Friday, April 10, 2015

Camp Karankawa outreach at the 60th Anniversary Weekend (20-Mar-2015)

      Camp Karankawa is a Boy Scout camp located on the west bank of the San Bernard River about six miles north of Sweeny, Texas on FM1459.   It is administered by the Bay Area Council, a division of Scouting for Brazoria and Galveston counties.   The original camp property was purchased and first used in 1955, although additional properties have been added over the years, now bringing the size up to about 450 acres.
      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