Scouting Events and Announcements

West Texas - Spring 2020

posted Jun 13, 2019, 9:24 AM by Jill Douglass   [ updated Jun 20, 2019, 3:23 PM ]

Quick Facts

Date:  Approximately March 14th -March 22nd


3/20/2020-3/22/2020:  Big Bend National Park

Potential Locations

Big Bend National Park
Big Bend Ranch State Park
McDonald's Observatory
Davis Mountains State Park
Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center
Balmorhea State Park
Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site
Guadalupe Mountains National Park


 Location Earliest Reservation Size/Type   Notes
 Big Bend NP n/a Group:  minimum 9 maximum 20   Group site booked:  3/20 - 3/22
 Big Bend Ranch SP Monday, October 14th Primitive Drive In: 8 Person $12 plus entrance fee 42 
   Primitive Drive In:  12 Person $12 plus entrance fee 4 sites 
   Hike In:  6 Person    $10 plus entrance fee sites must be 1/4 mile apart
 Davis Mountains SP  Monday, October 14th Regular:  8 people per site $15-25 per site plus entrance fee  
   Primitive:  4 people per site         $10 plus entrance fee    4 mile hike into mountains
 Guadalupe Mountains NP first come first serve  6 persons $15 per site  
  60 days beforeGroup:  10 - 20 people  $3 person + entrance fee 3 sites 

Canoeing - June 2019

posted Apr 5, 2019, 1:53 PM by Jill Douglass   [ updated Jun 13, 2019, 8:57 AM ]


We are going with Plan B (at the bottom) because of the high flow rates Colorado River.


This is a 20 mile, 2 day, 1 night trip on the water through some beautiful limestone canyons in the Hill Country.


  • Paperwork:  Grant
  • Meal Plan:  Rana
  • Packing List:  Anna
  • Car Plan:  Andrew
  • Canoe Plan:  Andrew
  • Lifeguard:  James
  • Canoe Tender:  Sam
  • Tour Guide:  Ian
  • Astronomer:  Andrew
  • Meteorologist: Lynna
  • Medic:  Anna


  • Break Down
    • Food:  ~$20 (this is an estimate for groceries scouts will purchase themselves)
    • Celebration Lunch at Storm's:  ~$10 (highly variable, basic burger is $3)

Canoe Plan

Canoe #1: Joe/Steve

Canoe #2:  Jill/Sabrina

Canoe #3:  Anna/Mariana

Canoe #4: Ian/Sam/Grant

Canoe #5: Lynna/James

Canoe #6:  Josh/Grant

Canoe #7: Rana/Andrew


  Person    Swim Test Health Forms (A&B)
 1Sabrina Madgett
 2 Jill Douglass x x  x
 3 Steve Dzurenko x x  
 4 Grant Dzurenko x x x 
 5 Anna Dzurenko x x  x
 6 Andrew Michelson x x  x
 7 Rana Benhamou x x 
 8 Lynna Benhamou x x x 
 9 Sam Douglas x x x 
 10 James Hubby x x x 
 11 Mariana Gonclaves x x x 
 12Josh Steltzer x x x 
 13Joe O'Neil x x
 14Ian Douglass x x x 
 15Grant  x x x 

Required Safety Training

Safe Swim Defense: complete
Safety Afloat:  complete
Weather Hazards:  complete


June 8-9, 2019


  • Eat breakfast before we meet or in the car.
  • Meet at the annex at 6 am.
  • Drive to US190 and the Colorado River (31°13'6.13"N  98°33'53.25"W) (88 miles).
  • The trek will start on the west bank of the Colorado River where US 190 crosses the river.
  • On Saturday we'll canoe down the river and spend the night on an island (probably Gravel Bar #3 (see map))


  • Sunday the trek will continue down river to Sulphur Springs Camp in Bend, TX and should arrive early afternoon.  
  • We will plan to stop at Storm's in Lampasas for a cheeseburger. Individuals will need to bring about $12 for the meal. 
  • Drive back to annex.

