The Northwoods High Adventure base is a venue for older boy programming in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. The High Adventure Base is a collaboration between the Chippewa Valley Council and the Samoset Council. Discussion on this program started in 2013, between the camping leadership from each council. The first summer of programming is the summer of 2015. Previously each council operated its own high adventure programs through their resident camp operation. With each camp seeing significant growth in their Boy Scout Resident camps, but lacking in resources to offer more programming to older Scoutse, the Northwoods High Adventure Base was formed.
Through this collaboration the cost of staff training, program supplies, food services will be diminished through economy of scale. The base will be able to employee 5-7 full time staff for the summer which will allow consistency of programming and camper safety. The start up cost was minimal for this program, each resident camp already had a majority of equipment needed to offer these programs. Together the resident camps serve over 5,000 youth a summer, this provides the critical mass to provide sustainable High Adventure Programming.
The goal of the Northwoods High Adventure Base is to provide High Adventure programming to the youth of Northern Wisconsin so that they can build their confidence and self-reliance.
Why High Adventure?
Our first priority is to engage youth ages 14-18 who desire a thrill to stay engaged in the Scouting program. Each of the councils operates great Boy Scout resident camp, but lack the critical mass to operate a full service High Adventure program. Out of Council units are significant portions of the attendance for both of the resident camps, to continue to attract those units and maintain camp operations and current levels, we must continue to provide programs to serve our campers. Providing the full package of opportunities from First Year Camper to Older Boy programs, it critical not only for retention of youth, but more importantly retention of unit attendance to one of the resident camps. Lastly each resident camp has been filling their Micro-Trek or High Five program, for the past couple years, this shows that our customers want these experiences on an individual basis.