Full Throttle

Camp Strake
2020 Camp Strake Rd., Coldspring, TX 77331

Full Throttle is a weekend event for troops, crews, and ships who are camping at Camp Strake. Scouts to participate in various program areas such as shooting sports (rifle, shotgun, archery), climbing, COPE (high-ropes course), swimming, ziplining, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and ATV riding. The camp staff provides the program leadership.

Registration

Registration is completed by the unit leader. The registration fee is $100 for an individual campsite (or $50 for smaller units that can share campsites) to cover the campsite and day fees. There are additional charges for Scouts to participate in the various program areas. Payments are made online with a credit card or electronic check. Council refund policy

Camping: When registering for Full Throttle, troops will select a campsite size (you do not need to also register for weekend camping). Troops who already registered for weekend camping in September and only reserved a campsite can register for this event. There is an option when selecting a campsite that states a campsite was already reserved. Troops that have already registered for weekend camping in September in addition to program areas should contact sandra.borrego@scouting.org for options.

When initially registering, the names of the Scouts are not needed. Update, modify the registration, and/or add the Scout's schedule (program areas), by going to https://samhoustonbsa.doubleknot.com/signon/2690 (instructions). Program area sessions that are full will not show up in the registration system.

Program Selection Form:  An optional program selection form is available for units to use. Before printing or emailing, insert the dates of camp at the top of the page and contact information, due date, and any additional instructions at the bottom of the page. 

Program Selection Form (optional)

Click on a date to register:  

September 24-26, 2021

Tentative Spring Dates:
(An announcement will be posted on facebook.com/shac.bsa when registration opens)
• April 8-10, 2022
• April 29 - May 1, 2022
• May 7-8, 2022

 

Volunteers

The event staff needs certified volunteers (climbing, shooting sports, aquatics, ATV) to increase program availability and expand program options. Additional volunteers are also needed to support the certified volunteers.

Staff Application

Program

Scouts can participate in six 45-minute sessions on Saturday. Scouts can participate in the program areas more than once. When Scouts are not participating in a program area, the troop leadership is responsible for programming in the campsites. Camp staff will provide leadership in the program areas.

Program Area

Cost

Age

Prerequisite and Notes

Archery $5    
ATV Training/Riding (all-day) N/A for Sept. 14+ (required) See details below for prerequisites and additional items to bring.
Boating (canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding)       $3   Be able to pass a BSA swim test and be physically fit.
Climbing $5 13+ (recommended)  Be physically able to handle climbing.
COPE (high ropes course) $5 14+ (required) Be physically fit and not afraid of heights.
Rifle Shooting $8    
Shotgun Shooting $15 13+ (recommended)   Be physically able to handle the recoil of the gun.
Swimming (pool) $3   Be able to pass a BSA swim test.
Zipline $5 14+ (required)  
Additional activities (on your own with buddies):
Fishing $0   Bring fishing pole (for bass, sunfish, bluegill) and bait (worms, corn, jigs, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, topwater lures); hooks must be barbless; catch and release only.
Frisbee Golf $0   Bring frisbee.
GaGa Ball $0   Bring kickball.

Program area sessions that are full will not show up in the online registration system.

ATV Program

The ATV program is an all-day program designed for older Scouts (14+). For ATV riding, participants must bring:

  • several long sleeve shirts and long pants
  • ankle-high boots
  • other items recommended: ATV face mask, riding gloves, head bandana, and a bag to carry muddy clothes. 
  • ATV Covid Form (signed by a parent/guardian), required by ATV Safety Institue
  • ATV Consent Form (signed by a parent/guardian), required by ATV Safety Institue
  • Complete the ATV Safety Institue E-Course online before camp. There is no charge to take the 1-2.5 hour course (direct link).

During the morning, participants will complete a 4½ hour course to learn how to properly ride the ATV which will certify the participants to ride the ATVs on the trails with the instructors on any open ride weekends. The course includes videos, pictures, and interactive lessons to address basic ATV safety principles.  During the afternoon/evening sessions, participants will ride the trails.

Leader Training

Adults are encouraged to invest in themselves by participating in the leader trainings offered during the event. More information coming soon.

Schedule

Friday

6:30 - 8:30 pm Troop check-in
6:30 - 8:30 pm Swim checks (for participants scheduled for swimming or boating)

Saturday 

7:00 - 8:00 am Breakfast (campsites)
8:00 - 8:30 am Swim checks
8:30 - 10:00 am Session 1
10:15 - 11:45 am Session 2
12:00 - 12:45 pm      Lunch (campsites)
1:00 - 2:30 pm Session 3
2:45 - 4:15 pm Session 4
5:00 - 5:45 pm Dinner (campsites)
6:00 - 7:30 pm Session 5
7:45 - 9:15 pm Session 6

Sunday

 
8:00 - 10:00 am Breakfast
10:30 am Troop break campsites and check out

Swim Checks

On Friday evening, after Scouts drop off their gear at their campsite, Scouts participating in boating or swimming should change into swimsuits, take a towel and report to the aquatic area. Buddy tags will be issued based on the level of swimming proficiency. Adult assistance is needed to hand out the buddy tags during the swim check.

