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Nashua Valley Council, BSA • 1980 Lunenburg Rd. • Lancaster, MA 01523

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High Adventure

High Adventure

Many older Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Explorers, and Venturers consider high adventure the highlight of their outdoor Scouting experiences. With guidance from their adult leaders, they can plan and safely carry out high-adventure treks using Leave No Trace techniques. Older youth seek out these programs; it's what keeps them high on Scouting. High adventure challenges and inspires them—and their leaders—and broadens their appeal for Scouting. This is why Scoutmasters and Advisors must make high-adventure opportunities a priority, promoting participation by unit members who are qualified for these elite outdoor activities.

Space available for Philmont 2017

Nashua Valley Council has secured 10 Philmont crews for 2017. A total of 120 Scouts and leaders have the opportunity to partake in one of Scouting's most exciting high adventure opportunities. The contingent will depart the Boston area on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, arrive at Philmont on Thursday, July 20, and return home on Tuesday August 1. The estimated cost is $2,100 per person.

To request a slot for 2017 a reservation fee of $500 per individual in the crew must be received at the Nashua Valley Council service center no later than March 1, 2016. Please submit one check per crew payable to "Nashua Valley Council, BSA". The reservation fee must be accompanied by a note containing the name, unit, and contact information (phone, email, mailing address) of the adult advisers and include an initial estimate of the number of Scouts and adults that will comprise the crew.

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Space available for Philmont 2016

Nashua Valley Council has received an allotment for 8 crews to attend Philmont in 2016. This will permit a total of 96 Scouts and Scouters from Nashua Valley Council to partake in one of Scouting’s most exciting high adventure opportunities. 

The contingent will depart the Boston area on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, arrive at Philmont on Thursday, July 21, 2016 and return home on Tuesday, August 2, 2016.

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National High Adventure Bases

Florida Sea Base

Make a splash! Head to the Florida Keys and dive into an amazing Florida Sea Base adventure and wade into more excitement than you ever though possible. Snorkeling, SCUBA, boating, and beach camping are among the many possibilities.


Northern Tier

Don't miss the boat! One of the most beautiful, and remote parts of North America offers a unique opportunity for Scouts. Canoeing, hiking, fishing, and winter camping in and around the beautiful lakes of northern Minnesota and southern Canada await you at the Northern Tier.


Philmont Scout Ranch

Take a hike! The mountains of New Mexico offer the adventure that you have always dreamed about. Backpacking, rock climbing, western lore, living history, and the views from peaks over 10,000 feet tall will make memories that last a lifetime. High Adventure is a chance to try something you may never experience again. So take adventure to the limit. You'll never forget it.


High Adventure Directory

The BSA high-adventure program directory is a service to all units desiring to locate a high-adventure program opportunity at any local council. The directory lists all council-operated high-adventure trekking programs that span at least five nights and six days. A few programs of lesser duration are included as specialty adventure programs.