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Summer Camps 2014
 
Troop 55 and Crew 55 will sponsor ten summer camp adventures in 2014.  Some scouts will also attend leadership camps.

The camps sponsored by Troop 55 and Crew 55 are as follows (details and links for registration are below):

Camp Location Dates Program Target
Age
Cost
Texas Coastal
   Flyfishing
Texas, near
   Corpus Christi
June 8-14 Fishing and
   canoeing
12+ $ 750
   (est)
Texas
   backpacking
Texas, [Hill
   Country]
June 11-15 Intro to
   backpacking
12+ $ 150
   (est)
El Rancho
   Cima
Texas, near
   Wimberly
June 22-28 Merit badge
   camp
11+ $ 400 to
   $ 450
Galveston
   Sea
   Base
Texas
  
June 30 to
   July 5
Sailing and
  sea kayaking
14+ $ 675
   (est)
Philmont
   Scout
   Ranch
New Mexico
  
July 5-18 Backpacking
   trek
14+
 
$1,550
  
San Marcos
   Canoe
   Trip
Texas
  
July 8-11 Canoeing
  
13+
 
$  80
  
Summit
   Bechtel
   Scout Res
West Virginia,
   Nat Jamboree
   site
July 13-18
 
Climbing, rafting,
   kayaking and
   zip lining
13+
 
$1,100
   (est)
Camp Jeffrey
  
Colorado, near
   Ft. Collins
July 20-26 Merit badge
   camp
11+
(regis
  closed)
$ 850
   (est)
Elkhorn High
   Adventure
   Base
Colorado, near
   Ft. Collins
July 20-26 Backpacking
   and other
   high adventure
13+
(regis
  closed)
$ 850
   (est)
European
   biking
   trek
Spain &
   French
   Pyrenees
July 14 -
Aug 4
Mountain
   biking &
   service
14+
(regis
  closed)
$2,250
   (est)

Merit Badge Camps

June 22 - 28,  El Rancho Cima in the Texas Hill Country near Wimberly
This is a traditional merit badge camp on the banks of the Blanco River.  The camp offers an excellent selection of aquatic, nature, craft, and shooting merit badges.  The camp also offers activities for advancement to Second and First Class.
The group will travel to and from the camp via chartered bus.
Cost:  $400 to $450.
Age requirement:  open to scouts of any age.
Adult coordinator:  David Moore-Jones.
For detailed description of the camp/trip, click here.
Camp website:  El Rancho Cima   (BSA Sam Houston Area Council website)
To register for this camp:  Doubleknot   (T-55's online reservation system.)
Registration deadline:  March 15.

July 20 - 26,  Camp Jeffrey, near Fort Collins, Colorado
This is a traditional merit badge camp and is part of the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch.  The camp is in the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains and is north of Denver.  The camp offers an excellent selection of merit badges and also offers activities for advancement to Second and First Class.  The Elkhorn group will travel with the Jeffrey group, but will camp in a different location.
The group will fly to Denver, then travel by bus.
Cost:  $850 (est).
Age requirement:  open to scouts of any age.
Adult coordinator:  Ken McKay.
For detailed description of the camp/trip, click here.
Camp website:  Camp Jeffrey & Ben Delatour   (BSA Longs Peak Council website)
To register for this camp:  Doubleknot   (T-55's online reservation system.)
Registration deadline:  February 23. (registration now closed)

Mid-level Adventure Programs

June 8 - 14,  Texas Coastal Flyfishing Adventure
This is a fishing and canoeing adventure from Padre Island National seashore, near Corpus Christi.  Scouts will have the opportunity to flyfish for redfish and to windsurf.  The group will camp on the beach and cook their own meals.
Cost:  about $750.
Age requirement:  completed 6th grade.
Adult coordinator:  Mark Parenti.
For detailed description of the camp/trip, click here.
Camp website:  Padre Island National Seashore  (National Park Service website)
To register for this camp:  Doubleknot   (T-55's online reservation system.)
Registration deadline:  March 9.

June 11 - 15,  Texas backpacking
This is an entry-level backpacking trek either in the Hill Country or North Texas.  The group will hike for four days and cover 25-35 miles.
Cost:  about $150.
Age requirement:  completed 6th grade.
Adult coordinator:  Karl Dahm.
For detailed description of the camp/trip, click here.
To register for this camp:  Doubleknot   (T-55's online reservation system.)
Registration deadline:  March 9.

June 30 - July 5,  Galveston Sea Base
This is a sailing camp run by the Bay Area Council in Galveston.  The group will rotate through small and medium boat sailing and sea kayaking.  No prior sailing or kayaking experience necessary. 
Cost:  about $675.
Age requirement:  completed 8th grade.
Adult coordinator:  Barbara Ostdiek.
For detailed description of the camp/trip, click here.
Camp website:  Galveston Sea Base  (BSA Bay Area Council website)
To register for this camp:  Doubleknot   (T-55's online reservation system.)
Registration deadline:  March 9.

