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Summer Camps 2015
 
Troop 55 and Crew 55 will sponsor nine summer camp adventures in 2015.  Some scouts will also attend leadership camps.

The camps sponsored by Troop 55 and Crew 55 are as follows:

Camp Location Dates Program Target
Age
Cost
Hale Scout
   Reservation
Oklahoma, near
   Tulsa
June 13-20 Merit badge
   and mid-
   adventure
11+ $ 585
   (est)
Philmont
   Scout
   Ranch
New Mexico
  
June 13-26 Backpacking
   trek
14+
 
$1,600
   (est)
Boquillas
   Canyon
Texas, Rio
   Grande River
June 14-21 Canoe trip 12+ $ 500
   (est)
S. Richardson
   Scout Ranch
Texas, near
   Ft Worth
June 21-27 Merit badge
   and mid-
   adventure
11+ $ 500
   (est)
Galveston
   Sea Base
Texas
  
June 22-27 Sailing and
  sea kayaking
13+ $ 700
   (est)
Camp Daniel
   Boone
North Carolina,
   near Asheville
July 4-12 Merit badge
   camp
11+ $ 760
  
Camp Daniel
   Boone
North Carolina,
   near Asheville
July 4-12 Zip & Splash
  
13+
(full)
$ 985
  
Sailing
   Adventure
Florida July 4-12 Sailing 14+
(full)
$ 800
  
Ireland
   Bike
   Trek
Idaho, north
   of Boise
Late July
   12 days
Biking
  
  
14+ $2,400
   (est)
Montana
   Backpacking
  
Bob Marshall
   Wilderness
July 12
   to ??
Backpacking
   possibly
   3 levels
12+, 13+
   & 14+
$1,600 to
   $1,800

REGISTRATION: To register for any of these camps, click this registration link.

Merit Badge Camps

June 13 - 20,  Hale Scout Reservation, Talhina, OK
This is a traditional merit badge camp in the mountains of eastern Oklahoma.
Cost:  TBD
Age requirement:  open to scouts of any age.
Adult coordinator:  Adam Plager.
Camp website:  Camp Hale   (BSA Indian Nations Council website)

June 21 - 27,  Sid Richardson Scout Ranch, on Lake Bridgeport, near Fort Worth, TX
This is a traditional merit badge camp.
Cost:  TBD
Age requirement:  open to scouts of any age.
Adult coordinator:  Rob Rice.
Camp website:  Camp Sid Richardson   (BSA Longhorn Council website)

July 4 - 12,  Camp Daniel Boone in the mountains of western North Carolina near Asheville
This is a traditional merit badge camp and 56 badges are offered as well as a First Class Trail program.  The group will travel by chartered bus to NC along with the scouts attending the Zip & Splash program.
Cost:  $760.    Deposit:  $100.
Group size: We have reservations for up to 43 scouts.
Age requirement:  open to scouts of any age.
Adult coordinator:  Zig Werlla.
Camp website:  Camp Daniel Boone   (BSA Daniel Boone Council website)

Mid-level Adventure Programs

June 14 - 21,  Big Bend Canoe Trip
This canoe trip will cover approximately 30 miles in the beautiful Boquillas Canyon with 1200 ft cliffs.  This canyon is located within Big Bend National Park.
Cost:  $500.    Deposit:  $100.
Group size: Up to 10 scouts and 4 adults.
Age requirement:  Must be 12 by Jun 1, 2015.
Adult coordinator:  Janice Walden.

June 21 - 27,  Sid Richardson Scout Ranch, on Lake Bridgeport, near Fort Worth, TX
Mid-level program.
Details to come.

July 4 - 12,  Camp Daniel Boone in the mountains of western North Carolina near Asheville
This "Zip & Splash" program includes three days of zip lines and two days of rafting on local whitewater rivers.  The group will travel by chartered bus to NC along with the scouts attending the merit badge camp.  The group will stay in the Daniel Boone base camp each night.
Cost:  $985.    Deposit:  $100.
Group size: The Zip & Splash program is restricted to 6 scouts.
Age requirement:  Must be 13 by Jun 1, 2015, and weigh at least 100 lbs upon arrival at the camp.
Adult coordinator:  Zig Werlla.
Camp website:  Camp Daniel Boone   (BSA Daniel Boone Council website)

June 22 - 27,  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:  TBD
Age requirement:  completed 8th grade.
Adult coordinator: 
Camp website:  Galveston Sea Base  (BSA Bay Area Council website)

July 12 - ??,  Backpacking in Montana
There are three treks planned for the mountains of western Montana.  For scouts who are 12+, there will be an introductory level backpacking trek of 10 to 15 miles (approx).  For scouts who are 13+, there will be a longer trek.  For scouts who are 14+, see the high adventure section below.
Cost:  $1,600 to $1,800.
Adult coordinator:  Charles Williams.

High Adventure Programs

June 13 - 26,  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:  $1,600 (est).
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 coordinator:  James Cauble.
Camp website:  Philmont Scout Ranch   (Philmont website)
To register for this camp:  click HERE for the registration form.

July 4 - 12,  Florida Sailing Adventure
This sailing trip is being organized directly by T-55 and is not part of any BSA camp.  The group will charter a large sail boat for this adventure off of the Florida Keys.
Cost:  TBD
Age requirement:  at least 14 yrs old by time of camp and sailing experience.
Adult coordinator:  Rob Rice.

July 12 - ??,  Backpacking in Montana
There are three treks planned for the mountains of western Montana.  For scouts who are under 14, see the mid level adventures above.  For scouts who are 14+, there will be a long trek possibly covering two full weeks.
Cost:  $1,800, subject to adjustment.
Age requirement:  at least 14 yrs old by time of camp.
Adult coordinator:  Charles Williams.

Leadership camps

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) - June 7-12 and June 15-20, 2015
Held at Bovay Scout Ranch, near Navasota.  Two separate one-week sessions.
Scoutmaster approval is required.  Contact Mr. Lombardi.
For more information about NYLT and for registration, click here, or contact Charles Williams, Bill Helfand or Dick Yale

National Advance Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) - Spring and Summer sessions in 2015
Conducted at Philmont Scout Ranch and BSA's other three high adventure camps.
At Philmont, there are seven separate one-week sessions in Jun, Jul & Aug.
At Florida Sea Base, there are two sessions - Feb 28 - Mar 6 & Apr 11-17.
At Northern Tear, two sessions - Jun 21-27 & Jul 5-11.
At the Summit (in West Virginia), two sessions - Jul 12-18 & Jul 19-25.
Open to scouts who have completed the NYLT course.
Scoutmaster approval is required.  Contact Mr. Lombardi.
For more information about NAYLE and for registration, click here (PDF) or click here (Facebook link), or contact Charles Williams.

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 Robert Lombardi or Ken Alexander.

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Previous summers . . .

2014
Texas Coastal Flyfishing, near Corpus Christi - June 8 - 14
Backpacking in Texas Hill Country - June 11 - 15
El Rancho Cima, Texas - June 22 - 28
Galveston Sea Base - June 30 - July 5
Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico - July 5 - 18
San Marcos Canoe Trip, Texas - July 8 - 11
Summit Bechtel Scout Res, West Virginia - July 13 - 18
European biking trek, Spain, Pyrenees - July 14 - Aug 4
Camp Jeffrey, Colorado - July 20 - 26
Elkhorn High Adventure Base, Colorado - July 20 - 26

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