Participant / Parent's Guide
Scouts are expected to strive to achieve the above aims while living the principles of the Scout Oath and Law.
Learn more about the exciting program being offered.
Participant Packing List
Bring seasonally and weather-appropriate clothing (including rain gear) as participants will be outdoors most of the time. Wool, fleece, nylon, wind-proofs, rain-proofs, hats are critical to deal with cold and windy weather. Cotton leeches heat from the body. Bring a water bottle or hydration system.
- Field uniform (Scout uniform) for meals
- Activity uniform (Scout t-shirts)
- Shoes (closed-toe) or hiking boots
- Cap or hat
- Pajamas or sleeping clothes
- Rain gear (pants and jacket)
- PFD (personal flotation device), if you have one
- Modest swimwear or set of clothes that can get wet
- Wet socks or water shoes (required for all waterfront events including sailing); no bare feet
- Shoes to remain dry
- Dirty clothes bag
- Sweater or light jacket
- Time-keeping device (e.g., watch, phone)
- Tent (check with Skipper)
- Sleeping bag or blankets, sheet
- Cot or pad or air mattress
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Personal first aid kit
- Water bottle
- Backpack (day pack)
- Insect repellent (non-aerosol)
- Mosquito netting
- Camp chair
- Lockable storage container, recommended to keep clothes dry, available at big box stores)
- Towels and washcloth
- Soap and shampoo
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Comb, brush, mirror
- Shaving gear (if needed)
- Medicated body powder
- Personal medications: prescriptions (listed on medical form) and over-the-counter, in original containers
- Spending money for trading post (cash, debit, credit)
- Backup phone battery, rechargeable, fully charged
- Book of Faith
- Frisbee (for Frisbee golf course), football, soccer ball, kickball
- Fishing pole (to catch bass, sunfish, bluegill) gear, and bait (worms, corn, jigs, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, topwater lures); hooks must be barbless; catch and release only
- Wifi hotspot, if reliable internet is needed
*Mark all items with name and unit number. Electricity is limited.
Don’t Bring: Flip-flops, tank-tops, halters, tube-tops, open-toed shoes, valuables, electronics, fireworks, sheath or hunting knives, pets, personal firearms and ammunition, jewelry, personal bows and arrows, generator, hammocks that hang from a tree [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 us.]
- Trash bags, 55-gallon
- First aid kit
- Firewood (if no burn ban)
- Pushpins for bulletin board
- Meals (Saturday breakfast, non-cooking lunch, Saturday dinner; Sunday non-cooking breakfast)
- Stove, small propane or firewood
- Cooking gear – pots, pans, utensils, food
- Cleaning gear – dishwashing soap, buckets, scouring sponge/dishcloth
- Water containers with lids to carry water
Vessels to support the program (kayaks, paddleboards, canoes) to use at Camp Strake
- Power strip
- Clothesline and clothespin (do not hang on trees or the pavilion)
- Zip ties (20"+, wide, industrial-strength) or twine. All items must be removed be leaving camp.
- Painter's tape. Painter's tape is the only tape allowed to be used on camp buildings or pavilions. Do not use any other tape (e.g., Duct tape).
- Hand washing station to put next to the water spigot, recommended (e.g., small bucket, bar of soap)
- Folding chair
- Sports equipment (e.g., fishing poles/equipment, Frisbee, football, soccer ball, kickball)
Each campsite has one covered pavilion with picnic tables, two electrical plugs, a bulletin board, a firepit and a water spigot. A limited number of cots are available for rent. There are no washers and dryers at camp (laundromats are located in Livingston, TX).
The following paperwork will need to be provided by the unit leader during check-in.
Participants will sleep in tents provided by individuals or the unit. Each individual is responsible for their own sleeping equipment.
The official uniform for Scout and adults is the Sea Scout field uniform and activity uniform. Participants should wear the Sea Scout field uniform for the evening flag ceremonies and evening meals. Activity uniforms (Scout t-shirts and caps) are appropriate for day wear, including morning flag ceremonies. Campers should carry a daypack with rain gear and a water bottle. There are water stations located around the camp for filling water bottles.
