People are familiar with Boy Scouts of America’s Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR). They know that every four years they can head up there for Jamboree. But, what is it used for the rest of the time? The Paul R. Christen High Adventure Base offers eleven programs within these three categories:
- The Summit Experience High Adventure Program introduces all components of the SBR Adventure Zone;
- Focused Programs allow Scouts and Venturers to focus primarily on a particular area of the SBR’s adventures and concentrate on developing their skills in that focus area while still having some time for elective choices, and;
- Advanced Programs provide the opportunity to reach advanced skill levels in a single high adventure skill set.
High adventure at The Summit heightens any Scout or Venturer’s experience; is not just about adrenaline and the wow factor. It’s about digging deep within yourself, finding out what makes you tick and discovering how to push beyond what you think you can do.
This is a seven-day/six-night program running Sunday to Saturday. It consists of half-day introductory level experiences at each of the nine Summit high adventure venues: BMX, skateboarding, mountain biking, zip lines, canopy tours, challenge courses, climbing, shooting sports and more–in one week-long camping adventure. The Summit Experience is only program that lets you try all The Summit’s high adventure activities
In addition, each group performs a half-day service project and has the chance to ride The Big Zip – The Summit’s 3⁄4 mile zip line. Also, every night (Monday-Friday), the Scott Summit Center for activities will be open for fun and socializing. The Scott Summit Center incorporates small versions of the bases adventure sports venues.
The Summit Experience is open to registered Scouts and Venturers who are at least 13 years old by the September 1 of the year they attend and their registered leaders.
The minimum group size is seven with the majority being youth members. There is no maximum group size.
Focused programs allow Scouts to dig deeper into those high adventure activities that interest them the most. Spend a week developing skills in one adventure sport area as well as experiencing other elective activities.
- The River – Whitewater kayaking and rafting
- Helmets & Harnesses – Climbing, rappelling, canopy tours, challenge course
- The Marksman – Shooting sports and archery
- Tires & Trails – Mountain biking
- Berms & Bars – BMX biking
- Ramps & Rails – Skateboarding
The Summit provides tents, cots and all program equipment for your unit. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the Summit dining hall. Shelf-stable lunches will be issued to accompany participants to their daily program venues.
Scouting programs emphasize the development of leadership, character, citizenship and fitness. To accomplish these goals, young people need the opportunity to push past their comfort zones in real world settings that help them understand who they are and envision who they can become. High adventure programs provide crucial experiences that help young people clarify their values, their goals and their vision for the future.