Passport to High Adventure

Many older Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Explorers, and Venturers consider high adventure the highlight of their outdoor Scouting experiences. The Passport to High Adventure tells how they can—with guidance from their adult leaders—plan and safely carry out council and unit high-adventure treks using Leave No Trace techniques. Older youth seek out these programs; it's what keeps them high on Scouting. High adventure challenges and inspires them—and their leaders—and broadens their appeal for Scouting. This is why Scoutmasters and Advisors must make high-adventure opportunities a priority, promoting participation by unit members who are qualified for these elite outdoor activities.

Your council may already have a canoeing or backpacking high-adventure program, but high adventure often transcends conventional Scouting activities. Collectively, the councils that have high-adventure programs offer these activities and more:

  • Bicycle touring
  • Caving
  • Horse packing
  • Mountain biking
  • Rafting
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Skiing and snowboarding

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, each participant should be able to

  • Identify and utilize Passport to High Adventure as a resource for planning and carrying out high-adventure activities.
  • State where to locate information about different types of council high-adventure opportunities.
  • Describe the steps to plan and safely carry out a unit high-adventure trek.


Passport to High Adventure, No. 34245
Tour and activity plan
Annual Health and Medical Record
Guide to Safe Scouting

Identify the Problems

Invite the participants to relate their personal experiences with planning and training for a trek. Ask them about times they have been unprepared. Have participants declare their one most indispensable piece of literature.