El Rancho Cima is a Boy Scout age appropriate camp for troops, teams, crews, and ships, located at 5800 Ranch Road 32, Fischer, TX 78623 on the Devil’s Backbone in the hill country, just 15 miles west of San Marcos, TX close to Wimberley, TX. The property was purchased in 1953, and consists of 2,680 acres of mountainous terrain covered by an umbrella of cedars and hardwoods.
The summer camp program includes two traditional summer camp programs for troops and teams conducted at Cockrell River Camp and Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend, and a high adventure program called Rough Riders. Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend has two specialty camps: Trail to Eagle and Boots and Saddles. El Rancho Cima is accredited by the Boy Scouts of America and complies with the standards of the BSA national camp accreditation program.
El Rancho Cima Fire Ban Status (9/10/2015): El Rancho Cima is currently under a fire ban as issued by the Fire Marshal's office for Comal and Hays counties.
- Propane cooking appliances and lanterns are approved for use in campsites.
- Fire extinguishers must be present.
- No wood or charcoal fires allowed.
- No torches or "smudge pots" allowed.
We Will continue to monitor the fire danger and fire ban status issued by the counties Fire Marshal's office. Rangers and Campmasters are charged with enforcing this policy and have our continued support in doing so. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.
El Rancho Cima
Sam Houston Area Council
Summer Camp Update (July 2015): Due to extensive flooding in the hill country, a number of facilities at Cockrell River Camp at El Rancho Cima have sustained flood damage. The cleanup efforts at Cockrell River Camp will begin upon completion of summer camp sessions being held at Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend. Information will be forthcoming regarding any service opportunities with the Cockrell River Camp cleanup.
Regretfully, the Sam Houston Area Council will not be able to provide a camping experience at Cockrell River Camp in the summer of 2016. Our other camp located at El Rancho Cima, Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend was unharmed and continues to operate normally.
Summer camp at El Rancho Cima will be held at Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend in 2016. We will be able to provide program opportunities in aquatics, shooting sports and climbing by utilizing those elements at Cockrell River Camp.
As always, our first priority is to provide a meaningful and safe camping experience for our Scouts. We thank you for your continued support.
A variety of weekend camping activities are offered for Boy Scouts and Venturers. For a nominal fee, troops, teams, ships and crews can reserve a campsite and enjoy zip lining, shooting sports, horseback riding, climbing tower, and/or canoeing for a memorable weekend experience. Units must provide certified instructors. Weekend camping is closed during the summer camp season. Cub Scout camping and non-BSA camping is not offered at El Rancho Cima.
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