Adventure Camp is weekend campout at Bovay Scout Ranch. Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos Scouts and their families will enjoy an exciting variety of activities at several program areas. Meals are eaten in the air-conditioned dining hall. A camp staff team member in each area will provide program supplies and support the parents who will be invited to assist in leading the activities.

Conducted at the McNair Cub Scout Adventure Camp area of Bovay Scout Ranch, activities may include: seeking treasure in the lost mine, archeological quest at the dinosaur dig, a high-speed pedal feat at the BMX bike track, Robin Hood-style adventure at the archery range, marksmanship at the BB gun range, action at the Bud Adams sports field, exploring the camp at the nature center, and splashing in the water at the David Weekley Family Water Park (weather permitting).

Enjoy all the wonder and beauty of the central Texas rolling hills and lakes at Bovay Scout Ranch.   

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Registration

Registration should be completed by the pack leader or Webelos den leaders (for Webelos den camping). Families that register individually will be combined with families from other packs. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis; sessions fill up fast.

The registration fee is $40 per person and includes three meals (lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday with vegetarian and turkey patty options), a patch, and the Scout’s program supplies. Children under five attend free of charge; please note that the program is designed for Scouts. Scouts must be members of the Boy Scouts of America. A $100 non-refundable deposit for the group secures a spot. All fees must be submitted no later than thirty days prior to the camping date.

One adult per 15 youth in the pack may attend at no cost. This adult will be asked to volunteer to work as program staff and must attend the 8:00 am leader’s meeting. To ensure your camp reservation, registrations, including all fees, must be submitted thirty days prior.

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Every adult attending Adventure Camp must follow Bovay’s policies and procedures located in the Leader's Guide and the Guide to Safe Scouting. Council refund policy.

The latest state, county, and Center for Disease Control and Maintenance (CDC) requirements on the day of the event will be followed. Participants will be notified before the event of the specific requirements. All participants must follow any procedures recommended by the council's Enterprise Risk Management Committee such as completing a pre-event screening form, temperature checks, wearing a mask (unless for medical reasons), limiting group sizes that remain together during the event, frequent hand washing, and/or social distancing. See the council's COVID-19 "At-Risk" Participant Statement. Participants who are sick or displaying any COVID-19 symptoms should not attend.

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Preparing for Camp

About Bovay Scout Ranch 

Bova Scout Ranch is conveniently located just 60 minutes from downtown Houston and just three miles south of Navasota. Campers can enjoy all the wonder and beauty of the central Texas rolling hills and lakes at Bovay Scout Ranch.

Each campsite is equipped with modern restrooms, private hot showers, potable drinking water, a lighted covered pavilion, picnic tables, and a campfire ring. Campsites have a unique and stunning view of prairies, lakes, woods, breathtaking sunsets, and glorious sunrises. Campsites and facilities are wheelchair accessible.

What to Bring

Personal (check with Cubmaster):

  • Copy of a current BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events) for every participant
  • Pre-event screening form
  • Mask for each participant
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag, sheets or blanket
  • Pillow
  • Cot or air mattress
  • Personal items (e.g., deodorant, comb, medications, toothpaste, toothbrush)
  • Water bottle, canteen, or cup 
  • Scout uniform), determined by pack leadership
  • Clothing appropriate for weather and extra clothes
  • Closed-toed shoes (tennis shoes) and extra pair 
  • Pajamas or sleeping clothes
  • Rain gear
  • Flashlight and extra batteries 
  • Personal medications
  • Swimsuit and towel (weather permitting)
  • Towel and washcloth
  • Sunscreen
  • Pocket knife and Totin' Chip
  • Personal first aid kit 
  • Day pack
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Read the COVID-19 "At-Risk" Camp Participant Statement 

Optional

  • Money for patches, snacks and beverages, and t-shirts at the camp trading post, Trader Vics.
  • 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
  • Shower shoes
  • Snacks (do not keep in the tent)
  • Sports drinks or flavor packets for water (to help keep Scouts hydrated)
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Phone battery backup charger
  • Wagon
Mark all items with name and pack number.

