Postponed - New Date TBD
Lake Houston Park is closed until further notice due to the weather, more info. will be provided once conditions improve
Lake Houston Wilderness Park
New Caney, TX 77357
Lake Houston Park is closed until further notice due to the weather; updates will be provided when conditions improve.
For 2021, Webelos Do Your Best is a day-only event designed to introduce Webelos Scouts to the many outdoor adventures of Scouting. Activities are hosted by area packs and troops and typically include knot tying, orienteering, Frisbee golf, and scavenger hunts, just to name a few. On Saturday afternoon/evening, there will be a flag retirement ceremony and Arrow of Light Ceremony.
The Webelos den leaders and troop leaders need to attend January and February roundtables to help with planning and provide estimated registration numbers for planning purposes (e.g., ordering patches, program planning). In addition, the unit needs to request an activity to run. Program assignments are made on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Payment is typically completed by the unit leader or Webelos den leader and is done online with credit card or electronic check. There is no onsite registration. Council refund policy.
The late fee begins 2/17/21 and is an extra $1.50 per Webelos Scout. There is no onsite registration.
||Webelos Scouts (4th and 5th graders)
||Extra fee for 5th graders participating in the Arrow of Light Ceremony (optional)
||Leaders, Scouts in troops, crews or ships
||Siblings (there is no program for siblings; patch is not included)
||Parents (patch is not included)
All adults will need to pay $3 onsite (to the park) for access to the park. Children 12 and under are exempt.
Packs will need to provide the number of patrols for each grade level. Names of 5th grade Webelos Scouts participating in the Arrow of Light Ceremony will also need to be provided.
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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.
Units host the events. The event staff will provide as much equipment as practical to the units so the unit adults can run the event.
|First Aid/ Readyman Skills
|Rubber Chicken Volleyball
|Team building (Walk the Plank)
|Rescue Baby Ravine
Lake Houston Wilderness Park encompasses 4,786.6 acres of wooded parkland. It is located approximately 30 minutes north of downtown Houston off Highway 69 near the town of New Caney. It is the only park in the City of Houston park system that permits overnight camping.
Visitors are urged to pack extra soap and hand sanitizer as a precaution. If you have been sick in the last two weeks, we ask that you please stay home.
A vehicle bridge over Peach Creek allows access by automobile to the entire park. Activities including hiking and biking on 20 miles of hike and bike trails, kayaking on tree-lined creeks, and horseback riding on 13 miles of equestrian trails. Visitors must bring their own bikes, watercraft, and horses with them.
Please be aware that
- Lake Houston Wilderness Park is a heavily forested wilderness park where several species of snakes can be found
- Conditions on natural waterways can change without warning, so keep safety in mind as you paddle the creeks.
- Lake Houston Wilderness Park is not an access point for boating on Lake Houston. The park takes advantage of the woods along the creeks and rivers that empty into Lake Houston, but does not front onto the lake itself. Canoes can navigate Peach and Caney Creeks, although there may be low points that require portage.
Awards: There will be awards for dens and packs.
Low Impact: This will be a low impact event. Please ensure that all attending this event are familiar with this type of camping and understand the principals involved.
First Aid: First aid will be available at the staff area. Units are encouraged to address minor first aid situations within the unit. Any serious injury, illness, or situation with which the unit personnel are uncomfortable should be taken to the WDYB first aid area immediately
Visitors are welcome and invited after 8:00 am on Saturday and are welcome at the evening campfire and Arrow of Light Ceremony, but should plan to depart the campground no later than 8:00 pm and will need to have completed the pre-event medical screening form before entering the camp area as well as have their temperature taken by park rangers.. .
Arrow of Light Ceremony
The highest rank in Cub Scouting is the Arrow of Light Award.
Registration is required for any 5th grade Webelos Scout who wants to participate in and receive their Arrow of Light rank at Webelos Do Your Best. There is a small additional charge to cover the cost of the arrows that are given to the Webelos Scouts. It is up to the Webelos den leader to ensure that the Webelos Scouts completed all the requirements.
The Arrow of Light ceremony is the pinnacle of a Cub Scout’s experience. All family and friends are invited to participate in this event. Guests do not need to register in order to attend; however, guests must check-in at headquarters. Guests will be allowed access to camp starting at 8:00 am Saturday and will need to depart by 8:00 pm. Guests cannot camp overnight under any circumstances.
What to Bring
Suggested Pack Equipment
- BSA Health and Medical form (part A&B) for every attendee
- Copy of pre-event screening form
- Mask for each participant
- $3 cash for each adult (for park access)
- Mess kit (plate, fork, knife, spoon in mesh bag)
- Drinking cup / bottle to carry during the day
- Field uniform (Scout uniform)
- Activity uniform (Scout t-shirt)
- Change of clothes appropriate for weather
- Closed-toed shoes
- Rain gear
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Camp chair
- Webelos Handbook
- Hand sanitizer
- Insect repellent
- Meals and snacks (check with pack leaders)
- Portable phone charger, optional
- Read the COVID-19 "At-Risk" Camp Participant Statement
Suggested Personal Equipment
- Small dining fly or canopy
- Charcoal if grilling on any of the site grills
- Den/pack flags
- First aid kit
- Folding table
- Meals (sack lunch and sack dinner)
- Trash bags
- Scout Handbook (optional)
- Supplies to run assigned event
- Roster, turn into registration
|What NOT to bring to camp: Alcohol, electronics/game equipment, firearms, guns and ammunition, sheath knives, archery bows, fireworks, illegal drugs, liquid fuel lanterns or stoves, pets, scooters, skates, skateboards, valuables
- Units must register as a group even if you have late arrivals. The unit roster must be complete and the total fee paid prior to registration.
