Annual Horse Trek2019-02-14T11:52:31-07:00

Annual Horse Trek

  • Horse Trek - Cascade Pacific Council, BSA

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, Oregon. 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 his/her personal gear, a sleeping bag and a tent. Plan to sleep under the stars while listening to the crickets chirping and bullfrogs croaking. Grub is served chuck wagon style by Cookie and his staff.

What you’ll get to experience

A typical day begins around 6:00 am 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 general camp fun. Camp settles down around 10:00 pm, 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. Your family can reserve a nearby 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.
– The balance of fees is due at the orientation meeting about three weeks before departure.

2019 Horse Trek Dates

Eastbound Trek (Butte Creek to Camp Baldwin)

  • June 15 – 23, 2019
  • The pre-trip mandatory meeting is May 21, 2019, 7 p.m. at the Portland CPCBSA Office – 2145 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201

Westbound Trek (Camp Baldwin to Butte Creek)

  • August 17 – 25, 2019
  • The pre-trip mandatory meeting is July 23, 2019, 7 p.m. at the Portland CPCBSA Office – 2145 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201

Horse Trek Lottery

Because of demand and limited spots on the horse trek, each year, riders are selected using a lottery system. The lottery runs in the month of November. No payment is required to enter the lottery drawing.  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. 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.