Sam Houston Area Council Camp Guidelines and Policies

  1. Safety: 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. 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.  "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. Sufficient adult leadership must be provided on all trips and outings based on the total number of youth attending."
  4. Adult ratios 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 a parent or guardian. It is essential that each Webelos Scout be under the supervision of a parent-approved adult.
    1. Joint Webelos den/troop campouts including the parents of the Webelos Scouts are encouraged to strengthen ties between the pack and troop.
    2. Den leaders, pack leaders, and parents are expected to accompany the youth on approved trips."
  5. Training:

    YPT: All registered BSA adults must take Youth Protection Training (YPT) online. All parents attending a campout are highly encouraged to take YPT. 

    Hazardous Weather: At least one adult in every registered group must have current Hazardous Weather Training taken online.

    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. Leaders who took previously took Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders may count that course.
  6. Roster: Every group must submit a camp roster listing all participants.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Trash should not be buried. All garbage should be placed in the dumpster.
  10. Damage to equipment and facilities: Report all lost or broken equipment to the camp ranger or campmaster.
  11. Bikes: All cyclists must wear a properly sized and fitted helmet.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Pets are not allowed in camp except for guide dogs.
  15. Schedule: Check-in begins after 3:00 pm on Fridays and check-out is no later than 11:00 am on Sundays.
  16. Fishing: Catch and release fishing is allowed at council camps except for Camp Brosig. Bring your own poles. Fishing licenses are not required.
  17. 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.
  18. 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