April 2021

Location: TBD

Orion's Highland Games

Camporee is a weekend camp out for troops. 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 as well as some other camporee classics like rifle shooting, climbing and canoes. 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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To help with planning, the troop leadership must RSVP by February roundtable and 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, interfaith service). 

Scouts in troops and crews are $15. Adults are $3. Registration should be completed by the troop leadership online with credit card or electronic check before 4/14/20. There is no onsite registration. Council refund policy.

Registration opens in February.         Event Feedback

What to Bring

Personal (check with Scoutmaster):

  • Field uniform (Scout uniform) and belt 
  • Clothing appropriate for weather
  • 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 
  • Pocket knife and Totin' Chip
  • Sleeping bag, blankets, sheet 
  • Pillow 
  • Cot or pad 
  • Personal first aid kit 
  • Portable chair or camp stool, optional
Mark all items with name and troop number.


  • 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


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. 

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.


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.


  • Tossing the Caber (pole toss)
  • Shotput
  • Log drag
  • Kilt run (1-mile run)
  • long jump
  • Lashing ladder
  • Fire building
  • Climbing Wall
  • Rifle Range
  • Canoeing
  • Cooking competition

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 and items such as dishes unless they are 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 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 change 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 (e.g., tool holders, towel racks, tables, chairs lashed from rope or twine) 
125 Total

Tentative Schedule


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 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.

Orion District Facebook    Orion District Newsletter    SHAC Facebook


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


For questions, contact Darren Watson at 281-734-3987 or or the district activities chair.