Scouts BSA Summer Camps

Camp Tahuaya

Camp Tahuaya is a beautiful, heavily forested 150 acre camp with the largest natural spring in Texas. Walking distances are short! The lake is stocked with trout. The cold sparkling  springs attracted the camps & burial grounds of prehistoric Plainview Man, and later several Native American tribes. Spanish Conquistadors built their forts here. 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.

May 16 Update: The Longhorn Council has made the difficult decision to NOT operate our summer RESIDENT camps and high adventure camps this summer at Camp Tahuaya, Worth Ranch, and Sid Richardson Scout Ranch.  This decision was made after a lengthy and difficult process of information gathering and discussion, with the main concern being for the safety of our Scouts, leaders and camp staff. Units may receive full credit for a future camp reservation, or transfer the fees to another camp or program, or request a full refund. Click here for the message from Scout Executive John Coyle regarding closure of 2020 summer resident camps.

Click here for our COVID-19 Postponement, Cancellation, and Refund Policies. We will continue to update as necessary our event, camp, and training calendars and our recommendations to units as we receive new guidance from our public health leaders. We will reopen unit camping reservations as soon as it is possible so that units to camping again and do their own programs. Some individual programs and equipment will be available for individual units camping on their own at Longhorn Council camps this summer.

Pre-requisite for Weekend Camping, Summer Merit Badges, and High Adventure Days

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Texas Youth Protection Requirements for Adults at Camp.

Camp Staff interview UPDATE. In view of the current precautions being taken in regards to the coronavirus, we are cancelling in-person face-to-face Camp Staff interviews. To set up an appointment for a phone or online interview please email your request to the camp director.

Merit Badge selection will open in May.
Merit Badge selection for Week 1 (June 7-13) opens Friday, May 8, 6:00 PM
Merit Badge selection for Week 2 (June 14-20) opens Friday, May 15, 6:00 PM


Week 3 Special: Troops and Crews attending during Week 3 receive a $5 per person discount.
Week 4 Special: Troops and Crews attending during Week 4 receive a $10 per person discount.
$10 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 $10 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.

Pool, Showers, and Bathrooms

Camp Tahuaya has a new pool, pool showers, warehouse, and Ranger house. We rebuilt the campsite latrines with privacy stalls & shower doors in 2014.

Baden Powell 1st Year 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. It is an excellent program for your newer Scouts.

Trout & Bass Our cold spring-fed lake is stocked with Trout. Fly Fishing and Fishing Merit Badges are taught. Large Smallmouth bass and blue gill hit flies hard too, as well as standard lures and baits. Fishing is allowed only for summer camp participants.

Railroading MB & G-Scale Trains

Model Railroad expert John Biel is helping our staff build Tahuaya’s model train facility in half of the old warehouse. The big model train setup makes Railroading Merit Badge a LOT more fun!

The Great Tahuaya Raft Race

Troops pick up raft equipment on Monday and have until Friday to design and build a floating raft. (It BETTER float!) The race is Friday. This will test your youth’s lashing skills and ingenuity!

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*NOTE: Cyber-100 Sale prices are granted on the camp final payment as actual attendance is finalized.

Camp Staff Application
Camp Staff 2020 Interviews

High Adventure & Summer Camp 2019 flyer.