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Must-Know Facts About High Adventure At The Summit

Are you excited about the Summit? Because, you know, it’s not that far away!

My name is Russell Smart, and I am the volunteer team leader for all program activities at the jamboree. Each month, we share information about another part of our world-class program experience that is going to be more diverse, more intense, higher energy and more physically challenging than ever before.

For the past 4 months, my blogs have been about the “Jamboree Trek” to Garden Ground Mountain and the programs that will happen up there. Now, for the next 3 months, I’ll feature the high adventure activities that will be found in the Summit Center and at the special outpost camps.

What’s In Store This Month?

This month, I’ll feature the climbing and rappelling walls, zip lines, canopy tours and challenge courses.

I know that many of you have probably strapped on a harness, clipped on a rope with your carabiner and climbed or rappelled. Maybe you have even been on a challenge course or a zip line at some point. But I bet you haven’t seen anything like what is waiting for you at the jamboree in 2013.

You Don’t Want To Miss Out

How does a massive climbing wall with room for more than 200 Scouts to all climb and rappel at once sound?

That’s what you will find at the Climbing Cove in Adventure Valley. Eldorado Climbing Walls is our specialist installing the several different climbing venues at the Summit. Check out our post and video about the climbing walls at the Summit!

Near the climbing area will also be a challenge ropes course that will test ALL your Scouting skills. Safe? Absolutely. But you will stretch your limits—and probably your muscles—to make it all the way through this activity.

Zip Lines? We Love Zip Lines

How does not 1, not 2, but 5 parallel zip lines over 3,000-feet long stretching from the top of Adventure Valley across the kayak lake and where you can reach speeds up to 50 mph sound?

We call it ZIPZILLA! And it will be one of the longest zip lines in all of North America.

Still not challenging enough for you?

Then hike on over and try out the multi-leg zip line course up in the treetops of Hemlock Gorge. This is called a “canopy tour.”

Zip Lines
Love zip lines? Wait until you see what's in store for you at the 2013 jamboree!

There’s a mini-version of this at Action Point in the Summit Center if you need a warm-up. Not sure just what this is like? Check out this link and see pictures from a similar facility built by Bonsai Design Incorporated, the same guys doing the Summit courses.

Next month, we’ll continue chatting about the high adventure activity areas with information about the mountain biking area. In the meantime, look for special Summit jamboree program patches in your local Scout Shop related to each month’s blog. And we would love feedback from you anytime about anything related to the jamboree program.

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