The Brazos River Canoe Trip (BRCT) is a 50-mile canoe camping trip that is a Worth Ranch high adventure tradition! Spend a week on the river, earn BSA’s 50 Miler award, and test your canoeing, camping, and fishing skills. We do 4 miles of hiking and 47 miles paddling the scenic Brazos River from Possum Kingdom Dam to Oak’s Crossing.
Any Troop, Team, Crew, or Post may send a crew on the Brazos River Canoe Trip. Some units use the BRCT as a shakedown for Northern Tier. Units doing their summer camp at Camp Tahuaya or Sid Richardson Scout Ranch may send a crew on the Brazos River Canoe Trip, but should make their own transportation arrangements to and from Worth Ranch for their canoeing group.
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.
You’ll canoe the river with experienced Worth Ranch river staff. In addition to canoeing, fishing, and low impact camping, Scouts can do several merit badges on the river, including Canoeing and parts of Cooking, Camping, and Wilderness Survival. Expect lots of fun and great campfires along the way.
Several hikes are part of the 50-miler. Hikes may include the side canyon at Keechi Creek and a Kyle Mountain sunset hike.
The camp coordinates shuttles of people, equipment, and vehicles to the put in and takeout. Please be prepared to help with shuttling.
We recommend groups of 6 to 20 canoeists. Small or “partial” crews can be paired with other small crews (sign up early!). Combined crews from multiple units are welcome.
Crews must have two adult leaders or pair with another crew to meet 2–deep leadership requirements. At least one must be 21, and one 18. All adults must have a BSA Youth Protection card. Coed crews need coed leadership. Adults pay the same camp fees as youth.
Gear: What You Bring, What You Get
Your crew must provide your own tents and camping gear. Bring your favorite backpacking or two-burner portable camp stoves. The camp can furnish propane and propane stoves if requested. Other camping gear can be arranged if requested in advance.
The camp provides 8000 cubic inch canoe drypacks for your clothes and sleeping bags and camping gear. Each person gets one pack. Be sure to pack light! Use heavy duty storage bags like trash compactor liners to put inside packs which are not waterproof. We provide, canoes, PFDs, paddles and Hydrosticks for water battles.
We recommend that Scout participants on the BRCT be at least 13 years old. The following are minimum requirements, which must be met in order to ensure a safe and fun experience:
1. Swimming Ability: All participants must pass the swimmer’s test. The standard BSA Swimmer’s Test will be used to classify swimmers and determine those eligible to go on canoe trips.
2. Canoe Handling Ability: Canoe trippers do not have to be “experts” before starting out. They should know the fundamentals of launching, paddling positions and strokes, general safety rules about wind and weather, loading and care of canoes, and canoeing safety.
3. Safety Afloat: All users of Council canoes should be trained in safety afloat. Adults must bring current BSA Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat cards. The courses are offered by the BSA Online Learning Center.