Adventure Camp

For the fall of 2020, Adventure Camp will be a half-day event at Bovay Scout Ranch. Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos Scouts (accompanied by a parent or guardian) can participate in an exciting variety of activities such as archery, BB guns, fishing, and sports (or a haunted hike in October). 

Trained staffers will provide program supplies and will lead the activities.

The most recent State of Texas and the Center for Disease Control requirements will be followed and spots will be limited. Groups will rotate together during the event will not mix with other groups.

Beginning February 2021, weekend-campouts will return.

Enjoy all the wonder and beauty of the central Texas rolling hills and lakes at Bovay Scout Ranch.   

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Registration

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis; sessions fill up fast. Registration is completed by individual families. 

The registration fee is $25 per Scout and includes a patch and program supplies. A parent or guardian must attend with each Scout. Scouts must be members of the Boy Scouts of America. To help maintain social distancing, please do not bring siblings; the program is designed for Scouts. Council refund policy.

Adventure Camp Feedback Survey

Click on a date to register:

 
Fall Adventure Camps will be half-day events.

September 26, 2020  | 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
October 17, 2020  | 1:00 - 8:45 pm (Spookoree)
October 24, 2020  | 1:00 - 8:45 pm (Spookoree)
November 21, 2020  | 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
December 5, 2020  | 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Preparing for Camp

About Bovay Scout Ranch 

Bovay Scout Ranch (3450 County Road 317, Navasota, TX 77868) is conveniently located just 60 minutes from downtown Houston and just three miles south of Navasota. Participants can enjoy all the wonder and beauty of the central Texas rolling hills and lakes at Bovay Scout Ranch.

What to Bring

For check-in:

Personal:

  • Water bottle, canteen, or cup 
  • Eat a meal before arriving.  Arrive hydrated.
  • Meal and snacks carried in lunch bag (recommend hydrating food and avoid dehydrating foods; avoid caffeinated beverage and sugary drinks; bring nonperishable food unless stored with ice packs)
  • Mask for each participant
  • Scout uniform or Scout t-shirt, recommended
  • Clothing appropriate for weather
  • Closed-toed shoes (e.g., tennis shoes)
  • Rain gear
  • Personal medications
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal first aid kit 
  • Day pack or backpack (to carry gear)
  • read the COVID-19 "At-Risk" Camp Participant Statement 

Optional:

  • Wagon
  • Camp chair
  • Money for patches, snacks and beverages, and t-shirts at the camp trading post, Trader Vics.
  • Bicycle and bike helmet
  • Camera
  • Fishing gear
  • Sports drinks or flavor packets for water (to help keep Scouts hydrated)
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Costume for spookoree event in October
Mark all items with name and pack number.

Don’t Bring: 

  • Pets
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs
  • Valuables
  • Electronics (e.g.,  iPod, iPad)*
  • Fireworks 
  • Sheath or hunting knives 
  • Scooters
  • Skates
  • Skateboards
  • Hammocks 
  • Personal firearms and ammunition 
  • Jewelry 
  • Personal bows and arrows 
  • Fuel-burning hand warmers 

Meals

Meals will not be served. Participants bring their own food (lunch or dinner) and snacks. Eat before arriving and arrive hydrated. Bring the meal in a lunch bag with ice packs that can be carried during the event. Consider bringing a daypack or backpack and a wagon. It is recommended that participants bring hydrating food and avoid dehydrating foods; avoid caffeinated beverage and sugary drinks and snacks.

Tentative Schedule*

Saturday Morning (September, November, December events)

8:00 am Check-in  
9:00 am Program activities                                          
1:00 pm Depart  

*The final schedule will be provided at check-in. Schedules vary based on camp attendance.

Saturday Afternoon (October spookoree events)

1:00 -2:00 pm Check-in  
2:30 am Program activities                                          
~8:00 pm Depart after haunted hike  

*The final schedule will be provided at check-in. Schedules vary based on camp attendance.

COVID-19 "At-Risk" Camp Participant Statement

Your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is the Sam Houston Area Council’s top priority. While there is still much uncertainty regarding COVID 19, we are monitoring the information provided by health experts and government agencies to help keep
safe those who choose to come to camp this summer.


