout spirit, and clan creativity! Scout Spirit will be based on teamwork, attitude, and participation of all members of the clan. 

Competitions (categories for younger clans and older clans):

  • Caber Toss (distance and accuracy). The caber toss is a traditional Scottish Highlands game involving the tossing of a large wooden pole called a caber, like a telephone pole. We will be using a smaller, lighter version than the Scots. Clan members will be required to stand up the pole, lift it from the bottom and hold it upright. Then by running forward, toss the pole so it flips end over end so it lands close to a 12 o’clock position. Each member of the clan will get 3 throws.

  • Clachneart (shot-put): Distance Event. Similar to the modern-day shot put but using a rounded stone. The scout, in a standing position, pushing the stone from the nape of the neck using only one hand. Each clan member will receive 3 tries to throw for distance.

  • Toss the Wellie (accuracy). In retaliation for the men tracking mud into the house, the women threw boots (Wellington) at them. This modern competition based on this legend will task each member of the clan to toss (throw) the “Wellie” (boot) underhand into targets. Each clan member will get 2 tosses for combined points.

  • Cairn Construction Relay - Team and timed event. A Cairn is a 3-foot-high trail marker constructed of medium-sized stones. Each clan will have to move (i.e., disassemble) their cairn from its original spot to a new designated spot and reassemble it. Each clan member can only move 1 rock at a time. Speed and structural stability count.

  • Haggis Hustle (obstacle course): Team and timed Event: Haggis, the national dish of Scotland, is made from sheep offal. (Don’t ask what that is.) Each member of the clan will have to carry the Haggis (sheep) through an obstacle course. Storming the Castle and Log Drag may be integrated here

  • Storming the Castle (lashings and knots) Scouts make a ladder out of spars to go over a fence, obstacle, or climbing wall. This is a timed event for the clan.

  • Log Drag - The clans run to the log and tie a timber hitch to one end of the log and a bowline to the other end of the rope. Three Scouts get inside the bowline and drag the log across the line. This is a timed event.

  • Fire Buildin’ – clans compete in a timed event to build a fire to burn through the string

  • Campsite inspection – Points awarded and given out for the entire troop

End of Day Events: (optional but earns bonus points)

  • Tug-of-war is one the oldest athletic contests known throughout recorded history. It was part of the Olympics in Ancient Greece. All participating clans will gather at the tug-of-war area at the scheduled time. Single elimination.

  • Kilt Run originated in the hills of northern England/Scotland. It is a non-traditional endurance test of running and skills over terrain. All clan members participating will gather at the starting area of the kilt run at the scheduled time. This race will be about one mile in distance.

Clans not participating in the tug-of-war and/or kilt run can return to their campsites after their last station but are encouraged to watch and cheer.

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.

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. 

Late-Breaking Information

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

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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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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 Darren Watson at 281-734-3987 or darren@daddywatson.com or the district activities chair.