Packing List


  • 20 liter Dry Bags (2-3)

  • Sleeping Bag

  • Waterproof bag for sleeping bag

  • Sleeping Pad

  • Trowel

Group Gear:

  • Pocket Rocket (similar backpacking cooking stove)

  • Fuel

  • Small pot

  • Tent

  • Rain fly for tent

  • Ground cover for tent

Optional Luxuries:

  • Pillow

  • Canoe Seat

  • Measuring Cups

  • Bowls/Plates/etc.


Nobody wants to Check:

  • Underwears (4ish)

  • Sports &/or Regular Bras (If needed)

Base Layers:

  • 2-3 long sleeves (quick dry or wicking)

  • Waterproof stuff sack for clothing

  • 1 pair of warm pants, sweats... (quick dry)

Actual Clothing:

  • 2-4 Short sleeve shirts (quick dry or wicking)

  • 1-3 pairs of QUICK DRY shorts/ convertible pants or another pair of pants

  • 1-2 swimsuits (1 piece for girls and swim shorts for guys)

  • Rain suit (top and bottom-- Frogg toggs)

  • Waterproof stuff sack for clothing

  • Paddling Gloves (optional)


“Civilian clothing” for ride home:

  • 1 DRY shirt

  • 1 DRY pair of pants/shorts

  • 1 pair of FRESH underwear

  • 1 bra (if applicable)


  • Water shoes/ “wet shoes” (opened toed are acceptable)

  • Tennis shoes/ “dry shoes”

  • 1-3 pairs of socks (bring as many as applicable)

  • Crocs or sandals for in camp wear (Optional)



  • Utensils (Spoons, forks, etc.)

  • Cup

  • Reflectix coozie/ winter hat to “cook” food


  • 3-7 liter capacity Water bottle or camelback water bladder


  • Pocket knife/ multi-tool

  • Sunscreen (for face AND body)

  • Insect repellant

  • Hat (Visors not recommended-- Wide-rim recommended)

  • Flashlight/Headlamp (w/ extra batteries)

  • Lighters

  • 50’ Paracord

  • 1-2 Quick Dry Towels

  • Bandana/ Small hand towel

  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste

  • Sunglasses w/ lanyard

  • Map/ Compass

  • Biodegradable Soap

  • Small roll of Toilet Paper &/or pee rag

  • Personal Repair Kit (Duct tape, nylon ties, safety pins)

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Hair Brush/ Comb

  • Baby powder or Gold Bond (to cut down on chafing)

  • Carabiners for securing gear

  • Deodorant

Personal First Aid Kit:

  • Band-Aids

  • Personal Medication

  • Athletic Tape

  • Antibiotic Ointment (neosporin, etc.)

  • Ibuprofen, benadryl

  • INHALER/ EPI-PEN (if necessary)

Optional Luxuries:

  • Camera/ Watch

  • Chapstick



B: come fed
L: own food
D: own food

Sunday June 9th-
B- own food
L- Storm's (please bring money for this meal)Food:  ~$20 (this is an estimate for groceries scouts will purchase themselves)

Car Plan

To Drop Off Point

 Car #1 Car #2 Car #3 Car #4

From Take Out

 Car #1 Car #2 Car #3

Map / Float Plan

 Way Point   Distance (miles) Cumulative Distance Notes
 Put In 0 0Public access on the west side of the bridge.
 Gravel Bar #1 3.4 3.4 
 Gravel Bar #25.5 8.9 
 Gravel Bar #3 2.6 11.5Saturday night 
Emergency take-out available on private property just north of the gravel bar.  High ground with trees available.  Landing on the left-hand side of the island (facing downstream) and on the very upstream end of the island.  No landing available on right-hand side.
 Gravel Bar #4 4.4 15.9Bridge crossing at Bend, TX.   No public access, but available for emergency take out.  
 Gravel Bar #5 3.4 19.3 
Take Out 1.9 21.2Sunday Afternoon 

River Info

Here is a link for the current river flows - - find the entry for the Colorado River at Bend. 
We will not go if the predicted readings exceed 1500 cfs.

All persons going on the trip must have a current BSA Swim Test.


