Excitement is waiting as Cub Scouts travel the world on a passport to adventure as they learn new skills, and make new friends. Day camp is a council camp hosted by districts for Scouts entering 1st through 5th grade for the 2018-2019 school year. An awesome program is being planned with activities such as BB guns, archery, sports, games, and crafts, rank advancements, Scout skills, fun and more.
Many volunteers are needed to make camp a success, so please consider volunteering. Boy Scouts (under the age of 14) can register as den chiefs (with their parent) or for the service patrol (if a Scoutmaster is present), and boys and girls ages 14-17 can volunteer as junior staff. An adult/guardian must register with a Tiger (1st grader).
In addition to shooting BB guns and archery, and playing sports, Scouts will be working towards achieving parts of the following adventures (advancements).
Tigers (going into 1st grade)
- Curiosity, Intrigue, and Magical Mysteries
- Good Knights
Wolves (going into 2nd grade)
- Air of the Wolf
- Finding Your Way
- Code of the Wolf (Partial)
Bears (going into 3rd grade)
- World of Sound
- Make It Move
- Critter Care
Webelos 1 (going into 4th grade)
- First Responder
- Art Explosion
Webelos 2 (going into 5th grade)
Day camp advancements supplement the exciting program offered at the council's resident camp
held in July. Resident camp is a three-night campout at Bovay Scout Ranch
in Navasota, TX, for Cub Scouts entering the first through fifth grade the following school year.
The registration fee is $50 for each Scout. The fee for youth and adult volunteers is $10. The registration fee includes a t-shirt, patch, program supplies, and a water bottle, plus any goodies at the end of camp. A registered parent/guardian must be onsite at all times when tot-lots, siblings and Tigers are at camp.
Registration is a two-step process for adults:
Register: Step 1 for Youth and Adults (opens soon) Register: Step 2 for Adults (18+)
- There is an early registration discount of $__ for Scouts until 3/15/18.
- Late registration begins 5/15/18. A late fee of $__ will apply; patches, t-shirts and craft supplies are not guaranteed for late registrations.
- Registration closes for youth and adults on May 28th, 2017, two weeks before the first day of camp.
Have carpool contacts (must have at least one) before beginning the registration process. It is very important to complete the entire process (through payment). All incomplete registrations are deleted every evening at midnight.
Payment: At checkout, pay with a credit card, electronic check, or PayPal. Council refund policy.
LDS Youth: In LDS-sponsored units, boys are introduced to Scouting at age eight. LDS youth are put into dens at camp based on age. Youth who are under the age of eight will enjoy the camp activities, even though they aren't earning rank advancement.
Volunteers: Many of volunteers are needed to make camp a success, so please consider volunteering. Boy Scouts (under the age of 14) can register as den chiefs (with their parent) or for the service patrol (if a Scoutmaster is present), and boys and girls ages 14-17 can volunteer as junior staff. A registered parent/guardian must be onsite at all times when tot-lots, siblings and Tigers are at camp. Each pack must have a minimum of one adult registered for every three youth registered.
Youth registration requirements:
- Complete online registration (Step 1)
- Submit a copy of the BSA Health and Medical form (Parts A & B: All Scouting Events) to the pack representative
- Submit a copy of medical insurance card, front and back (if insured) to the pack representative
Adults registration (ages 18+) requirements:
- Complete online registration (Steps 1 & 2)
- Submit a copy of the BSA Health and Medical form (Parts A & B: All Scouting Events) to the pack representative
- Submit a copy of medical insurance card, front and back (if insured)
- Submit proof of Classroom Facilitated YPT and Camp Staff YPT. This is a mandatory requirement by the state. Both YPT certifications must not expire prior to the last day of camp. Certification last 2-years.
- Attend Day Camp Orientation Training. This is mandatory every year by the state.
What to Bring to Camp
- camp t-shirt (get this from your pack representative)
- Annual BSA Health and Medical Record (parts A and B for all Scouting events), if not already submitted
- very hydrated Scout (have them drink lots of water all day and a full water bottle on the way to camp)
- bandana, optional
- closed-toed shoes with socks
- hat and/or sunglasses
- sunscreen (applied by parent before camp)
- insect repellant (applied by parent before camp)
- medications that need to be taken at camp must be in the original containers and turned into the health and safety chair. Scouts can carry their Inhaler or Epipen; however, the health and safety chair and camp staff must be notified.
