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High Adventure

Whether furthering their Scouting experience with outdoor activities or essential leadership training, the National High Adventure Bases provide Scouts and their families with unforgettable adventures they can’t get anywhere else!


Sea Base

Sea Base is unique Scouting program that offers aquatics programs found nowhere else. Whether your interests lie in sailing, scuba, diving, rustic camping on a undeveloped barrier island, fishing or a combination of all. Sea Base serves around 16,000 participants annually with 18 different adventures out of five locations: two in the Florida Keys, two in the US Virgin Islands, and one in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas.


Born in 1938, Philmont Scout Ranch is the BSA’s largest National High Adventure Base boasting 140,177 acres of rugged mountain wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains. The Ranch operates 35 staffed camps and 55 trail camps across the rugged terrain that ranges in elevation from 6,500 to 12,441. Along with backpacking treks, Philmont offers challenges such as rock climbing, mountain biking, and sport shooting.



The newest addition to the BSA High Adventure family, Summit is situated in West Virginia. The Summit is a training, Scouting, and adventure center for millions of youth and adults involved in BSA. With access to over 70,000 acres of managed wilderness beyond the Summit property, Scouts and adults can participate in canopy tours, BMX, shooting sports, Polaris courses, white water rafting, fishing and water sports. The Summit is also home to the National Scout Jamboree.

Northern Tier

Northern Tier is the 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 NorthWest Manitoba. In the winter, Cold-Weather Camping (OKPIK) is offered as a premier winter camping program. Autumn programs are offered consisting of canoe trips, fishing trips and weekend “Get Your Feet Wet Program” for Scouts 11 and older.

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