Webelos Woods

February 26 - 28, 2021

Camp Brosig
1893 Trenckmann Rd.
Sealy, TX 77474

Webelos Woods is a special outdoor adventure for Webelos Scouts (4th and 5th graders). Webelos Scouts are introduced to the many outdoor adventures of Scouting, including archery, BB-gun shooting, hiking and first aid. Webelos Scouts meet with and learn from older Scouts, and experience first-hand what's ahead in Scouts BSA.

The Webelos Woods experience is normally a weekend camping event. In 2021, it will be limited to a one-day Saturday event, due to COVID. The event is expected to be a full weekend experience next year.

Find troops in the area at www.shac.org/join-troop (search by meeting day or zip code). Learn more about the Webelos to Scouts transition and information to help assist Webelos Scouts as they make the important decision on which troop to join and questions to ask troops at www.shac.org/webelos.


Registration

Webelos Woods is held rain or shine, except in case of dangerous weather. Registration is completed online (including late registration). At checkout, pay with a credit card or electronic check. Council refund policy.  Late fees begin 2/24/21.

Fifth-grade Webelos Scouts who have earned the Arrow of Light rank may participate in an impressive Arrow
of Light ceremony. Participants will receive a commemorative arrow (ceremony fee is $10).

There is no program for siblings.

Registration Fees

$15   Webelos Scouts (4th and 5th grade)
$10 Arrow of Light ceremony, optional for 5th graders
$10   Adults

Register     Schedule      What to Bring      Program      Leader's Guide

Learn More at Roundtable

Stay Informed Attend RoundtableWebelos den leaders are encouraged to attend Mustang roundtable for more information about Webelos Woods.

Roundtable is a monthly meeting held the second Thursday every month at 7:00 pm to help unit leaders plan and carry out their own program. For more information about roundtable, contact the Webelos Woods Chair.

The latest state, county, and Center for Disease Control and Maintenance (CDC) requirements on the day of the event will be followed. Participants will be notified before the event of the specific requirements. All participants must follow any procedures recommended by the council's Enterprise Risk Management Committee such as completing a pre-event screening form, temperature checks, wearing a mask (unless for medical reasons), limiting group sizes that remain together during the event, frequent hand washing, and/or social distancing. See the council's COVID-19 "At-Risk" Participant Statement. Participants who are sick or displaying any COVID-19 symptoms should not attend.

Schedule

Saturday (Webelos Scouts)

7:30 am  Check-in begins
8:30 am Flag ceremony
9:00 - 10:00 am Session 1 (one-hour sessions, 10-minute transitions)
10:10 - 11:10 am Session 2
11:20 am - 12:20 pm Session 3
12:20 pm Lunch and troop visitations
1:30 - 2:30 pm Session 4
2:40 - 3:40 pm Session 5
3:50 - 5:30 pm Sessions 6:  4th-grade hike and 5th-grade troop visitations
5:45 pm Flag lowering ceremony
6:00 pm Arrow of Light ceremony (ceremony candidates and parents only)

All participants are to carry a water bottle at all times.  Encourage Scouts to stay hydrated. 
 

Cracker Barrel - Troops

A cracker barrel will be held at 8:30 pm Friday for Troop Scoutmasters and Senior Patrol Leaders.

A cracker barrel is an evening snack and time for fellowship with other Scouts or Scouters. The term cracker barrel is most thought to come from the time when people would shop at their local general store and gather around the cracker barrel to sit and visit with others in the community, much like the modern-day water cooler. On campouts, many troops have a Friday night cracker barrel with the leaders and youth leadership to review the weekend schedule. Sometimes food is served and is typically kept simple, such as cheese and crackers, summer sausage, chips or cookies.

 

What to Bring

Suggested Personnel Gear

Den / Pack Equipment List

  • BSA Health and Medical Record (Parts A & B) for every participant
  • Copy of pre-event Covid screening form for every participant
  • Mask for every participant
  • Sack lunch (each family brings their own)
  • Mess kit with utensils
  • Daypack with light snack, sunscreen, bug spray, personal first aid kit
  • Drinking cup / bottle to carry to activities
  • Activity uniform (Scouting t-shirt)
  • Change of clothes – just in case
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Jacket/sweatshirt 
  • Rain gear 
  • Hat or head cover
  • Earplugs, optional
  • Camp chair or stool
  • Webelos Handbook
  • Wagon, optional

Mark all items with name and pack number.