Canoe Rental Confirmation# 4937979

Plan B

Because the Colorado River may be moving too fast or too high for the planned trip, our plan be is to canoe to Garret Island on Lake Buchanan.

Put In:  Cedar Point Park, Lake Buchanan
Overnight:  Garret Island
Take out:  Cedar Point Park, Lake Buchanan

Cost:  $5 per person to enter the LCRA park
Canoe Route:  ~ 3 miles one way

Garret Island - Crew Canoe

The Aftermath


Eagle Rock Loop 2019

posted Jan 7, 2019, 5:09 PM by Jill Douglass   [ updated Mar 7, 2019, 2:53 PM ]

Quick Facts

To Do List

Register Spot



January 26- Hill of Life training hike
February 23- Hill of Life training hike
Gear Shakedown: Thursday, March 14th at 6:30 pm
Gear Load: Friday, March 15th at 7 pm


March 16:  Leave: Saturday, March 16th: Meet at the annex at 7 am and leave at 7:30 am

March 16:  Arrive at Shady Lake some 8-10 hours later.


March 17:  Sunday- on trail
March 18:  Monday- on trail
March 19:  Tuesday- on trail
March 20:  Wednesday- on trail
March 21:  Thursday- on trail

Post Hiking

March 21:  Thursday Drive to Hot Springs - eat out for dinner; stay in Hotel?
March 22:  Friday grocery shop, Hot Springs National Park, and Pirate's Cove Put Put
March 23:  Saturday- leave for Austin

Return Travel

Arrive: Saturday, March 23rd: Leave Arkansas at 9 am



Breakfast- come fed

Lunch(on the road)- chicken/vegetarian burrito: chicken, tortillas, sour cream, salsa, shredded cheese, rice, avocado

Dinner(campsite)- personal backpacking meal

Sunday-Thursday:  Backpacking 5 breakfast / 5 lunch / 5 Dinner


Dinner(campsite)- eat out


Breakfast(hotel)- Continental Breakfast

Lunch(outings)- peanut butter and jelly sandwich, hummus sandwich, or lunch meat sandwich, chips, and fruit

Dinner(hotel)- eat out


Breakfast(hotel)- Continental Breakfast

Lunch(on the road)- peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Hummus sandwich, or lunch meat sandwich, chips, and fruit


Water filters: Grant(1), O'Neil(2)


  • Paperwork:  Grant
  • Food:  Rana
  • James - Travel Agent
  • Lynna - Cooler Technician and car arrangements

During Trip

  • Medic - Anna
  • Meteorologist
  • LNT - Grant
  • Cooler Technician:  Lynna
  • Bingo

Safely Crossing a River





 Count Person    Medical - ABC YPT Activity Consent
 1 Grant Need ABC N/A 
 2 Anna Need C Need N/A
 3 Jill        Need C Steve has   N/A
 4 Steve GOOD Steve has N/A
 5 Sabrina Need C Steve has N/A
 6 James Need ABC N/A 
 7 Lynna Need ABC N/A 
 8 Sam GOOD N/A 
 9 Rana Need ABC Steve has N/A
 10 Andrew Need C in book N/A


Specialized Equipment
  • Water Shoes
  • At least two water filters
  • Weather Radio


Eagle Rock Loop Info

Stuff to Do

Ranger Stations

Water Gauge


White Water Rafting

posted Nov 26, 2018, 2:33 PM by Jill Douglass   [ updated Jun 27, 2019, 9:11 AM ]

Quick Facts

Where:  Rocky Mountain High Adventure Base, 600 US Hwy 285, Villa Grove, CO 81155
When:  July 20th - July 28th, 2018


 Person   Deposit   Balance   Health Forms Activity Consent Form YPT


Route to RMHAB:

Route back to Austin:



Lost Maples 2019

posted Aug 10, 2018, 10:14 AM by Jill Douglass

Quick Facts

When:  February 16-18, 2019
Where:  Lost Maples State Natural Area, Vanderpool, Texas


HCSNA 2019

posted Aug 10, 2018, 10:05 AM by Jill Douglass   [ updated Jan 7, 2019, 5:22 PM ]

