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Help Us Win Free Advertising from the Houston Chronicle 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Sunday, March 29, 2015 12:01:00 AM

Houston Gives Charity Give Away Competition

The Sam Houston Area Council has a chance to win $50,000 in free advertising from the Houston Chronicle, but we need your help.  We need you to elect the Sam Houston Area Council as your favorite non-profit organization.

It is very easy.  All you have to do is click here and vote for the Boy Scouts of America as your favorite non-profit organization.  

You may vote once a day until April 19, 2015.  

Vote for Sam Houston Area Council

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Nominate a Scouter for Silver Beaver Award 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Sunday, March 15, 2015 9:24:00 AM

Silver Beaver Award
Nominations due May 1, 2015

The Silver Beaver Award is the highest form of recognition that a local council can bestow on a volunteer. In 1931, BSA President Mortimer L. Schiff recommended to the national board that an award be devised for recognition of distinguished service to youth in the area of a local council, and the concept of the Silver Beaver Award recognition was established.

Silver Beaver Nomination Form

The Sam Houston Area Council has participated in this recognition program since its inception, presenting Silver Beaver Awards in 1931 to W. A. Childress and to E. A. Hudson. Beginning with those first two awards, more than 1500 adult leaders in our council have been recognized in this manner. Download a complete list of Sam Houston Area Council Silver Beaver Award recipients. The Silver Beaver Award is presented at the Council Recognition Reception.


Council Recognition Reception

October 27, 2015, 7:00 pm
Chapelwood United Methodist Church, 11140 Greenbay St., Houston TX 77024 (map)

The Council Recognition Reception is held annually to honor the recipients of the Silver Beaver Award and Heroism Awards. Join your fellow Scouters in recognizing the recipients of the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award a council can bestow on a volunteer Scouter.



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Register for Day Camp 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Sunday, March 15, 2015 8:05:00 AM

Cub Scout Day/Twilight Camp is a council camp hosted by districts for Scouts entering 1st – 5th grade for the 2015-2016 school year. Scouts earn rank advancements, learn new skills, play sports and games, make crafts, shoot BB guns and archery, but most of all have fun. Scouts can attend any district’s camp that best suits their schedule. Participants receive a t-shirt and patch. Advancements offered at Day Camp supplements the exciting program offered at Resident Camp.

At camp, Cub Scouts will salute those heroes who help keep us safe and secure each and every day. Can only adults be heroes? Heroes are often ordinary kids who did something out of the ordinary! Sometimes a hero is obvious, the policeman who risks his life to protect us from violence or the fireman who pulls people out of burning buildings. Some people around us seem like regular people, but they are heroes because they used to be soldiers in the military and served our country to keep us free. Heroes are all around us. You never know when or where emergencies will arise. Scouting teaches us how to handle these situations. We don’t expect to get hurt, and don’t expect to need first aid, but we are prepared just in case. Do Your Best! One person can make a difference. One person who helps can change someone’s world. Maybe one day the hero will be you or your Cub Scout.

Free, customizable placemats are available to use as den and pack meetings to help promote day camp.

There are 27 camps offered around the council at various times. Registered Scouts can attend any camp. Use the Google map to find a camp near you.

