Boy Scouts of America New Camp Strake


Boy Scouts of America


Completion Date: 2015

Project Size:
1,400 acre camp
2,600 acre site

Boy Scouts of America New Camp Strake

San Jacinto County

When the Boy Scouts of America purchased 2,816 acres of semi-primitive land north of Houston, they turned to Walter P Moore for development of the new Camp Strake Phase I. Designed to be a outdoor adventure experience, the camp includes 20 campsites, climbing pavilions, shooting sports center, zip lines, and an extensive trail system.

For the new 28-acre lake, we compared possible locations, performed hydrologic studies for dam safety, designed the dam and spillway, and obtained a water right permit. Because the land was heavily forested, a topographic survey would take too long and be costly. Instead Walter P Moore did a LIDAR survey tied to land elevation benchmarks which assisted in design and saved countless trees that would have been cut to survey a standard grid format. We created an app using an ESRI-based GIS system that allowed the architect and builder to understand where they were on the large site and what was being planned at any exact location. This helped better orient buildings and other features to maximize the experience of nature.

Our storm water pollution prevention plan during construction helped minimize sediment in runoff water. Our recommendations included a forced main system that sent effluent through pumps to the new onsite wastewater treatment facility. Perimeter swales were used around buildings to drain off storm water. Our team included Boy Scouts and their passion for Camp Strake is reflected in accolades from the client for consistent coordination and dedication to maintaining a sensitive semi-primitive site with low impact amenities. Our creative responses to the site’s challenges reflect our extensive experience in park and recreational projects.