Our Council’s High Adventure Committee is dedicated to promoting high-adventure programs in all NCAC districts. Volunteer scouters, including District High Adventure Coordinators, meet at 7:30 pm on the first Thursday of September through May at the Marriott Scout Service Center. The committee is responsible for:
- providing information and assistance to National Capital Area Council youth and adults on high-adventure program opportunities
- conducting expeditions to Philmont Scout Ranch and other national High Adventure bases with contingents from our Council.
2019 Council Contingent Payment Due 1 May
2 openings on 2019 All-Female Philmont Crew
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2 May 2019, 7:30-8:30 pm, HAC Meeting, Marriott Scout Service Center
Units with vacancy on 2019 & 2020 treks (click to access)
Send an e-mail to email@example.com if you have or are looking for a vacancy
Applications for Council Contingents in 2019
Complete and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2020 Sea Base application
- 2020 Northern Tier Provisional application
- 2019-20 Provo Advisor application
Click name of base for more information on High Adventure Bases
Five-day treks either backpacking on the Goshen Scout Reservation and nearby national forest or canoeing on the James River for co-ed crews 13 & older. 2018 base fee is $360. Highly recommended as a flexible introductory backpacking experience with a low cost.
Located near Cimarron, New Mexico, Philmont has seven to twelve-day trail treks using backpacks or pack horses with altitudes of 7,200 feet and higher. Co-ed crews 14 and older with base fees in 2018 of $560 (7-day) to $980 (12-day).
Paul R. Christen High Adventure Base offers seven-day summer programs to scouts 13 years and older by September 1. Activities include zip lines, climbing, archery and shooting ranges, skate parks, BMX tracks, mountain bike trails, and kayaking and whitewater rafting on the New River. Base fees range from $739 to $1,200.
Florida Sea Base offers seven-day sailing, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, fishing, and rustic island camping for scouts 13 and older from two Florida keys and the Bahamas. Base fees range from $7,025/crew of 6-8 persons to $17,250/crew of 18-20 persons with variations by program.
NCAC recommends 10- or 11-night summer wilderness canoe treks at Northern Tier, starting from Northern Minnesota, Northwest Ontario, or Northeast Manitoba. Six million acres of wilderness combined with a highly-trained staff member (now called an Interpreter) provide a challenging and meaningful program for youth. Crews must be 14 or older and can be coed. Crew fees are $670 to $1110 per night depending canoes, crew size, and base chosen. Northern Tier is considered the best wilderness experience National BSA high adventure offers. An NCAC provisional trek is possible with paid reservations by December.
NCAC recommends the Okpik Holiday Stay Sampler winter program where you learn how to thrive while winter camping and then sleep away from the Ely base. Depending on conditions, trekkers can snowshoe, cross-country ski, ice fish, be a “Zero Hero,” or stay in a snow shelter. Dates are either Dec 27 through Jan 1, or Dec 29 through Jan 3. Base fees for the whole Holiday Stay trek are $3775 (6-8 trekkers) or $5200 (9-11 trekkers). Okpik is considered the best winter wilderness experience in National BSA high adventure. An NCAC provisional trek is possible with paid reservations by December.
The Adirondack Park in upstate New York offers a wide range of high adventure opportunities. It encompasses 6 million acres, which is larger than Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Everglades National Parks combined and 45 times the size of Philmont. There are 46 peaks over 4000 feet with tails and climbs to challenge any experience level. For hikers and backpackers, there are 2000 miles of hiking trails. For paddlers, there are 3000 lakes and ponds and 6000 miles of rivers and streams. All of this is accessible to National Capital Area Council units with an 8-hour drive north.
Six BSA councils have high adventure bases in the Adirondacks with established programs or facilities to assist independent crews. Most programs include summer canoeing treks, backpacking treks, or a combination of paddling, backpacking, and mountain climbing. Some also provide programs during other parts of the year and other special programs including whitewater rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing, and ice climbing.
For more information, click here
Wilderness Training and First Aid
All High Adventure crews must include at least one participant who is trained and certified in Wilderness First Aid, including CPR. Philmont requires two (not a bad idea for any crew going to any base).
High Adventure Committee Roster
|John Blackwell||Vice Chairman, District Rep||Goose Creekemail@example.com|
|Brian Gannon||Past Chairmanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Matt O’Brien||Advisor Coordinator, District Rep||Colonialemail@example.com|
|Wm. Craig Dubishar||Asst. Advisor Coordinator, District Rep||Powhatanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bill Garmoe||Training Coordinatoremail@example.com|
|Mark Wray||Training Stafffirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tim Atkinson||Training Staffemail@example.com|
|Rick Gollhofer||Web Padawan, Promotionsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rush Williamson||LNT & Aquatics Comm Liaisonemail@example.com|
|Griffin Linehan||Lenhok’sin Trek Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dale Johnson||Maine Liaisonemail@example.com|
|Craig Reichow||Northern Tier/Okpik Liaison||703-478-0660||BSA2XS@gmail.com|
|Pete Stark||Philmont Liaison, District Rep||Bull Runfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dana Abrahamsen||Sea Base Liaison||202-326-2906, email@example.com|
|George Gadbois||Summit Liaison, District Rep||Potomac||301-440-9248, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tom Wheatley||District Rep||Francis Scott Keyemail@example.com|
|Dave Green||District Rep||Chain Bridge||703-536-5189(h)
|Hank Brothers||District Rep||Washington, DCfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tom Wheatley||District Rep||Appalachian Trailemail@example.com|
|Marc Snyder||District Rep||George Masonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mike Nostrand||District Rep||Old Dominion||703-495-8221||NostrandFamUs@aol.com|
|Stanley Turk||District Rep||Patuxentemail@example.com|
|Jim Merritt||District Rep||Sullyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Robin McAlister||District Rep||Western Shoreemail@example.com|
|Don Durbin||NCAC Program Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org|