Camp Pioneer offers a full spectrum of Scouting Summer Fun! For full details, be sure to download a copy of our Leader’s Guide.

See below for a brief summary of our summer offerings.

Fort Tejas — First Year Campers

Trail to First Class at Fort Tejas is our program for younger scouts working toward the First Class rank. A strong foundation in Scouting Skills is essential to a Scouts journey toward Eagle, and we believe that focusing on this will benefit him throughout his time in Scouting.


ATV Safety — Phases I and II

Camp Pioneer is very excited to offer the BSA ATV Activity, which teaches boys and leaders how to safely operate an ATV and use our public land resources responsibly.

ATV Phase I presents the nation’s premier ATV Safety Course curriculum, the ATV Safety Institute’s RiderCourse, through both classroom and hands-on training.  Upon successful completeion of Phase I, scouts and leaders will be certified RiderCourse card holders.  This certification is required in many states and on certain federally owned lands in order to be able operate an ATV on them.

ATV Phase II, new in 2017, will focus on additional reinforcement of the safety principals taught in Phase I, and will also incorporate a longer trail ride to practice these skills, while also doing an exciting geocaching activity.

See details at our ATV Program page.


Aquatics & Waterfront

Who doesn’t love fun in the sun!? In addition to our junior Olympic-sized pool complex, we have both a river and creek on Camp property, allowing us to teach Canoeing and Kayaking merit badges, as well as fishing and other fun waterside activities.

Learn to Swim, Lifesaving, Swimming merit badges, as well as a Mile Swim program are also offered.

New in 2016, we also offer an Off-Camp Kayaking Adventure


Mountain Man

Step back in time to the bygone days of the real “pioneers”. This program is excellent for older Scouts and Leaders alike. Scout must be 13 years of age or older by January 1st of the current year and a First Class Scout. See Page 13.


Project C.O.P.E.

Project C.O.P.E. is comprised of group initiative games and low course activities. Some of the activities involve a group challenge, while others test individual skills and agility.

The C.O.P.E. course provides an opportunity for every participant to achieve success as an individual and as a member of a patrol or team. The activities are not designed to be competitive or to be a race against time.

C.O.P.E. emphasizes more important objectives, including building individual confidence and developing leadership and sense of common cooperation among the members. The course is designed to build more self-confidence in a shorter length of time than anything most people have experienced.


Rich Mountain Hike

The “holy grail” of Camp Pioneer’s program: a 16-mile, off-camp hike for older Scouts and Leaders to the top of beautiful Rich Mountain in the nearby Wilhelmina State Park. After a rigorous ascent up the Mountain, the views are spectacular.

Details, including age and physical fitness requirements, are in the Leader’s Guide.

Participants earn a distinctive patch for completing the hike (one patch per person, per lifetime).


Shooting Sports

Camp Pioneer has a Junior NRA Range for rifle shooting, as well as separate ranges for shotgun shooting and archery. All three merit badges are offered, as well as ample times for free shoot for scouts of all ages.


Ecology and Conservation

Our Ecology-Conservation Area focuses on merit badges such as nature, environmental science, geology, forestry, and similar nature-related disciplines.


Scouting Skills

The Scouting Skills program area focuses on further refining the skills taught in the Trail to First Class program, and includes traditional scouting skills disciplines such as pioneering, orienteering, hiking, camping, and wilderness survival.