Spade Ranch at Camp Geronimo
Arizona’s Camp Geronimo takes adventure to the next level! Take your pick of so many great activities to enjoy: horseback riding, caving, rock climbing, canyoneering, mountain biking and canoeing.
Our program staff provides the 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?).
Who Is Spade Ranch High Adventure Camp For?
Spade Ranch is a high-adventure program offered by the Grand Canyon Council, BSA. This is not a traditional summer camp—participants 14 and older will be introduced to and learn how to dive into exciting programs such as caving, horseback riding, canoeing, canyoneering, and mountain biking. Join our expert staff and volunteers for an unforgettable summer experience. View Spade Ranch Parent Guide.
$500 camp fee for participants 14 and older. Participants not registered in Scouting will need to pay a one-time membership fee of $100 that includes general liability, secondary health insurance coverage, and access to the many programs offered by the scouting program.
Your week at Geronimo:
Sunday: Participants arrive between 1:00pm to 4:30pm and settle in at camp before meeting the Spade Ranch Director in the evening to receive the overview of their week’s activities. All participants will 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: Youth may be picked up any time after 4:00pm on Friday, but are invited to stay through the camp’s closing campfire Friday night and until Saturday morning. Friday we will have youth pack all their belongings except those needed Friday night and Saturday morning. Check to make sure you received the correct patches!
Jump feet first into water over the head in depth. Level off and swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and must include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating.
Camp Experiences Will Include:
- Caving – Participants will explore one of the many caves located along the Mogollon Rim. Be prepared to get muddy as you experience total darkness, learn about cave formations, and practice low impact caving techniques.
- Canyoneering is the exploration of a canyon from point A to B using a range of techniques that hiking, swimming, climbing, rappelling, scrambling, sliding, stemming, and chimneying. Explore the forgotten or rarely seen areas of Mother Earth. Christopher Creek where it runs through Box Canyon is a fun and challenging place to test your Hiking, Bouldering, and Rappelling skills. You will climb, swim, hike, and rappel through waterfalls in this fun adventure.
- Stand-up Paddle-boarding has its roots in Hawaii and modern paddlers use them for everything from Yoga to surfing. Spend some time learning about SUP on the Geronimo Lake. Interested scouts can even earn the BSA Paddle-boarding Award.
- Natural Rock Climbing and Canoeing 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. In the cool morning participants will practice basic climbing skills and spend the afternoon canoeing in the reservoir
- Mountain Biking – Participants will have an introductory class on the principles and techniques of Mtn Biking including short and long rides through and on trails around Camp Geronimo.
- Horseback riding – Participants will have the opportunity to go on an out-of-camp, overnight camping horseback ride. They will experience the entire process of retrieving the horse from the field to tacking and saddling it up to feed and personal care.
- Challenge Course – Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their team building and leadership skills with interactive activities and cable-to-pole elements (Low COPE Course).