 

 

 

 

What NOT to bring to camp:  Alcohol, electronics/game equipment, firearms, guns and ammunition, sheath knives, fireworks, illegal drugs, pets, scooters, skates, skateboards, valuables

Uniforms

Scouts should wear an activity uniform during the event (pack/den or Scouting t-shirt and Scout shorts and belt).

Train

There is a train that passes near Camp Brosig several times during the night. It is required by law to blow its whistle at every grade crossing (intersection with a road). Foam earplugs are recommended for light sleepers and tend to dampen the intensity of the whistle, potentially permitting the wearer a more restful night. 

Winter Camping Tips

Participants are expected to come to camp prepared for variable weather. Although temperatures average between 40 to 60 degrees during winter camp, temperatures have been known to dip as low as 19 degrees and rise as high as 80 degrees.

Sources - Scouting Magazine: Winter camping tips and tricks to help you enjoy the fourth season, Eight essentials for staying warm while cold-weather campingOutdoor Smarts: How to Keep Warm in Camping's Fourth Season; Boys' Life: How to Stay Warm With the Right Winter Gear 

Dressing for the cold. When dressing for cold weather, focus on a layering system including the three Ws: wicking, warmth and wind. Your base layer should be wicking (like an athletic shirt), an insulating layer should be warming (like fleece or wool) and an exterior layer should block the wind. Use clothing you have, focusing on the right combination of fabrics.

Wicking Layer or Base. Also commonly known as long underwear, the base layer is worn closest to your skin. Its main job is to wick away sweat and moisture so your skin stays dry. Wear it relatively tight to the skin and use only wool or synthetic base layers. Never use cotton because it will not keep you warm once it’s wet, whether from sweat or precipitation. These base layers come in various weights, from heavy for frigid conditions to lightweight for warmer temps and activities that cause a lot of sweating, such as strenuous hiking and cross-country skiing. It’s a good idea to have one extra pair of base layers to change into every night at camp.

Warmth Layer or Insulation. The insulation layer is worn atop the base layer and is designed to provide the majority of your insulation. It should be made of fleece, wool, down or synthetic insulation and can be a pullover, zip-up jacket or vest, depending on how much insulation you need.

Windproofing Layer or Shell. The outermost layer, the shell jacket and pants protect you from wind and wet conditions. There are two types of shells: the hard shell is a lightweight layer that’s windproof and waterproof, capable of handling heavy rain and very wet conditions; a soft shell is made of a more flexible, soft-faced material that’s windproof yet highly breathable, and water-resistant enough to protect you against everything except a heavy downpour.

Mittens. Mittens are warmer than gloves. If insulated mittens get wet, they stay that way. Wool mitts worn inside leather or nylon shells are removable for faster drying. Wool gloves are needed for dexterity when cooking.

Sleeping. Be sure to change into dry clothes for sleeping — moisture retained in field clothes will cause chilling. For overnight warmth, wear wool, polypropylene or polyester (never cotton!) long johns, socks and a balaclava to bed. Place a scarf across your neck to seal drafts.

Sleeping bags. Two sleeping bags — one placed inside the other — should provide enough warmth down to about zero degrees. If you don’t have a closed-cell foam pad to use as a sleeping mat, try half-inch-thick foam carpet padding.

Ground cloth. In warmer months, a plastic ground cloth should be used inside your tent to stay dry. However, in winter, use the ground cloth beneath your tent to keep it from freezing to the ground.

Toes cold? Put on a hat. Your body loses up to half of its total heat in 40-degree temperatures. So, when it’s below freezing and your head is uncovered, you could be radiating more than three-fourths of your overall body heat from your head.

