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 avaliable 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. Clases 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 intregal 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.
2017 Trek Lottery is closed.
Please see the chart below for the appropriate information for your trek. Pre-trek meetings will occur at the Portand Scout Office, 2145 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, at 7pm on the dates listed below.
|Trek||Pre-Trek Meeting||Trek Guide|
|Easbound Trek (Jun 17-25, 2017)||May 23, 7pm||TBA|
|Westbound Trek (Aug 19-27, 2017)||July 25, 7pm||TBA|
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 can bring tents 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: (2017 fee TBA)
- Persons selected for Horse Treks must pay a $100 non-refundable deposit by December 31, 2016.
- The balance of fees is due at the orientation meeting about three weeks before departure.