Camp Horseshoe Bend
- Many Outdoor Trails
- Horsemanship & Hiking
- Boy Scout Rodeo Skills
- Shooting Sports Center
- Texas Boy Scouts
- Rough Riders Hi-Adventure
- Boots & Saddles Hi-Adventure
- Rugged OverNiters
- BSA Merit Badge Programs
Many outdoor scouting programs are featured at Walter Scout Camp at Horseshoe Bend in Texas. It is located just inside the maingate of El Rancho Cima and operated by the Sam Houston Area Council BSA. Horseshoe Bend has an exciting program that Scouts and leaders won't forget.
The merit badge program includes shooting sports, ecology, conservation, aquatics (pool only), handicrafts and much more. Troops, teams, crews, and ships can camp on weekends at Horseshoe Bend.
Animal Science Merit Badge
Animal Science Merit Badge
Camp Horseshoe Bend offers all of the standard program areas found at camps throughout the country but prides itself on its horse program, offering trail rides through the surrounding countryside three to five times per day. It's one of a small number of camps that offers both Horsemanship and Animal Science merit badges, and that, in part, is the attraction of this camp.
Core elements of the Animal Science Merit Badge Program is to learn the basics of taking care of large animals, touring farm facilities and to have a hands-on experience with large farm animals.
Western Theme Scout Camp
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 many cowboys who will always greet you with a friendly "Howdy."
The stockade offers room for horseshoe playing, branding demonstrations, and room for Scoutmasters and Scouts to gather to watch the weekly presentation of Follow Me, Boys. Scoutmasters Cook-Off features an exceptional array of unique dutch oven desserts.
Sam Houston Area Council operates two major scouting summer camps on its giant El Rancho Cima. But those two camps are totally separate and the activities as different as night and day. Whereas Camp Horseshoe Bend is all about horses, animals and the wild west, Cockrell River Camp is everthing in the water.
Rough Riders Hi-Adventure Tour
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 program is located at Walter Horseshoe Bend Summer Camp.
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.
Activities include, but are not limited to:
Boots & Saddles Hi-Adventure Tour
Boots and Saddles is a specialty coed camp at Walter Scout Camp for Boy Scouts (13+), Venturers, and adults with a maximum weight of 250 pounds. Scouts spend the week hiking and riding horses in the back country of El Rancho Cima. Scouts learn to ride and care for horses, eat meals prepared in their camp, swim, compete in a rodeo activities, and work on three merit badges (Horsemanship, Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine). Scouts will spend the week cooking and camping in the back country of El Rancho Cima. The cost to attend is $300, and is limited to 15 Scouts. Scouts can register individually for this camp.
BSA Camp Horseshoe Bend
Camp Use Form / Tour Permit: - You should print and fill the form out and return it to the Scout Office at least two weeks prior to using the camp.
BSA Sam Houston Area Council [SHAC]
The BSA Council oversees implementation of scouting facilities, programs and leadership training in each local area. Follow this link for info about more scouting programs and recreational activities in this area. They depend on your generous donations in both time and resources. Go here first for help to get started in scouting.
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