You often think of your council camp for summer or winter camp, but many councils offer camping opportunities throughout the year, providing the same fun activities Scouts enjoy during weeklong camps.
And we’re not just talking about camporees, which invite many units for a weekend of outdoor fun. Check with your council about what’s available for units year-round.
Take D-Bar-A Scout Ranch, a Michigan Crossroads Council camp, for example. This 1,300-acre property north of Detroit accommodates weekend programs for both Cub Scouts and older Scout units. These programs include shooting sports, swimming, boating and horseback riding.
At D-Bar-A, Cub Scout packs can sign up for corral rides while older Scouts can do trail rides and work on the Horsemanship merit badge while they camp there for the weekend. The camp has more than two dozen horses in addition to mules that Scouts can pet.
Other councils also provide weekend horse-related adventures, like the Cascade Pacific Council. For any equestrian activity, whether it’s through a BSA program or not, make sure you follow safety guidelines that can be found here.
You can create a unit-specific adventure at a council camp. Check out these stories covered in Scout Life magazine for some inspiration:
Also check with your council about council-level awards, like the one offered by the San Diego-Imperial Council, which may prompt fun outings for your unit.