4th grade camping trip, May 6th to May 7th, 2019

Dear Parents of Western Academy's Finest (4th Grade),

Mr. Callahan and I are excited to announce the upcoming 4th Grade Father-Son Class Camping Trip! We'll sleep in tents or under the stars, eat armadillo burgers over the fire, make s'mores, play lots of games like capture the flag and manhunt, explore the wilderness, and generally run around outside having an awesome time! We really hope all dads can come to spend this time with their sons and get to know each other better, however we want to stress that we hope all the boys come even if their dads are unable to make it. Dads are welcome to meet up with the class later during the trip if they are unable to join us from the beginning. We will be camping at TTT Ranch, County Rd 289, Centerville, TX 75833, from Monday, May 6th to Tuesday, May 7th.

Here's the plan:

Monday, 5/6:
-Drop off Green Jay and camping gear no later than 7:30 am
-Load vehicles and depart by 8:00am
-Arrive at campsite mid-morning
-Pitch camp
-Eat lunch
-Hike, sports, build forts, climb trees...
-Hike, sports, build forts, climb trees...
-Night games (capture the flag, flashlight tag, kick the can...)
-Campfire, s'mores, stories, jokes

Tuesday, 5/7:
-Cook breakfast, eat
-Break camp
-Hike, sports, capture the flag, build forts, climb trees...
-Lunch at 11:30
-Final clean-up
-Depart for Western Academy at 1:00pm
-Arrive at WA by dismissal time

The cost of the trip is $15 per person to help cover expenses.

Boys should not bring with them anything that has an on/off switch. (And the rest of us will avoid using such devices except when absolutely necessary, of course...)

Pocket knives can be brought on the trip, but dads or teachers will keep charge of them and the boys will be permitted to use them only when an adult is present.

Fishing: There will be plenty of time for fishing so if you like to fish bring your fishing gear.

Click here to view the packing list (PDF).

IMPORTANT: TTT Ranch has a liability form that will need to be filled out and turned in to your son’s home room teacher by April 30th.

Thanks so much! We are looking forward to a GREAT trip!

Joe Kolf
Western Academy
(314) 402-3491

Dan Callahan
Western Academy
(703) 338-4586

Directions to TTT Ranch

(County Rd 289, Centerville, TX 75833) (Google Map Link)

Take I-45 North.
Take Exit 164 to Centerville, Highway 7.
Turn right (East) on Highway 7 and go 11 miles to FM 1511.
Turn left on FM 1511 and go 5 miles to CR 289.
Turn left on CR 289.

After 2 miles, follow the curve in the road to the left. Do not go straight!
Continue about 1/4 mile until you come to an 8 foot tall game-proof fence on the left.
Continue down that fence for about 1/4 mile to an electric gate on the left.
There will be two flagpoles with three flags on each pole at the gate.
The gate code is 3248.

Go through the gate all the way to the road and turn right and then wait until the electric gate closes so that no animals will try to get out. This will take about 30 seconds.