Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the Catholic Committee on Scouting has decided we must cancel Holy Smokes 2020. We hope you will join us at Holy Smokes next year on Sept. 10-12, 2021. Mark your calendars now! This year, Prairie Star Ranch is hosting an Open Gate Series of events. Please consider participating in Open Gate with your family and/or troops on Aug. 22. Aug. 29, Sept. 5 and possibly more! All of the details can be found here: Prairie Star Ranch Open Gate
September 12-13, 2020 Holy Smokes 2020 may look a little/lot different with Covid-19 restrictions, check back soon for updates.
The 2020 annual Holy Smokes Cook-off and Family Camp-out will be held at Prairie Star Ranch in Williamsburg, KS on the weekend after Labor Day. This annual kick-off event for the scouting year includes a day full of activities for all ages and families. All youth are invited to join us for this fun filled event! And PSR offers GREAT activities! Please be patient as the details may be modified for this year.
- Free will offerings encouraged to offset the event costs and support the CCS and PSR
- Campfire Cooking Tournament!! Turn in your competition dish Saturday evening to compete
- Rosary Walk and Saturday evening Mass – units could lead the Rosary patch
- Fishing lakes (BYO fishing gear), gaga ball pits, and BYO yard games
- PSR staff led activities TBD due to Covid-19 considerations. Archery is likely, canoeing and horseback riding may be offered. Fees apply for these activities.
- Training for religious awards instructors & for unit chaplains
2019 COOK-OFF AND CATHOLIC FAMILY CAMPOUT AT PRAIRIE STAR RANCH
The 2019 annual Holy Smokes Cook-off and Family Event/Camp-out will be held at Prairie Star Ranch in Williamsburg, KS on the weekend after Labor Day. This annual kick-off event for the scouting year is geared to scouts and scouters of all ages and their families. All youth are invited to join us for this fun filled event! And PSR offers GREAT activities!
- Campfire Cooking Tournament
- Rosary walk, Mass
- Lakes for fishing, gaga ball pits
- Climbing wall and archery ($15 wrist band includes both activities)
- Training for religious awards instructors and for unit chaplains
Join us September 7-8, 2019. Camping is optional on Friday (please let us know if you’re planning on Friday) and/or Saturday night, under the stars. Saturday we will have our campfire cooking competition, as well as Mass and adoration.
IMPORTANT: If you are planning on joining us, and we hope you are, it is required that you complete some necessary paperwork (there is paperwork for both youth and adults). We ask that you please complete the paperwork prior to arriving at Holy Smokes, and bring copies with you. Links to paperwork are provided below.
Permission & Medical Release (youth)
Permission & Medical Release (adult)
More details on 2020 coming soon.
Holy Smokes 2019 Event Timeline Saturday 09/07/2019
09:00 AM – Registration setup for camping (ALL ADULTS MUST REGISTER AND OBTAIN A WRISTBAND)
10:30 AM – Adult Leader Meeting at CCS Canopy
1:00 PM – Ranch Events Start – (Climbing Wall, Archery) PAY FEE AND GET WRISTBAND at CCS canopy.
2:00 PM – Religious Award Training at CCS Canopy
3:00 PM – Ranch Events End
4:15 PM – Cooking Contest Turn-in (Categories – BBQ, Dutch Oven Meal, Open Category Meal (Not BBQ and not Dutch Oven cooked), Dessert, Judges Choice)
6:30 PM – Mass
8:00 PM – Awards Presentation
11:00 PM – Lights out PLEASE RESPECT THE PRIVACY OF OTHERS
Leave after clean-up
Questions? Please reach out to Mike Schopper, the Holy Smokes coordinator, at 913-226-8345 / firstname.lastname@example.org, or Gary Smith, the Catholic Committee on Scouting Chairman, at 913-433-6899 / email@example.com.