Bryan on Scouting

World-class fun awaits at the Summit’s Paul R. Christen High Adventure Base

High-Adventure Week is a once-a-year Bryan on Scouting event that celebrates the once-in-a-lifetime experiences offered at the BSA’s four national high-adventure bases.


The Summit Bechtel Reserve zipped into Scouting fame as host of the 2013 National Jamboree.

But jamborees, great as they are, offer only a fraction of the fun available at SBR.

Say hello to the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. The name is long, and so is the list of activities awaiting Scouts and Venturers.

I’m talking whitewater rafting, archery, climbing, skateboarding, canopy tours, zip lining, mountain biking, kayaking, shooting sports, hiking and more.

The Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base is the newest jewel in the BSA’s crown, and this West Virginia wonderland offers the biggest concentration of high-adventure activities on the planet. There’s seriously something for everyone, and spaces for 2016 are still available — seriously! In fact, if you register for the 2016 season by Nov. 30, 2015, you’ll receive up to a 15 percent discount on camp fees.

The fun at the Paul R. Christen base comes in three flavors:

Participants attend the Paul R. Christen base with their crew, but each attendee can choose his or her own program area. This is an acknowledgment that not everyone in your troop, team, post, ship or crew has the same interests or abilities.

Two things everyone who attends the Paul R. Christen base gets to do: Complete a service project and ride the 3,100-foot “Big Zip,” the zip line that’s already a legend at SBR.

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How to register and learn more

Visit the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base website or call 304-465-2800.


Photos by Beth Wald. Thanks to the Summit’s Matt Monroe for the info.