Spookoree

October 25-27, 2019

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

Saturday activities:  7:45 am  - 7:45 pm


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.

Events will include activities such as the camping (with the family with the pack), space derby, tent-to-tent trick or treating, physical fitness, pumpkin carving, water bottle rockets, ghostly campfire, archery, golf ball toss, rope making, and much, much, more! Families can participate in the Saturday events or camp with their pack the entire weekend. 

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 10/23/19 so staff can purchase supplies and place the Scouts in the same rotation as other Scouts in their pack.

After 10/23/19, 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 10/23/19) $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

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
  • Closed-toed shoes (tennis shoes)
  • Water bottle
  • Meals for Saturday only attendees (check with Cubmaster or den leader; weekend campers will eat with their pack)
  • Scout activity uniform (Scout t-shirt) or field uniform (Scout uniform) if you have one
  • Rain gear
  • Bears (3rd graders): pocket knife (see instructions below).
  • Optional: pumpkin to carve, treats for trick or treating (if participating), camera, sunscreen, hat, snacks, camp chair, insect repellant

If camping, also bring:

  • Tent
  • sleeping bag and cot or bedroll
  • pillow
  • tarp/ground cloth for under tent
  • mess kit
  • insect repellent
  • flashlight with fresh batteries
  • toiletries 
  • appropriate clothes for weather
  • extra clothes
  • personal medication
  • Optional: battery-operated lantern, wet wipes, glow sticks, free time activities (e.g., frisbee, football, soccer ball)

Units bring:

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

BALOO and Hazardous Weather Training

BALOO Training: At least one adult on a pack overnighter must have completed Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) to properly understand the importance of program intent, youth protection policies, health and safety, site selection, age-appropriate activities, and sufficient adult participation. Find BALOO training courses near you. 

Hazardous Weather Training: At least one adult must complete Hazardous Weather training which can be taken online at My.Scouting.org 

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.  

Parking

All participants must park in the designated parking area.  

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 If camping: leader check-in; set-up campsites
10:00 pm Participants not camping must leave the park
10:30 pm  Lights out

Saturday

7:45 am Check-in opens for Saturday only participants; pick up patches
8:45 am Opening ceremony – by flag pole near headquarters
9:00 am Morning sessions 1-3 for all Cub Scouts (kindergarten - 5th grade including Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos Scouts)
(50 minutes sessions with 10 minutes travel time)
11:30 am Lunch in campsites with pack
11:30 am Check-in opens for Saturday afternoon participants
(same price for full-day or half-day)
12:30 pm Afternoon sessions 1-3 for Lions (kindergarten)
12:30 pm Afternoon sessions 1-4 for Tigers (1st grade)
12:30 pm Afternoon sessions 4-7 for Wolves, Bears, Webelos Scouts (2nd - 5th grade)
2:45 pm Sessions for Lions (kindergarten) conclude
4:00 pm Sessions for 1st - 5th grade conclude
4:00 pm Raingutter Regatta: Build and race a boat
4:30 pm Pumpkin carving (for participants who bring pumpkins)
5:30 pm Dinner with pack
6:15 pm Tent-to-tent trick or treating (bring some treats to share)
7:15 pm Campfire at campfire ring next to headquarters
7:45 pm Participants not camping must depart
10:30 pm Lights out

Sunday

9:00 am Interfaith service at campfire ring next to headquarters
9:30 am Check out after the service. Camp must be cleared by 11:00 am
11:00 am Event concludes

Campsites

Campsite locations are selected by the unit or den leader (or designee) when arriving Friday evening or Saturday.

Fires

In the absence of a fire ban, cook fires can be built in the campsite grills or in above-ground cook fires using camp stoves. Ground fires are not allowed!  Camp stoves shall be attended at all times and shall be extinguished before departing the campsite for events or retiring to tents. Packs will need to bring firewood or charcoal for the campsite grills; there is no firewood available in the park (per county park rules). 

Meals 

Saturday only participants should bring their own sack meals or eat at a nearby restaurant. Time is limited. Check with your den leader or Cubmaster for more information.

For units camping: Friday night meals should be simple to prepare or have participants eat before arriving. The Saturday morning meal should be suitable to get the Scouts through a long and tiring day. Saturday lunch should be a non-cooking lunch (e.g., sandwiches) requiring minimal preparation, as the lunch period is limited. The Saturday evenings meal can be a meal prepared as a team by the den or pack or participants can eat at a nearby restaurant. Remember that mealtime is limited. The Sunday morning breakfast should be a non-cooking breakfast (e.g., bagels, granola bars, cereal, yogurt, muffins, fruit). 

Trading Post

The trading post is stocked with camp refreshments. Refreshments will be on sale during lunch, free time, between sessions, and shortly after Saturday sessions. 

Campfire

Scouts can demonstrate their Scout spirit by giving their den or pack yell during the Saturday evening campfire. 

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.