Adventures for Older Boys

Older Scouts (those who are at least 13 years old or have completed the seventh grade) seek challenge and variety.  How does Scouting capture their interest?  Through diverse high-adventure and outdoor opportunities.  Scouting not only provides adventure but also emphasizes values through ideals that reinforce God, country, and personal growth.

Both Varsity and Venture Scouts work on advancement.  They also participate in high adventure, team sports, and other special outdoor activities.

Older Scouts plan and run their own meetings and activities with minimal adult guidance.  They participate in exciting outdoor programs like climbing and council and national high-adventure programs including Philmont Scout Ranch, Northern Tier, and the Florida Sea Base.

These resources can help you deliver the promise to your older Scouts.  Here are samples of the great adventures the Baden-Powell Council offers.

Helsman Program (Barton)

This is an advanced sailing and waterfront-based program for older scouts that share both experience and or a strong interest towards sailing.  It is recommended although not required that participants earn the Small Boat Sailing merit badge prior to taking on this challenge. This is the ultimate sailing experience whereby scouts will be exposed to a variety of sailing conditions, various types of sail boats (i.e.: hobie-cat), learn about the history of sailing and the true art of Seamanship. Scouts will have the unique opportunity to sail on a 25' sailboat around Cayuga Lake.  During the week there will be workshops in racing, navigation, and boat maintenance.  

Wilderness Survival Experience (Tuscarora)

As highlighted in the December 2004 Boy's Life Magazine, The Wilderness Survival Experience is an adventure the boys will be talking about for years. The Wilderness Survival program is open to all scouts who are at least 13 years old and have a rank of at least first class. Scouts in this program will receive a week long adventure in wilderness survival skills including natural shelters, safe water collection, fire without matches, stalking, hunting/traping and wild edible plants. In addition to the survival skills, the scouts have the potential to earn Wilderness Survival, Mammal Study, Indian Lore and Environmental Science merit badges.

Personal Water Craft (PWC) - (Barton)

In 2010, Camp Barton was selected to pilot a NEW BSA Jet Skiing Program.  Any Scout or adult 14 years of age or older may sign up to receive may sign up to receive their Boating Safety Certificate and ride the jet ski Wednesday through Friday afternoons, with class Monday and Tuesday afternoon.  Any Scout or Scouter who is reckless will not be allowed to complete the program or use the jet skis.  Each week the class is limited to the first 18 participants so pre-registration is required.