A Place with a Purpose
Camp Strake is first-class, state-of-the-art camp at a rural site near the Sam Houston National Forest, close to the community of Evergreen.
The camp was designed to create a 21st century Scouting experience for Scouts and their leaders and to be a transformational outdoor adventure experience to equip young people with a foundation for leadership. The camp has two distinct sections:
- The Tsuru Scout Camp is an area for weekend and summer camp.
- The future Integrity Institute will be the home for advanced training programs for adult leaders and youth members of Scouts BSA, Sea Scouts, and Venturing.
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.
Camp Map Google Map
Facilities and Program Areas
- 20 campsites with pavilions
- Air-conditioned dining hall (450 person capacity)
- Camp Headquarters building
- Large program pavilion
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) center
- Merit badge pavilions
- Extensive trail system
- Order of the Arrow ceremony site
- Arena for 1,200 people
- 2 chapels
- Modern restrooms and shower houses
- 40 summer camp staff huts
- Aquatics Center with a swimming pool and pool house
- Aquatics Center with lake, observation deck and canoe storage
- Aquatics training pavilion
- Shooting Sports Complex with rifle, shotgun, and archery range, including a sporting arrows course
- Bikes and all-terrain vehicle ATV area
- Climbing and rappelling tower
- Wild Hex Complex
- Climbing pavilion
- Sport fields
Camp Strake Facilities
All facilities at Camp Strake are ADA compliant. Many of these facilities, including the dining hall, are air-conditioned.
At the entrance to Camp Strake is the check-in building. This facility is used to greet visitors, provide directions, and issue parking permits. All visitors should be prepared to stop at this building to sign-in.
Camp Headquarters Building
The camp headquarters houses the camp phone, lost and found, mail, camp director’s office, camp commissioner’s office, quartermaster, trading post, business manager’s office, and health lodge.
The dining hall seats 460 people. During summer camp, meals will be served in one sitting. Lunch meals will be delivered to campsites. High quality and nutritious meals will be provided by a professional service. The parade field used for morning and evening flag ceremonies is west of the dining hall.
Campsites are nestled in shaded areas throughout the camp. Every campsite has picnic tables, a covered pavilion with electricity, and two-person wall tents set on wooden pallets to form a floor elevated off the ground.
Shower houses are located along the main campsite road and are shared by three or four campsites. Individual stalls are ADA compliant and have a toilet, shower, and sink.
The STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) building is in the program area just south of the administration building. The air-conditioned building is outfitted with equipment and materials to support a robust STEM and conservation program.
The aquatics area contains a pool, fishing area, beachfront with lake swimming area, and boating area to support the full range of aquatics related merit badges. The 28-acre lake provides a venue for canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. A portion of the lake is reserved for conservation and fishing activities.
The shooting sports area contains a rifle range with 16 firing positions and a maximum range of 100 yards, a shotgun range, archery range, sporting arrows range, and 3D archery range.
The 32-foot-tall climbing tower and training pavilion is located at the west end of the lake. The top of the tower has a great vantage point overlooking the entire camp. The tower is designed to allow beginner and experienced climbers to test and improve their skills.
Located inside the horseshoe formed by the ring of campsites is a large program field for a wide range of sporting activities.
High Adventure Program
The high adventure program will include a zipline, ATV program and climbing.
The staff area is west of the check-in building and contains a main staff building that includes office, storage, laundry, and meeting facilities. Adjacent to this building is 40 two-person huts and a shower/latrine facility.
Bridge to the Integrity Institute
Merit Badge Pavilion
Aerial View: Central Camp Area facing North towards lake
Aerial View: Central Camp Area facing South away from lake
Arial view: Headquarters
Aerial Rendering of Lakefront