High Adventure

HighAdventureYoung people today seek greater challenges to their physical, mental, and emotional capacities. High-adventure treks entice them to ‘stretch’ to attain the goal of successfully completing an extensive backcountry trek. They will learn to work together to overcome difficulties and to grow in critical thinking, judgment, and decision-making skills that will last a lifetime. High adventure inspires young people to undertake worthy challenges and to work together to meet common team objectives. It offers a meaningful and lasting experience in their lives.

The exhilaration of being in the wild outdoors is hard to top. Free from the distractions of everyday life, a trekker has a chance to pause and reflect. There are no ringing telephones, instant messages, e-mail, televisions blaring tragic events, traffic congestion, school, work, or meetings.

The Passport to High Adventure guide is designed to help older Scouts, with guidance from their adult leaders, to plan and safely carry out national, council and unit high-adventure treks using ‘leave no trace’ techniques.

Click here to download BSA’s Passport to High Adventure guide

Below is a summary of BSA’s 4 national High Adventure Bases, followed by a list of regional council High Adventure programs.


BSA National High Adventure Bases

As a long time standing tradition, thousands of units from all over the country travel to these high adventure bases. If you are interested in traveling to these bases, follow these links to Scoutings four most popular National High Adventure Bases. Start your journey today!


Philmont Scout RanchPhilmont

The Boy Scouts of America’s premier high-adventure base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 200 square miles of rugged New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.


Northern TierNorthern Tier

Offers Scouts and Venturers the best in wilderness canoeing treks. Beginning in December, you may participate in the challenging cold-weather camping program called Okpik (OOk’ pick). The Northern Tier offers many adventures, each geared to the goals and desires of your group. Come to the Northern Tier for an unforgettable experience in the world famous northwoods “Canoe Country


Florida Sea Base Seabase

Owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America to offer unique educational aquatic programs to our members. Located in Islamorada and on Summerland Key in the beautiful the Florida Keys as well as Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco Island, Bahamas, the heart of the Florida Keys, the near shore reefs and crystal clear waters offer unparalleled opportunities for long term and short term programs year round.


The Summit Bechtel ReserveSummitbetchel

Situated in the wilds of West Virginia, The Summit is an adventure center for the millions of youth and adults involved in the Boy Scouts of America, and anyone who loves the outdoors. Home to the National Scout Jamboree, the Summit is the 4th BSA High Adventure Base.


Regional High Adventure Bases

Parsons High Adventure Base


Camp Parsons high adventure treks will challenge older Scouts who are looking for an excellent outdoor experience. Kayaking/Canoe Trek: Scouts will canoe along the shores of the Hood Canal, viewing unmatched scenery and wildlife while meeting the challenges of navigation and planning. Hiking Trek: This expedition will provide breathtaking vistas and daunting challenges, creating memories that will last a lifetime. link to Parsons High Adventure Base


Montana High Adventure Base


Montana High Adventure Base offers Wilderness trekking and packrafting for Scouts and Venturers in America’s remotest wilderness!


North Idaho


Enjoy miles of guided whitewater rafting that flows along wilderness back country – at a great value. The Salmon river provides plenty of action while you navigate through stunning canyons on paddle boats and hike an array of historical Native American sites. These trips specialize in team building efforts so they are ideal for all Scout Troops, Venturing Crews, and Explorer Posts. (A demanding program for those 13 years and older) See for yourself how this activity is a perfect escape with a mix of fun-filled excitement and relaxation.