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.
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.
What to Bring
Personal (check with Cubmaster):
- Sleeping bag, sheets or blanket
- 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
- Pocket knife and Totin' Chip
- Personal first aid kit
- 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
- 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)
- Insect repellent
Mark all items with name and pack number.
- 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
- Camp roster
- Youth Protection Training certificate, copy for every adult
- 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)
- Online registration confirmation (printed copy of emailed receipt)
- Illegal drugs
- Electronics (e.g., iPod, iPad)*
- Sheath or hunting knives
- Personal firearms and ammunition
- Personal bows and arrows
- Fuel burning hand warmers
*Electricity is very limited.
The registration fee includes eight meals: dinner on day 1, three meals on days 2-3, and breakfast on day 4. 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
||Check-in at the gate. Meet campsite host at campsite. Set up campsite.
||Swim checks, safety talks, medical checks
||Pack free time, review rules, establish buddies
||Headquarters Building - Safari Room
||Chapel service (day 2)
Sunrise hike (day 3)
||Lunch / quiet time / den time
||Dining Hall / Campsites
||Game night (day 2)
Campfire (day 3)
||Break camp, campsite inspection
*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 a 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.
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.
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 Leadership; Youth Protection and Barriers to Abuse FAQs)
Adult ratios for Cub Scout Resident camp: Tigers entering 1st grader the next school year can participate in resident camping with an adult partner. In special circumstances, a Cub Scout entering 2nd - 5th grade the next school year (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)
Background Check: Every adult must submit an Adult in Camp State Compliance Form (registration step 2; background check) no later than two weeks before the first day of camp. The state of Texas requires that the council complete a background check on each adult attending camp.
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 should arrive between 2:00-2:45 pm. 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. A campsite host will greet campers in the campsite and help with check-in procedures. All campsites have a pavilion with multiple picnic tables and a fire water bucket.
After everyone in your pack has arrived, the campsite host will escort two adults and all of the Cub Scouts for the required health screening, safety talk, and swim checks. Swim checks will take place from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the water park. Everyone will be checked for swimmer or non-swimmer status.
Leader check-in. 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. To facilitate a quick registration process, please be sure to have all of the mandatory paperwork:1. Online registration confirmation (printed copy of emailed receipt)
- Copy of Youth Protection Training (YPT) certificate for each adult; YPT can taken online at my.scouting.org
- Current BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A&B), two copies for each participant. Alphabetized copies in an envelope or notebook (one for campsite, one for camp).
Note: the adult in Adult in Camp Compliance form (registration step 2) required by the state of Texas for each adult and Bovay Camp Roster are to be submitted no later than two weeks before camp.
A mandatory leader’s meeting is held at 7:00 pm on the first day in the Safari Room at the administration building. Every adult should attend except those needed to supervise the Cub Scouts in the campsite. During the leader’s meeting, the key staff will be introduced, information distributed and questions answered.
Departure is after breakfast on the last day of the session; camp closes at 12:00 pm. The campsite host will assist with check out. Please let them know ahead of time what specific time you will be ready to leave. On the morning of departure, the camp host will drop off cleaning supplies for the restrooms. Scouts in each campsite 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 host will inspect each campsite to make sure the campsite, restrooms, showers, and pavilions are undamaged and clean, and gear and trash removed. After passing inspection, the designated leader should proceed to the administration building to sign out, turn in camp feedback forms and pick up medical forms.
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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