Family Camping

When a boy and his family join Cub Scouting, they join an organization that values the fun and excitement of experiencing the outdoors. Each Cub Scout pack is encouraged to provide its youth members with enriching, positive outdoor activities. In addition to Day Camp, Resident Camp and Adventure Camp, family camping can be an exciting addition to your pack's program.

Adherence to the BSA's health and safety policies found in the Guide to Safe Scouting and Youth Protection Guidelines are required. In addition, careful program planning will assure a positive experience for your pack, the Cub Scout and his family.

Packs and Webelos dens may camp at one of our council camps:

If you are not camping at a council camp, then you must complete a Pack Overnight Site Approval Form.

Family camping or pack overnighters are "pack-organized overnight events involving more than one family from a single pack, focused on age-appropriate Cub Scout activities and conducted at council-approved locations. If nonmembers (siblings) participate, the event must be structured accordingly to accommodate them. BSA health and safety and youth protection policies apply. In most cases, each youth member will be under the supervision of a parent or guardian. In all cases, each youth participant is responsible to a specific adult." (Guide to Safe Scouting)

"At least one adult on a pack overnighter must have completed Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) to properly understand the importance of program intent, youth protection policies, health and safety, site selection, age-appropriate activities, and sufficient adult participation." Find a BALOO training course near you. "At least one adult must complete Hazardous Weather training" which is available online. "All registered adults must have completed BSA Youth Protection Training (YPT). At least one registered adult who has completed BSA Youth Protection training must be present at all events and activities. Youth Protection Training is valid for two years from the date completed." YPT is available online.

"The tour and activity plan is an excellent tool, that should be included in preparation for all activities, even those not requiring it. It guides a tour leader through itineraries, travel arrangements, two-deep leadership, supervision qualifications, and transportation."


      
Bovay Scout Ranch

Enjoy all the wonder and beauty of the central Texas rolling hills and lakes at Bovay Scout Ranch. Bovay has year round camping program opportunities for pack overnighters and Webelos dens. Conveniently located 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. Campsites, restrooms and showers are available; however, the program areas and dining hall are not available during family camping.

In addition to family camping, Bovay Scout Ranch also offers three camps where all the food and a program is provided: Resident Camp, Adventure Camp and Webelos Coyote Xtreme Camp

     

Bovay Scout Ranch Weekend Camping Reservations:

Packs, Webelos dens, troops and crews can camp at Bovay Scout Ranch. The Trading Post will be open most weekends. Read Sam Houston Area Council's camp policies below, and then click on the date below to make a reservation:

Bovay Scout Ranch Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are SHAC's camp policies?

SHAC Camp Guidelines and Policies:

1. All BSA's Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed, and all Scouting activities must be conducted in a safe and prudent manner.  Follow the Age Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities.

2.  Every participant must have a BSA Health and Medical Record.

3.  Each group must provide a minimum of two (2) deep leadership. "Two registered adult leaders, or one registered leader and a parent of a participating Scout or other adult, one of whom must be at least 21 years of age or older, are required for all trips or outings."

4. Adult ratio:

  • Family camping: "Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children, and youth protection policies apply."  (Guide to Safe Scouting)
  • Webelos den camping:  "A Webelos Scout may participate in overnight den camping when supervised by an adult. In most cases, the Webelos Scout will be under the supervision of his parent or guardian. It is essential that each Webelos Scout be under the supervision of a parent-approved adult. Joint Webelos den/troop campouts including the parents of the Webelos Scouts are encouraged to strengthen ties between the pack and troop. Den leaders, pack leaders, and parents are expected to accompany the boys on approved trips." (Guide to Safe Scouting)

5.  At least one adult must have current Hazardous Weather training. The course can be taken online.

6.  For family camping or pack overnighters, at least one adult must have BALOO training. Find a training course near you.

7.  For Webelos den camping, Webelos leaders are highly encourage to take Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OLSWL). BALOO training is also recommended. Find a course near you.

8.  All registered BSA adults must take Youth Protection Training (YPT) online.  All parents attending a campout are highly encouraged to take YPT.

9. Every group must submit a camp roster listing all participants.

10. Transportation: Seat belts are required for all occupants. Passengers may not ride on the rear deck of a station wagon. Trucks may not be used for transporting passengers, except in the cab. Trailers must never be used for carrying passengers.

11. Trash should not be buried. All garbage should be placed in the dumpster.

12. Damage: Report all lost or broken equipment to camp ranger or camp master.

13. Bikes: All cyclists must wear a properly sized and fitted helmet.

14. Fires must be attended at all times. Extinguish fire before leaving camp. Do not use liquid accelerants. The use of liquid fuels for starting any type of fire is prohibited.