District Registration 2015 Date Time Location Contact
Aldine Pathfinder   June 8-12 5:00 - 8:00 pm Aldine High School Caroline Rudisill
Antares   June 8-12 5:00 - 8:00 pm Aldine High School Malik Nelson
Arrowmoon Register June 15-19 8:00 - 3:00 pm Camp Howdy Allyson Sweeney
Aquila Register June 1-5 6:00 - 9:15 pm Longfellow Elementary Mary Welch
Bayshore Register June 8-12 4:30 - 9:00 pm Lomax Arena Thadd Bowers
Big Cypress Register for AM Session
Register for PM Session
June 8-11
AM Session: 8:30am - 2:00pm
PM Session: 3:00 - 8:30 pm
Cy-Fair Exhibition Center
Angela Teague
Brahman Register June 29-July 2 8:00 am - 3:00 pm El Campo American Legion Denise Kopecky
Brazos Register June 9-12 2:00 - 8:30 pm Fort Bend County Fairgrounds Jennifer Carlisle
Copperhead Register June 8-11 3:00 - 8:30pm Houston Farm and Ranch Raphael Poirrier
David Crockett Register June 9-12 8:30 am - 3:30 pm Camp Brosig Dee Dee Michel
Eagle Trail Register June 8-12 4:30 - 9:00 pm Lomax Arena Thadd Bowers
Flaming Arrow Register June 23-25 1:30 - 8:00 pm A.V. "Bull" Sallas park John Carter
George Strake Register June 15-19 8:30 am - 1:30 pm, M-Th
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Fr
Carl Barton Junior Park Lorie Thornton
Iron Horse Register June 16-19 1:00 - 8:00 pm Northside Christian Church Leana Skinner
Mustang Register June 8-12 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Houston Farm and Ranch Jennifer Mikes
North Star   June 16-19 12:30 - 6:30 pm Cornerstone Church  Angie Lopez
Orion Register June 16-19 2:00 - 8:00 pm Spring Creek Park Melissa Spears
Phoenix Register June 22-26 7:45 am - 3:15 pm Burroughs Park Albert Robb
Raven Register June 10-13 5:45 - 9:15 pm LDS Church in Baytown Valerie Richardson
Skyline Register June 15-18 5:30 - 8:30 pm St. Pius X High School Colleen Tautfest
Soaring Eagle Register for AM session
Register for PM session
June 9-12 1: 8:00 am - 1:30 pm
2: 3:00 - 8:30 pm
Cypress Bible Church Bobby Ausmus
Tall Timbers Register June 8-11 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm Grace Crossing Church Clysta Maggart
Tatanka   June 8-12 5:30 - 9:00 pm LDS Church, 3450 S Dairy Ashford Shannon Proffit
Texas Skies Register June 15-19 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Houston Farm and Ranch Steve Slagel
Thunder Wolf Register June 9-12 3:00 - 8:00 pm LDS Church, 8333 Scanlan Trace Abraham Kurien
Twin Bayou Register June 8-11 6:00 - 9:15 pm Longfellow Elementary Jenny Johnson
W.L. Davis Register June 10-12 5:00 - 8:30 pm Gregg Elementary School Doris Thornton


Camps are operated and licensed under the guidelines of the Boy Scouts of America National Camp Standards and the Texas Department of State Health Services Youth Camp Program Regulations.




For Questions Contact:

Leslie Melton
Council Day Camp Chair

Geno Aguilar
 (713) 756-3304


Vincent Manning
Day Camp Professional Advisor
 (713) 756-3380

Special Needs Scouting Resources 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Sunday, March 15, 2015 7:17:00 AM

Tony Mei, chairman of the National Disabilities Awareness Committee, got in touch to share a variety of resources for special needs Scouts.

Every unit leader ought to take the time to read  The Guide to Working With  Scouts With Special Needs and Disabilities

Reach the committee task force for answers to questions about special needs Scouting at

Here’s a PowerPoint presentation about Including Scouts with Disabilities

The Committee publishes Abilities Digest a quarterly newsletter full of information and resources (here’s the Winter 2015 edition).  Any Scouting volunteer or professional may subscribe. by sending a message to – put “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject line and put your name, email address, and council in the message text.

There’s a Scouts with Special Needs Web Page for now, an expanded set of resources will be offered at a new web page that should go live soon.


3K/5K Color Run benefiting SHAC Special Needs Program

May 2, 2015

The Color Run is an untimed event where participants walk/run/skip along a 3K and/or 5K course while being splashed with colorful powder from head-to-toe. Come out and enjoy fun, fitness and fellowship while helping raise money for a great cause! 

Register for Color Run

  • $30 per person before April 20, 2015
  • $35 per person after April 21, 2015
  • $20 per person ages 6-17
  • Free for children 5 years and under and students with disabilities
  • Special Group Rate: $20 each for organization, groups, Boy Scout troops, Cub Scouts packs of ten or more people. Be creative and wear your own white t-shirt to be entered into a drawing!!!!!!!

All proceeds go to the Sam Houston Area Council Special Needs Program. If you have questions or concerns please contact Regina Gervin at 713-598-7571.

Learning for Life Champions™ Special Education Program

“Serving Youth with Special Needs”

The Learning for Life ChampionsTM program provides students with mental disabilities help in developing social/personal, life, and self-concept skills to help them achieve greater self-sufficiency.

