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High Adventure 2018!

posted Aug 22, 2017, 10:46 AM by Robert Brese
Sea Base July 23/24-30, 2018 (  Right now, we have a confirmed reservation with space for three (3) crews of six (6) youth and two (2) adults for Coral Reef Sailing at Florida Sea Base arriving Tuesday, July 24, 2018 and departing Monday, July 30, 2018. It is likely the crew will have to depart on Monday July 23, 2018 to ensure adequate travel time. That means we have room for 18 youth and 6 adults to attend Sea Base. We have 38 youth ranging in age from 13-18 who have signed up to participate. As always, we will prioritize our older Crew members first, but will adjust based on adults who commit to participate in a leadership role (see adult leaders section at the bottom). I will begin reaching out to our older Crew members and working down the list as quickly as we can to solidify crew participation prior to our next deposit due on October 1st. For more information about the Coral Reef Sailing program, see pages 41-42 of the participant guide at: Sea Base will probably cost about $1,500 per person.

ACTION: Regardless of your son's age, please let me know if you can/will commit to being one of the adult leaders on the trip.

Recognizing we cannot accommodate everyone who expressed interest, we have additional options available, all of which are dependent upon an adequate number of adults (and youth).

Summit, WV 2018 (  Summit provides a wide range of adventures that appeal to almost every Scout. The good news with Summit is that every youth can choose his/her own program, returning to the crew campground at the end of the day (there are a few exceptions to that). Additionally, adult first aid training requirements are not as stringent since BSA staff are always available for program supervision, safety and emergency response. Summit programs all run Sunday to Saturday every week of the summer and there is generally plenty of availability. Summit also serves as a great transition program between Boy Scout Summer Camp and the extended high adventure activities of Philmont, Northern Tier and Sea Base. If you are interested in attending Summit in 2018, or if you are an adult willing to take on a leadership role for a Summit crew, please let me know. Summit crews require a minimum of 4 youth and 2 adults. The cost of Summit is about $1,100 per person ($800 plus travel and incidentals).

Northern Tier 2018 (  Yes, we sent 3 crews to Northern Tier in 2016, however, Mr. Carroll has expressed interest in leading another trip in 2018. Northern Tier adventures are run out of Ely, MN or Atikokan, Ontario and are typically 8-10 day adventures, with the first and last nights in base camp. Additionally, 1-2 days of travel are typical for the trip to Northern Tier. Northern Tier crews are best formed with 6 youth and 2 adults (but may be up to 11 total if paddling out of Atikokan)). A Northern Tier staff member will accompany the crew on the entire trip. Northern Tier typically costs about $1,600 (Ely trips) to $1,800 (Atikokan trips).

Adult Participation Requirements (you have essentially a year to complete this before departure):
1. All adults must be registered members of the BSA and Crew 1346
2. All adult leaders must be current in Venturing Youth Protection Training
3. At least one adult leader in each crew must be a reasonably experienced Troop or Crew outdoor leader and:
(a) Have completed Venturing Advisor position specific training
(b) Have completed Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS) and preferably Backcountry Outdoor Leadership Skills (BCOLS). These are weekend overnight courses
4. All adult leaders must hold current CPR and Wilderness First Aid certification (not required for Summit, but basic First Aid/CPR certification is strongly recommended)
5. All leaders must be current in BSA Weather Hazards training
6. All adult leaders must be current in other BSA activity specific training associated with the itinerary (i.e., trek safely, climb on safely, safe swim defense, safety afloat, etc.)

If you have questions, please feel free to ask me, Mr. Margraf, Mr. Duffy or one of the other experienced leaders in the Troop or Crew.


Mr. Brese