Tellepsen Scout Camp is located at Bovay Scout Ranch with rolling hills and lakes, campsites surrounded by native huisache and bois-d’arc trees, and sunsets that are absolutely breathtaking. The Ranch’s 1,400 plus acres are a natural paradise for plants and wildlife. The Tellepsen Scout Camp at Bovay Scout Ranch facilities for a wide range of activities including rifle, shotgun, and archery shooting ranges, a climbing tower, and an orienteering course. A backcountry area is available for primitive camping, and is suitable for crews preparing for Philmont treks.
Tellepsen Scout Camp has eight campsites that accommodate 50 individuals per site. Each campsite has a 30'x40' pavilion with electricity. One shower and restroom facility is available for every two campsites. It is the home of the council's largest rifle range and a 41-foot climbing tower. The rifle range consists of four 50-yard high-powered rifle stations, four 100-yard high-powered rifle stations, a five-station shotgun trap range, eight shooting stations for .22 rifles and pistols and an archery range. The climbing tower has four rappelling stations of 11 feet, 22 feet, 32 feet, and 41 feet. Flyer
Camp Reservations and Fees
Tellepsen Scout Camp is located at Bovay Scout Ranch.
Tellepsen Scout Camp
3450 County Road 317
Navasota, TX 77868
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The camp is located about six miles south of Navasota (one mile south of TX-6 BUS N and Tx-6 N Split) on the east side of TX-6 on County Road 317 (3450 County Road 317, Navasota, TX 77868
Directions through Hempstead:
- Take Hwy 290W through Hempstead
- From Hempstead take
Hwy 6N for 16 miles
- Turn right onto County Road 317
- Travel to end of road through camp gate
Directions through Conroe:
- From Conroe take Hwy 105W
for 45 miles
- Turn left onto Hwy 6 South
for 3 miles
- Turn left onto County Road 317
(just past Grassy Creek)
- Travel to end of road through camp gate.
Note: When leaving camp, be extremely cautious as this is a 75 mph zone with poor visibility of oncoming traffic due to the hill. Many people will be leaving at the same time, do not bunch up in the median. Instead of crossing two lanes of high-speed traffic, it may be advisable to turn right and then u-turn at the next available median a short distance away.
This leader’s guide will provide basic information about camp operations and the camp programs offered and to help prepare units for outstanding camping programs.
Rangers / Campmasters: Bovay Scout Ranch is served by a camp ranger in residence and additional rangers as needed. Unit needs during their time at Tellepsen Scout Camp should contact one of the rangers. During most weekends, there will be one or more camp masters, volunteer leaders providing additional support to the ranger. The camp masters are located in the check-in building near the entrance to the ranch.
Check-in Building: The check-in building is located at the entrance. This facility is used to greet visitors to the camp, provide directions, and issue parking permits. All visitors should be prepared to stop at this building to sign-in to camp. Once signed in, visitors will be directed either to their assigned campsite, or to the Headquarters. Any issues should be handled with the campmasters located at the check-in facility or with the camp ranger.
Headquarters: The Bovay Scout Ranch Headquarters is located at the McNair Cub Adventure Camp. It’s purpose is to support Cub Scout camping programs, and is normally not prepared to handle issues for Tellepsen Scout Camp.
Parking: Tellepsen Scout Camp has been designed to minimize driving on the site. Once personal vehicles have been checked in at the camp entrance, drivers will be directed to the appropriate unloading area for their campsite. All vehicles must have a vehicle pass. These are available upon arrival at check-in. Once unloaded, vehicles will be parked at the main parking lot just south of the climbing tower, and remain there during camp activities. There is a small parking spot at each campsite where an emergency vehicle and unit trailer may be parked during camp. The camp trail system and facility layout provide for foot traffic to all camp activity locations. Adults or scouts with mobility concerns should coordinate with the camp director for assistance in meeting transportation needs. Speed Limits are 25 mph on main roads. Vehicles must stay on roads at all times.
Tellepsen Scout Camp Program Areas
All facilities at Tellepsen Scout Camp are modern and ADA-compliant. There are no air-conditioned facilities at Tellepsen Scout Camp.
Medical Information and Emergencies
Emergencies: The camp has emergency phone numbers posted near all telephones, and FM radio communication throughout the camp. In an emergency, the camp ranger, or designee, will initiate emergency procedures depending upon the situation. During emergencies, adult leaders should supervise their own unit’s response appropriately. If an evacuation is necessary, it will be initiated by the camp ranger.
Hospital Treatment: Should any participant at Tellepsen Scout Camp require medical treatment beyond the first aid capabilities provided by unit members, they should be evacuated to the nearest medical treatment facility by unit leaders. The closest hospital to the camp is:
CHI St Joseph Health Grimes Hospital 210 South Judson St (~15 minutes away; open 24 hours)
Navasota, TX 77868
At the entrance to Bovay Scout Ranch is the check-in building. This facility is used to greet visitors to the camp, provide directions, and issue parking permits. All visitors should be prepared to stop at this building to sign-in to camp. Once signed in, visitors will be directed either to their assigned campsite.
Bovay Scout Ranch has a Headquarters building located at the McNair Cub Adventure Camp. Its purpose is to support programs at the McNair Adventure Camp, and is normally not prepared to handle issues for Tellepsen Scout Camp. Any issues should be handled with the campmasters at the check-in facility or ranger.
There are 8 campsites nestled in cleared areas throughout the camp. Troops may share a campsite with another troop. Requests for specific campsites can be made in advance, but there are no guarantees. Each campsite has a 30' x 40' pavilion with electricity and picnic tables, a fire pit and a water spigot.
Shower houses are located along the main campsite road and are shared by two campsites. Each stall in the shower house is ADA-compliant and has a toilet, sink, and shower facility. There are no gender-specific stalls in these shower houses.
The shotgun range consists of four 50-yard high-powered rifle stations, four 100-yard high-powered rifle stations and a five-stand shotgun range.
The rifle range consists of eight shooting stations for .22 rifles and pistols.
The archery range.
Integral to the climbing program is the climbing tower and training pavilion. The tower has 4 levels: 11 feet, 22 feet, 32 feet, and 41 feet; each allowing for 2 climbs or 2 rappels or any combination, and are accessible from an interior stairwell. It also has a large covered pavilion and toilet facilities that are used for climbing activities and training programs. Located at the south end of the camp adjacent to the parking lot, it provides a great vantage point overlooking the entire camp. Here, beginner and experienced climbers get a chance to test and improve their skills.
Located in the center of camp, just east of campsites 2 and 3 is a large open program field. Here, there is space for a wide range of sporting activities. At the top of the hill at the east edge of the program field is a set of three flag poles suitable for camp ceremonies.
Duke Energy Camporee Site
Troops, crews and districts may camp at the Duke Energy Camporee Site. This 100- acre camporee area is nestled between the rolling hills and prairies of camp. The Duke Energy Camporee Site is a primitive camping area, and to preserve its natural beauty, the principles of Leave No Trace must be strictly followed. Reservations are made through the district professional. This site is intended primarily to support large district-size outdoor events.