D-bar-A is unlike any Boy Scout camp in the state of Michigan. This camp, tucked away in Metamora, is a working ranch featuring their own herd of horses for riding programs, longhorn cattle, three lakes and 1700 acres of Scouting paradise. As soon as you enter the Texas style gate entry, you will know that you’re in for an experience that you can’t get anywhere else.
The pace isn’t slow at D-bar-A though… Here your first year scouts can take part in the Rawhide program where we have all the tools and staff to teach scouts the fundamental skills of Tenderfoot, Second and First Class ranks. And as long as we’re talking about program, we have tons for the older scouts to do too! Older scouts can join the Rangers as they offer programs at the shop. Or, be part of the shooting sports program where they can work on rifle, shotgun and archery. We even have muzzle-loading, paintball and primitive shooting down on this range where scouts can throw spears, tomahawks and knives!
If your scouts love horses then we have a program for that too. Silver Spur Corral is the area that D-bar-A is best know for and is where scouts can earn the Horsemanship Merit Badge and take part in trail rides. For the real cowboys, we also have the Mini Yucca Wranglers Adventure event where scouts will ride their horse out to a camp-site where they will spend the night.
And if your scouts are a bit horse-shy they are invited to bring their iron horse to challenge themselves on the many miles of mountain biking terrain throughout the camp. Here scouts can also earn their Cycling Merit Badge with the Mountain Biking option.
After all that dusty activity and hard work, your scouts will be ready for a dip! Situated on Lockwood Lake scouts have a ton of opportunity to earn the traditional aquatics merit badges like swimming, lifesaving, rowing, canoeing and kayaking. For the more adventurous, D-bar-A has boating and even paddle-boarding!
Did we mention that D-bar-A also has an observatory situated on a small island in Trout Lake. This 12′ x 16′ observatory has a roof that rolls off to one side so the Celestron 14″ SCT HD reflector telescope (trust us this thing is huge) inside will have your scouts seeing stars all night.