Webelos Woods

November 2019

Spring Creek Park
15012 Brown Road
Tomball TX, 77375

Webelos Woods is a campout designed to introduce Webelos Scouts to many outdoor adventures of Scouting. This awesome weekend event includes the patrol method of camping and Scouting activities. Webelos Scouts will have an opportunity to work with troops on several skills, activities, and games. In addition, Webelos Scouts will experience a campfire program and Scout’s Own Service. There is a special program for parents.

Registration

Unit leaders register the troops and packs for Webelos Woods. The registration fee is $24.50 for the first participant and $23 for each additional participant. The registration fee includes the camping fee, patch, and a catered meal on Saturday night. Registration is completed online with credit card, electronic check or PayPal.  Council refund policy. Registration closes 10/31/18. There is no onsite registration.

Registration opens in September

Arrival

Troops can start arriving at 6:00 pm on Friday. Webelos Scouts and their families arrive between 9:00 and 10:00 on Saturday morning.

What to Bring

Individual gear:
  • BSA Health and Medical Record (Parts A and B ) for all participants
  • Field uniform: Scout uniform, neckerchief, belt and socks.
  • Activity uniform: Scout-related t-shirt (worn under field uniform shirt). Scouts can wear their t-shirt after opening flags.
  • Tent
  • Ground cloth or tarp to put under the tent.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Air mattress, cot or sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Optional extra blanket
  • Flashlight and/or camping lantern
  • Extra batteries
  • Extra dry clothes (especially socks) appropriate for the weather
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • An extra pair of shoes and socks
  • Rain gear
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Mess kit: plate, cup, eating utensils
  • Food, ice and cooking equipment (e.g. stove, Dutch oven) are typically brought by the troops
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, towel, washcloth, emergency toilet paper, body soap, shampoo, deodorant, and comb
  • Medications
  • Camp chair
  • Song, skit or cheer (one per troop or Webelos den)
  • Optional items: Camera, sunglasses, alarm clock, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, individual flavored bottle mix packets for water

Den gear:

  • Water containers for hauling water
  • Cooking gear and food for all meals except Saturday dinner
  • First-aid kit (required – one per pack is acceptable)
  • Trash bags
  • Den flag
  • Den food
  • Den menu and duty roster
  • Items for campsite inspection
  • Optional items:  extra table, marshmallows and sticks, raised firebox and wood (if you want a fire), 5-gallon buckets and shovel (to remove all ashes & unused wood), Scout Handbook, canopy

Do not bring: televisions, radios, electronics, skateboards, scooters, bikes, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, liquid fuels, large axes, hatchets, chainsaws, sheath knives, fireworks or weapons.

Note: Scouts are not allowed to sleep in a tent with an adult that is not their parent/legal guardian.

Program for Parents 

On Saturday, there will informational sessions to help parents. Topics include:

  • Transition from Webelos Scouts to troop
  • Scout safety
  • Gear: What to buy and not buy
  • Boy Scout advancement vs. Cub Scout advancement
  • Scout collections
  • 2019 changes in Scouting
  • Arrow of Light Ceremony changes  
  • Parent’s role in a troop.

Saturday Dinner

The dinner will be served at the headquarters area. Please bring camp chairs so we can make this a social event.

Tentative Schedule

 

Friday night

  6:00 pm Troops arrive
  9:00 pm Scoutmaster and senior patrol leader meeting/ cracker barrel.
 

Saturday

  7:00 am   Wake-up
  9:00 am Webelos Scout arrive
  10:30 am Opening ceremony
  11:00 am Activities begin
  12:30 pm Lunch (Webelos Scouts eat with their host troop)
  1:30 pm Activities resume
  5:00 pm Skit auditions
  6:00 pm Assemble at the flag pole
  6:15 pm Catered dinner
  8:00 pm Campfire
  10:00 pm Lights out
 

Sunday

  7:00 am Wake-up
  9:00 am Scouts Own Service
  10:00 am Check-out starts (camp inspection, receive patches)

Winter Camping Tips

Participants are expected to come to camp prepared for variable weather. Although temperatures average between 40 to 60 degrees during winter camp, temperatures have been known to dip as low as 19 degrees and rise as high as 80 degrees.

