Our Council’s High Adventure Committee is dedicated to promoting high-adventure programs in all of our Districts. Comprised of volunteer Scouters who work through our District high-adventure coordinators, 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.
Units with vacancy on 2017 trek: 2017 Vacancies as of 7 April 2017
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have or are looking for a vacancy
Applications for Council Contingents in 2018:
Lenhok’sin High Adventure, Goshen Scout Reservation’s nationally accredited high adventure program, offers hiking experiences you will never forget.
Lenhok’sin is a trail camp for Scouts, Venturers, Explorers and their adult leaders. Camp staff will work with your crew to customize a trek based on your interests. You’ll have the opportunity to hike more than 4,000 acres of Goshen Scout Reservation and some of the 35,000 acres of surrounding state wildlife game lands. You will also visit four of our staffed outposts of your choice on your trek, which runs from Monday through Friday.
Trail food is provided by enhok’sin staff and prepared by your crew on the trail. Breakfasts and suppers are cooked meals, and lunches are generally “no-cook,” high-protein meals. Get more information.
Philmont Scout Ranch
Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America’s largest national High Adventure Base. Its 34 staffed camps and 55 trail camps provide an unforgettable adventure in the high country along hundreds of miles of rugged, rocky trails.
Born in 1938 as Philturn Rockymountain Scoutcamp, today’s Philmont Scout Ranch is a bustling center for high adventure and training. Youth and adults take advantage of the Ranch’s camping, training and work programs. Most activity takes place during the summer, but Philmont also offers Autumn and Winter Adventure programs.
More than one million Scouts, Venturers and leaders have experienced the adventure of Philmont since its first camping season. Throughout its existence, conscientious attention to low-impact camping techniques has helped maintain the Ranch’s wilderness.
The area surrounding the Ranch is rich with history, from the Native Americans who made this arid land their home to the land barons of the 19th century. The town of Cimarron boasts a number of historical buildings, including the St. James Hotel: the site of at least 26 killings during Cimarron’s wilder days.
Camperships are available to Scouts who need financial assistance to attend Philmont. To apply download 2017 Campership Form or for more information, contact Virginia Ward, HAC Campership Coordinator via email or call 571-643-2426.
Applications and Code of Conduct
Interested in taking a great hiking adventure with new friends on a great adventure? Join a Provisional Crew and you’ll have the chance of a lifetime! 2017 Provisional Crew Youth Application
2017 NCAC Contingent Applications for Philmont
Summit Bechtel Reserve
Sponsored by National Boy Scouts of America, the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Mount Hope, West Virginia is home of the National Jamboree and some of the best High Adventure activities Scouting has to offer.
Open to registered Scouts who are at least 13 years old by September 1, 2017, Venturers and their registered leaders, the Paul R. Christen High Adventure Base within Summit offers 11 different seven-day programs between June and August each summer.
- An introductory program provides a taste of all components of the Adventure Zone.
- Six programs allow Scouts and Venturers to concentrate on developing skills in one area, with some time allowed for elective choices.
- Four programs provide Scouts who meet age and physical prerequisites the opportunity to develop advanced skills in a single skill area.
High adventure activities that challenge the hardiest Scouts and Venturers
The high adventure activities available at Summit include:
- World class zip lines
- Canopy tours
- Skate parks
- BMX tracks and mountain bike trails
- Shooting ranges
- Kayaking and whitewater rafting
Summit accepts both unit-based and provisional crews, as well as provisional individual registrations. Minimum and maximum crew size varies, depending on the program chosen. Additional options within crew registration allow great flexibility for individual program selection and electives.
Summit provides tents, cots and all program equipment for your trek. Breakfast and dinner are served in the Summit dining hall. Shelf-stable lunches are issued to participants for their daily programs.
Base program costs range from $739 to $1,199, depending on the program. Travel is not included. A $100 deposit is required per person at the time of registration.
You are required to register for Summit programs directly. Due to the registration flexibility, openings and offerings Summit provides, our Council will not be sponsoring a Summit contingent for 2017.
2017 Summit Programs
- SUMMIT EXPERIENCE—broad interest for those that want to try everything
- THE RIVER—rafting and kayaking
- HELMETS & HARNESSES—climbing, canopy, challenge courses
- THE MARKSMAN—archery, shooting
- WHEELS—mountain biking
- BMX—racing, freestyle
- ADVANCED KAYAKING
- ADVANCED CLIMBING
- ADVANCED MOUNTAIN BIKING
- ADVENTURE PHOTOGRAPHY
View the 2017 brochure.
Summit also offers an Order of the Arrow Trail Crew option at $250 for OA members who wish to do trail work for four days and then enjoy a four-day Summit Experience.
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 these, this is the place for your troop or crew.
Sea Base operates 11 different adventures out of three different locations: two in the Florida Keys and one in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. Scouting’s most complete aquatic facility offers a complete variety of water activities from scuba diving to sailing “Tall Ships.” All of our participants have the opportunity to swim, snorkel and fish among the most beautiful coral reefs in the northern hemisphere.
Our Council’s High Adventure Committee sponsors a Council Contingent Expedition to Sea Base each year. The expedition is a provisional style crew made up of Scouts/Venturers from various units under the leadership of Council-approved scouters.
For additional information, contact:
- Dana Abrahamsen, NCAC Seabase Coordinator via email or call 703-280-9782
- Donald Kilgore via email or call 301-214-0133
Northern Tier Adventure Bases
2017 NCAC Provisional Treks to Northern Tier—Bissett
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.
Inaugural trek planned for July 2017
In July 2017, National Capital Area Council wants to send a crew to Bissett, Manitoba, the wildest and most remote of the three Northern Tier locations. This trek crew will mix both experienced high adventure trekkers with those newer to high adventure.
The cost for the trek is expected to be approximately $2,400. Airfare and Canadian exchange rates may impact the final cost. For more information, contact our Council’s program liaison, Craig Reichow via email.
Interested youth should complete the 2017 Northern Tier Application as soon as possible. A $500 deposit, plus completed forms will hold each reservation for this inaugural opportunity. Once we have filled 12 youth and four adult slots, we will lock in reservations.
- To be eligible, youth must be at least 14 years of age or have completed 8th grade prior to arrival at Northern Tier.
- Our Council recommends 10- or 11-night treks of wilderness, canoeing and portaging into a Canadian Provincial Park (e.g., Quetico, Atikaki).
- An interpreter (guide) is provided for each trek.
- Each crew includes the interpreter, two adults and up to six youth (larger crew sizes available at Atikokan and Bissett).
- A $300 crew deposit is required with each crew application.
High Adventure Committee Roster
|Dave Talbott||Vice Chairmanemail@example.com|
|Ed Graydon||Budget, Philmont Liasionfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Craig Reichow||Promotions & Northern Tier/Okpik Liasionemail@example.com|
|Dana Abrahamsen||Sea Base Liasion||202-326-2906, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|George Gadbois||Summit Liasion, District Rep||Potomac||301-440-9248, email@example.com|
|Stanley Turk||District Rep||Prince Georgesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rush Williamson||Advisor Registraremail@example.com|
|Tom Wheatley||District Rep||Appalachian Trailfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|John Blackwell||Training, District Rep||Goose Creekemail@example.com|
|Rick Gollhofer||Web Padawanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sarah Moses||Lenhok’sin Trek Directoremail@example.com|
|Donald Kilgore||NCAC Staff Adviser|
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).
Course schedules – 2017 – click here