December 2023 Campout

Cooking and Shooting Campout

I.          Campout Theme:

            Cooking and Shooting Campout

II.        Departure Time and Place:

We will meet at the church at 6:00 pm and plan to depart at 6:30. The drive will be about 2 hrs. to TRJ.

III.      Camp

We will camp the entire weekend at Trevor Reese Jones. The address for the camp is 11217 FM 2970, Athens, TX 75751. We will be staying at the Pine Cove Campsite.

IV.       Transportation: 

We will travel by car to this campout.

V.        Return Time: 

Our goal is to depart Trevor Rees-Jones by 8:30 A.M. We should return to the Otto Middle School area around 10:30 a.m.

VI.      Food: 

Patrols / Scouts will be Meal Planning for the entire weekend. This is a great weekend to get all your cooking and meal planning done for your rank advancements.

  • Saturday morning- hot breakfast
  • Saturday lunch – hot or cold lunch
  • Saturday dinner- Hot meal
  • Sunday breakfast- grab and go breakfast

VII.    Personal Equipment List:

Necessary Gear:

  • Class A uniform
  • Raingear
  • Heavy Jacket
  • Closed Toed shoes or Hiking Boots
  • Troop Hat
  • 2 sets of shorts or pants
  • 2 shirts (class B or equivalent)
  • 3 sets of underwear
  • 3 pairs of socks 
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag, (will be 60’s during day and 40’s at night)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Day Pack for Hiking
  • Mess Kit
  • Spork or spoon
  • Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries
  • 1-liter Personal Water bottle
  • Trash bags
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Towel

 Recommended Gear:

  • Extra pair of shoes (lightweight)
  • Toiletries/Personal hygiene items
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

Optional Gear:

  • Camera 
  • Camp stool or camp chair
  • Lip Balm
  • Shooting glasses
  • Ear Protection

VIII.    Cost: 

  • The only cost for this campout will be for the Patrol food.

IX.       Weather:

Highs in the upper 60’s and lows in the 40’s.

X.        Schedule:

Friday, Dec 8th, 2023

  • 6:30 pm. – Departure
  • 8:30 pm. – Arrive at Trevor Reese Jones
  • 10:30 pm. – Lights out

Saturday, Dec 9th, 2023 

  • 6:30 am. – Reveille
  • 7:30 am. – Breakfast
  • 8-12:00 pm – Cooking Merit Badge and Pioneering Construction
  • 12:00 pm. Lunch
  • 1-4:00 pm. – Shotgun Range
  • 6:00 pm. – Dinner
  • 8:30 pm. – Campfire and Program
  • 10:30 pm. – Lights out

Sunday, Dec 10th, 2023

  • 7:00 am. – Reveille
  • 8:30 am. – Grab and Go Breakfast and Departure
  • 10:30 pm. – Arrive at Otto

XI.      Miscellaneous Notes: 


  • 2 hrs.– – Church to Camp


  • From TRJ- UT Health Athens: Emergency Room, 2000 S Palestine St, Athens, Tx 75751


We are doing a COOK OFF!!!! Saturday Night will be the cook off. Each patrol needs to show up with their best efforts to create the winning meal. Plan on cooking just a little more than usual to account for the taste testing! We have the shotgun range reserved for Saturday afternoon and will be building a monkey bridge and working on our Cooking Merit Badge Saturday morning.

FOOD: We will be doing a meal planning meeting, and the patrols will be cooking the entire weekend. I expect the scouts to all fully participate in this endeavor and not leave it up to one person.

GEAR CARRYING: The normal camp gear will be needed, a tent, day pack, water bottles. We will be bringing the trailer for this campout.


  • Plants are our Common Poison Ivy, Sumac and Oak
  • Reptiles are Rattlesnakes, Copperheads, Water Moccasins and Coral Snakes
  • Insects are Black Widow Spider, Brown Recluse Spider, Fire Ants, Scorpions and Wasps.

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