Family Camping Policy
Cub Scout Family Camping Policy
In order to meet BSA standards and to be covered by BSA liability insurance, Cub Scout Pack Family campouts must include a Baloo and a YPT certified leader and must be held at a facility that has been inspected and approved by the Council Outdoor Program Committee. Unit leaders assume personal liability for campouts that are not conducted at an approved facility or that do not follow BSA policies. Camp Rangers will not allow Packs onsite without a YPT certified leader onsite or to overnight camp without a Baloo certified leader. The Longhorn Council Outdoor Program Committee has approved 27 locations for Cub Scout Pack Family Camping. The following is the Longhorn Council’s Family Camping Policy.
• Family campouts, aka Pack Overnighters, may be conducted in accordance with National policies, found here: https://www.scouting.org/programs/cub-scouts/activities/cub-scout-camping/.
• Family campouts may include one family or a group of families from the same unit.
• Family campouts are to involve fun-filled, no-pressure, non-competitive activities which include participation by family members and siblings. Cub Scout activities should not include advancement for advancement’s sake.
• At least one adult from the Pack who is attending a campout must have completed BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) and Youth Protection Training. The person(s) holding BALOO and YPT certification must be present at the family campout the entire time.
• Family Camping reflects the Longhorn Council’s commitment to offer a progressive Scouting program with age-appropriate camping activities. The goal of the pack camping activity is to provide a successful Pack camping outing that is:
2. Based on the purposes of Cub Scouting.
3. Successful in whetting the appetite of the Cub Scouts, his parents, and the leaders to want more of the outdoors.
• Family campouts conducted as part of a Scouting program must be held at a facility that has been inspected and approved by the Outdoor Program Committee to meet BSA Standards. Unit leaders may assume personal liability for campouts not conducted at an approved facility. Camps currently approved for Family Camping are:
- Worth Ranch, Palo Pinto
- Sid Richardson Scout Ranch, Bridgeport
- Camp Tahuaya, Belton
- Hills and Hollows, Denton
- Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose
- Lake Whitney State Park, Whitney
- Meridian State Park, Meridian
- Cedar Hill State Park, Duncanville
- Fort Parker State Park, Mexia
- Old Fort Parker Historic Site, Groesbeck
- Ray Roberts Lake State Parks – Isle du Bois Unit, Pilot Point
- Ray Roberts Lake State Parks – Johnson Branch Unit, Valley View
- Cleburne State Park, Cleburne
- Fort Richardson State Park*, Jacksboro
- Camp Barnette, Lion’s Club1, Southlake
- Meadowmere Park2, Grapevine
- Lloyd Park3, Grand Prairie
- Mineral Wells State Park, Mineral Wells
- Hickory Creek Park, on Lake Lewisville
- Wolf Creek Campground, Lake Navarro Mills
- Live Oak Ridge Park, Copperas Cove USACE
- Colorado Bend State Park, Bend, TX
- Lake Park, Lewisville
- Eisenhower State Park, Dennison
- USACE, Lake Benbrook: Rocky Creek, South Holiday Park, Mustang, Bear Creek
- Dana Peak Park, USACE
- Mother Neff State Park
- Hamm Creek Park
- McCown Valley Park, Ranger
- Camp Holland, Weatherford
If your unit or district would like to have additional facilities evaluated for inclusion on the approved facility list, please fill out this form: https://www.scouting.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/430-90218-PackOvernightForm_Fillable.pdf and return to your District Executive or email to [email protected]
Revised April 30, 2021