The Champions™ Special Education program is organized into two major components:

  • Champions™ Daily Living Skills
  • Champions™ Transition Program

The Champions™ Daily Living Skills includes 57 lesson plans centered on a skill-oriented theme, with activities designed for class or individual use. Areas covered include:

  • Self-concept – students develop an awareness of personal, social, and civic awareness
  • Personal and social skills – focus on how emotions affect the behavior of oneself and others
  • Life skills – teaches skills for independent living, including personal hygiene, meal preparation, and job preparedness training
  • Recognition plan – An honor chart displays each student's achievements so that all students are receiving some kind of recognition

The “Champions™ Daily Living Skills” program content covers the following areas:

  • Safety
  • Calendar
  • Self-concept
  • Parts of the Body
  • Grooming
  • Clothing Care
  • Dressing
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Nutrition
  • Wellness
  • Table Manners
  • Meal Preparation

The Champions™ Slogan: "Let’s all stand tall and stay Champions"

The Champions™ Pledge: "I promise to do my best and stay a Champion"

The Champions™ Transition Program (for high school aged youth)
Special needs students must leave high school before age 22. Many are unprepared for the workforce by not having a transition plan and have not mastered basic skills. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1990 requires public schools to start a formal transition plan by the time the student turns 16 years of age.

Learning for Life has developed a program called the “Champions™ Transition Program” to help school districts, teachers, and parents guide their special needs students through this transition process. The program includes fun and engaging activities and lessons to help teachers instruct students ages 16-21 in life skills needed to achieve self-sufficiency and success as an independent productive member of society. The program emphasizes the following key components:

  • Life Skills – teaches skills for managing a home, family, and finances
  • Personal and Social Skills – teaches socially acceptable behavior and decision-making skills
  • Vocational Skills – facilitates the development of vocational skills through work evaluation and adjustment, job tryouts, placement, and the follow-up necessary for success. It includes lessons in vocational opportunities, planning and preparation, mental skills needed for good work habits, and job seeking skills.
  • Recognition Plan – Recognizes transition program participants for completing specific requirements.

The Champions™ Transition Skills program covers 6 objectives supported by 24 lessons:


Managing Finances

  • How to count money/make change
  • Personal budgeting
  • Checkbook management
  • Credit card management

Decision-making skills

  • How to get help
  • Knowing the consequences of a bad decision
  • Developing and evaluating alternatives
  • Developing goals

Vocational Opportunities

  • Rewards of work
  • Sources of training
  • How work relates to developing self-esteem
  • Job classifications

Planning & Preparation

  • Identifying vocational interests
  • Choosing a job
  • Identifying requirements
  • Abilities and skills

Mental Skills needed for Good Work Habits

  • Following directions
  • Importance of punctuality
  • Being a team member
  • Understanding authority

Seeking a Job

  • Looking for a job
  • Applying for a job
  • Interviewing for a job
  • Understanding job standards

Champions Daily Living Skills

Champions Transition Program


For more information on Learning for Life School Curriculum and champion programs contact:

Covering all Houston and Aldine ISD:

Regina Gervin
Learning for Life Director







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Scout Fair Unit Participation Deadline 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, March 7, 2015 10:21:00 AM

Scout Fair
Saturday, April 18, 2015
10:00am - 3:00pm at NRG Arena


 Coupon Books     Coupon Book Turn-in Locations     Dates      Resources     Prizes     Contacts


Scout Fair Booths / Service Units

Every pack, troop, team, crew, ship and post is encouraged to participate in Scout Fair. Units that participate at Scout Fair, with a booth or as a service unit, earn an additional 10% commission on Scout Fair Coupon Book Sales if registered by March 26, 2015 or an additional 5% commissioner if registered by March 31, 2015.  

Scout Fair Booths: Every unit is encouraged to sponsor a booth at the fair. This is your opportunity to show our community what Scouting is all about, and to share your Scouting skills with fellow Scouts and Scout Leaders. In the past, booths have included craft stations (Cub Scouts), rope making (Boy Scouts), orienteering (Venturing), and law enforcement (Exploring). Keep it simple and fun. By involving all the Scouts and parents in your unit, booth preparation and set-up, manning and take down can be shared to keep it simple and make it fun. Each unit hosting a booth will receive a ribbon. For more information regarding booth rules and regulations, please refer to the Scout Fair booth safety guidelines. For questions, contact your district Scout Fair chair or district executive. Units must register for a booth by March 31, 2015.

