Making history: First campers arrive at the Summit today

Northern Tier, 1923. Philmont, 1939. Sea Base, 1980. And now: the Summit, 2014.

Remember this day, because today — June 8, 2014 — the first Scouts arrive at the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base at the Summit in West Virginia.

Consider how cool it would’ve been to be the first Scouts to canoe at Northern Tier, hike at Philmont or set sail at Sea Base. That’s the kind of history-making magic in store for the lucky Scouts arriving today at the BSA’s newest high-adventure base.

Sure, tens of thousands of Scouts enjoyed the Summit last summer for the National Scout Jamboree, just as Scouts visited Sea Base, Philmont and Northern Tier prior to their official openings.

But today marks the realization of the Summit’s other main purpose: hosting Scouts every summer for a week of incredible high-adventure programs.

Programs like:

  • The Summit Experience, a week of half-day introductory-level activities at each of the nine Summit high-adventure venues.
  • Helmets and Harnesses, where Scouts learn the ropes on the the largest man-made climbing venue in the world.
  • Tires and Trails, offering unparalleled mountain bike instruction on 36 miles of trails.

And that’s just scratching the surface.

Learn more about the Summit’s high-adventure offerings (and how you can join the fun in summer 2015) at the base’s official site.

And congrats to the Summit on their grand opening!


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