Tall Timbers Camporee

April 27-29, 2019

Camp Brosig
1893 Trenchman Road 
Sealy, TX 77474

Camporee is a weekend campout for troops around the district.  Troops compete against other troops, to win the honor troop flag. Scouts test their survival skills in the ultimate troop competition.

  • Patrol events
  • Troop contests
  • Skill tests
  • Cooking competition
  • Order of the Arrow callout
  • Saturday campfire

Registration

Registration is done by troops. Registration is $12 per person.  T-shirts can be purchased for $12. T-shirts must be ordered by 4/6/18. 

Registration opens soon.     

To print the Leader's Guide, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Printable View.

Medical Forms

BSA Health and Medical Records (Parts A & B) are required for every participant. These will be turned in on Friday night. You can bring your alphabetized notebook which will be returned on Sunday morning.

Competitions

The six areas of competition: first aid, stretcher build and relay, fitness, fire building, pioneering, and orienteering.

Volunteer Information

Each troop will need to provide at least one adult to assist the events and skills competitions. Please contact the camporee chair if your volunteers have any preference for any particular event. We will try to accommodate your preferred event, but we cannot make any promises.

Attire

Field uniforms should be worn at all flag assemblies, campfire and awards ceremony, and Interfaith Service. Scouts may wear activity uniforms (Scouting t-shirts) or Scouting-appropriate themed attire at all other times. All patrol members are expected to be in uniform with each other; themed spirit items within the patrol are encouraged and not required, but no spirit points will be awarded. Running cleats or special competitive clothing is not permitted. No inappropriate costumes or clothes are permitted. Scouts must wear a shirt. No firearms, including toys, props, and replicas are permitted. Any such weapons will be confiscated. Judges factor neatness, completeness, and uniformity of Scout uniforms and patrol cooperation during competitions. In keeping with the theme, Scouts are encouraged to go all out in designing. Please note that you are not required to dress in themed attire or to make themed patrol flags or campsite items; however, patrols will not be awarded the spirit points. Scoutmasters should inform all Scouts / Scouters scheduled for Order of the Arrow (OA) callout to be prepared to wear their field uniform during the Callout Ceremony.

Scoutmaster Guidance

  • Be prepared! The camporee will go on to the best of the staff’s ability unless there are dangerous weather conditions. Unit leaders and Scouts should be prepared for rain, snow, or shine. Some events or activities may be canceled if the camporee staff determines it to be in the best health and safety interest of all involved.
  • All units are required to carry a first aid kit. There will be a first aid station at headquarters should the need arise. Major medical needs will be addressed using 9-1-1 or local emergency response as required.
  • Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters (at least two adults from each unit) and SPLs are invited to the cracker barrel on Friday night. Program details will be discussed there. Trailers are allowed at campsites, and one vehicle. Please park all other vehicles in a designated area near check-in.
  • All BSA events require two deep leadership.” All units are expected to adhere to this, and operate using the patrol method, under the leadership of their senior patrol leader.
  • Scouts and leaders alike are to use the buddy system at all times. Do not leave and go anywhere by yourself and keep your buddy informed of your activities. Unit leaders are responsible for their units at all times.
  • All Scouts in possession of a knife must have their Totin’ Chip on their person. Otherwise, if you cannot produce your Totin’ Chip card on request, your knife will be confiscated.
  • Cutting or pruning live trees is not permitted.
  • The following items are prohibited and will be confiscated: sheath knives, fireworks, firearms.
  • Confiscated items will be returned to the Scoutmaster or unit leader.
  • Illegal drugs and alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Users will be turned over to proper authorities.
  • Electronic entertainment devices are strongly discouraged and should be left at home, or in the car. GPS are permitted for camp activities; cell phones needed for emergency purposes should be left with Scoutmasters.
  • Campsite fires are permitted only in designated fire rings. Remember and practice Leave No Trace, please: bury your ashes and remove any partially burned fuel. It shouldn’t look like you had a fire there when the event is over.
  • No pets are allowed unless preauthorized by camporee staff.
  • Destroying, trashing or defacing the property of other Scouts will result in the offending Scout’s automatic dismissal.
  • All Scouts and their units will be required to follow the “Leave No Trace” policies and the “Outdoor Code” of the BSA. If trash receptacles are full, don’t leave your trash on the ground, take it home. Each unit must provide their own trash bags and remove all refuse from their campsite. Remember, “Pack It In, Pack It Out.”
  • Restrooms and restroom trash receptacles are not for campsite trash. Toilets must be kept clean. Please use proper etiquette and cleanliness with this property. A scout is, after all, courteous and clean.
  • All units may bring their own water for drinking and cooking (e.g., have water jugs in your campsite), though there are water spigots available at camp for refill.

