Spookoree

October 24, 2020  |  7:45 am  - 4:00 pm

SW Corner of South Golbow and Liere Ln. (directions)
(inside Bear Creek Pioneer Park) 

Latitude, Longitude: 29°49'29.3"N, 95°37'55.6"W


Spookoree is an all-day event for Cub Scouts (kindergarten - 5th grade) and their families. Thrills and chills await Cub Scouts and their families. Scouts will work on advancements (required and elective adventures) and have fun, fun, fun! Spookree is a spooky version of a cuboree. The event activities include archery, water bottle rockets, and rank specific district led activities.  Then families can enjoy the park with their pack by holding campsite sessions in their own specific outdoor location.  

Spookoree, different from prior years, will be an outdoor day event in the morning and afternoon for all Cub ranks; Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts. This event will have fewer activities during the sessions than in previous years; there will be no physical fitness games or high-energy activities that could spread personal moisture droplets person-to-person.    

Register

Registration can be completed by the unit leader or individuals. Check with your Cubmaster or den leader before registering individually.

The fee is $11.50 for the first Scout and $10 for each additional Scout who registers at the same time.  The fee includes a patch. There is no charge for adults or siblings.

Register by 10/20/20 so staff can purchase supplies and place the Scouts in the same rotation as other Scouts in their pack.

After 10/20/20, the registration fee is $15. Onsite registration is $20 (check payable to SHAC), so pay online to save money. Late and onsite registrants are not guaranteed a patch and may not be placed in the same rotational group as others in their pack. 

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Registration Fees

Cub Scouts
(kindergarten - 5th grade)
$11.50 for the first Scout
$10 for each additional Scout
Late registration* (after 10/20/20) $16.50 for the first Scout
$15 for each additional Scout
Onsite registration* $20

*Late and onsite registrations are not guaranteed a patch or to be placed in the same rotational group as their pack

Details

Pack and den leaders can request to receive program information about each of the campsite sessions by contacting Pat Welborn (pwelborn@att.net) containing detailed descriptions of the exciting and fun games, crafts, and cooking activities being offered.  In addition, a listing of the necessary supplies for the campsite sessions will be sent.

The event activities for archery, water bottle rockets, and the rank specific activities will be in their own standalone campsite areas.  Then pack and dens, as much as possible, can hold their campsite sessions in the same campsites that they used last year.  The packs leadership is encouraged to stop by the spookoree event location on Friday evening to claim or obtain a campsite location and the district supplies for each of their own campsite sessions.  Packs and dens will need to provide the identified supplies that they are to provide.

Participants will be organized into cohorts (small groups) that stay together throughout the day, minimizing interaction with other groups.

Directions

The event is being held at the SW corner of South Golbow Dr. and Liere Ln inside Bear Creek Park.

From I-10, go north onto Highway 6, turn right onto Patterson Road, turn left onto Bear Creek Dr. and then onto South Golbow Dr. and proceed to Liere Lane. Use Latitude, Longitude: 29°49'29.3"N, 95°37'55.6"W to find the exact location.

Google Map

What to Bring

  • BSA Health and Medical Record (for all Scouting events; part A & B) for every person attending
  • Completed copy of pre-event screening form for every participant
  • Mask for every participant (age 6 years and older)
  • Closed-toed shoes (tennis shoes)
  • Water bottle
  • Back pack or day pack (to carry supplies)
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Scout activity uniform (Scout t-shirt) or field uniform (Scout uniform) if you have one
  • Rain gear
  • Sunscreen, hat
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bears (3rd graders): pocket knife (see instructions below).
  • Optional: camera, sunscreen, hat, snacks, camp chair, insect repellant
  • Read the Covid At Risk statement
What NOT to bring to camp:  Alcohol, electronics/game equipment, firearms, guns and ammunition, sheath knives, fireworks, illegal drugs, liquid fuel lanterns or stoves, pets, scooters, skates, skateboards, valuables

  

Medical Forms 

BSA Annual Health and Medical Form Parts A & B (for All Scouting Events) must be completed and signed for each and every person in attendance. These forms must be kept on hand for the duration of the event.

Pocket Knives

The Bears (3rd graders) have a specific session called Bear Claws which includes working on the Whittling Chip. Parents will need to be responsible for the pocket knife and take it to the Bear Claws session. The Bears, with adult supervision, are only allowed to use their pocket knife during the Bear Claw session.