Quick Facts

When:  January 19-21, 2019
Where:  Hill Country State Natural Area, Bandera, Texas
What:  Backpacking

To Do List

  • Attendees
  • Adults - male and female
  • Paperwork
  • Food plan
  • Car Plan


 Person    Health Form A&B Activity Consent    YPT


Buescher State Park 2018

posted Aug 9, 2018, 9:45 AM by Jill Douglass   [ updated Nov 15, 2018, 7:32 AM ]

Quick Facts

When:  December 14-16
Where:  Buescher State Park


Cancelled - Family Campout 2018

posted Aug 6, 2018, 12:26 PM by Jill Douglass   [ updated Sep 26, 2018, 6:43 AM ]

Quick Facts

October: 6-8, 2018
Where: Lake Livingston State Park
Who:  All families


  • Cooking Contest
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Geocaching

Roles and Responsibilities

Activities Chair:  Grant
Food:  Lynna
Paperwork:  James
Car Logistics:  Evan


 Person     Health Form A/B Activity Consent Form 



Wilderness Survival Camp Out

posted Mar 20, 2018, 6:09 PM by Jill Douglass   [ updated Apr 23, 2018, 4:13 PM ]

Quick Facts

What:  Earning the wilderness survival merit badge 
When:  April 20-22, 2018
Where:  Gustine, Texas

To Do

  • Attendees
  • Cars
  • Food
  • Paperwork
  • Activities
  • Sleeping assignments


Friday, April 20th
  • Meet at the annex 6:30pm
  • Arrive at 8151 County Road 278, Gustine, Tx 76455 at 8:30 pm
  • Briefing
  • Sleep
  • Wake up before light
  • No breakfast for survivalists
  • Go to spot for camp
  • Do camp
  • Need to purify water somehow
  • Make fire
  • Make shelter
  • Sleep
  • Do signal thing to get the attention of Search and Rescue (adults)
  • Go home (time TBD)

Packing List

Needs to fit in the provided bag
Anything not listed is optional
A sleeping bag is required but can be out of the bag

Required (any quantity, excluding *)

Sharp tool
Water purifier
Fire starter
Two food bars*
50ft tieable material
½ LT water in a bottle (Outside of bag)


Extra food (any kind)
Smoldering ember
Stuff that doesn't fit in bag
Liquid that starts fire with just a spark

Web Links


Trip Report


2018 Summer Road Trip

posted Jan 16, 2018, 8:50 AM by Jill Douglass   [ updated Jun 27, 2018, 12:57 PM ]

Quick Facts

June 16th-24th
Austin-> Roswell, NM -> Coconino National Forest, AZ -> White Sands, NM -> Austin


If your name has a question mark by it, please respond to this email and let me know whether or not you can come

  1. Andrew
  2. Lynna
  3. Rana
  4. Elyes
  5. Jill
  6. Grant
  7. Anna
  8. Sabrina
  9. Audrie?


Paperwork:  Grant
Reservations:  Anna
Food:  Rana
Backpacking:  ??
Gear Shakedown:  Lynna
Permits:  Andrew
Transportation:  Andrew

Cars and Drivers

Jill and the Black Beast (Honda Pilot) - seats 8
Elyes and Lady Urbanina - seats 7



Day 1 (06/16):

  • Mileage: 0 -> 510 Miles

  • Depart: 6:30 am MUD Annex, Austin 78728

  • Arrive: 4:00 pm, Bottomless Lake State Park, Roswell, NM 88201

  • Meals

    • Breakfast: come fed
    • Lunch: Fruit, cheese, and deli meat kabobs - ate at park along the way
    • Dinner: chicken, bean, and cheese burritos - ate at Bottomless Lake State Park
  • Activities

    • Swimming
    • Telescope
    • Short Hikes
    • Synchronized swimming
  • Comments
    • Very windy, some rain during the night
    • Saw Venus and Jupiter and moon
    • Loud partying neighbors
    • Last night with running water (e.g. shower)

Day 2 (06/17):

  • Mileage: 510 -> 928 Miles

  • Depart: 8:30 am Bottomless Lake State Park

  • Arrive 9 am UFO Museum Roswell

  • Arrive 5 pm Petrified Forest National Park

  • Meals

  • Dinner: Yibin Chinese Stir Fry with fried Tofu
    Breakfast: Fiest Omelet and fruit
    Lunch: Chicken Salad, Egg Salad, pickles, fruit
  • Activities

    Camped in the Painted Desert
    Cooked food at the headquarters after hours

Day 3 (06/18):

  • Petrified Forest National Park to Coconino National Forest

  • We’ll visit…

    • Meteor Crater

    • Painted Desert?

