Butte Creek Scout RanchThe Only Cub Scout Horse Ranch on the West Coast
With the largest horse herd of any BSA council, you’ll always find a friendly horse to ride no matter your age or experience. Join us for wild west experience you’ll never forget.
Cub Scout Grit Starts Here
The Incredible Story of the 2020 Wildfires that Nearly Destroyed the Ranch and the Donors and Volunteers Who Rebuilt Butte Creek Scout Ranch
Welcome to the wild, wild west! The moment each Cub Scout steps onto Main Street and lays eyes on the old frontier town of Butte Creek, he or she will find it easy to imagine themselves as part of the wild west. Butte Creek has a western town Main Street, and each day the mail is delivered by the Pony Express.
Hootenanny Party & Street Show
Participate in the “hootenanny,” a party on Main Street featuring games, a moseying contest and includes a special visit from Butte Creek’s very own sheriff. Enjoy a weekly Street Show for the entire family that’s a walk-through the history of the American West.
New Campsites, Wash Stations and Flushing Outhouses
Following the 2020 wildfires that destroyed nearly all of Butte Creek’s campsites, donors responded immediately, allowing us to rebuild all of our campsites for Summer Camp (See the Full Story).
Meanwhile, we have new wash stations and flushing outhouses for a cleaner experience for kids and families. (Remember: this is a working horse ranch, so you are guaranteed to get a dirty too! But this is where Cub Scouts go to get GRIT!)
Accommodations: Each pack stays in a campsite identified by different “brands.” The brands are Setting Sun, Lazy B, Yellow Rose, Happy River, Circle T, 2 of Hearts, Flying J, Rocking K, and the newest site, Walking 3. Meals are served in a large full service dining hall.
First-timer? Well, welcome to Butte Creek, pardner.
Once ya’ll arrive, we’ll do a quick health check and then give you a tour of camp. (Remember, this is a working ranch, so watch your step for horse pies!) Our wagons will bring your gear to your campsite, or if you’ve got grit, you can lug it there yourself. Then the fun begins!
Here, you’ll love our western-themed downtown, dining hall and trading post. You’ll sleep in new, 2-person mini-adirondacks. (These are like a big “Snoopy house” with raised wood bunks.) We also have new shower houses and flusing outhouses throughout camp. Remember, this is a working ranch, so watch your step for horse pies!
Rip roarin’ fun!
Prepare for fun! You can pan for gold in Butte Creek, pet our farm animals, or get a helmet on and go for a horse ride. You can hike, do archery, shoot BB guns and more! It’s all safe and monitored by our trained staff and wranglers. Your camp mail will arrive via “Pony Express” too!
This ain’t your ordinary, cutesy little Cub Camp. Yup, we’ve got archery, and BB guns and nature and all yer camp standards. But Butte Creek offers something special: a one-of-a kind Wild West experience with real cow-folk who live the lifestyle all year ’round. And we guarantee, parents will have as big a hoot as the kids. Don’t worry: we’ll provide the spurs.
Wild West Town
Why Butte Creek Scout Ranch?
A Taste of the Wild West
With highly-trained wranglers and the largest herd of horses of any BSA council, Butte Creek is a Cub Scout experience that can’t be beat. With real cowboy tales from the trail and rides for all ages of Scouts, you’ll see why young cowpokes and their families return year after year.