15. Vehicles: All vehicles must have a vehicle pass. These are available upon arrival at check-in. Speed limits are 25 mph on main roads and 10 mph in campsites areas.

16. Pets are not allowed in camp, except for guide dogs.

17. Schedule: Check-in begins after 3:00 pm on Fridays, and check-out is no later than 11:00 am on Sundays.

18. Fishing: Catch-and-release fishing is allowed. Bring your own poles. Fishing licenses are not required.

19. Departure procedures: 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. Make sure the campsite, restrooms, showers, and pavilions are undamaged and clean, and that all gear and trash is removed.

20. The following items are not allowed at council camps:

A. alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs

B. fireworks

C. skateboards

D. skates, rollerblades

E. personally owned firearms

F. personally owned archery

G. personally owned cross bows

H. personally owned sling shots or projectiles

What are the directions to Bovay Scout Ranch?

Directions through Hempstead: Take Hwy 290 North through Hempstead.  From Hempstead take Hwy 6 North for 16 miles. Turn right onto County Road 317. Travel to end of road through camp gate.

Directions through Conroe: From Conroe, take Hwy 105 West for 45 miles.  Turn left onto Hwy 8 for three miles. Turn left onto County Road 317 (just past Grassy Creek). Travel to end of the road through camp gate.

Address: 3450 County 317,  Navasota, TX 77868

What Cub Scout activity areas require a reservation at Bovay Scout Ranch?
 

 

Camp Strake

Camp Strake is nestled in the Piney Woods of East Texas 40 miles north of Houston and south of Conroe, in Montgomery County on I-45. Packs and Webelos dens can camp at Janis and George Fleming Cub World in one of the 14 wooded campsites. Spread out over 100 acres in Camp Strake among stands of tall pine and oak, it is sure to be a boy’s dream of an outdoor adventure come true.  

Each campsite consists of a 30 x 40 covered pavilion, running water, and a fire ring area for cooking and campfires and range in capacity from 50 to 150 people. There are restroom and shower facilities centrally located throughout the camp. The cost is $2.00 per person for SHAC units. Packs and Webelos dens can also reserve the program building to hold a den or pack meeting, the Huck Fin raft area for fishing, the tee pee area to hold small meetings, and Ceremony Island to hold a meeting or Arrow of Light ceremony. Cub World also has two lakes for fishing, a large sports field, fort, pirate ship, obstacle course and hiking trails. See the FAQ's below for more information on which areas require a reservation.

Read Camp Strake's policies below, and then make a reservation for Camp Strake Cub World.

 

Camp Strake Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are SHAC's camp policies?

SHAC Camp Guidelines and Policies:

1. All BSA's Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed, and all Scouting activities must be conducted in a safe and prudent manner.  Follow the Age Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities.

2.  Every participant must have a BSA Health and Medical Record.

3.  Each group must provide a minimum of two deep leadership.  "Two registered adult leaders, or one registered leader and a parent of a participating Scout or other adult, one of whom must be at least 21 years of age or older, are required for all trips or outings."

4. Adult ratio:

Family camping: "Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children, and youth protection policies apply."  (Guide to Safe Scouting) Webelos den camping:  "A Webelos Scout may participate in overnight den camping when supervised by an adult. In most cases, the Webelos Scout will be under the supervision of his parent or guardian. It is essential that each Webelos Scout be under the supervision of a parent-approved adult. Joint Webelos den/troop campouts including the parents of the Webelos Scouts are encouraged to strengthen ties between the pack and troop. Den leaders, pack leaders, and parents are expected to accompany the boys on approved trips." (Guide to Safe Scouting)

5.  At least one adult must have current Hazardous Weather training. The course can be taken online.

6.  For family camping or pack overnighters, at least one adult must have BALOO training. Find a training course near you.

7.  For Webelos den camping, Webelos leaders are highly encourage to take Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OLSWL).  BALOO training is also recommended. Find a course near you.

8.  All registered BSA adults must take Youth Protection Training (YPT) online. All parents attending a camp out are highly encouraged to take YPT.

9. Every group must submit a camp roster listing all participants.

10. Transportation: Seat belts are required for all occupants. Passengers may not ride on the rear deck of a station wagon. Trucks may not be used for transporting passengers, except in the cab. Trailers must never be used for carrying passengers.

