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BSA High Adventure Bases

Huskey Trailways is the Greater St. Louis Area Council’s preferred
transportation provider.


Interested in taking your unit on a high adventure outing but not sure where to start? Join the High Adventure Committee for a Back Country Leadership Skills Training.

This course covers topics such as trip planning and training, equipment needs, trail hygiene, food and nutrition, trek safety, wilderness navigation and water purification/treatment.

Check back for upcoming courses.

Contact Jon Jonas (j.jonas@att.net) or George Ripplinger (gripplinger@att.net) for questions.

High adventure is active outdoor adventure requiring higher outdoor skills, beyond basic Scouting skills, that are risk appropriate for age and training level of eligible Scouts (14 years old or 13 years old and have 8th grade), Venturers, and adult leaders/advisors.


Philmont Scout Ranch – philmontscoutranch.org

Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America’s largest national High Adventure Base. Located in Cimarron, N.M., Philmont Scout Ranch 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.

Philmont Health Form ABC

The Summit Bechtel Reserve – summitbsa.org

The Summit Bechtel Reserve, is a 15,000-acre property in southern West Virginia that is home to the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base and new permanent home of the National Scout Jamboree.  The 2013 National Scout Jamboree was the grand opening of the Summit and 2014 marks the first time high adventure programming will be available to Scouts and Venturers.

Summit Health Form ABC

Florida Sea Base – bsaseabase.org

The Florida National High Adventure 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.

Sea Base Health Form ABC

Northern Tier High Adventure Program – ntier.org

Northern Tier is the Boy Scouts of America’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. Fall programming is also available.

Northern Tier Health Form ABC