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                     Texas Sized Adventures at BTSR




              BUFFALO TRAIL SCOUT RANCH
      Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Davis Mountains in West Texas, this 9,000-acre
ranch is one of America’s premier High-Adventure council camps. The camp is nationally
recognized and fully accredited by the Boy Scouts of America. In operation since 1947, this
beautiful ranch has met the needs of Scouts, Leaders, and their families for over 50 years.

       Millions of years ago, volcanic activity sent the Davis Mountains 6500+ feet above sea
level. Erosion of the calderas left the rocky peaks 2000 feet above the valley floors. The
igneous rocks formed some of the most beautiful canyons, highest peaks, and tallest cliffs in
Texas. Tall century plants, Spanish dagger, pinion pine, juniper, big tooth maple, yucca
plants, cacti, and all kinds of wildlife fill the valleys and peaks of this beautiful ranch.

     Opportunities abound for the newest Scout, the oldest Scout, and the Venturer. Quality
advancement, nature study, backpacking programs, horseback riding, rifle and archery,
swimming and lifesaving name just a few of the exciting programs possible at the ranch.

       All key adult staff members are graduates of the Boy Scouts of America's National
Camp School and the youth staffs are trained and eager to assist your Scouts. The camp
staff's objective is to offer a flexible and well-rounded program.

      This guide is designed to help you and your troop BE PREPARED for a great summer
camp experience. It is impossible to answer all of the questions you might have about BTSR,
but hopefully the major ones will be addressed.

      The fun and adventure of camping for a week with friends is a priceless experience for
a Scout. BTSR camp fees are kept low because of volunteers and donations. Every Scout
attends the Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch (BTSR) because of the generosity of our financial
donors and local United Way support.

BUFFALO TRAIL COUNCIL, BSA offers all eligible participants a full range of activities. People who are eligible to participate in the
program must not be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion or politica l belief.




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REFUND POLICY
       $250 BTSR reservation fee is NON-REFUNDABLE if the unit does not attend camp. This deposit is applied to the unit’s total camp fee.
       $500 Cavalcade deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE if the unit does not attend camp. This deposit is applied to the unit’s total Cavalcade fees.
       Cavalcade fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to other camp programs. They are transferable to another participant in Cavalcade.
       The first payment for Base Camp, Outback, Mountain Man, Circle H, or Cavalry participants is non-refundable after May 15th. After May 15th,
       only fees paid beyond the initial payment are refundable. These fees may also be transferred to another participant within the unit.
       Refund requests prior to May 15th must be in writing and postmarked by May 15th and sent to payment address.
       Refund requests after May 15th must be in writing and are due at Sunday check-in with the business manager.
       Refund requests submitted after camp will be considered only for personal illness or family emergencies and are due within 10 days following
       the end of Troop’s session of camp.
       All refunds are payable to the unit and will not be mailed until the camp season is over. Checks will be mailed no later than October 31.
       Please make efforts not to OVER pay prior to arriving to camp. The final payment is due upon arrival, so the unit only has to pay the balance
       due, thus eliminating overpayments and the need for refunds. Refunds are very time consuming and will not arrive until October, regardless
       of which week the unit attended camp.


                                             Local Attractions
There are many places to see and things to do in the area surrounding BTSR. Here are a few items that may
interest your Troop as you make your plans to travel to the Davis Mountains. (These may offer great
opportunities for your Troop’s Thursday night activity.) Some Troops even travel a day early, stay overnight at
Balmorhea State Park, and enjoy some of the surrounding tourist attractions.

Balmorhea State Park:
With a capacity of more than 3 1/2 million gallons, the
pool has plenty of room for swimmers, while offering a
unique setting for scuba diving. Visitors can enjoy
swimming, picnicking, and camping.
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/balmorhe/balmorhe.htm
       See Also: http://www.toyahvale.com
       For information call 432-375-2370

McDonald Observatory: Enjoy a star party, tours,
and other events at the observatory under the darkest
night skies in the U.S. Also enjoy solar viewing
programs as well as Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday
evening                 "Star                Parties."
http://mcdonaldobservatory.org

       Visitor Information Center: (432) 426-3640

Fort Davis Historical Site:
Set in the rugged beauty of the Davis Mountains of west Texas, Fort Davis is one of America's best surviving
examples of an Indian Wars' frontier military post in the Southwest. Activities include self-guided tours of
buildings and ruins; hiking on designated nature trails, and picnicking at cottonwoods picnic area.
                       http://www.nps.gov/foda               Visitor Information: (432) 426-3224 x20

Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine Texas:
For more than 70 years the Museum of the Big Bend has been collecting and exhibiting artifacts of the vast
Big Bend region. Encompassing the Davis Mountains to the north and the borderlands of Mexico, the Big Bend
has been inhabited for over 11,000 years. http://www.sulross.edu/~museum/ Visitor Information:        (432)
837-8143



“Very impressive for first timers to this camp.” Troop 137, Edna                                                               8
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Marfa Lights:
Marfa's Mystery Lights are unexplained light sources that appear almost nightly. First reported by early settlers
in 1883, they are best seen from the viewing area located approximately 9 miles east of town on Hwy 90.
Although theories abound, no explanation can be verified, thus making the Lights a great mystery for locals,
scientists and tourists.
                        http://www.marfachamberofcommerce.com/

Big Bend National Park:
Big Bend is one of the largest and least visited of America's national parks. Over 800,000 acres await your
exploration and enjoyment. From an elevation of less than 2,000 feet along the Rio Grande to nearly 8,000
feet in the Chisos Mountains, Big Bend includes massive canyons, vast desert expanses, and the entire
Chisos Mountain range.
                     http://www.nps.gov/bibe/home.htm Park information: (432) 477-2251

                                  Nearby Communities
Balmorhea - A small community located just off of I-10. Only 25 miles from camp, the town offers several small
restaurants, a couple of gas stations, a hotel, and two small grocery stores. Population 750. Balmorhea State Park and
Balmorhea Lake can be found near this community. www.toyahvale.com

Fort Davis – Located only 25 miles South of BTSR, Fort Davis has much to offer. Several restaurants, grocery stores,
hotels and RV parks, as well as the historical landmark that is the town’s namesake can all be found here. Population
1,000. www.fortdavis.com

Alpine – Sul Ross State University calls Alpine home and is about 60 miles away from BTSR. Museums, art galleries,
several fast food chain restaurants, laundromats, hotels, RV Parks, Amtrak train station, some great local restaurants,
Alco store, gas stations, and much more can be found in Alpine. Population 5,700. www.alpinetexas.com

Pecos – Only 45 miles north of camp off of I-20, Pecos is home to the closest Wal-Mart! Here you will find several chain
fast food restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, museums, a small zoo, and even a golf course. Population 9,500.
www.pecostx.com

                                          Traveling To BTSR
CARS
        Most Troops travel to BTSR in cars or vans. Please be aware of how many vehicles you bring to camp as parking
is extremely limited.

BUS
          Some Troops may choose to charter a bus and save the hassle of being behind the wheel! Contact your local
charter bus company to make arrangement for this mode of transportation. This is ideal for larger Troops traveling long
distances. You may want to check and see if another Troop in your area is coming to camp the same week you are and
split the costs with them! BTSR has plenty of room for a bus to navigate at the entrance, unload, etc.

FLY
         The nearest commercial airport is about 150 miles away in Midland-Odessa. www.midlandinternational.com
American Eagle, Continental, and Southwest are the scheduled carriers. El Paso International Airport is about 205 miles
from the camp, with most major airlines offering service to and from El Paso. For private aircraft there is the well-equipped
Alpine-Casparis Municipal Airport (432) 837-5929 is on Texas 118 about 50 miles south of BTSR, and the Marfa's City
Airport is on Hwy 17 about 40 miles south of BTSR (432) 729-3102.

TRAIN




“Very impressive for first timers to this camp.” Troop 137, Edna                                            9
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        Amtrak makes its only regular stop between El Paso and Del Rio in Alpine, coming through town 3 times a week
both east and west bound. Amtrak's schedules and rates are on their web site at www.amtrak.com or by calling 800-872-
7245.

RENTAL VEHICLES
       Auto rentals are available at Alpine Auto Rental, 704 E. Hancock Avenue, Alpine Texas. 8am to 5pm (432) 837-
3463 FAX (432) 837-5663. Scheduled bus service is available in Alpine (432) 837-5302. There are several rental
companies available at the Midland International Airport. www.midlandinternational.com

CAMPING
         Troops can take advantage of another Buffalo Trail Council camp on the way to or from BTSR on Interstate 20.
Camp Thomas near Big Spring offer camping as well as COPE programs on the weekends your Troop comes through.
Participation in these programs will qualify the Troop for up to a $50 discount per person! See page 32 for more
information on Camp Thomas.

                                           Camp Facilities
CAMPSITES
        Nestled on the side of Forbidden Mountain can be found 19 campsites for traditional tent camping. Each site has
a small covered pavilion with picnic table and is a short distance away from latrine and shower facilities. All of the latrines
are modern facilities with year round potable water, commodes, urinals, showers with hot water, and separate facilities for
men, women, and youth.

       It is recommended that Troops do not bring the “10 penny” type stakes for tents you bring to camp. Heavy duty
stakes and large hammers will make setting up your campsite much easier! (The ground at BTSR is unforgiving in
most spots!) Some heavy-duty stakes are available at the Quartermaster, but numbers are limited, so plan accordingly.

RV PARKING
        There are a limited number of RV sites at Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch. However, these sites are reserved for use by
members of the BTSR summer camp staff only, with camp director’s approval. Parking is very limited at our camp, so we
ask that you please leave all RVs and campers at home.

CAMP BUILDINGS

Latrines – WB Stowe, Alpine, & Pool. All of the latrines are modern facilities with commodes, urinals, showers with hot
water, and separate facilities for men, women, and youth. The shower facility at the pool is only five years old!

Health Lodge – This two-story facility offers 14 bunks and a restroom with shower for female staff lodging (upstairs).
Downstairs is a kitchen, a ward for first aid needs, two bedrooms, and bathroom with shower. Camp Medic lives on site.

Dining Hall – The air-conditioned dining hall can seat 300 people on picnic style tables. The kitchen has commercial
gas stoves and ovens, food preparation areas, plenty of utensils and cooking supplies, a dry goods storage area,
commissary, dish washing room, two walk-in refrigerators and one freezer, sleeping quarters for cooks, and a small
restroom. A covered sidewalk borders the outer wall of the dining hall, and an ADA compliant handicap ramp offers
access for wheelchairs to the Dining Hall as well as Buffalo Hall and the Handicraft Hut.

Buffalo Hall – Also known as camp Headquarters, Buffalo Hall offers a large, open, indoor area for large gatherings or
meetings. Folding tables and chairs are available and can be set up to accommodate 200 persons. There is a working
fireplace, display cases, and wild animal trophies adorning the walls. Restrooms are also available inside this facility. The
front porch offers a great view of Forbidden Mountain with bench seating extending across the entire front side.

Camp Office - The Headquarters area of Buffalo Hall can be found on the east side of the building. Here can be found
the Ranger’s office and the central office for the camp. This office houses the camp phone, controls for the camp PA
system, lost and found, Troop mailboxes, and areas for the camp clerk, camp director, program director, and business
managers to conduct business during the summer season.



“Very impressive for first timers to this camp.” Troop 137, Edna                                              10
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Jersey Lilly Trading Post - Also a part of Buffalo Hall is the Jersey Lilly Trading Post. This facility sells T-shirts,
camping supplies, hiking staves, craft items, maps of the ranch, merit badge related supplies, various Scout books and
merit badge pamphlets, BTSR souvenirs, and of course the freezers are full of drinks and ice cream and the shelves are
stocked with candy and snacks!

***NEW FACILITIES*** Over the past few years, the Buffalo Trail Council has invested in a variety of new facilities.
They include a new pool house and refurbished swimming pool deck and plumbing. A great addition to our fine camp,
they greatly improved the facilities at one of the most popular areas on camp. New in 2011, a BRAND NEW addition to
the shooting range was constructed. Courtesy of the NRA, our participants for shooting sports programs have a state of
the art facility for rifle and shotgun merit badges. Also, expansion in the backcountry has allowed us to update and make
use of cabins,trails, and other facilities at both the Circle H and Cavalry Camp headquarters

PROGRAM AREAS

“Merit Badge Areas” – Each site has covered picnic tables and enough outdoor space to put up a campsite and conduct
instructional activities.

George Friday Handicraft Hut – Named after our very own nationally recognized expert woodcarver, this hut is used for
all of our handicraft merit badges.

Shooting Sports - The newest facility on camp offers an outstanding shooting experience for all boys. Both archery and
rifle ranges offer covered seating and teaching areas. Both ranges are 50’ NRA and BSA certified ranges to be used for
archery, BB, .22 rifles, 20-guage shotguns, or black-powder rifle shooting programs. The rifle range was just remodeled in
late 2010!

Corrals - BTSR owns and operates dozens of horses and mules to be used for horsemanship merit badge and the
Cavalcade program. At the corrals, riding activities and merit badge instruction are available for Scouts and Scouters of all
ages. Trained wranglers encourage every camper to ride and learn. The tack shed, hay barn, shade tree covered picnic
tables, corral, and individual pens are all located together on the east side of camp.

Parade Ground – This is the grassy area found in front of our Dining Hall. This is the primary assembly point of the camp
where the colors are raised and lowered. A new flagpole and flag ceremony slab stands in front of the grassy area and the
Scout Law lines the fence in the background. Here you will also find lots of picnic tables for your troop to enjoy!

Amphitheater - Our amphitheater offers an excellent view of the side of Forbidden Mountain. Just on the other side of the
creek from the campsites, the amphitheater is a man-made stone semicircle carved into the side of a mountain, with
enough seating for 350. This is an ideal spot for campfires, ceremonies, as well a chance to just see and hear the beauty
of the ranch. Our opening camp show and closing awards campfire and OA callout ceremonies are held here.

Rock Range - One of the most popular attractions among young boys is the Rock Range. The only place on the ranch
where rocks can be thrown, a Scout can test their aim at the fixed targets we have in place. Helmets must be worn by
any participant at the Rock Range. These can only be checked out at the camp office. Leaders, you are the Rock
Range Directors, so please help us keep this a safe activity!

Pool - Our Swimming Pool is a 25-meter pool with a 10 ft deep end attached to the side. This gives our pool a unique t-
shape and plenty of space for beginning swimmers and experienced swimmers to test their skills. Immediately behind the
pool is a newer restroom facility with separate heated showers as well as restroom/ changing rooms. Separate locking
rooms allow private areas for youth and adults, male or female. (Adults may also use the facilities in the Old Folks Home
to change & shower.)




“Very impressive for first timers to this camp.” Troop 137, Edna                                            11
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Your Week at BTSR
ADULT LEADERSHIP
      ALL TRIPS TO BTSR MUST BE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF TWO ADULT LEADERS. THE UNIT LEADER IS
AT LEAST 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AND A REGISTERED MEMBER OF THE BSA. THE SECOND ADULT MAY
BE A REGISTERED SCOUTER 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER, OR A PARENT OF A PARTICIPATING SCOUT.
LEADERS MAY ROTATE IF NECESSARY, BUT AT LEAST TWO ADULTS MUST BE WITH THE TROOP 24 HOURS A
DAY. ONE OF THESE ADULTS MUST HAVE CURRENT CERTIFICATION IN YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING.

TDH REQUIREMENTS FOR ADULT LEADERSHIP
        On April 16, 2006, the state of Texas passed into law new regulations that affect the Texas Youth Camps Safety
and Health Act. These new laws affect all licensed youth camps in the state of Texas, including Boy Scout summer camps
and Cub Scout day camps. As a result, there is a change of policy for all leaders and adults attending any of the Buffalo
Trail Council Camps this summer. Also, there is a required form and supporting documentation that must be turned in by
ALL adult participants at BTSR. Please see page 65 in the forms section for more information and the required form.

INSURANCE AND TOUR PERMIT
     ALL TROOPS ATTENDING BUFFALO TRAIL SCOUT RANCH MUST HAVE A TOUR
PERMIT AND PROOF OF ACCIDENT INSURANCE FROM YOUR COUNCIL, PRIOR TO
REGISTRATION AT CAMP. COPIES MUST BE PROVIDED AT CHECK-IN.
TRANSPORTATION
          Each troop is responsible for transportation to and from camp. Parking is limited, so please limit the number of
vehicles that a unit brings to camp. NOTE: ONLY camp owned vehicles are permitted on the upper level campsite roads!
Please do not bring additional equipment. We are limited by out mountain environment on how many troop trailers we can
accommodate. Please put on your special request form if you cannot be in a upper camp site which cannot accommodate
trailers.

        Charter busses are ideal for large groups or for groups traveling long distances. Troops using charter buses need
to advise the camp in order that arrangements can be made for transporting equipment to your campsite.

ARRIVAL
         Camp arrival is scheduled from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Sunday. You will have sufficient time to check-in and setup
camp, even with a 3:00 PM arrival. CAMP PERSONNEL CANNOT ACCOMMODATE UNSCHEDULED EARLY
ARRIVALS. The Camp Staff is in meetings and is preparing for your arrival before 1:00. If your plans call for an early
arrival you must notify the Camp Director in advance. (See Saturday arrival procedures below.)

        You will be met at the gate by a camp staff member upon arrival and will be given directions for parking and
unloading equipment. A tour guide will be assigned to you and he/she will help you get settled and started on your
summer camp adventure. (Please see Tour Guide Checklist found in the forms section.)

SATURDAY ARRIVALS
        As mentioned above, early arrivals on Sunday cannot be accommodated due to a tight schedule and staff
meetings that take place prior to camper’s arrivals. There are several public and private campgrounds in the immediate
area. Including Pecos, Balmorehea and Fort Davis, TX

        We do allow troops with religious restrictions to arrive on Saturdays. Please note NO staff will be on site, NO
meals are provided, ALL campers must remain across the creek in the campsite areas (unless the Troop is taking a trip to
town). It is recommended that you stay at one of the local campgrounds that can provide full service if possible.

        *Please contact the Camp Director with any questions regarding this new procedure.




“This is the best summer camp ever!” Anonymous Camper                                                    13
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PARKING
         PARKING IS NOT PERMITTED IN THE CAMP SITES. All vehicles
must be parked in the parking area along the road unless exempted by the
Camp Director. This is for you and your boys’ safety! Certain vehicles
approved by the Camp Director will be allowed to tow Troop trailers and
equipment to campsites, but must be promptly moved after equipment is
unloaded. Some vehicles are not capable of navigating our roads, so this
policy is a must. Thank you for your cooperation.

CAMP TOUR
         Your group will be given a tour of BTSR by one of our staff members. Your Troop will get to see the program
areas, campsites, and camp facilities on this tour. The first stop on the tour will include your Troop photo and will end with
your swim checks at the pool (if your Troop has not done pre-camp swim tests). See Camp Tour checklist in the forms
section.