11. Trash should not be buried. All garbage should be placed in the dumpster.

12. Damage To equipment and facilities: Report all lost or broken equipment to camp ranger or camp master.

13. Bikes:  All cyclists must wear a properly sized and fitted helmet.

14. Fires must be attended at all times. Extinguish fire before leaving camp. Do not use liquid accelerants. The use of liquid fuels for starting any type of fire is prohibited.

15. Vehicles: All vehicles must have a vehicle pass. These are available upon arrival at check-in. Speed limits are 25 mph on main roads and 10 mph in campsites areas.

16. Pets are not allowed in camp, except for guide dogs.

17. Schedule:  Check-in begins after 3:00 pm on Fridays, and check-out is no later than 11:00 am on Sundays.

18. Fishing:  Catch-and-release fishing is allowed. Bring your own poles.  Fishing licenses are not required.

19. Departure procedures: 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. Make sure the campsite, restrooms, showers, and pavilions are undamaged and clean, and that all gear and trash is removed.

20. The following items are not allowed at council camps:

A. alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs

B. fireworks

C. skateboards

D. skates, roller blades

E. personally owned firearms

F. personally owned archery

G. personally owned cross bows

H. personally owned sling shots or projectiles

What are the directions to Camp Strake Cub World?
The street address for Camp Strake Cub World is 401 South Loop 336 West, Conroe, TX 77304. To access Cub World from the north or south, take 1-45 and exit at South Loop 336. There is a Chevron gas station on the north side, at loop 336 and a Shell on the south side at the loop. Tum west on Loop 336 (from the north turn right, from the south tum left). The entrance to Cub World is approximately one mile from 1-45 on the south (left) side of the road. On the loop, there are multiple lanes in each direction. Just past the traffic light at Conroe Regional Hospital, the road narrows to one lane in either direction. The entrance is the last left turn as the road narrows to single lanes. The entrance is visible from the traffic light at the hospital. There is a 30-foot red, white and blue sign with rockwork at the entrance.
 
What activity areas require a reservation at Camp Strake Cub World?
Packs and Webelos dens can reserve the following for a specific time:
  • Huck Fin Raft Area: Two Huck Finn rafts are available, that hold up to five youth and two adults. PFD's and poles are provided.  Swimming is NOT allowed.
  • Tee Pee Activity Area: There are three wood structures in the form of teepees with picnic tables under them. This area is great for a small meeting or craft time.  Eating is not allowed.  There is no electricity available.
  • Ceremony Island: This area can be reserved for Friday night or Saturday night, and is great for pack meetings or Arrow of Light ceremonies. Bleachers are available for guests. There is a campfire area and electricity.
  • Program Building: This area can be reserved for Friday night or Saturday night and is a great place for meetings, crafts, games, meals, or a Pinewood Derby race!  There is a covered pavilion. Tables, chairs, and box hockey available upon request.  Electricity and restrooms are available.
  • Campsites: 14 campsites are available with capacities ranging from 50 - 150 people. Campsites have a 30 x 40 covered pavilion, running water, and a fire ring area for cooking and campfires. There are modern restroom and shower facilities centrally located throughout the camp.
Which activity areas do not require a reservation at Camp Strake Cub World?

These areas do NOT require a reservation:

  • Lakes: Two lakes are available for fishing. We have a catch-and-release policy. Fishing licenses are not required.
  • Sports Field: A large activity field is available for a game of baseball, softball, badminton, ultimate, or any other Cub Scout related outdoor activity. Bring your own sports equipment.
  • Fort / stockade: The fort is a large, two-level wood structure, similar to that from the old west.
  • Pirate ship: The pirate ship is a two-level, wood structure at the edge of the water. Go up to the top level and throw your pole off into Brown and Root Mountain Lake, or just have a seat and enjoy the view.
  • Adventure trail / obstacle course: Test your athletic ability on the obstacle course. This is an adventure that everyone will remember and is sure to enjoy.
  • Hiking trail: Lots of trails are available with a lot of great scenery to enjoy along the way!!!

     
Camp Brosig

Camp Brosig is a 92-acre property located four miles north of Sealy, TX in Austin County.  Brosig has 20 campsites, pavilions, restrooms and a few showers.  Ranger or campmaster support may not be available at this camp.  Packs, Webelos dens, troops, teams and crews can camp at Camp Brosig.

There is a burn ban in Austin County until November 24, 2014.

 

Camp Brosig Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are SHAC's camp policies?

SHAC Camp Guidelines and Policies:

1. All BSA's Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed, and all Scouting activities must be conducted in a safe and prudent manner. Follow the Age Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities.

