The view from the Worth Ranch Council Ring overlooking the Brazos River valley.
A Kyle Mountain sunset for a group of Scouts about to join the Kyle Mtn. Sunrise Club.
Folding the Garrison flag on Family Night.
Kayaking on the Brazos.
The Climbing Gardens are outstanding.
Worth Ranch has two pools and an outstanding air conditioned dining hall.
Basketball in the small pool.
Taking down the Garrison flag on Family Night.
Worth Ranch, known as “The Big Adventure,” has been a Longhorn Council tradition since 1929. Worth is one of America’s oldest and finest traditional Scouting programs. We are located 60 miles west of Fort Worth on the Brazos River at the foot of Kyle Mountain. The historic stone and petrified wood buildings that encircle our parade ground showcase the rich and colorful history of Worth Ranch. Comanche Indians once lived on our parade ground, and Quannah Parker, the last great war chief of the Comanche, was born only a few miles up the Brazos River. The chuck wagon was developed near here in 1866.
When your troop attends Worth Ranch you’ll receive traditional Scouting at its best from our talented staff and outstanding program facilities. Your Scouts can choose from 56 merit badges, climb and rappel on the cliffs of our “Climbing Garden,” fish, tube, canoe and kayak with us on the Brazos River, hike Kyle Mountain, swim and play water basketball and volleyball in our 2 new pools, see the best campfire programs in the country and eat in our brand new air-conditioned Duncan Dining Hall. Scouts and adults may also take Mile Swim, Snorkeling BSA, and BSA Lifeguard.
Texas Youth Protection Requirements for Adults at Camp.
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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.
- Latrine Rebuilding: The campsite latrine bathrooms are being rebuilt and upgraded with individual stalls and modern toilet risers, and a pair of in-campsite shower stalls.
- New Youth Showers: We are replacing the youth shower at the Worth Ranch Bottoms campsites with new individual stall showers.
- New TENTS and Frames - January 2012 Update! We have purchased 100 new tents and permanent frames for Worth Ranch. 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, to improve the Shotgun Merit Badge programs at Worth Ranch.
- New Shotguns: We added new shotguns in 2011 to improve our merit badge instruction.
- Rifle & Shotgun Instructors: We are adding an additional Rifle & Shotgun Director at Worth Ranch 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 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 is working with the Theater Department at Texas Wesleyan University to install professional stage lighting and sound systems at the council ring.
High Adventure Programs
All Longhorn Council high adventure programs are available to older youth and adults from units camping at Worth Ranch, Camp Tahuaya, or Sid Richardson Scout Ranch. You can send patrols on our Brazos River Canoe Trip 50–miler, a Worth Ranch tradition. Crews of older youth and adults may do the unique and exciting Chisholm Trail Adventure on Lake Bridgeport. Individual youth and adults may spend a week learning to wakeboard and ski at the Steele Island Wakeboard Program. All high adventure programs require a separate reservation and deposit.
The Hammer Patrol
The Hammer Patrol is designed for brand new Scouts (Scout Rank) and focuses on basic Scouting outdoor skills and the requirements for the Tenderfoot rank, such as first aid, fire building, use of wood tools, map and compass reading, and knots and lashings. The Hammer Patrol will also cover some requirements for Second and First Class. We encourage our experienced troop leaders to assist the Scouts enrolled in the Hammer Patrol.
Our Council Shooting Sports Chairman will run a Scoutmaster Shotgun tournament one night each week for any adult leaders who would like to participate.
Kyle Mountain Sunrise Club
Become a member of the exclusive Kyle Mountain Sunrise Club! This Troop program combines the adventure of hiking, campfire, and Scouting lore at its best! Spend the night under the stars and get a Kyle Mountain Sunrise Club PATCH and Certificate.
Now 58 Merit Badges Offered
American Heritage, Archaeology, Archery, Art, Astronomy, Basketry, Bird Study, Camping, Canoeing, Cinematography, Citizenship Nation, Citizenship World, Climbing , Communications, Cooking, Emerg. Preparedness, Environmental Science, Farm Mechanics, Fingerprinting, Fire Safety, First Aid, Fish & Wildlife, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Forestry, Geocaching, Geology, Home Repairs, Indian Lore, Insect Study, Law, Leatherwork, Lifesaving, Mammal Study, Motorboating, Nature, Oceanography, Orienteering, Painting, Photography, Pioneering, Public Speaking, Pulp and Paper, Reptile Study, Rifle, Rowing, Salesmanship, Scouting Heritage, Shotgun, Soil & Water, Space Exploration, Swimming, Theater, Weather, Wilderness Survival, Woodcarving.
Afternoon Canoe Trips
Troops spending their week at summer camp can take a 6–mile afternoon canoe trip from Worth Ranch to Dark Valley Bridge. All canoeists must be swimmer’s.
Third Year Canoe Trip
Scouts who have attended at least 2 summer camps at Worth Ranch may join senior staff for an special Wednesday night canoe camping trip to Seven Rocks - one of the most scenic spots on the Brazos River. Dinner will be a cookout by the river!
Learn to paddle one of our river kayaks! Just another way to have more fun on the river.
Scoutmaster vs. Staff Softball Game
Our own Homer Charlies (Staff) look for another winning season against their arch rival Kyle Mountain Rangers (scoutmasters)! This fierce competition started in the 1940’s and continues to this day. Scoutmasters: bring your gloves and all the LUCK you can carry!
The Family Night Campfire Program
The famous Worth Ranch campfire program is scheduled for Thursday night for your troop, families, and guests. Guests can join us for dinner at 6:00 PM., visit the Worth Ranch Museum, then attend our OA Callouts and famous family night campfire. Leaders should let the camp know on Tuesday the number of guests they expect for dinner on Thursday.
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