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Fourth Boy Scout high-adventure base set to open in 2013

You’ve hiked through Philmont, set sail at Florida Sea Base, and paddled around Northern Tier. You’ve done it all, right?

Not anymore. Coming in 2013 is the BSA’s fourth high-adventure base, called The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. The 10,600-acre property will host rappelling, mountain biking, and—a first for a BSA high-adventure base—whitewater rafting.

The Summit is made possible in part by a $50 million contribution from the Stephen D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation. That’s the largest single donation in BSA history.

The Summit will host future national jamborees and represents an attractive possible location for future world jamborees, as well.

You can read all about the exciting new Scouting venue in the January-February issue of Scouting magazine. But if you’re itching to know more now, check out these links:

Construction will start in spring 2010, and then the countdown begins.

Chime In: Have thoughts on the new high-adventure base? Let us know in the comment box below.

8 Comments on Fourth Boy Scout high-adventure base set to open in 2013

  1. Colby Tallant // June 27, 2010 at 10:42 pm // Reply

    I was wondering if there was any way to contact them about possibly working at the summit. If you you could e-mail me any information it would be greatfully apreciated.

  2. John Alden // July 25, 2010 at 9:48 pm // Reply

    You would do better to recognize and support the already-excellent high adventure program at Maine High Adventure, which is run by Maine’s Katahdin Area Council. This program has been in existence for years and offers the best venue in the Eastern United States for a variety of high-adventure activities: lake and whitewater canoeing, hiking and climbing (particularly Mt. Katahdin). Our troop has been there, and it was a trip of a lifetime in one of the most beautiful parts of our country.
    Most likely we’ll be going back there, even if West Virginia is closer.

  3. Samus Magnus // August 5, 2010 at 11:41 am // Reply

    I just came back from the national jambo! Can’t wait till 2013. The Summit love the name!

  4. The ground breaking ceremony for Summit is going to be next month, and I’ve already got the day off so I can attend. WV has gorgeous scenery and so many fantastic outdoor activities and sports that many people in this country will never have the opportunity to see, and I’m hoping Summit will change that (at least for the lucky ones that get to come). I looked up Maine High Adventure, and you are right, it is beautiful and looks like a outstanding place to go. I hope Summit is as loved by the scouts that get to go there, as you love Maine High Adventure.
    Everyone, not just the Boy Scouts, are so excited about this. Maybe now others will see why we call WV “Almost Heaven”.

  5. J. Whitfield // April 24, 2011 at 11:51 am // Reply

    The Summit will not be the first high adventure base for white water rafting. Blue Rideg Mountains Council’s New River Adventure has been rafting the gorge for over a decade. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Ridge_Mountains_Council. If anything, this new base will compound the problem of over crowding on the river.
    Also, Maine High Adventure, once a BSA National High Adventure base sold to the Katadyn Area Council is still in operations; and provides some of the best deep wilderness canoeing in the country. IMHO…there are Councils that offer high adventure equal to, or better than National….

  6. Randy Halmagyi // February 5, 2013 at 7:12 am // Reply

    Hello fellow high adventure crews! I am Randy Halmagyi a Scoutmaster from Troop 235 in Springfield Missouri. We would like to be headed your way next year! We take a crew of 20 to 30 boys to Northerntier or Philmont every year. I have a feeling when we sign up for this one that number will greatly increase!! Please send me all the info you can so we can start planning for our next adventure!

  7. Philmont began a rafting program in 1970 on the Arkansas river of southern Colorado…based out of the Cimarron base.

  8. I agree with those who feel the existing High Adventure Bases of the BSA (National and Council run) offer the best “High Adventure” trips. The new WV 10,600 acres is best suited for canvas tents and hot showers and should not pose as a High Adventure BAse. Rafting is based out of many other BSA Bases already.

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