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The Summit: Where adventure comes naturally

The Summit Bechtel Reserve: The Summit Bechtel Reserve is situated deep in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, near the brand new – New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. Discover why so many people call this land, “Almost Heaven”, with its breathtaking natural beauty and its abundance of outdoor activities. Those who choose Summit’s Family Adventure Camp will wake up every morning to greet the day and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Adventures await around every bend in the trail, from scenic hikes through the woods to adrenaline-pumping zip-lines. The Mountains are also home to a multitude of wildlife habitats, ecosystems, and diverse plant life – which all visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy up-close! A trip to the Summit is something that your family and friends will remember forever and – be warned – they will want to keep coming back year after year.

Camping
& Lodging

Onsite
Activities

Premium
Activities

Local
Adventures

Policies & Resources

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CAMPING AND LODGING

For nightly rates and availability, visit our booking site.

"Barebones" Tents
"Barebones" Tents

A “Barebones Tent” is the most budget-friendly option. Enjoy a stay in a rustic 10’x12′ or 12’x15′ wall tent with camping bunkbeds and electricity. These are great for families looking for a more rugged, adventurous visit.

The Bunkhouses
The Bunkhouses

Our bunkhouses offer dormitory-style lodging with bunk beds, air conditioning, and private bathroom/shower facilities located on each floor. As an extra bonus, bunkhouses are conveniently connected to the dining facilities.

Luxury Deluxe Tents
Luxury Deluxe Tents

Looking for a “glamping” experience? Summit’s Deluxe Luxury Tents are designed to give families a memorable vacation in the great outdoors with added amenities, like electricity and a relaxed porch set-up. With two rooms, there is room for the whole crew to stay!

Hotel-style Rooms
Hotel-style Rooms

To stay in hotel-style comfort during your adventure in the great outdoors, check out the well-appointed suites at Yamagata Lodging. The lodge is located just a short drive from most onsite activities.

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Onsite Activities

Some program availability may be subject to change based on the seasons and weather (noted by an asterisk). Self-guided activities will be available year-round.

Gottschalk Boardwalk & other Hiking Trails

Gottschalk Boardwalk is a wonderful place to quietly connect with nature and explore the wetland ecosystem. Lucky hikers may catch a glimpse of a white-tailed deer taking a drink, or a bald eagle swooping and searching for its fishy dinner. Grab a hiking map and take to the trails!

Fishing at the Cushman Family Fish Camp

Located on scenic Goodrich Lake, the Cushman Family Fish Camp is the perfect place for spin, bait-cast, and fly fishing. Fishing rods and expert instruction are available. Families can also enjoy the wildlife conservation programs happening throughout the year.

The Consol Energy Bridge

The CONSOL Energy Bridge connects the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base and Summit’s adventure hub, Action Point. It’s an engineering marvel, with a wing-tip design resembling the wings of a flying eagle. Take a walk, relax, and soak in Summit’s natural beauty

Archery & BB Gun Range*

Nothing says “adventure” like a bow and arrow. Summit’s Archery and BB Gun Range allows campers to test their abilities and hone their skills. All programs are run by expert staff to make sure that everyone stays safe and has fun!

Mountain Biking*

From leg-burning climbs to fun descents, The Jared Harvey Mountain Bike Trail system is a “must-do” for any biker! The trails weave in and out of the woods and offer one of the coolest ways to take in the West Virginia scenery. From beginner bikers to expert cyclists, there’s a trail for everyone.

Skate Park at Action Point*

The Action Point Skate Park is a gnarly place for amateurs to learn to skate and for pros to practice their next trick. It includes a fun combo of transitions, ramps, quarter pipes, and more. Never skated? No problem. Our staff members have turned many first timers into confident shredders.

Aquatics at Tri-Dave Lake*

Tri-Dave Lake is home to all of Summit’s awesome aquatic activities, like paddle-boarding and kayaking. This huge, manmade lake is surrounded by the beautiful West Virginia woods and is especially popular in the hot summer months!

BMX Tracks at Action Point*

Action Point is home to four BMX tracks of different sizes and levels of difficulty. Our experts will teach first-time riders the basics. During open program time, any participant can come try out any one of the BMX courses!

Canopy Tours*

Zip through the air on one of Summit’s much-loved Canopy Tours! Each tour consists of a series of zip lines and platforms – plus the occasional rope bridge or rappel element. Canopy explorers will zoom from treetop to treetop on an aerial tour of the area around Action Point

Challenge Courses*

Turn the family fun up a notch with Summit’s Challenge Adventure Course. Test your skills while moving through challenges on our aerial ropes course. Not a fan of heights? No worries. You can work up to the big aerial adventures. The more time you spend on the course, the more comfortable you’ll become

The Sustainability Treehouse

The Sustainability Treehouse represents the BSA’s commitment to sustainable practices and policies. This award-winning building is like an interactive classroom where families can learn about everything from recycling practices to urban gardening.

