Scouting’s Adventures for Older Boy Scouts

Older Scouts (those who are at least 13 years old or have completed the seventh grade) seek challenge and variety. How does Scouting capture their interest? Through diverse high-adventure and outdoor opportunities. Scouting not only provides adventure but also emphasizes values through ideals that reinforce God, country, and personal growth.

Both Varsity and Venture Scouts work on advancement. They also participate in high adventure, team sports, and other special outdoor activities.

Older Scouts plan and run their own meetings and activities with minimal adult guidance. They participate in exciting outdoor programs like climbing and council and national high-adventure programs including Philmont Scout Ranch, Northern Tier, and the Florida Sea Base.

These resources can help you deliver the promise to your older Scouts.



Opportunities for High AdventurePassport to High Adventure

Take the High-Adventure Challenge

Passport to High Adventure describes fifty exciting programs—such as sailing and whitewater rafting—in local councils throughout the country. This guidebook for youth and adult leaders contains all of the information and forms required for a high-adventure experience, including where to call for more details and to make reservations. No. 4310.

BSA Fieldbook

You Name It, the Fieldbook Has It

The Fieldbook is the most comprehensive reference for Boy Scouts, Venturers, unit leaders, trainers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. Includes sections on leadership and trek preparation, Leave No Trace principles, trek adventures, and appreciating our environment. 600-plus pages, 34 chapters, 500 color photographs, and 200 illustrations. Fourth edition. No. 33104

Leave No Trace

Outdoor Ethics/Leave No Trace 

Outdoor ethics and Leave No Trace reminds us to respect other users of the outdoors including future generations. Appreciation for our natural environment and a knowledge of the interrelationships of nature bolster our respect for and reverence of the environment and nature. They are an awareness and an attitude rather than a set of rules. Outdoor ethics apply in your backyard or local park as much as in the backcountry. Scouts and Scouters who complete the outdoor ethics award requirements are entitled to wear patch number 618280 or name badge number 618977.  


Climb to New Horizons

Topping Out

Climb With Confidence

The job of climbing is hard to top. Watching an experienced climber fluidly move from one hold to the next with skill and confidence inspires others. Topping Out describes recommended techniques for setting up and carrying out a top-roping program that is appropriate for most BSA youth and units. It applies to climbing facilities such as towers, vertical and horizontal walls as well as to natural features such as cliffs and rock faces. No. 3207.

Climb On Safely

Climb On Safely

Designed to train BSA leaders to safely manage climbing and rappelling programs and where to find qualified climbing instructors. Climb On Safely is the climbing and rappelling equivalent to the BSA’s Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat guidelines for aquatic activities. The eight points of Climb On Safely detailed in this publication are designed to assure that BSA climbing activities are done safely. Adult leaders who complete training in Climb On Safely are entitled to wear the Climb On Safely temporary patch (No. 8631). No. 3206.

Climbing merit badge

Climb High with an Updated Merit Badge

The new Climbing merit badge introduces older Scouts to all types of climbing activities—rock faces, climbing towers, climbing gyms, walls, etc. Acquiring climbing skills builds self-esteem in young people as well as a sense of accomplishment. No. 35001A.

Project COPE

Take the Project COPE Challenge

Prepared for Project COPE directors, instructors, and inspectors, the Project COPE guidebook describes plans for all approved Project COPE elements and gives tips on how to safely lead groups through Project COPE activities. New information has been added regarding how to make COPE courses universally accessible to people with varied abilities and disabilities. More information on how to inspect Project COPE facilities has also been added. No. 34371A.



More Outdoor Adventures


Service to America Through Conservation

The Conservation Handbook shows units how to select, plan, and carry out a variety of conservation projects at home and in the field. Well-conceived and well-done conservation projects provide a worthwhile service to others and become a source of enduring pride. No. 33570.



Training Opportunities of a Lifetime for Young Leaders

Order of the Arrow

Order of the Arrow Points the Way

The Order of the Arrow is the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America. Its purpose is to recognize those campers who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives, develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit, promote year-round and long-term resident camping, and cheerful service to others.



Where to Find These Resources

All these materials, resources, and programs are available through your BSA local council service center.