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- Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch (BTSR)
BTSR is inspected each year by the county and state health departments, and toughest of all, by the Boy Scouts of America. BTSR has earned a “Nationally Accredited” rating from the National Camping School, BSA for decades, and a perfect score the last 2 years. All parts of camp meet or exceed all standards for facilities, health and safety, and program. The camp is licensed to operate by the State of Texas.
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.
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!
Camp Medic lives on site.
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.
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.
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.
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!