Booth registration

Service Units: Units can participate in Scout Fair as a service unit. Service units should check-in at the council service unit booth upon arrival. Scouts are needed in many ways to help at Scout Fair, whether helping to hand out flyers, unload boxes, or set up areas. Your unit will receive a notice of where your help is needed one week before the fair. Service units must have a minimum of 50% of their registered youth participating to receive the additional commission.

Service unit registration

Scout Fair Booth Judging

Scout Fair Booths are judged on the following criteria: signage, evidence of youth involvement, adherence to health and safety guidelines and theme. Award ribbons will be given for each of the following:

  • Inside booths by district: Best Activity (awards given for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing)
  • Outdoor cooking booths: Top Chef (awards given for "Best of Show" in four zones)
  • Outdoor activity booths (non-food): Best Activity (first, second & third place


For Questions Contact:

Ginger Kern
Scout Fair Coupon Sales / Scout Fair Project Coordinator
 (713) 756-3374

Rebecca Navarro
Scout Fair Unit / District / Council Booth Sign Up
 (713) 756-3305

Chad Srader
Merit Badge Midway Exhibitors
 (713) 756-3372

Marty Sepulveda
Dir. of Field Service / Scout Fair Professional Staff Advisor
 (713) 756-3371






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It's Time for Spring Recruiting 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, February 27, 2015 7:25:00 AM

Spring is here Scouters, and you know what that means? It’s time to reach out to all of those potential Scouts and give them the opportunity to join Scouting.

Did you know that 46% of families have never been asked to join Scouting? Based on a recent national survey you can see how Scouts and families find out about an join a Scouting. 68% are asked by a Scout, friend, volunteer or the charter organization to join. What can we do during spring recruiting to ask the 46% who have never been asked to join?  

Packs are encouraged to hold spring recruiting events. For Cub Scouts, there is no better time to personally invite your son's friends to a meeting! District and pack campouts are coming up as well as day campresident camp and summertime pack activities! And don’t forget about all of those potential Scouts, the kindergarteners who can join on June 1! March and April is the time to get talkin’ with the schools and ask if you can invite kids to join Scouting! Sometimes we think we can only recruit in the fall, but spring is a great time to get new Scouts and their families involved early.

But what about the Boy Scouts and Venturers? March is the perfect month to have an open house to invite friends and other potential Scouts for the opportunity to see what your troop, crew and ship is made of. Check out some of the cool resources:

Put your unit on the map

Calling all unit leaders: now is the perfect time to put your unit is on the map at with a Google pin! Update your unit information with your new unit leaders, and make it EASY for new Scouting families to find you.

  • Sign into MyScouting
  • Under “Unit Tools” select BeAScout
  • Select “Unit Pin Management”
  • Update your unit information

If you are the current unit leader and are unable to update your unit pin, please contact your district executive and ensure that you are currently registered as the Cubmaster or committee chair.


If you have questions, please contact your district membership chair or district executive.




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Upcoming Scout Days 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Monday, January 19, 2015 12:18:00 PM

Beach and Bay: Come Out to Play

March 21, 2015
Galveston Island State Park

The Friends of Galveston Island State Park (FoGISP) are hosting a day to play the beach at Galveston State Park from 10:00 am 4:00 pm.  The fees for the park are waived. Planned activities include beach and bay explorations led by Galveston Bay Area Chapter Master Naturalists & FoGISP Volunteers, interpretative nature walks, raptor exhibition, kayaking experience, learning how to cast a fishing line, guided bird watching, nature learning center, sea turtle obstacle course, crafts, touching live sea creatures in the touch tank and more.

Texas Wildlife and Woodland Expo

Saturday, March 28, 2015
10 am to 4 pm 
Lone Star College-Montgomery (3200 College Park Dr., Conroe, 77384)

Come learn eco-friendly tips that can help bring balance to your backyard -- and your life! Texas Wildlife and Woodland Expo & Spring Fling is designed to help families learn a little about the land on which they live — and how to best take care of it — through hands-on clinics, live demonstrations and children’s activities. It doesn’t matter if you’re a nature lover or outdoor enthusiast. It doesn’t matter if you’re an urban homeowner or a rural landowner. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got just one tree in your yard or thousands of them. Texas Wildlife and Woodland Expo & Spring Fling has got you covered.

