100% Outdoors, team focus
alternative to Boy scouts
Less KumBaya, More Hooah
Shelter Planning • Day & Night Hiking • Camping • Map Reading • Land Navigation
Swimming • Cooking • Lasertag missions • Knife Handling • Survival Skills
Squad STX is for boys age 11-16 interested in camping, wilderness skills, ROTC or just outdoor adventures. Father & son camps are also available. Instructors are former infantry officers and ROTC cadets.
100% outdoor overnight primitive camping and hiking. Five-day sessions and weekend sessions both available. No cabins, no tents, and no air conditioning. Can be physically and emotionally exhausting.
Our main five-day overnight summer camps are conducted in June and July, with three sessions to choose from. Weekend camps are also available in the spring & fall.
Camp is held at Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas.
TOUGH, FUN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE
Campers experience primitive camping, day & night hiking and small group leadership in a 100% outdoor overnight environment. Boys will learn techniques for setting up tarp shelters, reading contour maps, navigating to places around the park using terrain association, cooking meals using propane stoves and campfires, keeping track of each other and squad gear, and taking care of their feet.
BACK TO BASICS
Squad STX is different from traditional scouting trips and summer camps. We focus on basic leadership principles using situational training exercises (STX), and leadership positions rotate daily within squads to give everyone experience making decisions to accomplish squad objectives. Boys will not come away from Squad STX as Eagle Scouts or the next General Patton, but they will have a newfound understanding of basic leadership and camping skills.
5-DAY OVERNIGHT CAMPS
WEEKEND OVERNIGHT CAMPS
Campers will hike four to eight miles a day and 20-35 miles total, one to two hours at a time. Campers must have the stamina and outdoor fitness capacity for hiking in hot Texas weather. We mitigate the heat by swimming or lounging around at the river during the hottest parts of the day, but pre-camp heat conditioning is a must! Campers will be in a Texas state park sleeping out under the stars and tarps (not in tents). Heat is the main enemy, even in fall & spring sessions, so please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for more info regarding necessary pre-camp heat conditioning.
Squad STX is directed by former U.S. Army infantry officers trained in wilderness operations, and squad instructors are ROTC cadets personally recruited from Texas universities with background checks. All activities are conducted inside Dinosaur Valley State Park in coordination with park safety protocols. First aid kits are provided and kept on the campers at all times.