Is High Adventure an Opportunity, Responsibility, or Mandate?

High adventure programming at the unit level is encouraged but not mandated by National BSA. Neither are patrol meetings and outings, service projects, committee meetings, troop leadership training events, participation in Scout Sunday, recruiting, or any other of a number of activities that are essential to a healthy troop. National BSA provides a programming framework […]

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To Know Wilderness is to Know Humility

Howard Zahniser, author of the Wilderness Act of 1964, famously extolled the virtues of wilderness-inspired humility nearly 50 years ago: “It is not long since man thought of himself as the center of the universe, thought even of the Sun—the very source of all our life—as a light by day revolving about the Earth. As […]

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A Case for High Adventure

The words “high adventure” imply an exceptional experience that involves discovery with an uncertain outcome. High adventure activities are alluring to many young people as a means of testing their capabilities and limits in exciting new ways while building self-confident leaders. High adventure includes both short duration (less than 72 hours) and long duration (more […]

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