We’ve got free, hands-on clinics and live demonstrations that will teach you how to nourish your plants, trees and wetlands, attract wildlife to your property and protect yourself from wildfire. And don’t forget to take your little ones to the Family Adventure Zone where they can climb a rock wall, take a peek at a live screech owl and learn how to kayak. At the expo, you’ll play for a day but learn for a lifetime.  

Boy Scouts Sleepover at Rice

April 17-18, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Boy Scouts can sleepover at Rice University. After watching the Rice vs UTSA baseball game at Reckling Park (6100 Main st. Houston. TX 77005), Scouts will eat pizza and participate in a scavenger hunt and movie night. Scout will be recognized during the game. The event concludes with breakfast at 7:00 am. The cost is $25 per person; the deadline to order tickets is April 13,2015. For more information, contact Perry King at 713-348-8251. Flyer



3K/5K Color Run/Walk

May 2, 2015 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am

The Color Run is an untimed event where participants walk/run/skip along a 3K and/or 5K course while being splashed with colorful powder from head-to-toe. Come out and enjoy fun, fitness and fellowship while helping raise money for a great cause! The Color Run is being held at Fall Creek Community Center (7930 Fall Creek Bend, Humble, TX 77396).

Register for Color Run

  • $30 per person before April 20, 2015
  • $35 per person after April 21, 2015
  • $20 per person ages 6-17
  • Free for children 5 years and under and students with disabilities
  • Special Group Rate: $20 each for organization, groups, Boy Scout troops, Cub Scouts packs of ten or more people. Be creative and wear your own white t-shirt to be entered into a drawing!!!!!!!

All proceeds go to the Sam Houston Area Council Special Needs Program. If you have questions or concerns please contact Regina Gervin at 713-598-7571.

Houston Astros Scout Education Day

Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 3:00 pm

In addition to a discounted Astros game, Scouts are invited to a special pre-game presentation featuring athletic trainers from Houston Methodist. Some Scouts might even be able to earn requirements for their sports merit badge and sport belt loops. Tickets start at $15.

The following topics will be discussed: importance of the physical exam, maintaining a healthy diet, warming up and cooling down, weight training, differences between amateur and professional athletes, sportsmanship, exhibiting Scout spirit on and off the field, and being a good team leader. For more information, contact Brent Broussard (713) 259-8316.

National Weather Service Skywarn Classes

The National Weather Service Houston/Galveston office offers free Skywarn classroom and webinar training courses on how to spot and report severe weather. Scouters are invited to attend. Upcoming training sessions are posted here.



Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge

May 23, 2015
September 5, 2015

Soar to new heights this year in science, math, and history with the 1940 Air Terminal Museum's Aviation Merit Badge Workshop. Located at William P. Hobby Airport, these exciting one-day programs serve as an excellent introduction for youth to aviation while helping them earn their Aviation Merit Badge*. Scouts will learn about the forces of flight, types of engines, and functions of aircraft instruments and control surfaces. Guided tours of the 1940 Air Terminal Museum and presentations by career speakers will also inform participants of commercial aviation’s rapid growth and various job opportunities available in the Houston Area.  Flyer.  Registration Form.

Boy Scout Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge Workshop

June 6, 2015

Boy Scouts can work on requirements for the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge at a special Scout workshop at the George R Brown Convention Center from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. The presenter is a registered merit badge counselor who partners with several agencies including the National Weather Service. Flyer

Register for Hurricane Workshop


Houston Museum of Natural Science

The Houston Museum of Natural Science offers a variety of classes of Scouts.

  • Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos can spend the night at the museum during the Scout Adventure Night!  Scouts can all have an exclusive adventure through the Museum exhibit halls, with activities and late-night flashlight super safari through our giant new paleontology hall. Also included are special programs in the Burke Baker Planetarium, where Scouts have a clear night adventure under the stars!
  • Tigers, Wolves and Bears can work on belt loops and pins during two-hour classes.
  • Webelos can work on the Engineering, Forester, Geologist, Naturalist and Scientist during two-hour classes.
  • Boy Scouts can attend the museum's Summer Scout Academy will offer 31 different merit badge- including 4 eagle-required badges - during week-long summer scout classes at HMNS!

