Conservation and the Boy Scouts of America have been partners for a long time. Camping, hiking, and respect for the outdoors are a part of the Scouting heritage. The Hornaday Award Weekend offered by the Alamo Area Council, Scouts can earn conservation merit badges and are given resources toward earning the prestigious William T. Hornaday Award.
Please complete ASAP. Any responses after the 25th will not get a T-Shirt. Cost per scout is $65 and cost per Adult is $35.
The council does not give refunds if you have a change of plans once you are signed up.
Programs in Addition to Merit Badges (Selection in next signup)
Our Ranger program is an exciting introduction to scouting for all who have not completed the requirements for First Class rank. We encourage all Scouts to learn basic skills in an environment of fun and cooperation. Teamwork is emphasized along with team spirit. We encourage all leaders to get involved in this program.
The Ranger program is an all day adventure lasting from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., with a break for lunch. Along with completing a large number of rank advancement requirements, our Rangers are given the opportunity to complete the swimming merit badge and may choose between art, leather work, pottery or first aid.
Ranger Outpost on Thursday evening takes the Rangers to the rustic portion of the camp and allows our staff an opportunity to share campfire stories while the Rangers earn their Firem’n Chit card. Participants will need a flashlight, ground cloth, sleeping bag, water bottle, and a small backpack for their hike and overnight stay. The Rangers will return to your Troops campsite before breakfast on Friday morning.
The following are the requirements a Ranger will get with perfect attendance throughout the week. We encourage you to test their skills from what they’ve learned, however we are willing to sign their books upon your request. If your Ranger completed the swimming merit badge they also completed the rank requirements associated with swimming.
Scout: 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 1f, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 3a, 3b, 4a, 5
Tenderfoot: 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4a, 4b, 4c, 5a, 5b, 5c, 7a, 7b, 8
Second Class: 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2f, 2g, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4, 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d, 6e, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
First Class: 1b, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4a, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 7a, 7b, 7c, 7d, 7e, 7f
New for 2019-Guad Squad-NEW!!!
This week long kayak adventure is reserved for scouts 13 and older. Participants will spend Monday honing their kayaking skills and will take off down the river Tuesday morning. They’ll return to camp on Thursday afternoon. Friday activities will be decided by the squad. As a group, they can choose from any of the camp activities, including zipping, playing on the climbing wall, water sliding.
Climbing Merit Badge
A certified instructor trained at National Camp School teaches this course and all other instructors are climbing and rappelling trained. This class meets each afternoon and is available to all scouts that have reached their 13thbirthday. Bear Creek has natural cliffs and outcrops that offer different levels of challenges for all Scouts. Participants will learn climbing safety and techniques in a classroom environment before donning a harness and hooking into a belay line. Our goal is to provide a sense of success and confidence for all participants. The objective is not solely in 6completing the climb but in mastering the technique and safe practices learned during the course.Gloves, climbing harness, safety helmet, carabineers and climbing rope will be provided. There is a $25 charge for this program.
Bear Creek offers COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) during the morning hours each day. This one half day class is available to all youth that have reached their 13thbirthday.We charge a $25.00 equipment usage fee and space is limited, so register early. Candidates should be thinking of their COPE names.They will be asked to select a nickname that holds significance for them. All Scouts that register for COPE will be able to participate in other programs in the afternoon
This course is offered to all scouts and leaders on Tuesday 7:00 –11:00 p.m.and Wednesday at 8:00.Hunter Safety is required for obtaining a hunting license if not born before 1972. There is a state mandated fee of $15.00 for this class. Bring this fee and your social security number to the class.Your home address will also be needed.Both nights are required.
Enjoy the beautiful Texas Hill Country from vantage points few have ever visited. After an introduction to bicycle safety and maintenance, Scouts will travel the hills and valleys of Bear Creek and other nearby bike trails. This class will last for two hours per day and can satisfy some of the Cycling merit badge requirements. This class is physically challenging and restricted to Scouts thirteen years of age and older. Scouts are welcome to bring their own bikes or use the camps. There is a $25.00 bike fee to use our bikes for this program.