Scouting Events and Announcements

Government Canyon SNA 2020

posted Sep 28, 2019, 8:24 AM by Jill Douglass

Quick Facts

When:  November 8-10
Where:  Government Canyon State Natural Area (12861 Galm Rd, San Antonio, TX 78254)
What:  Day hiking, primitive camping


  • Fire-Person: Sam
  • Paperwork Person: Sam
  • Food Person: Mariana
  • Car-Plan Person: Grant D.


  • Route: Wildcat Canyon and Sendero Balcones Loop
  • Activity: day-hiking
  • Cooking: King of the Hill style


 Person Health Form A&B YPT Consent Form 
 1 Jill Douglass    
 2 Steve Dzurenko    
 3 Grant Dzurenko    
 4 Sam Douglas    
 5 Mariana Poledna-Goncalves    
 6  John    



Montana 2020

posted Sep 24, 2019, 10:17 AM by Jill Douglass   [ updated Sep 24, 2019, 11:26 AM ]

Quick Facts

Date:  July 2020
Where:  Glacier National Park
What:  Backpacking Camping


Montana 2020

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 



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