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High Adventure Programs

The thrill of our High Adventure Bases runs far and wide across America. Nobody in the world is better at sharing those experiences than the Scouts. Nobody.

Nobody offers more exhilarating or a wider variety of high adventure for young people than the Boy Scouts of America. Through high adventure experiences, the BSA leaves lasting memories with youth and fosters development in character and leadership.

Why High Adventure?
  • Keeps older youth and Eagle Scouts interested in Scouting.
  • Gives Scouts and Venturers a challenge.
  • Exciting experiences that will be remembered for a lifetime.
  • Great experiences for adult leaders too!

High Adventure Programs and Trip Ideas

  • National High Adventure Bases
       • Northern Tier - Ely, MN
       • Philmont Scout Ranch - Cimarron, NM
       • Florida Sea Base - Islamorada, FL
       • The Summit - Mount Hope, WV

  • Local Troop Trip Ideas
       • Backpacking Isle Royale, MI
       • Backpacking the Superior Hiking Trail, MN
       • Dog Sledding Trips in Ely, MN
       • Kayaking the Apostle Islands, WI
       • Rock Climbing the North Shore, MN

  • Selected Council High Adventure Programs

  • Order of the Arrow High Adventure

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Northern Tier - Ely, MN

BSA’s gateway to adventure in the Great Northwoods. In the Summer, Scouts from Northern Tier’s three wilderness canoe bases explore millions of acres of pristine lakes, meandering rivers, dense forests, and wetlands in Northern Minnesota, Northwest Ontario and Northeast Manitoba.

In the winter, Northern Tier is home to the OKPIK Cold-Weather Camping program, the BSA's premier winter high adventure program. Get more info at www.ntier.org.

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Philmont Scout Ranch - Cimarron, NM

BSA's premier high adventure base challenges Scouts
and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country. Get more info at www.scouting.org/philmont.

Check out the 2015 Philmont Unit Registration Packet to get more information about this exciting opportunity and register today! Also, watch some informative and inspirational videos on the Philmont Scout Ranch YouTube channel.

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Florida Sea Base - Islamorada, FL

Sea Base is a unique Scouting program that offers aquatics programs found nowhere else.

Whether your interests lie in sailing, scuba diving, rustic camping on an undeveloped barrier island, fishing, or a combination of all, this is the place for your troop or crew.

Get more info at www.bsaseabase.org.

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Summit Bechtel Reserve - Mount Hope, WV

Get ready for the next century of Scouting. With incredible facilities and amazing outdoor programs, The Summit is a place that takes kids to the limits of what they think they can do, and then pushes them further.

Situated in the wilds of West Virginia, The Summit is an adventure center for the millions of youth and adults involved in the BSA. Get more info at www.summitbechtelreserve.org.

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OA High Adventure Programs

OA members between the ages of 16 and 21 are eligible. Spots available for the summer of 2014 starting at only $250.
  • Canadian Odyssey at Northern Tier
  • Wilderness Voyage at Northern Tier
  • Trail Crew at Philmont Scout Ranch
  • Ocean Adventure at Florida Sea Base
  • Summit Experience at The Summit

These programs offer two full weeks of high intensity outdoor adventure, leadership development, and a way to build friendships that will last a lifetime.

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High Adventure Awards

50 miler patch
The 50-Miler Award

Presented to each qualifying individual for satisfactory
participation in an approved trip.
Get more info, fulfill the
requirements, and submit the
award application

triple crown patch
The Triple Crown Award
This special certificate and
patch honor those Scouts
and Scouters who have
participated in at least one
program at each of the three
National High Adventure Bases.
Get more info, fulfill the
requirements, and submit the
award application.

Selected Council
High Adventure Programs

Black Hills Area Council
Rapid City, SD
Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch
Custer, SD

Chief Seattle Council
Seattle, WA
Camp Parsons
Brinnon, WA

Great Alaska Council
Anchorage, AK
Denali High Adventure
Scout Base
Trapper Creek, AK

Great Salt Lake Council
Salt Lake City, UT
Teton High Adventure Base
Jackson, WY

Ore-Ida Council
Boise, ID
Salmon River
High Adventure Base
Riggins, ID

Pacific Harbors Council
Tacoma, WA
Pacific Harbors
High Adventure Camp

Tacoma, WA

Rio Grande Council
Harlingen, TX
Laguna Station
Sea Adventure Base
South Padre Island, TX

Samoset Council
Weston, WI
Hanna Venture Base
Rheinlander, WI

Sioux Council
Sioux Falls, SD
Missouri River
High Adventure Base
Yankton, SD