Where are you going on vacation this summer? In the past, your Scout might have had a different trip planned than the rest of the family, namely at one of the BSA’s high-adventure bases in New Mexico, Florida, Minnesota or West Virginia.
Since the launch of BSA’s Family Adventure Camps in 2018, the whole family can enjoy the same fun, thrilling adventures that Scouts have loved for decades. At Philmont Scout Ranch, campers can go horseback riding or hiking, tackle a COPE course and more. At Sea Base, you can dive in for a snorkeling outing, explore the shoreline via kayak or take a sailboat out on the water. At the Summit Bechtel Reserve, ride a zip line, bike along the trails, climb rock walls or cast a line at the family fish camp.
Those three bases offer weeklong or shorter stays, open to families and groups across the country. Attendees do not have to currently be registered with the BSA, meaning Scouters can invite grandparents, extended family or friends to camp.
Here’s what a couple of Scouters who have attended Family Adventure Camp have said:
“Everyone was all smiles, professionals, and you would tell they loved what they did. This was absolutely the best experience and family vacation ever! It literally could not have gone any better!”
“In our years of Scouting, we’ve spent countless hours staring at a fire, speaking occasionally and just soaking it in. Our time at Camp Sawyer brought that all back, the reflections of Big Pine Key on the water and the glow of Key West in the distance made us appreciate how fortunate we were to stay at your camp.”
Make your plans now
No matter where you go, you and your fellow campers will make lasting memories as you enjoy the great outdoors together. You don’t have to “rough it,” as each high-adventure base has wall tents, deluxe luxury tents or hotel-style rooms to choose from. Family Adventure Camp could become your family’s next favorite campout, vacation or reunion location.
Check out this page on how to book your next vacation. And if you can’t go this summer, there are available dates for other times in the year.