The Bovay Scout Ranch is located just south of Navasota and is a favorite camping spot for Pack 350 to kick off the new Scout Year (the school year). The boys have a chance to experience the first camping trip of the season with the wonderful organized activities that help them achieve new awards and advancements. Even if your family has never camped in anything more wild than the living room, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself.
There are a few thing you should know before you bring your new Cub Scout along.
First of all ever person attending that is over the age of 18 must have completed the Youth Protection Training. Don’t worry, the training isn’t hard, it doesn’t take too long, you can complete it online and it is free. Print out the certificate and bring it with you.
Youth Protection Training: http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx
Next you will need to bring medical form for everyone who is attending (Parts A&B). These forms are required and are very important in case someone has a medical emergency.
What about the camping gear?
The camp staff recommends the following items: tent; sleeping bag, sheets, or blanket and pillow; cot or air mattress; toiletries (e.g., shampoo, toothbrush, deodorant); water bottle; towel and wash cloth; sunscreen; insect repellent; swimsuit; clothes appropriate for weather; rain gear, extra clothes; Scout uniform; closed toed shoes (tennis shoes) and extra pair; flashlight with fresh batteries; personal medication; All items should be marked with name (tagging it with Pack 350 will help any wayward gear find its way back to you).
Optional gear: 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; money for trading post; shower shoes; snacks (do not keep in tent); sports drinks or flavor packets for water (to help keep Scouts hydrated); sunglasses.
Are you unsure what tent or sleeping bag you should have? Pack 350 has loaner gear that other families in the Pack personally own and will help others with. If you’re wanting to purchase your own camping gear, you can check out our blog post on the subject: Your First Pack Camp-out.
What about the meals?
Friday night dinner is not provided, please bring something to eat or eat before you arrive in camp. The rest of the meals are either cooked by the Pack or served in the camp facilities.
What is not allowed?
These items are not allowed at any Sam Houston Council camp: alcohol, electronics/game equipment, firearms, guns and ammunition, illegal drugs, liquid fuel lanterns or stoves, pets, scooters, skates, skateboards and valuables. Yes liquid fuel lanterns or stoves means the classic Coleman stoves and lanterns that uses kerosene (white gas, coleman fuel, etc).