Adventure Camp is an overnight, full program camp for all family members at Bovay Scout Ranch. Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos and their families will enjoy an exciting variety of activities at several program areas and food service in the camp’s air conditioned dining hall. A staff member in each area will provide program supplies and support the parents who will be invited to assist in leading the activities.
Conducted at the McNair Cub Adventure Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch, Adventure Camps may include: seeking treasure in the lost mine, archeological quest at the dinosaur dig, high speed pedal feat at the BMX bike track, Robin Hood style adventure at the archery range, marksmanship at the BB gun range, action at the K.S. “Bud” Adams sports field, exploring our camp at the nature center, and splashing in the water at the David Weekley Family Water Park (weather permitting).
Enjoy all the wonder and beauty of the central Texas rolling hills and lakes at Bovay Scout Ranch. Conveniently located just 60 minutes from downtown Houston, Bovay Scout Ranch can be found just three miles south of Navasota on the east side of Highway 6 on County Road 317.
Adventure Camp Registration
Packs, dens and individual families may register as a pack or individually. Pack registration is preferred to keep families together. Dens and families that register individually will be combined with dens and families from other packs. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and sessions fill up fast.
The fee for Adventure Camp is $40 per person and includes three meals (lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday with vegetarian and turkey patty options), patch and Scout’s program supplies. Children under five attend free of charge; please note that the program is designed for Scouts. Scouts must be members of the Boy Scouts of America. A $100 non-refundable deposit for the group secures a spot.
One adult per 15 youth in the pack may attend at no cost. This adult will be asked to volunteer to work as program staff and must attend the 8:00 am leader’s meeting. To ensure your camp reservation, registrations, including all fees, must be complete thirty (30) days prior to the camp date. For your convenience, Bovay offers limited quantities of patches, snacks, beverages, and t-shirts for sale in the camp store called Trader Vics.
Every adult attending Bovay Scout Ranch must follow Bovay’s Policies and Procedures, and the Guide to Safe Scouting.
Bovay Scout Ranch is looking for dedicated volunteers and paid staff to serve Scouting by working at Adventure Camp throughout the year and Resident Camp during July. The requirements are stiff; the jobs are demanding; the experience is exhilarating. Applications are available here.
Frequently Asked Questions About Adventure Camp
- How are refunds handled?
- See the refund policy.
- What are the leadership requirements?
Each pack and den must provide two-deep leadership. Cub Scouts must bring at least one family member. Webelos may be under the direction of a Webelos leader, but Webelos leaders may not be responsible for more than one additional “nonfamily member” youth. Every adult must have a copy of their Youth Protection Training certificate taken online within last two years. Tiger Cubs are approved to participate in Adventure Camp, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Every Scout and child must be under the supervision of a leader, parent or guardian. Bovay follows all Guide to Safe Scouting rules.
One adult per pack (or registering group) must have a Hazardous Weather Training certificate (taken online within last two years).
- Can I rent a tent or cot?
Campers need to bring their own tent and cots. There are a limited number of tents and cots available for a rental fee (tents $10; cots $7); therefore, we strongly urge you to place your rental order early on the reservation form. Tents are canvas walled on a metal frame attached to a concrete slab and will accommodate two cots.
- What Health Form do I need to attend Adventure Camp?
- A copy of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A and B) must be turned in for every participant.
- What do the fees include?
- The fee for Adventure Camp is $40 per person and includes three meals (lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday), patch, and Scout’s program supplies. Children under five attend free of charge; please note that the program is designed for Scouts. Scouts must be members of the Boy Scouts of America.
One adult per 15 youth in the pack may attend at no cost. This adult will be asked to volunteer to work as program staff and must attend the 8:00 a.m. leader’s meeting.
- What are the check-in procedures?
Campers may check-in between 3:00 - 10:00 p.m. on Friday evening or between 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. The dining hall will be closed for Saturday breakfast so please plan accordingly. Programs begin on Saturday at 9:00 or 10:00 a.m. and run until 5:00 p.m. Campers will be served lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast Sunday morning.