REGISTRATION & CHECK IN
         After your Troop is led into camp and you are given your tour guide, your first stop will be at the camp office.
Please leave the adult leader responsible for registration and fee payment at the office to complete this process. Please
bring all payment records, receipts, pre-registration, health forms, official rosters, tour permit, proof of insurance, the
current Leader’s Guide, and all other pertinent paperwork. (See checklists in the forms section)

CAMPSITES
          Each Troop will be assigned one of the 19 campsites prior to arrival at BTSR. The Camp Commissioner will make
these assignments based on a Troop’s size and the size of the campsite. Special requests can be made in advance, but
there are no guarantees that the request can be accommodated. BTSR has to ensure that Troops are assigned to sites
that will fit their sizes best.

        Each campsite includes a covered picnic table area, and a set amount of space to set up tents, patrol areas, etc.
Troops may elect to bring their own tents, or rent BSA wall tents from BTSR. (See tent rental information.) There are no
platforms available and be prepared to fight the rocky dirt to hammer stakes into the ground. A supply of mini-sledge
hammers for the Troop will be worth the space to pack them to camp!

HIGH ADVENTURE CAMPSITE
         A special campsite has been designated for use by participants of BTSR’s many High Adventure Programs. This
area is made up of several large army tents. Troops can send all of their youth and adult High Adventure participants to
sleep here for the two nights they are in base camp (Sunday night and Friday night). This procedure was put in place in
2007 and worked well to help alleviate crowding in the Troop campsites and to help accommodate Troops coming to
BTSR with nothing but High Adventure participants. Plan ahead and have your participant’s gear set aside and ready to be
carried to the site upon arrival to BTSR.

LEADER’S MEETINGS
        A meeting of troop leaders and camp staff is held Sunday during the evening meal. This group will eat in Buffalo
Hall, while the rest of camp is in the Dining Hall. Special announcements concerning the camp, its policies, procedures,
and emergency alarm systems will be included in this meeting. Any specific questions you have about camp operation will
be answered so it is very important that the Scoutmaster or an adult in charge and the Senior Patrol Leader attend.


A SCOUT IS REVERENT
         Religious services will be conducted on Sunday and Wednesday evening of each week of camp, in order that
Scouts, leaders, and staff may worship. A Chapel is located at camp for meditations or troop services. Anyone interested
in assisting in these services is encouraged to do so. Please check with the Camp Chaplain or the Program Director.




“This is the best summer camp ever!” Anonymous Camper                                                        14
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SWIM CHECKS
         Leaders and youth will be issued "buddy tags" at the pool following swim-checks. Each Scout and leader that
plans on participating in ANY activity at the pool during the week will be required to take a swimming test upon arrival to
determine his/her swim classification. Troops are strongly encouraged to complete swim checks prior to arrival to BTSR.
This will save a ton of time on Sunday! See the forms section for details.

SHOWERS AND LATRINES
        In compliance with BSA Youth Protection Guidelines, youth and adult as well as male and female rest rooms and
showers are provided throughout camp. Locations that do not have separate facilities will have posted times or signs.
Please review scheduled times with all members of the troop. The Camp Commissioner will post a schedule for latrine
duty at each facility. Cleaning materials will be at each facility and additional materials may be obtained from the Camp
Quartermaster. The Camp Director and Camp Commissioner ask for cooperation in these matters.

VISITORS
        Visitors are welcome at camp on any day with Friday being visitor’s day. Parents are encouraged to visit camp on
Friday afternoon and evening. The Dining Hall Staff will serve a meal to campers and visitors, with the visitors' meals
costing $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 10. Please inform the Business Manager by Wednesday of the week
you plan to come with the number of visitors you expect. Tickets for visitors' meals may be purchased at the Jersey Lily
Trading Post.

YOUNGER SIBLINGS IN CAMP
       BTSR does not allow younger siblings that are not registered as Boy Scouts in a Troop or Crew to participate in
camp for liability reasons. NO EXCEPTIONS! Children are welcome only on Visitor’s Day (Friday).

BRANDING AT BTSR
         BTSR has its very own registered brand that is used to mark and identify our
livestock. Friday afternoon from 3:00 – 5:00 pm, we will have the branding station open at
the shop for you to bring your items to be branded! We will only brand items purchased from
the Jersey Lilly Trading Post. (It’s hard to explain to a mom why those $100 tennis shoes
came back home from camp flame broiled!)

ORDER OF THE ARROW CALL-OUT
       Each troop wishing to have candidates called-out for OA must present a unit election form and a callout
permission letter from your local council, with the appropriate signatures, upon check-in on Sunday. Buffalo Trail Council
Troops must have a Tatanka Lodge #141 Call Out Report.

        Out-of-Council troops must provide a letter from its local Scout Executive, or designee, approving candidates to be
called-out that are listed on the form suggested above. This is a National Order of the Arrow policy; we are attempting to
comply with and ask for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact your Council office for the Lodge
Advisor's phone number. Election forms and letters may be filed with the camp prior to arrival, at check-in or with the camp
chief. All forms must be received by lunch on Tuesday for the callout on Friday.

WILD ANIMALS
        Summer camp is an outdoor experience, and as such, we are visitors to the
camp’s natural area. As Scouts, we must remember to live up to the Outdoor Code
and be “considerate in the outdoors.” Throwing rocks at or attempting to catch
animals such as rabbits, snakes, armadillos, skunks, etc, is not only dangerous to the
animal, but to campers as well. Please report any troubles with snakes or other
animals to the camp maintenance staff immediately.

“Skunkzilla” is a longtime resident of BTSR and a common visitor to Troop sites in
the middle of the night! He is looking for food and usually finds it. PLEASE do not
store any food or snacks in any tents or sleeping areas at any time. Remind your
boys of this and lock up all food items outside of living areas and keep your
campsites litter free!



“This is the best summer camp ever!” Anonymous Camper                                                      15
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TROOP MEMORY BOOKS
         One of the stops on your camp tour will be at the parade
ground to have your Troop photo taken. Please plan to arrive to
camp with your Scouts in uniform, or at least have them handy so
that the boys can put them on upon arrival to camp. We will include
your troop photo in a 200 page color memory book. This book will
have staff photos and photos of all the activities of your week at
camp. These books will be $15.00 and will be mailed directly to
each troop member or adult at the end of camp! So Smile when
you see the Camp photographer come around. That scared smile
might be preserved forever when you repel down graduation Rock!
 (Troop order form is in the forms section.)

PROGRAM SUPPLIES AVAILIBLE!!!!
         There is now no need to pre-order all of the needed kits and
supplies that the boys will need to complete their Merit Badges
during their week of camp. Things such as basket kits, arrow kits, shooting sports tickets, Indian Lore kits, pottery, etc will
be available right here in the Camp Trading Post!!!!. These supplies will be ready for boys to purchase on Sunday when
you arrive or later in the week when needed by the boys!!

TROOP T-SHIRT & HAT PRE-ORDERS
         Once again, we will offer the opportunity for Troops to order their customized camp T-
shirts and hats prior to coming to camp. This has been an extremely popular service over the
last 6 years. This gives you the opportunity to order the same shirts we offer in the trading
post, at the same cost, with the added service of printing your Troop # and hometown on the
shirts and just your Troop # on the hats! We will place them on the website once the designs
are complete and ready to go.

ICE
          ICE is available for sale at $2.00 per bag at the Jersey Lily Trading Post. Units may wish to bring water cans or
coolers for the troop area. Bags are 9 - 10 lb. in weight. Please note ICE is expensive due to our location. Ice is sold only
as a convince for troops. It is sold to units at our cost!

BTSR PATCHES Every paid youth and adult participant will receive a unique camp patch to remember their
experience at the Ultimate West Texas High Adventure Camp – BTSR! Those that complete the week in the Cavalcade,
Outback, Circle H, Cavalry, and Mountain Man adventures will also receive a special award for their accomplishment.

SPECIAL DIETARY / MEDICAL NEEDS
         Troops with participants that have special dietary or medical needs should fill out the request form. Please fax or
                                                             th
mail this form to the Buffalo Trail Council office by May 15 so BTSR can make attempts to accommodate these needs.
Be aware that we are unable to completely change the menu or purchase specialty items. It is necessary for Scouts with
special dietary requirements to bring food items to supplement items available at camp. There has never been a problem
working with these needs in the past, it is just best for the staff to be aware prior to camp so there are no surprises.
Common requests include: vegetarian diets, no pork diets, use of BTSR freezers for special food, allergies to peanut
butter, etc. Special medical needs also need to be communicated using this form. Common requests include: needing
refrigeration for medication, electricity for CPAP machines, use of a camp nebulizer, etc. Again, BTSR is able to meet
needs and accommodate requests with the limited facilities that we have available in most cases. However, Troops and
individuals may need to bring specialty items to help make some requests possible.
TELEPHONE & FAX
        One telephone is located at the camp. It is a business phone so calls must be restricted to those of an urgent
nature and MUST be made by an adult. (All outgoing calls MUST be collect calls, by credit card, or calling cards. Calling
Cards are available in the trading post.) Discourage parents from calling camp unless it is a family emergency. Remind
parents that Scouts are not near the phone and messages must be delivered. All outgoing calls are made collect or with a
credit card. Fax machine is for camp business only. Any messages taken by the office staff will be left in the Troop
mailbox. Emergency messages will be delivered to a unit leader immediately.



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                                             BTSR phone number is (432) 426-3709.
                      (This is not a pre-summer camp inquiry number. Pease call 432-570-7601 for pre-camp information.)

CELL PHONES
        Due to BTSR’s location in the Little Aguha Canyon, a virtual “black hole” is created when it comes to cell phone
reception! NO cell phone coverage is available in the canyon! Adult leaders my drive out onto RR 1832 until a signal is
found, or may have to drive all the way into town, depending on the cell phone company. Leaders leaving camp to use the
phone must check out at the camp office before doing so. (Please maintain proper leadership in camp.)

MAIL
       BTSR does have daily mail service. Please mail all letters to Scouts by Wednesday morning or they will not get to
the camp. To write a Scout at camp, address the card or letter as follows:
                                       Scout's Name, Troop #
                                       Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch
                                       P.O. Box 21
                                       Toyahvale, TX. 79786

FEDEX & UPS
        The camp does receive both services. No early A.M. service is available. The proper shipping address is:
                                      Scout's Name, Troop #
                                      Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch
                                      End of Ranch Road 1832 off of State Hwy. 17
                                      Toyahvale, TX. 79786
     Note: Due to BTSR’s remote location, delivery times may be limited. Please check with the shipping company before sending packages.

INTERNET ACCESS
          BTSR now has wireless internet capability in Buffalo Hall. Access by adult leaders is available for only a $10
donation for the week. Tickets are purchased in the Trading Post and require the computer’s MAC address to be added to
the filter. Download times may be slow at peak times or as bandwidth limits are approached. Satellite reception may also
cause slow times in cloudy weather and access may be limited when urgent business matters takes precedence.

CHECK- IN AND CHECKOUT
         With almost 9000 acres and 1/4 mile of road it is necessary to use a checkout and check-in system. All groups
going on the trail must receive a trail pass from the High Adventure Director and checkout and check-in at the camp office.
All leaders going to town or to the doctor must checkout and check-in. All groups going on the trail even for short hikes
must have 2 quarts of water per person, a trial map, and a First Aid Kit. Log sheets are located at the camp office.

DAY HIKES
        The camp encourages both campers and adults to explore the beauty of our camp. All hikes must be discussed
with and approved by either the Outback Director or the Camp Commissioner before any camper or leader may leave
base camp. This is for the safety of all participants! A Trail Pass is required and buddy system must be used! All hikers
must checkout and check-in with the Camp Operations Office. Hikers will be required to have 2 quarts of water, trail map,
and a First Aid Kit. Youth must always have 2 adults on the trail with them at all times.

TRIPS TO TOWN
        In the event that the Adult Leaders need to go to town, they may do so as long as there are two (2) Adult Leaders
in camp with the troop. Persons going to town must checkout and check-in with the camp operations office, regardless of
the time of day or night.




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TROOP NIGHT - THURSDAY EVENING & FRIDAY MORNING
         Thursday afternoon and evening is a time designated for troops who wish to hike the outback, swim in the notch,
picnic, or spend the night out on the trail to see our beautiful camp, or to visit nearby attractions. Some very popular
attractions include the McDonald Observatory Star Party, Balmorhea State Park, and the Fort Davis Historical site. (See
pages 7-8 for more information on local attractions.)

        The dining hall does not serve the Thursday evening meal or Friday breakfast. Meal kits will be
distributed between 2 pm and 3 pm on Thursday afternoon. Troops may collect food and stay in their campsites for
the evening if they so choose. (Use this as an opportunity for your cooking merit badge students! Or go to town and eat as
a troop at a local restaurant.) No camp wide activities are scheduled and the pool is not open for troop swims. ALL
TROOPS REMAINING IN CAMP MUST STAY IN THEIR CAMPING AREA UNLESS TAKING AN APPROVED TRIP TO
TOWN OR THE BACKCOUNTRY.
MCDONALD OBSERVATORY STAR PARTY
        As a special service to the campers at BTSR, the McDonald Observatory
is gracious enough to open their doors on Thursday night (Troop Night) for a
special Scout only program, the “BTSR Star Party”.

        The program includes a special screening in their theater, then moves
outside where they present a “live” model of the solar system, talk about Jupiter,
the moon, nebulas, and will have viewings through several of their telescopes. For
a discounted rate of only $6 per person, this is a treat that everyone will enjoy!

        The star party begins at 8:30 and will last until 10:00 and transportation to the Observatory is up to the Troop. This
will mean a late night for everyone that participates, as the observatory is approximately 45 minutes away. Scout uniforms
are required. Participation in this program counts towards the boys’ progress in the Astronomy merit badge, and qualifies
everyone for the “BTSR Star Party” patch that GLOWS in the dark! This patch is available in the Jersey Lilly.

RIFLES, AMMUNITION, BOWS AND ARROWS
        Personal firearms, ammunition, bows and arrows, and fireworks are not allowed in camp. 22-rifle ammunition is
only $5 for the boys working on the rifle merit badge, and is FREE for those taking part in free shoots. Naturally, there will
be a limit as to the number of free rounds that can be used! There will be a $15 charge for clay targets and shotgun shells
for Shotgun Merit Badge. Boys taking the Archery Merit Badge must purchase and complete an arrow kit to complete the
merit badge.

FIRES, LIQUID AND PROPANE FUELS
        Fires are to be built only in the designated areas and under proper supervision. Liquid and propane fuels are to be
used only under adult supervision. Bulk liquid fuels must be stored under lock and key in a location designated by the
Camp Quartermaster. Under NO circumstances are they to be stored in the campsite. Liquid fuels must not be used on
open fires or to start a fire. Empty cylinders and cans must be given to the Camp Quartermaster for disposal. National
policy prohibits the use of open flames in tents. This includes mosquito coils, catalytic heaters, gas lanterns, stoves,
candles, and smoking material. ALL TENTS AND FLYS MUST BE MARKED "NO FLAMES IN TENTS".

BICYCLES
        Due to the rugged terrain and limited space to ride, we ask that no bicycles or mountain bikes be brought to camp
for use by campers. Leaders and Staff on exercise programs or race training are welcome to bring their bikes for use on
the Ranch Road. BICYCLES ARE ONLY TO BE USED ON CAMP PROPERTY WITH WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM
THE CAMP DIRECTOR! Normal checkout procedures apply for any trips outside of camp property. Helmets must be
worn! Thank you for your cooperation with these policies.

DEPARTURE
        Please plan to depart camp by 10:00 AM Saturday morning. The Camp Commissioner Staff will be available for
campsite inspections as early as you request. Please keep in mind our breakfast routine for Saturday morning. We will
not serve breakfast in the dining hall that morning or have a morning assembly. Instead, we will have a delicious boxed
breakfast that your Troop can enjoy in the campsite or on the road. This will allow you to continue breaking camp or to hit
the road earlier, rather than to take an hour to break for flags and a meal. BTSR staff will post the colors Saturday.




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                                        Daily Schedule
SUNDAY
       1:00 PM    Camp Office opens (Staff will not be prepared to check-in units prior to this time.)
       3:00 PM    Check-in deadline
       5:45 PM    High Adventure Meal Shift
       6:40 PM    Assembly & formal flag ceremony at parade grounds. (Scouts and Leaders in
                  Uniform - Troops line up by Patrols with Patrol flags).
       6:45 PM    Supper & SM/SPL Meeting***
       7:45 PM    Chapel Service – Totin Chit Class following
       10:00 PM   Taps
       ***NOTE*** Scoutmasters and Senior Patrol Leaders will eat supper in Buffalo Hall for the
                  Leader Meeting with Camp Director and Staff.

MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
       6:30 AM        Reveille
       7:00 AM        Flags & Breakfast – A Shift
       7:45 AM *      Flags & Breakfast – B Shift
       8:30 AM        Programs begin (see program schedule)
       12:30 PM       Assembly
       12:45 PM       Lunch – A Shift (No Assembly)
       1:30 PM        Lunch – B Shift (No Assembly)
       2:30 PM        Programs resume (see program schedule)
       5:15 PM        Wednesday Chapel Service
       5:45 PM        Flags & Supper – A Shift
       6:45 PM *      Flags & Supper – B Shift
       8:00 PM        Special Camp Program Features
       10:00 PM       Taps
       *Exceptions – Thrs. supper, Fri. & Sat. morning the Dining Hall is closed to campers. Box suppers and breakfast
       meal kits are provided for these meals. Wednesday Supper is also the Scoutmaster Dinner. Leaders eat in
       Dinning Hall, kids in the Amphitheater or Buffalo Hall if raining. Meet at amphitheater at 6:30 PM, Wednesday
       only.

SATURDAY MORNING
       6:30 AM        Reveille
       7:00 AM        Pick Up Boxed Breakfast
                      Campsite breakdown and cleanup for final inspection.
                             1. Turn in Camp equipment to Quartermaster for clearance.
                             2. Commissioner checks campsite and releases troop.
                             3. Stop by Jersey Lilly for last minute snacks and souvenirs.
                             4. Stop by office to check lost and found one last time!
       10:00 AM       PLEASE PLAN TO BE OUT OF CAMP BY THIS TIME.

                                         HAVE A SAFE TRIP HOME!


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                                        COME BACK AND SEE US SOON!
                                 BE PREPARED FOR SUMMER CAMP
       Preparing for camp is an easy process, but it does require planning ahead. As a unit leader, you are the most
important link in this troop. However, don't overlook other adults who may be able to assist in the preparation of actual
camp attendance, or as part of the leadership. Once leadership is confirmed, take the following steps:

CHECK THEM OFF:
[ ]   Note the payment dates and mark them on your calendar. Send your payments to the Buffalo Trail Council, 1101
      W. Texas, Midland, TX 79701, and (432) 570-7601.

[ ]   Review summer camp plans with your Troop Committee and set a date for a parents' information meeting as early
      as possible.

[ ]   HOLD A PARENTS' NIGHT. An extremely important function of your planning is informing parents of summer
      camp plans. It also serves to convince those parents who are not sure about letting their boys go, particularly new
      Scouts. Use your ORDER OF THE ARROW promotion team.

[ ]   Arrange leadership for your troop. Camp rules require that there be TWO ADULT LEADERS (One must be 21
      years or older, the other 18 years or older) WITH THE TROOP 24 HOURS A DAY.

[ ]   With the aid of your Troop Leaders' Council, work out definite goals to be accomplished by your troop while in camp.
      Determine what each Scout should accomplish. Plan your troop program in detail, using the "Troop Program
      Planning Sheet".