Pack:

  • Friday night snack, optional
  • Saturday morning breakfast, non-cooking
  • First-aid kit
  • Small trash bags for restrooms
  • Large trash bags (55-gallon) for campsite trash cans
  • Camper Release Form for Scouts whose parents are not attending camp
  • Toilet paper
  • Wash soap for restrooms

For pack check-in:

  1. Camp roster
  2. Youth Protection Training certificate, copy for every adult
  3. Copy of medical forms, two copies alphabetized in an envelope or notebook (one to keep in campsite and one to turn in during registration)
  4. Online registration confirmation (printed copy of emailed receipt)

 

Don’t Bring: 

  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs
  • Valuables
  • Electronics (e.g.,  iPod, iPad)*
  • Fireworks 
  • Sheath or hunting knives 
  • Pets 
  • Scooters
  • Skates
  • Skateboards
  • Hammocks 
  • Personal firearms and ammunition 
  • Jewelry 
  • Personal bows and arrows 
  • Fuel-burning hand warmers 

*Electricity is very limited. 

 

How can we prepare for cold weather camping?

Winter Camping Tips

Sources: Winter camping tips and tricks to help you enjoy the fourth season, Eight essentials for staying warm while cold-weather campingOutdoor Smarts: How to Keep Warm in Camping's Fourth Season; How to Stay Warm With the Right Winter Gear

Dressing for the cold. When dressing for cold weather, focus on a layering system including the three Ws: wicking, warmth and wind. Your base layer should be wicking (like an athletic shirt), an insulating layer should be warming (like fleece or wool) and an exterior layer should block the wind. Use clothing you have, focusing on the right combination of fabrics.

• Wicking Layer or Base. Also commonly known as long underwear, the base layer is worn closest to your skin. Its main job is to wick away sweat and moisture so your skin stays dry. Wear it relatively tight to the skin and use only wool or synthetic base layers. Never use cotton because it will not keep you warm once it’s wet, whether from sweat or precipitation. These base layers come in various weights, from heavy for frigid conditions to lightweight for warmer temps and activities that cause a lot of sweating, such as strenuous hiking and cross-country skiing. It’s a good idea to have one extra pair of base layers to change into every night at camp.

• Warmth Layer or Insulation. The insulation layer is worn atop the base layer and is designed to provide the majority of your insulation. It should be made of fleece, wool, down or synthetic insulation and can be a pullover, zip-up jacket or vest, depending on how much insulation you need.

• Windproofing Layer or Shell. The outermost layer, the shell jacket and pants protect you from wind and wet conditions. There are two types of shells: the hard shell is a lightweight layer that’s windproof and waterproof, capable of handling heavy rain and very wet conditions; a softshell is made of a more flexible, soft-faced material that’s windproof yet highly breathable, and water-resistant enough to protect you against everything except a heavy downpour.

Mittens. Mittens are warmer than gloves. If insulated mittens get wet, they stay that way. Wool mitts worn inside leather or nylon shells are removable for faster drying. Wool gloves are needed for dexterity when cooking.

Sleeping. Be sure to change into dry clothes for sleeping — moisture retained in field clothes will cause chilling. For overnight warmth, wear wool, polypropylene or polyester (never cotton!) long johns, socks and a balaclava to bed. Place a scarf across your neck to seal drafts.

Sleeping bags. Two sleeping bags — one placed inside the other — should provide enough warmth down to about zero degrees. If you don’t have a closed-cell foam pad to use as a sleeping mat, try half-inch-thick foam carpet padding.

Ground cloth. In warmer months, a plastic ground cloth should be used inside your tent to stay dry. However, in winter, use the ground cloth beneath your tent to keep it from freezing to the ground.

Toes cold? Put on a hat. Your body loses up to half of its total heat in 40-degree temperatures. So, when it’s below freezing and your head is uncovered, you could be radiating more than three-fourths of your overall body heat from your head.

