Rough Riders

Rough Riders is a high adventure summer camp experience for older Boy Scouts (ages 13 and up), Venturers and adult leaders with activities such as zip lining, horseback riding, water adventures, rock climbing, rappelling and much more. Registration is on an an individual basis (no adults required). For units attending Cockrell River Camp or Walter Horseshoe Bend, this is a great way for older Scouts to enjoy a fun and exciting experience. Visit the online Trading Post to purchase camp hats, shirts and more.

During Rough Riders, participants will discover some of the remote and rugged terrain of El Rancho Cima that gives the Devil's Backbone its name. Rough Riders is an experience designed to challenge the senior members of your troop, team and crew, and prepare them for other high adventure base camps. At the Hamman High Adventure Base at Iron Wheel Mesa, Scouts will have the opportunity to work on leadership and teamwork skills while participating in a variety of Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience (COPE) activities including:

  • 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
  • 4 low elements

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


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

2015 Leader’s Guide  | 2015 Payments & Deadlines
2015 Equipment List

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, day pack or duffel bag, canteen or water bottle, flashlight with fresh batteries, clothesline and pins, sunscreen, personal first aid kit, pocket knife (not a sheath knife), footlocker with lock, combination lock (for locker at swimming pool)

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

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

Mary Stringer
Rough Riders Camp Director
(361) 876-8990





Tami Kinn
(713) 756-3309





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





Kaitlin Craig
Office Assistant
(713) 865-9123