About Camp Strake
Camp Strake is a first-class, state-of-the-art camp at a rural site near the Sam Houston National Forest, close to the community of Evergreen.
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.
This leader’s guide will provide basic information about camp operations and the camp programs offered and help prepare units for outstanding camping programs.
Camp Strake is located on 2,816 acres between New Waverly and Coldspring near the community of Evergreen, Tx. The camp is a 1.5-hour drive from downtown Houston and close to I-45 and the Grand Parkway. Camp Strake is located at 2020 Camp Strake Rd., Coldspring, TX 77331. Latitude and longitude: 30.608901, -95.230270.
Directions from Houston:
- Take I-45N to exit 94 (FM 1097) toward Willis
- Turn right onto Montgomery St. (.7 mi)
- Turn left onto Danville St. (360 ft)
- Turn right onto FM 1097 / Stewart St (9.6 mi.)
- Turn right onto TX-150E (8.8 mi)
- Turn left onto FM 945N (3.6 mi)
- Turn left into Camp Strake at the sign.
Parking: all cars are to park in the campsite parking lots. Do not drive past the gates (e.g., to the ranges or through camp). Unit trailers are to remain in the parking lot (not in the grassy area of the campsite). Bikes (non-motorized) can only be ridden on the horseshoe around the outer rim of the campsites and on the road to shooting sports. Helmets are required when riding a bike. Bikes can not be ridden through camp.
WiFi: The following locations at camp are equipped with internet connectivity. Check with the ranger for information on the WiFi router name and password. Use of this system is monitored, and users are required to accept conditions for use. Wifi works best at • Headquarters • STEM Building • Dining Hall • Staff Lounge • Grand Pavilion
Medical Information and Emergencies
Health Lodge: The Health Lodge at camp is located in the administration building. It is not usually open during weekend camping times except for when district or council events are occurring at the same time. When the Health Lodge is open, the staff can handle minor injuries and illnesses. Any emergency that cannot be treated at the Health Lodge will be referred to a local hospital or doctor’s clinic. The unit leader or assistant will transport the patient to the outside medical facility.
Hospital Treatment: Should any participant at Camp Strake require medical treatment beyond the first aid capabilities provided by the participant’s unit or camp staff at the Health Lodge, they will be evacuated to the nearest medical treatment facility. The nearest hospital is Cleveland Emergency Hospital located at 1017 South Travis Ave, Cleveland TX.
Emergencies: The camp has emergency phone numbers posted near all telephones and FM radio communication throughout the camp. In an emergency, the camp ranger, or designee, will initiate emergency procedures depending upon the situation. During emergencies, adult leaders should supervise their own unit’s response appropriately. If an evacuation is necessary, it will be initiated by the camp ranger.
Camp Strake Emergency Numbers:
||Cleveland Emergency Hospital (~35 minutes away; open 24 hours)
1017 South Travis Ave, Cleveland TX
|Huntsville Memorial Hospital (~45 minutes away; open 24 hours)
110 Memorial Hospital Dr, Huntsville, TX 77340
||EMS – Coldspring Volunteer Fire Department (~10 minutes away)
20 Hill Ln, Coldspring, TX 77331
||San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Department
75 W. Cedar Ave, Coldspring, Texas 77331
||Coldspring Volunteer Fire Department
20 Hill Ln, Coldspring, TX 77331
||Sam Houston National Forest
394 FM 1375 West, New Waverly, Texas 77358
Camp Strake Facilities
All facilities at Camp Strake are ADA-compliant. Many of these facilities, including the dining hall, are air-conditioned.
At the entrance to Camp Strake is the check-in building. This facility is used to greet visitors, provide directions, and issue parking permits. All visitors should be prepared to stop at this building to sign-in.
Camp headquarters houses the camp phone, lost and found, mail, offices, quartermaster, trading post, health lodge, and a training room.
The dining hall seats 460 people. High quality and nutritious meals are provided by a professional service. The parade field on the west side of the dining hall is used for flag ceremonies.
Campsites are nestled in shaded areas throughout the camp. Every campsite has picnic tables, a covered pavilion with electricity. Shower houses are located along the main campsite road and are shared by three or four campsites. Individual stalls are ADA compliant and have a toilet, shower, and sink.
The STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) building is in the program area just south of the administration building. The building is outfitted with equipment and materials to support a robust STEM and conservation program.
The aquatics area contains a pool, fishing area, beachfront with lake swimming area, and boating area to support the full range of aquatics related merit badges. The 28-acre lake provides a venue for canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. A portion of the lake is reserved for conservation and fishing activities.