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 camp-outs 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 Camping 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 Camping Committee has approved 27 locations for Cub Scout Pack Family Camping. The following is the Longhorn Council’s Family Camping Policy.

• Family camp-outs may be conducted TWICE per year, in addition to participation in Council activities.

• Pack Family Camping at Council activities does NOT count toward the limit of two outings per year. These include Fall Festival, Cub-O, Cub Family Adventures, Webelos Woods, and Cub Resident Camp.

• Family camp-outs may include one family or a group of families from the same unit.

• Family camp-outs 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:

1. Fun

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 camp-outs conducted as part of a Scouting program must be held at a facility that has been inspected and approved by the council camping 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:

  1. Worth Ranch, Palo Pinto
  2. Sid Richardson Scout Ranch, Bridgeport
  3. Camp Tahuaya, Belton
  4. Camp Jim Braley, Waco
  5. Hills and Hollows, Denton
  6. Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose
  7. Lake Whitney State Park, Whitney
  8. Meridian State Park, Meridian
  9. Cedar Hill State Park, Duncanville
  10. Fort Parker State Park, Mexia
  11. Old Fort Parker Historic Site, Groesbeck
  12. Ray Roberts Lake State Parks – Isle du Bois Unit, Pilot Point
  13. Ray Roberts Lake State Parks – Johnson Branch Unit, Valley View
  14. Cleburne State Park, Cleburne
  15. Fort Richardson State Park*, Jacksboro
  16. Camp Barnette, Lion’s Club1, Southlake
  17. Meadowmere Park2, Grapevine
  18. Lloyd Park3, Grand Prairie
  19. Mineral Wells State Park, Mineral Wells
  20. Hickory Creek Park, on Lake Lewisville
  21. Wolf Creek Campground, Lake Navarro Mills
  22. Live Oak Park, Copperas Cove
  23. Colorado Bend State Park, Bend, TX
  24. Lake Park, Lewisville
  25. Eisenhower State Park, Dennison
  26. USACE, Lake Benbrook: Rocky Creek, South Holiday Park, Mustang, Bear Creek
  27. Dana Peak Park, USACE, Stillhouse Hollow Lake, Belton, TX
  28. Mother Neff State Park, 1680 Texas 236, Moody, TX 76557, near Temple, TX.
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