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					ROAD TO RANGER 2009 HIGH ADVENTURE ADVANCEMENT CAMP PRESIDENT AND LEADERS GUIDE
JONATHAN WOOD PROGRAM DIRECTOR
ALAN WILLIAMSON PROGRAM ADVISOR

LONGHORN COUNCIL BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

ROAD TO RANGER
LONGHORN COUNCIL 850 CANNON DRIVE HURST, TEXAS 817-231-8500

RENEGADEOTT@YAHOO.COM BULLBRIDGEPORT@YAHOO.COM TABLE OF CONTENTS WELCOME TO THE ROAD TO RANGER……………………………….3 THE OUTPOSTS………………………………....................................4 MEDIC OUTPOST………………………………..................................4 SURVIVOR OUTPOST………………………………...........................4 FISHING OUTPOST………………………………...............................4 CLIMBING OUTPOST……………………………….............................5 OLH OUTPOSTS………………………………................................... 5 CAVALRY………………………………..............................................5 COMANCHE VILLAGE………………………………...........................5 COWBOY CAMP………………………………....................................5 COPE OUTPOST………………………………....................................5 SAILING OUTPOST………………………………................................5 AQUATICS OUTPOST………………………………............................5 HORNADAY OUTPOST………………………………..........................5 SHOOTERS OUTPOST………………………………..........................5 THE ART OF COMMUNICATIONS………………………………..........5 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS………………………………........................6 ADULT LEADERSHIP REQUIREMENTS……………………………….7 PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS………………………………........... 7 YOUTH PROTECTION………………………………...........................7 TEXAS YOUTH CAMP COMPLIANCE……………………………….....7 LONE VENTURER PROGRAM………………………………..................8 CREW SIZE………………………………...........................................8 PRE-TRIP PLANNING………………………………............................9 INDIVIDUAL EQUIPMENT LIST………………………………............10 UNIT EQUIPMENT LIST……………………………….......................10 KODIAK TREKS……………………………….................................. 11 POLICY NOTES………………………………....................................11

WELCOME TO THE ROAD TO RANGER PROGRAM SID RICHARDSON SCOUT RANCH LONGHORN COUNCIL

When you crave high adventure, and the ability to work on advancing in Venturing, you will find it here at Sid Richardson Scout Ranch. With over twenty six hundred acres of land and nineteen miles of shoreline the possibilities are limitless to what your crew could do. The Road to Ranger program is solely a Venturing program. It is entirely based on the concept of Venturing Crews striving to achieve the Outdoor Bronze Award and then on to the Ranger Award. The outposts are based on models from Philmont and past outposts at Sid Richardson. A Venturing Crew can choose any path to achieve Crews’ advancement goals. The Crew determines the overall aspects they want to complete on their adventure. Crews can choose to stay in base camp and work on just the core requirements, or they can choose to take off and go from outpost to outpost. It is entirely up to the Crew. The Core requirements that will be covered are First Aid, Communications, Conservation, Leave No Trace, Land Navigation, Emergency Preparedness, Cooking and Wilderness Survival. With over fifty percent of the Electives covered, it makes it pretty difficult to make a decision on a path to take. Electives available are Equestrian, COPE, Mountaineering, First Aid, Outdoor Living History, Shooting Sports, Ecology, Plant and Wildlife, Lifesaver, Fishing, and Watercraft. So you see this could be a very difficult choice for your crew. In addition to all of the Core and Elective requirements--we also cover many different awards and requirements that make your Venturing advancement path fun and challenging. Those are the Hornaday Award, Venturing World Conservation Award, Leave No Trace Award and Ethical Debates for the Gold and Silver Awards. In this also, it will cover participating in a council program.

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The Outpost
The outposts were created and designed to be true outdoor learning centers. All but two of the outposts deal with Electives. A Venturer will immerse themselves in learning about the outpost, and gaining as much knowledge of the elective or core requirement that outpost has to teach them. It is quite unique to see Venturers in this setting. They really focus and excel in this environment. With eleven outposts, it can be quite a daunting task to choose which one will get your time here is a description of each outpost and its theme: MEDIC OUTPOST The Medic outpost is a First Aid based Theme. In this outpost, you will work on either your basic First Aid requirements, or you can choose to take the two day course and complete the First Aid Elective.

This outpost is an additional cost.

