Horse Treks

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Getting ready to leave Camp Baldwin, we get the horses saddled upTaking a break in a lush meadow near High PrairieHeading on down the trailA cool creek crossing provides a quick refresher for horse and riderDinnertime in the campsite - there is always a song and campfire story


Eastbound Trek: Butte Creek to Camp Baldwin: June 20-28
Westbound Trek: Camp Baldwin to Butte Creek: August 22-30

Click Here to Enter Lottery Drawing for Eastbound Trek

(June 20-28, 2015)

Click Here to Enter Lottery Drawing for Westbound Trek

(August 22-30, 2015 )


Join us on this once in a lifetime adventure traveling the 165 miles between Butte Creek Scout Ranch, near the Scotts Mills area northeast of Salem, and Camp Baldwin, near Dufur. Travel through the majestic Mt. Hood Wilderness Area where you’ll learn about horses, the wilderness, horse-packing, and lots of cowboy tales from head wrangler Scott DePaolo and his crack team of wranglers. Each rider will bring their personal gear, sleeping bag and a tent. If the heavens are smiling down on us, plan to sleep under the stars while listening to the crickets chirping and bull-frogs croaking. Grub is served chuck wagon style by Cookie and his staff.

A typical day begins around 6:00am with a wake-up call from the night watch. You’ll stow your gear, eat some grub, break open a bale of hay to feed your horse, groom and saddle your horse, and prepare for an exciting day of riding. As you cover the miles to the next campsite, the chuck-wagon crew will load the gear and head out for the evening stop. In the late afternoon you’ll arrive at camp and unsaddle and brush your horse. After all of the horses are groomed, fed, and cared for, you’ll reclaim your gear and set up camp for the night. After dinner clean-up by the riders and vet check, the "all-call" is sounded, gathering all to hear any announcements and night watch assignments. The balance of the evening is free for socializing, snoozing, learning how to rope, or whatever. Camp settles down around 10:00pm, except for the first two-person night watch crew. Each crew takes a two hour shift checking on horses and ties, making sure each animal has hay, and that no lead ropes are tangled.

Invite your family to attend the fantastic mid-week barbecue which ends with a rousing campfire program. The family can bring tents to spend the night.


Riders must have a current medical exam (BSA Medical Form - A, B, C), accident insurance and have reached the age of 13 by June 1. Due to limitations of the horses in the herd, the weight limit per rider is 240 pounds. The rider needs to be able to mount and dismount unassisted and have thoroughly studied the Horsemanship merit badge book.


- All participants: $550.00
- Persons selected for Horse Treks must pay a $100 non-refundable deposit by December 31, 2014. The balance of fees is then due at the orientation meeting about three weeks before departure.


Click the 'ENTER LOTTERY DRAWING' link at the top of this page beginning November 1. All persons will be placed into a lottery drawing after the close of the open signup period of Nov 1-30, 2014. 

Persons selected will be notified by December 15, and a deposit of $100 will be due no later than December 31, 2014. If the deposit is not paid by December 31, the spot will be released to a person on the wait list. Once a trek is full all other applicants will remain on the wait list in case openings arise. Persons that sign-up after the open signup period of Nov 1-30 will be placed on the wait list.

Credit cards for persons on the wait list will not be billed for the deposit until they are actually selected for the Trek.


Orientation meetings will be held at the Portland Service Center at 7:00 pm approximately 3 weeks prior to departure. Final instructions and additional information will be given out at the meeting; all participants should plan to attend. Actual meeting dates will be sent to participants.


Should changes to your reservation be necessary, they must be in writing and include the unit number, reservation number, changes requested, name of person requesting the change, and phone number. The office will make the change and contact that person if there are questions. It's necessary to have this in writing to serve you more efficiently, and ensure that your reservation is correct.


Payment transfers will be considered only upon council approval. The council must receive written authorization, by fax, email or in person, from all parties involved before a transfer can be completed.


Scouts in need may apply for financial assistance (partial fees are awarded) by submitting an Opportunity Fund Application by May 1, 2015. Camperships are funded through donations specifically for this purpose, and are limited. A person can receive one campership per year. Camperships are available only to members of Cascade Pacific Council. The form is available at Volunteer Service Centers and online at


Up to the orientation meeting for your trek the total fee less the $100.00 initial sign-up deposit will be refunded, only if a written request is made to the Portland Service Center and a replacement rider is able to take your place. After the orientation meeting, no refunds will be granted.

Contact the Portland Service Center with any questions by E-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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