High Adventure

Scouting captures the interest of older Scouts (those who are at least 13 years old or have completed the seventh grade) who seek challenge and variety through diverse high-adventure and outdoor opportunities. Scouting not only provides adventure but also emphasizes values through ideals that reinforce God, country, and personal growth.

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 Boy Scouts of America leaves lasting memories with youth and fosters development in character and leadership.

Philmont Council Contingent:  Each summer, the council sends several contingent to Philmont Scout Ranch.

National Scout Jamboree:  Scouting’s flagship event is one-of-a-kind. It’s a gathering of approximately 45,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. Over the course of 10 summer days, the Boy Scouts of America comes together. The council will be sending a contingent to the next jamboree which will be held in 2017. 

OA High Adventure Programs are a unique opportunity for Order of the Arrow youth members to spend two weeks at a high adventure base for a life changing experience. Arrowmen spend part of their time performing service and then take part in a crew-designed adventure. The OA Summit Experience is for those Arrowmen ages 14-17; all other programs are for Arrowmen ages 16-20.

High Adventure Bases:  Boy Scout troops and Venturing crews can sign up for one of four exciting BSA's High Adventure Bases:  

Florida Sea Base
Islamorada, Florida

Sea Base is Scouting's ultimate aquatic experience. Sail to the Bahamas, go snorkeling or SCUBA diving, enjoy beach camping and more. Scouts can be certified in SCUBA at the base.

Northern Tier
Ely, Minnesota

From June to September, Northern Tier boasts the best wilderness canoeing in the world. Scouts go canoeing, hiking, fishing, and winter camping in and around the beautiful lakes of northern Minnesota and southern Canada.

Philmont Scout Ranch
Cimarron, New Mexico

Scouting's "Granddaddy of them all", located on more than 200 square miles of rugged New Mexico wilderness. Scouts can go backpacking, rock climbing and see views from peaks more than 10,000 feet tall.

Summit Bechtel Reserve
Mount Hope, WV

The Summit property is on 10,600 acres adjacent to the New River Gorge National River area. That means access to incredible outdoor terrain in the Appalachian Mountains that provides a home for some of the world’s best whitewater rafting, rock climbing, and mountain biking.