Camp Policies

Sam Houston Area Council Camp Guidelines and Policies

  1. Safety: 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.
     
  2. Medical Forms: Every participant must have a BSA Health and Medical Report
     
  3. Leadership: 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)

    Family camping: Lions and Tigers (with an adult partner), Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts may participate in family camping. "Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children, and Youth Protection policies apply." (official Source)
    Den camping:  Overnight camping by Lion, Tiger, Wolf, or Bear Cub Scouts as dens is prohibited. A Webelos Scout may participate in overnight den camping. In most cases, the Webelos Scout will be under the supervision of a parent or guardian. It is essential that each Webelos Scout be under the supervision of a parent-approved adult.  (official Source)
    Resident camp and 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)
     
  4. Training:

    YPT: All registered BSA adults must take Youth Protection Training (YPT) online. All parents attending a campout are highly encouraged to take YPT. 
    For pack family camping/overnighters: "At least one adult on a pack family campout/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 course near you.
    For Webelos den camping: At least one adult 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 course near you.
     
  5. Roster: Every group must submit a camp roster listing all participants.
     
  6. Incident Reporting: ANY incident that requires the intervention of medical personnel, involves emergency responders, or results in a response beyond Scout-rendered first aid must be reported. Near miss incidents (does not result in injury, illness, or damage by definition, but it had the potential to do so) should also be reported.
     
  7. 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.
     
  8. Trash should not be buried. All garbage should be placed in the dumpster.
     
  9. Damage to equipment and facilities: Report all lost or broken equipment to the camp ranger or campmaster.
     
  10. Bikes: All cyclists must wear a properly sized and fitted helmet.
     
  11. 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.
     
  12. 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.
     
  13. Pets are not allowed in camp except for guide dogs.
     
  14. Schedule: Check-in begins after 3:00 pm on Fridays and check-out is no later than 11:00 am on Sundays.
     
  15. Fishing: Catch and release fishing is allowed at council camps except for Camp Brosig. Bring your own poles. Fishing licenses are not required.
     
  16. 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.
     
  17. The following items are not allowed at council camps:
  • Alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs
  • Fireworks
  • Skateboards
  • Skates and roller blades
  • Personally owned firearms
  • Personally owned archery equipment
  • Personally owned crossbows
  • Personally owned slingshots or projectiles