Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: High Adventure Program (long)
Re: High Adventure Program (long)
Thu, 19 Nov 1998 23:18:45 -0700
Jim McMaster posted:
> trying to get a high adventure program started...
>... There is a little information in the Scoutmaster's
> Handbook, and a very small pamphlet at the local Scout Office. I would
> to know if there is an official publication that tells me what we need to
The "Tours and Expeditions" booklet and the "Scouting Safety" booklet
(think that is what they are called, someone else can surely come up
with the correct name and publication numbers.) are real good places to
start. You may have some Troops in your District or Council that have a
strong outdoor program that includes some sort of High Adventure
outings. Talk to those leaders. They can tell you what works for
_them_ . Remember, just cause in works for them, doesn't mean it will
work for you. Every troop is different and you will need to try some
of the best ideas from all the troops you talk to. A great High
Adventure program is a work in progress. Built on what worked well last
year and discard what didn't.
My sons and I were fortunate to join up with Troop 113 in Austin, MN
back in the mid 80s. They really put the OUT in Sc_out_ing. The troop
tried to have some sort of outdoor activity every month. Not
necessarily a campout, maybe x-country skiing, snow shoeing or hiking
for the afternoon. Most members attended summer camp every year. One
reason was that summer camp was one of the requirements to go on the
annual High Adventure trip to the Rockies.
As I recall, the High Adventure trip was used as a carrot to boost
advancement and help retain the older Scouts. One had to be 14 years
old (13 if older brother or a parent was along, and we have had Mom's on
the trip), be First Class, have earned First Aid, Camping, Cooking,
Wilderness Survival merit badges. EVERYONE had to have completed
certain portions of the Hiking and Backpacking badges EACH year. (to get
into shape!) Attendance at the troop meetings and outings was tied to
the trip as was summer camp. Scouts had to attend two years of summer
camp before going on the High Adventure trip.
Built your program We prided our troop on "lightweight, low/no-impact"
camping years before BSA adopted those principles. No mess kits/utencle
sets to cleanup, take up pack space, rattle and loose parts of. We used
a Lexan soup spoon and a Stainless steel 2-Cup measuring cup. Those who
liked their pancakes flat, brought along a plastic plate from a "Le
Menu" TV dinner. (don't think they make them any more) Meals were
mostly freeze-dried, by a firm called Rich Moore. Try "Dinner #4" its
As you build your High Adventure program, remember, SAFETY FIRST! When
your base camp is 11 miles from the trailhead and the nearest town is 21
miles down what is laughing referred to as a "paved" road, _ANY_ goofing
around can and will result in an accident. Any accident will result in
the end of the trip for _ALL_ as the injured are carried/jossled by the
rest to the trailhead and then driven/josseled down those legendary "21
miles of BAD road". Only MATURE Scouts _AND_ adults should be allowed
to participate in a High Adventure trip. Look closely at the adults you
bring along, make sure they are trained in First Aid/CPR. YOUR life and
the lifes of those intrusted to you may depend on how well you have
prepared/selected the adults that are along!
Make sure you have the proper tour permits filed AND approved. Carry a
copy of it with you!
Hey, I've rambled on to long.
One last thought, when in doubt, do what is in the best interest of your
Yours in Scouting,
Apache Junction, AZ
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