“A trip of a lifetime,” is what all Scouts from Troop 378 from Canton, Texas said about their trip to the Elkhorn High Adventure Base this past summer. Most of the boys were eager and anxious about coming to the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Boy Scouts from Troop 378 had trained well for this ‘Super Trek’ by working on requirements for the backpacking and hiking merit badges. Most of them felt prepared to take on the challenges, but some wondered about the altitude.
One of the few challenges they did encounter was one day on the trek they had a long rain storm. Hiking through the rain one day, their gear and feet started to get wet. The cold was surprising to them in the middle of July. After this cold wet day, Scoutmaster Myles Caldwell was pretty proud of his boys for working as a team to collect wood to start a fire. Once they were warmed up, the crew seemed excited to be on this adventure.
In Scouting, we are often offered opportunities of a lifetime. Scouts from Troop 378 were able to play in the snow in July, see a moose in their campsite, climb on rocks and mountains, white-water raft down the Poudre River and shoot black powder rifles. Some of their trip highlights included exploring the beautiful back country of Colorado and rappelling 100 feet off Weaver’s Thumb.
“Rappelling really gave the boys confidence,” said Scoutmaster Caldwell. This is where the Scouting programs soar—through trying new things and building confidence with experiences in the outdoors.
Scoutmaster Caldwell said, “All of our boys said that they would jump at the opportunity to come back and they made some great memories at the Elkhorn High Adventure Base.”
Elkhorn High Adventure Base is located at over 7,200 feet on the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch near Red Feather Lakes, Colorado—Over 3,200 acres of Rocky Mountain adventures are waiting for you. For older Scouts, Varsity Scouts and Venturers, this base offers true back country mountaineering experience.
At Elkhorn, Scouts can backpack thirty to fifty miles through the Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado State Forest and Parks, and the Rawah Wilderness all while learning mountaineering skills and practices. There are also snow fields in July and the Milky Way at night. These sort of mountaintop memories will last a lifetime.
The Elkhorn High Adventure Base is owned and operated by the Longs Peak Council, Boy Scouts of America. Anyone can put on a backpack and head off on the trail, but it takes a trained staff and dedicated leadership to make a quality program. Let us help you experience hands-on adventure in the Colorado Wilderness.