Mark all items marked with name
Do Not Bring
- No aerosols of any kind in camp
- No food or drink.
- No perfume
- No pets
- No electronics – Nintendo DS, IPod, MP3, cell phones, radios, etc.
- No Sandals, "swim shoes," crocs, or closed toed sandals, or Heelies
- No Knives
- No Camp chairs/stool
- No books, magazines, newspapers, trading cards
- No Bad attitudes
There are several opportunities for Scouts to earn advancement at camp. A list of advancements covered will be sent home the last day of camp. The list needs to be given to the Scout's den leader.
Lost and Found
Lost and found will be located at registration. Leftover items are donated to charity after camp. Please label all items taken to camp.
Drop-off and Pick-up
Carpooling is strongly recommended. Just make sure you have designated on the registration who is authorized to pick up and drop off.
All medications (with the exception of inhalers, emergency epinephrine kits, and diabetes kits) must be checked-in to the health and safety director in the first aid area by the parents of the child requiring the medications. Each medication must be in the original prescription container with only enough medication for the week, clearly labeled with the Scout’s name, dosage, and specific time(s) medication should be taken. A medication form will need to be filled out. Other than using an inhaler, Epi-pens or diabetes kits, no child should be taking any medication except while in the first aid area. Please inform the Scout's leader and the health and safety officer of any medications that need to be taken at camp. See the health and safety director at camp if there are any questions.
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 council and district has the right to reproduce your likeness in videography/photography for promotion (e.g., publications, internet, newspaper).
Notice! Our camp typically has a no visitor policy; however, we can make exceptions with enough notice. Please make special arrangements by contacting the day camp chair. IF APPROVED: Parents may visit camp for up to 30-minutes per day. Parents must check-in at headquarters. Adult visitors must bring a Drivers license and all visitors (including youth) must complete a visitor medical and talent release form. This is for the safety of all campers. Should a parent wish to remain at camp longer than 30-minutes on any given day, they should consider becoming a full time or part time volunteer.
Day camp is run by volunteers. Each pack is required to provide a minimum of one adult register for every three youth register per pack. If the pack does not meet this ratio, then the pack will not be able to attend camp. Please consider volunteering.
ALL adults attending camp must attend both camp volunteer orientation and Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT). Both will be offered:
- Thursday May 11th, 7:00pm @ LDS Church, 3450 S Dairy Ashford Rd, Houston, TX 77082
All volunteers must have a copy of their Classroom Facilitated YPT certificate or a copy on their phone at all times at camp. Inspectors may ask to see the card.
Volunteering at camp is fun. Many opportunities are available:
- Adult partner with a Tiger Cub
- Den walker (escort a group of ~10 Scouts from one area of camp to another)
- Archery range (must be certified)
- BB gun range (must be certified)
- Health and Safety (must be certified)
- Scouting skills (teach advancements)
- Sports and games
- Key staff
- Full-Time Volunteer - will be at camp every day from opening to closing
- Job Share Volunteer - two adults split the camp and both adults will ensure coverage for every day from opening to closing. This counts as one volunteer in the required adult to Scout ratio.
- Part-Time Volunteer - an adult who volunteers for part of the camp. Part-time volunteers do not count in the required adult to Scout ratio.
- Key Staff – Volunteer who has been specifically asked by the camp director to serve as a key staff.
The 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
Day Camps are operated and licensed under the guidelines of the Boy Scouts of America National Camp Standards. Camps are inspected annually by the NCAP team to ensure compliance with the National Camp Accreditation Program (430-056), Day Camp Administrative Guide (13-33815), Cub Scout Outdoor Program Guidelines (510-631), and the Guide to Safe Scouting.
The Texas Department of State Health Services Youth Camp Program is the principal authority on matters relating to health and safety conditions at youth camps in Texas. All youth camps must obtain a license prior to operating. Any youth camp may be inspected during operation to determine compliance with the Youth Camp Safety and Health Act and the Youth Camp Rules.
Day Camp Contact
For questions, contact the day camp chair or district activities chair.
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