Rough Riders

The Rough Riders program is designed for older Scouts (13+), coed Venturers and adult leaders. This program will challenge even the most experienced Scouts. The revamped program mimics the programs offered at the national high adventure base camps. 

Rough Riders is held at El Rancho Cima, located 15 miles west of San Marcos, TX. The program is dedicated to challenging participants while offering a fun and safe environment to work on leadership and teamwork skills. Scouts will utilize Leave No Trace principles.

Each crew, along with their trek guide, will plan their own itinerary to make the week an unforgettable experience. Activities might include backpacking the trails through Devil's backbone, participating in COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) challenges, zipping down 1,000' and 2,000' zip lines, climbing a 65' tower, blacksmithing, tomahawk throwing, black powder shooting, canoeing, kayaking, motorboating, rowing, whitewater and swimming in the Blanco River, Dutch oven cooking, metal working, geocaching, leather tooling, horseback riding, and paint ball target shooting.

Registration: Rough Riders is offered each week of summer camp. Registration is done within summer camp registrations. When registering, Rough Riders is listed in the merit badge class section of the online registration.

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Drop off and Pick up

All Rough Rider Drop off and Pick up activities will occur at Walter Horseshoe Bend.  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


Dolly Ortega
Rough Riders Registration
(713) 865-9123





Brett Lee
Program Director
(713) 756-3306





Will Milby
2017 Rough Riders Area Director
 (832) 693-8710