Cookouts with the Family

Everyone could use s’more family time! Summit has all of the equipment that campers need to have an epic cookout with their whole crew.

The Scott Visitor Center

The Scott Visitor Center is home to a Garden Ground Outfitters Trading Post, selling outdoor gear and supplies. Its Scouting Heritage room displays memorabilia from past Jamborees and events. The back porch is a popular spot to take a break, play a game, and enjoy time with family.

GAGA BALL

Gaga ball is a fun and fast-paced game that’s easy to learn and will quickly become a family favorite. Campers run, jump, and dodge while trying to hit other players below the knees with a soft ball. There are Gaga ball pits located all around Summit – campers can jump in and join a game anytime.

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Premium Adventures

Some activities are subject to season pricing scale.

5-Stand Shotgun Shooting

Ready, aim, fire! Campers can challenge themselves at the Summit Barrels range. Time at the range includes training, a safety briefing, and plenty of time to shoot as part of our 3-hour, 5-stand experience.

$50/person

Climbing at Boulder Cove

Show gravity who’s boss at Summit’s Boulder Cove climbing facility. We’ve got climbing routes for all skill levels – from novice through advanced. Campers can tackle the climbing wall and take in the awesome view from the top.

$25/person

The Big Zip

Soar over Summit Bechtel Reserve at 50 miles per hour on The Big Zip, one of the longest zip lines in North America. Campers can enjoy a thrilling, one-of-a-kind zipline ride with amazing views. Zipline is 3000 feet long. Participants must be between 50 and 250 lbs.

$35/person

Hunters' Hall Tour

Visit the Crafton Skills Center to try your hand at hunting. The Center offers authentic shooting skill experienced and training through a variety of digital platforms and simulations. Participants will learn about firearms safety, safe range practices, and basic hunting skills.

$15/person

Summit Site Tour

For campers who want to see all that Summit has to offer but don’t have much time, we offer a driving tour that visits all of Summit’s main attractions. A friendly and knowledgeable expert will guide the way on a tour of the wonder and beauty of Summit Bechtel Reserve.

$10/person

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Local Area Adventures

For exciting and memorable local area adventures, check out the options below.

New River Gorge National Park and Preserve

The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is a 73,000-acre stretch of rugged canyon, flowing whitewater, and forested trails. From hiking to whitewater rafting, Summit’s close proximity to New River Gorge National Park puts fun recreational opportunities within reach.

Local Hiking Trails

Enjoy exploring the many serene, wooded hiking trails that weave their way through New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. It’s one of the best ways to see the area’s natural beauty! Some of the paths were old rail lines that have been converted into beautiful trails. More info and maps can be found at the New River Gorge NPS Hiking Site.

History & Driving Tours

Take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about Summit’s rich history – and the historical legacy of the New River Gorge region – with a series of informational driving tours!

Fishing

While you’re visiting, be sure to take some time to do a little fishing in the New River Gorge. Try your luck in the big waters of the New River or explore any of the nearby feeder streams. If you’d like, you can even hire an outfitter to take you on a float fishing trip.

Local Mountain Biking Trails

West Virginia is nationally known for its challenging yet exciting mountain biking trails. Should you choose to ride, take a short stop at Thurmond to learn about the history of the area. From there, you can take a fun ride through the Cunard trails.

Golf

Golf is available in nearby Raleigh County, and there are five fantastic courses for visitors to try. Course designers have incorporated the natural beauty of Southern West Virginia, and each course offers unique scenic views. Whichever one you choose, you’ll be sure to enjoy a great day on the links!

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Policies & Resources

Here’s a library of helpful information and resources to help you plan your trip.

Peak Season Resort Fee Pricing

Pricing runs from June 15th to August 15th

ATTENDEE TYPEDAILY FEEINCLUDES
Adult Fees (18 and older)$50Includes all meals, aquatics area, limited programming in Summit Center, hikes, geocaching
Youth Daily Fee (12-17)$40Includes all meals, aquatics area, limited programming in Summit Center, hikes, geocaching
Child Daily Fee (4-11)$35Includes all meals, aquatics area, limited programming in Summit Center, hikes, geocaching

Off-Peak Season Resort Fee Pricing

Pricing runs from August 16th to June 14th.

