Horse Riding Programs
The Cascade Pacific Council manages a herd of about 75 horses housed primarily at Butte Creek Scout Ranch. The horses in the council program serve three main program roles. Click the links below to skip to a section or scroll down to find what you are looking for.
Weekend Horse Rides
On most weekends from September through April, horse rides are available for Scouting units and other groups. Rides are available as 'half-day' (3 hours including instruction) or 'full-day' (6 hours including instruction) rides in and around the vast, beautiful property of Butte Creek Scout Ranch. Click on the "Reserve" button below to begin making your reservation for a weekend horse ride at Butte Creek.
Lil' Buckaroo Horsemanship Program
On most weekends from March through May the Lil' Buckaroo Horsemanship program is available for Cub Scouts ages 6-9. Classes are two hours long and teach the history and nature of horses; how to be around horses safely, horse care and grooming; basic riding skills; and cowboy gear. Classes are done in the fully covered arena at Butte Creek.
To find out more and to register click reserve below
Summer Camp Horse Rides
Riding horses is an integral part of the summer program at Camp Baldwin, and is also an activity for campers during the summer at Butte Creek for Cub Scouts and during Girls' Camp. Check your camp leader guide for details on these fun horseback programs.
2019 Horse Trek Lottery
Lottery Sign-ups will be accepted online beginning November 3, 2018 and continue until November 30, 2018. No payment is required to enter the lottery drawing. All persons will be placed into a lottery drawing after the close of the open signup period. One entry per person. Everyone will be notified by December 31 by email if they were selected or not. If selected a deposit of $100 will be due no later than January 15, 2019. If the deposit is not paid by January 15, 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 selected after the open lottery will need to submit the $100 deposit upon registration.
Lottery for 2019 will be open from November 3, 2018 to November 30, 2018
Please see the chart below for the appropriate information for your trek. Pre-trek meetings will occur at the Portland Scout Office, 2145 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, at 7pm on the dates listed below.
|Trek||Pre-Trek Meeting||Trek Guide 2018|
|Easbound Trek June 15-23, 2019||May 21, 2019||Click Here 2018 Guide|
|Westbound Trek August 17-25, 2019||July 23, 2019||Click Here 2018 Guide|
About the Trek
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 reserve a near by spot to spend the night.
Requirements: Riders must have a current medical exam (BSA Medical Form), 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: $650
- Persons selected for Horse Treks must pay a $100 non-refundable deposit by January 15, 2019.
- The balance of fees is due at the orientation meeting about three weeks before departure.