Sources - Scouting Magazine: Winter camping tips and tricks to help you enjoy the fourth season, Eight essentials for staying warm while cold-weather campingOutdoor Smarts: How to Keep Warm in Camping's Fourth Season; Boys' Life: How to Stay Warm With the Right Winter Gear

Dressing for the cold. When dressing for cold weather, focus on a layering system including the three Ws: wicking, warmth and wind. Your base layer should be wicking (like an athletic shirt), an insulating layer should be warming (like fleece or wool) and an exterior layer should block the wind. Use clothing you have, focusing on the right combination of fabrics.

Wicking Layer or Base. Also commonly known as long underwear, the base layer is worn closest to your skin. Its main job is to wick away sweat and moisture so your skin stays dry. Wear it relatively tight to the skin and use only wool or synthetic base layers. Never use cotton because it will not keep you warm once it’s wet, whether from sweat or precipitation. These base layers come in various weights, from heavy for frigid conditions to lightweight for warmer temps and activities that cause a lot of sweating, such as strenuous hiking and cross-country skiing. It’s a good idea to have one extra pair of base layers to change into every night at camp.

Warmth Layer or Insulation. The insulation layer is worn atop the base layer and is designed to provide the majority of your insulation. It should be made of fleece, wool, down or synthetic insulation and can be a pullover, zip-up jacket or vest, depending on how much insulation you need.

Windproofing Layer or Shell. The outermost layer, the shell jacket and pants protect you from wind and wet conditions. There are two types of shells: the hard shell is a lightweight layer that’s windproof and waterproof, capable of handling heavy rain and very wet conditions; a soft shell is made of a more flexible, soft-faced material that’s windproof yet highly breathable, and water-resistant enough to protect you against everything except a heavy downpour.

Mittens. Mittens are warmer than gloves. If insulated mittens get wet, they stay that way. Wool mitts worn inside leather or nylon shells are removable for faster drying. Wool gloves are needed for dexterity when cooking.

Sleeping. Be sure to change into dry clothes for sleeping — moisture retained in field clothes will cause chilling. For overnight warmth, wear wool, polypropylene or polyester (never cotton!) long johns, socks and a balaclava to bed. Place a scarf across your neck to seal drafts.

Sleeping bags. Two sleeping bags — one placed inside the other — should provide enough warmth down to about zero degrees. If you don’t have a closed-cell foam pad to use as a sleeping mat, try half-inch-thick foam carpet padding.

Ground cloth. In warmer months, a plastic ground cloth should be used inside your tent to stay dry. However, in winter, use the ground cloth beneath your tent to keep it from freezing to the ground.

Toes cold? Put on a hat. Your body loses up to half of its total heat in 40-degree temperatures. So, when it’s below freezing and your head is uncovered, you could be radiating more than three-fourths of your overall body heat from your head.

Baggy clothes are back in style at least in the freezing-cold wilderness. Your body heats itself most efficiently when it’s enveloped in a layer of warm air. If your clothes are too tight, you’re strangling the cold right out of your body. Dressing in loose layers helps aid this convection layer of air. Tight clothes or too-tight boots can also restrict blood-flow.

The three W’s. Every cold-weather camper needs to dress for the occasion. You’ll need a wicking layer (long underwear), a “warm” layer (fleece) and a “wind” layer (waterproof shell).

Stay hydrated. In winter, you may not be aware of how much you’re sweating. A gulp of ice-cold water is hardly appetizing, but it is important to keep drinking. Hot drinks and soup are a great way to replenish liquids, electrolytes, and heat. Keep extra tea bags on hand, as well as bouillon cubes, and hand out hot drinks liberally, especially at the end of the day when energy is low.

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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. 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

Contact

For additional information contact Carol Clarkston at 713-385--6535 or cclarkston_51@yahoo.com.