Big News: starting in 2020, the National High Adventure Bases are making it easier for you to find, choose and book your adventures...all in one place.

Starting in 2020, we're making things easier for you to decide and book the adventure that's right for you and your unit by creating a unified registration process and providing you with this portal so that all of your adventures can be just a few clicks away.

Here's how it works:

Step 1:

Click around the map to visit each National High Adventure Bases websites and see if what type of adventure they have to offer. Each Base has it’s own unique “flavor” of adventure…so, see which “flavor” is right for you! 

Step 2:

Once you have an idea of what each base has to offer, dig a little deeper to find out pricing info and any additional requirements and choose which base is right for you. Once you choose your adventure it will be time to get booked!

The Summit Bechtel Reserve

Glen Jean, West Virginia -

Situated in the wilds of West Virginia, The Summit is a training, Scouting, and adventure center for the millions of youth and adults involved in the Boy Scouts of America and anyone who loves the outdoors. Strategically located close to major highways, it is within 500 miles of 63% of the US Population and easily reached by all of our surrounding States.

The Summit Bechtel Reserve is also home to the BSA National Scout Jamboree ,which happens every 4 years, along with other national and international conferences and special events.

SBR Programs Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR) programs are all about challenging Scouts and Venturers. Whether earning merit badges, problem-solving on the challenge course, or working toward an AMGA instructor certification, those willing to test their mettle at The Summit will come away changed for the better. The SBR’s programs are organized around its three major program components: the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base, the James C. Justice National Scout Camp, and the SBR National Training Center.The Summit is more than just a place for Scouts; it’s where future leaders are shaped.

Get Ready, 2022 Registration for the Summit Bechtel Reserve goes live on October 27th!

Philmont Scout Ranch

Cimarron, New Mexico -

Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America’s largest National High Adventure Base. Born in 1938 as Philturn Rocky Mountain Scout Camp, Philmont has become a bustling center for high adventure and training. It covers 140,177 acres of rugged mountain wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains in northeastern New Mexico. 

Philmont Scout Ranch operates 35 staffed camps and 55 trail camps across the rugged terrain that ranges in elevation from 6,500 to 12,441 feet. More than 1 million Scouts, Venturers, and Advisors have experienced the adventure of Philmont since its first camping season in 1939. Most activities take place during the summer, but Philmont also offers programs during the offseason such as Autumn and Winter Adventure. In addition to providing an unforgettable adventure in backpacking across miles of rugged, rocky trails, Philmont Scout Ranch offers programs that feature the best of the Old West—horseback riding, burro packing, gold panning, chuckwagon dinners, and interpretive history—with exciting challenges for today such as rock climbing, mountain biking, and sport shooting. It’s an unbeatable recipe for fast-paced fun in the outdoors.

Get Ready, 2022 Registration for Philmont Scout Ranch goes live on October 27th!

Sea Base High Adventure

Islamorada, Florida Keys -

Sea Base High Adventure offers 20 transformative experiences with the expansive backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.  Sail, fish, kayak, snorkel, SCUBA dive, and explore islands in the Florida Straits, Atlantic Ocean, and the Caribbean Sea.  Sea Base’s 20 programs each specialize in a particular area of interest, whether your unit is experiencing these tropical environments or skills for the first time, or are experienced seafarers. Find an adventure that fits your unit’s interests: in camping trips, marine science, sailing, SCUBA diving, or saltwater fishing. Sea Base Adventures provide the opportunity to explore historic seaports and state parks, kayak on the ocean, to observe the rich biodiversity of these saltwater ecosystems.  Participants can even complete a service project with the Order of the Arrow at Dry Tortugas National Park.

Participants sign up for adventures as a unit.  Adventure crew sizes range from a maximum of 8 participants (adult and youth combined) to a maximum of 20 participants.  Attend in Spring, Summer or even Winter– to escape the cold. Don’t have a full crew?  Check our Scout Connections Page to view and connect with crews who have open positions! Ocean Adventures that make a lifetime difference.

Get Ready, 2022 Registration for Sea Base goes live on October 28th!

Northern Tier High Adventure

Ely, Minnesota -

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. Northern Tier crews paddle in almost 6 million acres of exclusively canoe-access wilderness from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) of Minnesota to the Atikaki Provincial Park of Manitoba. Trips range in length from 6-14 days and usually include between 50-150 miles of wilderness travel.

In the winter, Northern Tier is home to the Okpik Cold Weather Camping program, the BSA’s premier winter high adventure program. Fall trips are also available.

All trips are fully outfitted and provisioned. A highly trained staff member, called an Interpreter, accompanies all crews on their trek. All participants must be age 14 by the time they arrive at Northern Tier OR have graduated from the 8th grade and be age 13 by the time they arrive.

Get Ready, 2022 Registration for Northern Tier goes live on October 29th!

Step 3:

Registering for a life-changing High Adventure Base expedition is an exciting and sometimes competitive experience. In order to ensure the best possible experience on registration day we’ve prepared a checklist for the reservation contact who will be placing the High Adventure reservation. Be Prepared by reviewing the checklist and getting things set up in advance! The new registration system will require users to login using their My.Scouting credentials to access the registration portal.

Registration Open Now

Registration Opens October 28

Registration Open Now

Registration Opens October 29