Baggy clothes are back in style at least in the freezing-cold wilderness. Your body heats itself most efficiently when it’s enveloped in a layer of warm air. If your clothes are too tight, you’re strangling the cold right out of your body. Dressing in loose layers helps aid this convection layer of air. Tight clothes or too-tight boots can also restrict blood-flow.

The three W’s. Every cold-weather camper needs to dress for the occasion. You’ll need a wicking layer (long underwear), a “warm” layer (fleece) and a “wind” layer (waterproof shell).

Stay hydrated. In winter, you may not be aware of how much you’re sweating. A gulp of ice-cold water is hardly appetizing, but it is important to keep drinking. Hot drinks and soup are a great way to replenish liquids, electrolytes, and heat. Keep extra tea bags on hand, as well as bouillon cubes, and hand out hot drinks liberally, especially at the end of the day when energy is low.

About Camp Brosig 

Camp Brosig is a 92-acre property, located six miles north of Sealy, TX, in Austin County with 20 campsites. Camp Brosig is located at 1893 Trenckman Road, Sealy, TX 77474.

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. Go 1.6 miles on Trenckmann Road to Camp Brosig gate on the left (south). Turn in and drive to the top of the hill. (The road is also identified as 1893 Trenchman Rd on some maps). Total time for the drive from Houston is approximately one to one and a half hours.

Camp Brosig Leader's Guide       Maps       Google Map

 

Program

There will be separate tracks for fourth-grade and fifth-grade Webelos dens. Many activity sessions will cover advancement requirements, while others will introduce Webelos Scouts to skills useful in the Scouts BSA program.

For activities where advancement requirements are completed, Webelos Woods instructors will not sign off. The responsibility and authority for this rests solely with the Webelos den leader.

All Webelos Scouts will participate in activities with the den in which they are registered. No individual Webelos Scout may wander in the area. During program sessions, all Webelos Scouts shall remain with their den in their assigned session.

Dens will move together from one session to the next. Event markers will be posted at each site.

4th Grade Webelos Scout Program

Host Troop

Strong, Faster, Higher 631
Cast Iron Chef 922
First Responder  152
Webelos Walkabout with orienteering and trail signs 993
BB Gun and Archery  

5th Grade Webelos Scout Program

Host Troop

Patrol Challenge 478
Rope Bridge and Knots 1089
Earth Rocks! 599
BB Gun and Archery   

Arrow of Light Ceremonies

The highest award in Cub Scouts is the Arrow of Light rank. The award goes to Cub Scouts who have completed the Webelos rank and prepares them to join Scouts BSA. The award is significant in the Scouting experience – so significant it is one of the only Cub Scout badges that can be worn on the Scouts BSA uniform. The Arrow of Light ceremony is the pinnacle of a Cub Scout’s experience. 

An Arrow of Light Crossover Ceremony will be held Saturday evening following the campfire at 6:00 pm for Arrow of Light candidates and their parents only.

Pre-registration is required for any Webelos Scout who wants to participate in the Arrow of Light ceremony. There is a fee to participate to cover the cost of the arrow that will be provided to each Webelos Scout as part of the ceremony. Webelos Scouts should wear their field uniform. It is the responsibility of the Webelos den leader to verify that the requirements have been met

 

Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines

These guidelines cover both Scouts BSA troops and Cub Scout packs.

Membership

Scouts eligible for this year's Webelos Woods must be registered members of a Webelos den and meet the requirements of Webelos den membership as established by the Boy Scouts of America. There is no program for siblings.  

Leadership

All units must ensure sufficient leadership and comply with the BSA supervision requirements. Webelos Scouts will be under the supervision of the den leader and other adults in attendance at all times. The welfare of all Webelos Scouts is the joint responsibility of the den leader and the accompanying adults.

Medical and Covid 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. A pre-event Covid screening form is required for every participant. These forms must be presented at the registration desk and kept on hand for the duration of the event.

About Camp Brosig 

Camp Brosig is a 92-acre property, located six miles north of Sealy, TX, in Austin County with 20 campsites. Camp Brosig is located at 1893 Trenckman Road, Sealy, TX 77474.

