High Adventure News

Training Opportunities for 2023:

For a slide with the most current information, click here.  For links to past training events, click here.

Northern Tier

Classroom Training (email BSA2XS@gmail.com or jmcmullin3@aol.com)

              1 April 2023 – VFW, Occoquan, VA

              22 April 2023 – Virtual


20 November 2022 – Orientation for Crew Members and Parents (via Zoom)

8 January 2023 – Advisor & Crew Leader Training

12 & 18 March 2023 – Philmont Advisor Hikes leaving at 8 am from Catoctin Mountain NP Visitors Center (email wcdubi@gmail.com)

Skills Training (email redshoestwo@juno.com):

              25 March 2023 (via Zoom)

              1 April 2023 – Ashburn, VA

Recent News

All four BSA National High Adventure Bases are processing 2023 reservations at Open4Adventure, as well as on individual websites and are expected to begin accepting reservations for 2024 as described below.

  • Northern Tier High Adventure with bases in Ely, Minnesota; Atikokan, Ontario; and Bissett, Manitoba is accepting reservations online on a first-come, first served basis for the winter of 2023-2024.  Reservations for 2024 will be accepted starting 18 January 2023.  There are a limited number of treks available on each date, so having backup dates when making a reservation is essential.  Upon completing the online reservation process, you will know immediately if your request is available and must pay a deposit.  Go here for registration information for any remaining treks in 2023.
  • Philmont Scout Ranch will accept entries in an online lottery between October 1, 2022 and December 1, 2022 for treks during the summer of 2024.  Lottery selections are made randomly by computer (i.e., reservations are not assigned in the order that requests were made).  Units may enter the Philmont lottery in consecutive years.  Go here to access Philmont registration information.
  • Sea Base will accept reservations online on a first-come, first-served basis for the summer of 2024 starting 18 January 2023.  Reservations are immediate and so is the deposit.  Go here for 2022 and 2023 reservation availability.  Information is also available on the Sea Base Facebook page here.
  • Summit Bechtel Reserve at the Paul R. Christen High Adventure Base will use a first-come, first-served basis to accept reservations online for the summer of 2024 starting 18 January 2023.  Reservations for the summer of 2023 may still be available, but you have to begin the registration process here to find out what is available.

Chain Bridge’s High Adventure Roundtable Announcements by Dave Green can be found here.

2023 High Adventure Opportunities

  • The NCAC High Adventure Committee has spaces available on crews at NorthernTier, Philmont and Sea Base for the summer of 2023.  To download a slide with information and links to register, click here.
  • To see a list of openings on the NCAC High Adventure contingents to Northern Tier, Philmont, Sea Base and Lenhok’sin – James River Canoeing, and on crews obtained by individual units, click here  Send an email here if your crew has an opening and wants to be added to the list by providing the information on the list.

Next HAC Meeting

The next NCAC High Adventure Committee Meeting is scheduled to be held using Zoom at 7:00 pm EDT on Thursday, 1 June 2023.  Contact John Blackwell via email or phone 301‐346‐0551 if you would like to attend.

Click here for more High Adventure Information, including

  • Program Summaries describing high adventure bases
  • Resources for units and individuals engaged in High Adventure