If you read and listen regularly you know I am a big promoter of High Adventure in Scouting. How are your plans for your next high adventure trip coming along?
That’s right, you, how are the plans coming along?
Here’s a few reasons why most of us don’t even get started:
It’s too expensive.
No, it’s not. A perfectly great high adventure trip doesn’t have to cost a lot – we’ve done backpacking trips of five days for less than $200.oo all inclusive.
I don’t have the time.
Yes, you do. Vacation days are precious when you have a family, you can’t invest all of them in a Scout trip. You can take three days though; leave on a Wednesday and return on a Monday. Even allowing a day of travel each way you’ll have a four day adventure. If you are the parent of a Scout you have a limited opportunity to enjoy this with your son – four to six years. Trust me there are a LOT if years afterward. Take the days and head into the wilderness with your son; you won’t forget it.
I don’t have the skills or confidence.
Most people don’t; they have to learn them. One of the best parts of a High Adventure trip is the months spent planning, learning and practicing skills. I have seen a lot of back-country groups who were very inexperienced and ill-prepared yet survived and flourished in the outdoors. You will be more prepared than most of them.
So here’s my advice – select a modest goal, be the spark plug to make this happen and start planning now. You’ll do more for your patrols and troop than you can imagine. Don’t complicate things – make it accessible financially and time-wise. Go, do it now.
Contact me, I will help you through the process. Go, do it now.