[ ]   Discuss personal equipment with your Scouts and make a list of personal gear needed. Have your Patrol Leaders
      check with patrol members to be sure all equipment is ready. Give attention to troop and patrol equipment.

[ ]   Check your patrol organization, considering the Scouts who will be attending camp. Some rearranging of patrols
      may be necessary. Select a Senior Patrol Leader and Quartermaster if these two boys cannot attend.

[ ]   A MEDICAL EXAMINATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL SCOUTS AND SCOUTERS ATTENDING CAMP. A BSA
      HIGH ADVENTURE FORM #34412A MUST BE USED FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS IN ALL HIGH ADVENTURE
      AND CLIMBING PROGRAMS AND BY ALL ADULTS OVER THE AGE OF 40. THE NEW BSA PHYSICAL FORM
      #34605 IS PREFERRED FOR ALL PHYSICALS AND BECOMES MANDATORY FOR ALL IN 2010.

[ ]   Collect from each camper all monies for fees. Collect medical forms and make 2 copies, one for the camper, one
      for camp, and the original for the Scoutmaster or Troop files.

[ ]   Ensure all adults and youth pre-register for all classes and merit badges to be taken at camp. See page 34.
                                                                             st
[ ]   Complete online merit badge pre-registration process. (Begins May 1 )

[ ]   Make final arrangements for safe transportation of your boys to camp.

[ ]   Fill out your "Tour Permit" and send it to your Council office EARLY enough to receive it before leaving.

[ ]   Request a copy of your troop roster from your council office. This is the ONLY official roster validating
      membership in the BSA.

[ ]   Obtain Order of the Arrow unit election report and permission for callout letter from your Lodge.

[ ]   Get a copy of your troop's accident insurance policy and forms necessary in case of an accident or illness.
      YOU NEED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH THE FORM AND HOW IT IS TO BE FILLED OUT.




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    Registration Check List – Bring these items to the camp office on Sunday

             Tour Permit
             Proof of Insurance – Troop
             Proof of Insurance – Individual (Family), should be noted on physicals.
             Official BSA Troop Roster (Printed from local council office ONLY)
             TDH Application & documentation for ALL Adults
             Troop Health Forms
             Merit Badge Pre-Registration Confirmation
             Order of the Arrow callout permission letter
             Final Payment




LOOK FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO:
       Participate in the Pondweed Conservation Program.
       Have patrol activities the boy’s thought of and want.
       Let your youth leaders get into the act by training the younger boys. Leadership is the name
       of the game and summer camp is an excellent place to play it.
       Schedule a full program, which includes free time.
       Have each member of your unit experience personal achievement and fun. They go "hand in
       hand" with advancement.
       Let your youth leaders assume more responsibility and hold daily Patrol Leaders Council
       Meetings.
       Have a "classy" troop by exhibiting good manners, fellowship, sportsmanship, and a clean
       camp.
       Make a point of being in full uniform at evening meals and the campfires.
       Check Merit Badge requirements and prepare your Scouts for each session.

TRY TO GUARD AGAINST:
       Becoming upset if unscheduled things seem to happen.
       Letting your boys expect to exhibit leadership and then doing it all yourself.
       Permitting a camp violation or an error in operation to persist. Step in, stop it and use this as
       an opportunity to let your boys correct their errors.




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 Remain flexible and always have alternate plans. Remember that summer camp
                activities are subject to the elements of weather.

                          RECOMMENDED INDIVIDUAL EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST
    o   Completed Medical Form                                  o   Bedroll or blankets
    o   Cap or Hat ( A must)*                                   o   Pillow
    o   Sunscreen*                                              o   Cot (The ground is very rocky)
    o   Canteen or Water Bottle (A must)*                       o   Flashlight with batteries*
    o   Toothpaste and toothbrush*                              o   Mess kit with utensils*
    o   Soap & Shampoo*                                         o   Cup*
    o   Toilet articles*                                        o   Scout knife or pocket knife*
    o   Towel                                                   o   Work gloves for project
    o   Scout Uniform                                           o   Spending money
    o   T-shirts*                                               o   Backpack or day pack for day hikes
    o   Socks*                                                  o   Footlocker or duffle bag w/lock
    o   Shorts or pants                                         o   Poncho or rain suit*
    o   Belt*                                                   o   Merit Badge supplies and work completed
    o   Shoes or good hiking boots                              o   Aquatic Merit Badge essentials*
    o   Underwear                                               o   Boy Scout Handbook*
    o   Swim suit                                               o   Long-sleeved shirt and long pants
    o   Pajamas                                                 o   Folding camp chair

*Indicates item is available in Jersey Lilly Trading Post

PLEASE use a permanent marker or etcher and mark all personal items with first and last name, Troop #, or all 3!
Many valuable items are left at camp year after year, and nobody claims them. Please have your boys take the
time to mark their personal belongings! A Troop shakedown would be ideal to insure this takes place!

OPTIONAL INDIVIDUAL EQUIPMENT
Writing materials*
Field glasses*
Small, metal mirror*
Ground cloth
Musical instrument
Camera and film*
Sewing kit*
Bible or prayer book
Watch*
Team Spirit HAT (For Team Spirit
hat day!)
Snorkel gear* (if participating in
program)




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UNIFORM
          The official leaders' and boys' summer uniform is suggested for camp. All Scouts and Scouters are asked to be in
full uniform for the evening flag ceremony and meals as well as the Friday night campfire. Scout t-shirts and Scout caps
are appropriate for daywear. Staff will be in full uniform for all evening flag ceremonies, we invite you to do the same!

PERSONAL POSSESSIONS & VALUABLES
         Camp is an outdoor experience. A Scout is cheated out of a full outdoor experience by electronic devices. In all
cases, personal valuables (watches, wallets, money) should not be left out in the open. It is impossible for the staff to
provide security for these valuables. Most valuables are lost at the swimming pool, and showers. There are now lockers
available at the pool for valuables, but you must bring your own lock. For the safety of your items, DO NOT BRING ANY
valuables with you to the showers! Lock your valuables away in your footlocker at your campsite or leave them in the care
of a unit leader.

LOST AND FOUND
       Lost and found items will be kept at the camp office. Leaders and parents should urge Scouts to mark all
possessions with name and troop number. Valuable items will be kept in a lock-box until identified and claimed by the
owner. Please check with the office manager to inquire about lost and found items or to turn in found items. All items will
be marked with a lost and found tag to aid in the return of items to their rightful owners.




TROOP EQUIPMENT TO BRING TO CAMP
    o   Troop Flag and U.S. Flag
    o   Tents, ropes, heavy tent spikes. (Or you may rent camp tents to save trailer space.)
    o   Troop library books: Scout Song Book, Scout Handbooks, Merit Badge pamphlets
    o   Troop Record Book (for recording advancement and other Scout records)
    o   Clothing marker pen
    o   Assorted hand tools for campsite/Troop use (Especially mini-sledge hammers for tent stakes!)
    o   Cooking Stoves (Optional for cooking Thursday supper and Friday breakfast. Troops will be given charcoal.)
    o   Chuck Boxes with cooking gear (Full cooking supplies not necessary, meals can be done as foil “Silver Turtles”)
    o   Dutch oven for cobbler cook-off (May be checked out from Quartermaster)
    o   Secret ingredients for cobbler cook-off (basic supplies will be provided: cake & filling)
    o   Water cooler
    o   First Aid Kit
    o   Your best troop spirit and enthusiasm. A skit for Wednesday!

PATROL EQUIPMENT TO BRING TO CAMP
    o   Patrol flags
    o   Progress records for each Scout
    o   Patrol and troop leadership handbook
    o   Patrol Log Book (keep the log going each year)
    o   Overnight hike equipment (individual mess gear, canteen, etc.)
    o   First aid kit
    o   Compass
    o   Your best patrol spirit and enthusiasm




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SUGGESTED ITEMS FOR UNIT LEADER TO BRING TO CAMP
   o   Camp Leader's Guide
   o   Complete roster of all Scouts and leaders. Address and phone numbers of parents on vacation!
   o   Stapler and thumbtacks for bulletin board
   o   Folding chair and table
   o   The Scoutmaster Handbook
   o   Advancement objectives
   o   Troop program ideas and reference materials
   o   Skill training equipment
   o   COPIES OF MEDICAL RECORD AND EVALUATION FORMS FOR EACH SCOUT AND LEADER (THE FORMS
       MUST BE COMPLETED AND SIGNED BY A PHYSICIAN AND THE MEDICAL RECORD SIDE MUST BE
       COMPLETED AND SIGNED BY PARENT OR GUARDIAN).
   o   THE CAMP MUST ALSO HAVE A COPY OF ALL PERSONAL/FAMILY INSURANCE CARDS ATTACHED TO
       THE PHYSICAL FORM.




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TENT RENTALS
         BTSR has a limited number of wall tents available for troops. These tents are available on a first come
first served basis and are booked up FAST. It is recommended that tent rental requests be made EARLY
during your reservation process with the BTSR Registrar. There is a $10.00 per week per tent charge.
Tents that are damaged during the week will have repairs charged to the troop. Make reservations by faxing
or mailing the Tent / Cot Reservation Form.

       Tents are not set up for you, so please be aware that your Troop will be pitching tents upon arrival to
your site.      Tents are standard BSA wide wall tents, and no wooden platforms are available. It is
recommended that you bring a couple of heavy-duty hammers or mini-sledges. The ground at BTSR is
unforgiving in some spots! Some are available at the Quartermaster for check-out.




                                           COT RENTALS
                                     BTSR now rents cots! We have
                             military style, aluminum frame, folding cots
                             available for adults and youth to rent for the
                             week. Only $5.00 per cot for the week.
Save a ton of space in your trailers or busses as you travel to BTSR!

        Only a limited number of cots will be available every week, so get your reservations in early. Available
on a first come, first served basis. Please make reservations by faxing or mailing the Tent / Cot Reservation
Form.



                    BTSR Tent and Cot Reservation Form
        Troop:                      Week Attending:
        Unit Contact:               Phone # (day):
        Email:                      Phone # (night):
        Item          Quantity      * Cost per                                                    Total
                                    Item
        Tent Rental                            $10
        Cot Rental                               $5
                                       TOTAL DUE
                  Please fax form to BTSR Registrar at 432-570-7611 or mail with unit payments.




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Advancement
CAMP MERIT BADGE PROGRAM
         The Merit Badge program of the B.S.A. is one of the finest educational tools available. Many great careers and
exciting hobbies have had their start as a part of the Merit Badge program. BTSR will make every effort to use the program
model like you do with your troop at home. Most Merit Badges require more than one short week to complete. However,
great progress can be made at camp if the Scout is fully prepared.
Here are some key points to consider in your troop's winter planning.
         1.   Share the list of merit badges that will be available at camp with your troop Leaders' Council, Troop
              Committee and Scouts. Be sure that the Scout is qualified to take the badge.
         2.   Scouts must carefully study and understand all the requirements. YES, he needs a correct copy of the merit
              badge pamphlet and should read it PRIOR to coming to camp.
         3.   Where possible, the Scout should complete the time requirement portion of the requirements before
              coming to camp.

       Merit Badges offered in camp are generally of an outdoor nature (see list in this book). The Council Advancement
Committee has designated the various Directors as Merit Badge Counselors and our youth staff as Skills Instructors. The
camp staff is not allowed to change, lower or modify any merit badge requirement.

         BTSR does not require the Merit Badge Card #4124A. All class rosters and progress will be tracked on rosters
and printed as a final report. This final report will be given to the leaders Friday in their camp checkout packet to check for
accuracy before leaving camp. Any leader wishing to check attendance or progress for an individual youth should check
with the instructor or area director as needed.

ADULT LEADER PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES
        There will be plenty of opportunities for adults to participate in training classes and programs. Below is a chart of
the courses we will offer at BTSR. PLEASE pre-register for these classes just as the youth will be pre-registering for Merit
Badges. This will ensure we will have instructors prepared at camp, especially for Adult Leader Basics. NOTE – The grid
below is a reference guide only. Actual Adult schedules will be provide on the first day at camp during the Scoutmaster
Meeting.

  Course                                                  Day                        Place
  Safe Swim Defense / Safety Afloat                       Monday                     Pool – 11:30 AM
  CPR Certification – ($20 fee)                           Tuesday                    Training Center 9am
  “This Is Scouting” & “Leader Specifics”                 Wed. & Thurs.              Training Center 9am – 5pm
  Introduction To Outdoor Leader Skills                   All Week                   See Notes & Checklist
  BSA Lifeguard                                           All Week                   Pool – 9:30 – 4:30
  Mile Swim and Polar Bear Swim*                          All Week                   Pool – 6:00 am M-T & Fri 3:30
  Snorkeling, BSA                                         All Week                   Pool – 9:30 & 2:30
  Wilderness First Aid Certification                      Thursday                   Training Center - All Day
  Climb on Safely                                         Thursday                   Parade Ground – 2:30 – 4:00
  Trek Safely                                             Thursday                   Parade Ground – 2:30 – 4:00
  Leave No Trace                                          Thursday                   Parade Ground – 2:30 – 4:00
  SCUBA, BSA ($75 fee)                                    MTW, & Friday              Pool & Balmorhea See pg. 29
  Scout Leader Trail Ride ($50 Donation)                  Mon. & Tues.               Corrals – 2:00. See appendix

SCOUTMASTER MERIT BADGE
                    A popular addition to the program in 2007 was the “Scoutmaster Merit Badge”. This special award is
           only available to adult leaders that meet the requirements by the end of the week. By participating in various
           training courses, helping in merit badge classes, teaching Scout skills and other activities, leaders will be
           rewarded with a special limited edition patch. Please see page 71 for the Scoutmaster Merit Badge checklist.



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                                    2011 Merit Badge and Class Listing
                                                             3:30-
         CLASS        8:30   9:30     10:30   11:30   2:30   5:00                      NOTES
Animal Science*                                        X             Feeding & cleaning times required.
Archaeology                                    X                     Some research time required.
Archery                X               X       X       X             Arrow kit ~$2 & practice to qualify
Art*                          X                        X             Extra time to complete projects.
Astronomy*                                                           Mon-Wed, 9pm., Wed. early am
Backpacking                                                          Outback Only. # 10 & 11 done w/ Troop
Basketry*              X      X        X       X                     Two basket kits ~ $10
Bird Study                             X                             Observation time & project required
BSA Lifeguard*                                                       All day class M-F. Youth or Adult
Camping                                X               X             Req. 8c and 9 done w/ Troop
Citizen. In World                                      X             Bring printed online research req. 4b, 7c
Climbing*              XXXXXXX         XXXXXXXX                      Minimum age 13. Two-hour class.
Climbing –Advanced                                      XXXXX        Advanced skills for those w/ Climbing MB
Climbing – Intro*                                             X      For boys not ready for Climbing MB
Coin Collecting                                X
Cooking                X                                             Not all cooking @ camp. # 7 @ home
Emergency Prep.                        X                      X      Must have First Aid MB BEFORE camp.
Enviro. Science       XXXXXXXX                                X      Observation time & Written report. 2 hrs.
Fingerprinting*               X        X       X       X             2 Day Class
Fire Safety                                                   X      Req. 11 at home
First Aid                     X                        X             Need first aid kit for home.
Firem’n Chit*                                          X             Tuesday Only
Fish & Wildlife Mgt                            X                     Partial (req. 7) Extra time for projects
Forestry                                               X             Req. 7 done at home.
Free Rides - Horse     X                                             Youth or Adults. See notes below.
Free Shoot - Arch.            X                               X      Practice archery to qualify or for fun!
Free Shoot-Rifle                       X                             Also offered Tue & Wed @ 7:30 PM
Free Swim*                                                    X      Adult or youth. Closed Fri. for Mile Swim
Geology                X      X        X       X                     Rock Collection – Req. 2
Hiking                                                               Outback Only. Partial (Req. 5 & 6)
Horsemanship*                 X        X       X       X             $20 Fee. See rider guidelines on Pg. 27
Indian Lore*           X               X                             Project kits ~$5-$20
Insect Study           X                                             Req. 3 & 5 need bug collection. Req.7




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Instructional Swim                         X     For non-swimmers.




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                                                                                      3:30-
      CLASS             8:30         9:30         10:30          11:30        2:30    5:00                       NOTES
Leatherwork*                           X             X              X                   X      Project kit ~$5-$10
Leave No Trace                                                                  X              Thursday Only. Youth & Adults.
Lifesaving                     XXXX                      XXXX                                  Must complete Req. 1 BEFORE camp
Mammal Study                           X                                        X              Partial. Extra observation time.
Mile Swim*                                                                                     6 AM – MTWT, 3:30 – 5 Fri. See Notes.
Music                                                               X                          Bring instrument. Limited avail. @ camp.
Nature                                               X              X                          Partial. Req 4 & 5 requires 1 month time.
Orienteering                           X                            X                          Req. 10 done with Troop
Painting                                                                                X      Bring painting clothes!
Paul Bunyan*                                                                    X              Mon - Wed Only. See notes.
Photography                                                                     X              Bring digital camera.
Pioneering                 X                                        X                          Extra time for projects @ 3:30
Polar Bear Swim                                                                                7:00 am Wed. Only!
Pottery*                   X                                                    X              Clay for projects ~$5. Req. 7 @ home
Radio                                                                           X       X      Req. 8 can be done at home.
Reptile &
Amphibian Study                                                                         X      Partial. Req. 8 done at home.
Rifle Shooting             X           X                                       X               Option A & C done will be used. $5 Fee
                                                                              MTW @ 3:30       $75 fee for equip. MTW class 3:30-4:30.
SCUBA, BSA*                                                                   Fri. dive 12-5   Dive on Fri. 12:00-5:00. Youth or adult.
Sculpture *                X                                                    X              Clay for projects ~ $5 - $10
Shotgun Shooting*                                                   X                   X      Option A. See shooting sports notes. $15
Snorkeling*                            X                                        X              Mask / Fins provided or bring your own.
Soil & Water Cons.                     X                                                       Extra time for conservation projects
Space Exploration                                                                       X      Bring empty 2 litre bottle from home.
Swimming                   X           X             X                          X              Bring clothes for 9c. Do #3 before camp
Theater                                                                                 X      Bring favorite costume!
Totin’ Chip*                                                                    X              Sun. after Chapel or Mon. or Wed.
                                                    nd
                         Scout, Tender, 2                Class TTE                       st
Trail To Eagle*         (Swimming & First Aid MB taught in this class too.)            1       2 or 4 hour courses. See notes on Pg. 26
Veterinary Med.                                                                         X      Req. 9 – Visit a Vet. And report.
Weather                                                                         X              Partial. Req. 5 needs a month to finish
Wilderness Surv.                                                                X       X      Bring kit supplies or buy @ camp
Woodcarving               X                          X              X                   X      Project Kit ~$5-$10
     *Indicates to review notes below for more important information **Chart may change check your MB registration Portal on all current
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                                              Program Notes
SHOOTING SPORTS
        Rifle and shotgun classes are very popular at BTSR. Please ensure your boys are ready to take these classes.
Our biggest concern is with Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge. Please make sure your boy is strong enough to pick up, hold,
and shoot a shotgun. Some 10 1/2 or 11 year olds are not strong enough to safely hold the gun in a safe direction or to
aim properly to qualify for the badge. Please help us ensure the safety and good morale of our campers by encouraging
those boys to sign up for another badge. $5 fee for shells in Rifle MB, and $15 fee for shells and clays for Shotgun MB.

