Passport to High Adventure
Many older Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Explorers, and Venturers consider high adventure the highlight of their outdoor Scouting experiences. The Passport to High Adventure tells how they can—with guidance from their adult leaders—plan and safely carry out council and unit 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.
Your council may already have a canoeing or backpacking high-adventure program, but high adventure often transcends conventional Scouting activities. Collectively, the councils that have high-adventure programs offer these activities and more:
- Bicycle touring
- Horse packing
- Mountain biking
- Rock climbing
- Scuba diving
- Skiing and snowboarding
At the end of this session, each participant should be able to
- Identify and utilize Passport to High Adventure as a resource for planning and carrying out high-adventure activities.
- State where to locate information about different types of council high-adventure opportunities.
- Describe the steps to plan and safely carry out a unit high-adventure trek.
Passport to High Adventure, No. 34245
Tour Plan Application, No. 4419A
Tours and Expeditions, No. 33735A
Personal Health and Medical Record Form—Class 3, No. 34412
Guide to Safe Scouting, No. 34416
Local Tour Permit Application, No. 34426
Identify the Problems
Invite the participants to relate their personal experiences with planning and training for a trek. Ask them about times they have been unprepared. Have participants declare their one most indispensable piece of literature.
Develop an Itinerary
An itinerary serves as a blueprint of your trek. Once you have the plan on paper, you may discover that it's easy to see what meals you will want to prepare and what equipment you will need to take.
Learn the Ins and Outs
The best high-adventure treks are planned, led, and carried out by youth. The purpose of Scouting is to help youth grow and mature, and learn how to be prepared.
Planning Group Adventures
In chapter 2, Passport to High Adventure gives important advice on how to help ensure your crew enjoys a safe and appropriate—yet exciting—outdoor experience.