What makes Matt Moniz the ideal person to be the BSA’s first Adventure Ambassador? Only everything he’s ever done.
At age 12, Matt needed just 43 days to climb the highest point in each of the 50 states. Two years later, he earned the Eagle Scout Award (Troop 171, Boulder, Colo.).
At 16, he became the youngest person to summit Makalu, the world’s fifth-tallest mountain. A year later, Matt was in Nepal preparing to climb Mount Everest when a deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit. Matt used his Scouting skills to help others — service that earned him the BSA’s Honor Medal with Crossed Palms.
At 18, Matt was picked to deliver the BSA’s Report to the Nation to top leaders in Washington, D.C.
Matt is now 20 years old, and he’s the BSA’s first Adventure Ambassador. And he’s just getting started.
This May, he’ll make another attempt to climb Mount Everest, and this time, he’s bringing along the entire BSA family.
What’s an Adventure Ambassador?
An Adventure Ambassador is someone who is living and breathing adventure every single day. They’re climbing up mountains, rafting down rivers, camping in the backcountry and living life to the fullest.
You can follow their stories by following the BSA on Instagram (@boyscoutsofamerica). Each week you’ll meet real men and real women from coast to coast who show what adventure looks like to them. This will inevitably inspire you to live your own adventure, whatever that is and wherever you are.
How can I follow Matt’s journey to Everest?
What does it take to climb the world’s highest mountain? What kind of gear is required to survive Everest’s cold, thin air?
Matt will answer those questions and more through videos he’s posting to the BSA’s Instagram page.
Here are two recent examples:
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Introducing our first #AdventureAmbassador @matt_moniz. Over the next several weeks we'll be following Matt along his adventure to summit Mt. Everest. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ever wonder what it takes to climb the world's highest peak? Matt is going to tell us all about it. Learn about his training, packing, travel, climbing, highs, lows, and everything in between. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tune into the @boyscoutsofamerica page every day to see how Matt and all of our future Adventure Ambassadors are owning adventure! #WeOwnAdventure #BeAScout . . . #BoyScouts #CubScouts #Venturing #Exploring #BoyScoutsofAmerica #Adventure #Discovery #Scouting #Scouts #leadership #nature #outdoors
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#AdventureAmbassador @matt_moniz is back to talk about the gear that’s helping him prepare to summit the world’s tallest mountain. #WeOwnAdventure #BeAScout #PreparedForLife .
Ever wonder what type of gear is needed to climb Mt. Everest? The answer, according to Matt, is layering, layering, layering. In this video Matt goes from head to toe, showing us his down suit, fleece upper layer, gloves, glove liners, and boots. All of his gear is built for the extreme conditions he’ll face on Mt. Everest. .
Tune in later this week for more great content from Matt as he continues on his #adventure to summit Mt. Everest. . #BoyScouts #CubScouts #Venturing #Exploring #BoyScoutsofAmerica #Adventure #Discovery #Scouting #Scouts #leadership #nature #outdoors #hiking #climbing #mountaineering #everest