CLIMBING MERIT BADGE
          The climbing merit badge program at BTSR is second to none. The canyon walls and numerous rock formations
create the perfect setting for a Scout to learn what it is like to climb “for real”. (No towers or climbing walls at our camp!)
To ensure a quality experience for all participants, the total number of participants will be limited. To participate in this
activity, all Scouts must be at least thirteen (13) years old, weigh at least 100 lbs, and have a Class 3 Physical.

        Qualified staff will teach the basics of rock climbing and rappelling. Rope work, teamwork, safety and repelling will
be the major program emphasis. Equipment such as ropes, gloves, carabineers, helmets, and safety harnesses will be
provided. This is a full week course, held in two hour sessions and requires participation every day. Personal or
Troop rappelling equipment or rock climbing gear is NOT TO BE BROUGHT OR USED at BTSR!

ADVANCED & INTRODUCTION TO CLIMBING COURSES
         The Advanced Climbing course is available for those boys that already have the Climbing merit badge and are
looking for more adventure. They will have to opportunity to try new climbing and rappelling sites, learn rescue techniques,
different types of equipment, and test their abilities at a higher level! This class is offered 2:30 - 4:30 daily.

        The Introduction to Climbing course is also new to BTSR. This gives your younger boys, or boys that are not quite
ready or heavy enough for the traditional Climbing Merit Badge class. Here they will learn basic climbing and rappelling
techniques, and even will do a climb and rappel at Baby Rock. This class is offered from 3:30 - 5:00 daily.

TRAIL TO EAGLE
         This class will be a great opportunity for new Scouts to work on the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class
requirements. Young Scouts are encouraged to attend one of these sessions to get some valuable instruction time for
their requirements to advance in rank. This still allows time for merit badges & free time activities. Scouts will have the
opportunity to work on over twenty-five items for these ranks, as well as complete the requirements for the Swimming
Merit Badge. Scouts have the following options, depending on their current rank:
         Current Rank      Session to take        Class Times                                Notes
                                                                    Scouts attending this session will work on rank
                                         nd                                                     st
     Scout -or-         Tenderfoot & 2        8:30 – 12:20          requirements through 1 Class & will complete
     Tenderfoot         Class TTE                                   Swimming and First Aid MB. Leaves 3 sessions of MB
                                                                    time for the boys. DO NOT TAKE 3:30 TTE CLASS!
                                                                                                               st
         nd               st                                        Scouts will only work on requirements for 1 class rank.
     2        Class     1 Class TTE           3:30 – 5:00
                                                                    5 sessions of MB time left.
         Trail-To-Eagle has always been a popular program with quite a few participants every week. Troops sending boys
these classes are asked to please send an adult leader to give assistance to the staff. We will have staff members leading
the course, but due to sheer numbers it is difficult to maintain control and quality. This is an excellent opportunity for new
adult leaders or young leaders to get involved! Also, it will fulfill a requirement for the SM Merit Badge!

ASTRONOMY
         The Astronomy Merit Badge will be taught in different locations around camp during the week in order to get
different perspectives of the night and morning sky. The first class will begin immediately following the camp show on
Monday at the amphitheater. This is another immensely popular program with class sizes exceeding 100 boys during
some weeks! We ask that any Troop with a participant in this class have at least ONE adult leader attend the class with
the participants all week. This will expedite roll call and paperwork times and will allow for more quality instruction time.
Times and locations of the remaining classes during the week will be announced at the Monday session. In case of
inclement weather, other arrangements will be made for the class, so listen closely for announcements during the week.



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HORSE POLICY
        It is the policy of the Buffalo Trail Council that all trail riders weighing over 250 pounds are not permitted to ride our
horses. This is for the safety of both horses and participants. ALL RIDERS MUST WEAR BTSR HELMETS! ALL
PARTICIPANTS IN ANY OF OUR HORSE PROGRAMS MUST ALSO HAVE LONG PANTS AS WELL AS CLOSED
TOE, STURDY SHOES, whenever in the corrals, barn, or on horseback. This is extremely important to insure the health
and safety of all participants and equines. (Pants can be of any material, as long as they reach the ankles.) Please plan
ahead and have these items on hand when coming to BTSR. No exceptions can be made.

HORSE FREE RIDES
         Free rides are available to all Scouts and leaders beginning immediately
following breakfast with the last ride leaving the corrals at about 9:10 am. Scouts will
be placed in a saddle before adults to insure that all boys get a chance to have this
great experience. Any empty saddles will be filled with adults that wish to ride. Scouts
should not skip classes for these rides and should plan in advance to ensure the ride
is finished before they have to be in class! Also, all weight limit and apparel guidelines
will be enforced for all participants. (See Horse Policy above.)

SCOUT LEADER TRAIL RIDES
        A special program has been put together that will allow adult leaders (18 and
up) to see the beautiful backcountry of Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch from the back of a
horse on the trail! The Head Wrangler, depending on demand, sets times for the ride.
Rides are held on Monday or Tuesday afternoon. On Monday, the group will go to the
Notch, enjoy scenery of the green trail, and swim. On Tuesday, the group will go to
Pig Pen Canyon and enjoy a ride and scenery that not many folks get to enjoy! Price
for either of the three hour rides is a $50 donation to the horse program.

         Leaders wishing to take part in this program will need to sign up for the rides at the Jersey Lilly and pay for the
ticket as well. It will be open to the first 10 that pay. No pre-registration. All requirements listed in the Horse Policy above
including weight and apparel must be adhered too. Also, 2 quarts of water per person is required for the ride.

HORSEMANSHIP / ANIMAL SCIENCE / VETERINARY MEDICINE MERIT BADGES
                                                             Each Scout who participates in these Merit Badges will also be
                                                    required to help with the care and feeding of the BTSR livestock. This is
                                                    one of the requirements to earn the badges and due to feeding
                                                    schedules, must be completed outside of class time. Each Scout will be
                                                    required to feed at one of the following times and to help clean the stalls
                                                    at least once during the week. Assignments will be made by the
                                                    instructors to fit the boy’s schedules. Those times are:

                                                                 o    Feeding Horses– Everyday at 5:30 am and 5:30 pm.

                                                                 o    Cleaning Stalls – Monday – Friday from 6-7 am,
                                                                             Wednesday after dinner

                                                             Special arrangements may be made when weather or other
                                                    conflicts arise. Qualified staff members will supervise all feeding and
                                                    cleaning. Any questions may be directed to the Head Wrangler.
                                                    Apparel guidelines will be enforced at all of these times.


HORSEMANSHIP MB FEES
        Due to the astronomical rising costs of feed, livestock, and equipment, a $20 fee per youth for the Horsemanship
Merit Badge has been implemented. Free rides still remain Free, and Adult Leader Trail Rides are $50 per participant (see
above). Fees are payable upon arrival to BTSR, through the business office are at the Jersey Lilly Trading Post.




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TOTIN’ CHIP & FIREM’N CHIT & PAUL BUNYAN
       The Totin’ Chip award is required before a Scout can use a pocketknife or take part in the Woodcarving or
Cooking Merit Badge. Learning safety and use of the axe, knife, and saw is important in helping a young Scout to be
prepared for future campouts. This class will be taught on Sunday after Chapel service and on Monday & Wednesday at
2:30. The Wednesday class will be taught by the Paul Bunyan class in order to fulfill their requirements for their award.

       Scouts will complete the requirements for the Firem’n Chit on Tuesdays at 2:30 pm. Adult leader supervision is
suggested, especially when class sizes are large.

        Paul Bunyan is a three part class with the first session being held at 2:30 on both Monday and Tuesday. On
Monday and Tuesday, the Scouts will be instructed in various wood cutting and conservation techniques. On Wednesday,
the Scouts will instruct the 2:30 Totin’ Chip class in order to complete requirement 1. Any Scout or leader who does not
have a Totin’ Chip, or would like to be a student for the Paul Bunyan award is encouraged to attend.

HANDICRAFT MERIT BADGES
         A variety of Handicraft merit badges are offered throughout the week, some of which only take two days to
complete the classroom portion of the class. Scouts will work on their projects in class and in their free time as well. Once
they complete their two-day class, they can then work on a related Merit Badge offered at that same time frame, and be
able to complete yet another Merit Badge while at camp! Please see the chart below for those two day classes:

                                                                  Time          Mon & Tue                   Wed & Thr
                                                                  8:30           Basketry                 Woodcarving
                                                                                -or- Pottery             -or- Sculpture
                                                                  9:30         Leatherwork                   Basketry
                                                                                  -or- Art             -or- Fingerprinting
                                                                  10:30        Leatherwork                Woodcarving
                                                                                     -or-                 -or- Basketry
                                                                              Fingerprinting
                                                                  11:30       Woodcarving                 Leatherwork
                                                                               -or- Basketry           -or- Fingerprinting
                                                                  2:30        Fingerprinting                   Art
                                                                                -or- Pottery             -or- Sculpture
                                                                  3:30        Woodcarving                 Leatherwork
NIGHTLY PROGRAMS
       A variety of programs will be offered throughout the week for Troops and campers to enjoy. Listed below are the
programs offered each night.
       SUNDAY: SPL & SM Meeting                                          WEDNESDAY: Chapel, SM Dinner, Skit Night
       MONDAY: Team Spirit Hat Day- Camp                                 THURSDAY: TROOP NIGHT
       Show                                                              FRIDAY:       Picnic Lunch, Closing Campfire
       TUESDAY: Camp-wide Games, Free Shoot                              .                & OA Ceremony


TEAM SPIRT HAT DAY- During the day on Monday, all campers, leaders and staff are encouraged to wear
their most colorful, crazy, obnoxious, funny, creative, or weird Team Spirit Hat! Wear your team colors!!! Your
school, college or pro this is a great day to show your spirit.
There might even be some prizes given out for the best hats and the most team spirit!!!




                          NOTE: Any leader attending camp that would like to assist in teaching a merit badge offered at BTSR, or to even teach one that
is not listed and is in their area of expertise, contact the camp director prior to arrival to arrange for you to help teach it during the week you attend.




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                       SCUBA & Aquatics Programs
        BTSR will offer two different SCUBA programs during the course of the summer. This has been an exciting
addition to our programs, especially since the participants will get to dive at a favorite hot spot of divers from all over the
state: Balmorhea State Park!

       Scouts will have the opportunity to earn the SCUBA, BSA award during any of the eight weeks of camp. Those
Scouts and Venturers wanting a little more training will be able to earn their open water diver certification during while at
camp. Read on for more details about each of these exciting programs!

INSTRUCTORS
       Our instructors are certified by SSI, one of the oldest and most respected SCUBA training agencies in the world.
They teach lessons throughout the year at the Family SCUBA center in Midland, TX. Their expertise and experience will
make for a great learning experience for all participants.

FACILITIES
        The dives for both SCUBA classes will take place at
the largest, spring-fed, freshwater swimming pool in the
United States! The San Solomon Springs swimming pool at
Balmorhea State Park was constructed in 1934 and has
been a hot spot for SCUBA enthusiasts from all over the
state. The springs, which flow approximately 26 million
gallons of pure artesian water per day are a constant 74 to
76 degrees year round! Visibility ranges from 80 to 100
feet, and the depths range from several feet to 26 feet in the
deepest portion.

        Underwater, you are able to clearly see the host of
aquatic wildlife that calls the springs their home. You can
catch glimpses of two endangered species, the Comanche
Springs Pupfish and the Pecos Gambusia. Also for your
viewing enjoyment, you can watch the antics of the soft
shell water turtle, crayfish, Mexican Teteras, and large
channel catfish. This facility is truly a SCUBA paradise and
will make for a great adventure during your stay at BTSR!

                          SCUBA, BSA
                                   The new SCUBA, BSA diving program lets you experience the thrill of diving under the
                          supervision of a certified instructor at Balmorhea State Park. This program is offered during all 9
                          weeks of camp, and has a maximum size limit of 12 participants. During your adventure, you'll
                          learn about equipment and safety during the three classroom sessions (3:30, MTW at the pool).
                          On Friday, you will learn skills in the water and will even head off on an open water adventure. All
                          participants must be 14 years of age or older. Any participants under 18 MUST have their
                          parents fill out the swimmer release and SCUBA release forms found in the forms section.
                          These are BSA, park, and instructor policies and CANNOT be circumvented!

COST
         The cost for instructor time, air, and equipment is only $75 for this course. Participants will earn the new
SCUBA, BSA award. This introductory course will also count towards instruction time for open water diver certification if
completed within a year. Remember this class is limited to adults and youth 14 years and older. Participants MUST be
classified as swimmers! We will need your assistance in shuttling the group to and from the state park, which is only 20
miles from camp.




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SCUBA - Open Water Diver Certification
         BTSR will offer SCUBA Open Water Diver
Certification for Scouts, Venturers and Leaders ages 14 and
up. This will be a five-day course, conducted every
afternoon at the beautiful San Solomon Springs at
Balmorhea State Park.
         Each participant will be required to complete the
bookwork portion of the class before coming to camp. This
takes approximately 8-10 hours to finish the 5 chapter
online course. At the end of each chapter is a review of the
materials that must be completed, printed, and brought to
camp. NO EXCEPTIONS!!! At camp, the first SCUBA
class will be a review of that material as well as a test that
will complete the required classroom work.

          The next 4 days you will complete the 5 confined water dives and 4 open water dives required for the diving
certification. Participants must also fill out the Balmorhea and SCUBA swim releases found in the forms section
COST
         NEW DISCOUNTED FEE! Open Water Diver Certification will now cost only $425 per person.                      This will
include ALL food and base camp fees, ALL supplies needed for the course (dive gear, air, park fees) as well as instructor
fees. You do not have to bring any masks, fins, wetsuits, air tanks, etc., unless you choose to bring your own personal
supplies. You are not required to purchase any of your own equipment. Once you pre-register and pay for the course, you
will receive a training package that you will begin using before coming to camp, which requires completion of online
training and brining the completion certificate. Also as part of the package, you will receive a 6-month subscription to Dive
Training magazine, and your own personal dive log book.


  PREREGISTRATION AND PREPAYMENT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR THIS COURSE!
 OUR INSTRUCTORS HAVE TO MAKE ARRANGENTS TO BE HERE AND HAVE INFORMATION
         THAT YOU MUST RECEIVE BEFORE ARRIVING TO BTSR! THANK YOU!




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PRE-CAMP SWIM CHECKS
         Units may elect to take swim tests before arrival at BTSR. This is a great way to save precious time on that first
day of camp set up! The following are the requirements for pre-camp swim tests:
                 1. Tests must be performed in accordance with BSA Swimming test standards.
                 2. Tests must be performed by a certified Lifeguard. (BSA or American Red Cross)
                 3. Tests must have been completed within 90 days of unit's arrival to BTSR.
         The information and forms for pre-camp swim checks can be found on pages 77-79. Please use only this form to
record the results of the Troop's pre camp swim check. Please ensure you have all necessary signatures and copies in
order to validate the test. Copy form as needed. Submit to Aquatics Director upon arrival to BTSR.

SWIMMING MERIT BADGE
        Scouts taking the swimming merit badge will be required to bring long pants (preferable jeans) and a thick,
long-sleeved, button-up shirt to complete the clothes flotation requirement. Scouts may share clothes, but please
make arrangements before coming to camp to have these items available!

FREE SWIMS & TROOP SWIMS
      A free swim for all camp participants will be held on Monday through Thurdsday afternoons from 3:30-5:00
pm. (Camp lifeguards as well as BSA Lifeguard participants will staff this swim.)

        Troops may also make reservations with the Aquatics Director to have a swim time for the Troop. These
are held outside of the regular program schedule as not to interfere with merit badge classes. This would be a great
time for your Troop to enjoy the pool and also practice your Safe Swim Defense. Any Troop wishing to make a
reservation MUST have a leader that is certified in Safe Swim Defense. (This class is offered every Monday) Only
one BTSR staff member will be present, but only as an observer. They do not serve as lifeguards as this is the
Troop’s responsibility in using the Safe Swim defense correctly. These times are limited and do fill up quickly, so
contact the Aquatics Director early in order to get a spot. These are filled on a first come, first served basis. Some
Troops may share a swim time in order to allow everyone a chance to participate and to ensure adherence to Safe
Swim Defense policies (share lifeguards and lookouts).

BSA LIFEGUARD
         All Participants must be 14 years of age or have completed the 8 th grade in order to participate. This
program is intended for the older Scout that has “been there and done that.” Due to the extensive requirements and
training time, the class takes all day and leaves little time for any other merit badges. Participants must be
classified as a swimmer and hold current certification in basic CPR. Adults are encouraged to participate in this
program as well.

SAFE SWIM DEFENSE & SAFETY AFLOAT
        These certifications will be offered for adult Leaders on Monday at 11:30 am at the Pool. The Aquatics
Director will give training. Troop wishing to hold a Troop swim must have leaders certified in Safe Swim Defense.

MILE SWIM
        Instruction and conditioning for the Mile Swim award will be held at 6:00 am daily at the pool, except for
Friday when class will be at 3:30. All participants must be classified as swimmers before attempting to begin this
course. Participants are required to attend the conditioning laps daily. The actual mile swim test will be held on
Friday. (Adults or youth may participate.) The following requirements must be met each day prior to swimming the
mile.
                                Sunday – 100 yards (complete swimmer ability test)
                                Monday – 200 yards (100 any style + 2 fifty yd. Sprints)
                                Tuesday – 300 yards (150 any style + 3 fifty yd. Sprints)
                                Wednesday – 400 yards any style
                                Thursday – 800 yards any style
                                Friday – 36 laps – 1800 yards any style




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SNORKELING, BSA
        Snorkeling will be held at the pool at 9:30 or 2:30 daily. Participants must be classified as a swimmer
before attempting this class. You may bring your own snorkeling gear or use the camp’s. Some masks and goggles
will be available in the camp trading post. Adults or youth may be certified.

                                             Camp Thomas
CAMPING
        Troops can take advantage of two other Buffalo Trail Council camps on the way to
or from BTSR. Camp Thomas near Big Spring offers camping as well as COPE programs
on the weekends your Troop comes through. Participation in these programs will qualify the
Troop for a $25 DISCOUNT per person to participate in the weekend programs!

      While at the COPE course you will learn camping, cooking, team building,
communication, decision making, and leadership skills.



COPE PROGRAM – CAMP THOMAS
         Camp Thomas in Big Spring, TX is home to the largest and most complete COPE
course in West Texas. While on the ropes course you will have a challenging outdoor
personal experience (COPE) that enriches and helps to develop character, leadership skills,
self-esteem, teamwork, problem-solving skills, goal setting, and communication. Enjoy this
program coming to or from camp or come back for an weekend excursion!