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. Go 1.6 miles on Trenckmann Road to Camp Brosig gate on the left (south). Turn in and drive to the top of the hill. (The road is also identified as 1893 Trenchman Rd on some maps). Total time for the drive from Houston is approximately one to one and a half hours.

Camp Brosig Leader's Guide       Maps       Google Map

 

Parking

All parking will be in designated parking lots. Scouts in troops and other volunteers will be assisting with parking. Please follow their directions. Their goal is to get the vehicles parked as safely and quickly as possible.  BSA policy forbids anyone to ride in the back of a pickup truck or in a trailer.

 

Knives and Axes

Knives may not be carried by Webelos Scouts at Webelos Woods, even though they may have earned their Whittlin' Chip. As there will be little room for a proper ax yard in the pack/den campsites, Axes should not be used except in the Scouts BSA camping area in an appropriately designated area. Axes may be used only by adults and Scouts in troops who have earned their Totin' Chips. Webelos Scouts may use knives for meal preparation or similar activities under adult supervision.

Pack/Den Spirit

Each pack/den should have a pack/den yell and the pack/den is welcome to demonstrate it during the events portion of Saturday and at closing campfire. 

Insects and Poisonous Plants

As always, be prepared to defend yourselves against mosquitoes, chiggers, and ticks. You should also come prepared to treat fire ant bites and poison ivy. Venomous snakes may be underbrush, in the tall grass or around firewood. Use caution when reaching or passing these areas.

Weather

All dens must be fully prepared for the weather conditions typical for this time of the year. Either rain or shine, hot or cold, is sure to bring enough clothing to be as comfortable as possible during the weekend. If severe weather occurs during Webelos Woods three blasts on an air horn will indicate that one adult leader from each pack should meet at the pavilion for instructions. In some cases, some or all of the activities may be suspended for safety reasons during periods of severe weather.

Leave No Trace

Instilling values in young people and preparing them to make moral and ethical choices throughout their lifetime is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America. Leave No Trace helps reinforce that mission, and reminds us to respect the rights of other users of the outdoors as well as future generations. Appreciation for our natural environment and a knowledge of the interrelationships of nature bolster our respect and reverence toward the environment and nature. Leave No Trace is an awareness and an attitude rather than a set of rules. It applies in your backyard or local park as much as in the backcountry. We should all practice Leave No Trace in our thinking and actions–wherever we go.

The principles of Leave No Trace might seem unimportant until you consider the combined effects of millions of outdoor visitors. One poorly located campsite or campfire may have little significance, but thousands of such instances seriously degrade the outdoor experience for all. Leaving no trace is everyone’s responsibility. All participants are asked to follow the seven principles of Leave No Trace

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly (Pack It In, Pack It Out)
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Campfires - Troops only

In the absence of a fire ban, wood-fueled campfires can be built in the troop campsites, but should only be built in camp - supplied fire pits. Ground fires are not allowed! Fires shall be attended at all times, and shall be extinguished before departing the campsite for events or retiring to tents. You will need to bring your own firewood, there is none available at the camp. Campsite fire rings are not designed for large bonfires. Please keep fire contained and flames less than two feet above the ground. No liquid charcoal fluid or liquid fuel is allowed per Sam Houston Area Council policy.

Cooking Fires - Troops only

Cooking fires built of charcoal should be placed in existing cleared areas if possible. No holes should be dug for fires. Metal garbage can lids, barrel bottoms, or the camp - supplied fire pits should be used to contain the charcoal fires. No cooking on ground.

Meal Suggestions - Troops only

Meals on Friday night should be simple to prepare or should be prepared in advance and brought from home. The Saturday morning meal should be suitable to get the Scouts through a long and tiring day. Saturday lunch should be a light meal requiring minimal preparation, as the lunch period is limited. Saturday evening's meal will be a good opportunity for the Scouts to display their expertise with some type of silver turtle or other meal prepared as a team. Do not wash dishes in the latrine sinks as grease and debris will clog the drain lines.

Photographs

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 questions, contact the Webelos Woods Chair.