Bovay Scout Ranch

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Bovay Scout Ranch
Location 3450 County Road 317, Navasota, TX 77868

Bovay Scout Ranch (BSR) (AKA: Camp Tellepsen // McNair Cub Adventure World) is operated by Sam Houston Area Council and serves scouts from across Texas.


Bovay Scout Ranch was founded in 2001 and is named after its founders, Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Bovay Jr. Located three miles south of downtown Navasota, Texas, Bovay Scout Ranch offers each visitor an opportunity to enjoy the wonder and beauty of central Texas. Bovay Scout Ranch is a sight to behold with its rolling hills and lakes, campsites surrounded by native Huisache and Bois-d'arc trees and sunsets that are absolutely breathtaking. The ranch's 1,498 acres are a natural paradise for plants and wildlife. Bovay Scout Ranch has facilities for a wide range of activities including a water park, slingshots (wrist rockets), BMX bikes, dino dig, Cub Scout shooting range and more.

Camp Tellepsen / Weekend Scout Camp

Tellepsen Scout Camp is located at Bovay Scout Ranch. As a part of the council's commitment to achieve its new camping vision statement: "Exemplary, sustainable outdoor experiences and creative learning for 21st century youth and their leaders," this new camp for troops and crews has been designed for weekend camping opportunities.

Tellepsen Scout Camp has eight campsites that accommodate 50 individuals per site. Each campsite has a 30'x40' pavilion with electricity. One shower and restroom facility is available for every two campsites.

  • Tellepsen Rifle Range: It is the home of the council's largest rifle range and a 41-foot climbing tower. The rifle range consists of four 50-yard high-powered rifle stations, four 100-yard high-powered rifle stations, a five-station shotgun trap range, eight shooting stations for .22 rifles and pistols and an archery range.
  • Tellepsen Climbing Tower: The climbing tower has four rappelling stations of 11 feet, 22 feet, 32 feet, and 41 feet. Flyer

Weekend camping is available to troops, ships and crews. Cub Scouts are not allowed to camp at Tellepsen Scout Camp. District reservations for Tellepsen Scout Camp can be reserved through the district professional.

McNair Cub Scout Adventure Camp

McNair Cub Scout Adventure Camp is a weekend campout for Cub Scout families at Bovay Scout Ranch. Families will enjoy activities such as BB guns, archery, swimming, sports, crafts, games, BMX biking and eating in the air-conditioned dining hall. Overnighters are available to packs or Webelos dens. Groups plan their own activities and cook their own food. Campsites, restrooms, and showers are available.

McNair campsites are equipped with modern restrooms, private hot showers, potable drinking water, lighted covered pavilion, picnic tables and campfire ring. Campsites have a unique and stunning view of prairies, lakes and woods, breathtaking sunsets and glorious sunrises. Campsites and facilities are wheelchair accessible. Campsites are used during Adventure Camp and Resident Camp. Packs, Webelos dens, troops and crews can camp at Bovay Scout Ranch.

Resident Camp is a three-night summer campout held in July for Cub Scouts entering first through fifth grade the following school year. Cub Scouts will enjoy BB guns, archery, sling shots, crafts, sports, games, campfire program and lots more. Weekend Camping is available to troops and crews at Tellepsen Scout Camp.

David Weekley Family Water Park

The David Weekley Family Water Park offers Scouts the opportunity for cooling off in the 93,000 gallon swimming hole. Scouts can splash through the water elements spray area or shoot down one of the two Texas twister water slides. Scouts enjoy this blast of cool fun while working with our dedicated aquatic staff. Swimmers of all levels will enjoy this area.

Fort Bluebell

Fort Bluebell is a miniature replica of a pioneer fort. Kids love the fort, and it’s an excellent opportunity to talk about the pioneer days and the Wild West. Fort Bluebell is a great area for handicrafts.

Lake George

Nestled in the center of McNair Cub Scout Adventure Camp is Lake George. This is a hotspot for earning the Fishing Belt Loop or just watching nature. Canoes are available during Adventure Camp. The S.S. Mary K. Fleming Paddle Wheel Boat is located on Lake George, and is a perfect location for knot tying and fishing.

Bovay Camporee Field

Troops, crews and districts may camp at the Duke Energy Camporee Site. This 100-acre camporee area is nestled between the rolling hills and prairies of Bovay Scout Ranch. At the camporee site, Scouts will feel close to nature, as they view the morning sunrise and the sunsets each night. The wildlife can frequently be seen ambling through the tall prairie grass foraging for food. Scouts will be able to sit back, relax and imagine the life of cowboys riding across the hills and plains of Texas. The Duke Energy Camporee Site is a primitive camping area, and to preserve its natural beauty, the principles of "Leave No Trace" must be strictly followed. Reservations are made through the district professional.

The Camporee Site is a 100-acre primitive area nestled between the rolling hills and prairies of Bovay Scout Ranch. Districts can reserve the camporee site for district events through their district executive. Map

SHAC Council

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This district is part of The Sam Houston Area Council, headquartered in Houston, Texas, and serves youth members and volunteer leaders through Scout units in southeast Texas. It is a local council (#576) of the Boy Scouts of America. All youth are invited to join scouting.