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Take a step back in time and live like the 9th and 10th Cavalry stationed at Fort Davis in the late 1800s! 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!
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!
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. Blackpowder 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.
See the BTSR Leader Guide for more information on equipment, fees, etc.
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!
The fee for the Cavalry Program covers all food, program supplies, and a qualified staff. See Fees & Payment Schedule for current pricing information.
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.
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!