Camp Billy Gibbons is located on Brady Creek 13 miles south of Richland Springs, TX and is one of the older camps in this area.

The camp is operated year-round and is used for summer camp, Order of the Arrow, Camporees, Junior Leader Training, Boy Scout Leader Basic Training and weekend camping by Scout Troops.

Water and electricity are available only for official Council activities. A permit is required to use the camp. The first summer camp was held in 1931 at the “old” Camp Billy Gibbons located about three miles down river from the “new” camp which held its first summer camp in 1947. Contact the Texas Trails Council if you would like more information on Camp Billy Gibbons for summer camp or making a reservation for your unit to campout on a weekend.

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Usage Policy for Camp Billy Gibbons

Texas Trails’ Camp Billy Gibbons is used year-round by units in the Council. As the Council does not have a Camp Ranger residing in the camp, a set of regulations has been established which all groups and units must adhere to when using the facilities.

All groups, units and individuals, must receive advance approval by the Council before using the camp. Applications for approval to use camp are available from the Council Service Center.

OVERNIGHT CAMPING

Available only to registered Webelos, Boy Scouts, Varsity Team Members. Venture Crews, leaders and qualified prospective members and adults. Tiger Cubs and Cub Scouts are restricted to daytime use, only, except for family camping approved by the Council. Special Work Project Crews as approved by the Council.

TWO DEEP LEADERSHIP

All units must have two (2) registered leaders or one (1) adult and a parent of a participating Scout, one of whom must be a least 21 years of age or older. Venture Crews must have two (2) leaders at least 21 years of age, one of which must be a female if the Crew is co-ed.

Male and female leadership require separate sleeping facilities. Married couples may share the same quarters if appropriate tent or facilities are available. Male and female youth participants will not share the same the same sleeping facility. NO YOUTH may stay in the tent of an adult other than his/her parent or guardian.

Youth and adults will not shower at the same time in the same facility. If separate shower and restroom facilities are not available, schedule and post times for youth/adult and male/female shower use. For restroom use, the buddy system should be utilized by having a person wait outside the entrance; or use “occupied” and “unoccupied” signs and/or inside door latches.

TRANSPORTATION

Seat belts are required for all occupants. Trucks may not be used for transporting passengers except in the cab. No person may ride in the bed of a truck even if it has a cab on it. Trailers must never be used for carrying passengers. Only licensed drivers at least 18 years of age may drive a vehicle in camp. A licensed youth members at least 16 years of age may be a driver, provided an adult who is at least 21 years of age is in the vehicle with the youth, and provided the youth has at least six (6) month’s driving experience as a licensed driver (not a Learner’s Permit).

All cars and trucks must be parked in the parking lot AT ALL TIMES during special activities, including Order of the Arrow, Camporees, Summer Camps, Training Courses, etc. Vehicles are allowed in campsites to unload and load equipment.

CAMP PROGRAM FACILITIES

All swimming activity must be conducted according to the Safe Swim Defense Plan. All boating and/or canoeing activities must follow Safety AFloat and ALL persons in a boat or canoe must wear a Personal Floatation device (PFD) at all times. Rifle Range must be used under supervision of a currently certified NRA rifle instructor who is 21 years of age or older. Prior permission for use of range must be obtained from the Council.

CAMP PROPERTY

Units should camp only in established campsites unless otherwise authorized by the Council Office. Fires are to be built in established areas and under constant supervision. All trash and garbage must be taken home with you as we have not trash dump. No flames in tents. Only flashlights and electric lanterns are permitted in tents. Chemical stoves and lanterns may be used in camp (but not in tents) only with knowledgeable adult supervision. Keep campsite neat and clean. Restrooms must be swept out and cleaned. No trash should be thrown in latrines pits. Latrine seats should be cleaned and closed. Urinals should be cleaned of any debris. Water faucets are to be turned off in the summer. During the winter time, when water is off, all faucets need to be left open to prevent freezing. Buildings/lodges need to be cleaned and swept out, fireplaces cleaned out of all ashes, lights turned off, doors, windows and shutters closed. Any damages should be reported to the Council Office.

CONSERVATION

Protect wildflowers, trees and wildlife. Do not cut trees or use chain saws without permission of the Council Office. Only trees that have been specially marked by the Council may be cut or trimmed. Do not ditch tents or otherwise alter terrain. Units are encouraged to complete a conservation project. Chain saws may only be used by persons 21 years of age or older wearing proper safety gear. Eighteen to twenty year olds may use chain saws under proper supervision by an adult 21 years of age or older.

INSURANCE

The Texas Trails Council carries Camper’s Accident and Sickness insurance. Contact the Council Office of additional information on the insurance.

DO NOT BRING PROHIBITED ITEMS

Any alcoholic beverage or controlled substances, fireworks, dogs or pets of any kind, firearms, ammunition or archery equipment.

Adult leaders should support the attitude that young adults are better off without tobacco and should not allow the use of tobacco products at camp.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ADJACENT PROPERTY

The private property (Sorell Ranch) on the other side of Brady Creek is OFF LIMITS to Scouts, etc. unless prior permission is obtained from the OWNERS. Contact the Council Office for details. Any group, regardless of its size, must be under adult supervision at all times and may not be on the ranch during hunting season for safety reasons. NO fires or overnight camping is permitted. All gates, water systems, etc. must be left alone or left as they are found. Bring back all trash with you. No hunting or fishing is allowed on the ranch.

Scout Shop
Monday - 10:00 - 5:00
Tuesday - Friday - 8:30 to 5:00
Saturday - 9:00 to 1:00

Service Center
Monday - 10:00 to 5:00
Tuesday - Friday - 8:30 to 5:00
Closed Saturday & Sunday

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3811 N. 1st St., Abilene, TX 79603
Phone (325) 677-2688
Fax (325) 677-2923

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