January 24, 2020, by Victor Rivera
register ASAP for the Santa Fe / Brazos Valley Districts 2020 Spring Camporee & IOLS, March 27-29, 2020
Santa Fe / Brazos Valley Districts
2020 Spring Camporee
Camporee Throwback & Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS)
plus Ethics Logistics and Health and Safety
Covia Property (East of Glen Rose)
March 27 – 29, 2020
Here is some information straight from the guidebook (click the guidebook cover picture above for the full 18-pages).
Introduction to the Santa Fe / Brazos Valley Districts Camporee
“Your standing as a Scout does not depend so much on the skills of your hands or the badges on your merit badge sash, as on the spirit in your heart. . . “ This quote from the 6th edition of the Boy Scouts Handbook sums up the main purpose of the Santa Fe / Brazos Valley Districts Camporee competition; that is, to test your Scout Spirit. Although you will be challenged to tie knots, build fires, and answer questions on Scout knowledge, these are only half the challenges. You will also be observed for the patrol method, individual safety, cheerful attitudes, and obedience to leadership and proper respect for the senior Scouts and adults. You are being scored not only on how much you know but also how well you are living the Scout life.
This camporee is not the type of event where you can focus on any one aspect of the competition and expect to win. Your Troop must put effort into every aspect of this event.
First Aid: First Aid will be available at the Administration tent. Medics will also be on the compass course on Saturday.
Electronics: Cameras dedicated for photographing flora and fauna are permitted. A cell phone may be used as the camera; however, if it is found to be used for making a phone call it may be confiscated and delivered to the scout’s Scoutmaster.
Lost & Found: If you should find a lost item, please take it to the Administration tent. All found items will be given back to the owners after they sing for their things before the Troop awards. Items that are needed immediately by their owners may be retrieved at the tent upon the Scoutmaster’s approval.
Direction to Camporee
From US Hwy 67 (19.1 miles west of TX 174 and 4.7 miles east of TX 144), turn north on FM 199, and follow the signs. Drive approximately 1.3 miles until the road ends on FM 2174. Turn right and drive approximately 1.8 miles to the gate entrance of the property on the west side of the road. Once through the gate, follow the signs to the Check-In.
Troops may begin arriving at 2pm Friday, March 27 and checking in between 3pm and 8:30pm before campfire (provide Unit roster, signed release forms, and pay any unpaid registration fees). Please have a Covia participant release form, found in the appendix, for each person attending the Camporee. All Troops must be checked in before the campfire as that is when the scoring begins. Campsites will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Campsites should be kept as compact as possible.
Scouters who are taking the IOLS training must identify themselves when checking in. Scouters will be assigned to a patrol and informed of their schedule, responsibilities for the weekend and where they will be camping. The IOLS participants will be camping by patrol separate from the rest of the scouters.
Arrowmen who intend to do their Brotherhood also need to identify themselves when checking in. Registration forms are at the end of the Appendix. Use the one for your lodge.
Separate camping areas for Scouts and Scouters (adults) will be established with the Administration tent between the areas. The male scouts will be south of the administration tent, the adults will be to the north from the large barn and into the corrals, and the female scouts will be north of the adults by the north gate. Webelos may camp among the Scouts provided they have been invited by a Troop to camp with them. This arrangement will allow the scouters to keep an eye on their scouts from a safe distance. Scouters will be assigned to monitor the scout camps to maintain safety and a certain amount of order while the scouts are in camp and through the nights. Venture Crews who would like to camp as a crew will have a designated area within the corral.
As long as the weather cooperates, Troop leaders should be able to drive within 25 feet of all campsites allowing the scouts to easily unload the gear that they will need for the weekend. No vehicles or trailers will be allowed to remain in the scout camp. The trailers may be left in the adult camp while vehicles should be removed to the parking area to prevent crowding.
The Scouts’ camp is very important as it will be their sleeping quarters, eating facilities, and recreation area. As part of the competition, it will be inspected for cleanliness, order, and safety. The more time and effort put into preparing and setting up their camp the better it will look and the higher it will score. Please use only as much space as you need.
- General: The scout camp needs to be the model Boy Scout camp. All the proper knots, lashings, and safety rules should be used. All personal gear and troop gear should be organized and neat.