2.  Every participant must have a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A & B).

3.  Each group must provide a minimum of two deep leadership. "Two registered adult leaders, or one registered leader and a parent of a participating Scout or other adult, one of whom must be at least 21 years of age or older, are required for all trips or outings."

4. Adult ratio:

Family camping: "Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children, and youth protection policies apply."  (Guide to Safe Scouting) Webelos den camping:  "A Webelos Scout may participate in overnight den camping when supervised by an adult. In most cases, the Webelos Scout will be under the supervision of his parent or guardian. It is essential that each Webelos Scout be under the supervision of a parent-approved adult. Joint Webelos den/troop campouts including the parents of the Webelos Scouts are encouraged to strengthen ties between the pack and troop. Den leaders, pack leaders, and parents are expected to accompany the boys on approved trips." (Guide to Safe Scouting)

5.  At least one adult must have current Hazardous Weather training. The course can be taken online.

6.  For family camping or pack overnighters, at least one adult must have BALOO training. Find a training course near you.

7.  For Webelos den camping, Webelos leaders are highly encourage to take Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OLSWL).  BALOO training is also recommended. Find a course near you.

8.  All registered BSA adults must take Youth Protection Training (YPT) online. All parents attending a campout are highly encouraged to take YPT.

9. Every group must submit a camp roster listing all participants.

10. Transportation: Seat belts are required for all occupants. Passengers may not ride on the rear deck of a station wagon. Trucks may not be used for transporting passengers, except in the cab. Trailers must never be used for carrying passengers.

11. Trash should not be buried. All garbage should be placed in the dumpster.

12. Damage To equipment and facilities:  Report all lost or broken equipment to camp ranger or campmaster.

13. Bikes:  All cyclists must wear a properly sized and fitted helmet.

14. Fires must be attended at all times. Extinguish fire before leaving camp. Do not use liquid accelerants. The use of liquid fuels for starting any type of fire is prohibited.

15. Vehicles:  All vehicles must have a vehicle pass. These are available upon arrival at check-in. Speed limits are 25 mph on main roads and 10 mph in campsites areas.

16. Pets are not allowed in camp, except for guide dogs.

17. Schedule:  Check-in begins after 3:00 pm on Fridays, and check-out is no later than 11:00 am on Sundays.

18. Fishing:  Catch-and-release fishing is allowed. Bring your own poles. Fishing licenses are not required.

19. Departure procedures:  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. Make sure the campsite, restrooms, showers, and pavilions are undamaged and clean, and that all gear and trash is removed.

20. The following items are not allowed at council camps:

A. alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs

B. fireworks

C. skateboards

D. skates, rollerblades

E. personally owned firearms

F. personally owned archery

G. personally owned cross bows

H. personally owned sling shots or projectiles

What are the directions to Camp Brosig?

From Houston: Take I-10 to Sealy, Texas; exit at State Highway 36. This is a hairpin loop exit. Interstate 10 passes over Highway 36 before the exit, and the road approaches Highway 36 from the west. At the traffic light, turn left (north) onto Highway 36. Go thru town, approximately 5.1 miles until you pass the intersection of Farm Road 331. Christian City Church is on the left. Soon after is Trenckmann Road on the left. Go 1.6 miles on Trenckmann Road to Camp Brosig. The camp gate is on the left (south) side of road. The main asphalt road leads to the check-in building, the first building on the left. Approximate time from Houston: one hour.

From Hempstead/Bellville: Take FM 159 from Hempstead to Bellville. After crossing the railroad tracks in Bellville, take an immediate left at the first light onto State Highway 36. Continue for approximately six miles to Farm Road 949. Turn right onto Farm Road 949, and follow this road to the first road to the left. This will be Trenckmann Road and the camp gate entrance will be approximately ½ mile on your right. The camp gate is on the right (south) side of road. The main asphalt road leads to the check-in building, the first building on the left. Approximate time from Hempstead: 30 minutes.


 

For Questions Contact:

Trey Jackson
Council Camping Chair
 trey@treyjackson.me

Geno Aguilar
Bovay Scout Ranch Reservations
 (713) 756-3304
 Geno.Aguilar@scouting.org

 

Cherye Altice
Camp Strake Reservations
(713) 756-3398
 Cherye.Altice@scouting.org

Geno Aguilar
Camp Brosig Reservations
 (713) 756-3304
 Geno.Aguilar@scouting.org

 

Michelle Phillips
Camp Strake Professional Adviser
(713) 756-3308
 Michelle.Phillips@scouting.org

Vincent Manning
Bovay Scout Ranch & Camp Brosig Professional Adviser
 (713) 756-3380
 Vincent.Manning@scouting.org