backpacking camp


Upcoming Dates: March 23-24, 2019

Costs: Children - $50 (15 and under) / Adults $60 (16 and up) / Group Rates Available

Time Length: Arrive at camp Saturday morning at 9:30 A.M. and plan to leave around 2:30 P.M. Sunday afternoon.

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Class Description:

  • Hazards one may encounter in nature

  • Backwoods basic first aid

  • Protecting your feet

  • Water purification methods

  • Modern Survival Kit

  • Types of Equipment (to include the Go-Lite concept)

  • How to distribute weight in your pack

  • Orienteering Course - learn how to use a compass

  • Understanding maps

  • Setting up a backpackers’ camp

  • Meal preparations from your pack

  • Edible plant nibbles

  • Food Storage

  • ‘Leave No Trace’ camping techniques

Campers will also participate in a Trail Maintenance Project.

You will need to bring a camping backpack (day pack for those younger hikers), sleeping bag, a light-weight tent if possible, bowl, cup, spoon, water bottle, and a sketch book / notebook to take notes along with drawings of edible plants and hazards.

We will be taking two short hikes, so don't forget comfortable walking shoes! These will be practice experiences to familiarize yourself with all that you will learn.

Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast will be provided. Vegetarian Fare Available. You will need to bring lunches that can be carried in your packs.

Optional items:

  • Camera - We are not responsible if you lose this item on the trails.

  • Air mattress

  • Flashlight

  • Insect repellent

  • Musical instruments for around the camp fire - We are not responsible for damage to them if you decide to bring them.

NOTE : This camp also meets requirements for:

  • Boy Scouts - Hiking & Backpacking Merit Badge

  • Cadette & Senior Girl Scouts - Interest Projects, Badge ‘Backpacking’

  • Junior Girl Scouts - Badge ‘Hiker’

  • Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas - can work on #5 of the Totem Pole patch (Outdoor Program Progressive)

NOTE : All classes have a minimum number of registrants to make or it will be cancelled. Pair up with other families and friends to fulfill the number!

Large Family Rates are available; please call April (the Executive Director) at 940-440-8382 for details.