Camp is an outdoor experience. A Scout is cheated out of a full outdoor experience by electronic devices. Personal items such as electronic games, iPads should not be brought to camp. In all cases, personal valuables (watches, wallets, money) should not be in the open at camp. In all cases, personal valuables (watches, wallets, money) should not be in the open at camp. It is virtually impossible to provide security for these items. It is recommended that each unit bring a lockable storage container to secure valuables, while an adult is not in the campsite. All items are to be permanently marked with Scout's name and unit number. Scouts should not leave any electronic device unattended while charging anywhere at camp.
If any participant requires any special accommodations, let the unit leader know. The unit leader will notify the camp staff using the online registration system of any requests. The camp staff will do whatever they can to accommodate.
Meals and Dietary Restrictions
Meals are eaten with the unit (ship or crew). Let the unit leader know about any special dietary requirements or food allergies
Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medication
Scouts who require medication should bring enough of the medication to last the entire week. Be sure to check (Yes or No) on Part B2 of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record whether non-prescription (over-the-counter) medications (e.g., acetaminophen, antibiotic ointment, antacids, antihistamine, hydrocortisone cream) can be administered at camp. For more information, visit the Medical Issues section of the Leader's Guide.
Scouts and adults who require medication should bring enough of the medication to last throughout camp, but only the amount of medication needed at camp. If requested, pharmacists will provide a second labeled container for medications so only the needed prescription can be sent to camp and the remainder can be kept at home.
The taking of prescription medication and over-the-counter (OTC) is the responsibility of the individual taking the medication and/or that individual’s parent or guardian. Unit leaders should ensure that prescription medications for their Scouts are properly stored and administered.
Youth Leaving and Returning
Youth will only be allowed to check out from camp prior to final checkout by an adult authorized on Part B of the Scout’s BSA Annual Health and Medical Record. Please ensure that parents in your unit have included all authorized adults on this form. Without this authorization on the form, only an adult from the Scout’s unit registered for camp or the parent signing the form will be allowed to remove the child from camp prior to the final checkout. No one, including a Scout leader or parent, will be allowed to leave camp with a person under the age of 18 without having checked out at the camp office and receiving a ticket which will be taken by security just before you reach the exit of the camp.
Nonparticipants in Camp
For liability reasons, unregistered youth, younger siblings or friends, that are not registered as a member of the Boy Scout of America in a unit are not allowed to participate in camp programs.
Lost and Found
If any lost items are found, they should be turned in at headquarters as soon as is reasonably possible. Likewise, if anyone from your unit has lost an item while at camp, check with the headquarters to determine if it has been returned there. Lost items will be kept in the camp commissioner’s office through the end of camp. After camp, the camp director will dispose of the items left at camp (e.g., donated to a non-profit organization, returned to the council office, thrown in the trash). Neither the council nor its staff shall be held responsible for any lost items.
Do not bring valuables to camp. To assist in returning items to their rightful owner, please ensure that all items brought to camp have the owner’s name and unit number marked on them.
The trading post is located in the camp headquarters building and is stocked with merit badge pamphlets, t-shirts, Scouting literature, handicraft supplies, camp patches, mugs, camping equipment, cold drinks, ice cream, and candy. The trading posts accept cash, checks, and credit cards (Master Card, Visa, American Express, and Discover).
Smoking or vaping by youth at any Scouting event will not be tolerated. If a youth is caught smoking at camp, the youth’s parents or guardians will be contacted by phone and shall be required to pick the youth up from camp immediately. The consumption, possession, or use of alcohol or illegal drugs or controlled substances at camp is not permitted. All local, state and federal laws will be followed when a violation involving the above substances is reported. Violators will be asked to leave the camp immediately.
Notice! Please be advised that promotional videotaping/photography/drone 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).
Parents of campers should contact their unit leaders with questions about the Spring Sail. Many of the adult leaders are quite experienced and can answer questions.