Mataguay Scout Ranch offers a variety of opportunities for your unit to enjoy an weekend camping. These are just some of the possibilities.
The Mataguay Project COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) course is located at the south end of camp, past the Conference Center (park here and walk to course). Project COPE is a high adventure ropes course, emphasizing leadership, teamwork, and self esteem. The participants climb, swing, balance, jump, rappel, and think of solutions to a variety of activities.
Reservations for COPE are dependent upon the availability of a council instructor. Recommended age is 13+, but our staff will work with your unit so that no one is left out and everyone benefits from learning how to be part of the team. The time required to complete ALL activities is between 30 and 45 hours. We typically deliver 20 hours of program to participants who join us on COPE weekends. There is a mandatory dress code of tennis shoes, socks, jeans or other long pants, and shirt. If you wear glasses a sports band is recommended. Participants with asthma should not forget their inhalers. This is a strenuous activity.
Call the Council Service Center for a Project COPE reservation form or for more information.
Climbing/Rappelling instruction at Mataguay Scout Ranch has similar requirements as those for COPE. Instruction will be on the climbing tower. Here individuals will learn climbing techniques, use of equipment, safety considerations, and terminology.
To earn the Climbing/Rappelling patch, participants must participate in a full climbing/rappelling instruction and camp for the weekend at Mataguay.
Call the Council Service Center for a Climbing/Rappelling reservation form or for more information.
Mataguay Scout Ranch has several shooting sport facilities which can qualify individuals for several of the NRA awards. When reserving these facilities, make a note that you would like to work on these awards and the range master will work this out when you arrive.
The In-Camp Hikes Award is a two inch round patch. To earn the award, participants must complete the following:
The Mataguay Hiker's Award is a four inch boot print patch. Complete the following to earn the Hiker's Award:
The Barrel Springs Award is a two inch round patch. To earn this award a Scout/Leader must:
The MPCCT Award is yet to be determined. It will be a four inch patch. The following must be completed to earn this award:
The MSR Naturalist Award is a four inch square patch with two crossed shovels behind a pine tree. Complete the following to earn this award:
To earn the Graveyard Shift patch, participants must spend one night camped under the stars near the historic cemetery in the valley. Those who can stay the entire night and not be scared back to their site have earned the honor to wear this patch.
To earn any of the segments to Mataguay's year round patch, you simply have to participate in the programmed event. Segments available are: Family Camping, OA Work party, Fall Fellowship, Spring/Winter/Fall Camporee, Fun-With-Son, Webelos Woods, Summer Camp.
For those units who would like to attend camp and use their time there to perform a weekend service project, general camping fees will be waived. This is only for units who plan to work and give service to Mataguay for an entire day (min 6 hours). Service projects must be pre-approved by the Ranger. Units do not qualify for free camping unless a full day's service is rendered. All other fees and deposits must be paid, and other applicable paperwork is the responsibility of the leader.
For extended service over time, there is a Helpful Beaver patch which can be earned. If you are interested in this, please contact the council service center for requirements and an application.