Baggy clothes are back in style at least in the freezing-cold wilderness. Your body heats itself most efficiently when it’s enveloped in a layer of warm air. If your clothes are too tight, you’re strangling the cold right out of your body. Dressing in loose layers helps aid this convection layer of air. Tight clothes or too-tight boots can also restrict blood flow.

The three W’s. Every cold-weather camper needs to dress for the occasion. You’ll need a wicking layer (long underwear), a “warm” layer (fleece) and a “wind” layer (waterproof shell).

Stay hydrated. In winter, you may not be aware of how much you’re sweating. A gulp of ice-cold water is hardly appetizing, but it is important to keep drinking. Hot drinks and soup are a great way to replenish liquids, electrolytes, and heat. Keep extra tea bags on hand, as well as bouillon cubes, and hand out hot drinks liberally, especially at the end of the day when energy is low.

Meals

The registration fee includes three meals (lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday), patch, and Scout’s program supplies. Children under five attend free of charge; please note that the program is designed for Cub Scouts. Vegetarian meals need to be requested 30 days prior to the camping date.

Bovay Scout Ranch Policies and Procedures

Every adult attending Bovay Scout Ranch must be familiar with Bovay’s Policies and Procedures and the Guide to Safe Scouting.

Campsites

Campsites are equipped with modern restrooms, private hot showers, potable drinking water, lighted covered pavilion, picnic tables and campfire ring. Campsites have a unique and stunning view of prairies, lakes and woods, breathtaking sunsets and glorious sunrises. Campsites and facilities are wheelchair accessible. 

Tentative Schedule*

Friday

3:00 - 9:00 pm Check-in  Headquarters Building
  Camp set-up, dinner on own, pack free time Campsites
8:30 pm Leader's meeting Safari Room

Saturday

7:00 - 8:00 am Late check-in at administration building Headquarters Building
  Camp set-up, breakfast on own Campsites
8:00 - 11:00 am Program activities Program Area
11:00 am Lunch Dining Hall
1:00 - 4:00 pm Program activities Program Area
5:00 pm Dinner Dining Hall
7:00 pm Free time with pack Campsites

Sunday

8:00 am Breakfast Dining Hall
9:00 am Check-out Headquarters Building
11:00 am Camp closed  

*The final schedule will be provided during the leader's meeting on Friday night. Schedules vary based on camp attendance.

Adventure Camp Program

Adventure Camp activities include a variety of activities such as conservation activities, nature programs, seeking treasure in the lost mine, paleontology quest at the dinosaur dig, high speed pedaling at the BMX bike track, adventure at the archery range, marksmanship at the BB gun range, action at the Bud Adams sports field, and splashing in the water at the David Weekley Family Water Park (weather permitting). A team member in each area will provide program supplies and support the parents who will be invited to assist in leading the activities.

David Weekley Family Water Park

The David Weekley Family Water Park is a 93,000-gallon swimming hole. Cub Scouts can splash in the spray area or shoot down twister water slides. Scouts with all levels of swimming abilities will enjoy this blast of cool fun.

Emerson Homes BMX Bike Track

BMX bikes and safety gear are available to Cub Scouts to participate in high-speed pedal action at the BMX bike track designed by the American Bicycling Association.

BB Guns and Archery

Cub Scouts can shoot BB guns and archery on the ranges with trained shooting sports directors.

Fort Blue Bell

Fort Blue Bell is a miniature replica of a pioneer fort. Scouts love the fort, and it’s an excellent opportunity to talk about the pioneer days and the Wild West. 

K.S. "Bud" Adams Sports Field

The sports field is a wide-open space to play volleyball, softball, baseball or golf. A time can be reserved for Frisbee golf or the transverse climbing wall. Cub Scouts love a round-robin of sports, games and competitions.

Reliant Energy Nature Center

Nature, energy, ecology, and conservation programs are taught at the Reliant Energy Nature Center, Marathon Oil Company Oil Derrick, and along the nearby nature trails and ponds.

