The West Los Angeles County Council High Adventure Team is an all volunteer organization that provideds a patch program for all levels of scouts, supplemental training (backpacking and outdoor skills) and resources to help packs, troops, crews and teams plan wilderness outings. The team is comprised of a group of individuals who share a true love of both adventure and the outdoors. The High Adventure Team is the group that is responsible for administering the awards program and implementing the training program.
The Concept of a National Boy Scout High Adventure Program
The Boy Scouts of America provides a rich program that offers much to the youth of today. Each Scout unit provides many opportunities for its members to experience the outdoors. These opportunities vary from day outings at local parks to multi-day backpacking experiences. As the youth participate in these outings they gain more confidence and hunger for something more challenging.
Recognizing this need, the Boy Scouts of America established a series of high adventure bases located around the United States. With names like Philmont and Northern Tier, these bases are famous for their challenges and programs. These high adventure bases offer a wonderful program that is sure to leave memories that last a lifetime.
The Council High Adventure Program
Although the national high adventure bases offer an incredible program they are either beyond the budget of most units or have very long waiting lists. Recognizing that there is a need for a solution to the High Adventure challenge, the councils of Southern California created a council based High Adventure Program. A Council High Adventure Program is well planned and balanced while fitting within the framework of the Boy Scouts of America. It is a program that is designed for all ages, abilities and genders.
The Council High Adventure Program offers much to supplement the local outdoor program. When implemented, the High Adventure Program will offer: supplemental outdoor training, a collection of recognition awards, a collection of resources and opportunities for youth. All of these elements, when implemented correctly, will provide challenging experiences:
- Something that goes beyond a routine activity.
- Activities that may requiring special preparation and training.
- Activities performed with knowledge and skills beyond average requirements.
- Activities that are not normally accomplished in man-made structures or in stationary facilities.
- Opportunities for Scout Leaders to reinforce the aims and methods of Scouting.
- A program that supports all phases of the Boy Scouts of America: Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing, the local council camping program and the national Boy Scout objectives.