July 8 - 11,  Texas canoeing
This is a three-day canoeing trip on the San Marcos River.
Cost:  about $150.
Age requirement:  13 by Sep 2014.
Adult coordinator:  Janice Van Dyke Walden.
To register for this camp:  Doubleknot   (T-55's online reservation system.)

July 13 - 18,  Summit Bechtel Scout Ranch in West Virginia
This is the site where the National Jamboree is held.  The camp offers climbing, rafting, kayaking, zip lines, and other activities.
Cost:  $1,100 (est).
Age requirement:  at least 13 yrs old by Sep 1, 2014.
Adult coordinator:  Ed Lee.
Camp website:  Summit   (Summit website)
To register for this camp:  Doubleknot   (T-55's online reservation system.)
Registration deadline:  March 9.

July 20 - 26,  Elkhorn High Adventure Base, near Fort Collins, Colorado
This camp is part of the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch and offers a variety of mid-level and high adventure activities.  The camp is in the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains and is north of Denver.  The Elkhorn group will travel with the Jeffrey group, but will camp in a different location.
The group will fly to Denver, then travel by bus.
Cost:  $850 (est).
Age requirement:  at least 13 yrs old by Sep 1, 2014.
Adult coordinator:  Alistair Barnes.
For detailed description of the camp/trip, click here.
Camp website:  Elkhorn   (BSA Longs Peak Council website)
To register for this camp:  Doubleknot   (T-55's online reservation system.)
Registration deadline:  February 23. (registration now closed)

High Adventure Programs

July 5 - 18,  Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico
Philmont is located in the mountains of northern New Mexico.  The group likely will fly to Albuquerque and do a rafting trip near Taos on the initial day.  After a day and night at Philmont's base camp, the group will do a 12-day backpacking trek covering at least 50 miles.  This group is limited to two crews of up to 12 participants each, including 2 or 3 adults in each crew.  This adventure is being sponsored jointly with Crew 55.
Cost:  $1,550.
Initial deposit:  $400.   Final payment:  Due by Mar 15.
Age requirement:  completed 8th grade or at least 14 yrs old by time of camp.
Adult coordinators:  David Novelli and James Cauble.
For detailed description of the camp/trip, click here.
Camp website:  Philmont Scout Ranch   (Philmont website)
To register for this camp:  click HERE for the registration form.

July 14 - August 4,  Mountain Bike Trek & Service Project in Spain
This adventure involves a 20-day mountain biking trip on the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St. James, across Spain from the French Pyrenees to the Atlantic.  This epic mountain biking trip will follow the Pilgrim's path for over 520 miles from the French town of St Jean Pied-de-port, to the Cathedral in Santiago and then on to the Alantic Ocean in Cabo Finisterre, Spain.
Cost:  $2,250 (est).
Age requirement:  at least 14 yrs old by time of trip.  Other requirements apply.
Adult coordinator:  Charles Williams.
To register for this camp:  Doubleknot   (T-55's online reservation system.)
Registration deadline:  January 31. (registration now closed)

Leadership camps

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) - in June
Held at Camp Strake.  Two separate one-week sessions.
Contact Charles Williams, Bill Helfand or Dick Yale for more information.
For registration form, click here.

National Advance Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) - June and July
Conducted at Philmont Scout Ranch.  Six separate one-week sessions.
This advanced leadership course includes a short backpacking trek.
Open to scouts who have completed the NYLT course.
Contact Charles Williams for more information.
Click here for NAYLE info.

Scholarships

Troop 55 has scholarship funds available to assist scouts with the cost of summer camps, especially merit badge camps and leadership camps.  The troop has activities each year whereby scouts can earn funds for summer camp, and these include selling Scout Fair tickets.  The receipt of financial assistance for summer camp is often conditioned on the scout earning a portion of the camp fee himself.  To apply for financial assistance, please see instructions at this link.

For leadership camps (NYLT and NAYLE), Troop 55 will reimbursement the camp fee upon request after completion of the course.  This reimbursement is for the course fee only and does not include transportation expenses.
 

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Summer Camp Inspiration
Go to the Media Room to view photos and video of past Summer campouts - media room >

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General policy for summer camps in future years:
• Troop 55 usually arranges three levels of camps in June, and three levels of camps in July/August.  The three levels are:
(a) merit badge camp (open to all scouts),
(b) mid-level adventure camp (targeted to scouts who are 12-14), and
(c) high adventure camp (usually restricted to scouts who are 14 & over), which may be arranged jointly with Crew 55.
• The camps are usually selected in September and October for the following year.
• Suggestions are welcome and should be sent to Bill Helfand or Ken Alexander.

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Previous summers . . .

