JR ROTC Explorer Post Boy Scouts of America
Cavalry Camp June 18-22 1997
JR ROTC Explorer Post is commanded by LTC David. H. Elder.
We are pleased to call him one of our own in the 3rd Texas
Cavalry where he serves as the Executive officer. Col.
Elder has had the pleasure to teach and lead young people
at Ball High School and he tell us that it is a high light
in his life. We certainly can see why. We of the 3rd Texas
Cavalry salute the participants of the 1st Annual Cavalry
first Annual Cavalry Camp for the Ball High School JR ROTC
Explorer Scouts was held at Brushy Creek Ranch in Hockley,
Texas in June of 1997. The Camp was hosted by the 3rd Texas
Cavalry, a Civil War Reenactment Group of Living Historians.
This camp has come to be considered one of the most highly
successful ventures of its kind in the area. Set in a period
from 1960-1865 the young men and women of Ball High JR ROTC
experienced what can only be described as lifetime experience.
The camping was considered primitive as there was no amenities
provided. Cooking was done on an open fire with period cast
iron cookware. Menus were prepared, and the food was cooked
solely by the participants. They ate as their ancestors would
have but they ate well. Some of the staples that were enjoyed
were, ham, sweet potatoes, black eyed peas, tortillas, eggs,
corn, carrots, fruit, toast and even roasted chicken. Campaign
cooking was tried and hardtack and beef jerky was not found
to be too bad, if consumed in small quantities.
was a major part of the camp life. The BSA Horsemanship Merit
badge was offered and completed by most. In addition to basic
horsemanship, the young people learned, mounted drill, The
Military Seat, mounted reconnaissance patrol and dismounted
tactics. The care of the horse and tack was required and accompanied
almost every outing as they all soon learned that the horse
comes first. If you take care of your horse and equipment
properly then the enjoyment and rewards can be exciting. Failure
to do so can lead to misery for both horse and rider.