Spend a week learning to wakeboard! The Steele Island Wakeboarding Program was developed by expert wakeboarders from Weatherford and Jacksboro - all Longhorn Council Eagle Scouts. It’s a wakeboard and ski program for older Scouts, Venturers, and adults on beautiful Lake Bridgeport at Sid Richardson Scout Ranch (SR2). The program focuses on developing your wakeboarding and skiing skills, and teaching Watersports Merit Badge.
We have expert staff to help you learn this fast growing sport on some of the best wind-protected skiing and boarding water in the state. With a larger surface area to ride on, wakeboards are easier than water skis for beginners to learn. Experienced riders can do exciting jumps and tricks. Space is limited to 24 participants.
Week 3 Special:
Troops and Crews attending during Week 3 receive a $5 per person discount. No Out-of-Council fees.
Week 4 Special:
Troops and Crews attending during Week 4 receive a $15 per person discount. No Out-of-Council fees.
$20 CAMP + HIGH ADVENTURE SPECIAL:
For each youth registered in the merit badge summer camp at Camp Tahuaya, Worth Ranch, or Sid Richardson Scout Ranch, the unit gets $20 off one youth or one adult attending a Longhorn Council High Adventure program (up to the number of youth and adults attending high adventure). Includes Troops and Crews from the same chartering organization.
You’ll report to our marina every morning at first light and wakeboard and ski until lunch. Afternoons are free for merit badges in the main camp area, or swimming or blobbing ... or sleep. You’ll report back again for evening program right after supper and ride until dark. Expect to crash and burn a lot, and to improve your skills significantly by the end of the week. You can earn Watersports Merit Badge along the way if you want to. You will also take part in our Ultimate Tubing Wars Competition.
We provide boats, boards, skis, tubes, lifejackets, and program equipment. Participants with personal equipment must have their gear inspected by the staff before use.
Serious wakeboarding instruction is available only to participants in the Steele Island program. Scouts enrolled in Watersports Merit Badge will cover the basic requirements.
All participants must be at least 13 years old or graduates of 7th grade and must pass the BSA Swimmer’s Test at camp or in an approved Pre-Camp Swim Test. Participants who are unable to pass the BSA Swimmer’s Test will be enrolled in the traditional summer camp program and will not receive a refund.
Participants from SR2 will camp with their units in our base camp. Camping arrangements will be made at SR2 for Steele Island participants from Troop camping at Worth Ranch or Camp Tahuaya, but Troops must make their own transportation arrangements to and from SR2.
Wakeboard School is a separate week-long intensive training program designed to develop intermediate to advanced wakeboarding skills. Participants wakeboard all day long and stay in our modern cabins at Lakeview Lodge on Lake Bridgeport. See the Wakeboard School chapter in the camp guide.
Limited Space Available
The Steele Island Wakeboarding program is limited to 24 participants per week. Enrollment is first come-first served and based on full fee payment. Adults are welcome on a space available basis. All participants pay the same fee.
Units registering Scouts or Venturers for the Steele Island program must send the reservation form along with a deposit of $100 per person. Deposits are credited to your account as part of your total camp fees and are not an additional charge. Reservations are processed on a first come–first served basis..
Steele Island Program Schedule
6:00 a.m. - noon
Wakeboarding and water skiing instruction
Open time for camp merit badges, The Blobs, swimming, boating, or just sleeping ...
Evenings - Supper until dark
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