Trail Blazers 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.

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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 1/2 of what the actual fees are. For youth and adults, the cost is only $100! Fees cover BOTH weeks of time at BTSR.

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