SURVIVOR OUTPOST This Camp would be a two night camp. Venturers would arrive and be told they are in a survival mode. They will have lost all equipment, but just a few items. From those items, they will have to create shelters that will take them through the two nights until they are back to safety. All requirements for this core requirement can be met at camp. FISHING OUTPOST Sit back and enjoy a relaxing day of fishing and camaraderie. Learn about Freshwater fishing and all that it takes to have a safe and ethical fishing time. Then for supper that night enjoy a real fish fry with a party atmosphere. CLIMBING OUTPOST Spend a day learning the overall aspects of climbing and technical bouldering. Learn the knots required, techniques and experience the team work required for this great activity. SAILING OUTPOST Spend an entire day just relaxing as the wind blows you along Lake Bridgeport. Learn about Boardsailing, or small craft sailing. Earn the BSA Boardsailing Award. OUTDOOR LIVING HISTORY OUTPOST Sid Richardson Scout Ranch, has three of the most unique and authentic historical programs in the Southern Region. The Chisholm Trail Program at Sid Richardson has created three of the finest Outdoor Living History outpost anywhere. You can choose to learn about the Comanche Indians, 45th Cavalry Division of the United States Army in the 1870 time period, or you can learn about the Texas Rangers in the 1840 time periods. All three of these outposts will take you back in time and give you a true perspective of the time and period. It also helps that Sid Richardson has an actual historical site.

Cavalry Outpost Spend a day learning about the 45th Cavalry division, dress in authentic time period uniforms, learn about drill and marching techniques. Fire authentic time piece weaponry to include large cannons. Watch for raiding Indians and ensure the settlers moving west are safe. Cowboy Camp Learn about the Texas Rangers in 1842, while learning about how to care for the horses that provided them transportation. Learn the workings of a Texas Rangers outpost and find the bad guys lurking in the shadows. COPE OUTPOST Spend a day on one of Texas finest COPE Courses. Learn teamwork, trust in others and skills while you become a flying squirrel, transport water to a dying planet and the list goes on for the things you will do during your day at COPE. AQUATICS OUTPOST Challenge yourself or crew to a week long aquatics program created just for Venturers. It is not only the BSA Lifeguard Course, but it is water rescues, boat over boat rescues and many more items to ensure all of your crews water activities are safe and fun. HORNADAY OUTPOST The Hornaday Outpost is the most demanding and well taught course on the Conservation side of Scouting. Here you could elect to work on the Plant and Wildlife or the Ecology Elective. You will learn how to plan, write up and carry out a Conservation project. You will learn about the Hornaday Award and the Venturing World Conservation Award. SHOOTERS’ OUTPOST This outpost will cover five disciplines in shooting. You can choose air rifle, archery, black powder, small bore or shotgun. You could even choose to focus on just those five disciplines during your week at Road to Ranger. COMMUNICATIONS OUTPOST One of the toughest items Venturers have to do is to make presentations on what they have learned. In this outpost you will learn about making power point presentations, flip charts, effective communication requirements and ways to jazz up your presentation. VIKING OUTPOST This is a new outpost this year that takes you back to the Viking age and lets you experience life as it used to be. With a Viking village and longboat experience the lifestyle of these warriors. It is up to your crew on the direction you want to take on your path to Ranger.

Schedule of Events
Each Crew will have a meeting on Sunday to finalize their overall itinerary. The schedule of events listed below are suggested time frames that the camp will keep and Crews will need to work around them. All other times are solely set by the Crews themselves. Check in Sunday 8:00 to 11:30 Early arrival could be scheduled, but your crew would be responsible for meals prior to 12 noon Sunday Lunch and social Sunday 12:00 to 1:30 Crew meeting Sunday 1:30 to 2:30 Classes Begin Sunday 3:00 to 7:00 Supper Sunday 7:00 to 8:00 Free time Sunday 8:00 to 9:00 Opening Ceremony SUNDAY 9:00 TO 10:30pm Lights out all week 11:00pm Meals All week 7 am 12 pm 6 pm Class start times All Week 9 am The only difference is if your crew elects to take the outpost and trek portions, those meals will be served at the outpost directors’ time and prepared by the Crews in the outpost. Nightly Social events will be at 8:30 unless otherwise posted. These nightly programs are for the Venturers to meet and mingle with other Venturers from all over the World. The following are a few of the programs suggested for 2009: Mon - Twilight GPS Scavenger Hunt Tues – Games and Prizes and Movie and Crackle Barrel Wed - Chapel and Ice Cream Social Thurs - Splash and Dash Rock and Roll Party Fri - Awards Dinner and SID Fest  Feedback with Thorn and Roses All outposts will be shutdown Friday by 5 p.m. Friday night supper will be an Awards Dinner from 7 p.m. until 8:30. Then SID Fest will be from 9:00 until 11:00
* come back

Other times will be posted as registration requires.

