Firing a mountain howitzer at the US Cavalry Outpost in July, 2001. This is one of the 4 cannons used at the outpost.
A Chisholm Trail crew sailing on Lake Bridgeport in June of 2002.
We built another 12 slip dock in 2004 to help handle our huge fleet of 23 pontoon boats.
The archery targetsused at Comanche Village are now three-dimensional professional targets of buffalo, grizzly bears, turkeys. etc.
Our 6 Briley Matarelli electric throwers enable the Sporting Clays Outpost to throw 1800 clay pigeons before reloading again.
A Chisholm Trail crew from our Lakeview District packs their gear off their pontoon boat on Saturday at the end of a week of adventure.
A Venture Crew member from Austin, Texas tries wakboarding in July 2002.
A Venture Crew member climbing at Hermit's Cave in June 2004.
Troop 410 cooking steaks, biscuits, roasted corn, baked potatoes, and cobbler at the new Texas Cowboy Cookin' Outpost in July, 2004. Everyone gets to make their own cooking utensil at the blacksmith's forge.
A Covert Ops team will use GPS units, radios, headsets, night vision gear, and olther equipment to search for weapons lost from a downed aircraft.
Scouts from Troop 43 in Fort Worth, Texas find an orienteering marker and punch their scorecard in 2004.
A patrol fires at bandits and prepares to storm the ridge and capture the outlaw hideout at the Texas Ranger Outpost in July, 2003.
|Who Can Do Chisholm Trail
Crews of 8–12 older youth - with at least 2 adults - from Boy Scout Troops, Varsity Teams, Venture Crews, and Explorer Posts. Coed crews with coed leadership are welcome. Girl Scout, chartered organization/church youth groups, and all adult crews are also welcome. Participants must be at least 13 years old or a graduate of the Seventh grade and must pass the BSA Swimmer’s test. Swimmer’s tests may be administered before camp by a qualified instructor or may be taken on arrival at camp. Do Pre-camp swim tests if you can - they save you a lot of time at check-in! Requirements are on page 29 of the Camps and High Adventure book.
Adult Leadership Requirements
Each crew must have two registered leaders: one must be 21 or older, and one at least 18 or older. Every adult 18 or older must hold a current certification card from the 2012-2013 Texas-Approved BSA Classromm Youth Protection Course (we offer the course onsite for those that need it.). Coed crews must have coed leadership. Crews with 2 or more boats that have less than 2 leaders per boat are required to keep their boats in a group together at all times to maintain BSA Two-Deep Leadership standards. We will pair crews as necessary to help meet these leadership requirements. Chisholm Trail has one camp fee: youth and adults all do the same program and pay the same fee.
Crew Size and Boat Size
Our trek reservations are done by boat, based on the carrying capacity of our different pontoon boats. Chisholm Trail is designed for boat crews of 9, 12, 13, or 15 participants. Crews with a large number of small-sized participants may add one more person. The boats listed here are available for reservation. Boat reservations are first-come first-served. Each week 2-3 boats are available for Composite Crews to be filled by units that have only a small number of Chisholm Trail participants. Composite Crew boats are for small units with 5 or less participants ONLY, require at least one 21 y.o. adult, and are not available to units reserving regular crew boats. Please check with our office before reserving space in a Composite Crew Boat.
Two pontoon boats are held in reserve for quick exchange in case of boat breakdowns.
|21 foot boats
| 9 (holds 10 if small)
|24 foot boats
|12 (holds 13 if small)
|25 foot boats
|13 (holds 14 if small)
|25.5 foot boats
|15 (holds 16 if small)
|(We hold several pontoon boats in reserve each week as instant replacements in case a boat needs to be taken out of service temporarily for repairs. We have a professional boat mechanic on staff.)
Larger crews can reserve more than one boat. You can recruit participants from other units to fill boat slots: crews from multiple units are always welcome. If your crew is unable to fill one of its boats, we will help pair you up with another small crew prior to camp (early registration is essential!), but it is each crew’s responsibility to fill their boat. We can also help pair groups with openings on a boat with other partial crews on request.
Chisholm Trail trek reservations are made by boat. Units registering a crew for Chisholm Trail must send a registration form with deposits for the boats they need in order to confirm a reservation. Each boat deposit reserves one boat for a Chisholm Trail crew. Our pontoon boats carry 9, 12, 13, or 15 participants. Crews with a majority of smaller-sized participants may add one more person (only) per boat.
