Summit Visitor Passes let Scouting family, friends experience the thrills this summer

This summer, while everyone else is stuck at home or the office, treat yourself and your Scouting family and friends to a weekend at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

Zip down the zip lines, glide around the skateboard park, test your accuracy shooting a bow and arrow at moving targets and so much more. And do it all for a great price.

This week, the Summit introduces its hotly anticipated Summit Visitor Passes, a chance for our Scouting family and friends to try the same activities attendees at the jamboree enjoyed last summer.

Buy your Summit Visitor Passes today.

The Walter Scott Summit Center is open Fridays and Saturdays beginning June 13 and ending Aug. 16.

There are two types of passes available: Visitors and Action. Visitors, which is a little cheaper, is good for those members of your group who want to visit the Summit but aren’t interested in the action and adventure-sports activities. Action, on the other hand, is for those who want it all.

You can select from single-day or single-weekend. More details after the jump.

Two types of passes


Includes access to: 

SCOTT SUMMIT CENTER, ACTION POINT and BOULDER COVE to observe activities as well as have full access to the venues listed below.

  • Scott Summit Center
    • Sustainability Treehouse – a five story treehouse highlighting the principles of living a sustainable lifestyle
    • John Gottschalk Boardwalk and Goodrich Lake Wetlands
    • Scott Visitors Center – home of the Summit Trading Post and Guest Services
  • Action Point
    • CONSOL Energy Bridge – check out the winged bridge with observation decks above and below deck
    • Action Point Hiking Trail – take a walk through the scenic forest surrounding Action Point. This trail also provides a close-up view of the Jared Harvey Mountain Bike Trails, the Action Point Canopy Tours and a great view of CONSOL Energy Bridge from below.

Includes access to:

Everything included in the Summit Center Visitors Pass, plus …

  • Scott Summit Center
    • Summit Center Zip Lines*
  • Action Point
    • Action Point Canopy Tours* – a series of zip lines through the tree canopy
    • Action Point Challenge Courses* – a series of high ropes problems to solve
    • Action Point Skate Plaza – our Action Point skateboard park
    • Action Point BMX Tracks – two BMX race tracks
    • Harvey Mountain Bike Trails – short trails introduce the sport of mountain biking
    • Duck Shoot – knock over the ducks on this arcade-style shooting game
    • Archery Range
    • Sporting Arrows* – trap shooting with a bow and arrow
  • Boulder Cove
    • Climbing* – routes from 5.5 to 5.11 difficulty
    • Rappelling*
    • Bouldering

* means available to participants who are 11 or older

Summit hours

The Walter Scott Summit Center at the Bechtel Summit will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays beginning June 13, 2014 through Aug. 16, 2014

More info on visiting

See this PDF for details.

Buy your tickets

Click here to purchase your passes. Be sure to select the date you plan to visit.

Relive the 2013 Jamboree

I blogged live from the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. Read my posts here.

11 thoughts on “Summit Visitor Passes let Scouting family, friends experience the thrills this summer

  1. They must have changed the tax exemption in WV. as of last August they were being very stringent on only BSA members and if they BSA let in outsiders, they would lose their tax exemption.

    • Exactly how much did National go into hock to pay for The Summit? I heard it was in the hundreds of millions of dollars. I hope that figure is wrong and exaggerated.

    • I’m not sure what you mean here.

      The plan was always to open the Summit to visitors. There’s more than enough fun to go around there, and I like this as a way to supplement what Scouts visiting for full weeklong high-adventure treks get to do.

      • Are you opening Phimont, Northern Tier, and Sea Base to casual visitors as well? Somewhat off topic, but tangentially related, can you tell us how much BSA owes on The Summit?

      • Let’s start with RJM’s comment above. Is BSA in to the banks for $425 million dollars? If so, that would explain a lot of recent decisions made by National.

  2. So where is the information about accommodations? That part of West Virginia isn’t anything like that mouse place when it comes to hotels and motels. Or it that just an added (and unmentioned) expense that a family will have to drop to participate in the fun? The Holiday Inn at Beckley, picked at random, has a room with 2 queen beds (based on 2 adults and 2 children) for $150 a night for a two-night weekend in June. Using Travelocity to search around Fayetteville, WV, it turned up 22 hotels, with the average price running at $101 and the 3 star avg at $134 a night.

  3. Funny – in the previous article on Paintball it was pointed out that the G2SS stated:

    “Scout units may plan or participate in paintball, laser tag or similar events where participants shoot at targets that are neither living nor human representations.”

    What are the ducks in the Duck Shoot shaped like?

    I have not seen the event, but one would think that the “ducks” would be shaped like ducks.

    Don’t get me wrong – I don’t disagree with the activity. I think this rule is overly sensitive. As a Scout, I earned the Rifle & Shotgun merit badge and we shot at Clay Pigeons (they weren’t shaped like pigeons). I have hunted before, but am not an avid hunter.

    Where I do take issue is if the “ducks” are shaped like ducks, I disagree with BSA saying Units can’t do it but it is ok if they do.

    Maybe the BSA needs to re-evaluate this rule. I am sure that there are Scouts that are shooting at far wosre images on their X-Boxs and Playstations.

    • Good point – actually, there is 3-D archery at many BSA locations, including Philmont where boys shoot (I believe hunting tip) arrows at 3-D representations of bears, deer, and various other animals. Also, Venturing permits hunting as an activity. If the issue with paintball is eye injuries don’t protective goggles (required in paintball) solve that issue, and then what is the issue with laser tag?

  4. They should be open on Sundays. More people would probably attend Saturday and Sunday, instead of Friday and Saturday where they have to take a day off from work.

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