Other events and contests will be announced at the start of Camp.

ADULT LEADERSHIP REQUIREMENTS All Crews attending the Road to Ranger program must be accompanied by at least two adult leaders over the age of 21 at all times. If a Crew is Coed, you must also have at least one male and one female over 21 with the Crew at all times. BSA Venturing Youth protection guidelines must be followed and adhered to at all times. These guidelines will also be adhered to within the Lone Venturing Program. PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS  Must be a registered Venturer at least age 14 and graduated eighth grade.  Have taken and provided a copy of a completed Youth Protection Course during the 2009 calendar year.  Have a current Class 3 physical and health history report within the last 12 months.  Have passed the BSA Swimmers test in last 12 months.  At least one member of the crew must have completed a basic First Aid Course. YOUTH PROTECTION GUIDELINES All camp staff members, unit leaders, as well as youth participants, must successfully complete the Boy Scouts of America’s online Youth Protection Training. Training is available at all council websites and at the National Website. With the three different layers of youth protection involved with Venturing--14 to 18, 18-21 and 21 and up--it is imperative that Crews discuss and understand prior to camp the different layers of Youth Protection required with such a program. With everyone on the same page it will make the overall experience better for all involved. Clothing should be adequate for the event. No Bikinis or two piece bathing suits will be allowed for female participants. Tankini’s are allowed as long as Crew Advisors approve them. No Speedos for the male participants. All campsites are easily divided for male and female sites. Male and female showering facilities are available.

Texas Youth Camp Compliance
Beginning in 2006, Texas enacted new legislation for new youth protection guidelines at all youth resident camps. All camp staff members and Scouters must be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America. A camp staff member is defined as any person, regardless of age, who serves under the direction of the Camp Director in the operation of the youth camp. This includes any unit leader or adult who may attend any portion of the camp program. Before the above listed individuals have any contact with the youth, the Camp Administration must have a completed copy of an individuals background check in hand. To comply with the law, the following documentation must be in camp and readily available for inspection at any time:  An official BSA Unit membership roster.  Copy of Sexual Offenders Database page(s) that are a result of a search of the Leaders Name and birth date.  A notarized statement of character background check from the Chartered Org Rep or Organization Head. To obtain a Sexual Offenders database check at no charge, the individual should go to the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Records Service website at: https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/dps_web/APP_PORTAL/index.aspx LONE VENTURING PROGRAM We offer a LONE VENTURER Program for those youth who would like to attend Road to Ranger without their Crew. They would register as a Lone Venturer and we assign them to Crew that matched their overall program preferences. Two weeks prior to camp the Lone Venturer would be notified of the Crew and the members in it. Lone Venturer Equipment list Pocket Knife Clothing (for season) Survival Kit Toiletry Kit Sleeping Pad Watch Sunglasses Swimsuit Water Shoes Large trash bags Individual Tent Note book with: First Aid Kit Water Bottle Compass Sleeping Bag Mess Kit Camera (optional) Bug Repllent Gloves Extra shoes Small Cleanup Kit Small Hammer Rain Gear Flashlight Backpack or tote Cot Towels Notebook and Pens/pencils Sunscreen (SPF 30) Ground Clothes Hiking Boots Backpacking Stove

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Class 3 Medical Form and medical history, Youth Protection Training card Parents authorization, Risk management plan Emergency contacts