  • To-do

    • Camping area near Kachina Peaks Wilderness or hotel/motel?

    • Do we want to visit the Painted Desert and go 1 hour out of our way?

Day 4 (06/19):

  • Check out the Flagstaff area of Coconino

    • Kachina Peaks Wilderness

      • Humphrey’s Peak

        • Weatherford trail (8.7 miles one-way)

        • Humphrey’s trail (5-5.5 miles one-way)

Day 5 (06/20):

  • Check out the Flagstaff area of Coconino

    • Lava River Cave (1 mile)

    • Sycamore Wilderness

      • Parson’s Trail #144

  • To-do

    • Camping area at Sycamore Wilderness

Day 6 (06/21):

  • Check out the Red Rock area of Coconino

    • AB young trail (2.4 miles w/ 33 switchbacks one-way)

    • Devil’s Bridge (1.6 miles round-trip)

    • Lots of really good trails to check out

  • To-do

    • Camping area in the Red Rock area

Day 7 (06/22):

  • Check out the Mogollon Rim area of Coconino

    • There’s different trails throughout the Cabin Loop system

  • To-do

    • Camping area at Mogollon Rim

    • Food Plan

Day 8 (06/23):

  • Mogollon rim to Alamogordo KOA

  • We’ll visit…

    • Saguaro National Park (lunch stop)

    • White Sands National Monument

  • To-do

    • Make reservations at the Alamogordo KOA

    • Figure out if there’s a fee to enter Saguaro National Park

Day 9 (06/24):

  • Alamogordo KOA to Austin


Summer Road Trip Meal Plan

Non-Perishable Grocery List

Packing List

Below is the link for a 3 Day Backpacking List.  I think it's a good list for the trip because:
  • it includes all the important stuff
  • it's compact (we only have so much room to store stuff in the cars)
  • it will allow us to go backpacking should we choose to do so.

Additional items I would add:
  • bathing suit
  • camp chair


 Location What Price Notes
 Roswell, NM UFO Museum $2-$5 
  Space Walk $2 
 Bottomless Lake State Park     Overnight camping for Roswell $18/night per site 7 people per site (21 miles east of Roswell)
 Snowy River Cave (BLM) Overnight camping for Roswell free or $5 no electricity or water (70 miles east of Roswell)
$5 per campsite if you want water
 Petrified Forest National Park Backcountry camping
 free group permit is limited  to 8
We CAN'T camp here!
Nearby camping
  • Homolovi State Park (51 miles west) ($25/night 12 people)
  • Quaking Aspen (90.3 miles east) ($5/night per site) 
  • KOA camping in Holbrook (24 miles) ($38/night per site - will need 2 sites)
  Entrance Fee $20/car good for 7 days
 Meteor Crater     $18 for adult / $9 for under 18 
 Pine Flat Campground    Camping Sedona Area $22/site 8 people per site - need to book SOON
 Dispersed Camping Free Camping Sedona Area  
 Fort Tuthill     Camping Sedona Area $22/site 8 people per site
 White Sands National Monument  Entrance Fee $5 16 y/o and older (4 adults free with park pass)
  Backcountry camping $3 person 
 Saguaro National Park  Entrance Fee $15/car     good for 7 days

National Park Pass:  Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees (day use fees) at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 or under are admitted free.

Road Trip Movies

The Straight Story
College Road Trip
The Muppet Movie
Are We There Yet
Brother Where Art Thou?
Sure Thing
Smokey and Bandit
Cannonball Run
Wild Hogs


Expenses Worksheet

Crew Money


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