- Scouts must be under adult supervision at all times.
- Strict observance of the Scout Oath and Law is a necessity, especially the 5th point of the Scout Law (that being A Scout is Courteous).
- No use of profanity.
- An important way adult leaders can model healthy living is by following the policies on alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. Leaders should support the attitude that they, as well as youths, are better off without tobacco in any form and may not allow the use of tobacco products at any BSA activity involving youth participants. This includes the use of electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers, or electronic nicotine delivery systems that simulate tobacco smoking. All Scouting functions, meetings, and activities should be conducted on a smoke-free basis, with smoking areas located away from all participants. (BSA Guidelines)
- No fighting tolerated.
- Campfires will not be allowed.
- Each unit must furnish its own food and charcoal.
- Scouts are expected to wear their uniform when required.
- Common courtesy with cars/noise during the Arrow of Light ceremony and Scouts Own Service
- Safety, safety, safety!!!!!
All vehicles will be required to park in designated parking areas. No parking on the roadways.
Garbage and Trash
Units are responsible for taking all trash accumulated during the event to a dumpster inside the park.
Any damage to camp property, equipment, or other items will be the financial responsibility of the den leader.
Attendees are not to cut down or cut branches from any live trees. There are many young trees that have been planted in recent years so that others who follow us will have shade and protection. Please be careful of these saplings and young trees and do everything you can to protect them. Scouts found damaging or defacing trees will be asked to leave the event.
Each den must furnish its own food, ice, cook stove, propane, or charcoal. Using the patrol method for meal planning and duty responsibilities during the event. The den/pack should plan to cook and clean as a group. Meal suggestions:
- Saturday lunch: warm meal or bag lunch.
- Saturday evening meal: bag meal in order to allow quick cleanup before final events.
Knives and Axes
Knives may not be carried by Webelos Scouts during the event, even though they may have earned the Whittling Chip. Axes are not approved for use by Webelos Scouts. Axes may only be used by adults or Scouts who have earned the Totin' Chip in the axe yard set up in the troop campsite. Webelos Scouts may use knives for meal preparation or similar activities under adult supervision.
|8:00 - 9:15 am
||Packs Arrive and Check In at HQ.
|9:15 - 9:30 am
||All units assemble for welcome ceremony.
|9:30 am - 12:00 pm
|12:00 - 1:00 pm
|1:00 - 3:30 pm
|3:30 - 4:30 pm
||Free time and dinner
|4:30 - 5:00 pm
||Pack up gear
||Campfire and awards ceremony. Arrow of Light Ceremony to immediately follow.
Emergency / Procedures
- Minor Medical Attention. All units should have in their camp a first aid kit to address minor medical needs. In the event medical attention is required beyond basic Scout/Leader rendered first aid, the individual should be transported by their parent/guardian or other (two-deep) adult leadership to a local healthcare facility.
- Life or death – Call 911 – then the event chair and district executive.
- Incident Reporting. Any incident that requires the intervention of medical personnel involves emergency responders, or results in a response beyond Scout-rendered first aid must be reported. Near miss incidents (does not result in injury, illness, or damage by definition, but it had the potential to do so) should also be reported.
- Sound alarm by yelling “Fire” and notify camp management immediately. Local fire authorities will be called to fight the fire.
- Because of the age of the Scouts, it is not recommended that any firefighting action take place. Remove yourself and others from harm’s way and notify camp staff.
- Move Webelos Scouts and family members to a safe location away from fire danger, usually in the parking lot in front of the campsite. Ensure that all members of your unit are accounted for and that they remain together and calm.
- In an emergency, the central alarm will be sounded (siren blown continuously for three minutes) to warn camp. Camp staff personnel will be dispatched to campsites to give further instructions.
- Be prepared to mobilize to a safe location.
- Three short blasts of the siren will signal the all clear. A radio announcement will also communicate the all clear.
- When threatening weather occurs, all persons in campsites should go to the nearest restroom building or their vehicles (lighting only). All persons in a program area should move to the nearest building or structure.
- Any incident that requires the intervention of medical personnel involves emergency responders, or results in a response beyond Scout-rendered first aid must be reported. Near miss incidents (does not result in injury, illness, or damage by definition, but it had the potential to do so) should also be reported.
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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).
The 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
For questions and an information packet, contact the Webelos Do Your Best chair (firstname.lastname@example.org) or district activities chair.