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Introducing the largest horse herd of any of council in the Boy Scouts of America. Our highly trained adult and youth wranglers are here to teach you the ropes no matter your age or experience.  

The Ride of a Lifetime

2022 Horse 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. Must be age 13+ by June 1, 2022.

Eastbound Horse Trek: June 18 – 26, 2022
Westbound Horse Trek: August 20 – 28, 2022

Cost: $675 (additional fees if a youth is not registered with BSA)

Lottery will be open from November 10, 2021 – January 1, 2022. Everyone will be notified February 1, 2022 if they were selected or not.

Saddle Up for Family Fun

Weekend Rides

Safe, Family-Friendly Half-Day Horse Rides Now Available through December 2021!

The largest herd of horses of any council in the BSA is now open for half-day rides! Join us at Butte Creek Scout Ranch for this unique experience! 

To ensure that you have the best experience possible please come prepared:

  • Bring a roster of all the adults and youth with your group to turn into the ranger.
  • Make sure to wear sturdy pants (jeans) and closed-toed shoes
  • Rides are for “Webelo 2,” aged youth, 10 and older.
  • Lunch is NOT provided
  • Please plan on being at the barn 10 mins before your start time to make sure the ride starts on time
    • ½ day AM ride : 9am
    • ½ day PM  ride : 1pm

What Scouters are saying about horse rides at

Butte Creek Scout Ranch

I wanted to send a huge THANK YOU to everyone working (volunteering!) at the horse ranch this morning. We had a wonderful time and I am truly grateful for all the accommodations for my son James. Scouting at its best. And during a pandemic!

Brian, Brennen and especially Ken-who literally went the extra mile, probably more, walking alongside and constantly adjusting stirrups-were phenomenal in ensuring we had a positive experience. They were patient and encouraging and their willingness to step up, to make it work-to do hot, sweaty, unexpected work-did not go unnoticed. True gentlemen. I can’t thank them enough. 

I’m sure this put extra work on the remaining wranglers with the rest of the group too. Kyza thoroughly enjoyed herself with them so all around it was a successful adventure for us. My appreciation goes out to you all!  Great job Butte Creek!

Kristen Kelly

Pack 232

Impact for Generations.
Prepared for Life.

This is more than a motto. It is a manifesto. It is our promise to the community and to every parent and child who Scouts with us. By Scouting in the Cascade Pacific Council (CPC) of the Boy Scouts of America, every youth can learn to make an impact on the world around them and be more prepared for career and life.

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