- Garbage: Garbage should be stored and disposed of appropriately. All garbage should be in trash cans or bags. A dumpster will be provided for your convenience. Units must pack their trash to the dumpster. Prior to leaving Sunday, all units are requested to police the site and remove all trash.
- Water: Water buffaloes will be available on site. However, everyone should bring as much water in containers as possible.
- Perimeter and gateway: The scout camp should be marked off by a rope or cord suspended by poles or stakes (not provided). In addition, the camp should have a gateway entry into the camp. It can be as simple as three poles lashed together or as complex as you wish to make it. All ropes or guy-lines must be flagged with some type of marker so as not to be a hazard.
- Shelters: Tents are highly recommended for this event as the weather can change suddenly. High winds, hail, and rain as well as hot sun have been experienced during this event. Tents need to be kept neat and clean throughout the weekend.
- Fire precautions: Buckets of sand and water must be kept by all sources of fire and is encouraged for each tent. If the camp will be using wood tools such as saws and axes, an ax yard must be established for the safety of the camp. All safety rules must be followed concerning these tools. More information regarding the safety of such tools can be found in the Scout Handbook.
- Cooking gear: Each patrol should have a means of storing all of their cooking equipment. Also, each patrol should have its own, clearly defined, cooking area.
- Food Preparation: All patrols will be responsible for their own food and preparation. Patrols will be allowed to use propane camp stoves and charcoal* to prepare meals, provided a source of water and fire control supplies are at hand. *The Burn Ban Situation will be assessed and you will be informed at Check In.
- Menus and Duty Rosters: Patrols should post menus and duty rosters in an obvious place. All members of the patrol should share in the duties of the patrol. See the Appendix for a copy of an example menu/duty roster.
- Latrines: Port-a-johns will be available and placed around camp. For health reasons, given the number of participants in camp please make sure to use the port-a-johns. As there will be many people in such a small area, “cat holes” would present a major health issue. Encourage all of your members to keep the port-a-johns clean. Special Note: Any person caught vandalizing the toilets will be financially responsible for the damages. Said person will be asked to leave the camporee and the associated troop will be penalized.
In the spirit of Scouting and to ensure that the troops are maintaining a clean and fit unit, Saturday and Sunday will include both camp and uniform inspections.
Camp inspections: During the competition on Saturday and sometime Sunday morning, the Senior Patrol Leaders will inspect each campsite. They will be looking for compliance with the standards mentioned throughout this guide including campsite delineation; use of a gateway; cleanliness, neatness and organization; fire and camp safety; and menu and duty roster. A minimum of two pioneering projects should be found during Saturday’s inspection plus two more during Sunday’s inspection. Camp site inspections are worth 100 points each.
Uniform inspections: After the Flag Ceremony each morning, the SPL’s will inspect all registered members of each Troop and two adults, recognizing the two deep leadership requirement, for full Field uniforms. The Field uniform requirements will be in accordance with each troop’s traditions but will include the minimum dress shirt, belt, shorts or pants, socks, Council patch, unit number, and Patrol patch. If the Troop uniform includes a hat or neckerchief, then each member of the troop must be wearing such for full scores. Missing items will be deducted accordingly. No matter how much is used in the uniform, the uniform inspection score is worth 100 points each day. Therefore, the more parts that are included in the uniform, the less each part discounts per missing item.
Throughout the Saturday compass course, the Patrol should be in Activity uniforms that are consistent throughout the Patrol. Patrol uniforms do play a role in the score that the Patrols will receive at each skill point. Field uniforms are also required at the Flag Etiquette skill point to receive full points.
The Camporee Weekend Activities
Our 2020 Camporee will provide the Scouts a chance to demonstrate their scouting proficiency through their Patrol and Troop methods. The Patrols will demonstrate their skills through a Saturday compass course where the Scouts will complete a task at each point of the course. Each Patrol should have a Patrol flag, compass, note pad, pencil, Scout Handbook, trail lunch, and water. Each patrol will need supplies for the First Aid site being ready for any emergency. Webelos may compete as a Patrol on the course with the Scouts. They can have an adult accompany them on the course to assist as needed, but not in the events. Webelos competing as a Patrol will be scored similar to the Scouts and will be awarded place ribbons as appropriate. Their scores will not be computed with the Troop as they are not yet members of the Troop.