The designated leader will check-in at registration office in the administration building (approximately one mile past the main gate on the left) and register the unit or group. Registration lines can be a long on busy weekends so please be patient. To facilitate a quicker registration process, please be sure to have all of the mandatory paperwork:
1. Camp roster, two copies;
2. Youth Protection Training, copy of certificate for every adult;
3. Current BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A&B) for each participant, two copies alphabetized in an envelope or notebook (one to keep in campsite and one to turn in during registration);
4. Camp registration confirmation (printed receipt);
5. Hazardous Weather Training, copy of certificate for one adult in the group (taken online within past years).
When registration is complete, the staff will assign campsites and campers may then proceed to their campsite. When you arrive at your campsite, please inspect your campsite and any rental equipment (cots or tents) to make sure there are no safety issues or prior damages. If your cots or tents have any problems please report it immediately to staff. All Bovay campsites have a pavilion with multiple picnic tables and a red fire water bucket. Distribute wristbands to all youth and adults. All persons onsite must wear their designated wristbands at all times. Wristband colors determine which rotation schedule the Scout should follow. Please follow the specified rotation schedule as the program is designed for a specific number of youth at each outpost.
- What are the departure procedures?
Departure is after breakfast on Sunday. Camp is closed at 11 a.m. On the morning of departure, the campmaster will drop off cleaning supplies at the restrooms. Follow the written instructions for cleaning assigned showers and restrooms. Scouts should conduct a “police line” where Scouts stand within arm’s length of each other and walk the entire campsite picking up all trash. The campmaster will inspect each campsite to make sure the campsite, restrooms, showers, and pavilions are undamaged and clean, and that all gear and trash is removed. After passing inspection, proceed to the administration building to sign out and pick up paperwork.
- What is the schedule?
- Tentative Schedule:
3:00 – 10:00 pm: Check-in at administration building, camp set-up, dinner on own, pack free time
8:00 pm: Leader's meetings in Safari Room
7:00-9:00 am: late check-in at administration building, camp set-up, breakfast on own
9:00 or 10:00 am – noon: Program
12:00 pm: Lunch in Dining Hall
1:30 – 5:00 pm: Program
6:00 pm: Dinner in Dining Hall
7:00 pm: Pack free time in campsites
8:00 am: Breakfast in Dining Hall
9:00 am: Camp breakdown / Check-out
11:00 am: Camp closed
Note: You will receive the final rotation schedule at check-in. Schedules vary based on camp attendance.
- What do we need to bring to Adventure Camp?
Bring: Tent (if not requested); sleeping bag, sheets, or blanket and pillow; cot or air mattress (if not requested on registration form); toiletries (e.g., shampoo, toothbrush, deodorant); water bottle; towel and wash cloth; sunscreen; insect repellent; swimsuit; clothes appropriate for weather; rain gear, extra clothes; Scout uniform (determined by pack); closed toed shoes (tennis shoes) and extra pair; flashlight with fresh batteries; personal medication; first aid kit, one per registered group; BSA Annual Health and Medical Form, Part A & B; required for every participant; Small trash bags for restrooms; 55 gallon trash bags for campsite; Camper Release Form, for Scouts whose parents are not attending camp. All items should be marked with name and unit number.
Optional: Alarm clock; battery operated lantern; bicycle and bike helmet; book of faith; camera; camp chair; Cub Scout handbook; fishing gear; glow sticks (great to keep track of your kids at night and to play games); lockable footlocker; money for trading post; shower shoes; snacks (do not keep in tent); sports drinks or flavor packets for water (to help keep Scouts hydrated); sunglasses
Adults also need to bring a copy for camp:
1. Youth Protection Training, copy of certificate for every adult;
2. Hazardous Weather Training, copy of certificate for one adult in the unit (taken online within past years);
3. Roster, one for unit
What NOT to bring to camp: Alcohol, electronics/game equipment, firearms, guns and ammunition, illegal drugs, liquid fuel lanterns or stoves, pets, scooters, skates, skateboards, valuables
- Where can I find Bovay's policies?
- Every adult attending Bovay Scout Ranch must be familiar with the complete leader’s guide, Bovay’s policies and procedures, and the Guide to Safe Scouting.
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