The camp hosts traditional long-term camps in summer, fall and winter, while also being used for weekend campouts and events by many units from the Bay Area Council's area and also the Houston area. The weekend of March 20-22, 2015 was used as a celebration of the 60th birthday of the camp, by hosting weekend camping for all Boy Scout units, as well as a day event on Saturday for the younger Cub Scouts.
Recently, an unused cabin-like building in the northwest part of the camp was refurbished into a Nature Lodge by TMN-COT member Chris Kneupper and other volunteers from Troop 324 of Lake Jackson, and was used for the first time at the 60th Anniversary weekend. TMN-COT president Dave Brandes was invited to make reptile presentations (morning and afternoon) at the new lodge using the captive live animals belonging to the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service, while also displaying the USFWS pelts and reproduction skull collection. Chris Kneupper also led two guided walks of the surrounding nature trails, through the lush woods along the banks of the San Bernard River. The day was beset by heavy rain (especially in the afternoon); however, the reptile presentations went ahead under the cover of the new pavilion roof at the Nature Lodge. Although other activities occurred at the event, the photos show only a few images of the TMN-COT effort.
Photos by Chris Kneupper
|Newly completed Nature Lodge at Camp Karankawa|
|Dave Brandes beginning his reptile talk|
|Dave Brandes showing off juvenile alligator|
|Dave Brandes introducing "Herman" to the scouts|
|Dave Brandes talking to scouts|
|Dave Brandes with speckled king snake|
|Chris Kneupper explaining USFWS skulls|
|scouts with pelts|
|Chris Kneupper leading nature hike in San Bernard bottoms|
|Dave Brandes using "Herman"|
|Passing around baby alligator|
|Passing around king snake|