Merit Badge Days

Sept. 26, Oct. 17, Nov. 21

Camp Strake
Hines Lake Rd, Coldspring, TX 77331
Latitude and Longitude: 30.617127, -95.247358

9:00 am - 5:00 pm  |  Check-in begins at 8:40 am

merit badge sash

Scouts in troops can participate in merit badge classes held at the new Camp Strake on various Saturdays in the fall.

State of Texas and Center for Disease Control requirements will be followed and class sizes will be limited. Classes will stay together for the day and will not mix with other groups. Parents will drop off and pick up their Scout at the merit badge class. Scouts will go through a medical screening up arrival.

Registration

The registration fee is $2.50 plus $19 per class.  Individual Scouts can register. Classes that are full will not appear in the registration system.

          Classes and Prerequisites          Register           How to Register         Modify/Change Registration

Before registration:

  1. Scouts are to obtain approval from their unit leader before participating in the class.
  2. Have the Scout's BSA member ID number available. This number is critical to identifying the Scouts in Scoutbook. Find a Scout's BSA Member ID at the bottom-center of their BSA membership card, ask their unit leader, or look it up in my.scouting.org (under Menu, then My Profile) or Scoutbook (under My Profile, then Edit Profile).

To modify or update your registration, go to https://samhoustonbsa.doubleknot.com/signon/2690.

Merit Badge/Class
(click for requirements)

Age
Recommendations

Prerequisite and other notes

Partial

Archery   Might be a partial if Scout is unable to achieve the shooting score (#5af)
Canoeing   Bring proof of passing BSA swim test or be able to pass the BSA swimmer test #2 upon arrival - arrive early at 8:30 am for swim test (bring modest swimsuit and towel); bring clothes to get wet in and a towel
Chemistry   #7b
Radio and Electronics   These two classes are $38 due to the extra cost of the electronics kits.
Environmental Science 14+ (required) #6
First Class Emphasis
(not a merit badge)
New Scouts; Scout rank, Tenderfoot, & Second Class Scouts Learn more  
Fish and Wildlife Management   #8
Fishing   Fishing: #9 is not completed at camp
Forestry    
Kayaking 14+ (required) Prerequisite: Swimming Merit Badge; be physically fit. Bring proof of passing BSA swim test or be able to pass the BSA swimmer test #2 upon arrival - arrive early at 8:30 am for swim test (bring modest swimsuit and towel)  
Pioneering   Might be a partial if Scout is unable to splice at camp (#5)
Rifle Shooting   Might be a partial if Scout is unable to achieve the shooting score (#2am)
Shotgun Shooting 13+ Might be a partial if Scout is unable to achieve the shooting score (#2ak). 
Swimming and Lifesaving   Must be able to pass the BSA swimmer test #2, #3; bring long pants, long-sleeved button-down shirt, shoes, modest swimsuit and towel
Prerequisite for Lifesaving: #5a, b, c, d; #6a, b, e

 = Partial       = Eagle Scout Required     = Nova-Related       = Supernova-Related 

Arrival / Pick-up

Check-in begins at 8:40 am. The classes begin at 9:00 am. Upon arrival to camp, please drive directly to the area where the Scout’s merit badge will be taught. At each individual merit badge area, a member of the staff will conduct a health screening, including a temperature check. Scouts will stay together in their merit badge area. Social distancing restrictions will be observed. Scouts will be picked up at the same location where they were dropped off.

Registration

Adult leader training will be offered during camp.  More information will be available soon.

What to Bring

  • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A & B for all Scouting events), bring a copy
  • Pre-event screening form, bring a copy
  • Map for drop-off, bring a copy
  • Read COVID at-risk statement
  • Facial covering
  • Proof of prerequisites complete 
  • Merit badge book for each class, read prior to class; purchase at the Scout Shop.
  • Sack lunch (eat breakfast before arriving); recommend hydrating food and avoid dehydrating foods; avoid caffeinated beverages and sugary drinks; send nonperishable food unless it's stored with ice packs
  • Water bottle, water, drinks and healthy snacks
  • Arrive hydrated (drink water the night before; drink water on the way to camp)
  • Field uniform (Scout uniform) or activity uniform (Scout t-shirt) is encouraged
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Notebook and writing utensil
  • Day pack or backpack
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Hat
  • Camp chair
  • Rain gear
  • Blue cards are not needed; however, Scouts are to obtain approval from their unit leader before participating in the class. 

    Canoeing Merit Badge: also bring clothes to get wet in and a towel. Bring proof of passing BSA swim test or be able to pass the BSA swimmer test #2 upon arrival - arrive early at 8:30 am for swim test (bring modest swimsuit and towel);
    Kayaking Merit Badge: Bring proof of passing BSA swim test or be able to pass the BSA swimmer test #2 upon arrival - arrive early at 8:30 am for swim test (bring modest swimsuit and towel)
    Lifesaving Merit Badge: also bring long pants, long-sleeved button-down shirt, shoes, modest bathing suit, and towel

First Class Emphasis Program (FCE)

The First Class Emphasis program is for first-year Scouts that focuses on teaching the Scouts the skills necessary to complete many of the Tenderfoot, Second Class or First Class skills. The class will work as a patrol and have the opportunity to learn most of the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class. The FCE instructors will not sign off on any skills. The list of skills the Scouts worked on during the First Class Emphasis program will be available in the online registration system. The Scout will then need to demonstrate the skills learned to their Scout leader. After demonstrating proficiency in each skill the Scoutmaster or designee will then sign off the requirements in the Scout Handbook and Scoutbook.

Camp Strake 

Camp Strake is located at Hines Lake Rd, Coldspring, TX 77331 (Latitude and Longitude: 30.617127, -95.247358).

How to Register for Merit Badge Classes

 

Click on the registration link, then click Register. 

Step 1: Select a participant: 
Step 2: Select a class 
Repeat step 2 if you want to take more than one class. Repeat step 1 for additional participants.
Step 4: Review the schedule.
Step 5:  
Step 6:
Step 7: 

Classes that are full will not appear.

Change Classes

To modify your registration:

Contacts

 

Erick Simmons
Camp Director
 (713) 756-3315​
 erick.simmons@scouting.org

David Van Kleek
Council Camping Chair
 (713) 201-7699​
 david.vankleeck@entouch.net​

 

Brandon Lewis
Director of Support Service
 (713) 756-3319​
 brandon.lewis@scouting.org