First, our council is coordinating with state and local health departments to ensure we are informed of and comply with their guidance to mitigate the risks COVID-19 being contracted at camp. Our mitigation plan includes:

  • Pre-attendance education
  • Health screening upon your arrival at camp conducted by our camp health officers, which will also include a temperature check.
  • No visitors in camp.
  • Hygiene reminders while at camp.
  • Extra handwashing /sanitizer stations throughout camp.
  • Dedicated staff to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces and shared program equipment.
  • An emergency response plan that includes an isolation and quarantine protocol should a person at camp develop symptoms of COVID-19 or other communicable diseases.

These precautions are important, but these efforts cannot eliminate the potential for exposure to COVID-19 or any other illness while at camp. Experts have said that people with COVID-19 may show no signs or symptoms of illness, but can still spread the virus, and people may be contagious before their symptoms occur. The fact is that someone with COVID-19 may pass the required health screenings and be allowed into the camp.


We also know the very nature of camp makes social distancing difficult in many situations and impossible in others. Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this group, please ensure you have approval from your health care provider prior to attending camp. Every staff member, volunteer, and Scouting family has to evaluate their unique circumstances and make an informed decision before attending camp. We hope this information will be helpful as you make that choice.

Participant Guide

Leadership Requirements

A parent or guardian must attend with the Scouts.  

Arrival and Check-in

Participants should check-in between 8:00 - 8:45 am on Saturday morning. A temperature check will be taken in the car. Participants will be directed to go to road A or B for the pavilion assignment.

Participants will submit a copy of the COVID-19 pre-event screening form for each participant and show proof of a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A & B) for each participant. 

Participants will carry their medical form any prescribed medications with them during the event. After receiving instructions and the final schedule, participants will proceed to their assigned pavilion (group). The group will rotate to events together throughout the event.

Masks must be worn at all stations and social distancing observed.

Resources

Camp Staff

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.

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 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.

Contacts

 

Vincent Manning
Bovay Scout Ranch Professional Advisor
 (713) 756-3380
 vincent.manning@scouting.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2021 Adventure Camps

Adventure Camp is weekend campout at Bovay Scout Ranch. Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos Scouts and their families will enjoy an exciting variety of activities at several program areas. Meals are eaten in the air-conditioned dining hall. A camp staff team member in each area will provide program supplies and support the parents who will be invited to assist in leading the activities.

Conducted at the McNair Cub Scout Adventure Camp area of Bovay Scout Ranch, activities may include: seeking treasure in the lost mine, archeological quest at the dinosaur dig, a high-speed pedal feat at the BMX bike track, Robin Hood-style adventure at the archery range, marksmanship at the BB gun range, action at the Bud Adams sports field, exploring the camp at the nature center, and splashing in the water at the David Weekley Family Water Park (weather permitting).

Enjoy all the wonder and beauty of the central Texas rolling hills and lakes at Bovay Scout Ranch.   

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Registration

Registration should be completed by the pack leader or Webelos den leaders (for Webelos den camping). Families that register individually will be combined with families from other packs. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis; sessions fill up fast.

The registration fee is $40 per person and includes three meals (lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday with vegetarian and turkey patty options), a patch and the Scout’s program supplies. Children under five attend free of charge; please note that the program is designed for Scouts. Scouts must be members of the Boy Scouts of America. A $100 non-refundable deposit for the group secures a spot. All fees must be submitted no later than thirty days prior to the camping date.

One adult per 15 youth in the pack may attend at no cost. This adult will be asked to volunteer to work as program staff and must attend the 8:00 am leader’s meeting. To ensure your camp reservation, registrations, including all fees, must be submitted thirty days prior.

Register

Every adult attending Adventure Camp must follow Bovay’s policies and procedures located in the Leader's Guide and the Guide to Safe Scouting. Council refund policy.

Adventure Camp Feedback Survey

Click on a date to register:

 
When spring registration opens, an announcement will be posted at www.facebook.com/shac.bsa.

• February 26-28, 2021
• March 5-7, 2021
• March 26-28, 2021
• April 16-18, 2021
• April 30 - May 2, 2021
• May 14-17, 2021

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.

