Camporee

March 2-4, 2018

Fort Travis Seashore Park
760 Hwy 87, Port Bolivar, TX 77650 on Bolivar Peninsula
 

Camporee is a weekend camp out for troops. Patrols compete in various competitions and are judged on leadership, teamwork, skill demonstration and Scout spirit.  

Registration

The registration fee is $15 per person and includes Saturday lunch. Registration is completed by the unit leadership.

Registration opens in January

Arrival Time

The camporee site will be open at 6:00 pm on Friday. For troop check-in, enter the park and make the first right to the cabana buildings at the west end of the park.

Check-in

All units are required to check-in with the registration staff upon arrival and turn in the following items:

  1. Completed roster of all adults
  2. A copy of each participant’s BSA Health and Medical Record for Scouts and adults
  3. Evidence of two-deep leadership, which will be enforced strictly; crews with male and female youth members must have both male and female leadership.

After check-in, campsite assignments will be given and a staff guide will lead the troop to the assigned campsite. Check-in can be a frustrating; please be prepared and be patient.  Thank you!

There will be a mandatory meeting for Scoutmasters and senior patrol leaders at 10:00 PM.  Following that meeting, the senior patrol leader must submit a roster for each patrol that will compete in camporee events.

Adult Roster Form                Patrol Roster Form

Park Entrance    

The gate at the entrance to Ft. Travis Park will be locked at 10:00 pm. The code for the gate will be emailed to unit leaders of registered units prior to the event.

Parking

Access to the camporee area will be directed by the gamp-o-ree staff. After drivers have dropped off equipment and Scouts, the vehicles are to be parked in the designated parking areas. Do not park on the grass.

Remember that all staff -- adult and youth -- are volunteers. They have complete authority, in any matter in which a dispute arises. If anyone does not follow the direction or instructions of a staff member -- adult or youth -- that person or their entire unit may be subject to sanctions by the camp-o-ree committee. The parking rules will be strictly enforced.

Only certain staff vehicles will be allowed to move within the camporee area and these vehicles will be tagged so that all will know which vehicles that they are.

Uniforms

All Scouts, Venturers, and Scouters must wear the complete scout uniform at required times during the camp-o-ree. Field uniform is to be worn at the morning and evening flag ceremonies, Sunday morning interfaith service and at the Sunday awards/closing ceremony.  Field uniform or activity uniform can be worn at all other times. Please, no message or obscene (pictures or words) clothing should be worn at any time.

First Aid

Each unit is encouraged to have its own first aid supplies and to handle scrapes and bruises in their unit. Each unit is encouraged to carry consent to treat forms for all persons in their unit. Emergencies and incidents that the unit cannot handle should be reported to a staff member immediately if you need assistance, and they will call the first aid staff to the area.

A first aid station, with qualified staff, will be on site for emergencies and incidents that the unit cannot handle on its own. The first aid station will be located in the headquarters area. The first aid station will be available on a 24-hour basis. Please remember that this is a volunteer staff and consideration should be taken when having to wake them in the middle of the night.

In the event that someone must be transported to the hospital (non-ambulance cases), it is the responsibility of the unit leaders to provide that transportation.

Quiet Time

Quiet hours will be enforced beginning at 11:00 PM until 6:00 AM the next morning on both Friday and Saturday nights. Respect fellow participants by observing these quiet hours.

Water

Water is located at the end of the building where headquarters will be located, at the end near the restrooms. There is a shower in the restroom, however, there is only cold water.

Fires

Unit fires are expected to be allowed, absent any local fire bans. Proper procedures and precautions must be taken at all times. Fires must be raised off the ground and must be in some sort of fireproof container. Do not leave fires unattended…. Make sure it is out before leaving your area. Practice fire safety and have fire buckets and shovels at the fire area.Those who do not follow proper procedures will be asked to extinguish the fire and will not be allowed to have a fire for the remainder of the camp-o-ree.

No firewood is available on site. Bring your own supply of firewood, if you plan to have a fire. No liquid fuels will be allowed to be used in the camp-o-ree area.

