High Adventure

The Boy Scouts of America offers many different High Adventure opportunities for older Scouts and Venturers to participate in. Whether its hiking in the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico, Canoeing in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota or learning how to sail in the Florida Keys, Scouts are sure to have an experience they’ll take with them for a lifetime!

Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America’s oldest national high-adventure base. It covers 137,000 acres – about 214 square miles – of rugged mountain wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) range of the Rocky Mountains in northern New Mexico.


Thirty-four staffed camps and 55 trail camps are operated by the ranch. Philmont has high mountains dominating rough terrain with elevations ranging from 6,500 to 12,441 feet.


Philmont Scout Ranch provides an unforgettable adventure in sky-high backpacking country along hundreds of miles of rugged, rocky trails. Program features combine the best of the Old West – horseback riding, burro packing, gold panning, chuck wagon dinners, and interpretive history – with exciting challenges for today, such as rock climbing, burro racing, mountain biking, and .30-06 rifle shooting. It’s an unbeatable recipe for fast-moving fun and the outdoors.


Philmont means camping with your own unit as well as meeting and sharing experiences with other crews from all over America and from other countries. This is an opportunity for fellowship and understanding unequalled anywhere in America.


Participants must be at least 14 by September 1st of the year attending Philmont.


For information on Cradle of Liberty Philmont Contingent, click here

Come to Northern Tier for a whole new level of adventure, up north! From incredible canoe journeys to wild winter wilderness camping, Northern Tier promises the Scouting adventure of a lifetime in the Great North Woods of northern Minnesota and Canada.

The New River Gorge region of West Virginia will become home to a premier Scouting destination – offering a new high-adventure base and national leadership programs, and a permanent home to the National Scout Jamboree.


The 10,600-acre site near Beckley, to be named “The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve,” will realize the vision of a national center of Scouting excellence. The development of the site is made possible by a $50 million gift, the largest in BSA history, from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.

The Florida National High Adventure Sea Base is owned and operated by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America to offer unique educational aquatic programs to our members. Located in Islamorada and on Summerland Key in the beautiful Florida Keys, as well as Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco Island, Bahamas, the heart of the Florida Keys, the near shore reefs and crystal clear waters offer unparalleled opportunities for long term and short term programs year round.