Nowadays we live in a cocoon of technology that shields us from real-world life lessons that are vital to success. Squad STX's perspective is that less screen time and more physical, action-oriented programs like ours are essential for young men to become grounded in actual leadership. We use primitive camping and orienteering to promote the classic U. S. Army leadership values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage!
Our executive leadership team is a group of U. S. Army buddies with a combined 35 years of active military duty that are passionate about imparting basic but very important leadership lessons often overlooked outside of the military. Squad instructors are cadets or newly commissioned lieutenants from ROTC programs at Texas A&M, University of Texas, and other Texas schools.
We provide boys hands-on leadership experience and team building skills instead of just talking about them, and we do all this without the trappings of modern camp gear—we use tarps as shelters, not tents. Campers must be motivated to come, because we are not a boot camp for troubled teens, and we don't cancel for rain!
“Civilization shouts, gives orders, writes rules, puts man in institutions, and intimidates him with a thousand irritating directives. In return it offers him protections, soul salvation, and a living if he can find it. Nature looks down on him and broods in silence. The noises of running streams and wind in the trees are its own, not directed at but soothing to him because he heard them before he heard the noises of civilization.”
-Walter Prescott Webb
Dustin Stewart is a former U.S. Army infantry captain from Tyler, Texas that has spent most of his life and career running around in the woods. Dustin started Squad STX Tactical Camping in 2018 by combining military "STX" (situational training exercise) techniques with childhood camping experiences at Pine Cove and the Boy Scouts to create an alternative to the traditional kumbaya summer camp culture. The goal is to provide boys a tough, yet fun, way to learn real outdoor skills and leadership in the Texas Hill Country!
...Best infantry company commander in my battalion...the most effective trainer of all my company commanders in all facets of preparing teams and squads...exceptional leader and represents the best of what we seek in our tactical commanders.
...Ability to mentor numerous young lieutenants, focus senior non-commissioned officers, and motivate his peers to accomplish a host of tasks was exceptional...superior to peers in work ethic, maturity, intellect, and leadership skills..gifted planner and strategist.
...One of the best lieutenants I have observed in over 17 years of service...peerless intellect, uncommon ruggedness, and a charismatic leadership style. His coolness under pressure and deliberate problem-solving techniques, even during periods of unbelievable stress.