Re: Troop High Adventure Age Limits
JASON CRUSE (jcruse@DU.EDU)
Wed, 16 Oct 1996 07:28:42 -0600
> A couple of questions for the net:
> 1. What minimum age requirements do troops put on their troop high adventure
> programs? This would be, for example, for a week or more backpacking or
> canoeing in the wilderness.
I have contacted National's office of health and safety (or whatever they
call it) and spoken with the doctor who sets the age policy for Philmont,
Jamborees, etc. I did this to get some idea of what I should do for my
troops trip next summer.
There is no single high adventure age policy for BSA. Phimont, the Sea
Base, the Canoe Base, Jamboree, all are "high adventure" and all have
different age requirements. The key, I was told, is the safety of the
boys. The rule you make needs to be blanket--in other words, no
exceptions just because one boy who is a little younger is bigger than
As I have posted before, my troop is doing a hiking (not backpacking)
trip next summer. 6 14ers in 8 days. Our rule is this: to be able to
do all six 14ers, a boy must be first class and be 13 1/2 *by the day we
leave for the trip.* The younger scouts must be 12 by the time we leave,
and they will e able to do 3 of the six peaks. The rest of their time
will be spent working on merit badges in our "base camp" area.
> 2. Does your troop offer a mini-high adventure programs that would be open
> to younger Scouts?
This, too, depends on troops. Many councils don't offer anything until
the boys are 13. For most boys, while they are 11 and 12, simply going
to summer camp is adventure enough, especially if they live in a city.
I'm allowing my 12 year-old boys to go next summer just because we have a
small troop, and I'd like to take more than 4 boys on this trip.
Otherwise, they'd be at camp.
Jason A. Cruse
University of Denver
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