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Days of Discovery Camp

Do you know what life was like in Texas in the 1800s?

Do you know what kids would do every day in the 1800s?

Do you know what they had to learn?

Take a step back in time to Texas in the mid 1800s at our Days of Discovery Summer Day Camp hosted at Pioneer Farms in northeast Austin. Learn about the skills used in days gone past, such as metal shaping, quilting, candle making, gardening, archery, animal care and much more. Have you sent messages to friends using only a telegraph? Have you helped on a real archaeological dig? At Days of Discovery, you will do all this, and more.

Days of Discovery Day Camp will also help your Cub Scout get a jump start on completing requirements for the new Cub Scout advancement program (which goes into effect June 1)!

Where is camp?

The camp is hosted at Pioneer Farms in Northeast Austin in a restored Texas pioneer community.

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When is the camp?

  • Week 1: June 3-7, 2024
  • Week 2: June 10-14, 2024

Days of Discovery Summer Day Camp is a week-long day camp. The camp starts everyday Monday-Friday at 9:00am. Camp ends at 3:30pm Monday – Thursday. On Friday, from 3:30-4:00pm, we will have a short closing campfire ceremony for parents and campers.

Parents can bring campers as early as 8:45am and will need to walk the camper to the check in table. Once the camper is checked in with camp staff, parents are free to leave or can stay if they wish. Parents need to pick campers up by 3:45pm.


What will campers (Scout and non-Scout) learn?

All youth will visit the following stations:

  • Games (example activity  – learn old time games like Wheelbarrow Races and Jacks)
  • Art (Example activity – bring an older shirt or other item of cloth and create a keepsake quilt)
  • Conservation (Example activity – learn important and dangerous plants in the Austin area)
  • Pioneer Tech (Example activity – make your own candle using beewax and local add-ins)
  • Shooting Sports – (Example activity – learn to shoot archery)
  • Den Time – (Example Activity – create or learn a Scouting Skit for the campfire)

What will Cub Scouts earn while at camp?

While at the camp, registered Cub Scouts will complete these updated Adventures, part of the new Cub Scout advancement program:

  • Champions of Nature (all ranks)
  • Archery (all ranks)
  • BB (all ranks)
  • Tiger Tag (Tiger Rank only)
  • Code of the Wolf (Wolf rank only)
  • Baloo the Builder (Bear rank only)
  • Build It (Webelos rank only)
  • Into the Woods (AOL rank only)
  • Slingshot (all ranks)

Note: all awards pictured above may not be offered in the 2024 camp program.


What is the Camp Schedule?

Monday – Thursday

9:00am-9:25am – Opening
9:30am-10:20am – Class Session 1
10:20am-11:10am – Class Session 2
11:10am-12:00pm – Class Session 3
12:00pm-12:45pm – Lunch
12:45pm-1:15pm – Den Time
1:15pm-2:05pm – Class Session 4
2:05pm-2:55pm – Class Session 5
2:55pm-3:05pm – Clean up
3:05pm-3:30pm – Closing/Campfire


9:00am-9:25am – Opening
9:30am-10:30am – Visit Location 1 on Pioneer Farms Tour
10:40am-11:40am – Visit Location 2 on Pioneer Farms Tour
11:50am-12:50pm – Visit Location 3 on Pioneer Farms Tour
12:50pm-1:25pm – Lunch
1:30pm-2:00pm – Den Time
2:10pm-2:30pm – Campers only Campfire
2:40pm-3:05pm – LG Group Game
3:10pm-3:30pm – Police Line and Camp Closing
3:30pm-4:00pm – Family Campfire Program – Open for all family members


Who can come to the camp?


The Days of Discovery Camp is open to all youth entering first grade to fifth grade. Campers do not need to be members of the Boy Scouts of America to attend the camp. Parents are welcome to come with their camper, but are not required to come to the camp.


How much does the camp cost?

Camp cost $300 per week per participant. Our camp is fully staffed and accredited. Parent volunteers are welcome but are not required.

The camp fee includes two snacks each day, a camp t-shirt, a cool towel in campers’ den color, samples for classes, finished belt loop awards (if a registered Cub Scout), and a one-day tour of Pioneer Farms.


What will my camper need to bring?

  • Water bottle
  • Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • An excited attitude


What is expected of camper parents?

  • Drop off starting at 8:45am
  • Make sure camper has the items listed in the section directly above
  • Pick up by 3:45pm
  • Plan to attend our closing campfire ceremony from 3:30pm-4:00pm Friday afternoon