OUR OPTIONAL HIGH ADVENTURE PROGRAM
To participate in the Troop 17 high adventure programs a scout must: have written permission from his parent; advance to the
appropriate required rank (First Class); demonstrate the physical skills (earn specific Merit Badges); have the maturity level (usually 13
years of age) to be able to handle the demands of the specific activity or program; and be accompanied by two adult troop leaders, even
on professionally guided trips.
Whitewater trips require a boy to have earned the rank of First Class and at minimum
earned the swimming merit badge. Furthermore these trips are undertaken with professional
outfitters and guides. Plus we require a certain number of the Junior Leaders on the trip to
have earned the Lifesaving merit badge, and/or BSA Lifeguard, and/or Red Cross Lifeguard
The climbing program has been a popular in the troop since the early 60’s. The adult and
junior leaders have participated in numerous training sessions and have been issued the
Climb On Safely certification.
Boys are repeatedly taught the skills on a very basic low rock and/or indoor wall. As they
progress and show ability they are allowed to advance to higher and more difficult levels,
always under the supervision of two or more qualified adults and several trained and
qualified junior leaders.
Spelunking, also known as Cave crawling, popular in the 50’s – 80’s, has made a resurgence as an activity of
choice by the scouts recently. This activity mostly demands physical fitness and attentiveness. The individual
caves and their professional guides set the requirements as well as the maximum size of the group allowed.
Exploration tours may range from a minimum age of 12 for beginners, to 16 or older for more difficult tours. Most
of the adult leaders have been participating in this activity since being scouts themselves. Our current crop of
junior leaders have all participated in this activity.