                            Merit Badge Pre-Registration
        Once again we will have a pre-registration process in place for ALL Scouts’ Merit Badge classes AND for adults
wishing to take part in adult leader programs. This process was designed to make you and your boys’ camp experience
as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

         Online pre-registration has been very helpful in the process of preparing for camp for both the BTSR Staff and the
adult leaders coming to camp. With your input, we have been able to make some updates to the system that will make
this an even better resource. Once again, you will be able to log into a website to complete this process! The site will
have up to the minute information on class sizes, spots available, and program notes. It also allows for printing of your
final registration, and much more! You will find this to be a great and convenient way to sign up for
your classes at BTSR!

       Use the blank worksheets and the merit badge schedule to have your boys create their camp
schedule. Be sure the boys pick alternate choices for their classes in case their first choice is full.
Once completed, you can use their individual worksheets to fill in the Troop Master Registration
Schedule. After we receive your Troop’s April payment (due April 1st) you will receive your
                                                         th
password and address for the website. On April 15 , please access the site and begin entering
the names of all of your youth AND adult participants, as well as other information.

          The section of the website that allows for registration for Merit Badges and other programs
will not open up for your Troop until 30 days prior to your arrival date at BTSR. At that time, you may
enter your class schedules into the system. Your window for registration and updates to your schedules closes the
Monday prior to your arrival at BTSR so that we may prepare class rosters as well as update our class enrollment systems.

         Once your Troop’s schedule is entered into the system, you will get instant confirmation of what your Troop
schedule will look like and will be able to print a report at that time. Classes will be filled on a first come first served basis.
In order to guarantee each Scout the best instruction possible, and to ensure the health and safety of all participants, some


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classes will have a size limit. After you submit your schedule, you will be able to log back on and make changes if a boy
drops out from camp, if you get new boys in the Troop, or even if a boy changes his mind about a class!
                                                                          th
         Keep in mind that new Scouts added to your roster after May 15 will incur an additional $20.00 late fee and must
be added through the camp registrar, not the website (see pg. 6). Scouts that do not pre-register and show up to camp
may be disappointed when arriving to camp to find that a class is full. Avoid these surprises and enter in your Troop’s pre-
registration ASAP.

         PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO PRE-REGISTER YOUR ADULTS FOR CLASSES! This process was designed for
ALL participants and we need an accurate count of what boys are taking classes, but also which adults are taking classes
as well! This is very important, as we want to ensure a quality program for our adults as well as the boys.

         Please take care of the pre-registration process in a timely manner. All Troops are REQUIRED to complete this
important task, as it is in your best interest to do so. By knowing what classes are beginning to fill up ahead of time, BTSR
will be able to possibly create new classes, ensure proper staffing, or at least give your participants time to choose a new
class before he or she ever arrives to camp.

Benefits of Pre-Registration:
               BTSR will be better prepared in staffing
               Scheduling conflicts will be resolved before arrival to camp
               New classes can be created
               Staff members can be prepared if help is needed in a large class
               Each Scout is guaranteed the best instruction possible
               Scouts can complete prerequisites before coming to camp

TRY TO GUARD AGAINST
        Over-scheduling. It won't work.
        Becoming upset if unscheduled things seem to happen.
        Judging the success of your program by the number of merit badges earned. Quantity never equates with quality.


        Leaders, have your boys and adults that will be taking classes at camp to fill these worksheets out.
        Transfer the data from these forms to the Troop master schedule form or enter it directly to the registration
        website.




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                            BTSR PROGRAM PRE-REGISTRATION FORM

NAME:
PATROL:
TIME                  Class Desired (1st Choice)               Class Desired (2nd Choice)

8:30
9:30
10:30
11:30
                              LUNCH                                   LUNCH
2:30
3:30
Astronomy




                            BTSR PROGRAM PRE-REGISTRATION FORM

NAME:
PATROL:
TIME                  Class Desired (1st Choice)               Class Desired (2nd Choice)

8:30
9:30
10:30
11:30
                              LUNCH                                   LUNCH
2:30
3:30
Astronomy




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      TROOP MASTER PRE- REGISTRATION SCHEDULE
TROOP:           DATE ATTENDING CAMP:
SCOUTMASTER:
WEEK OF CAMP:
WEBSITE ADDRESS:                PASSWORD:
                             ASTRONOMY


                                         CHOICE
      NAME OF                                                                                                     3:30-
                                                  8:30   9:30     10:30       11:30      LUNCH        2:30
    PARTICIPANT                                                                                                   5:00

                                         1
                                         2
                                         1
                                         2
                                         1
                                         2
                                         1
                                         2
                                         1
                                         2
                                         1
                                         2
                                         1
                                         2
                                         1
                                         2
                                         1
                                         2
                                         1
                                         2
                                         1
                                         2
                                         1
                                         2
Please list each boy and the class they prefer for each time slot. Be sure to also list a second choice in the event a
class is full. (Be sure to double check pre-requisites on page 24-25.) Some classes have no size limits, but others




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                                             Special Awards
TROOP SPIRIT AWARD - Awarded by the Camp Commissioner (Ribbon)
        1. Troop friendliness toward staff and other campers.
        2. Troop courteousness toward staff and other campers.
        3. Arrives for flag ceremonies on time.
        4. Troop is obedient and well mannered at meals.
        5. Troop sings, leads yells, and performs skits. (This can be at meals flag ceremony)
        6. Troop has visible "group togetherness".
        7. Troop participates in special activities offered.

MODEL CAMPSITE AWARD - Awarded by the Camp Commissioner (Ribbon)
        1. Troop campsite displays general neatness in camp arrangement.
        2. Troop has varied camp gadgets displayed for use on at least 3 separate days.
        3. Troop tents are in good repair and fire buckets are displayed.
        4. Camp fireguard chart is kept in view of all troop members along with daily schedule
        and/or special announcements.
        5. Troop latrine duty meets with approval of Commissioner's inspection.
        6. Troop vehicles are properly parked in provided spaces, not in campsite.

BTSR PONDWEED AWARD - (CONSERVATION) - Awarded by the Camp Ranger (Plaque)
        1. Total troop participates in an approved conservation project of no less than 3 hours.
        2. All participation in the conservation projects must be approved, prior to beginning, with the Camp Ranger and will be in
        accordance with the Buffalo Trail Council Camp Conservation Plan.
        3. Troop receives a plaque for the Troop Hut. Patch for all participants available for sale in Jersey Lilly.

HONOR TROOP AWARD - Awarded by the Camp Commissioner (Ribbon)
         1. Displays clean campsite according to the same criteria outlined in the Model Campsite Section.
         2. Displays troop spirit using the same criteria outlined in the Troop Spirit Section.
         3 Participates in a conservation project approved by the Camp Ranger. May be as a Troop, patrol or boy. This must be other
         than those for rank advancements.
         4. Displays unit, patrol, and national flags at proper hours and functions.
         5. On-time for check-in and checkout at camp.
         6. Troop participates in at least 5 special activity events as a troop.
                            A. Attend or hold an inter-troop religious ceremony.
                            B. Attend or hold an inter-troop campfire.
                            C. Attend Wednesday evening Chapel service.
                            D. Troop swim.
                            E. Troop hike.
                            F. Conservation project.
                            G. Camp Service project.
                            H. Firearms demonstration.
                            I. Special Scheduled evening programs.
                            J. Mountain Man program.
                            K. Volunteer as Troop of the Day for flag ceremonies
         To validate all entries, a report of activities from the Senior Patrol Leader in each participating troop, must be filed
with the Camp Commissioner on Friday at lunch. Please include Troop number, Senior Patrol Leader's name, campsite name,
Scoutmaster's name, and city.

                    I HIKED 1832 AWARD - Awarded by the Outback Director (Scarf)
                              Any group of boys and leaders that wish to make this 12 Mile hike should check with the Outback
                    Director. This hike takes place on Thursday after classes or Friday morning and must be completed during
                    daytime hours for safety reasons. Hikers start at the beginning of RR1832 at Hwy 17 and hike back into the
                    camp. This is a very physical hike and it requires lots of water and you must provide a follow vehicle. This
                    program is EXTREMELY strenuous and is also time consuming. Preparation before camp will help ready you for
                    this long and tiring hike as you must be in physical shape to undertake it. The Outback Director will be glad to go
                    over the logistics and time required for this award. Those that complete the hike will receive a special patch and



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scarf!

         BTSR HIGH ADVENTURE PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES

                          Outback Hiking Adventure
        Enjoy the challenge and the sights of the most beautiful canyons, highest peaks, and tallest cliffs in Texas during
your week in the BTSR Outback. Created thousands of years ago, during the formation of the earth, volcanic activity sent
the Davis Mountains over sixty-five hundred feet above sea level. Calderas and erosion left the rocky peaks two thousand
feet above the valley floor, creating the Outback that BTSR Rangers proudly call home.


PROGRAM
      Treks consist of a weeklong-guided
hiking adventure based out of our 9,320-acre
Scout Ranch (one of the largest council-
owned Scout Ranches in the USA!). Crews,
which can be created two ways, hike on
rugged, near-pristine trails with amazing
views. Each crew will stay at pre-existing
campsites where dinners and breakfasts,
cook gear, and tarp-shelters will be made
available. Once at the campsite, crews will
have time for independent activities and
exploration as well as arranged programming.



ORGANIZATION
        The treks are week-long with no re-
supply stops in base camp. Terrain is very
rough     and    treks   are    physically
challenging. Crews must follow trip age
and experience requirements.

        Each crew consists of six to twelve Scouts or Scouters and the assigned Ranger(s). There are two different ways
to form an Outback Crew.
        Option 1 - Troop or Crew signs up a minimum of 6 members, including 2 adult leaders, one 21+ for a trek.
        Option 2 - Individual Scouts or Scouters sign up for Outback and are put into a trek as it comes open.
The program is open to all Boy Scout groups and may be coed, with proper adult leadership.

RANGERS
        Your assigned Ranger is your resource for local history, water sources, trails information, and safety tips. The
Ranger’s experience should be a reliable resource to lead your crew through the not so distinct trails. The Rangers
primary goal is to ensure a fun and safe week. He or she is NOT supposed to lead your group or set up Troop
operations such as cooking, eating, or sleeping arrangements.

FOOD
        Dinners and breakfasts are already at outback camps, waiting for basic preparation. Lunches are the only meal
which will be packed and they are packaged and require minimal, if any, preparation. Food is packaged for groups of four,
so you can easily break into cook groups. Meals are designed to be healthy and meet the caloric needs of each group. It is
recommended to bring along personal or troop food, like Gatorade or snacks, just be sure to package and store the
additional food properly. As part of the Leave No Trace policies, each crew will be expected to carry out ALL garbage.



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                                      WATER
                                                 Water is available at several locations in the Outback, but it is scarce. Due to
                                      the arid nature of the area, five quarts of water per person are required. A water
                                      filter or purification tablets are also encouraged.

                                      WEATHER
                                               The weather in West Texas is very unpredictable. Most summer
                                      temperatures range between 75 and 95, however, temperature extremes may be as
                                      low as 65 and as high as 115. The humidity in the Davis Mountains is usually in the
                                      20% range during the summer. Humidity can swing from lows of 5% to highs of
                                      100%. The extremely low humidity makes high temperatures seem cooler. This often
                                      results in dehydration. All crews must be careful to ensure that the entire crew is
                                      staying properly hydrated. Most weeks the camp will not receive any rain, but all
                                      crews should bring rain gear.

                                      CLOTHING
                                              Most members will be fine on most trails wearing a pair of shorts and a T-
                                      shirt. All trails have their share of Cat’s claw, a feared brier bush only to be
                                      compared to ugly rose stems. Sensitive skinned members will prefer protection from
                                      the brush and sun. A hat and sun block is a MUST for all crewmembers. Clothing
                                      dries rapidly in the arid climate so washing is made easy; there is no need to
                                      sacrifice water capacity of extra changes of clothes. Deodorant and other items
                                      which will attract wild animals should be left at base camp.


ADULT LEADERSHIP ON TREKS
       All crews going on the trail must have adult leaders; one must be 21 years of age or older, the other 18
years of age or older. Coed Crews must have coed leadership.


                               The BTSR Backcountry
TRAILS
          There are over a dozen trails that wind through the over 9,000 acres of rugged and beautiful BTSR terrain. Many
of these trails were established almost 6 decades ago and still see traffic today as we continue to put hikers into our
wonderful backcountry. They range from easy trails with little to now elevation change, to the most rugged and challenging
trails that will test even the most experienced hikers. These are not roads or wide national park trails; they are very rustic
trails that leave little impact on the surrounding beauty you will experience as you hike along these paths. Our itineraries
are designed to utilize the most appropriate trail based on the experience level required for each program. Ranging from
4400 ft. of elevation in base camp, to over 5400 ft. at the top of Forbidden Mountain, there is something for everyone!

SCENERY
        With over 50 miles of trails winding through our corner of the Davis Mountains, you will be able to witness some of
the most beautiful scenic overlooks in the state. Our camp includes portions of Little Aguja Canyon, Madera Canyon, Pig
Pen Canyon, and Million Dollar Canyon inside its boundaries. Looking down into the bottom of one of these canyons, or
looking up to rising towers of rock from the bottom of them, you will not go home dissatisfied with the beauty and variety of
nature found at our camp.

LANDMARKS
        BTSR is full of many unique geological formations and landmarks, many of which you will be able to see on one of
your treks. Be on the lookout for Needle Rock, Natural Bridge, Giant’s Hand, The Notch, Balance Rock, the Columns,
Blue Hole, and Forbidden Castle. You might even see the Indian Paintings plus our many natural springs as well!




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                                       Trek Descriptions
When you sign up for the BTSR Outback, please specify which of the following Treks you will be taking. Please
include an alternative trek preference, incase that one has already been filled up for the week of your choice.
(See reservation application in the forms section.)

                                   INTRO TO BACKPACKING
                                           Minimum Age = 12                          Experience = Camping only
                                           Difficulty = Beginner                     Mileage = ~10-14 miles
                                   ONLY 3 days on trail!
                                   Spend two days learning the basics of backpacking from how to pack and wear a
                                   backpack to how to travel using Leave No Trace practices. On Wednesday, head out
                                   for a three day, two night backpacking trip to practice and reinforce the skills learned in
                                   base camp. Participants will earn partials for LNT and the backpacking merit badge and
                                   will earn the camp conservation award and Trek Safely card.

                                   MEDIUM
                                             Minimum Age = 13                         Experience = Some
                                             Difficulty = Moderate – Hard             Mileage = ~21-25 miles
                                   Enjoy the stunning beauty of BTSR as you backpack through the Northern portion of the
                                   Outback. This trek is tailored for those people who need to dust off the hiking boots
                                   before hitting the trail or who are interested in a relaxed pace that still covers a lot of
                                   territory. Trail activities include options for GPS course, Sports, Wilderness Survival,
                                   COPE low activities, Mock SAR, side hikes, animal observations, climbing & rappelling.

LONG
          Minimum Age=13                                      Experience=some
          Difficulty = Hard – Very Hard                       Mileage = ~28-35 miles
This trek is a bit more challenging. It’s a great option for people who are experienced backpackers
hoping to have a challenging and enjoyable week in the Outback. See some of the most scenic
spots on camp, including a visit to the Indian Paintings, Needle Rock, The Notch, and Forbidden
Mountain. Trail activities include options for sunrise photography, night star party, COPE low
activities, side hikes, Cavalry camp activities, Sports, climbing & rappelling.

ENDURANCE
        Minimum Age=14                                     Experience = Advanced / Mature
        Difficulty = EXTREMELY Difficult                   Mileage = ~55-65 miles
This trek is the most difficult and physically taxing program at Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch! Hiking
over 50 miles in five days is a proud and difficult accomplishment for those that complete the trek!
People cry, feet bleed, and your thighs will feel the burn! Enjoy climbing, team building, and a
search and rescue role play as you take the grand tour of the BTSR Outback. Hike over 60 miles
through the rugged terrain of the outback AND earn the RR 1832 Marathon award. Trek crews
also have the option to earn the 50 miler award.




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 TRAIL BLAZERS
          Minimum Age=13                                   Experience = Some                          Difficulty =
 Moderate/Difficult                       Mileage = 10 – 12 miles
 Work for a week and get the next week for ½ the price! Crews/individuals on this program will do routine trail clearing, trail
 building and maintenance, trail sign construction, etc. Then your hard efforts will pay off as you enjoy the following week in
 a high adventure program of your choice (except Cavalcade) for half the price. (High adventure fees only. It does not
 include a reduction in the price of additional charges, such as SCUBA, shooting sports fees, etc.) Note- this is a very
 limited program, and must have the Camp Directors approval to participate.


                                                     Itineraries
 INTRO TO BACKPACKING
        Monday                   Tuesday                  Wednesday                   Thursday                   Friday
 Breakfast                Breakfast                  Breakfast                  Breakfast                Breakfast
   Trek safely              Menu planning and          Hike the Green trail       LNT conservation       Hike Black trail
   First Aid                outback foods              First aid role play        project                Lunch
   What to bring &          Itineraries              Lunch                        Hike the Green trail       Return to base
   How to pack              Living with Wildlife       Swimming/exploring         to the Black trail         camp for lunch
   Maps and                 Pack organization          at The Notch             Lunch                        optional.
   Navigation               and adjustment to          Review first aid/ role     Hike the Black trail       Hike to Base
 Lunch                      body                       play                       to WB tanks                Camp
   LNT                    Lunch                      Dinner                       Optional hike              Return to Base
   Setting up tents &       Foot care and              Create mock menu           Camp games                 Camp Schedule
   Tarps                    outback hygiene            and itinerary            Dinner
 Dinner                     Water purification                                    Fire building
   Campfire                 and food                                              Campfire
                            preparation
                          COOK Dinner
                            Shake down
                            Troop games
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MEDIUM
       Monday                   Tuesday                Wednesday                  Thursday              Friday
Breakfast                 Breakfast               Breakfast               Breakfast              Breakfast
                                                                                                            st
  Hike up to                Hike to White Tank      Hike to West Gate       Hike to the Indian     Hike to 1 Gate
  Forbidden Mt.           Lunch                   Lunch                     Paintings            Lunch
  Cabin where the           Hike to Ezra’s          Hike to Jenkin’s        Hike to Tricky Gap      Return to base
  Calvary Camp is           Bedground               Cabin                   Park                    camp for lunch
  established               Options include:        Options include:      Lunch                     optional.
Lunch                     -COPE activities        -COPE activities          Hike to The Park        Hike to Base
  Options include:        -Mock SAR/FA rescue     -Animal observations      Options include         Camp
-GPS Course               -Bear Mt. Hike          Dinner                  -Mountain Man             Return to Base
-Cavalry camp act.        Dinner                                          activities                Camp Schedule
-Sports activities                                                        -Swimming at The
-Wilderness Survival                                                      Notch
Dinner                                                                    -Climbing/Rappelling
                                                                          -Capture the Flag
                                                                            Dinner

LONG
      Monday                      Tuesday              Wednesday                Thursday                Friday
Breakfast                 Breakfast               Breakfast               Breakfast              Breakfast
  Hike to Tricky Gap         Hike to West Gate      Hike to Ezra’s          Hike to White Tank     Hike to Pig Pen
  Park                    Lunch                     Bedground             Lunch                  Lunch
Lunch                        Hike to The Park     Lunch                     Hike to Forbidden       Return to base
  Hike to the Indian         Options include        Options include:        Mt.                     camp for lunch
  Paintings               -Mountain Man           -COPE activities          Options include:        optional.
  Hike to Jenkins         activities              -Mock SAR/FA rescue     -GPS Course               Hike to Base
  Options include:        -Swimming at The        -Bear Mt. Hike          -Cavalry camp act.        Camp
-COPE activities          Notch                   -Circle H Hike          -Sports activities        Return to Base
-Animal observations      - Climb/Rappelling      Dinner                  -Wilderness Survival      Camp Schedule
Dinner                    -Capture the Flag                                 Dinner
                          Dinner

ENDURANCE - THIS TREK IS VERY CHALLENGING!!
        Monday                    Tuesday               Wednesday               Thursday                 Friday
Breakfast                 Breakfast               Breakfast                 Sleep in             Breakfast
   Hike the Black trail     Hike down to the        Hike down into        Breakfast                Sleep
Lunch                       Green trail             Madera Canyon           Hike to Base camp    Lunch
   Hike the Low White       Visit the Indian        Hike back to Ezra’s   Lunch                    50-milers-
   Hike the High White      Paintings               Bedground               SLEEP                  Conservation Project
Dinner                      Hike to Tricky Gap    Lunch                   Dinner
   Optional include:        Park                    Hike to Forbidden       Hike RR 1832
-Sunrise photos           Lunch                     Mt.
-Star Party                 Hike to Needle Rock   Dinner
   -Tinaja                  Hike up Ezra’s Pass     Options include:
                          Dinner                  -GPS Course
                            Options include:      -Calvary camp act.
                          -Cope activities        -Sports activities
                          -Mock SAR/FA rescue     -Wilderness Survival
                            -Bear Mt. Hike




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TRAIL BLAZERS
      Monday                   Tuesday                   Wednesday                 Thursday                     Friday
Breakfast                Breakfast                  Breakfast                 Breakfast                 Breakfast
  Check out                Work Projects              Work Projects or          Work Projects              Wrap Up / Clean
  Equipment              Lunch                        hike to next site       Lunch                       up of work site
  Hike to work site        Work Projects            Lunch                       Work Projects           Lunch
Lunch                    Dinner                       Work Projects           Dinner                       Return to base
  Work Projects            Fun Activities           Dinner                      Fun Activities             camp for lunch
Dinner                                                Fun Activities                                       optional.
  Fun Activities                                                                                           Hike to Base
                                                                                                           Camp
                                                                                                           Return to Base
                                                                                                           Camp Schedule



The above itineraries are recommended schedules, but might be adapted based on your groups needs, environmental conditions, etc.
                              No set schedule for work crews since they will work on areas as needed.



