Resident camp is a three-night campout at Bovay Scout Ranch for Cub Scouts entering the first through fifth grade the following school year. From Cub Scout skills to rank advancements, these camps are full of fun and learning. Cub Scouts attending resident camp are also encouraged to register for day camp, as the advancements offered at resident camp add to those offered at day camp.
Resident camp includes activities such as riding BMX bikes, shooting archery and BB guns, playing sports, canoeing, fishing, making crafts, learning about STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), exploring nature, stargazing, branding, and splashing in the pool.
In addition, the resident camp program will focus on the new Cub Scout program electives:
- Tiger: Floats and Boats, Rolling Tigers
- Wolf: Paws of Skill
- Bear: Salmon Run, A Bear Goes Fishing
- Webelos: Aquanaut, Into the Woods, Into the Wild
Registration is a two-step process for adults
Costs and Fees
There is a maximum of 180 Cub Scouts per session; sessions fill up quickly. Only those with full payment, camp roster and Adult in Camp Compliance forms submitted by May 1 are guaranteed a spot. Cub Scouts attending must be members of the BSA and be under the supervision of an adult. One adult for each family is expected. Youth fees are $120 and adult fees are $70, if paid by May 1. All newly chartered Cub Scout packs receive a 25% discount.
Campers need to bring their own tent and cots. There are a limited number of tents and cots available for rent. Indicate rental requests when making a reservation. Tents are walled, canvas tents on a metal frame attached to a concrete slab, and will accommodate two cots.
Bovay Scout Ranch is looking for dedicated volunteers and paid staff to serve Scouting by working at Bovay Scout Ranch for 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 Resident Camp
- How are refunds handled?
- See the council refund policy.
- Do I have to register with my pack?
- Pack reservations are encouraged, so families in the same pack are assigned to the same campsite. Dens and individual families not able to attend with their pack may make their own reservations, and will be combined with other dens and families from different packs.
- What health form do I need to attend Resident Camp?
- Every participant must provide a copy of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A and B).
- What do the fees include?
- The Cub Scout fee includes activity supplies, t-shirt, patch and eight meals (dinner on day 1, three meals on days 2-3, and breakfast on Day 4). Adult fees include meals.
- What are the adult leadership requirements?
- Wolves and Bears should bring at least one family member. Webelos may register one adult for every four Webelos Scouts. Every Scout and child must be under the supervision of a leader, parent or guardian.
Every adult must submit an Adult in Camp State Compliance Form by May 1st. The state of Texas requires that the council complete a background check on each adult attending camp.
Packs must submit the following for each adult at check-in:
1. BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A and B) for each adult
2. Sexual Offender database check for each adult. Go to the website, click on name, click agree, search using first name, last name and date of birth, then print.
2. Copy of Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training certificate for each adult (online YPT is not accepted). Find a class near you. Classes will also be offered on the first day of camp.
3. One adult per registered group must provide a copy of Hazardous Weather training certificate (taken online at www.my.scouting.org within last two years).
- What are the check-in procedures?
- Campers should arrive between 2:00-2:45 pm. Campers will be given their campsite assignment to set up camp. A campsite host will greet campers in the campsite and help with check-in procedures. When you arrive, 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 your campsite host. All campsites have a pavilion with multiple picnic tables, and a fire water bucket.
After everyone in your pack has arrived, the campsite host will escort two adults and all of the Cub Scouts for the required health screening, safety talk, and swim checks. Swim checks will take place from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the water park. Everyone will be checked for swimmer or non-swimmer status.
Leader check-in. The designated leader will check in at the registration office in the administration building (approximately one mile past the main gate, on the left) and register the unit. To facilitate a quick registration process, please be sure to have all of the mandatory paperwork:
1. Camp registration confirmation
2. Proof of Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training (YPT) for each adult
3. Current BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A&B), two copies for each participant. Alphabetized copies in an envelope or notebook (one for campsite, one for camp).
4. Hazardous Weather training certificate for one adult in your group
5. Copy of Sexual Offender Database Check for each adult
Note: the adult in Adult in Camp Compliance form required by the state of Texas for each adult and Bovay Camp Roster are to be submitted by May 1.
A mandatory leader’s meeting is held at 7:00 pm on the first day in the Safari Room at the administration building. Every adult should attend except those needed to supervise the Cub Scouts in the campsite. During the leader’s meeting, the key staff will be introduced, information distributed and questions answered.
- What are the departure procedures?
- Departure is after breakfast on the last day of the session; camp closes at 12:00 pm. The campsite host will assist you in checking out. Please let them know ahead of time what specific time you will be ready to leave. On the morning of departure, the camp host will drop off cleaning supplies for the restrooms. Scouts in each campsite 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 camp host will inspect each campsite to make sure the campsite, restrooms, showers, and pavilions are undamaged and clean, Bovay tents closed, gear and trash removed, and evaluation forms completed. After passing inspection, the designated leader should proceed to the administration building to sign out, turn in evaluations and pick up medical forms.
- What is the schedule?
- Tentative schedule:
2:00 pm Check-in at the gate. Meet staff at campsite.
3:00 pm Swim checks, safety talks, medical checks.
5:00 pm Pack free time, review rules, establish buddies
5:45 pm Flag ceremony
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Free time for Cub Scouts
7:00 pm Leader orientation (adult meeting)
8:30 pm Campfire
9:30 pm Lights out!!
Day 2 / 3
7:00 am Chapel service (Day 2), Sunrise hike (Day 3)
7:50 am Flag ceremony
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Program
12:00 pm Lunch / quiet time / den time
2:00 pm Program
5:00 pm Free time
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Game night (Day 2), Campfire (Day 3)
8:30 pm Stargazing
9:30 pm Lights out
7:45 am Flag ceremony
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Break camp, campsite inspection, equipment return
11:00 am Camp closed
You will receive the final schedule during check-in.
- What do we need to bring to Resident Camp?
Bring: Tent (if not renting from camp); sleeping bag, sheets, or blanket and pillow; cot or air mattress (if not renting from camp); 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; Annual Health & Medical Form, Part A & B, required for every participant two copies alphabetized in two notebooks). Mark all items 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: Hazardous Weather training certificate, one adult per registered group; Bovay Camp Roster, one per registered group, two copies; Leader’s Guide, one copy per group; Camper Release Form, for Scouts whose parents are not attending camp; Adult in Camp Compliance form submitted to SHAC by May 1st; copy of Sexual Offender database check; BSA unit membership roster; proof of Classroom Facilitated Youth Protection Training, one per adult.
What NOT to bring to camp: alcohol, electronics, firearms, guns and ammunition, Illegal drugs, liquid fuel lanterns or stoves, pets, scooters, skates, skateboards, valuables
- Where can I find Bovay Scout Ranch policies?
- Bovay Scout Ranch policies and procedures are located here.