All Patrols will be provided a unique route through the course; each route is 2½ to 3 miles. At the beginning of the course, each patrol will be provided a map, and a pipe cleaner for collecting beads. Each map will have a unique set of instructions directing each Patrol to the skill points in a particular order. Before noon, if the Patrol arrives at a Skill Point out of order, the Patrol will be told to return to the last point and told to start over.
The course will include Fire Building; Shotgun; First Aid; Closed Compass Course; Nature; Flag Etiquette and Knots & Lashings; an Obstacle Course; and a demonstration area which may include STEM demonstration, a Civil War camp, the U.S. Army, Firefighters, and Emergency Rescue Units. The Patrols will attempt each event as directed by the host Scouters. The Patrols should come to each event as a unit, carrying their Patrol flag and singing their Patrol cheer. Beads will be given to each Scout upon completing each activity.
Some brief explanations of the various stations.
Closed Compass Course: This is a small test of orienteering skills. The Patrols will need to know how to use a compass as well as how to measure distances.
Demonstration area: There will be several groups of people showing off some of what they do best. There may be past and present skills, past and present military, and emergency services. The different areas will require the patrols to pay attention to what they share.
Fire Building: At this station the Patrol will make a fire, wood may or may not be provided. The Patrol will complete the task achieving the specific goal as assigned by the site hosts, e.g. boiling water or burning strings at certain heights.
First Aid: The Patrol will be given an open-book written test of first aid questions. There will also be a practical test where the Patrol will provide first aid to an accident victim whose injuries will be made up as realistically as possible. It is also possible that the injuries will not be apparent. The patrols need to be ready for anything. The Patrols should be carrying sufficient supplies to administer first aid to a victim. Who knows, the Patrol may find a Scout or Scouter with real injuries during the day? First aid is worth 200 points.
Flag Etiquette and Knots & Lashings: In an attempt to reduce the length of the course, these two activities will be accomplished together at the same location. The patrol will be required to lash together a flag pole, set it up and secure it. The Patrol will also perform a flag ceremony. This station is worth 200 points.
Team Building: The Patrols will be required to accomplish the task presented.
Map Test: The final location on the course will include a map test where the Patrol will use a map to answer questions on a written test.
Patrol Skis: The Patrol will work together on long boards to navigate a course for the fastest time.
Obstacle Course: A challenging course which includes tubes, tires, and a walking beam will be a test of the Patrol’s endurance, skill, and speed.
Photography: For the photography task the patrols will be given a list of at least 20 items to take a picture of while on the course, 10 of them will be wildlife pictures (flora and fauna) that they will need to identify at the end of the course. The pictures will be captured using a camera of the patrol’s choice, one camera per patrol. If the patrol comes without a camera, the patrol can use a camporee issued camera; the camera will need to be returned at the end of the course or when the course has closed.
Shotgun: This will be a test of your shooting skills using shotguns to take out five clay pigeons.
This year the cooking competition will simply be the Saturday dessert, delivered to the admin tent by 6pm. Please note that this will be scored as a Troop event.
The Scouters from every attending Troop will take part in administering the skill points. Certain Scouters will become the managers of the site to ensure consistency for the day while the other scouters play the support role to conduct the Patrols through their event.
The overall Patrol scores will be based on the raw scores. For the Troop score, the Patrol scores will be adjusted so the minimum score is 60, provided the patrol attempted the skill, and then the patrol scores will be averaged together. The purpose for this adjustment is to minimize the drag of a new patrol or the loading of a patrol with experienced scouts thus encouraging the patrols to compete in their normal formation.
***For the full 18-page guide book, click the cover picture at the top or click here>>>Santa Fe & Brazos Valley Districts 2020 <<<
The following picture is the Covia Area Map.
Please remember this:
The number of campers for the weekend needs to be known as soon as possible to ensure adequate patches and supplies are on hand. The cost for the camporee and Scouters taking the IOLS training per Scout and Scouter is yet to be determined; the registration fee includes a patch and insurance for the weekend. Registration fees can be paid at the Camporee or to the Council Office before Wednesday March 25 at the below address.
Boy Scouts of America Longhorn Council
PO Box 54190
Hurst, TX 76054-0190
The event Number is 1-6801-641-20
The event number must be on all registrations made with the Longhorn Council, so the information and payments are booked to the right event.
A Camporee patch will be given to all participants who have paid their registration fee. The Camporee will be held rain or shine.
Thank you in advance for registering in a timely manner.
Below is link for the schedule:
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