Dinosaur Archeological Dig

An archeological adventure in the heart of Texas awaits Cub Scouts! At the Dinosaur Dig, Cub Scouts will have a hands-on learning adventure. With brush in hand, they will learn the fine art of uncovering the Bovay dinosaur fossils. Cub Scouts will learn about paleontology and how the dinosaurs roamed through the hills of Texas.

Lake George

Nestled in the center of camp is Lake George. This is a hotspot for fishing and watching nature. Canoes are available during Adventure Camp. The S.S. Mary K. Fleming Paddle Wheel Boat is located on Lake George, and is a great location for fishing, bird watching and observing nature.

Leader's Guide

Leadership Requirements

Each registered group must provide a minimum of two-deep leadership and adequate supervision.  Two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including meetings. There must be a registered female adult leader 21 years of age or over in every unit serving females. A registered female adult leader 21 years of age or over must be present for any activity involving female youth. Notwithstanding the minimum leader requirements, age- and program-appropriate supervision must always be provided. (use the latest version of Youth Protection and Adult LeadershipYouth Protection and Barriers to Abuse FAQs)

Adventure camping: Lions and Tigers (with an adult partner) can participate in council-organized family camping or resident camping. In special circumstances, a Cub Scout (Wolf, Bear, Webelos Scout) whose parent or legal guardian is not able to attend an overnight camping trip may participate under the supervision of another registered adult member of the BSA who is a parent of a Cub Scout who is also attending. The unit leader and a parent or legal guardian must agree to the arrangement, and all Youth Protection policies apply. At no time may another adult accept responsibility for more than one additional “non-family member” youth.  (official Source)

The most recent updates to BSA's Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed and all Scouting activities be conducted in a safe and prudent manner including using the Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities.

Arrival and Check-in

Campers may check-in between 3:00 - 9:00 pm on Friday evening or at 7:30 am on Saturday morning. Upon arrival, all campers will check-in at the check-in building just inside the main gate and will be provided a parking pass and campsite assignment.

Programs begin on Saturday at 8:00 and run until 4:00 pm. The dining hall is closed for Saturday breakfast so please plan accordingly. Campers will be served lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast Sunday morning.

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 or group. Registration lines can be long on busy weekends so please be patient. To facilitate a quicker registration process, please be sure to have all of the mandatory paperwork: 

  1. Camp roster
  2. Youth Protection Training certificate, copy for every adult
  3. Copy of a current BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for all Scouting events) for every participant, two copies alphabetized in an envelope or notebook (one to keep in campsite and one to turn in during registration)
  4. Online registration confirmation (printed copy of emailed receipt)

Upon arrival at the campsite, please inspect the campsite to make sure there are no safety issues or prior damages. If there are any issues, report them to the staff immediately. All campsites have a pavilion with multiple picnic tables and a red fire water bucket. All persons on site will be provided a wristband and must wear their designated wristbands at all times. Wristband colors determine which rotation schedule that is to be followed. The rotation schedule is designed for a specific number of youth at each outpost.

Leader's Meeting

There is a mandatory leader's meeting at 8:30 pm in the Safari Room located in the Administration Building.

Departure Procedures

Departure is after breakfast on Sunday between 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. The camp quartermaster will drop off cleaning supplies at the restrooms on Sunday morning. Follow the written instructions for cleaning assigned showers and restrooms. 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. The camp quartermaster and camp staff will inspect each campsite to make sure the campsite, restrooms, showers, and pavilions are undamaged and clean, and that all gear and trash is removed. The trash is to be taken and dropped off at the dumpster on the way out. After passing inspection, the designated leader should proceed to the administration building to sign out and pick up paperwork.

Resources

Camp Staff

The council is looking for dedicated volunteers and paid staff to serve Scouting by working during Adventure Camps throughout the year and Resident Camp during July. The requirements are stiff; the jobs are demanding; the experience is exhilarating. For applications, contact Geno Aguilar.
 

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Contacts

 

Vincent Manning
Bovay Scout Ranch Professional Advisor
 (713) 756-3380
 vincent.manning@scouting.org

https://www.samhoustonbsa.org/adventure-camp