2013
Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico - June 14 - 27
Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch, western Texas - June 16 - 22
Buffalo River Canoe Trip, Arkansas - June 22 - 30
Galveston Sea Base, Texas - June 24 - 29
Colorado River Canoe, Texas - July 12 - 15
National Jamboree, West Virginia - July 12 - 24
Florida Sea Base (Scuba) - July 17 - 24
Blue Ridge Scout Reservation, Virginia - July 20 - 27
Bolivia and Patagonia in Chile - July 20 - Aug 5
Glacier National Park, Montana - July 27 - Aug 3

2012
Florida Sea Base (sailing) - June 10 - 16
El Rancho Cima, Texas - June 17 - 23
Galveston Sea Base - June 18 - 23
Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico - June 19 - July 2
Alaska whitewater trip - Jul 4 - 11
Camp Morrison and Camp Cullimore, Idaho - July 9 - 14
Lost Pines, Bastrop, Texas - July 10 - 16
Gorham & Pecos Wilderness, New Mexico - July 21 - 28

2011
Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico - June 8 - 21
Blue Ridge Scout Reservation, Virginia - June 26 - July 2
Lost Pines, Bastrop, Texas - July 10 - 16
Gorham & Pecos Wilderness, New Mexico - July 23 - 30
Northern Tier Canoe Base, Atikokan, Ontario - July 23 - 31

2010
El Rancho Cima, Texas - June 20 - 26
Rio Grand River, near Big Bend, Texas - July 12 - 18
Gorham Scout Ranch, near Chimayo, New Mexico - July 18 - 24
National Jamboree, Virginia - July 23 - August 3
Camp Parsons, Washington - July 24 - August 1

2009
Buffalo Trail, western Texas - June 15 - 21
Norwegian  trek & National Jamboree - June 27 - July 12
Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico - June 30 - Jul 13
Blue Ridge Scout Reservation, Powhatan Camp, Virginia - July 4 - 11
Big Bend Canoe Trip, Texas - July 13 - 19
Montana High Adventure Base (MOHAB) - July 16 - 23

2008
Sailing High Adventure, Galveston to Freeport - June 6 - 9
"Hut Hiking" trek in the Swiss Alps - June 14 - 27
El Rancho Cima, Texas - June 15 - 21
Philmont Backpacking Treks - June 27 - July 10
Camp Alexander, Lake George, Colorado - July 6 - 12
Montana High Adventure Base - July 26 - August 2

2007
Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico- June 10 - 23
Camp Morrison and Camp Cullimore, Idaho - June 16-23  view photos
Hale Scout Reservation, Oklahoma - July 1 - 7
Salmon River High Adventure Base, Idaho - July 15 - 23

2006
Chimayo Scout Reservation, New Mexico - June 10 - 17
Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch, Texas - June 18 - 24
Camp Loll, Wyoming - June 30 - July 8
Alaska advanced backpacking trek - June 30 - July 12 (Pictures) (Video)
Colorado advanced backpacking & mountain climbing trek - July 15-29
Montana backpacking trek - July 28 to August 6
Ecuador, South America - July 7 - 22
Grand Teton advanced backpacking trek, Wyoming - August 4 - 12

2005
Chimayo Scout Reservation, New Mexico - June 11-18
El Rancho Cima, Texas - June 19-25
Nantahala Outdoor Center, North Carolina - June 26 - July 2
Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico - June 28 - July 11 (one crew)
Camp Parsons, Seattle, Washington - July 3-11
Montana High Adventure Trip, Montana - July 8-17
Ecuador, South America - July 16-31
National Jamboree, Virginia - July 22 - Aug 3 (19 scouts attended)
Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico - July 22 - Aug 4 (three crews)

2004
Worth Scout Ranch, Texas - June 13-19
Brazos River Canoe Trip, Texas - June 13-19
Double H Ranch, New Mexico - June 22-30
Camps Morrison & Cullimore, Idaho - July 11-17
Salmon River High Adventure Base, Idaho - July 11-20
Ecuador, South America - July 17 - Aug 1
Matagamon High Adventure Base, Maine - Aug 2-11

2003
El Rancho Cima, Texas - June 22-28
Packard High Adventure Base, Colorado - July 13-19
Nantahala Outdoor Center, North Carolina - July 21-27
Blue Ridge Scout Reservation , Virginia - July 27-August 2

2002
Chimayo Scout Reservation, New Mexico - June 23-30
Yoho Valley in British Columbia, Canada - July 5-11
Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico - July 13-25 and July 29-Aug 12
Yellowstone & Camp Loll, Wyoming - August 2-10
Teton Crest Trail, Wyoming - August 2-8 (near Yellowstone)

2001
Nantahala Outdoor Center, North Carolina - June 2-6 (kayaking)
Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico - June 13-25 (two crews)
El Rancho Cima, Texas - June 24-30
Texas Sea Base, Texas - July 8-14
El Rancho Cima, Texas - July 8-14 (2nd session)
Chimayo Scout Reservation, New Mexico - July 8-15
BSA National Jamboree, Virginia - July 20-Aug 1
Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico - July 21-Aug 2 (three crews)
Matagamon Canoe Base, Maine - July 25-Aug 5