March 2024 Canoeing and Northern Tier Shakedown Campout

I.          Campout Theme:

            Day of Canoeing and as well as a Shakedown for Northern Tier

II.        Departure Time and Place:

We will meet at the church at 6:00 pm and plan on departing at 6:30. The drive is about 1.5 hrs.

III.      Camp

We will camp the entire weekend at Camp James Ray. The address for the camp 2026 Mill Creek Rd, Pottsboro, TX 75076. We will be staying at the Navajo Campsite.

IV.       Transportation: 

We will travel by car for this campout.

V.        Return Time: 

Our goal is to depart Camp James Ray at 8:30 A.M.  We should return to the Otto Middle School area around 10:00 a.m. 

VI.      Food: 

Patrols / Scouts will be Meal Planning for the weekend. This is a great weekend to get 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
  • Jacket
  • Closed Toed shoes (hiking books, or shoes) Correct footwear will be required for all activities.
  • Troop Hat
  • 3 sets of shorts or pants
  • 3 shirts (class B or equivalent)
  • 3 sets of underwear
  • 3 pairs of socks 
  • Sleeping bag, (should be 60’s during day and 40’s at night)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Day Pack for Hiking
  • Mess Kit
  • Trash Bag (for dirty clothes)
  • Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries
  • TWO 1-liter Personal Water bottle
  • Trash bags
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Towel

            Recommended Gear:

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

Required Gear for those going to Northern Tier:

  • Non-Waterproof Boots that drain (preferably what you will be taking to Northern Tier)
  • Quick drying hiking pants and shirt (preferably what you will be taking to Northern Tier)
  • Compass

Optional Gear:

  • Camera 
  • Camp stool or camp chair
  • Lip Balm

VIII.    Cost: 

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

IX.       Weather:

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

X.        Schedule:

Friday, March. 8th, 2024

  • 6:30 pm. – Departure
  • 8:00 pm. – Arrive at Camp James Ray
  • 10:00 am. – Lights out

            Saturday, March 9th, 2024 

  • 6:30 am. – Reveille
  • 7:30 am. – Breakfast
  • 9:00-11:00 – Canoeing
  • 12:00 pm. Lunch
  • 1:00-4:00 – Canoeing
  • 6:00 pm. – Dinner
  • 8:30 pm. – Campfire and Program
  • 10:30 pm. – Lights out

Sunday, March 10th, 2024

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

XI.      Miscellaneous Notes: 


  • 1 hrs. 30 minutes—73.9 miles to Camp James Ray- Church to Camp


  • From Camp James Ray- Texoma Medical Center Emergency Room, 5016 S US Hwy 75, Denison, Tx 75020


We will be spending the day canoeing on Lake Texoma and honing our paddling skills. For those going to Northern Tier this weekend we will be practicing our paddling techniques and our portaging. This is the perfect opportunity to test your canoeing skills as well as learn some things in the process. We will have a short class on the parts of the canoes as well as go over the strokes needed.  

FOOD:  We will be doing a meal planning meeting and the patrols will be cooking the entire weekend. I expect the patrols to all fully participate in this endeavor.

GEAR CARRYING:  The normal camp gear will be needed, 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.