Appalachian Adventure is the perfect way to get a feel for The Summit in a short period of time, whether passing through or just making a weekend of it.
Get a taste of the adventure and action sports opportunities available at the BSA’s newest national base — The Summit Bechtel Reserve — located in Southern West Virginia. The Appalachian Adventure program gives you access to all venues in the Scott Summit Center. This area is a microcosm of the Summit with sample versions of each of the high adventure venues and a ton of exciting activities.
This program is available for registered Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts and Venturers and they are welcome to move from one area to another as they please (check schedule at arrival for hours of each venue).
- Canopy Tours*
- Challenge Courses*
- BMX Race Tracks*
- Skateboard Plaza
- Static Archery Range
- Tomahawk Throw
- CONSOL Energy Bridge
- Harvey Mountain Bike Trails
- Scott Visitors Center
- Sustainability Treehouse
- Summit Center Ziplines*
- 37°N Outfitters
- Stand-up Paddleboard
- Water Reality Obstacle Course*
- Sporting Arrows
- Adult Leader Training
- Survival School
- Fellowships, gatherings & concerts
- Campfires, ceremonies & competitions
*typically only open during evening program
$220 per person paid by April 30, 2016
$250 deposit per group due at registration
Fees include meals (Arrival day dinner through departure day breakfast), campsite (w/ ambient temperature showers, dining flies & Wi-Fi), and all program equipment.
Available Dates 2017
Sunday to Wednesday
- June 11 – June 14
Wednesday to Saturday
- June 14 – June 17
Available Dates 2018 (Registration not live yet.)
- June 10 – 13
- June 13 – 16
- July 22 – 25
- July 25 – 28
- July 29 – August 1
- Registered Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts or Venturers.
- Completed BSA Annual Health & Medical Record.
- Summit Risk Acknowledgment
Activity Participant Requirements
- CANOPY TOURS, CHALLENGE COURSES & ZIP LINES — Manufacturers guidelines require that participants weigh between 50 and 250 pounds regardless of height.
- WATER ACTIVITIES — Must successfully complete the BSA Swim Test. All water activities require closed toed shoes during participation.
What to Bring
- Cot pads, if desired
- Clothing, including swim attire
- Sleeping bag
- Two pairs of shoes (one for water activities)
- Jacket (rain gear)
- Flags, games, or other gear to make your unit feel at home
- A sense of adventure!
Registration Fee: $220*
Fee is cost per person.
*Price if paid in full by April 30, 2016, after which the fee is $250)
Want to extend your stay in West Virginia?
If you want more adventure on the front or back-end of your Appalachian Adventure program, consider some of the outdoor options available in Southern West Virginia, including opportunities in the New River Gorge National River (www.nps.gov/neri) and West Virginia State Parks (www.wvstateparks.com). An overview of other opportunities in Southern West Virginia can be found at www.visitwv.com.
While whitewater trips are not part of the Appalachian Adventure program, many units have found it convenient to schedule whitewater trips on days immediately prior to arrival at the Summit or after their departure. (Sunday, Wednesday or Saturday)
When planning a whitewater trip, we recommend contacting a professional, licensed outfitter. While the Summit does not endorse specific outfitters, we do have relationships with the following vendors who provide services to the Summit and whose guides have completed Youth Protection training, BSA Safe Swim and Safety Afloat training and passed a background check.
ACE Adventure Resort 1-800-787-3982
Adventures on the Gorge 1-855-628-0636
River Expeditions 1-800-463-9873