Camp-o-ree

March 10-12, 2017

Location TBD

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

Registration

Registration is done by troops.  Registration will open in February

Tentative Schedule

Friday

 
10:00 am - 3:30 pm Staff arrival and setup
3:30 - 9:00 pm Troop arrival and check-in
9:30 - 10:00 pm Staff meeting for referees
10:00 - 10:30 pm Leaders meeting and cracker barrel for leaders, parents, and SPL
11:00 pm Lights out

Saturday

 
6:00 am Reveille
6:00 - 8:00 am Troops cook breakfast, prepare a non-cooking lunch and clean-up
7:15 am Referees get assignments
8:00 am Flag ceremony; final patrol assignments
8:20 am Morning competitions
11:00 - 11:30 am Lunch
11:30 am - 3:30 pm Afternoon competitions
3:30 - 6:00 pm Patrol cooking competition
6:00 - 7:30 pm Scouts own time (e.g., pack-out, rest, capture the flag)
7:30 - 8:30 pm Campfire; preliminary competition results*
8:30 - 9:00 pm Order of the Arrow call-out ceremony
9:00 pm Camporee ends

Sunday

 
11:00 am All troops check-out
 
*Final competition results will be announced at roundtable.

Details

Every troop must send a representative to the February and March roundtables to help plan the camp-o-ree. Every troop needs run a part of the camp-o-ree (e.g., competition, facilities). This year’s camp-o-ree promises to challenge the youth leadership, as well as stretching everyone else’s comfort zones. These events cannot happen without each Scout’s competitive spirit and participation.

What to Bring

 

Rules

  1. The Guide to Safe Scouting rules will be followed. 
  2. Harris County Park usage regulations will be followed. Even though pets are allowed in the park on a leash, do not bring any pets to the camporee.  We want our focus on the boys and their activities with no distractions of cleaning up after/feeding/playing with pets)
  3. If you don't know the above, you will still be held responsible for knowing the rules and you may be asked to leave if you violate.
  4. No smoking and no alcohol.  If you must smoke, smoke only in designated areas and do not smoke in front of the Scouts.
  5. No adult assistance during the competitions.  Parents may follow their Scouts from a distance and then take pictures, but otherwise no assistance including food, etc.
  6. Patrols are to cook their own meals with no adult assistance. 
  7. Fires must be confined to camp stoves or barbecue pits. No ground fires!  Bring you own fire pit raised above the ground on cinder blocks.
  8. There are no water spigots at the park.  Bring wash water and drinking water.
  9. 25 points will be awarded at each event for following the Scout Law.  Failure to cooperate may result in losing these points.
  10. All competitions will be based on Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class rank requirements. Competitions may include:  
  • Cooking. For example, each patrol member cooks one egg "over easy" and eats the egg (unless allergies then someone else would eat the eat). There are bonus points for not breaking the yolk and making it eatable! 
  • First Aid scenarios.
  • Tripod lashing. For example, Scouts might be asked to build a tripod which will then be used to hang a small metal bowl with ½ cup of water. Then the Scouts will build a fire with kindling demonstrating the proper use of knives and hatchets. Firewood and fire starter material, such as lint, will be provided. Scouts will then light the fire and boil the water. Only Scouts who have a  toten chip will be permitted to cut the wood since the toten chip demonstrates the Scout knows how to safely use a knife and hatchet. A Scout must show his toten chip. 
  • Put up a clothes line with a clove hitch and/or two half hitchs at one end and a taunt line at the other. Wet towels will be put on the line to see if it holds up. 
  • Set up a large 10'x20' foot tarp. Use a bowline through the grommets and taunt line to secure the lines. 
  • Lash three logs together to form a triangle, and then use the logs as a chariot and pull patrols members around a short timed course. 
  • Tell about your constitutional rights. 
  • Use two half hitches to tie a rope around a small post. 
  • Show the proper use of the American flag and conduct a flag ceremony.
  • Knife and ax throwing. 
  • Complete a compass course.
  • Physical Fitness competition (including the ¼ mile run) 
  • Cooking competition 
  • Tree and plant identification 
  • Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat baseball. 

11. There is a leave no trace competition held throughout the weekend. Up to 25 bonus points will be awarded to every patrol each day, for following: 

a. The hours of this competition will be from the moment the troop registers on Friday night at registration until the troop checks out on Sunday morning. If any Scout is observed dropping trash, on the trail, at the restrooms, on the road at any time, Scoutmasters and unit leaders are asked to stop the Scout(s) and remind them of "leave no trace." 

b.  At the campfire, participants will sit as patrols and troops. If trash of any kind left in your area after the campfire, you will not receive the 25 bonus points for Saturday. This includes any adults leaving empty bottles/trash. It is possible that all patrols in a troop can be penalized this way. Easy way to receive bonus points is to clean up prior to leaving the campfire. Preliminary results of the competition will be announced at the campfire. Final results depend on your troop and guests following leave no trace. Final awards will be given out at April roundtable.

c. If a Scout or parent or sibling leaves trash in the area after event competition is completed, then that patrol will not receive the 25 bonus points for that event for the day.  Please pick-up before you leave.

d. If the troop leaves trash in your area after the troop leaves on Sunday morning, each patrol in that troop WILL NOT receive the 25 bonus points for Sunday.

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.