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Plan your Own Trips

High Adventure trips are often the highlight of a Scout's life. Climbing mountains in New Mexico or SCUBA diving in Florida are just the beginning. Through proper planning, your Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Explorers, and Venturers can safely carry out high adventure treks using Leave No Trace techniques.

How Do We Get Started with High Adventure?

All four of the High Adventure bases have a specific registration timeline so your planning could/should take a year in advance! Starting early is important! Review the resources available, identify any potential problems, develop your itinerary, and learn the ins and outs of each location.

It's also a good idea to determine your Crew size and the capabilities of anyone going. Additional training or certifications may be needed such as Wilderness First Aid or Youth Protection. High adventure often transcends conventional Scouting activities into an exciting, challenging potential of all Scouting youth.

Practice and Train for High Adventure at Our Camps

Getting ready for that 70 mile hike at Philmont should involve some practice hikes! There's no better way to build up that leg strength. Luckily, our local camps can help you out.

  • Take practice hiking trips at one of our local Scout camps
  • Take advantage of local training (like Leave No Trace) offered
  • Go canoeing at one of our lakes or rivers to prepare for Northern Tier

What Are Some High Adventure Options?

The Boy Scouts of America owns and operates four National High Adventure Bases. Each offers completely unique and memorable experiences for any Scout.

  • Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, New Mexico
  • Florida Sea Base, Islamorada, Florida
  • Northern TIer, Ely, Minnesota
  • The Summit, Glen Jean, West Virginia

We recommended your Troop or Crew review the Passport to High Adventure page on the National BSA site.

Northern Star Council Resources can be found at the Stuff to Do page, look for the High Adventure Banner

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