Boy Scout Summer Camp

Boy Scout summer camp is held at Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend inside El Rancho Cima, located 15 miles west of San Marcos, TX. The camp is 2,382 acres of mountainous terrain covered by an umbrella of cedars and hardwoods. 

Summer camp has exciting programs that Scouts and leaders won't forget. Unique programs include horseback riding, a rodeo, trips to the meadow, and a spectacular hike to Sentinel Peak. Merit badges offered include shooting sports, ecology, conservation, aquatics, handicrafts and much more. Visit the online Trading Post to purchase camp hats, shirts and more. 

JR Wrangler: Is a week-long opportunity for a Scout to work alongside the summer camp equestrian staff in caring for and feeding the horse herd, preparing for trail rides and assisting in teaching the equestrian merit badge classes. While participating in this program, the Scouts will also work toward the completion of the Animal Science, Horsemanship and Veterinary Medicine merit Badges. Scouts will camp with their unit.

Rough Riders: In addition to the taking merit badges, older Boy Scouts, Venturers and adults can participate in Rough Riders. ​Rough Riders will include activities such as backpacking the Devil's backbone trails while pursuing the 50 Miler Award, C.O.P.E., zip lining, climbing tower, blacksmithing, tomahawk throwing, black powder shooting, canoeing, river swimming, Dutch oven cooking, geocaching, leather tooling, horseback riding, and paint ball target shooting. When registering, include the Rough Rider participants. When the merit badge registration opens, Rough Riders will be listed in the merit badge section.

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. 

Camp Staff: The council is looking for a few dedicated individuals to serve Scouting by being a camp staffer at one of the council's camps. 

Cub Scout Summer Camp is offered at Bovay Scout Ranch. 


Register for Boy Scout Summer Camp

New Registrations or
Modifications to Existing
Registrations Close on
Week 1 - full June 18 - 24, 2017 6/4/17
Week 2 - full June 25 - July 1, 2017 6/11/17
Week 3 July 2 - 8, 2017 6/18/17
Super Troop July 2 - 8, 2017 6/18/17
Week 4 July 9 - July 15, 2017 6/25/17

2017 Leader Guide - Revised 3/2/17

2017 Merit Badge Schedule

How to Register for Merit Badges


El Rancho Cima Closure

After months of diligent analysis by a special task force of the Council's Board of Directors in 2015, it was decided and announced in December 2015 that eventually El Rancho Cima would close and the property would be sold. After marketing El Rancho Cima for sale since July 2016, the property is now under contract to be sold later in 2017. Therefore, plans are for El Rancho Cima to close upon the conclusion of Boy Scout resident camp, which ends on July 15, 2017.

Decommissioning Celebration

July 15, 2017

For anyone who wants to participate and see El Rancho Cima before it closes, there will be a camp staff alumni activity and a decommissioning of El Rancho Cima activity on July 15, 2017. See the El Rancho Cima Decommissioning Celebration activity for additional information and to register to participate.


Summer Camp 2018

Our plans are not to conduct Boy Scout summer resident camp in 2018 at one of our camp properties and instead assist our Boy Scout troops to find a suitable summer resident camp at another council’s camp to meet their needs. There are many other local council camps in the Texas region. We have partnered with the Capitol Area Council headquartered in Austin, Texas for troops to consider their Boy Scout summer camp program at Lost Pines Scout Reservation, located in Bastrop, Texas. The Capitol Area Council has expanded their Lost Pines Boy Scout Summer Camp season in 2018 to accommodate our troops.

Also, we will continue to provide campership assistance for our Scouts in need to participate in a Boy Scout summer resident camp program if they attend the Lost Pines Boy Scout Summer Camp in 2018.

For FAQs about the properties of the Sam Houston Area Council, please visit the Camp Development page.


Horseshoe Bend Camp

2017 Camp Director Pat Whitnel 713-826-0322
2017 Program Director    
2017 Office Manager Daniel Oatman 281-889-0104

Camping Services

Administrative Assistant Dolly Ortega 713-865-9123
Program Director Brett Lee 713-756-3306