Local High Adventure
The Boy Scouts of America's premier High Adventure™ base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 200 square miles of rugged New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.
Adults have opportunities of their own at the Philmont Training Center. World-class courses and seminars cover all aspects of Scouting-all amid Philmont's dramatic scenery.
Troop 975 is planning a trek to Philmont in 2018. It's not too early to start planning. You must be 14 years old and have completed the 8th grade by the start of the trek to participate.
WHAT - A 6-day summer canoe trip from BSA’s Sommers Canoe Base near Ely, Minnesota. This is the Northern Tier High Adventure Base in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northern Minnesota (boundary between United States & Canada). The crew will paddle from lake to lake.
WHO - Scouts must be 14 years old by the date of the trip. A crew can be 6 to 8 people, and at least 2 of the crew members must be adults. It is recommended that Scouts earn Canoeing, Swimming, First Aid, and Lifesaving merit badges prior to the trip. The crew adults must be trained in Wilderness First Aid, Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat, Weather Hazards and Youth Protection. All participants must pass a BSA swim test within 1 year prior to attending.
COST - As of 2018, the 6-day canoe trip costs $480-640/person, which includes full provisions – cabin for 2 nights at Sommers Canoe Base, meals at the base, canoe, paddles, life vest, tent, pack, stove, cooking gear, food, insurance and a BSA guide. A fishing license costs extra. There will be additional travel costs for gasoline, meals and possibly lodging on the way there and back. Depending on the number going, we may decide to rent a van.
SCHEDULE - It is 1,000 miles from Tulsa to Ely, and the entire trip takes 9 days. First day we will drive partway, and stay the night in Minnesota. The second day will be spent driving the rest of the way to Ely, Minnesota, then getting provisions and orientation at Sommers Canoe Base. On the third day, the crew begins 5 days of canoeing, fishing and camping. On the seventh day, the crew returns to base and stays overnight. On the eighth day, the crew will eat breakfast at the base, then drive to Kansas city area and spend the night. Return to Tulsa on ninth day.
You don’t have to travel across the country, take a full week, or spend lots of money to have an exciting high adventure trip. There are weekend trips in this area that are perfect for a patrol or small group of Scouts.
Why take a High Adventure Trip?
A high adventure trip takes you beyond car camping. You see more of the backcountry, instead of busy campsites. It is challenging because more planning is needed, and stronger outdoor skills are required. These outdoor skills include map and compass navigation, water purification, cooking non-refrigerated food on lightweight stoves, and knowledge of wilderness first aid. The trips provide opportunities to work on merit badges for Backpacking, Camping, Canoeing, Whitewater, Hiking, Climbing, and Wilderness Survival.
Illinois River - Canoe the Illinois River and camp on the beach, instead of at Camp Darby. Pack canoes with tents, cooking gear and food. Swim and fish. Float for 3 days and 2 nights and do a service project to earn the “Illinois River Canoe Award” from Indian Nations Council BSA. Near Tahlequah, about 1 ½ hours east of Tulsa.
Lower Mountain Fork River - Whitewater canoeing and kayaking. This is the river used by Slippery Falls Scout Ranch and Hale Scout Reservation for Whitewater merit badge at summer camp. Near Idabel in southeastern Oklahoma, about 3 hours from Tulsa.
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge - Rock climbing, rappelling, hiking. Overnight backpacking in the Charon’s Garden Wilderness Area by permit. Near Lawton in southwestern Oklahoma, about 3 hours from Tulsa.
Butterfield Hiking Trail at Devil’s Den State Park - Backpacking trip through Ozark Mountains. Historic pioneer sites. Earn Butterfield Hiking Trail patch from Westark Area Council BSA. South of Fayetteville in northwestern Arkansas, about 2 hours from Tulsa.
Island camping on Skiatook Lake at Zink Ranch - Pack canoes with tents, food and fishing gear, and spend the weekend on an island. Use Boy Scout campsite at Zink Ranch for base. Located 30-45 minutes northwest of Tulsa in Osage County.
Quivira Scout Ranch - Rock climbing, canoeing, shooting sports, hiking to historic pioneer sites. Near Sedan, Kansas, just north of Kansas/Oklahoma state line. Camp is operated by Quivira Council BSA in Wichita (316-264-3386).
Ouachita Mountains - Backpack for 3 days and 2 nights and do a service project to earn “Winding Stair Trail Award” from Indian Nations Council BSA. Near Talihina in southeastern Oklahoma, about 2 ½ hours from Tulsa.
Greenleaf State Park - Backpacking trip on 16-mile trail with primitive campsite. Near Muskogee/Braggs, about 1 hour southeast of Tulsa.
Buffalo National River - Canoeing in spring and early summer. Over 100 miles of hiking trails open year-round. Massive limestone bluffs and elk herds. Campgrounds run by National Park Service. Take a side trip to rock climb and camp at privately owned Horseshoe Canyon near Jasper. In northwestern Arkansas, about 2 ½ hours east of Tulsa.