ATTENDEE TYPEDAILY FEEINCLUDES
Adult Fees
(18 and older)
$25limited programming in Summit Center, hikes, geocaching
Youth Daily Fee (12-17)$15limited programming in Summit Center, hikes, geocaching
Child Daily Fee (4-11)$10limited programming in Summit Center, hikes, geocaching

The following sections lay out the Boy Scouts of America’s policies on Tobacco, Alcohol, and drugs. These policies are meant to be taken very seriously. Violation of these policies may result in dismissal from camp, membership revocation, and/or police action.

Tobacco
Adults should support the attitude that they, as well as youth, are better off without tobacco in any form and may not allow the use of tobacco products at any BSA activity involving youth participants. This includes the use of electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers, or electronic nicotine delivery systems that simulate tobacco smoking.

All Scouting functions, meetings, and activities should be conducted on a smoke-free basis, with smoking areas located away from all participants. Use of all tobacco products (including E-cigarettes and chewing tobacco) must be done out of sight of all youth participants in designated areas within camp. Contact the camp Commissioner if you have any questions about where these areas are.

Alcohol
It is the policy of the Boy Scouts of America that the use of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances is not permitted at encampments or activities on property owned and/or operated by the Boy Scouts of America, or at any activity involving participation of youth members.

Drugs
Illegal drugs, including the misuse of prescription drugs have absolutely no place at any Scouting function. The misuse of drugs happens in all levels of our society. We may be confronted with the problem at any time; therefore, we need to understand the misuse of drugs and what can be done about the situation. See the Drug Enforcement Administration website (www.dea.gov/) for detailed information on controlled substances and their effects.

Medical Marijuana
It is unacceptable for anyone to use or be under the influence of medical marijuana at or during any Scouting activity. Any marijuana possession is illegal in the State of West Virginia.

Technology
Technology use is not discouraged at Camp. Participants s are encouraged to appropriately document and share their experiences during their stay. The site offers full wireless and cell phone connectivity. AT&T Wi-Fi Hotspots are available throughout the Scott Summit Center and base camps. Outlets and charging stations are available in select locations in base camp and/or the Scott Summit Center, however a battery back-up or solar charger is strongly recommended.

Aquatic Activities
All participants must have passed the BSA Swimmers test to participate in any swimming, water reality, or paddling activity. Properly fitted PFDs must always be worn for paddling activities. PFD and helmet for water reality.

Wheeled Sports

All BMX & mountain bike participants will be required to wear helmets (provided). It is also strongly recommended that participants wear skate or tennis shoes rather than hiking boots to improve handling and reduce injury. Participants should already know how to ride a bike.

All skateboard participants will be required to wear helmets and pads (provided). It is also strongly recommended that participants wear skate or tennis shoes rather than hiking boots to improve handling and reduce injury. Participants should be sufficiently flexible and prepared to fall safely.

Special Dietary Needs

The dining hall has the capability to provide meals that meet various special dietary needs throughout your stay at the Summit, including but not limited to vegetarian, vegan, religious diets, food allergies (gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, etc.), and many more. You will be able to indicate r in the registration system any special dietary needs for your family members. Please be sure to indicate this by the due date.

In addition, please note any special diet needs on your medical forms and identify yourself with dining hall management upon arrival and they will be happy to assist and review ingredients in the different items and review items that are available to you. Sometimes it is best for people with severe allergies or very strict diets to bring their own supplemental food to be stored in the dining hall (a walk-in cooler is provided for this purpose). If you have questions about a special dietary need e-mail Summit.Program@Scouting.org well ahead of your arrival date.

Due to wildlife and scavenging animals, there should be absolutely no food is to be stored in or around tents, all food must be stored in the dining hall, vehicles, or other lockable storage away from tent camping area.

Medical Re-Checks

Each participant’s medical form (both youth and adult) will be reviewed by a member of the Medical Staff. In this review, they will briefly look over the health form and identify any medical issues of concern and discuss those concerns with either the adult leader or that participant themselves. Note: Medical staff may place restrictions on the activities a participant may partake in if a medical condition warrants it.

Peak Season Resort Fee Pricing

Pricing runs from June 15th to August 15th

ATTENDEE TYPE
Adult Fees (18 and older)
 
DAILY FEE
$50
 
INCLUDES
Includes all meals, aquatics area, limited programming in Summit Center, hikes, geocaching
 
ATTENDEE TYPE
Youth Daily Fee (12-17)
 
DAILY FEE
$40
 
INCLUDES
Includes all meals, aquatics area, limited programming in Summit Center, hikes, geocaching
 
ATTENDEE TYPE
Child Daily Fee (4-11)
 
DAILY FEE
$35
 
INCLUDES
Includes all meals, aquatics area, limited programming in Summit Center, hikes, geocaching
 

Off-Peak Season Resort Fee Pricing

Pricing runs from August 16th to June 14th.