Swim Checks Prior to the Event. Units may complete their swim checks locally prior to the event following the Swim Classification Procedures or bring documentation of swim checks conducted during summer camp. The unit-level swim check must be conducted by one of the following certified people: Aquatics Instructor, BSA; Aquatics Cub Supervisor; BSA Lifeguard; BSA Swimming & Water Rescue; or other lifeguard, swimming instructor, etc. When swim tests are conducted prior to camp, the camp aquatics director shall reserve the authority to review or retest all participants to ensure that standards have been maintained for the safety of everyone. 

Swim Classification Procedures Record and Classifications

What to Bring

Personal Gear* (check with Scoutmaster)

  • Field uniform (Scout uniform)^
  • Activity uniform (Scout t-shirt) 
  • Tent and ground cloth
  • Sleeping bag, blankets, sheet 
  • Pillow 
  • Cot or pad 
  • Shoes (closed-toe) or hiking boots 
  • Cap or hat 
  • Pajamas or sleeping clothes
  • Rain gear (pants and jacket) 
  • Swimsuit and towel (if participating in swimming or boating)
  • Personal items (e.g., deodorant, comb, medications, toothpaste, toothbrush)
  • Personal medications: prescriptions (listed on medical form) and over-the-counter, in original containers
  • Sunscreen 
  • Camping gear
  • Water bottle
  • Insect repellent (non-aerosol) 
  • Mosquito netting  
  • Portable chair or camp stool 
  • Scouts (ages 14+) enrolled in the ATV program have additional items to bring.

Troop Equipment

  • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (part A&B for all Scouting events) for every participant
  • Trash bags, 55-gallon
  • Ice chest
  • Troop first aid kit 
  • Lanterns 
  • Lockable storage container 
  • Firewood (if no burn ban) 
  • Cooking gear and food (There is not much time in the schedule for Scouts to cook meals - non-cooking meals are adult prepared meals are recommended)
  • Hose, optional
  • Hand washing station to put next to the water spigot, recommended (e.g., small bucket, bar of soap)
  • Sports equipment, optional (e.g., Frisbee, football, soccer ball, kickball)
Optional
  • Spending money for trading post (cash, debit, credit)
  • Backup phone battery, rechargeable, fully charged
  • Fishing pole and bait (worms, corn, jigs, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, topwater lures); hooks must be barbless; catch and release only
^The field uniform is not expected to be worn as part of the weekend programming, so check with the Scoutmaster before packing.
*Mark all items with name and troop number.  Electricity is limited.

Don’t Bring: Bikes, valuables, electronics (e.g., iPad), fireworks, sheath or hunting knives, pets, hammocks that hang from a tree, personal firearms and ammunition, jewelry, personal bows and arrows

Free-standing hammocks and hammocks with leave-no-trace straps can be used. Hammocks without leave-no-trace straps (aka., thin straps or ropes) cannot be used.

Safety

Buddy System

All Scouts should adhere to the buddy system throughout the camp. Scouting’s buddy system calls for Scouts to pair up with a friend or two for all activities. This helps ensure safety and accountability and teaches Scouts to have responsibility for others. No Scout should ever be found wandering through camp alone. It can be difficult to implement the buddy system when a Scout does not schedule classes with fellow members of their troop. Troop leaders are encouraged to pair Scouts in classes as much as possible. If this is not feasible, the Scout should walk with other Scouts in the class to the location of the merit badge class. Due to the number of Scouts and the short amount of time between classes, this should be a relatively simple exercise.

Scouting Safely

The BSA's Commitment to Safety is ongoing and we want you to know that the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees cannot be compromised. The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership. The Sam Houston Area Council takes great strides to ensure the safety of its youth as well as the adult volunteer leadership that interacts with them. 

BSA Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed. All participants must follow Youth Protection Guidelines at all Scouting events. Highlights include:

  • Two-deep leadership on all outings required.  
  • One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is prohibited. 
  • The buddy system should be used at all times. 
  • Discipline must be constructive.

Health and safety must be integrated into everything we do, to the point that no injuries are acceptable beyond those that are readily treatable by Scout-rendered first aid. As an aid in the continuing effort to protect participants in a Scout activity, the BSA National Health and Safety Committee and the Council Services Division of the BSA National Council have developed the "Sweet Sixteen" of BSA safety procedures for physical activity. These 16 points, which embody good judgment and common sense, are applicable to all activities.

Youth Protection Guidelines  Guide to Safe Scouting  Sweet Sixteen  Enterprise Risk Management

Contacts

Sandra Borrego
Registration
 (713) 865-9123
sandra.borrego@scouting.org
​Include unit number and date attending.
 Doubleknot Support
 Camp Strake: 2020 Camp Strake Rd., Coldspring, TX 77331
 Camp Strake office: (979) 204-1526,
 Map of Camp Strake
 Google map of Camp Strake

Benton Cole
Full Throttle Director
 benton.cole2@gmail.com
​Include unit number and week attending.

 

Erick Simmons
Camp Strake Director
 (979) 204-1526, Camp Strake office
 (713) 756-3315​
 erick.simmons@scouting.org
​Include unit number and week attending.

David Van Kleek
Council Camping Chair
 (713) 201-6799​
 david.vankleeck@entouch.net​
​Include unit number and week attending.