A Place with a Purpose
Camp Strake is currently being built at a rural site near the Sam Houston National Forest, close to the community of Evergreen in order to create a 21st century Scouting experience for Scouts and their leaders.
Launching Pad for Future Leaders
Camp Strake will be a transformational outdoor adventure experience that will equip young people with a foundation for leadership.
Camp Strake has had a construction schedule with a plan for opening in summer 2019 for Scouts BSA summer resident camp. However, due to unfavorable weather conditions for construction, including multiple significant rainfall events since the 2nd quarter of 2016 that delayed the initial groundbreaking and site clearing, and Hurricane Harvey in the 3rd quarter of 2017, which affected the timing for acquisition of a critical federal permit -- construction is behind that schedule.
Because of the impact our unfavorable weather has had and continues to have on construction progress, we are at risk of not having the Tsuru Scout Camp finished by May 2019 in time for Scouts BSA summer resident camp. Therefore, rather than trying to rush the construction beyond what is practical and risk not having the Tsuru Scout Camp completely operational for summer 2019, the decision has been made to cease planning to conduct the 2019 Scouts BSA summer resident camp at Camp Strake. The timing of the decision and announcement will allow troops to make alternative summer resident camp plans for 2019.
Plans remain to open Camp Strake later in 2019. The opening date is predicated on favorable weather conditions and no unforeseen circumstances. Additional information will follow in the coming months regarding the timeline and commissioning plans.
Check out our camp construction updates.
November 2018 - Lake front and Ranger house
October 2018 - Program Area and Arena
Patsy and Stan Stanley Arena in progress
General program area
Program area (left) and Dining Hall (right)
July 2018 - Pool area and Road
Road from the dam
May 2018 - Campsites and shooting sports areas
View of two campsites from parking area
Shooting sports area
Cleared program area
Trail towards program area in background
March 2018 - Staff and shooting sports areas
Shooting sports arena
February 2018 - Leadership Institute and arena
Leadership Institue site
Patsy and Stan Stanley Arena with lake to the left
Swimming pool location
Patsy and Stan Stanley Arena Progress
November 2017 - Road and ranger residence
Camp ranger house. This will be used as the construction office during the camp’s development.
Camp ranger house
September 2017 - Ranger house and program area
Camp ranger house
July 2017 - Vertical Construction
Camp ranger house
It will be used as the construction office during the camp’s development.
Future program area
Road to campsites and campsite parking.
Future check-in site
Future staff site
Future camp arena
On October 20, 2016, members of the Strake family and representatives from the Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America took part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Camp Strake.
The Sam Houston Area Council had intentions to break ground on the new Camp Strake in late April 2016. However, heavy rains delayed the ground breaking until October 2016.
Camp Strake is located on 2,816 acres between New Waverly and Coldspring near the community of Evergreen, Tx. Lake Livingston is 10 miles east of the property. The camp is a 1.5-hour drive from downtown Houston and close to I-45 and the Grand Parkway. Camp Strake is surrounded on three sides by the Sam Houston National Forest and has the Lone Star Hiking Trail close to one corner of the property.
The new Camp Strake will be first-class and state-of-the-art for Scouts and their leaders with two distinct sections:
- The Tsuru Scout Camp developed for weekend and resident camp operations for Scouts BSA Program and Venturers; and
- The Leadership Institute for advanced training programs for adult leaders and Scouts BSA Program and Venturers.
The Scout camp for Scouts BSA and Venturers will have the following facilities:
- 20 campsites with pavilions
- Air conditioned dining hall with 450 person capacity
- Camp Headquarters building
- Large program pavilion
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) center
- Merit badge pavilions
- Shooting Sports Complex with rifle, shotgun and pistol ranges and for archery, including a sporting arrows course
- Climbing pavilion with restrooms
- Low ropes course
- Zip line
- Climbing and rappelling tower
- Bikes and all-terrain vehicle ATV area
- Aquatics Center with a swimming pool and pool house
- Aquatics Center with lake (28-acre lake being created), observation deck and canoe storage
- Aquatics training pavilion
- Sport fields
- Basketball court
- Extensive trail system
- Order of the Arrow ceremony site
- Arena for 1,200 people
- 1 chapel for 250 people
- 1 chapel for 100 people
- Modern restrooms and shower houses
- 40 summer camp staff huts
The Leadership Institute will have the following facilities:
- Leadership Training Center
- 4 Dormitories with 32-person capacity each
- 4 Cabins with 8-person capacity each
- Arena for 100 people
- Chapel for 100 people
- 2 Training pavilions
- Training campsite
- Shower houses
Camp Construction General Timeline
||Completion of three on-site residences, begin construction of new County Road to access site, finalize infrastructure framework for on-site utilities, base foundation set for all vertical structures in Tsuru Scout Camp, begin construction of campsite pavilions
||Complete campsite pavilions, complete new county road, install three-phase power to the site, complete internal electrical distribution, begin installation of restroom/shower facilities, secure final permit for on-site lake from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
||Begin to fill lake, begin core camp facilities construction, begin Tsuru Scout Camp program features construction
||Continue to fill lake, continue construction of core camp facilities, continue Tsuru Scout Camp program features construction, complete water and wastewater treatment plant
||Finalize vertical construction for Tsuru Scout Camp, Complete development of new lake
||Chip-seal all major roads, installation of signage, fixtures, furniture and equipment for Tsuru Scout Camp, begin construction of Leadership Institute facilities
||Complete construction of Leadership Institute, complete trail building and Scout-lead service projects for Tsuru Scout Camp
||Grand opening of Camp Strake, conduct Winter Camp 2019
For FAQs and more information, visit the Camp Development page.