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. Family camping can be an exciting addition to your pack's program. During family camping, the pack leadership plans the camping program and food. The council has additional camping opportunities that include a fun, advancement based program: Day Camp, Resident Camp and Adventure Camp.

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.

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."

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


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. During family camping weekends, the pack leadership plans the camping program and food. 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 has three programs which includes a fun, advancement based program, and meals: Resident Camp, Adventure Camp and Webelos Coyote Xtreme Camp

Bovay Scout Ranch Weekend Camping Reservations:

Packs and Webelos dens, troops, teams, crews and ships can camp at Bovay Scout Ranch. Read Sam Houston Area Council's camp policies below, and then click on the date to make a reservation:

Bovay Scout Ranch Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are SHAC's camp policies?

SHAC's Camp Guidelines and Policies:

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

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

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 for Cub Scouts: 

  • Family camping: "Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children, and Youth Protection policies apply."
  • 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."

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

6.  For Pack Overnighters: At least one adult must have BALOO training.  Find a BALOO course near you. 

7.  For Webelos Den Camping:  Webelos leaders are highly encourage to take Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OLSWL). Find an OLSWL course near you. BALOO training is also recommended.  

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 the camp ranger or campmaster.

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

14. Fires must be attended at all times. Extinguished 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 and roller blades
E. Personally owned firearms
F. Personally owned archery equipment
G. Personally owned cross bows
H. Personally owned sling shots or projectiles

What activity areas require a reservation at Bovay Scout Ranch?

Arena A and B require a reservation. The other activities areas are available on a first come, first serve basis.

What are the directions to Bovay Scout Ranch?

Bovay Scout Ranch is located at 3450 County 317, Navasota, TX 77868.

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.


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 and Webelos dens, troops, team, crews and ship can camp at Camp Brosig.
 

 

Camp Brosig Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are SHAC's camp policies?

SHAC's Camp Guidelines and Policies:

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

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

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 for Cub Scouts: 

  • Family camping: "Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children, and Youth Protection policies apply."
  • 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."

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

6.  For Pack Overnighters: At least one adult must have BALOO training.  Find a BALOO course near you. 

7.  For Webelos Den Camping:  Webelos leaders are highly encourage to take Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OLSWL). Find an OLSWL course near you. BALOO training is also recommended.  

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 the camp ranger or campmaster.

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

14. Fires must be attended at all times. Extinguished 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.  Note: There is no fishing at Camp Brosig.

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 and roller blades
E. Personally owned firearms
F. Personally owned archery equipment
G. Personally owned cross bows
H. Personally owned sling shots or projectiles

What are the directions to Camp Brosig?

Camp Brosig is located at 1893 Trenckmann Road, Sealy, TX, 77474.

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

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

Trey Jackson
Council Camping Chair
 trey@treyjackson.me
 

 

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