UPDATE 092318 – Fall Camporee 2018 – Horse Ranch Campout – Sep 21-23, 2018

*** Update 092318 – Fall Camporee 2018 – Information on Injured Wrangler ***

Fall Camporee 2018 Update (092318)

For those that may not know, Evan, one of the wranglers (ranch employee) was thrown from his horse on Saturday, during the last trail ride of the day.  Evan worked with many of the scouts thoughout the day on Saturday helping the riders onto their horses and leading some of the trail rides.

I checked with the ranch this morning on Evan’s condition. He is doing fine and should get out of the hospital on Sunday.  He did fracture his pelvis and will have to take it easy for a few days.  He is expected to fully recover.

Hundreds of photographs were taken during our camporee and they will be posted to the website early this week. They will be available for download.  We will send you email as soon as they are posted, along with details from the camporee.

Thank you.

David Olson
Activities Committee


*** Update 091718 – Adult Trail Rides, Helmets, Trail Ride Release Form ***

Fall Camporee 2018 Update (091718)

Adult Trail Rides

At this time we have over 100 open spots available for adults who would like to ride a horse. We are asking that you to register at this time .  Even though you are registering online, separately from your unit, we will make sure to place you with your unit for the trail ride.


Please bring an equestrian helmet or a bike helmet to camporee for use on the trail ride. In addition, please be prepared to share your helmet with other Scouts.

Trail Ride Release Form

The Camporee Information Packet included a Trail Ride Release of Liability Form. This form must be provided at the cracker barrel on Friday night, or Saturday if you are checking in at that time. If you do not provide the district with an executed release form, you will not be issued a wrist band to ride a horse.  The release form is also provided on the Fall Camporee Resources page

As of today, we have nearly 500 people booked or in process to attended Fall Camporee!

*** Update 091318 – Horsemanship Merit Badge, Maps of Camp, and Water ***

Fall Camporee 2018 Update  (091318)

Horsemanship Merit Badge

The merit badge counselor will be covering the following items found in the Horsemanship Merit Badge Workbook  (the link is also found in the Camporee Information Packet). Please print the booklet and bring it with you to camporee, in addition to a filled out blue card.

  • Items 1, 2, 7, 9, and 9
  • If there is time, items 3, 4, 5, and 6 will be covered.

If items in the workbook are completed before camporee, the merit badge counselor will sign off on those items if he does not cover them at camporee.

The merit badge counselor will be covering safety matters while handling a horse more than heath concerns.

Maps of Camp

The maps of the camp have been added to the camporee resource page of the website


Water is available but at considerable distance from camp. To carry water from that distance would be difficult and the use of a car would be preferred. Please see the camp maps on the camporee resource page An alternative would be to bring water with you to camporee.

Join us for the Horses and BEANS!

Sep 21-23, 2018
Carver County, Minnesota

Price per Person – $15.00 plus an optional $30.00 for a horseback trail ride

NOTE:  Please see the Camporee Information Packet below for all the details.

Come join your fellow Boy Scouts, Venturers, Webelos, AND Bear Scouts from the Lake Minnetonka District for our Fall Camporee 2018 at the River Valley Ranch, September 21-23, 2018.

Located on 480 private acres in Carver, Minnesota on the shores of the beautiful Minnesota River, this location is fantastic! There are dense woods, open fields, and secluded areas. In fact, it is considered one of the best trail ride locations in the Twin Cities!

Friday and/ or Saturday Tent Camping – Lake Minnetonka District, AND OTHER NSC DISTRICT,  Webelos, Bears, Boy Scouts, and Venturers are welcome to camp Friday and/or Saturday night.

Saturday Activities – BEAR SCOUTS, WEBELOS, BOY SCOUTS, and VENTURERS are welcome to participate if they plan to camp over night or just come out for the day on Saturday.

Event Flyer Camporee Information Packet Camporee Resources & Registration


Price per Person – $15.00 plus an optional $30.00 for horseback trail ride

  • $15.00 – Tent  Overnight  + Saturday Activities – Overnight Bring Your Own Tent Camping either Friday or  Saturday or both. Includes Saturday Activities, all programs and events, merit badge and adventure loop/pin offerings, and camporee patch (trail ride extra)
  • $15.00 – Saturday Day Only – Includes Saturday Activities, all programs and events, merit badge and adventure loop/pin offerings, and camporee patch (trail ride extra).  
  • $30.00* – One Hour  Tail Ride (optional) –  one hour horseback trail ride
  • $  3.00  – Metalwork Merit Badge (optional)

* Does not include a 5% processing  fee.


  • One-hour horseback trail rides 
    • STAFF WILL PICK a horse based on skill level.
    • RIDERS must have the physical ability to mount the horse unassisted.
  • Merit badges* 
    • Horsemanship
    • Wilderness Survival
    • Metalwork
    • Fishing
  • Webelos Adventure Pins*
    • Outdoorsman
    • Webelos Walkabout
    • Cast Iron Chef
    • Castaway
    • Into the Woods
    • Into the Wild
  • Bear Adventure Belt Loops*
    • Bear Necessities
    • A Bear Goes Fishing
    • Bear Picnic Basket
    • Fur, Feathers, and Ferns
  • Unit competitions – including a Western Cooking Contest
  • Climbing wall
  • Fishing
  • Campfire program
  • Camporee patch

We will continue with our popular carnival atmosphere where you can take advantage of preplanned activities, or create your own program and have some downtime. This is a western-themed event, so dress and cook appropriately. In other words, cowboy hats, boots, and lots of beans in the Dutch oven is expected and appreciated.  Invite your Webelos!

Many thanks to our host units T174 T303, T330, T409, T589, T702, Jim Lindfors, Brett Schneider, Brian Klein, Mellissa Stanfa-Brew, Sally Jensen, David Olson, and the Activities Committee for working on this Camporee.

* Scouts may earn partial credit for the merit badges and adventure loops/pins offered at this camporee.

This will be a fantastic event you won’t want to miss!

Thank you.

Daron Meyer

Scott Janke
Vice Chair and Key 5

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