Camp Strake

A Place with a Purpose

Camp Strake is currently being built at a rural site near the Sam Houston National Forest, close to the community of Evergreen in order to create a 21st century Scouting experience for Scouts and their leaders.

Launching Pad for Future Leaders

Camp Strake will be a transformational outdoor adventure experience that will equip young people with a foundation for leadership.



Check out our camp construction updates.

October 2017 - Camp Ranger Residence

Camp ranger house
which will be used as the construction office during the camp’s development. 



September 2017 - Construction Progress

Camp ranger house
which will be used as the construction office during the camp’s development. 

Program area

July 2017 - Vertical Construction

Camp ranger house
It will be used as the construction office during the camp’s development. 

Camp trails

Future program area

Future lake

Road to camp sites and campsite parking.

March 2017 - Site Clearing

Future check-in site

Future staff site

Future camp arena

January 2017 - Road Clearing


November 2016 - Aerial Shots


October 2016 - Ground Breaking

On October 20, 2016, members of the Strake family and representatives from the Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America took part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Camp Strake. 


June 2016 - Weather Delays

The Sam Houston Area Council had intentions to break ground on the new Camp Strake in late April.  However, heavy rains delayed the ground breaking until October.  


Camp Strake is located on 2,816 acres between New Waverly and Coldspring near the community of Evergreen, Tx. Lake Livingston is 10 miles east of the property. The camp is a 1.5-hour drive from downtown Houston and close to I-45 and the Grand Parkway.  Camp Strake is surrounded on three sides by the Sam Houston National Forest and has the Lone Star Hiking Trail close to one corner of the property.



The new Camp Strake will be first-class and state-of-the-art for Scouts and their leaders with two distinct sections: 

  • Scout camp developed for weekend and resident camp operations for Boy Scouts and Venturers; and  
  • Leadership institute for advanced training programs for adult leaders and Boy Scouts/Venturers.       
The Scout camp for Boy Scouts and Venturers will have the following facilities:
  • 20 campsites with pavilions
  • Air conditioned dining hall with 450 person capacity
  • Event administration building
  • Large program pavilion
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) center
  • Merit badge pavilions
  • Shooting sports center with rifle, shotgun and pistol ranges
  • Shooting sports center for archery and sporting arrows course
  • Climbing pavilion with restrooms
  • Low ropes course
  • Zip line
  • Climbing and rappelling tower
  • Bikes and all-terrain vehicle ATV area
  • Aquatics center with a swimming pool and pool house
  • Aquatics center with lake (new lake with size range of 20-30 acres being created), observation deck and canoe storage
  • Aquatics training pavilion
  • Sport fields
  • Basketball court
  • Extensive trail system
  • Order of the Arrow ceremony site
  • Arena for 1,200 people
  • 1 chapel for 250 people
  • 1 chapel for 100 people
  • Modern restrooms and shower houses
  • 40 summer camp staff huts

The Leadership Institute will have the following facilities:

  • Leadership Training Center
  • 4 cabins with eight person capacity each
  • 4 dormitories with 16 person capacity each
  • Arena for 100 people
  • Chapel for 100 people
  • 2 Training pavilions
  • Training campsite
  • Shower houses

Camp Construction General Timeline


1st Quarter Master plan design completion, permit acquisition begins, land studies
2nd Quarter Site clearing, road / infrastructure construction begins
3rd Quarter Road / infrastructure construction
4th Quarter Groundbreaking, road / infrastructure construction


1st Quarter Road / infrastructure construction
2nd Quarter Road / infrastructure construction completed
3rd Quarter Lake development begins, core camp facilities construction begins
4th Quarter Lake development, core camp facilities construction, program facilities construction begins


1st Quarter Fill lake, core camp facilities construction, program facilities construction
2nd Quarter Fill lake, core camp facilities construction, program facilities construction
3rd Quarter Fill lake, core camp facilities construction, program facilities construction
4th Quarter Fill lake, core camp facilities completed, program facilities completed


1st Quarter Fixtures, furniture, and equipment installed
2nd Quarter Camp activated for use



Ground Breaking - October 20, 2016


Aerial Shot - November 2016




For FAQs and more information, visit the Camp Development page.

Thomas Franklin
Chief Operating Officer
(713) 756-3365