  • Blades must be 3½ inches long or less
  • A simple Cub Scout knife is recommended. It can have a locking blade but is not required. Locking blades are good, but depending on the knife, they might be a problem for small hands to close safely.
  • Fixed blade knives are not recommended because they can drop out of sheaths, or tilt and jab the wearer.
  • Military knives are not recommended because they can have a laser-sharp edge.
  • Knives are not allowed at pack or den meetings, even after the Whittling Chip is obtained.
  • Knives are not allowed to be used at campouts unless there is adult supervision.  

 

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.
  • Participants are to contact SHAC (council) if they exhibit symptoms within 14 days of the event.  Please contact Marcus Jackson marcus.jackson@scouting.org and 832-808-7506.

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.

Program

Campsite Session 1:

Games  

  • MarshmallowTarget Practice                               
  • S'mores Games 
  • Grow Seeds in a Jar 

Activities&

  • Sundial for a Sunny Day!

Campsite Session 2:

Games  

  • Coin Towers
  • How Fast Can You Stack? 
  • Movin' on Up 

Activities   

  • Leaf Painting
  • Wolf - Digging in the Past Activity

Craft

  • Plaster of Paris Bugs
  • Driveway Games – Make Sidewalk Chalk 

Campsite Session 3:

Games  

  • Shake It Off 
  • Suck It Up

Activities   

  • Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt
  • Star Gazer 
  • Wolf - Digging in the Past Activity 

Advancement Opportunities

Cub Scouts can earn lots of requirements and electives by attending the Saturday sessions, Saturday evening campfire, and the Sunday Interfaith Worship Service. On Friday evening, Tigers work on the Sky is the Limit Adventure if the weather is favorable for the observation of the night sky.

Advancement Opportunities

Schedule

Friday

5:30 pm Leader check-in and campsite selection
  No overnight camping this year.
10:00 pm  Check-in closed; park closed.

Saturday

7:45 am Check-in opens; pick up patches
8:45 am Opening ceremony – by flag pole near headquarters
9:00 am Morning sessions 1-3 
(50 minutes sessions with 10 minutes travel time)
12:00 pm Lunch in campsites with pack
1:00 pm Afternoon sessions 4-6
4:00 pm Event concludes

Masks and Social Distancing – Wear a Mask

Staff and participants at the age of six and older must wear a mask. Social distancing of at least six feet is to be practiced throughout the event.

Meal Suggestions 

Meals can be simple to prepare or prepared in advance and brought from home. Each participant is advised to bring their own lunch.  The Saturday morning meal should be suitable to get the Scouts through a long and tiring day. Saturday lunch can be brought from home or from a nearby restaurant.  No food service or meal-sharing is allowed, however. 

Cooking Fires and Campfires 

Campfires are not allowed.

Parking

All participants must park in the designated parking area. See the Harris County Park Rules Secion 7 regarding parking.  

Campsites

Campsite locations can be selected by members of a pack, den leader, or pack leader preferably on Friday evening before the event, or when you arrive.  Secure your campsite by registering your site at registration / check-in on Friday evening or Saturday.

Advancement

Requirements and electives can be earned attending the Saturday sessions.  (Please see Requirements and Electives Earned listing below.)  But other requirements and electives can be earned in your activities that time allows.

Weather

All participants must be fully prepared for the weather conditions typical for this time of the year. Either rain or shine, hot or cold, be sure to bring enough clothing to be as comfortable as possible during the weekend. In some cases, activities may be suspended for safety reasons during periods of severe weather.

Lost and Found

Lost and found will be located at registration/check-in. Leftover items are donated to charity after camp.  It is suggested that participants label all items taken to the event.

Interfaith Service

The Scout Law teaches, “A Scout is reverent. A Scout is reverent toward God. They are faithful in their religious duties. They respect the beliefs of others.” It is important that Scouts be taught to recognize the beliefs of other Scouts and to respect those beliefs. An interfaith service for all Scouts and their families will be held on Sunday morning.

Checkout

Final checkout will be 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.  The Harris County Park reservation concludes at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.

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 council and 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

Contacts

For more information, contact the district event chair or activities chair.