Making history: First campers arrive at the Summit today

Northern Tier, 1923. Philmont, 1939. Sea Base, 1980. And now: the Summit, 2014.

Remember this day, because today — June 8, 2014 — the first Scouts arrive at the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base at the Summit in West Virginia.

Consider how cool it would’ve been to be the first Scouts to canoe at Northern Tier, hike at Philmont or set sail at Sea Base. That’s the kind of history-making magic in store for the lucky Scouts arriving today at the BSA’s newest high-adventure base.

Sure, tens of thousands of Scouts enjoyed the Summit last summer for the National Scout Jamboree, just as Scouts visited Sea Base, Philmont and Northern Tier prior to their official openings.

But today marks the realization of the Summit’s other main purpose: hosting Scouts every summer for a week of incredible high-adventure programs.

Programs like:

  • The Summit Experience, a week of half-day introductory-level activities at each of the nine Summit high-adventure venues.
  • Helmets and Harnesses, where Scouts learn the ropes on the the largest man-made climbing venue in the world.
  • Tires and Trails, offering unparalleled mountain bike instruction on 36 miles of trails.

And that’s just scratching the surface.

Learn more about the Summit’s high-adventure offerings (and how you can join the fun in summer 2015) at the base’s official site.

And congrats to the Summit on their grand opening!


2 thoughts on “Making history: First campers arrive at the Summit today

  1. This is great – my grandson had the privilege to attend Jambo 2013 – and take part in many events, including the canopy tour.

    This is another venue that the scouts will use to give lifelong-memorable and character building experiences to the boys that will tur them into men who will lead our country and businesses.

    Yet, while they are allowed to do, as the video shows, rifle and shotgun shooting, climbing, zip lines, archery, white-water rafting, wilderness camping, etc., all dangerous activities whose perils are moderated by the common thread in all of the safety courses (Qualified Supervision and Discipline), they are prevented (see May 2014 version of Guide to Safe Scouting [GTSS] – – page 102) from using certain power tools, to wit:
    Circular, reciprocating, jig, or radial saw, Age 18 and older
    Band and scroll saws, Age 18 and older
    Router/planer Age 18 and older
    leaving the use of said tools out of reach until after they are out of the Scout ranks

    The web page introducing GTSS [ ]says that ” The purpose of the Guide to Safe Scouting is to prepare members of the Boy Scouts of America to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner. The policies and guidelines have been established because of the real need to protect members from known hazards that have been identified through 100 years of experience. Limitations on certain activities should not be viewed as stumbling blocks; rather, policies and guidelines are best described as stepping-stones toward safe and enjoyable adventures.”

    Many of these boys have taken Shop (or as it is called in certain areas, Industrial Technology) wherein they have used said tools under Qualified Supervision and Discipline. I am not proposing that they be thrown willy-nilly into a shop to do things. However, when part of, for instance, an Eagle project, requires the use of such tools, and the parents/guardians of the scouts, and the owner of the power tools feel that the scout using such tools is at least as safe as doing rifle and shotgun shooting, climbing, zip lines, etc., that, under Qualified Supervision and Discipline, such use be allowed for that specific scout on an instance by instance basis.

    If the concern is more insurance than safety, perhaps a permission/hold-harmless document could be crafted to cover the situation. I know that my grandson and I were ignorant of that restriction when he used a table saw on his Eagle project. The owner of the tools, as well as his grandmother and I supervised the use, and indeed felt that the experience gained outweighed the minimal risk of injury.

    I would suggest that this be considered in the next revision of GTSS, and perhaps, if they will let you, have this issue as one of your blog entries.

  2. I was thrilled to take part as a staffer in the 2013 Jamboree and can’t wait to go back. The question I have is this, is the Summit going to open for “regular” summer camp type of camping? Or is it going to strictly going to be programs such as these? I believe I may have misunderstood when I read (when Summit was just a gleam in the BSA’s eye) that they would be open for summer camp in 2014.

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