The Health Museum

The Health Museum offers a variety of classes for Scouts. Private classes can also be scheduled for groups of 10 or more Scouts on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Webelos can work on the Forester, Geologist, Traveler, Citizen, Readyman, Scientist, Fitness, and Aquanaut badges.
  • Boy Scouts can work on 21 different merit badges.


Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center offers a variety of classes for Scouts. Scouts investigate the nature sanctuary with a naturalist and learn about the fascinating ecology of the forest. All of our Scout programs are conducted by staff naturalists and use our nature sanctuary as a field laboratory for hands-on explorations!

  • Tigers, Wolves and Bears can work on some outdoor advancements during their Cub Scout Workshops.
  • Webelos can work on the Naturalist and Forester badges
  • Boy Scouts can work on the Bird Study merit badge and conduct Eagle Scout projects.

Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo offers a spend the night at the zoo for a unique, after-hours experience which includes interactive activities, touchable animals, pizza dinner, Scout advancements on certain nights, and a continental breakfast!  

Weather Center Houston

The Weather Center Houston offers the Boy Scout Weather merit badge.

Armand Bayou Nature Center

The Armand Bayou Nature Center offers a variety of classes for Scouts. 

  • Tigers, Wolves and Bears can work on several outdoor advancements.
  • Webelos can work on the Naturalist and Forester badge.

Watch for additional Scout Days to be announced soon.

For more information, contact:

Shane Burks
Marketing/Communications Director
(713) 756-3301




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Summer Camp Registration is Open 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, October 29, 2014 9:39:00 AM

Cub Scout Resident Camp is a three-night campout at Bovay Scout Ranch for Cub Scouts entering the first through fifth grade the following school year.  From Cub Scout skills to rank advancements, these camps are full of fun and learning. 


El Rancho Cima, located 15 miles west of San Marcos, TX has a variety of summer programs for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers and Sea Scouts. The camp is 2,680 acres of mountainous terrain covered by an umbrella of cedars and hardwoods. Boy Scouts can earn merit badges, learn and practice their Scouting skills, follow the patrol method and work towards advancement, while having a fun in the Texas Hill Country.  Activities include swimming, climbing and even a high adventure program to challenge older Scouts.

  • Cockrell River Summer Camp is located on the banks of the Blanco River among native pecan and cypress trees. During summer camp, aquatics are the biggest draw to Cockrell River Camp, including swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing, just to name a few.
  • Horseshoe Bend Summer Camp is held in the shadows of Sentinel Peak and Fortress Mountain. During summer camp, Horseshoe Bend is the hub of the western program. Activities include horseback riding, backpacking, climbing, swimming, and much more.
  • Rough Riders is a high adventure summer camp experience. Senior Boy Scouts, Venturers and adults will experience zip lining, a horseback trek, whitewater adventure, rock climbing, rappelling and much more.
  • Super Troop is an opportunity for Boy Scouts to attend an extra week of Boy Scout summer camp, or to attend camp individually if a Boy Scout can’t attend camp with his unit. Limited spots are available.

Cockrell River Camp

Cockrell River Camp has 14 campsites shaded by 75-year old native pecan and black walnut trees. The Blanco River provides campers with 1.5 miles of unique swimming, canoeing, rowing, and fishing opportunities. A state-of-the-art .22 rifle and five-stand shotgun range, and 40 foot climbing and rappelling tower, make for an unforgettable experience.

Cockrell River Camp is located in El Rancho Cima, just two miles from the main gate. The breath-taking views are endless, as you make your way down towards your campsite on the Blanco River. Each campsite has its own spectacular view of the river. The Blanco River provides unique swimming, canoeing, rowing, and kayaking opportunities. On a hot summer's day, relief is just steps in the 68 degree year-round Blanco River.

The rifle, shotgun, and archery range will provide any novice shooter a chance to learn and become an expert marksman and gives experienced shooters a new challenge. 

