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 BSA Hi Adventure

There are now (4) National BSA Hi Adventure bases - Northern Tier, Philmont, Sea Base and now The Summit!  Boy Scouts and Venturers meeting the Hi Adventure age, rank and eligibility requirements don't want to miss these great programs!  They offer great opportunities and memories of a lifetime! Check them out!

About Northern Tier

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. In the winter, Northern Tier is home to the OKPIK Cold-Weather Camping program, the BSA's premier winter high adventure program. Fall programming is also available.

Whatever your plans, Northern Tier staff will outfit your crew with state-of-the-art camping equipment as well as a highly trained staff member called an "Interpreter."

Northern Tier

Click to find out more about Northern Tier's seasonal programs and opportunities:

  • Summer Adventures
  • Winter Adventures (OKPIK Coldweather Camping)

  • History

    Northern Tier is the BSA's oldest national High Adventure program, outfitting scouting groups for canoe trips since the summer of 1923. The Charles L Sommers Base has been home to the program since 1941.

    North America’s Canoe Country, a vast series of navigable lakes and rivers spanning thousands of square miles, is one of the last great wildernesses on the continent. This boreal forest of waterfalls and bogs, bears and wolves, granite crags and waist-deep mud remains nearly as much of a wilderness as it was for the first fur traders who explored the area in the 1600s. Two centuries after the fur trade’s peak in the early 1800s, our participants still follow in the footsteps of the French-Canadian voyageurs, paddling the same waters and straining over the same portage trails.

    Eight full-time employees work hard to constantly improve and grow the Northern Tier program. If you have any questions about Northern Tier or would like to sign up for a trip, please give us a call.

    Check out the Northern Tier website for more info. - http://www.ntier.org

About Philmont

Born in 1938 as Philturn Rockymountain Scoutcamp, today's Philmont Scout Ranch is a bustling center for high adventure and training. Youth and adults take advantage of the Ranch's camping, training and work programs. Most activity takes place during the summer, but Philmont also offers Autumn Adventure and Winter Adventure programs.

More than 1 million Scouts, Venturers, and leaders have experienced the adventure of Philmont since the first camping season in 1939. Throughout its existence, conscientious attention to low-impact camping techniques has helped maintain the Ranch's wilderness.

The area surrounding the Ranch is rich with history, from the Native Americans who made this arid land their home to the land barons of the 19th century. The town of Cimarron boasts a number of historical buildings, including the St. James Hotel: the site of at least 26 killings during Cimarron's wilder days.



Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America's largest national High Adventure Base. Its 34 staffed camps and 55 trail camps provide an unforgettable adventure in the high country along hundreds of miles of rugged, rocky trails.

Philmont History

Over the course of many years, Philmont has been a famous stop on the Santa Fe Trail, the home of Jicarilla Apache and Moache Ute Indians, a prospecting community and a working cattle ranch.

Photo Album

Browse or search a collection of photographs taken at Philmont.

Philmont FAQ

Here are the answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Philmont Scout Ranch and the Philmont Training Center.

Check out the Philmont website for more info. - http://philmontscoutranch.org

About Florida Sea Base

The Florida National High Adventure Sea Base is a unique Scouting program that offers aquatics programs found nowhere else. Whether your interests lie in sailing, scuba diving, rustic camping on an undeveloped barrier island, fishing or a combination of all, this is the place for your troop or crew.

General Manager's Letter

"Dear Scouts and Scouters:

When you think about Scouting and Venturing you think about the woods and camping. The Boy Scouts of America has always been about getting young people outdoors and into the wilderness. And when you think about the wilderness, you think about Oak and Elm trees, deer and bear, eagles and owls.

But there's another wilderness that encompasses far more of the world's space and that most people will never see. That's the wilderness under the ocean. Only there can you see Fan Coral and Sea Grass, sting rays and manatees, sharks and goliath grouper. And that's the wilderness that Scouts will explore at Sea Base.

No trails for hiking here. You'll trade your hiking boots for dive fins, your glasses for a dive mask, and you'll be breathing through a snorkel or regulator. And with all this you'll become a guest in a wilderness most people will only ever read about. The undersea wilderness! And that's high adventure!

You'll learn hobbies that will last a lifetime. In addition to snorkeling or scuba diving, the Florida Keys is the sport fishing capital of the world. Sailing is one of our most popular adventures or you may prefer to camp on our very own primitive island in the Atlantic Ocean. And you'll do all of this in one of America's most pristine and beautiful places, the Florida Keys. It's a unique ecosystem and home to North America's only living coral reef!

The Boy Scout motto is "Be Prepared". The pages here contain all the information you need to prepare for your adventure of a lifetime. Experience tells us that the better prepared your crew is for its adventure, the better time the participants have. Take advantage of the material provided to get ready for your adventure.

You'll find the Sea Base staff to be superbly qualified to guide you through your adventure. We all look forward to your arrival at Sea Base, in the Florida Keys, sometime known as the Conch Republic, but most often referred to by the locals as "paradise".

General Manager
Florida Sea Base"

More About SeaBase

Located in Islamorada and on Summerland Key in the beautiful Florida Keys, as well as Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco Island, Bahamas, the near shore reefs and crystal clear waters offer unparalleled opportunities for long term and short term programs year round. Our Conference facilities are utilized for youth and adult Scouting Conferences and non-Scouting groups when available.

Check out the Florida Seabase website for more info. - http://bsaseabase.org

About The Summit

Not sure which activity best suits you? Try them all with the Summit Experience program. It is the only program that lets you try all The Summit’s high adventure activities–BMX, skateboarding, mountain biking, zip lines, canopy tours, challenge courses, climbing, shooting sports and more–in one setting.

The Summit

The Summit Experience High Adventure Program

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.

In addition, each group will perform a half-day service project and have the chance to ride The Big Zip – our 3⁄4 mile zip line.In addition, each night (Monday-Friday), we will open the Scott Summit Center for activities, fun and socializing. The Scout Summit Center incorporates small versions of our 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.

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.

Check out the Summit website for more info. - http://www.summitbsa.org