Spade Ranch Adventure at Camp Geronimo
Just when you think that you’ve done it all at Scout Camp, Arizona’s Camp Geronimo takes adventure in camping to a whole new level with the Spade Ranch Adventures! Take your pick of so many great things to do: riding ATV’s, Caving, Canyoneering, Mountain Biking and Canoeing. This program is for Scouts ages 14 and above.
Prepare for Adventure
- Who can participate?: Scouts who are at least 13 years old by Janurary 1 of the
year attending. Participants must be able to pass the BSA Swimmer’s Test in order to participate in the water activities.
- What kind of leadership do we need?: Our program staff provides the primary adult leadership for Spade Ranch Adventure Groups during activity and travel; however, we encourage adults to participate (why should the kids have all the fun?). If your unit plans to register youth females, please also register an adult female to ensure we meet YPT Guidelines.
- How do we get to all of the activities?: The Spade Ranch Staff will provide transportation to and from all activities in either buses or vans.
- Where will we stay?: Participants will stay at Geronimo either with their own unit or
in provisional sites dedicated to Spade Ranch Adventure. We will have one overnight outside of Geronimo.
- With whom will we participate?: To provide an exciting and memorable summer camp experience.
- What kind of special gear do I need?: Spade Ranch Adventure provides certified, high-quality gear for all of its activities. However, each program requires specific personal gear (see page 2) that helps to ensure your safety and enjoyment of the program: (A small backpack with a waist strap will be helpful for carrying gear to and from
Your Week at Spade Ranch Adventures at Camp Geronimo
- Sunday: Arrive at camp and go through the normal check in procedure with your troop. All Spade Ranch participants should stop by the Dining Hall to meet the Spade Ranch Director and receive an overview of the week’s activities. All participants must take the swimmer test on Sunday.
- Monday through Friday: Your schedule will depend upon which activity your group will be doing that day. All the activities will start after breakfast, so be prepared and bring all the items necessary for that day’s activity. There will be a one out-of-camp experience.
- Friday night after Closing Campfire: Have Scouts pack all their belongings except those needed Friday night and Saturday morning.
- Pack all troop gear.
- Check to make sure you received the correct number of participant’s patches.
- Complete the camp evaluation and reserve your spot for next year.
More About the Activities
- Caving: Cavers will explore one of the many caves located along the Mogollon Rim.
- All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) (limited to 8 per class): ATV will spend the entire day
learning how to safely control and maintain an ATV, while completing the ATV Safety Riders Course. There will be a trail ride after the successful completion of the course through the scenic area surrounding Camp Geronimo. The ATV Institute requires that all participants wear long sleeves, long pants, and over-the-ankle boots. Participants must bring these items to camp if they wish to participate in the ATV program.
- Canyoneering: Canyoneering is the exploration of a canyon from point A to point B
using a range of techniques that include hiking, scrambling, sliding, stemming, chimneying
and rappelling. Imagine extreme hiking with a harness, a helmet and appropriate rope
systems. Think reverse climbing and scrambling with a little butt-sliding. Maybe even a
lot of butt-sliding. Canyoneering is the intimate exploration of forgotten Earth. It is poetry
in movement. Put on your game face and get ready to climb, swim, and hike your way
through a local box canyon.
- Mountain Biking: Participants will have an introductory class on the principles and
techniques of Mountain Biking including short and long rides through and on trails around Camp Geronimo.
- Natural Rock Climbing at Blue Ridge Reservoir: If you like the feel of a climbing harness, the cool touch of natural rock, and the taste of sweat as adrenalin pumps through your system, then this is the program for you. Scouts will learn basic climbing skills on the cliffs of Blue Ridge Reservoir. Participants will spend one night at the reservoir. Canoeing will be available if participants finish climbing early or as an alternative.