ATTENDEE TYPE
Adult Fees
(18 and older)
 
DAILY FEE
$25
 
INCLUDES
limited programming in Summit Center, hikes, geocaching
 
ATTENDEE TYPE
Youth Daily Fee (12-17)
 
DAILY FEE
$15
 
INCLUDES
limited programming in Summit Center, hikes, geocaching
 
ATTENDEE TYPE
Child Daily Fee (4-11)
 
DAILY FEE
$10
 
INCLUDES
limited programming in Summit Center, hikes, geocaching
 

The following sections lay out the Boy Scouts of America’s policies on Tobacco, Alcohol, and drugs. These policies are meant to be taken very seriously. Violation of these policies may result in dismissal from camp, membership revocation, and/or police action.

Tobacco
Adults should support the attitude that they, as well as youth, are better off without tobacco in any form and may not allow the use of tobacco products at any BSA activity involving youth participants. This includes the use of electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers, or electronic nicotine delivery systems that simulate tobacco smoking.

All Scouting functions, meetings, and activities should be conducted on a smoke-free basis, with smoking areas located away from all participants. Use of all tobacco products (including E-cigarettes and chewing tobacco) must be done out of sight of all youth participants in designated areas within camp. Contact the camp Commissioner if you have any questions about where these areas are.

Alcohol
It is the policy of the Boy Scouts of America that the use of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances is not permitted at encampments or activities on property owned and/or operated by the Boy Scouts of America, or at any activity involving participation of youth members.

Drugs
Illegal drugs, including the misuse of prescription drugs have absolutely no place at any Scouting function. The misuse of drugs happens in all levels of our society. We may be confronted with the problem at any time; therefore, we need to understand the misuse of drugs and what can be done about the situation. See the Drug Enforcement Administration website (www.dea.gov/) for detailed information on controlled substances and their effects.

Medical Marijuana
It is unacceptable for anyone to use or be under the influence of medical marijuana at or during any Scouting activity. Any marijuana possession is illegal in the State of West Virginia.

Technology
Technology use is not discouraged at Camp. Participants s are encouraged to appropriately document and share their experiences during their stay. The site offers full wireless and cell phone connectivity. AT&T Wi-Fi Hotspots are available throughout the Scott Summit Center and base camps. Outlets and charging stations are available in select locations in base camp and/or the Scott Summit Center, however a battery back-up or solar charger is strongly recommended.

Aquatic Activities
All participants must have passed the BSA Swimmers test to participate in any swimming, water reality, or paddling activity. Properly fitted PFDs must always be worn for paddling activities. PFD and helmet for water reality.

Wheeled Sports

All BMX & mountain bike participants will be required to wear helmets (provided). It is also strongly recommended that participants wear skate or tennis shoes rather than hiking boots to improve handling and reduce injury. Participants should already know how to ride a bike.

All skateboard participants will be required to wear helmets and pads (provided). It is also strongly recommended that participants wear skate or tennis shoes rather than hiking boots to improve handling and reduce injury. Participants should be sufficiently flexible and prepared to fall safely.

Special Dietary Needs

The dining hall has the capability to provide meals that meet various special dietary needs throughout your stay at the Summit, including but not limited to vegetarian, vegan, religious diets, food allergies (gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, etc.), and many more. You will be able to indicate r in the registration system any special dietary needs for your family members. Please be sure to indicate this by the due date.

In addition, please note any special diet needs on your medical forms and identify yourself with dining hall management upon arrival and they will be happy to assist and review ingredients in the different items and review items that are available to you. Sometimes it is best for people with severe allergies or very strict diets to bring their own supplemental food to be stored in the dining hall (a walk-in cooler is provided for this purpose). If you have questions about a special dietary need e-mail Summit.Program@Scouting.org well ahead of your arrival date.

Due to wildlife and scavenging animals, there should be absolutely no food is to be stored in or around tents, all food must be stored in the dining hall, vehicles, or other lockable storage away from tent camping area.

Medical Re-Checks

Each participant’s medical form (both youth and adult) will be reviewed by a member of the Medical Staff. In this review, they will briefly look over the health form and identify any medical issues of concern and discuss those concerns with either the adult leader or that participant themselves. Note: Medical staff may place restrictions on the activities a participant may partake in if a medical condition warrants it.

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