Each campsite is equipped with modern restrooms, private hot showers, potable drinking water, lighted covered pavilion, picnic tables and a campfire ring. Campsites have a unique and stunning view of prairies, lakes, woods, breathtaking sunsets and glorious sunrises. Campsites and facilities are wheelchair accessible.

What to Bring

Personal (check with Cubmaster):

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag, sheets or blanket
  • Pillow
  • 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
  • Sunscreen
  • Pocket knife and Totin' Chip
  • Personal first aid kit 

Optional

  • 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
  • Camera
  • 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)
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
Mark all items with name and pack number.

Pack:

  • 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

For pack check-in:

  1. Camp roster
  2. Youth Protection Training certificate, copy for every adult
  3. 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)
  4. Online registration confirmation (printed copy of emailed receipt)

 

Don’t Bring: 

  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs
  • Valuables
  • Electronics (e.g.,  iPod, iPad)*
  • Fireworks 
  • Sheath or hunting knives 
  • Pets 
  • Scooters
  • Skates
  • Skateboards
  • Hammocks 
  • Personal firearms and ammunition 
  • Jewelry 
  • Personal bows and arrows 
  • Fuel-burning hand warmers 

*Electricity is very limited. 

Meals

The registration fee includes three meals (lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday), patch, and Scout’s program supplies. Children under five attend free of charge; please note that the program is designed for Cub Scouts. 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.

Campsites

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. 

Tentative Schedule*

Friday

3:00 - 9:00 pm Check-in  Headquarters Building
  Camp set-up, dinner on own, pack free time Campsites
8:30 pm Leader's meeting Safari Room

Saturday

7:00 - 8:00 am Late check-in at administration building Headquarters Building
  Camp set-up, breakfast on own Campsites
8:00 - 11:00 am Program activities Program Area
11:00 am Lunch Dining Hall
1:00 - 4:00 pm Program activities Program Area
5:00 pm Dinner Dining Hall
7:00 pm Free time with pack Campsites

Sunday

8:00 am Breakfast Dining Hall
9:00 am Check-out Headquarters Building
11:00 am Camp closed  

*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.

Lake George

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.

    

Leader's Guide

Leadership Requirements

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 LeadershipYouth Protection and Barriers to Abuse FAQs)

Adventure camping: Lions and Tigers (with an adult partner) can participate in council-organized family camping or resident camping. In special circumstances, a Cub Scout (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)

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 may check-in between 3:00 - 9:00 pm on Friday evening or at 7:30 am on Saturday morning. 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.

Programs begin on Saturday at 8:00 and run until 4:00 pm. The dining hall is closed for Saturday breakfast so please plan accordingly. Campers will be served lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast Sunday morning.

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 or group. Registration lines can be long on busy weekends so please be patient. To facilitate a quicker registration process, please be sure to have all of the mandatory paperwork: 

  1. Camp roster
  2. Youth Protection Training certificate, copy for every adult
  3. 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)
  4. Online registration confirmation (printed copy of emailed receipt)

Upon arrival at the campsite, please inspect the campsite to make sure there are no safety issues or prior damages. If there are any issues, report them to the staff immediately. All campsites have a pavilion with multiple picnic tables and a red fire water bucket. All persons on site will be provided a wristband and must wear their designated wristbands at all times. Wristband colors determine which rotation schedule that is to be followed. The rotation schedule is designed for a specific number of youth at each outpost.

Leader's Meeting

There is a mandatory leader's meeting at 8:30 pm in the Safari Room located in the Administration Building.

Departure Procedures

Departure is after breakfast on Sunday between 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. The camp quartermaster will drop off cleaning supplies at the restrooms on Sunday morning. Follow the written instructions for cleaning assigned showers and restrooms. 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. The camp quartermaster and camp staff will inspect each campsite to make sure the campsite, restrooms, showers, and pavilions are undamaged and clean, and that all gear and trash is removed. The trash is to be taken and dropped off at the dumpster on the way out. After passing inspection, the designated leader should proceed to the administration building to sign out and pick up paperwork.

Resources

Camp Staff

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.
 

Contacts

 

Vincent Manning
Bovay Scout Ranch Professional Advisor
 (713) 756-3380
 vincent.manning@scouting.org