Two Composite Crews: We reserve two pontoon boats (only) for units with a small number of participants. Several small crews will be combined on the composite crew boats. Reservations for these boats will be made by participant. Each unit reserving spaces on a composite crew boat must provide at LEAST one 21 y.o. adult. Once these boats are filled all other reservations are by boat. If all the pontoon boats are taken in a particular week before a Composite Crew boat is filled we will commit that boat to any troop that can fill the boat.
Boat reservations for each week are processed on a first-come first-served basis. Deposits are credited to your account as a part of your total camp fees; they are not an additional charge. Once you reserve Pontoon boats, those boats are no longer available for other units to reserve in that week. Therefore, deposits are non-refundable, are separate from any reservation deposits made for our other camps, and may not be transferred to other camps or programs. NOTE: pontoon boats rent for $45-$60 per hour, plus gas, at private marinas on North Texas lakes.
Chisholm Trail crews stop at the front ranger house at Sid Richardson Scout Ranch and receive detailed check-in directions and maps. You’ll set up your first night’s campsite at your first outpost. Pontoon Boat training for adults is done Sunday afternoon, and again on Monday for Monday morning arrivals. The program ends with an all-you-can-eat steak cookout on Friday night.
Boy Scout Troops with younger Scouts camping at Worth Ranch or Camp Tahuaya and a crew of older Scouts at Chisholm Trail should make separate transportation arrangements for their Chisholm Trail crew to get to our high adventure base. Sid Richardson Scout Ranch is 1 hour from Worth Ranch. Maps are available on request. Chisholm Trail Crews should do their swim checks prior to camp. Medical check in (and swim checks, when necessary) are done on arrival at Sid Richardson Scout Ranch. Check in details will be emailed to participating units.
Saturday or Monday Arrivals
Our staff is flexible. It’s YOUR adventure and we do our best to make it a great one! Saturday and Monday arrivals are welcome. Please contact us in advance to arrange Saturday or Monday morning arrivals. We recommend that you bring your own meals through Sunday lunch. For other arrangements contact the Camping Registrar.
Camping & Cooking: What You Bring, What You Get
Each crew receives pontoon boats, fuel to travel between outposts, food, daily water and ice resupply, and all program supplies and equipment. All participants get the full color Chisholm Trail Adventure T-shirt and patch and a Texas Ranger Star (at that outpost). Crews also get a large Chisholm Trail Wall Map to take home.
Each crew must provide its own tents, camping and cooking gear to carry on the pontoon boat. Treat this as a backpacking trip: PACK LIGHT!! We can provide cooking pots, utensils, tents, stoves and other other camping gear if necessary, especially for units that fly in to DFW airport, which is 71 miles away.
We issue food kits regularly starting on Sunday evening at the opening program outpost. We will resupply your crew daily at each outpost and on request as necessary. Make sure your participants pack light! Overloaded boats are slow!
Your crew will fix its own lunch every day from the food provided in the food kits. Our outpost staffs at U.S. Cavalry, Texas Rangers, Comanche Village, Covert Ops, COPE, and Highland Games will prepare (or help you prepare) suppers and breakfasts, and serve the meals with plates and cookware from the the appropriate historical period. At Cowboy Cookin’ we’ll provide the food and your crew will do the cookin.’
At the the Orienteering and Sporting Clays outposts you will make your own suppers and breakfasts using your cooking gear and the backpacking food provided. We issue commercial backpacking meals for suppers (they’re not bad - our campers and staff have selected the best over the last 6 years!). We assemble breakfasts and lunches in-house. Please contact us well in advance to arrange for vegetarian meals or special dietary requirements!
Be sure to bring at least two 5-gallon water coolers to carry on each boat you have reserved. We can provide coolers if necessary. Our staff provides 2 bags of ice to each crew daily at the watersports bases. We installed anice machine in the new shelter at our Marina (crews refuel daily at thislocation).
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Chisholm Trail Program Schedule
Your crew can select an itinerary in April. Your crew will do five high adventure outposts and all four watersports, including the Blob/Waterpark and Sailing Base twice. You may also choose to spend a program slot on your own. Please let us know if you want to skip any water or land outposts so we can design a custom schedule for you. Crew program schedules and detailed lake maps are issued to each crew during the opening orientation.
Unlike most camps, we continue our program through Friday evening and Saturday morning. All crews report to the Fast Draw outpost on Friday evening for the final program and our big closing steak feast. Please let us know in advance if your unit needs to leave early so that we can schedule you accordingly. It’s YOUR program and we will try to accommodate all requests!