John D. TickleNational Training and Leadership Center


Sustainability Leadership Training


June 23-25, 2017

Course Description 

Most of us have an idea of what sustainability means – and often the concept is overwhelming. Where do you start? What can you do? Can you really make a difference? Look no further. Start with this hands-on, activity-based course. You won’t find scholarly mumbo-jumbo here. Just practical, uncomplicated, day-to-day actions you can implement.

For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in conservation education and environmental stewardship. In fact, you might say we were green when green was just a color. This course is for adult volunteers and BSA professionals who care about the world around them and the people in it.

Upon completion of this course, your enthusiasm for practical sustainability will be contagious. You’ll have the tools and knowledge to spearhead “Practical Sustainability” programs with your family, council and community. Join us as we advance the scouting commitment to move from Green to Deep Green: June 23 – 25, 2017 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

Why The Summit Bechtel Reserve

Situated in the wilds of West Virginia, The Summit is a world class, sustainable, training, Scouting and adventure center for the millions of youth and adults involved in the Boy Scouts of America and anyone who loves the outdoors.

The Summit is one of the most environmentally sustainable human habitats ever built for Scouts. From Systems Thinking during the design phase to the Sustainability Tree House, The Summit is the prototype for the BSA in the areas of energy, water and property sustainability. Specifically, The Sustainability Treehouse is a living education center for Scouts, providing information and immersing Scouts in the concept of sustainability. 

Registration Fee: $175 – $150(Early Bird)

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 Training Center 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, Venturers and Training Center Participants and they are welcome to move from one area to another as they please.


Action Point

  • Canopy Tours*
  • Challenge Courses*
  • BMX Race Tracks*
  • Skateboard Plaza
  • Static Archery Range
  • Tomahawk Throw
  • CONSOL Energy Bridge
  • Harvey Mountain Bike Trails

Gateway Village

  • Scott Visitors Center
  • Sustainability Treehouse
  • Summit Center Ziplines*
  • 37°N Outfitters

Goodrich Lake

  • Kayaking
  • Stand-up Paddleboard
  • Water Reality Obstacle Course*

Boulder Cove

  • Climbing
  • Rappelling
  • Bouldering

Freedom Field

  • Sporting Arrows

Other Areas/Programs

  • Adult Leader Training
  • Survival School
  • Fellowships, gatherings & concerts
  • Campfires, ceremonies & competitions