Lone Venturers should prepare for this week as if they were traveling alone. CLASS SIZES To ensure an effective program, we will limit class sizes to a max of 15 youth participants per class. Crews will be kept together in campsites within close proximity of each other; however, the staff reserves the right to split out larger Crews, for the effectiveness of the programs offered. Example: In a case of a large crew it might be necessary to split into groups of 10 and add Lone Venturers to the Crew to bring the total to the max of 15. Likewise, for Lone Venturers and smaller Crews, they will be integrated to make a group of 15 participants for the effectiveness of the program. PRETRIP PLANNING Start early in the process of planning your adventure. Set up a note book with the items that you need when you arrive at Sid Richardson. They are:  Tour Permit - National Tour Permit 4419A if traveling over 500 miles. Mileage less than 500 a local tour permit will suffice.  Crew and Adult Roster from local council office, Troop Master or Scout mate  2 copies of Class 3 Medical Forms for all participants and all health histories  Texas Youth Compliance forms  Completed swim check for all participants if complete prior to camp--must be within current calendar year  Written Risk Management Plan for the Crew. By having all these items in a three ring binder, it will make check in easy and quick. SPECIAL TRAVEL PLANNING With 2009’s Road to Ranger falling on a heavily traveled holiday weekend, we would like to offer all participants the option to arrive early on the 4th of July. There are many different and unique venues that are available within 75 miles of Sid Richardson Scout Ranch. Depending on scheduling, you could attend Six Flags, Hurricane Harbor, see a Texas Rangers game, or the NEW Cowboy Stadium all within 10 blocks in Arlington, Texas. Those seeking air conditioned comfort you could see Ripleys’ Believe It or Not Wax Museum or see the Air Hogs minor league team play in Grand Prairie. Tour the National Scouting Museum in Irving, attend a Ft Worth Cats game at La Grave Field, wow all the choices to have fun before starting camp. Or if your Crew decides to get on into Sid Richardson and just chill for the night, we can also extend an invitation for your Crew to watch fireworks with the Staff of Road to Ranger from Cavalry Hill. The City of Runaway Bay puts on a

spectacular fireworks display each year over Lake Bridgeport. Traffic for this event along US 380 starts getting heavy in the late afternoon and stays heavy until the display is over (approximately 10 pm). These are just suggested venues and Longhorn Council has no financial ties or special programs with any of the above mention venues. It would be up to each Crew to make arrangement of any of the special program listed above. Remember: SAFETY FIRST AND FOREMOST

INDIVIDUAL EQUIPMENT LIST Pocket Knife Clothing (for season) Survival Kit Toiletry Kit Sleeping Pad Watch Sunglasses Swimsuit Water Shoes Large trash bags Tents Long Pants First Aid Kit 2 Water Bottles Compass Sleeping Bag Mess Kit Camera (optional) Bug Repllent Gloves Extra shoes Small Cleanup Kit Water shoes Rain Gear Flashlight Backpack or tote Cot Towels Notebook and Pens/pencils Sunscreen (SPF 30) Ground Clothes Hiking Boots Long Pants Chigger –x

The above listed items are just suggested items for individual Venturers. Based on experience you may have other items in your packing list, but these are some of the ones we have found from experience makes a week long camp as this one enjoyable. CREW EQUIPEMENT LIST Depending on your Crews decisions these are a few of the items that a crew might want to bring to camp to make their week a memorable one: Tents (backpacking) Utensil Kit(s) Clean up Kit(s) Camp Saw Camera Chuck Box Cook Kit(s) First Aid Kit Crew Flag(s) Repair Kit(s) Camcorder Shovel(s) Dutch Oven(s) Wash Basins Small US Flag Trash Bags Back Pack stoves Dining Fly

These are a list of items needed for a Base camp type experience, this will dramatically change for a backpacking, or outpost experience. If your Crew decides on an outpost experience, these items may or may not be needed. Think light weight, but comfort is the key. If possible please bring flags that need retiring because we will perform flag retirement ceremonies.

KODIAK
To enhance and further our commitment to Venturing in the 2009 calendar year, we are offering a KODIAK Course during the week of July 5 through 11. This program will be based on the Chisholm Trail Adventure. Your crew can choose to either have a complete pontoon boat experience, a pack and paddle experience, or backpacking experience. The Chisholm Trail Adventure is an ideal way to work on the Nature of Leadership Course. Take in Area 51 and seek out the aliens of Sid Richardson and blast them out of the field. Take in some wild west quick draw procedures, spend a day climbing the Cliffs of Hermits Cave, Spend a day building team work on COPE, and one day just lounging around the Sailing Base. All the while enjoying some of the night time activities of the Road to Ranger Program. Details on this camp are being established now more in the Feb March time frame.


				
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