Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: High Adventure Program Response Summary
High Adventure Program Response Summary
Thu, 19 Nov 1998 16:36:55 -0700
As I expected, I received several excellent responses to yesterday's inquiry
on Troop High Adventure Programs. Some of the responses (in no particular
1) Look at the fairly new BSA publication, "Passport to High Adventure",
#4310, approximately $13.25. This sounds like just what I was looking for,
and I have already ordered a copy.
2) Remember to look at the "Guide to Safe Scouting". I actually remembered
this, but it is always valuable to get a reminder.
3) I need to consider age/rank restrictions, and 13 may be too young.
Several mentioned a rank requirement of First Class as an incentive for
Scouts to advance.
4) New Venture program materials might be a good resource, and I should
consider forming a Venturing Unit for the older Scouts.
5) Get a copy of the "Philmont Advisor's Guide" (although I need to figure
out where to get it...the respondent did not say in his message.)
6) Let the Scouts run the program as much as possible, and remember the
adults are Advisors.
7) Start slowly and build on previous successes.
8) Check out possible council High Adventure training. (I will do so, but
have not heard of any in Longs Peak Council.)
Thanks to all who responded. You have given me a great start, and I will
come back if I need another boost.
By the way, the first crew has decided on a springtime mountain bike trip to
Moab as their first adventure. I have asked them to consider a week-long
trek at Elkhorn High Adventure Base next summer, and we have a Philmont
reservation in July, 2000. I really think this is going to take off.
Scoutmaster, Troop 70; Longs Peak Council, BSA; Boulder, CO, USA
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