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.

Updates

Progress

Camp construction updates will be posted here.

June 2016

The Sam Houston Area Council had intentions to break ground on the new Camp Strake in late April.  However, heavy rains have delayed the ground breaking.  A special ground breaking will be held after the land is dry and a ceremony can be scheduled.

Location

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 to the future site of 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. 

Programs

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
  • Eight 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 40’ 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) and canoe storage
  • Aquatics Training pavilion
  • Sport fields
  • Basketball court
  • Extensive trail system
  • Order of the Arrow ceremony site
  • Arena for 1,200 people
  • One Chapel for 250 people
  • One Chapel for 100 people
  • Modern restrooms and shower houses
  • Forty summer camp staff huts


The Leadership Institute will have the following facilities:

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

Camp Construction General Timeline

2016

1st Quarter Master Plan Design Completion, Permit Acquisition Begins, Land Studies
2nd Quarter       Groundbreaking, Site Clearing, Road / Infrastructure Construction Begins
3rd Quarter Road / Infrastructure Construction
4th Quarter Road / Infrastructure Construction

2017

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

2018

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

2019

1st Quarter Fixtures, Furniture, and Equipment Installed
2nd Quarter Camp Activated for Use


Contacts

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

Thomas Franklin
Chief Operating Officer
(713) 756-3365
 thomas.franklin@scouting.org