Family time is even better with adventure!
At the Summit Bechtel Reserve, we’ve got just the thing for your next family adventure. Open to ALL families, whether or not you’re involved in Scouting programs, BSA Family Adventure camp at the Summit is for everyone! No need to plan out your whole adventure since free time is still play time with lots to explore on-site at the Summit and in the local area and communities near by. To make things easy, we’ve highlighted the most important info. Take a look below and get started!
*Note: Availability Begins June 1
Camping & Lodging
For nightly rates and availability, visit our booking site.
Our 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 adventurous visit.
Our bunkhouses offer dormitory-style lodging with bunkbeds and private bathroom and shower facilities located on each floor. The bunkhouses are also connected to our dining facilities.
Luxury Deluxe Tents
Looking for a “glamping” experience? Stay in a Luxury Deluxe Tents are designed to make the outdoors comfortable for the whole family with some added amenities.
If you’re looking to experience your adventure from the comfort of a well-appointed hotel suite, book your stay at Yamagata Lodging. Located just a short drive from most on-site activities.
Some program availability may be subject to season.(Noted by an asterisk) Self-guided adventures 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. If you are lucky you might catch a glimpse of a white-tail deer taking a drink or a bald eagle looking for its next fish dinner. Hiking Trail map is also available.
Fishing at the Cushman Family Fish Camp
The Cushman Family Fish Camp, located on Goodrich Lake – East is the home to spin fishing, bait cast fishing, fly-fishing, and wildlife conservation programs. Stop in here for instruction during the summer season or check out a fishing rod to test out your luck angling on the Summit’s lakes.
Weaving in and out of the woods surrounding Action Point is the Jared Harvey Mountain Bike Trail system. These trails offer a variety of difficulty ratings including Green Circle (Easy), Blue Square (More Difficult) and Black Diamond (Very Difficult).
The Consol Energy Bridge
The CONSOL Energy Bridge serves as an efficient route between the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base and Action Point. It is an engineering and architectural showpiece and a great place to walk and relax. Its wing-tip design is intended to resemble the outstretched wings of a flying eagle. Take a look and tell us what you think!
Archery & BB Gun Range*
Conveniently located at Action Point, our Archery Range and BB range will be available at select times for family fun and adventure. Programs run by trained staff to ensure the safety of your family.
Skate Park at Action Point*
The Action Point Skate Park is a great facility to hone skateboarding skills or to even start from scratch. The park includes transitions, ramps, quarter pipes, stair sets, boxes, rails, and a mini ramp. The staff at Action Point have taken many first-time skaters and developed them into safe and confident shredders.
Aquatics at Tri-Dave Lake*
BMX Tracks at Action Point*
Action Point is the home of four BMX tracks. Each track varies in size. During open program time, any participant is welcome to try their hand at BMX under the supervision of our qualified instructors. Instruction begins on a flat ground course and through learning the basics of cornering, pumping, and balance on the beginner course.
A Canopy Tour consists of a series of zip lines and platforms (and the occasional rope bridge or rappel element) that takes participants on a treetop tour of the area around action point.
Hit the challenge course at the Summit and learn key life skills while loading up on fun. Leery of heights? The more time on the challenge course, the more comfortable you’ll become.
The Sustainability Treehouse
The Sustainability Treehouse is the showpiece of the Boy Scouts of America’s commitment to sustainable policies. This award-winning building is not only an exhibit, but a living, interactive classroom where Scouts can learn everything from recycling practices to urban gardening, to photosynthesis and adaptation.
The Scott Visitor Center
The Scott Visitor Center has a Scouting Heritage room with displays of Scouting memorabilia form past jamborees and other events. It is also the home of The Bunker Scout Trading Post, which sells Scout supplies and Summit memorabilia such as T shirts and patches. The back porch is a popular location to hang out, take a break, have a meeting, or trade some patches.
Cookouts with the Family
Have a cookout with the family and enjoy some family time!
Enjoy a fun game of Gaga ball in one of our many Gaga ball pits located around the Summit.
Some activities are subject to season pricing scale.
5-Stand Shotgun Shooting
Ready, Aim, Fire! Get ready for a challenge at our Barrels Range at SBR. Participate in a 3 hour 5 stand experience which will include your training, safety briefing and plenty of time to shoot.
The Big Zip
If you’re soaring over the Summit Bechtel Reserve at 50 miles per hour, you might be a majestic falcon. Or you might be lucky enough to be careening down one of the longest zip lines in North America: the Big Zip. 3000 feet. Must be between 50-250 lbs and be ready to take on the challenge!
Climbing at Boulder Cove
Ready to defeat gravity? Check out our Boulder Cove climbing facility. Climbing routes are available for the novice through to the most skilled climbers. Enjoy the view from the top.
Hunters' Hall Tour
The Crafton Skills Center is a 12 room 2200 square foot facility designed to provide authentic shooting skill experiences across a variety of digital platforms. This includes: Hunters Education, firearms safety and safe range practices. Interactive and intuitive shooting simulations provide a sound learning environment for all participants wanting to experience this exciting sport.
Summit Site Tour
Want to see ALL that the Summit has to offer, but just don’t have the time? Take us up on a driving tour to see all the main attractions and more with one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Local Area Adventures
Looking for some local area adventures? Check out some of the options below.
New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is an incredibly beautiful location with an equally incredible history and cultural heritage. We are excited for you to continue to learn about the Summit Bechtel Reserve and the outdoor recreation opportunities that are within close reach in the New River Gorge!
Local Hiking Trails
Enjoy exploring a wide variety of serene, wooded hiking trails, beautiful streams, and dramatic views of the New River Gorge! Old rail lines that have been converted into hiking trails are amazing as well! Great information can be found at the New River Gorge NPS Hiking Site.
History & Driving Tours
Take an opportunity to learn about the rich historical foundation that the Summit has been built upon. There are a series of driving tours and navigating the “one way” bridge to Thurmond is always a powerful experience!
Be sure to take a morning or afternoon to do a little fishing in the New River Gorge. Fish the big waters of the New River or explore any of the nearby feeder streams! You can even hire an outfitter to take you on a float fishing trip!
Local Mountain Biking Trails
Enjoy learning a little about the history of the area via bicycle with a short stop in Thurmond before embarking on a fun mountain bike ride to Cunard!
Golf is available in nearby Raleigh County and there are five great courses to choose from. The natural beauty of Southern WV has given the opportunity for course designers to take advantage of scenic views and with each course offering an enjoyable day on the links.
Policies & Resources
Here’s a library of resources and policy info to help in your planning
Peak Season Resort Fee Pricing
Pricing runs from June 15th to August 15th
|ATTENDEE TYPE||DAILY FEE||INCLUDES|
|Adult Fees (18 and older)||$50||Includes all meals, aquatics area, limited programming in Summit Center, hikes, geocaching|
|Youth Daily Fee (12-17)||$40||Includes all meals, aquatics area, limited programming in Summit Center, hikes, geocaching|
|Child Daily Fee (4-11)||$35||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||DAILY FEE||INCLUDES|
|Adult Fees |
(18 and older)
|$25||limited programming in Summit Center, hikes, geocaching|
|Youth Daily Fee (12-17)||$15||limited programming in Summit Center, hikes, geocaching|
|Child Daily Fee (4-11)||$10||limited programming in Summit Center, hikes, geocaching|