                      Outback Equipment Suggestions
PERSONAL TREK EQUIPMENT
Packing
    o Pack (internal or external frame)
    o Padded hip strap
    o 6-12 Ziploc Bags (for packing items below)                    Eating
Sleeping                                                                o Bowl or plate
    o Sleeping Bag                                                      o Cup
    o Straps/Bungee cords to attach bag to pack                         o Spoon or fork
    o Foam sleeping pad (optional)                                      o Pocketknife
Wearing (packed in plastic bags)                                        o Water Bottles/hydration system (TOTAL 5 QTS)
    o Hiking boots (already broken in!)                             Personal and Misc.
    o Sandals or water shoes                                            o Daypack or hip-pack
    o 2 pair heavy hiking outer socks                                   o Lighter
    o 3 pair lighter inner socks                                        o Flashlight with extra batteries
    o 3 changes of underwear                                            o 2 Bandannas
    o 1-2 pair hiking shorts                                            o Hygiene items (soap, comb, toothbrush etc.)
    o 1 long sleeve shirt                                               o Insect repellent (or dryer sheets)
    o 1 long pants                                                      o Hand sanitizer
    o 1 warm top or light jacket                                        o Moleskin or molefoam, foot powder
    o 2 short sleeved shirts                                            o Sunscreen and sunshades
    o 1 hat or cap with brim                                        Optional Items
    o 1 sturdy poncho or rain suit                                      o Compass or GPS
                                                                        o Small, light entertainment items
                                                                        o Camera and film
                                                                        o Hiking stick




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COOK GROUP EQUIPMENT
    o    Backpacking Tents & tent
         pegs
    o    Can Opener
    o    Duct Tape
    o    Mini-shovel or trowel
    o    Antibacterial biodegradable soap
    o    Water purifying tablets or filtration system
    o    Collapsible water containers
    o    Backpacking stove
    o    Fuel bottles (spun aluminum containers only)
    o    1 Crew First Aid Kit
    o    Snacks as desired

NOTE – Some items such as sunscreen, bug-spray, etc can be
shared between a cook group to cut down on weight. Quantities listed include what you would be wearing.

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT BY PROGRAM
Intro to               Medium                       Long                Endurance           Trail Blazers
Backpacking
Please bring           Positive Attitude            Positive Attitude   Positive Attitude   Positive Attitude
everything listed on   Backpacking toys             Extra Moleskin      Extra Socks         Leather Work Gloves
the pack list. Ziplocs                              Gold Bond           Extra Moleskin      Long Sleeved work
in the gallon, extra                                                    Gold Bond           shirts and pants
huge, and qt. size                                                      Personal Snacks
are good.                                                               Hydration Packs




                                        Trailblazers Program
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
         A recent addition to the BTSR High Adventure
program is the “Trailblazers”. This offers your Troop or Crew
an opportunity to spend TWO weeks at Buffalo Trail Scout
Ranch! One week doing service projects in the backcountry,
and one week of participating in a BTSR high adventure
program of your choice (excluding Cavalcade) for just a
fraction of the cost!

         Here is how it works: Your Troop or Crew will spend
5 days working in the BTSR backcountry. You will complete
projects such as new trail construction, maintenance on
existing trails, clearing brush, building and installing trail signs
and markers, as well as other miscellaneous projects that will
improve the use of our backcountry for many years to come.
Once your work week is completed, you will have Saturday to
rest and see the sights in the local areas around camp, and
then come back on Sunday ready to embark on a high
adventure journey of your own!             You can go on a
backpacking trip in the Outback Program, enjoy a week at
Mountain Man camp, or spend your time at our newest
programs, the Circle H or Cavalry Adventures!



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PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES
        Participation in the Trailblazer program is open to campers 13 years of age and older, as well as adult leaders.
Units may send their entire group on the program, or just a small portion. At least ONE adult leader must attend with any
group of youth. Coed Crews are encouraged to attend, however, coed leadership must be provided. ALL participants
must be in excellent physical condition and provide a current BSA Annual Health and Medical Record. Plan on hiking from
work site to work site, as well as the physical labor required to complete a variety of projects on the trail.

STAFF & EQUIPMENT
        BTSR will provide a highly trained and motivated Outback Ranger to each Trail Blazer crew in attendance. This
Ranger will coordinate and supervise work projects during the week and act as a guide on the trails. BTSR will provide all
necessary tools and equipment for completion of the variety of work projects. Participants must provide their own leather
work gloves, long sleeved work shirts, and pants, as well as other personal gear. (See Pg. 42)

PLEASE NOTE
        Self-discipline is expected, the Scout Oath and Law will be the rule of the Trailblazers program. At the end of the
week, all participants will hike back to base camp and get ready for the closing campfire. Here they will be recognized with
a special award for their participation. Also, work will not be the only thing accomplished during the week of service at
BTSR! Fun activities are worked into the daily program as well. This is not a 12 hour day full of nothing but blood, sweat
and tears work! Side hikes, swims at the Notch, history of the ranch, team building, and other opportunities will be
available as well, depending on the location of the work projects.

FEES & RECOGNITION
All participants will receive special recognition at the closing campfire, and an exclusive Trail Blazer award that can ONLY
be earned by those that participate in this program. In addition, the cost for participating in your high adventure program
will only be almost ½ of what the actual fees are. For adults, the cost is only $50 and for youth the cost is only $100!
Fees cover BOTH weeks of time at BTSR!

*Limited Space, must be approved in advance by camp director to participate!




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                                                                                           TWO CAVALCADES
                                                                                             PER WEEK!
                                                   Cavalcade
                                           The Cavalcade is a weeklong High-Adventure horseback experience. The
                                   program is designed for older Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers who have achieved the
                                   horsemanship merit badge or equivalent training. Cavalcade participants will ride day to
                                   day traveling over extremely rugged terrain through canyons, up mountains, and across
                                   BTSR’s many trails. Cavalcade participants get the chance to experience the best of the
                                   Davis Mountains from up in a saddle.

                                             BTSR will provide well trained guides (Wranglers), tack, cookware, shelter, food,
                                   and ALL riding and/or pack animals. Riders must supply their own bedding, clothing, rain
                                   gear, and water bottles. Participants may to bring their own saddle and/or saddlebags,
                                   though all equipment must be approved through the Cavalcade Director. Personal gear
                                   is only carried by a riders’ mount, weight and bulk must be minimized. Keep it simple and
                                   keep it light, BTSR Wranglers will perform a shakedown to ensure this is followed.

                                              Cavalcade crews are limited to 10 paid riders (eight youth and two adults). The
                                   ride may also be coed if adult female leadership is available. If ten riders cannot be found
                                   to fill a cavalcade, the group will still be responsible for payment of a ten rider crew. Many
                                   crews adopt riders from other troops before their arrival in order to meet the 10 rider
                                   requirement.

         All riders MUST be in good physical condition, earned the horsemanship merit badge of equivalent training, weight
less that 250 lbs (dressed to ride), and be thirteen years of age or older by check-in. All riders will be required to pass an
equestrian skills test before being allowed out onto the trails. Each rider must also bring a current BSA Medical form, with
all information complete, signed and approved by a physician. All riders must also complete the BTSR Hold Harmless and
the Chapter 87 Liability Disclaimer form with appropriate signatures. (See Forms section)

PROGRAM SCHEDULE
         Your Wranglers will greet you at check-in. A brief orientation, medical check, and weigh-in will follow. Training
begins Sunday, right after supper. The trek will be discussed at this time, and any questions and concerns will be
addressed. Training will continue past dusk down at the corrals. Your cavalcade meets again with the wranglers, at the
corrals, at 5:30 am the next morning to feed, and resume training. Don’t be late! Saddling, packing, knots, riding, bridling,
grooming, and many other skills will be taught the first part of the day.

                  If all goes well, the Cavalcade should hit the trail in the late afternoon. In the course of the week riders will
cover 30 – 45 miles horseback, starting at an elevation of 4400 ft and topping out at over 6400 ft. Cavalcades change
camps daily and the group will be expected to pitch in with chores at each night’s stop. Your wrangler can tell you all about
the history and ecology of the Davis Mountains as you travel along the trail. When the horses are resting, there are hiking
opportunities. Advancement opportunities are limited due to the cavalcades constant movement. Days will be full of riding
and exploring, so sleep will come easily to most. Itineraries return the Cavalcade to Headquarters Friday morning in time
for the picnic lunch and a much needed shower before campfire.

        Your wrangler stays in touch with Headquarters by
radio, and receives daily weather reports. Emergency
vehicles, the BTSR Search and Rescue Team, and qualified
medical personnel are on call 24 hours a day. Every
cavalcade wrangler is trained in First-Aid and keeps
emergency supplies close at hand at all times.

       All riders are expected to pitch in to accomplish
necessary camp chores and to follow the leadership of the
wranglers. Self-discipline is expected; the Scout Oath and
Laws will be the rule of the camp.




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NECESSARY INDIVIDUAL EQUIPMENT
   o   Long durable pants, properly fitted                         o   Western-style boots with traction hiking sole or
   o   Baseball cap                                                    hiking boots. (Broken in & comfortable!)
   o   SMALL Flashlight or headlamp                                o   Leather Gloves
   o   Blanket Bed roll*                                           o   Pocket knife or multi-tool
   o   Long-sleeved Shirt                                          o   Rain Gear (Close fitting, not floppy)
   o   2-1qt. narrow Water Bottles                                 o   Bandana or neckerchief

               * A bedroll consists of a tarp or canvas measuring 4x6 ft, a fleece blanket and two 8’ pieces
               of 3/8” manila rope. A demo video illustrating these parts and showing the correct
               securing techniques is found here: www.youtube.com/user/horsebackbob.

       OPTIONAL INDIVIDUAL EQUIPMENT
           o   Camera (Be careful with valuable digital            These items may be shared and carried
               cameras!)                                           by one rider in 1 gal. plastic bag:
           o   Toothbrush                                          o Hand Soap/ Towelettes
           o   Pocket hammock                                      o Bug repellent
           o   Camp Map                                            o Toothpaste
           o   Snacks that don’t melt                              o Sunscreen


       WRANGLER CARRIES:
               Comprehensive First Aid Kit, Radio, Horseshoeing Supplies

       LEAVE IN CAMP:
              Billfold & valuables                                   Towels
              Scout Uniform                                          Extra Shoes
              Changes of clothes                                     Deodorant
              Shampoo, conditioner                                   Cowboy hat for Friday campfire

       DON’T BRING:
          Privately owned horses                                     Radios, Ipods or noisemaking devices
          Cell phones                                                Thermarests
          Sheath Knives                                              Big Sleeping Bag
          Floppy rain gear                                           Bladder type water canteens

                ALL RIDERS WILL WEAR BTSR RIDING HELMETS.
  REQUIRED PRE-CAMP RESOURCE
           There is now a YouTube channel dedicated to BTSR’s Cavalcade program! The channel offers demos and
  insight into what to expect and how to prepare for the experience. It is HIGHLY recommended that the link to these
  videos are dispensed and gone over multiple times with all scouts that plan on attending Cavalcade. This site is
  designed to provide troops preparation material as well as ask questions and voice concerns before arriving.
                                 www.youtube.com/user/horsebackbob




“(We) had such a terrific week at BTSR…that we will be returning in 2004…” Troop 513, Austin            51
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                           Mountain Man Program
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
        Here is your chance to see how a real mountain man lives and
survives in the mountains! The Mountain Man is a weeklong experience
for older Scouts and Venturers who would like to experience the life of a
Mountain Man in the fur trade era of the 1840’s. Participants will
experience the primitive lives of men like Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, and
Daniel Boone. Scouts will explore the contributions these men made to the
growth of our country.

         Participants will enjoy activities such as stories around the
campfire, Dutch oven cooking, tomahawk and knife throwing, black powder
shooting, atl-atl spear throwing, archery, tanning deer hides, flint knapping,
making soap and rope from plants, and Mountain Man swimming. Scouts
will learn about tracking in the wilds and reading trail signs, as well as
information on edible plants and plants for survival.

PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES
         Participation in the Mountain Man program is open to campers 13
years of age and older as well as adult leaders. The entire Troop may sign
up for the program, individuals may sign up, or the Troop may send a small
contingent from their base camp group. We require any groups of 4 or
larger to send AT LEAST one adult leader with the group. This helps our
staff greatly, especially when participation reaches 24 youth. The Mountain
Man program may be coed, if female leadership is provided.


                                                                       STAFF & EQUIPMENT
                                                                                 BTSR will provide the Mountain Man
                                                                       Program staff, group-use camping gear (Rain
                                                                       fly, pots & pans), and food. Each participant
                                                                       will get to sleep in an authentic mountain man
                                                                       tent! Due to the rugged terrain, a sturdy pair
                                                                       of shoes is a must. NO open toed shoes or
                                                                       sandals. Scouts are welcomed to wear outfits
                                                                       of the era.

                                                                       LOCATION
                                                                       Mountain Man camp is located 3 ½ miles from
                                                                       base camp down the Green Trail at the Pole
                                                                       Pens. You will need a backpack to carry your
                                                                       personal gear, so weight and bulk must be
                                                                       minimized. Keep it simple and light. (Limit 35
                                                                       lbs) There are no roads where we are going!
PLEASE NOTE
          All participants are expected to pitch in to accomplish necessary camp chores and to
follow the leadership of the staff. Self-discipline is expected, the Scout Oath and Law will be the
rule of the Mountain Man camp.

        At the end of the week, the Mountain Men will rendezvous at the closing campfire to
receive their Mountain Man names, awards from the mountain man games, and the exclusive
John McAhon Award, which can only be earned by participants of the BTSR Mountain Man
program. This week into the 1840’s promises to be an experience of fun, interesting activities,
and even some learning!



“Mountain Man staff were excellent guides for the program.” T- 259, Austin                                 52
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                       Mountain Man Activities
Dinner with Edible Plants
Making Fish Hooks and Fishing Spears
Trip to Indian Painting (Tall Rock Shelter)
Mountain Man Cooking
Knife Throw
Hawk Throw
Tracking and Track Identification
Fire Building, Flint and Steel
Black Powder
                         Tanning Hides
                         Flint Napping
                         Rope Making
                         Edible Plants
                         Medical Plants
                         Trapping, Snares
                         Spear Throw – Atl-atl
                         Campfire Stories
                         Mountain Man
                         Swimming
                         Night under the Stars
                         Conservation Projects
                         Branding

Trail Building
Exploring Game Trails, Canyons, Caves
Shelter Building
Knife Sharpening
REQUIRED INDIVIDUAL EQUIPMENT (For Mtn. Man, Circle H, or Cavalry)
  o Long pants                             o Sunscreen
  o Cap or Hat                             o Leather gloves
  o Flashlight with Batteries              o Pocket Knife
  o Blanket & Bed Roll                     o Rain gear
  o Long-sleeved shirt                     o Hiking Backpack
  o 4-1qt. Water Bottles                   o Camera and film (optional)
  o Mess Kit                               o Clothing of the era (Optional)

                   ***See also individual camper list of equipment on Pg. 20***

            *A blanket bedroll fits the mountain man better than a sleeping bag.


“Mountain Man staff were excellent guides for the program.” T- 259, Austin         53
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                                           Circle H
       Ranching Adventure                          -At-

                Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch
Another great High-Adventure program for older Scouts, in addition to our many other outstanding
opportunities for fun and excitement at the premier Boy Scout camp in the state of Texas!

Take a step back in time and live like a rancher and his family did in the early 19::’s! On this
adventure you will hike to the far reaches of BTSR to Madera Canyon. Here you will stay for a week
and enjoy a wide range of activities. Live, eat, and sleep like the original ranchers did 100 years ago!
You will also have the rare opportunity to explore the ruins and take part in an actual archaeological
dig at the burned out Hunsaker mansion.
             PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
   Live in old style wall tents on platforms
   Country cooking chuck wagon style
   Archeological exploration of mansion
   Taking care of livestock, goats & chickens
   Black powder shooting
   Cowboy campfires
   Clear and work the land
   Cowboy skills – roping and branding
   Soap & candle making
   And much, much more!!!




“Mountain Man staff were excellent guides for the program.” T- 259, Austin                     54
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                    Circle H Ranching Adventure
                       PROGRAM OVERVIEW
                               The Circle H Ranching Adventure is a weeklong high adventure experience for older
                       Scouts and Venturers who would like to experience the life of a rancher and his family in the
                       late 1800’s. This new program promises to be a week of fun and adventure!

                               Chuck wagon and Dutch oven cooking, roping and branding, black powder shooting
                       and archery, caring for livestock and working the land, making soap and candles, gardening
                       and churning butter, cowboy campfires and singing, are all activities that participants will get
                       to enjoy during the week. Also, you will have the chance to perform an actual dig at the
                       burned Hunsaker Mansion, where the program is located!


PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES
        Participation in the Circle H Ranching
Adventure is open to campers 13 years of age and
older as well as adult leaders. The entire Troop may
sign up for the program, individuals may sign up, or the
Troop may send a small contingent from their base
camp group. We require any groups of 4 or larger to
send AT LEAST one adult leader with the group. The
Circle H program may be coed, if female leadership is
provided.


STAFF & EQUIPMENT
         BTSR will provide the Circle H staff, chuck
wagon cooking gear, program supplies, and food. Each
participant will get to sleep in an authentic period wall
tent with bunks. Due to the rugged terrain, a sturdy pair
of shoes is a must. NO open toed shoes or sandals.
Scouts are welcomed to wear cowboy and ranching
regalia all week. See list of personal equipment to
bring below.


                                                       PLEASE NOTE
                                                               All participants are expected to pitch in to accomplish
                                                       necessary camp chores and to follow the leadership of the
                                                       staff. Self-discipline is expected, the Scout Oath and Law will
                                                       be the rule of the Circle H Ranching Adventure.

                                                                At the end of the week, all participants will hike back
                                                       to base camp and get ready for the closing campfire. Here
                                                       they will be recognized with a special award for their
                                                       participation in this program. Also, only the participants of the
                                                       Circle H program will be allowed to brand their boots, belts,
                                                       and other souvenirs with the special Circle H brand!


LOCATION
The Circle H Ranching Adventure will be located in the new property in Madera Canyon. You will need a backpack
to carry your personal gear to the camp, so weight and bulk must be minimized. Keep it simple and light. The hike
will be over several miles, be prepared to hike!


“Mountain Man staff were excellent guides for the program.” T- 259, Austin                                   55
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DEPARTURE & HIKE TO CIRCLE H
        The Circle H Ranch is located in Madera Canyon in some of the most scenic areas of BTSR. Vehicle
access to the camp is via a road that begins on the back of Forbidden Mountain and is approximately 9 miles long.
The hike is long and requires endurance, but there are several factors that will make this hike much easier!

         For one, BTSR will carry all of the participants’ heavy backpacks and gear via 4-wheel drive vehicles, both
to and from the Circle H Ranch. Secondly, the hike stars early on Monday morning so the cooler parts of the day
can be taken advantage of. Also, the hike to the camp is via a different trail instead of hiking the entire length of the
road. It is almost three miles shorter, making the hike much more bearable!

          Equipment needed for the hike includes the following: sturdy and broken in hiking boots, hat, two quarts of
water per person, a day pack with necessary personal gear for the hike, and a personal first aid kit. A sturdy hiking
stick is also recommended, but not required.

          The hike to the Circle H program will begin Monday morning at approximately 5:30 AM. Participants for the
Circle H program will need to have their gear easy to access from the rest of the Troop’s gear on Sunday so it can
be loaded on a 4x4 for transport to Circle H. Please have the gear you need for the hike easy to access as well, so
that full packs don’t have to be unpacked and repacked. Sunday night, participants will stay in the high adventure
campsite, then hike to Circle H first thing Monday morning. A nice Chuckwagon lunch will be waiting for you upon
arrival to the Circle H Ranch!

ADVANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
          While the week of program opportunities at the Circle H Ranch center
mostly around historic ranching activities, there will be several opportunities to
earn merit badges while there! One of the most exciting parts of the program is
the excavation of the burned down mansion at the ranch headquarters. Many very
special relics were found last summer, and many more are waiting to be found!
Scouts will finish the Archaeology Merit Badge during the week while participating
in this dig and a few class sessions.


                                                  A ranch wouldn’t be complete without animals! Longhorn Cattle,
                                         horses, goats and chickens will be living at Circle H as well! Participants will
                                         be expected to learn and help with the daily chores of feeding, cleaning,
                                         collecting eggs, etc. for all of these animals. By doing this, the Scouts will
                                         earn the Animal Science Merit Badge, too!

                                                 The fish bite at Circle H, too! Be the only Scouts at BTSR to be able
                                         to earn the Fishing Merit Badge during the week! Several fishing poles will
                                         be available for Scouts interested in working on this badge.


FEES
         The fee for the Circle H Program is only $275 for youth. This covers all food, program supplies, and a
qualified staff. See Fees & Payment Schedule for more information.

REQUIRED INDIVIDUAL EQUIPMENT (For Mtn. Man, Circle H, or Cavalry)
  o Long pants                             o Sunscreen
  o Cap or Hat                             o Leather gloves
  o Flashlight with Batteries              o Pocket Knife
  o Blanket & Bed Roll                     o Rain gear
  o Long-sleeved shirt                     o Hiking Backpack & Daypack
  o 4 -1qt. Water Bottles                  o Camera and film (optional)
  o Swimsuit & towel                       o Clothing of the era (Optional)

               ***See also individual camper list of equipment in the Forms Section***

“Mountain Man staff were excellent guides for the program.” T- 259, Austin                                    56
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                                          Cavalry
                                                Ca m p -At-

                Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch
Yet another great High-Adventure program for your older Scouts! This and many other outstanding opportunities for
fun and excitement await you at the premier Boy Scout camp in the state of Texas!

Take a step back in time and live like the Cavalry soldiers of the 9th and 10th Cavalry at Fort Davis did in the mid
18::’s! This adventure will take you to the top of Forbidden Mountain to our own “Fort”. Here you will stay
for a week and enjoy a wide range of activities. Live, eat, sleep, and train like the soldiers did 150 years ago!
A parade ground, uniforms, sabers, tents, drills, great food, and great views all await you at this mountain-top
experience!

          PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
-Live in military type wall tents
-Chuck wagon style cooking
-Try out real Cavalry uniforms & sabres
-Learn skills and drills of the cavalry
-Black powder shooting
-Fun campfires and storytelling
-Branding & roping
-Learn the history of Fort Davis
-See some breathtaking BTSR scenery
-And much, much more!




“Staff was very friendly & did a great job of teaching MBs.” Troop 700, Southlake                         57
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                          Cavalry Adventure Camp
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
         Take a step back in time and live like the 9th and 10th
Cavalry stationed at Fort Davis in the late 1800’s! Learn how
they lived and trained, eat Chuckwagon cooking, ride and take
care of horses, wear the uniforms and sleep in the same type
tents. The camp is located on top of Forbidden Mountain, where
you will enjoy the variety of programs along with the breathtaking
beauty of the scenic overlooks. It promises to be a week that
you will never forget!

PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES
         Participation in the Cavalry Adventure is open to
campers 13 years of age and older as well as adult leaders.
The entire Troop may sign up for the program, individuals may
sign up, or the Troop may send a small contingent from their
base camp group. We require any groups of 4 or larger to send
AT LEAST one adult leader with the group.          The Cavalry
program may be coed, if female leadership is provided.

          LOCATION
                  The Cavalry Adventure will be located at the top of Forbidden Mountain. You will need a backpack
          to carry your personal gear to the camp, so weight and bulk must be minimized. Keep it simple and light.
          The hike will be approximately two miles and mostly uphill, so be prepared to hike!

          ACTIVITIES
                    A host of exciting activities await you on top of Forbidden Mountain! You will live in military style
          wall tents, try out the uniforms the cavalry wore and enjoy some outstanding Chuckwagon cooking. Black
          powder shooting, horseback riding, branding, roping, drills, history of Fort Davis, fun campfires and
          storytelling all await you at our new parade ground and Fort on top of Forbidden Mountain!


STAFF & EQUIPMENT
        BTSR will provide trained staff, chuck wagon
cooking gear, program supplies, and food. Each
participant will get to sleep in an authentic period wall tent.
Due to the rugged terrain, a sturdy pair of shoes is a must.
NO open toed shoes or sandals. Scouts are welcomed to
wear cowboy boots and Cavalry regalia all week.

PLEASE NOTE
        All participants are expected to pitch in to
accomplish necessary camp chores and to follow the
leadership of the staff. Self-discipline is expected, the
Scout Oath and Law will be the rule of the Cavalry
Adventure Camp. At the end of the week, all participants
will hike back to base camp and get ready for the closing
campfire. Here they will be recognized with a special
award for their participation in the Cavalry Adventure
Program!

                   FEES
                           The fee for the Cavalry Program is only $275. This covers all food, program supplies,
                   and a qualified staff.

“Staff was very friendly & did a great job of teaching MBs.” Troop 700, Southlake                             58
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               Fort Davis Historical Trail Award
FORT DAVIS HISTORICAL TRAIL AWARD
         Another new opportunity at Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch is the Fort Davis Historical
Trail Award. Although this award is earned outside of camp at the National Historic Site
Fort Davis, it is administered by the camp and the Buffalo Trail Council. To earn this
award, participants must complete the four requirements listed below, and submit the
application for approval.

        The award comes in the form of a patch and an optional medal, which will be
available in the Jersey Lilly Trading Post. This award is a great opportunity for those
Troops visiting the Fort before or after camp or on Thursday night as your “Troop Night”
program. Workbooks and award applications will be available at camp and on the
Buffalo Trail Council Website.

                                                REQUIREMENTS

                                                1. Hike the historical trail consisting of about one mile on the course
                                                described in the booklet and fill in the blanks found in the booklet.

                                                2.   Youth shall take part in one of the Fort’s educational games
                                                (Mystery of the Talking Walls, Junior Ranger, etc.) and adults shall
                                                supervise the youth in completing them.

                                                3. Do a service project either at Fort Davis or at BTSR. Approval of
                                                any project must be obtained in advance of any work done.

                                                4. Fill out the application form found in the trail booklet, and submit it
                                                at the Jersey Lilly when purchasing awards for all participants.


NATIONALLY APPROVED HISTORIC TRAIL
         Nationally, more than 300 trails have been approved for use by Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers.
The BSA strongly recommends that hikers use only historic trails that have been nationally approved. Each trail is
different, varying in length, accommodations, markings, terrain, and awards.

         In order for a trail to be approved, it must meet certain historic trail specifications. They include: historic
significance, layout, upkeep, and administration. The Fort Davis Historical Trail Award has met all of these BSA
standards and has been approved by the National Council for use by Scouts of all ages!

ABOUT FORT DAVIS
         Following the war, increased hostility by the Indians
hampered U. S. expansion westward, and it was felt necessary to
rebuild the fort. In 1867, units of the newly formed 9th Cavalry were
sent to accomplish this task. Eventually, all four of the Buffalo Soldier
units formed after the Civil War would serve at Fort Davis.

        The old fort is now a part of the National Park system, and is
considered the best preserved Indian Wars fort in the Southwest. It is
the only preserved site commemorating the unique military origins of
the Buffalo Soldiers.

          We hope those who follow in the footsteps of the soldiers of
the 1880’s will come to better understand how Fort Davis was a vital
part of the rich history of Texas! As you tour the museum and hike
the trail, we encourage you to learn as much as possible about the
lives of the soldiers who were stationed here far from their homes in
a very remote part of Texas!

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                                Health and Safety
        The Health Lodge is staffed by EMTs, Paramedics, or RNs trained to handle accidents and
illnesses. Arrangements for treatment of serious cases have been made with a local physician and Big
Bend Regional Hospital (60 miles from Camp).

PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS
        Each camper, adult or youth, MUST bring a current, completed BSA Annual Health and Medical
Record Form. A single NEW form has been produced by BSA, thus eliminating the Class 1, 2, and 3
forms. It is the “Annual Health and Medical Record” # 34605. It becomes mandatory for all camp
participants in 2010, thus making 2009 a transition year. BTSR prefers that all physicals be on this form,
however, we will accept any of the old forms that are UNEXPIRED through the end of your trip to BTSR.
        Keep in mind that ALL High Adventure program participants (adult or youth) are REQUIRED to
either submit a physical on the new form, or an unexpired Class 3 form in order to participate in those
programs. (This includes: Climbing participants, Outback, Mountain Man, Cavalcade, Circle H, Cavalry,
SCUBA.) A licensed physician must complete all physicals within the past twelve months. Base
campers may have the Class 1 or 2 physical form #34414A within the past 36 months as long as the
parental information has been updated in the past 12.
      Upon arrival to camp, medical screenings will be given by the Camp Medical Officer. The
medical officer will review health forms and medication needs for all participants. This IS NOT a medical
examination! There will be NO medical examinations available at camp. If you do not have a Medical
Form when you get to Camp, YOU WILL HAVE TO DRIVE TO ALPINE (60 MILES AND THE NEAREST
DOCTOR) TO GET ONE. Please make arrangements before coming to camp.

       PLEASE NOTE: A MEDICAL FORM IS REQUIRED FOR EVERYONE.
TROOP FIRST AID KITS
        Troops should bring their own First Aid Kit and Log Book. Many minor cuts and scratches can be
handled in your own campsite. Routine medications that do not require refrigeration can be kept in a lock
box at your campsite.

MEDICATIONS
        All prescription drugs (including those needing refrigeration) are to be locked up. An exception
may be made for a limited amount of medication to be carried by a camper, leader, parent, or staff
member for life-threatening conditions, including bee-sting or heart medication, and inhalers, or for a
limited amount of medication approved for use in a first aid kit. (National Camp Standard M-20)

TRIPS TO HOSPITALS AND DOCTORS
      Campers requiring the attention of a doctor or hospital services will be handled as follows:
      1.  It shall be the responsibility of the unit leadership to provide transportation for unit members
          requiring services from a doctor or hospital. The camp will provide transportation only if
          the unit has none available.
      2.  One adult leader from the unit MUST accompany the Scout to the doctor or hospital and
          must carry insurance forms for the hospital or doctor to complete. You must pick up the
          Scout's medical health record at the Health Lodge before leaving camp. The leader must
          checkout and check-in at the camp office when going to the hospital or doctor.
      3.  Parents should be notified immediately of any serious illness or accident. If the parents will
          not be home during the week of camp, have them advise you where they can be located.
      4.  Directions to doctors and hospitals are available at the Camp Office.

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    SUMMER CAMP EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS FOR TROOP LEADERS
       The following emergency plan for summer camp operation is for all Troop Leaders. Each
troop leader should be familiar with the following information. Preparedness is the key to
success in all emergencies.

THE STAFF WILL HANDLE MOST EMERGENCIES. ONLY IF ADDITIONAL MANPOWER IS
NEEDED WILL LEADERS BE CALLED UPON.

BTSR FIRE CHIEF: The Camp Ranger is the BTSR Fire Crew Leader and is responsible for:

     A.     Guiding and directing the in camp fire fighting crews.
     B.     Gives the BTSR Fire Marshal (Commissioner) information needed for troop
            movement or control.
     C.     Works closely with the Camp Director on decisions of evacuation or calling in
            assistance.

BTSR FIRE MARSHAL: The Commissioner serves as BTSR Fire Marshal and is responsible
for:

       A.     Inspection of camp for fire hazards.
       B.     Troop head count during any emergency.
       C.     Practice fire drills each week.
       D.     Inspects all troops for fireguard plan.
       E.     Inspects all tents for "NO FLAME IN TENT" labels.

                               EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

FIRE: The emergency fire signal in camp is a SIREN. If the alarm is sounded, campers will
immediately go to the parade ground in front of the flagpoles and remain there awaiting further
instructions.

In the event of a grass fire, which burns toward the campsites, campers should enter the creek
to avoid it. If fire prevents travel to the Dining Hall a designated staff member may be located at
the Alpine Latrine and at the Chapel. Staff fire fighting crews will handle the fire with instructions
from the BTSR Fire Chief.

HUMAN LIFE IS PRECIOUS; DON'T ALLOW CAMPERS TO ATTEMPT TO SALVAGE
BELONGINGS, FROM BURNING AREA. MATERIAL POSSESSIONS CAN BE REPLACED.

SEVERE WEATHER OR STORM: The severe weather signal is continuous ringing of the
Chapel BELL at the Scout Ranch. In the event of sudden severe weather, program will be
discontinued. Campers will seek shelter, if time allows, in the Buffalo Hall, the Chapel, or the
tack room (horsemanship participants). Camp Director is in charge. The Commissioner's staff
will pass on information on what to do.


“Best camp I’ve been to!” Troop 4277, Round Rock                                             62
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FLOOD: Evacuate campsites along the creek and seek high ground. If a high rise is reported
on the way and time permits; personal gear, tents, etc. may be moved to high ground. Conduct
a head count of your troop. A staff member from the Camp Operations Office will gather your
report and give you further instructions. Camp Director is in charge.

In the event campsites are blown down or flooded out, bring your campers to the Buffalo Hall for
shelter until conditions are such that you may return to your camp area. Camp Staff will assist
units in all cases and will check on your troop's condition during and immediately after severe
weather or flood conditions.

LOST CAMPER: Report lost camper to the Camp Operations Office. The Buffalo Trail Scout
Ranch Search and Rescue (BTSRSAR) Staff will be notified. All search procedures outlined in
the BTSRSAR Manual will be followed. All Search and Rescue operations are under the
direction of the BTSRSAR Director.

MEDICAL EMERGENCIES AND ACCIDENTS IN BASE CAMP: Take action to stop bleeding
and control indications of shock. Bring the injured camper to the Health Lodge for treatment.
DO NOT MOVE VICTIM if in doubt of his condition.

SERIOUS ACCIDENT OR FATALITY: Take immediate action to stop bleeding, protect the
injury and treat for shock. Begin CPR where breathing has stopped. Get the Camp Medic.
The Camp Director will alert doctor, hospital and arrange transportation. The Camp Director
and/or the Scoutmaster will notify parents and or other persons necessary. In order to collect all
facts as soon as possible including statements of witnesses, the Camp Director will hold an
informal inquiry as soon as possible after the event. Names and troop numbers of all witnesses
are essential.

MEDICAL EMERGENCIES AND ACCIDENTS IN THE OUTBACK: Take action and apply
immediate first aid to the victim. Notify the Camp Operations Office or Out-Back Camp as soon
as possible. The BTSRSAR Director will send a medical team immediately after notification.
The BTSRSAR Director will be in charge.

NATURAL DISASTER: Notify the Camp Operations Office who will notify all the proper
authorities. Staff will be organized to assist in rescue and first aid. Bring all injured to Health
Lodge. All others report to Buffalo Hall area. DO NOT GO INTO A BUILDING OR AREA
THAT IS NOT SAFE!

HEAT CONDITIONS: The Camp Director may curtail extreme physical activities where high
heat or high heat and humidity exist. This includes hiking, work or other "heavy demand"
physical activities. Dehydration is a major problem in this climate, if troops will push water
consumption the programs may be able to continue. Due to the low humidity levels and 95 +
temperatures, Scouts often feel cool from evaporation and do not drink water.

            IN ALL EMERGENCIES - DON'T PANIC! USE YOUR HEAD!
                 REPORT TO THE CAMP OFFICE IMMEDIATELY!


“Staff was great!” Troop 84, Midland                                                      63
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Heat index (or apparent temperature) is how the heat and humidity in the air combine to make us feel. Higher
humidity plus higher temperatures often combine to make us feel a perceived temperature that is higher than the
actual air temperature. The old saying, "its not the heat, its the humidity" holds true. Sometimes in the summer in
the Davis Mountains, our relative humidity is so low that we actually feel cooler! See the chart below showing
various combinations of air temperature versus relative humidity to help you gauge for yourself.




Above is a heat index (or apparent temperature) chart showing various combinations of air temperature versus
relative humidity.

