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High Adventure is:

  • A challenging experience,
  • An experience other than a routine event,
  • An activity requiring special preparation and training,
  • An activity performed with knowledge and skills beyond average requirements, and
  • An activity that is not normally accomplished in man-made structures or in stationary facilities.


Types of High Adventure Treks and Outings:

  • Backpacking
  • Canoeing
  • White water rafting
  • Sea kayaking
  • White water kayaking
  • Horese back riding and packing
  • Winter (snow) camping
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Rock climbing and rappelling
  • Mountineering and technical climbing
  • Caving (spelunking)
  • Snorkeling
  • SCUBA diving
  • Wilderness search and rescue
  • Mountain biking


Examples of High Adventure Treks and Outings:

  • Backpacking trek of 16 map miles or longer and a duration longer than 2 days
  • All paddle sport treks (canoring, rafting & kayaking)
  • All snow camping away from a trail head base camp
  • All rock climbing, mountaineering, technical climbing, and rappelling
  • All caving
  • All snorkeling and SCUBA diving
  • All mountain biking


The Golden Empire Council's High Adventure Team strongly recommends that Scouts not only demonstrate the skill sneeded for any high adventure outing prior to an outing, but that a minimum age of 14 be set to assure adequate maturity and endurance.  Note that the BSA High Adventure Bases each establish a minimum age requirement for the same reasons.


Please referr to the 'Guide to Safe Souting' for additional requirements for High Adventure outings.


email the HAT Chairperson at hat.chair at gec-bsa dot org for more information.
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Sacramento, CA 95815

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