High Adventure Committee
Our Council’s High Adventure Committee (HAC) 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, Sea Base and other National High Adventure bases with contingents from our Council.
For more information, contact:
John Blackwell via email or call 301‐346‐0551
NCAC Staff (TBA) via email or call (TBA)
2020 Sea Base Adventures still available
- Saturday, July 18 – Friday, July 24, 2020
Estimated cost of $1,950 includes all air and ground transportation, lodging, meals, sightseeing activity and the Sea Base fee. Download this application and send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2020 Sea Base Provisional Application
- All Sea Base payments are now made online! Select the button below.
2021 Northern Tier, Philmont & Sea Base Adventures Available soon
The High Adventure Committee (HAC) has an allocation of Philmont treks and Sea Base Adventures for units or individuals in 2021 as in previous years.
Trip logistics are totally handled by the HAC, freeing crews to focus physical and mental preparation. This is terrific if your unit hasn’t planned a High Adventure trip in a while or if you are newly-formed like the Girl Troops being created thru-out NCAC. Make your trip of a lifetime come true next year! Three Philmont dates and one Sea Base date are open now, but hurry these trips will go fast:
- June 26/27, 2021 to July 10, 2021
- July 17/18, 2021 to July 31, 2021
Cost includes all air and ground transportation, lodging, meals, sightseeing activities (whitewater rafting and other local outdoor tours) and the Philmont base fee. In 2020 the cost was $2,550 and should be similar in 2021. The applications will be available soon to be sent to: email@example.com
- 2021 Philmont Unit-Based Application (available soon)
- 2021 Philmont Provisional Application (available soon)
- All Philmont payments will be made online by selecting the button below.
- (2021 Dates coming soon)
Cost includes all air and ground transportation, lodging, meals, sightseeing activity and the Sea Base fee. 2021 cost should be similar to $1,950 in 2020. Download this application and send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2021 Sea Base Provisional Application (available soon)
- All Sea Base payments will be made online by selecting the button below.
Although there are presently no HAC-sponsored trips to Northern Tier scheduled, if you are interested in requesting one, download this application and send to: email@example.com
- 2021 Northern Tier Provisional Application (available soon)
HIGH ADVENTURE COMMITTEE NEWS:
- Next payment for 2020 NCAC Philmont contingents is February 1, 2020
- NEXT HAC MEETING: March 5, 2020, 7:30-8:30pm, MSSC (Bethesda)
- HAC VACANCIES LIST
- Northern Tier – register for 2020 for 2021 summer & 2020-21 Okpik
- Sea Base 2021 – registration open
HIGH ADVENTURE COMMITTEE TRAINING:
|12 Jan 2020||14 Mar 2020||6 June 2020|
| 12:30-16:30 Mt Olivet UMC 1500 Glebe Rd, Arlington VA
||(same as Jan.)||MSSC|
|Sun. 22 Mar. 2020||Sat. 28 Mar. 2020|
|08:00 Catoctin Mt State Park Thurmont MD|
|7 Mar 2020||28 Mar 2020||25 Apr 2020|
|09:00-14:00 Truro Anglican Church 10520 Main St, Fairfax VA 22030|
Other NCAC Training Opportunities:
There are 40km (CAT-40) and 20km (HALF-CAT) hikes, and a 15km (CATNIP) option for Webelos. Registration is now open at: https://scoutingevent.com/082-2020CAT
High Adventure Bases:
(Click the Base Name for more information)
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. 2019 base fee was $375. 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 2020 of $650 (7-day) to $1,025 (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. In 2020, the fee for most programs is $825.
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. In 2020, base fees range from $7,600/crew of 6-8 persons to $18,500/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. In 2020, base fees are $670 to $1110 per night depending on 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.
Training Materials & Other Documents
Click the links for:
Wilderness First Aid Training
NOTE: All High Adventure crews must include at least one participant who is trained and certified in Wilderness First Aid, including CPR. Philmont requires two (two is not a bad idea for any crew going to any base).
High Adventure Committee Roster
|John Blackwell||Chairman, District Rep||Goose Creekfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dave Talbott||Past Chairman||301-933-0048||Dave.email@example.com|
|Brian Gannon||Previous Past Chairmanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mark Wray||Training Coordinator, Aquatics Liaison
|Bill Garmoe||Training Staffemail@example.com|
|Tim Atkinson||Training Stafffirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Matt O’Brien||Advisor Hike Coordinator, District Rep||Colonialemail@example.com|
|Wm. Craig Dubishar||Asst. Hike Coordinator, District Rep||Powhatanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rick Gollhofer||Web Padawanemail@example.com|
|Dale Johnson||Maine HA Base Liaisonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Craig Reichow||Northern Tier/Okpik Liaison||703-851-2210||BSA2XS@gmail.com|
|Pete Stark||Philmont Liaison, District Rep||Prince Williamemail@example.com|
|Dana Abrahamsen||Sea Base Liaison||202-326-2906, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|George Gadbois||Summit Liaison, District Rep||Potomac||301-440-9248, email@example.com|
|TBA||NCAC Staff Advisor|
|Sarah Moses||Camping Assistant||301-214-9188, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dave Green||District Rep||Chain Bridge||703-536-5189(h)
|Tom Wheatley||District Rep||Francis Scott Keyemail@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|
|Hank Brothers||District Rep||Washington, DCemail@example.com|
|Robin McAlister||District Rep||Western Shorefirstname.lastname@example.org|