Register for 2015 Summer Camp
Cockrell River Camp 

Week 1 6/14 - 6/20/2015 Register
Week 2 6/21 - 6/27/2015 Register
Week 3 6/28 - 7/4/2015 Register
Week 4 7/5 - 7/11/2015 Register
Week 5 7/12 - 7/18/2015 Register
Week 6 7/19 - 7/25/2015 Register
Year Round Weekend Camping Register


Horseshoe Bend

Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend has a variety of programs including a range with eight rifle shooting stations and two shotgun shooting stations, horse riding, and numerous hiking trails. Horseshoe Bend has an exciting program that Scouts and leaders won't forget.

Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend is located a half mile inside the main gate of El Rancho Cima. At Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend, life is a little more laid back, as in the days of the Old West. Transportation is a little different from city life, with over 40 horses from which to choose. Scouts may encounter may cowboys who will always greet you with a friendly "Howdy."

During summer camp, Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend has a variety of unique programs that include horseback riding, rodeo, trips to the meadow, and of course, the spectacular hike to Sentinel Peak. The merit badge program includes shooting sports, ecology, conservation, aquatics (pool only), handicrafts and much more. 

Register for 2015 Summer Camp
Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend

Week 1 6/14 - 6/20/2015 Register
Week 2
(LDS Week)
6/22 - 6/27/2015 Register
Week 3 6/28 - 7/4/2015 Register
Week 4 7/5 - 7/11/2015 Register
Year Round Weekend Camping Register


Rough Riders

Rough Riders is a high adventure summer camp experience for older Scouts with activities such as zip lining, horseback riding, water adventures, rock climbing, rappelling and much more. Older Scouts can attend Rough Riders while their unit is attending summer camp. Participants can also sign up individually. 

Discover some of the forgotten land of El Rancho Cima during the Rough Rider program, and spend a week of summer on the historic Devil's Backbone. Rough Riders is an experience designed to challenge the senior members of your troop and crew and prepare them for other high adventure base camps. At the Hamman High Adventure Base at Iron Wheel Mesa, troops, teams and crews will have the advantage of going through the ever growing COPE course which includes:

  • Calamity Jane - a 65 foot climbing tower with a 1,500 foot zip-line
  • Little Sure Shot - a 2,000 foot zip-line ride over the Blanco River
  • 4 high elements
  • 6 low elements
  • Work on leadership and teamwork skills

From base camp on the mesa, participants will take a horseback trek down custom trails to and from three back country sites and cookout and camp overnight and:

  • Shoot black power rifles at Rocky Gulch
  • Experience the heritage of El Rancho Cima's early inhabitants through activities such as tomahawk throwing at Homestead Meadows
  • Learn about metal working at the forge, located right on the Blanco River

Register for 2015 Rough Riders

Week 1 6/14/15 - 6/20/2015 Register
Week 2 6/21/15 - 6/27/2015 Register
Week 3 6/28/15 - 7/4/2015 Register
Week 4 7/5/15 - 7/11/2015 Register

Cub Scout Resident Camp

Resident Camp is a three-night campout at Bovay Scout Ranch for Cub Scouts entering the first through fifth grade the following school year.  From Cub Scout skills to rank advancements, these camps are full of fun and learning. Cub Scouts attending resident camp are also encouraged to register for day camp, as the advancements offered at Resident Camp add to those offered at Day / Twilight Camp.

Resident Camp includes activities such as: seeking treasure in the Lost Mine, archeological quest at the dinosaur dig, high speed pedal action at the BMX bike track, Robin Hood style adventure at the archery range, marksmanship at Fort Bluebell’s BB gun range, action at the K.S. “Bud” Adams Sports Field, pow wow at the Indian Village, exploring camp at the Nature Center, and splashing in the water at the David Weekley Family Water Park.

Resident Camp Registration

Register Session Date Session Time
Session 1 July 8 - 11, 2015 Wed at 2 pm - Sat at 11 am
Session 2 July 12 - 15, 2015 Sun at 2 pm - Wed at 11 am
Session 3 July 15 - 18, 2015 Wed at 2 pm - Sat at 11 am
Session 4 July 19 - 22, 2015 Sun at 2 pm - Wed at 11 am
Session 5 July 22 - 25, 2015 Wed at 2 pm - Sat at 11 am
Session 6 July 26 - 29, 2015 Sun at 2 pm - Wed at 11 am
Session 7 July 29 - August 1, 2015 Wed at 2 pm - Sat at 11 am