SPL Guidance

  • Each activity will begin at the times indicated on the schedule; please ensure that your unit is on time.
  • SPLs are invited to the SPL/SM Meeting Friday night. Program details will be discussed there.
  • Field uniforms are requested to be worm for assemblies, the campfire, and Interfaith Service. Activity uniform is acceptable for other camp activities.
  • All Units are strongly encouraged to participate in the Interfaith Service on Sunday morning. A Scout is reverent.
  • Practical jokes, whether in your Troop, Patrol or to another unit, are not in accordance with proper Scout spirit and will not be tolerated.
  • Scouts are not to roam through other campsites. A scout may enter the camping area of another troop only by asking for and receiving permission.
  • Scouts are not permitted in the staff camp unless permission is requested and received.
  • Scouts are expected to “Do my best” and participate in the activities at the prescribed times. Campsites are off limits during activity times.
  • Scouts are expected to remain within the Camporee bounds at all times. Scouts must remain in their camping area between taps and reveille unless on authorized errands.
  • There will be a limited number of slots available for skits and songs at the campfire. We strongly encourage units to participate, and to practice your presentation in advance; however, the campfire chair must approve all songs and skits in advance. Please let him know if your patrol is interested in participating. Slots will be awarded on a first come first serve basis, subject to approval from the campfire chair. Participating in the campfire will add bonus points to the Honor Troop and Honor Patrol competitions.

Camp Rules

  1. Have fun
  2. No running in camp except for competitions
  3. All injuries must be reported to camp staff
  4. Quiet time begins at 11:00 pm
  5. Leave No Trace
  6. Camp director has the final say
  7. Demonstrate sportsmanship and Scout values
  8. Have more fun!

Scoring

Scoring will be broken down into multiple categories throughout the weekend. Heavy emphasis will be placed on how well the patrols/troop work together to accomplish different tasks. At the SPL check-in, each troop will be handed a scorecard for each patrol. It is important that each patrol leader holds onto the scorecard and presents it at each activity so scoring can be documented. All score cards must be returned to the camporee staff by the SPL at the conclusion of the troop event. Scorecards that are turned in late or go missing will negatively affect the troop’s overall score.

Campsite Inspection

Each campsite will be inspected by the camporee staff and the scores will be calculated and included in the Top Troop Award. 

Patrol Scoring

Patrols will be broken down into three categories:

  • Patrols with Scouts between 1- 2 years of experience 
  • Patrols with Scouts between 2-3 years of experience 
  • Mixed patrol and patrols with 3 + years of experience

Each patrol will rotate to all six events and compete. Each event coordinator will judge the events and awards points based time, skill performed correctly, team dynamics, and Scout Spirit. All scores will be tallied and a final score will be calculated. The top patrols in each category will be honored. Each event will have an event coordinator that will oversee the event. The event coordinator will make all rulings and judgments to the best of his/her ability. If there is a dispute that needs to be settled, it will be brought to the camporee chair. The chair will make the final decision after hearing from both sides.

Troop Competition

In the afternoon there will be an inter-troop competition. The game will utilize many of the skills that were demonstrated in the patrol competition. The event coordinator will judge the event and awards points based time, skill performed correctly, team dynamics (i.e. did they work together) and Scout spirit.

