April 27 - 30, 2018
Camp Allen

Program level: Boy Scouts

The canoe-o-ree is a weekend campout for Boy Scouts and is like a traditional district camporee, except the Scouts compete in events that are all canoe and/or kayak related. The canoe-o-ree is a unique event that Scouts will not want to miss.


The registration fee is $20 per person. Registration is completed by the unit leadership online with credit card, electronic check or PayPal.

There is no onsite registration. Council refund policy.


Music Credit - “There’s So Much You Can Do In a Canoe,” by Brant N. Miller, from the recording "Music River - Original Whitewater Songs and River Ballads, Copyright 1993."     

Program Highlights

  • White Bead Program - For Scouts not able to pass BSA swim test
  • Canoe over Canoe Rescue - Timed competition using 16' tandem canoes
  • 'Yak Attack - Water polo in kayaks, a FAVORITE event with the Scouts!
  • River Rope Rescue - Rescue the "crash dummies" before the drown!
  • Canoe-athlon - Timed canoe race with several challenging events along the way
  • Water Canaries - A project wild activity to discover what is in the lake water?
  • Canoe Tug-A-War - Tug-a-war as you have never seen it!
  • Free Swim - At the pool
  • Friday night burger burn
  • Campfire and slide show
  • Order of the Arrow (OA) call out ceremony

Non Swimmer Program

Swimmers that cannot pass a BSA swim test will be enrolled is a special white bead program to allow them to participate in the canoe-o-ree program. Scouts LOVE the white bead program!

What to Bring

  • Field uniform (Scout uniform) or activity uniform (any Scout t-shirt)
  • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for any Scouting event) for every person attending
  • Shoes that can get wet and an extra pair of dry shoes
  • Clothing appropriate for the weather
  • Camping gear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses
  • Water bottle and snacks
  • Camp chair
  • Meals for Saturday and Sunday morning

Typical Schedule



  6:00 pm Unit check-in and swim checks begin
  8:00 pm Burger burn


  7:00 am Breakfast at campsites
  8:00 am Opening ceremony
  9:00 am Gateway construction
  10:00 am Main events open at waterfront
    Yak attack - Water polo event
    Canoe over canoe rescue - Timed event
    River rope rescue - Rescue the crash dummies!
    CanoeAthlon - Canoe relay race competition
    Name the parts - Canoe and paddle
    Water canaries - Bugs and critters that live in the lake
  12:00 pm Lunch at campsites
  1:00 pm Boy Scout events resume
  3:45 pm Canoe tug-a-war
  4:30 pm Free swim at pool
  6:00 pm Dinner at campsite
  8:30 pm Closing program
    Slide show
    Campfire and OA Callout


  8:00 am Breakfast at campsite
  9:00 am Interfaith service at lakeside
  9:30 am Depart
  The final schedule will be given out on upon arrival.


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 district has the right to reproduce your likeness in videography/photography for promotion (e.g., publications, internet, newspaper).

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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


For questions, contact Dan Goetzman.