To use the chart, locate the air temperature along the left column and the relative humidity along the top. The cell
where the two intersect is the heat index.

For example, an air temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit and a relative humidity of 60 percent intersect at a heat
index of 100 degrees. In other words, the temperature would feel like 100 degrees with this humidity/temperature
combination.

Heat index values were devised for shady light wind conditions. Exposure to full sunlight can increase values by up
to 15 degrees Fahrenheit.

First aid treatment suggestions for heat-related illnesses can be obtained from local Red Cross offices, hospitals,
clinics, public health agencies and physicians. BTSR’s health officer will use this chart to insure the health and
safety of our campers. Schedules may be adjusted or certain activities curtailed for the safety of all participants,
staff, and livestock.
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                    BTSR Reservation Application
                               2011
                                              PLEASE PRINT!

                     TROOP #__________ COUNCIL NAME _________________________

SCOUTMASTER________________________________

ADDRESS_________________________________________________________

CITY____________________         STATE__________ ZIP_____________

HOME PHONE_______________________ WORK PHONE_________________________

E-MAIL ADDRESS______________________________ FAX #_____________________

PLEASE RESERVE MY TROOP A SPACE AT BTSR FOR THE FOLLOWING WEEK:
Week 1 June 12-18                     Week 2 June 19-25
Week 3 June 26-July 2                 Week 4 July 3-9
Week 5 July 10-16                     Week 6 July 17-23
Week 7 July 24-30                     Week 8 July 30-August 6

                                            PROGRAM CHOICES

                         Please enter your total participants per program choice.
***REMEMBER*** Account for incoming Webelos! Space is limited in each area, and accurate numbers are needed.
Participants    Base Camp         Outback          Mtn.Man        Cavalcade*           Circle H            Cavalry
ADULTS
YOUTH
   TOTALS
                                                                   *CAVALCADE must complete a separate application.
                      2011 RESERVATION FEE ENCLOSED--$250.00 is NON-REFUNDABLE
         Every effort for reservation choices will be made depending upon the weekly limits of the camp and the
          programs available.            Receipt#_____________              Date____________



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            Clerk_____________Mail to: Buffalo Trail Council, 1101 West Texas Ave, Midland, TX 79701
                                  Website: www.buffalotrailbsa.org Fax432-570-7611
                       BTSR Reservation              E-Mail: eilda.pachceo@scouting.org


          Midland, TX

                         BTSR Cavalcade Application
                                   2011
Cavalcade registration is by TROOP APPLICATION. Formerly, participants were drawn via lottery, however, in 2011,
Cavalcades will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. When an application is received, the troop will be notified that
their choice is available, and will have a 15 day period to pay the NON-REFUNDABLE $500.00 deposit PER Cavalcade.
All Cavalcades require 10 paid riders minimum. If a unit does not have a full crew of 10 riders, they will still be charged for
10 riders. The unit can recruit riders from other units to make up the deficiency if needed. Horsemanship merit badge is a
pre-requisite for all youth.

TROOP #__________                 Council Name____________________________________

Scoutmaster Name________________________________________________

ADDRESS____________________________________________

CITY________________________________ STATE__________ ZIP____________

DAYTIME PHONE_______________________ E-mail______________________________

Fax _________________________________

Please indicate your choice of Cavalcades below. Two Cavalcades per week are available, and one or both may be taken
per unit. Our Troop is requesting: ______ONE -or- ______BOTH Cavalcades for the week of:
Week 1 June 12-18                           Week 2 June 19-25
Week 3 June 26-July 2                       Week 4 July 3-9
Week 5 July 10-16                           Week 6 July 17-23
Week 7 July 24-30                           Week 8 July 30-August 6


I understand that if during the course of the week a rider must drop out of the CAVALCADE program, he can
return to the base camp to participate in activities at the discretion of the Head Wrangler and Camp Director.
There will be NO refund or adjustment of fees because of this change.

I hereby accept this agreement:

______________________________ Scoutmaster Signature             Date______________


_______________________________ Committee Chairman              Date_______________

A Hold Harmless agreement form for each rider must be completed and submitted upon arrival at camp. Each rider must
have the BSA Class 3 physical exam.



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                             Buffalo Trail Council Camps
                         Texas Youth Camp Act Rule Changes
On April 16, 2006, the state of Texas passed into law new regulations that affect the Texas Youth Camps Safety and
Health Act. These new laws affect all licensed youth camps in the state of Texas, including Boy Scout summer camps and
Cub Scout day camps. As a result, there is a change of policy for all leaders and adults attending any of the Buffalo Trail
Council Camps this summer. (BTSR, HAB, Thomas, or District Day Camps)

The following is a synopsis of the new laws in place that affect summer camp operation:

    1) The camp management shall have on file a record of any criminal conviction for all adult staff members and all
       adult volunteers working at the camp. (This includes adult leaders and parents attending camp with their Pack,
       Troop, or Crew as participants.)

    2) Records of criminal convictions and sex offender status may be obtained by an annual criminal background check
       and by performing an annual background check using a Sex Offender Registration database for each staff
       member's permanent residence and educational residence.

    3) Effective June 1, 2006, a youth camp licensee may not employ or accept the volunteer service of an individual for
       a position involving contact with campers at a youth camp unless youth camp has on file documentation that
       verifies the individual has successfully completed the training and examination program required by this
       subsection. (This includes adult leaders and parents attending camp with their Pack, Troop, or Crew as
       participants.)

As a result of these changes to Texas law, the following policies shall now be in affect for all adults coming as participants
to Buffalo Trail Council Camps this summer, whether as an adult camper or adult staff member.

                                        ADULT = ANYONE OVER THE AGE OF 18

    A. All adults coming to participate at Buffalo Trail Council Camps MUST be registered as an adult leader with the Boy
       Scouts of America. No exceptions. (Since registration with the BSA requires a criminal background check, this
       covers new rule # 1.)

    B. All adults coming to camp must submit to and show the results of a background check through the Sex Offender
       Registration database. (This is done through a website and is conducted without charge. This covers rule change
       # 2.)

    C. All adults must show completion of the BSA ONLINE Youth Protection Training, with a date on the card showing
       April 16, 2006 or beyond, and must still be currently valid (taken within the last two years). The Online YPT is the
       only approved course acceptable for showing compliance to rule #3. All courses must be approved by the state,
       and this is the one that has been approved by the State for BSA Leaders. NO OTHER YOUTH PROTECTION
                                                     TH
       CLASSES TAKEN PRIOR TO APRIL 16 , 2006 CAN BE ACCEPTED. ONLY BSA ONLINE YOUTH
       PROTECTION TRAINING CAN BE ACCEPTED. (MUST BE COMPLETED BI-ANNUALLY!)

As an aid in complying with these new rules, the Buffalo Trail Council has put together an application that MUST be
completed by EVERY adult coming to camp this summer. The only exception to this rule is a person that comes to camp
as a visitor, does not stay overnight, and stays no longer than half a day. Beyond that, ALL adults at camp (whether it is
one day or all week) must complete this form and the steps indicated.

This can be assigned as a duty to a unit leader. That person can collect the forms, conduct the background check in the
Sex Offender Registration database, collect YPT certification cards, and obtain a BSA copy of the unit roster showing all
adults as registered in the Pack, Troop or Crew. This packet must then be submitted to camp management immediately
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                           BTSR Tour Guide Checklist
                   Staff Member:________________________________________Report Time:____________

                   Camp Site:__________________________________________Troop #:_________________

As your assigned troop arrives, you will go to the campsite with the Troop and leaders. On the way and at the campsite, inform the
Troop of the following:

         A.) No climbing on the rocks near the camp areas or Forbidden Mountain
         B.) Drink plenty of water.
         C.) No running in camp.
         D.) Slope between upper and lower level is off limits; use stairs or roads.
         E.) Closed toe shoes, shirt, cap, and water bottles are necessities daily.
         F.) We recycle at BTSR, use aluminum can bins.
         G.) Troop photos will be taken during the tour. Have uniforms on or available.
         H.) Bring swimsuits for swim checks or pre-camp swim check paperwork to turn in.
         I.) Unload gear at campsite so vehicle can be moved. Setup camp after tour.
         When Troop is ready, begin tour at Alpine Latrine and discuss the following:
                   Separate restroom facilities (boys, men, & women) & keeping facilities clean
                   Point out water spigots for drinking. Stay hydrated, drink plenty of water!
                   Trash containers, recycling bins
         Walk to amphitheater; discuss opening camp show and closing show
         Take Troop up the OA Trail and discuss the following:
                   Rock range - Only place on camp rock throwing is allowed, helmet check out at HQ
                   Staff area and latrines- Staff use ONLY!
         Health lodge - stop for Medic’s talk
         Continue Tour and discuss:
                   Baby rock – for climbing MB only. No unauthorized rock climbing anywhere in camp.
                   Archery/Rifle Range – show bridge and discuss no shortcuts behind archery range
                   Geology Table
         Walk up rock steps to continue tour
                   Dining Hall - stop for dining hall steward’s talk
                   Handicrafts Hut
                   Parade grounds & Flagpoles
                   Tipi for Indian Lore and Archaeology Merit Badges
         Stop at flagpoles for Troop Photos, then continue to:
                   Jersey Lilly - stop for talk from Trading Post staff
                   Buffalo Hall – games, restrooms, keep area clean please! Please use RECYCLE bins for cans!
                   Office - stop for talk from Office Staff
         Continue to Pool and point out the Quartermaster and Corrals. Only enter these areas with staff permission.
         Point out off-limits areas:
                   Ranger’s House
                   Cactus Mound & Tricky Gap staff areas
                   Old Folks Home for adults only (males over 18 & females changing and rest room facilities)
         Point out Trails to:
                   Chapel, Scout Skills, Trail To Eagle, Axe yard for Totin’ Chip
                   NATECO area, Goat Cave trail are all the way up the hill
         Swimming pool – Stop here for swim checks or to turn in pre-camp swim checks

                                               Take Troop back to campsite
                                            Pickup Troop at 6:00 pm for dinner


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                                     Proposed Menu
This is a PROPOSED menu for the summer of 2011. As foodservice contracts, consultation with cooks and other
planning takes place, this menu is subject to change without notice!


                      Breakfast          Lunch                 Dinner
       Sunday                                          Chicken Fried Steak      PBJ Sandwich cart
                                                       Corn on the Cob           available at ALL
                                                       Mashed Potatoes                meals
                                                       Gravy
                                                       Rolls
                                                       Peach Dump Cake
       Monday        Pancakes     Corn Dog             Enchiladas
                     Bacon        French Fries         Spanish Rice
                     Fruit        Cookies              Refried Beans
                     Cereal       Salad Bar            Condiment Bar
                                                       Cake with Icing
       Tuesday       Pigs in a    Sub Sandwiches       Chicken Spaghetti
                     Blanket      (ham or turkey)      Peas
                     Gravy        Pork-n-Beans         Garlic Bread
                     Oatmeal      Potato Chips         Salad Bar
                     Fruit        Condiment Bar        Cherry Cheese Cake
                     Cereal       Banana Pudding

       Wednesday     Biscuits     Nachos               Scouts-                Scoutmaster Dinner
                     with Gravy   Spanish Rice         Chicken Strips         Steak
                     Sausage      Refried Beans        Mashed Potatoes        Baked Potato
                     Cereal       Condiment Bar        Gravy                  Green Beans
                     Fruit        Spice Cake           Green Beans            Rolls
                                                       Salad Bar              Condiments
                                                       Ice Cream with         Salad
                                                       Chocolate Syrup        Scoutmaster Cobbler

       Thursday      Breakfast    Pizza                Foil Dinners             Thursday Supper in
                     Burritos     Corn                 or Stew                      Campsites
                     Oatmeal      Brownies             or Sandwiches
                     Fruit        Salad Bar            all with Fruit
                     Cereal       Fruit Salad
       Friday        Danishes     Hot Dogs             Brisket                  Friday Breakfast in
                     Cereal       Bratwurst            Ranch Stile  Beans           Campsites
                     Fruit        Sauerkraut           Potato Salad
                     Milk         Chili Fritos         Salad Bar               Picnic Lunch Outside
                                  Condiments           White or Wheat Bread        of Dining Hall
                                  Watermelon           Chocolate Cake with
                                                       Icing



       Saturday      Breakfast                                                 Saturday Breakfast
                     Kit                                                       meal kits are TO GO
                     Fruit
                     Milk
                     TO GO
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                               Pre-Camp Swim Tests
Units may elect to take swim tests before arrival at camp. The following are the
requirements for pre-camp swim tests:


1. Tests must be performed in accordance with BSA Swimming test standards.

2. Tests must be performed by a certified Lifeguard.

3. Tests must have been completed within 90 days of your arrival to BTSR.


How to Certify Pre-camp Swim Tests
Please bring the following paperwork to certify your unit's pre-camp swim tests:

1. A list of youth and adults who took the test showing the skill level they earned in the test: Swimmer, Beginner,
or Non-Swimmer. The list must be signed and dated by the unit leader and the certifying lifeguard and include a
note attesting that the swim test was conducted according to BSA requirements.

2. A photocopy of the certification cards and photo ID of the lifeguard who performed the test.


Classification of Swimming Ability
The Swimmer Test
The swimmer test demonstrates the minimum level of swimming ability required for safe deep-water
swimming. The various components of the test evaluate the several skills essential to this minimum
level of swimming ability: Jump feet-first into water over the head in depth, level off, and begin
swimming. Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke,
breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke. The 100 yards
must be completed in one swim without stops and must include at least one sharp turn. After
completing the swim, rest by floating.

The test administrator must objectively evaluate the individual performance of the test, and in so
doing should keep in mind the purpose of each test element.

"Jump feet-first into water over the head in depth, level off, and begin swimming. . . ."

The swimmer must be able to make an abrupt entry into deep water and begin swimming without any
aids. Walking in from shallow water, easing in from the edge or down a ladder, pushing off from side
or bottom, or gaining forward momentum by diving do not satisfy this requirement.

". . . Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke,
breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; . . ."




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Pre-Camp Swim Tests Cont’d

The swimmer must be able to cover distance with a strong, confident stroke. The 75 yards must not
be the outer limit of the swimmer's ability; completion of the distance should give evidence of
sufficient stamina to avoid undue risks. Dog paddling and strokes repeatedly interrupted and
restarted are not sufficient; underwater swimming is not permitted. The itemized strokes are
inclusive. Any strong side or breaststroke or any strong over arm stroke (including the back crawl) is
acceptable.

". . . Swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke . . ."

The swimmer must indicate the ability to execute a restful, free-breathing backstroke that can be
used to avoid exhaustion during swimming activity. This element of the test necessarily follows the
more strenuous swimming activity to show that the swimmer is, in fact, able to use the backstroke as
a relief from exertion. The change of stroke must be accomplished in deep water without any push-
off or other aid. Any variation of the elementary may suffice if it clearly provides opportunity for the
swimmer to rest and regain wind.

". . . The 100 yards must be swum continuously and include at least one sharp turn. . . ."

The total distance is to be covered without rest stops. The sharp turn simply demonstrates the
swimmer's ability to reverse direction in deep water without assistance or push-off from side or
bottom.

". . . After completing the swim, rest by floating."

This critically important component of the test evaluates the swimmer's ability to maintain in the water
indefinitely even though exhausted or otherwise unable to continue swimming. Treading water or
swimming in place will further tire the swimmer and are therefore unacceptable. The duration of the
float test is not significant, except that it must be long enough for the test administrator to determine
that the swimmer is, in fact, resting and could likely continue to do so for a prolonged time. The
drown-proofing technique may be sufficient if clearly restful, but it is not preferred. If the test is
completed except for the floating requirement, the swimmer may be retested on the floating only
(after instruction) provided that the test administrator is confident that the swimmer can initiate the
float when exhausted.

Reference: Swimming and Lifesaving merit badge pamphlets

Beginner Test
Jump feet-first into water over the head in depth, level off, swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn
sharply, resume swimming as before, and return to starting place. The entry and turn serve the same
purpose as in the swimmer test. The swimming can be done with any stroke, but no underwater
swimming is permitted. The stop assures that the swimmer can regain a stroke if it is interrupted. The
test demonstrates that the beginning swimmer is ready to learn deepwater skills and has the
minimum ability required for safe swimming in a confined area in which shallow water, sides, or other
support is less than 25 feet from any point in the water.



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This form is for Troops or Crews that will stop and swim at the State Park. Form is also for anyone
that will be taking the SCUBA course at BTSR. Please fill out for all persons participating.

                            BALMORHEA STATE PARK
                                        P. O. Box 15
                                   Toyahvale, Texas 79786
                               SWIMMING RELEASE AGREEMENT

IN EXCHANGE FOR BEING ALLOWED TO SWIM AT BALMORHEA STATE PARK I AM FREELY
SIGNING THIS SWIMMING RELEASE AGREEMENT. I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE NO
LIFEGUARDS AT THE TIME I AM USING THE SPRING AND THAT I AM SOLELY RESPONSIBLE
FOR MY HEALTH AND SAFETY AND THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CHILDREN FOR WHICH I
AM RESPONSIBLE WHILE THEY ARE IN THE SPRING. FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING
ALLOWED TO ENTER AN AREA OF THE PARK WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE BE CLOSED TO
MY USE, I AM INCURRING ALL OF THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH SWIMMING WITHOUT A
LIFEGUARD INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE RISK OF DROWNING. I UNDERSTAND
THAT AS A CONSDQUENCE OF THESE RISKS, I OR CHILDREN I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR MAY
SUFFER INJURY OR DEATH WITHOUT THE RELIANCE UPON ANOTHER PERSON TO HELP IN
RESCUE.

UNDERSTANDING THIS, I HEREBY RELEASE, DISCHARGE, AND AGREE TO HOLD
HARMLESS THE DEPARTMENT, ITS AGENTS, EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS, COMMISSIONERS
AND SUCCESSORS, FROM AND AGAINST ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, DEMANDS, AND
JUDGEMENT WHICH MY HEIRS, EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS OR ASSIGNS MAY HAVE
CLAIM TO AGAINST THE DEPARTMENT, ITS SUCCESSORS, EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS, OR
COMMISSIONERS FOR ALL PERSONAL INJURIES (INCLUDING DEATH), KNOWN OR
UNKNOWN CAUSED BY OR ARISING OUT OF SWIMMING AT BALMORHEA STATE PARK.
I AM 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OVER OR I AM ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR LEGAL
GUARDIAN WHO IS AUTHORIZED TO SIGN THIS RELEASE FOR ME. I HAVE CAREFULLY
READ THIS SWIMMING RELEASE AGREEMENT OR HAVE HAD IT READ TO ME, AND I
UNDERSTAND ALL OF ITS TERMS. I AM SIGNING VOLUNTARILY AND WITH FULL
KNOWLEDGE OF ITS LEGAL CONSEQUENCE AND OF ITS PERSONAL RISKS TO ME.
PARENT(S) SIGNATURE: ___________________________________________________________________________
CHILD'S NAME & AGE: ___________________________________DATES FOR SWIMMING:_____________________




NOTE: THIS FORM WITH ORIGINAL SIGNATURES MUST BE LEFT AT BALMORHEA STATE
PARK




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