100% Outdoor • 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
WHO / WHERE
Boys age 10-16 interested in camping, wilderness & survival skills, ROTC stuff or just an overnight outdoor adventure. Father & son camps are also available. Instructors are former infantry officers and ROTC cadets. Camp is conducted at Dinosaur Valley State Park—see map below.
WHEN / COST
Summer 5-day sessions are in June or July. Spring weekend sessions are conducted in March. Prices range from $449 to $1299 depending on session length and various discounts offered. Payment plans are available.
Boys learn leadership skills by rotating squad leaders everyday and through a focus on basics like personnel and gear accountability and team competitions.
Campers learn and practice basic survival skills and orienteering. While camping experience is not required, a standard sports physical is—see Requirements page.
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. Campers will hike about 30 to 40 miles in total.
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.
SUMMER 5-DAY SCHEDULE
SPRING BREAK WEEKEND
Campers will hike six to ten miles a day and 30 to 40 miles in 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 recommended pre-camp physical 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, and campers must submit a standard sports physical to ensure they are fit for our program.
Attend however many sessions you want — campers are not required to attend every session.