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, Caving, Canyoneering, Mountain Biking and Canoeing.
Prepare for Adventure
- Who can participate?: Scouts who are at least 14 years old by the start of the session they are 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?: All participants will stay in a provisional site dedicated to Spade Ranch while under our infectious disease protocols.
- What kind of special gear do I need?: Please review page 37 of the leader’s guide.
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.
- 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.
- Stand Up Paddle Boards – Discover the sport of stand up paddle boarding from the lake at Camp Geronimo!
- Horseback riding – Join our staff an explore the historic Highline and Arizona Trails.