High Adventure Roadmap

Troop 39 offers a unique set of High Adventure opportunities for its youth, we think, unrivaled by any other troop in the country.  There is a definitive schedule published for British and Swiss high adventure by the Troop and also a definitive schedule for the national jamboree published by the BSA.  This schedule is then augmented by more flexible schedules for expeditions to Philmont, Sea Base and Northern Tier.

British High Adventure

Every two years (historically, even years), our middle school scouts travel to the UK spending time with host families from the 26th Northcote Scout Group in Bristol, England.  Scouts take day trips to exciting, historic sites such as Warwick Castle, Longleat and London and also get the opportunity join the Bristol 26th at Summer Camp. British Scouts’ summer Camps are a totally different experience to that of BSA Scouts attending a Summer Camp!

Swiss High Adventure

Every four years, our scouts travel to Switzerland, to the Kandersteg International Scout Center which was establish by Lord Baden-Powell to be a permanent Jamboree. Scouts stay in a dorm at the KISC as well as sleeping in high altitude Swiss Alpine Club huts.  As well as hiking the high Alpine mountains, scouts also have other high adventure opportunities such as glacier training, climbing, tubing, high ropes – to name but  few.

In 2016, the troop leadership made a change to the schedule to switch the schedule so the Swiss High Adventure will no longer conflict with the BSA National Jamboree. 

Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, NM

Typically whilst the middle school scouts are traveling to England, the troop considers taking scouts on a 12 day backpacking trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.   These high adventure opportunities are not set up on a regular, predictable cycle like the British and Swiss high adventure but are typically initiated 18-24 months of the expedition taking place.

BSA National Jamboree, Summit Bechtel Reserve, WV

The troop leadership and committee took a decision that will allow our scouts to be fully immersed in the troop’s High Adventure programe and attend the National Jamboree in West Virginia which also takes place every four years.