Lake Boyd Callan is one of the prettiest lakes you'll find in a Scout Camp. In 2004 we dredged 50+ years of silt buildup from the lake to improve trout habitat and our boating program. Over 1000 large dumptruck loads of silt were removed!
We added 17 new kayaks and Stand Up Paddle boards in 2013!
The new Pool opened in 2005!
Tahuaya Fly Fishing equipment. The lake is stocked with Rainbow Trout and well-fed Smallmouth Bass and Sunfish.
Pioneering practice in the Baden Powell Patrol.
Sighting in with an Anschutz Rifle.
A little fun with the swamping requirement in Canoeing MB Class.
Camp Tahuaya is a beautiful, heavily forested 150 acre camp with the largest natural spring in Texas. The lake is stocked with trout. Tahuaya has a rich lore of history. Everything is within easy walking distance. The sparkling cold springs attracted the camps and burial grounds of prehistoric Plainview Man, and later Native Americans of several tribes. The Spanish Conquistadors built their forts and, according to legend, buried their gold here.
WHAT'S NEW for 2014 Camps
Texas settlers built a grinding mill and millrace whose ruins are now historic landmarks in the camp. The Old Military Road and the Shanklin Mill brought thousands of wagons to the spring, carving deep wheel ruts still visible in the stone by our lake. The stone fences, plentiful arrowheads, Military Road, and millrace ruins are visible reminders of Camp Tahuaya’s frontier heritage.
Texas Youth Protection Requirements for Adults at Camp.
Week 3 Special: Troops and Crews attending during Week 3 receive a $10 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.
- New TENTS and Frames - We have purchased 75 new tents and permanent frames for Camp Tahuaya. The new tents are slightly wider to give campers more living space.
- New Automatic Skeet Throwers: In 2011 we added new Atlas Auto Throwers, with battery and chargers, and new Shotguns to improve the Shotgun Merit Badge programs at Camp Tahuaya.
- Rifle & Shotgun Instructors: We added an additional Rifle & Shotgun Director at Camp Tahuaya so that Rifle & Shotgun Merit Badges can be offered simultaneously.
- Scoutmaster Steak Dinners: We are adding a Steak Dinner for all adult Scouters each week of summer camp.
- Nature Center Upgrades by Order of the Arrow: Our OA Lodge upgraded the Nature center with dozens of new cages, capture equipment, and several Kingsnake specimens.
- Council Ring Upgrades by Order of the Arrow: The OA Lodge is working with the Theater Department at Texas Wesleyan University to install professional stage lighting and sound systems at the council ring.
- New Ranger House: we are building a new Ranger house to replace the current 50 year old residence.
New Pool, Showers, & Lake Improvements
Tahuaya has a new pool and pool showerhouse. We removed 1000 large dumptruck loads of silt to deepen the lake. The lake is stocked with trout for summer camp.
Baden Powell Program
Camp Tahuaya’s First Year program. Our goal is to give your First Year Campers a FUN week that will help you inspire them to stay in Scouting and return to camp next year! We challenge your first year campers to learn the skills they need to pass the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class. Baden Powell is a half–day program offered both morning and afternoon.
Camp Tahuaya SCUBA Program
Camp Tahuaya will offer SCUBA classes for up to 10 Scouts and adults at Camp Tahuaya in 2010. Classes will be taught by an experienced former Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer and Navy diver. Participants will take their classroom work online before camp through Scuba Schools International. Classes will take all week, all morning or all afternoon. Limited to 10 students per class. Must be at leaast 12 years old, a swimmer, able to float, and have no medical conditions that would affect diving (like asthma). Advanced registration required.
Our cold spring-fed lake is stocked with Trout. Fly Fishing and Fishing Merit Badges are taught. Large populations of Smallmouth bass and blue gill hit flies too, as well as standard lures and baits. Fishing is off-limits except for summer camp participants.
Railroading MB and G-Scale Trains
New G-Scale outdoor model train facility for Camp Tahuaya's Railroading Merit Badge. Work with the camp’s experienced instructor to operate and build track, bridges, and model railroad facilities for a large Garden Scale outdoor model railroad near the camp dining hall. Each Scout can build one G-Scale rail car or structure to keep and take home.
Colorado River Canoe & Caving Trek
Troops camping at Camp Tahuaya can send a crew of older boys and adults to paddle wilderness sections of the Llano and Colorado Rivers or Stillhouse Hollow Lake. Troops provide tents and camping gear, and your favorite backpacking or portable camp stoves. Camp Tahuaya staff will provide canoes, PFDs, paddles, and new 8000 cubic inch canoe drypacks for clothes and sleeping bags. Each person gets one pack. Troops must provide shuttle transportation for their group. Finish the Canoe Trek with a guided Caving Trip.
Other High Adventure Options
Chisholm Trail Adventure: Send a crew of older youth and adults to the unique and exciting Texas High Adventure Base.Troops and Crews from 43 states, England, Scotland, and Mexico have come to Chisholm trail for high adventure. Troops can also send crews of older boys to do wakeboarding at the Steele Island program, and canoe camping on the Brazos River Canoe Trip 50 Miler. All Longhorn Council high adventure programs are available to older youth and adults from Troops camping at Camp Tahuaya.
Now 63 Merit Badges Offered
Animal Science, Archaelogy, Archery, Art, Astronomy, Automotive Maintenance, Basketry, Bird Study, Bugling, Camping, Canoeing, Citizenship Nation, Citizenship World, Computers, Cooking, Electronics, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Science, Farm Mechanics, Fingerprinting, First Aid, Fish & Wildlife, Fishing, Fly-Fishing, Forestry, Geocaching, Geology, Horsemanship, Home Repairs, Indian Lore, Insect Study, Leatherwork, Lifesaving, Mammal Study, Metal Work, Nature, Oceanography, Orienteering, Pioneering, Pottery, Pulp and Paper, Railroading, Reptile and Amphibian Study, Rifle, Rowing, Salesmanship, SCUBA, Sculpture, Shotgun, Soil & Water, Space Exporation, Swimming, Weather, Wilderness Survival, Woodcarving. Plus BSA Lifeguard, Kayaking BSA, Snorkeling BSA, Instructional Swim Mile Swim, and more!
Canoeing and Kayaking
We have 30 canoes, a dozen kayaks, numerous rowboats, and olympic-style rowing shells that you can take out on the lake, in one of the most beautiful settings you’ll find in any Texas camp. A great place to learn to paddle or row!
Lunches are done in the campsites - a popular option! Scouts may also elect to cook some of their other meals in their campsite. Coordination with the Program Director is all that is required.
Camp Tahuaya Coup Stick
The Coup Stick is awarded daily to the Troop with the highest campsite inspection score. The unit is entitled to fly its unit flag on the central flagpole and to eat first. The winning Troop is expected to “improve” the Coup Stick each day. At the closing campfire on Friday the Coup Stick will be permanently awarded to the Troop with the highest total score for the week.
Special Events at Tahuaya
The BIG one is the Tahuaya dodgeball tournament! It’s VERY popular! There are also Camp Wide Games, Watermelon shootoff, Tahuaya Coup Stick award for best campsite inspections, Thursday night Parent’s Night Campfire, and others.
Playing in the shade under the big cottonswoods at the pool below Tahuaya falls is also very popular. The Goat Man Cave and the Old Shanklin Mill are also popular spots to check out.
Camp Tahuaya 2013 Leader's Guide 2.4 MB
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