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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)
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.
The fee for the Cavalcade Program covers all food, program supplies, and a qualified staff. See Fees & Payment Schedule for current pricing information.
NECESSARY INDIVIDUAL EQUIPMENT
OPTIONAL INDIVIDUAL EQUIPMENT
These items may be shared and carried by one rider in 1 gal. plastic bag:
Cavalcade Wranglers Carry
Leave in Camp
**ALL RIDERS WILL WEAR BTSR RIDING HELMETS**