Discipline

A spirit of Scouting and brotherhood must prevail during the entire amp-o-ree if it is to be a success. Conduct is to be in accordance with the Scout Oath, Scout Law, and the Outdoor Code. Scouters are responsible for the supervision of their units at all times and will be held accountable for their behavior. This is a good time for youth leaders to practice leadership skills.

All Scouts are to remain at the Camp-o-ree area at all time. Should it become necessary for a scout to leave the camp-o-ree, Headquarters should be notified by the Scoutmaster so that the Scout can be signed out.

Remember to ask permission before entering another unit's campsite. There will be no raiding, ambushing, or sabotaging another unit or unit site.

Remember a Scout is courteous and obedient.  

Religious Service

One of the points of the Scout Oath is Duty to God. There will be a Scouts Own Service on Sunday morning. All Scouts and Scouters should plan on attending this service. Field uniform should be worn. There will be a collection for the World Scouting Fund.

Equipment

Each unit is responsible for supplying all of their own equipment. Each patrol should have their own equipment and camping area within the troop area. Each patrol competing in camp-o-ree events will need the materials in this list.

Patrol Materials List

Safety

Safety is the responsibility of everyone at camp-o-ree.

  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
  • Weather is unpredictable. Bring rain gear. Camp-o-ree goes on rain or shine. It will be windy.  "Dress for the weather pack for the season."
  • Scouts are not allowed on the sea wall.
  • For those adults who smoke, please be careful of your ashes. Make sure that your smoking material has been properly extinguished and that the remains are deposited in a trash bag, not on the ground. Do not smoke in front of Scouts. Be courteous of others.

Drugs, Alcohol, Firearms, Fireworks

These items are not allowed for camp-o-ree and should be left at home. Use of, or possession of, any of these things will result in immediate dismissal from camp-o-ree and may result in a call to law enforcement agents. Fireworks are not allowed in the camp-o-ree area except as an approved part of the camp-o-ree program.

Knives

Sheath knives and knives with large blades (over 3”) are not permitted. Larger knives that are used for food preparation are allowed, but should be left in the patrol cooking area and put away when not in use.

General Notes

  • The buddy system is to be used at all times.
  • Low impact camping should be adhered to and Leave No Trace methods should be used.
  • Each unit is responsible for its own camping area, unit equipment, and meals other than Saturday lunch.
  • Each unit is responsible for its own trash/garbage. Please bring an adequate supply of trash bags. All trash/garbage must be removed from the campsite and placed in the park dumpster before you leave on Sunday.
  • Be Prepared and have fun!

Schedule

Friday – March 3

6:00 PM Unit check-in and campsite set-up
10:00 PM Scoutmaster and senior patrol leader meeting and cracker barrel
11:00 PM   Lights out and "quiet time"

Saturday – March 4

7:00 AM Wake up
7:30 AM Unit free time
8:30 AM Opening ceremony
9:00 AM Camp-o-ree events begin
11:40 AM Lunch – supplied by the camp-o-ree
12:45 PM Camp-o-ree events resume
3:30 PM Events end
3:35 PM Camp-o-ree Service Project
4:30 PM Free Time 
7:30 PM Campfire
8:30 PM Order of the Arrow call out (wear OA sash)
  OA Cracker Barrel immediately after call out 
9:30 PM Dutch oven submission Entry Form
11:00 PM Lights out and "quiet time"

Sunday – March 5

7:00 AM Wake up
7:30 AM Unit free time
8:30 AM Interfaith service and World Scouting Fund collection
9:00 AM Awards presentation and closing ceremony
10:30AM Unit check-out: All units must have their campsites inspected before picking up patches and medical forms

 

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).

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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. BSA Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed and all participants must follow youth protection guidelines at all Scouting events. Highlights include:

  • Two-deep leadership on all outings required.  
  • No one-on-one contact between adults and youth members. 
  • The buddy system should be used at all times. 
  • Discipline must be constructive.

Youth Protection Guidelines     Guide to Safe Scouting     Enterprise Risk Management

Contacts

For questions, contact the camp-o-ree chair or district activities chair.

Map

Fort Travis Seashore Park
760 Hwy 87, Port Bolivar, TX 77650 on Bolivar Peninsula