Tag Archives: High Adventure

By Ryan Bertram
Aug 19, 2017

Got Moab? Experience UEA Fall Break at Entrada High-Adventure Base

UEA fall break, Oct. 19-21, is the perfect time to head to Entrada High Adventure Base near Moab, Utah for a weekend of high adventure activities for a couple of reasons. One reason is for the moderate weather conditions in beautiful red rock country, and two for a discounted biking course through dinosaur country…and why […]

By Debbie Spoons
Aug 10, 2017

Climbing Instructor Class BSA Level 1 & 2

This post contains updated dates, as of August 10, 2017.  Scout leaders, get ready for Summer climbing and rappelling trips now. This exciting part of Scouting comes with great risk, so BSA has training to get you safe and ready. To take youth climbing, rappelling or canyoneering, this certification is required by BSA before you leave on your adventure. Dates: September […]

By Madison Austin
Aug 02, 2017

These Awesome Drone Shots Let You Take a Trip to Beaver High Adventure Base Without Ever Leaving Your House

Tall, green trees shrink beneath you. The mountainous horizon extends in front. Tiny, ant-sized deer graze below. This is the view you get while flying over Beaver High Adventure Base. And you don’t have to rent your own helicopter to visit Beaver from the air. Aaron Baker, a staff member at Beaver High Adventure Base, took […]

By Madison Austin
Jul 28, 2017

Beaver High Adventure Base’s Best Kept Secrets

If you haven’t been to Beaver High Adventure Base, then I am sorry. It truly is an alpine paradise tucked away, high within Fishlake National Forest. I had the great opportunity to visit camp up at Beaver last week. Luckily, I made it in time, as it was the last day of their last week […]

By Madison Austin
Jul 10, 2017

Retaining Our Young Men In Scouting

Even since the early years of Scouting, retaining older youth provides a challenge.  There are many reasons why boys decide to quit Scouting. Many want to be with their peers and, for the most part, Boy Scout troops lack a good peer environment for high-school-aged boys. Other boys may get bored with the program around the […]

By Ryan Bertram
Mar 21, 2017

Spring Mountain Bike in Red Rock Country

Mountain bike across the world-renowned “Mag 7” slick-rock trails near Moab, Utah in early April. Navigate water pockets and ledges while enjoying stunning vistas of canyons, buttes, and mesas in pleasant spring desert weather. Entrada is a high-adventure base gem that is surrounded by extraordinary red rock geological formations, beautiful desert southwest vistas, and world famous destinations: Moab […]

By Michelle Carpenter
Jan 13, 2017

How to Survive High School with the Aid of Varsity Scouting

The first semester of Freshman year is over–and  everything’s getting way too crazy. Your math teacher started writing letters across the board (when did math become a language?). You’re having a hard time telling apart the teachers and the seniors. And, why are you stuck on the JV sports teams for the next two years? […]

By Philmont PhilNews
Aug 14, 2016

Chaplain’s Corner: A Philmont Crew

In 1979, I led a crew of disparate Varsity Scouts and Explorers cobbled from all four corners of the Utah National Parks Council. They arrived as individuals but came together through peak climbing and downpours to be a tight-knit group of friends. In the beginning of this season, Elder Paul Anderson, LDS Chaplain at Philmont, […]

By John Gailey
May 11, 2016

New Merit Badge Adventure Tracks and High Adventure in 2016

Last year we introduced our camp Adventure Tracks—an exciting program for teaching skills, working on merit badges and experiencing challenges in a fun, experiential learning environment instead of in a traditional classroom setting—at Tifie Scout Camp, Scofield Scout Camp and Thunder Ridge Scout Camp and saw exciting results. Experiential learning allows participants to gain firsthand experience with the […]

By Steven Sutherland
May 06, 2016

Canyoneering—Entrada’s Newest Adventure

Entrada High Adventure Base is a popular choice for individuals who enjoy river trips, shooting sports, mountain biking and climbing/rappelling. Beginning this summer, Entrada is pleased to announce the addition of Canyoneering to their exciting lineup of high adventure opportunities. Situated in a picturesque high desert valley surrounded by red rock buttes, plateaus and alcoves, Entrada’s […]

By Bob Gowans
May 04, 2016

This Summer at Thunder Ridge Scout Camp

Each morning, as the sun comes over the mountain east of Thunder Ridge Scout Camp this summer, hundreds of Scouts will be preparing for another great adventure. The Merit Badge Adventure Tracks at Thunder Ridge and other Utah National Parks Council camps will engage the Scouts in a full-immersion program, giving them the opportunity to live the […]

By Lee Ferrin
Mar 24, 2016

Confidence from Scouting is the Courage to Press Forward Steadfastly

Many have heard the old adage that courage is not the absence of fear, but the mental toughness and determination to press forward in spite of it. The purpose of Scouting is to instill this very courage in young men and young women. We do this by providing them a place and a support structure in which […]

By Steven Sutherland
Nov 16, 2015

Black Diamond Adventure Tracks Will Bring High Adventure to More Camps

At the Utah National Parks Council (UNPC) we are building on the successes of our two high adventure bases (Beaver, and Entrada) by providing new program adventures at these camps, and introducing exciting new Adventure Tracks that we call Black Diamonds, at three of our mainstream Scout camps—Tifie, Thunder Ridge, and Scofield. Read about how […]

By Steven Sutherland
Nov 14, 2015

UNPC High Adventure and Black Diamond Experiences

The Utah National Parks Council is excited to announce that we are adding new high adventure programs at both of our Scout high adventure bases and three of our full-service Scout camps. Traditionally, high adventure experiences have been relegated to specialty high adventure outpost and Philmont-style Scout camps. They represent a part of a BSA […]

By Darryl Alder
Oct 16, 2015

Understanding Venturer Aged Youth

Have you ever stopped to ask: “Why do older youth and young adults want to join a crew…your Venturing crew?” Not many LDS leaders have to ask that question because the youth come with the “calling,” but how many really become a venturer? So often this age group loses interest in Scouting and if you […]

By Community Submission
Oct 12, 2015

Scouting High Adventure on the Amtrak Train

It can be hard to keep priest-age youth participating in Scouting. One obvious way is to include high adventure activities that interest the young men. Here’s how our ward created a high adventure tradition that continues to excite and engage our older young men. It has been over ten years now since the Mount Loafer […]

By Andy Gibbons
Jun 25, 2015

A Varsity Coach Talks To Mom About Safety

When it comes to Scouting, parents are usually quite supportive of the activities, aims and methods that Scout leaders use to teach their son. But when they hear the words “high adventure” some parents may feel some anxiety about the safety of their youth on these more challenging—not to mention fun—activities. So, I’ve put together […]

By Paul Riley
Apr 15, 2015

How to Have Safe High Adventure Activities for a New Scout Leader

I was asked to serve as the Chair of the Utah National Parks Council Risk Management Committee this last year.  I enjoy this assignment since Loss Control and Risk Management have been in integral part of my professional career for almost 25 years.  I also grew up in Scouting and have served as a Chartered […]