As the weather starts to cool across the country, it’s definitely not too early to ask: Is it summer yet?
It’s in that spirit I present you with the latest signup details for the BSA’s four national high-adventure bases. If you’re looking to attend Northern Tier, Philmont, Sea Base or the Summit Bechtel Reserve in 2015 or 2016, I’ve got the details you need.
Get this info to your Scout leaders so they can make an informed plan — and to prevent disappointment if they procrastinate and find out their first choice won’t work.
Here we go:
Florida Sea Base
2016: Reservations requests will begin on Jan. 15, 2015, and end on Feb. 16, 2015.
Details: On the official Sea Base website.
Philmont Scout Ranch
2015: The 2015 Philmont trek lottery closed in 2013, though waiting-list spots may open up later. If you’re set on going to Philmont in 2015, you have several options: attend a Philmont Training Center conference, serve on staff or try a second-season program.
2016: The 2016 Philmont trek lottery is open now! At 11:59 p.m. (Mountain Time) on Nov. 19, 2014, the door slams shut. So don’t delay in getting a crew together and securing a lottery entry. (Learn more about the lottery in my blog post.)
Details: On the official Philmont website.
2015: Registration is open now for the 2014-2015 OKPIK Winter Season and the 2015 Summer Season. Click here or call 218-365-4811 to make plans.
2016: The lottery for the 2015-2016 OKPIK Winter Season and the 2016 Summer Season will open on Jan. 6, 2015. If you want to sign up for alerts, you can do so here.
Details: On the official Northern Tier website.
Summit Bechtel Reserve
2015: SBR’s 2015 offerings come in three flavors: national high-adventure base, national Scout camp and national training center. Registration is open now for 2015.
2016: Registration info is coming soon for 2016.
Details: On the official SBR website.