Camping: Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch & High Adventure Camp
|Current Rank||Session to take||Class Times||Notes|
|Tenderfoot or Second Class||Tenderfoot & 2nd Class TTE||8:30 12:20||Scouts attending this session will work on rank requirements through 1st Class & will complete Swimming and First Aid MB. This still leaves 3 sessions of MB time for the boys. DO NOT TAKE 3:30 TTE CLASS!|
|2nd Class||1st Class TTE||3:30 5:00||Scouts will only work on requirements for 1st class rank. 5 sessions of MB time left.|
Trail-To-Eagle has always been a popular program with quite a few participants every week. Troops sending boys these classes are asked to please send an adult leader to give assistance to the staff. We will have staff members leading the course, but due to sheer numbers it is difficult to maintain control and quality. This is an excellent opportunity for new adult leaders or young leaders to get involved! Also, it will fulfill a requirement for the SM Merit Badge!
The Astronomy Merit Badge will be taught in different locations around camp during the week in order to get different perspectives of the night and morning sky. The first class will begin immediately following the camp show on Monday at the amphitheater. This is another immensely popular program with class sizes exceeding 100 boys during some weeks! We ask that any Troop with a participant in this class have at least ONE adult leader attend the class with the participants all week. This will expedite roll call and paperwork times and will allow for more quality instruction time. Times and locations of the remaining classes during the week will be announced at the Monday session. In case of inclement weather, other arrangements will be made for the class, so listen closely for announcements during the week.
It is the policy of the Buffalo Trail Council that all trail riders weighing over 250 pounds are not permitted to ride our horses. This is for the safety of both horses and participants. ALL RIDERS MUST WEAR BTSR HELMETS! ALL PARTICIPANTS IN ANY OF OUR HORSE PROGRAMS MUST ALSO HAVE LONG PANTS AS WELL AS CLOSED TOE, STURDY SHOES, whenever in the corrals, barn, or on horseback. This is extremely important to insure the health and safety of all participants and equines. (Pants can be of any material, as long as they reach the ankles.) Please plan ahead and have these items on hand when coming to BTSR. No exceptions can be made.
WESTWARD HO RIDES
Free rides are available to all Scouts and leaders beginning immediately following breakfast with the last ride leaving the corrals at about 8:30 am. Scouts will be placed in a saddle before adults to insure that all boys get a chance to have this great experience. Any empty saddles will be filled with adults that wish to ride. Scouts should not skip classes for these rides and should plan in advance to ensure the ride is finished before they have to be in class! Also, all weight limit and apparel guidelines will be enforced for all participants. (See Horse Policy above.)
SCOUT LEADER TRAIL RIDES
A special program has been put together that will allow adult leaders (18 and up) to see the beautiful backcountry of Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch from the back of a horse on the trail! The Head Wrangler, depending on demand, sets times for the ride. Rides are held on Monday or Tuesday afternoon. On Monday, the group will go to the Notch, enjoy scenery of the green trail, and swim. On Wednesday, the group will go to Pig Pen Canyon and enjoy a ride and scenery that not many folks get to enjoy!
Leaders wishing to take part in this program will need to sign up for the rides at the Jersey Lilly and pay for the ticket as well. It will be open to the first 10 that pay. No pre-registration. All requirements listed in the Horse Policy above including weight and apparel must be adhered too. Also, 2 quarts of water per person is required for the ride.
HORSEMANSHIP / ANIMAL SCIENCE MERIT BADGE / VETERINARY MEDICINE
Each Scout who participates in these Merit Badges will also be required to help with the care and feeding of the BTSR livestock. This is one of the requirements to earn the badges and due to feeding schedules, must be completed outside of class time. Each Scout will be required to feed and to help clean the stalls at least once during the week. Assignments will be made by the instructors to fit the boys schedules.
Tasks are assigned by qualified Wrangler Staff. Special arrangements may be made when weather or other conflicts arise. Qualified staff members will supervise all feeding and cleaning. Any questions may be directed to the Head Wrangler. Apparel guidelines will be enforced at all of these times.
HORSEMANSHIP MB FEES
Due to the astronomical rising costs of feed, livestock, and equipment, a $20 fee per youth for the Horsemanship Merit Badge has been implemented. Adult Leader Trail Rides are $75 per participant (see above). Fees are payable upon arrival to BTSR, through the business office are at the Jersey Lilly Trading Post.
TOTIN CHIP & FIREMN CHIT & PAUL BUNYAN
The Totin Chip award is required before a Scout can use a pocketknife or take part in the Woodcarving or Cooking Merit Badge. Learning safety and use of the axe, knife, and saw is important in helping a young Scout to be prepared for future campouts. This class will be taught on Sunday after Chapel service and on Monday & Wednesday at 2:30. The Wednesday class will be taught by the Paul Bunyan class in order to fulfill their requirements for their award.
Scouts will complete the requirements for the Firemn Chit on Tuesdays at 2:30 pm. Adult leader supervision is suggested, especially when class sizes are large.
Paul Bunyan is a three part class with the first session being held at 2:30 on both Monday and Tuesday. On Monday and Tuesday, the Scouts will be instructed in various wood cutting and conservation techniques. On Wednesday, the Scouts will instruct the 2:30 Totin Chip class in order to complete requirement 1. Any Scout or leader who does not have a Totin Chip, or would like to be a student for the Paul Bunyan award is encouraged to attend.
HANDICRAFT MERIT BADGES
A variety of Handicraft merit badges are offered throughout the week, some of which only take two days to complete the classroom portion of the class. Scouts will work on their projects in class and in their free time as well. Once they complete their two-day class, they can then work on a related Merit Badge offered at that same time frame, and be able to complete yet another Merit Badge while at camp!
A variety of programs* will be offered throughout the week for Troops and campers to enjoy. Listed below are the programs offered each night.
NOTE: Any leader attending camp that would like to assist in teaching a merit badge offered at BTSR, or to even teach one that is not listed and is in their area of expertise, contact the camp director prior to arrival to arrange for you to help teach it during the week you attend.
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