Campfire

Each troop is encouraged to participate in the closing campfire by performing a song, skit or dance. Multiple entries from the same troop are acceptable but cuts could be made due to time constraints. All entries will need prior approval from the camporee staff. Campfire entries are due to the camporee staff by the start of the cooking competition.

Cooking Competition

Each patrol is encouraged to compete as a patrol in the Dutch oven cooking competition. The competition will be divided into entrée and dessert categories. Up to 50 extra points will be awarded for them and style of delivery. The adult competition is an opportunity for all adult Scouters to enter into the competition and have a little fun. All adult entries will be categorized into entrées or desserts. Adult entries will not affect the troop scoring but will have the chance to earn the coveted Golden Spoon of Brosig.

Patrol Flag Competition

Theme-based patrol flags/shields/coat of arms will be judged during the lunch hour on Saturday. Those participating should bring their items by the campsite of the camp staff for judging before lunch. These items need to be picked up before you go back to the competition areas after lunch. Spirit points will be awarded to those wanting to participate.

Sample Score Sheets  

Description
Spirit (Max 25)
Score
Total Points
First aid       
Stretcher relay      
Fitness       
Fire building       
Pioneering       
Orienteering       
Competition total points      
Scoresheet turned in on time (25 pts.)      
Bonus spirit / costume:      
Overall Points      
Description
Max. Points
Campsite inspection score 450
Patrol(s) average competition score 450
Troop competition 400
Skit/song/dance at the campfire 30
Patrol(s) competes in cooking competition 50
SPL attends leaders meeting 10
All patrols turn in scorecard on time 30
Roster turned in upon arrival 10
Provided two adults 20
Theme bonus (up to 50 points) 50
Total Points 1500

 

Campsite Inspection Description
Max. Points
Campsite – clean/organized/safe (10 pts. each) 30
American and troop flags (displayed/displayed correctly) 20
Campsite boundaries established (patrols/adult/commons/troop) 40
Entranceway established 20
Theme décor in campsite 25
Improvements/pioneer gadgets in use 10
Tents set up properly (uniform/flies/stakes/ground cloth) 40
Fire ring (established and safe/water buckets) 20
Water buckets at each tent (2 per) 20
Axe yard (safe and tools properly stored) 20
First aid kit(s) (visible/accessible) 20
Medical forms (visible) 10
Patrol roster posted for each patrol (visible) 15
Duty roster posted for each Patrol (visible) 20
Menu roster for each cooking area (visible) 20
Menu theme based 10
Dish /hand washing area (organized and sanitary / may be shared)  20
Garbage container(s) (available / covered or off ground) 10
Food stored properly 10
Water/drink containers available 10
Kitchen area(s) clean and organized including patrol boxes 30
Cooking equipment/utensils (clean and organized) 30
Total Campsite Inspection Score 450

 

Photographs  

Notice!  Please be advised that promotional videotaping/photography may be in progress at any time at an event. Your entrance constitutes your agreement that the district has the right to reproduce your likeness in videography/photography for promotion (e.g., publications, internet, newspaper). 

Scouting Safely

Safety is Your Responsibility posterThe 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

Directions

Take Interstate 10, traveling West from Houston to Sealy, TX. Exit at State Highway 36. From the traffic light on Highway 36 where you exit from I-10, turn left (North) and go 5.1 miles until you pass the intersection with Farm Road 331. Another 0.6 miles past 331 is Trenckmann (a blacktop road to the left _ West). The road is difficult to see at night. On the SW corner is a street sign identifying the road as Trenckmann Road; on the N.W. corner is a Camp Brosig sign. Go 1.6 miles on Trenckmann Road to Camp Brosig gate on the left (south). Turn in and drive to the farmhouse on the hill. (The road is also identified as Trenchman Rd on some maps). Total time for the drive from Houston is approximately one to one and a half hours.

Contacts

For questions, contact John Baldwin.