Rough Riders

The Rough Riders program has been designed for older Scouts (13+), coed Venture crew members and adult leaders for premier High Adventure Bases such as Philmont, Boundary Waters, and Florida Sea Base. The camp offers two different treks to offer participants their own choice of a Rough Rider experience. The program is dedicated to challenging our participants while offering them a fun and safe environment to grow as Scouts and people by allowing them to work on their leadership and teamwork skills, all the while learning and exercising Outdoor Ethics and Leave No Trace. The participants have two options:

  1. Backpack the many Devil's Backbone trails while pursuing the requirements of the 50 Miler Awards
  2. Multi-day backpacking in the backcountry
    • Exploring the many trails of the Devil's Backbone
    • C.O.P.E. (Challenging Outdoor Person Experience)
      • High and Low Elements
      • Zip Lining
    • Climbing Tower
    • Activities
      • blacksmithing, tomahawk throwing, black powder shooting, canoeing, river swimming, Dutch oven cooking, geocaching, leather tooling, horseback riding, paint ball target shooting

See the 2015 Leader’s Guide for additional information.


Week 1 6/12/2016 - 6/18/2016 Register
Week 2 6/19/2016 - 6/25/2016 Register
Week 3 6/26/2016 - 7/2/2016 Register
Week 4 7/3/2016 - 7/9/2016 Register

Drop off and Pick up

Scouts can be dropped off on Sunday between 1:30 - 3:00 pm and picked up on either Friday night between 9:00-10:00 pm, or Saturday morning between 7:00 - 9:00 am. Camp closes at 9:00 am on Saturday.  

What to Bring

Clothes: Scout field uniform, Scout activity uniform, sweater or light jacket, poncho or rain gear, hat or cowboy hat, long pants, under shorts, t-shirts, closed-toed shoes or boots (sturdy), socks, shoes that you can get wet, swim suit, towel

Camping Gear: cot or air mattress, sleeping bag or blanket, hiking backpack that can fit two days of gear, canteen or water bottle, flashlight with fresh batteries, mess kit, clothesline and pins, sunscreen, personal first aid kit, pocket knife (not a sheath knife), footlocker with lock

Additional Items: Scout Handbook, paper, pen, pencil, merit badge books

Personal items: toothbrush, toothpaste, bath towel, washcloth, emergency toilet paper, body soap, shampoo, deodorant, comb, shaving gear, medicated body powder, sunscreen

Optional: sunglasses, camera, insect repellent, spending money, change (quarters, dollar bills), musical instrument, book of faith, travel alarm, mosquito netting, shower shoes, hammock, camp chair

Items to leave at home: hunting and/or sheath knives, fireworks, lighting devices with a flame (candle), firearms, ammunition, radios/CD players, electronics, skateboards, razor, scooters, valuables pets, personal food, guns, ammunition, archery equipment

For Questions Contact

Tami Kinn
(713) 756-3309





Kaitlin Craig
Office Assistant
(713) 865-9123





Brett Lee
El Ranch Cima Professional Staff Advisor
(713) 756-3306





Will Milby
Rough Riders Camp Director
(832) 693-8710