Overnight Family Camping

When a Scout joins Cub Scouting, they join an organization that values the fun and excitement of experiencing the outdoors. Each Cub Scout pack is encouraged to provide its youth members with enriching, positive outdoor activities. Family camping can be an exciting addition to your pack's program. During family camping, the pack leadership plans the camping program and food. The council has additional camping opportunities that include a fun, advancement based program such as day camp, resident camp and Adventure Camp.

Pack overnighters are "pack-organized overnight events involving more than one family from a single pack, focused on age-appropriate Cub Scout activities and conducted at council-approved locations. If nonmembers (siblings) participate, the event must be structured accordingly to accommodate them. BSA health and safety and youth protection policies apply. In most cases, each youth member will be under the supervision of a parent or guardian. In all cases, each youth participant is responsible to a specific adult." (Source)

Just as young people grow, learn and mature in a continuing progression of experience so, too, do the camping and outdoor programs of the BSA. The BSA offers a continuum of experiences based on the age, interest and ability level of youth, and also offers recognition awards for all levels of Scouting outdoor AdventuresThe Adventure Plan (TAP) is a tool to guide unit leaders through all stages of adventure planning. Adherence to the BSA's policies found in the Guide to Safe Scouting, Youth Protection Guidelines, and Scouting Safely are required. In addition, careful program planning will assure a positive experience for your pack, the Cub Scout and their family. 

Bovay Scout Ranch

Enjoy all the wonder and beauty of the central Texas rolling hills and lakes at Bovay Scout Ranch. Bovay has year-round camping program opportunities for pack overnighters and Webelos dens. Conveniently located 60 minutes from downtown Houston, Bovay Scout Ranch can be found just three miles south of Navasota on the east side of Highway 6, on County Road 317 (3450 County 317, Navasota, TX 77868). During family camping weekends, the pack leadership plans the camping program and food. Campsites, restrooms and showers are available; however, the program areas and dining hall are not available during family camping.

In addition to family camping, Bovay Scout Ranch also has three programs which include a fun, advancement-based program, and meals: Resident Camp, Adventure Camp, Fun with Family, and Webelos Coyote Xtreme Camp


Bovay Scout Ranch Weekend Camping Reservations

Packs and Webelos dens, troops, crews and ships can camp at Bovay Scout Ranch. Read Sam Houston Area Council's camp policies below, and then click on the date to make a reservation.

(click on date to register)
Cost Additional Considerations Additional information
• September 9-11, 2022
• October 28-30, 2022
• November 4-6, 2022
• December 9-11, 2022
$75 per campsite (capacity of 50; includes Day Usage Fee) Packs, Webelos dens troops, crews, and ships, can camp at Bovay. Campsites accommodate 50 campers per site. During overnight camping, the unit leadership plans the camping program and food. Campmasters issue campsite assignments upon check-in. Review:
• Bovay Scout Ranch Leader's Guide
• SHAC Camp Guidelines and Policies
All participants must follow all:
BSA Leadership and Youth Protection Requirements
Guide to Safe Scouting

Leadership Requirements

"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." (SourceYouth Protection and Barriers to Abuse FAQs)

At least one adult on a pack 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 training course near you. Direct contact leaders must complete Hazardous Weather Training taken at my.Scouting.org.

Adult program participants must register as adults and follow Youth Protection policies. (Source Youth Protection Training (YPT) is required for all BSA registered volunteers and may  Youth Protection Training (YPT) at my.Scouting.org. Youth Protection Training (YPT) must be taken every two years. (Source 

Directions to Bovay Scout Ranch

Bovay Scout Ranch is located at 3450 County 317, Navasota, TX 77868.

  • Directions through Hempstead: Take Hwy 290 North through Hempstead.  From Hempstead take Hwy 6 North for 16 miles. Turn right onto County Road 317. Travel to end of road through camp gate.
  • Directions through Conroe: From Conroe, take Hwy 105 West for 45 miles.  Turn left onto Hwy 8 for three miles. Turn left onto County Road 317 (just past Grassy Creek). Travel to end of the road through camp gate.

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Geno Aguilar
Camp Registrations
 (713) 756-3304
 Cub Scout Camping
 Bovay Scout Ranch: 3450 County Road 317, Navasota, TX 77868


Brandon Lewis
Director of Support Service
 (713) 756-3319