Winter Camp

Winter Camp is held each year at Camp Strake between Christmas and New Year's Day, and is a wonderful opportunity for troops to camp and Boy Scouts to earn merit badges.  Merit badge classes are taught by Scouters with real-life experiences in the field.

Winter Camp will take place from December 26-31, 2014, at Camp Strake. This is the 29th Winter Camp and will be the last event held at the original Camp Strake property before it closes for good! Make plans for your troop to attend this historic Winter Camp, as we continue to celebrate the council's 100th anniversary. Over 50 merit badge classes are offered, including many merit badges that are not normally offered at summer camp. The theme for Winter Camp will be a celebration of the history of Camp Strake.


Winter Camp registration is $270 per Scout. Units must provide one staff member for every six Scouts attending Winter Camp. The Winter Camp staff provided by the unit should register individually, and not with the unit. Every unit can register two adults at no charge; additional adults are $120 each. Units must register by October 31, 2014!

Unit Registration

Unit Leader Information

Leaders' Meeting: The Winter Camp leaders' meeting will be Wednesday, December 3 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Cockrell Service Center. At least one adult leader from each unit should attend this meeting.

Winter Camp Staff

Over 250 staff members are needed to provide the best possible program for our Scouts. Staff positions include: dining hall, trading post, commissioner, security, safety, quartermaster, program, service, business office, and merit badge counselors. Youth and adults who would like to served on Winter Camp staff should complete an online application:

Staff Application

Staff meeting: All Winter Camp staff should attend the staff meeting on November 5, 2014 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Cockrell Service Center.

Staff work weekend: Staff are highly encouraged to help set up camp at the staff work weekend on December 13, 2014 from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm at Camp Strake.

There are still nearly 80 open positions on the Winter Camp staff, including the following positions:

Camp Commissioner

Camp Commissioners (18 years of age and older) serve as the primary liaison between our key staff and the troops in camp.  They ensure that troops have everything they need in their campsites and that any questions they have are answered.  Camp Commissioners also help schedule service projects and various camp responsibilities to troops throughout the week.  Camp Commissioners are also key to ensuring a smooth check-in and check-out process.

Security Staff

The security staff (21 years of age or older) ensures the safety of all participants, ensures the orderly movement of traffic in and out of camp, and generally assists campers with directions through camp.

Kitchen Staff

The kitchen staff (18 years of age or older) Helps prepare all meals for campers and clean up afterwards.

Rank Emphasis Instructors

Rank emphasis instructors (18 years of age or older) teach new Boy Scouts the skills necessary to meet the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class Ranks.

Merit Badge Counselors

Merit badge counselors are needed to teach one of the subjects below. Registration as a merit badge counselor is not necessary.  Camp staff will provide all training needed to be qualified to teach merit badges in camp.

Adult staff (ages 18 or older on 12/13/14) need to register online, and then submit the following forms to the Winter Camp registration team by November 15, 2014:

Youth staff (ages 17 and younger on 12/31/14) need to register online, and then submit the following forms to the Winter Camp registration team by November 15, 2014:

For Questions Contact:

Tami Kinn
Winter Camp Reservations
(713) 756-3309





Bobby Warren
Winter Camp Director





Jason Oliver
Office Assistant
(713) 865-9123