The success of any high adventure program is more about the people you go with than the place you go.
A prime trek in Philmont, the crown jewel of Scout Camps, under crystal blue skies in moderate temperatures with no bugs and five star meals becomes a slow death march with a dysfunctional, poorly prepared, poorly led crew. Likewise a few days hiking in less inspiring environs as it rains day in and day out with a constant diet of instant ramen with a sharp crew who knows their stuff leads to lifelong golden memories.
High adventure should take the crew to a new level of experience in the outdoors and in developing those things that are the aim of Scouting. Growing confidence in one’s abilities, the opportunity to lead and follow and an appreciation for the abilities of others are all a part of a successful trip. Trips need not be ambitious or expensive to achieve these goals.
High adventure can happen on the other side of the world, the other side of the state or very close to home. What really matters is the crew and the way it is prepared for the trip.Good weather, good food and good surroundings are part of the picture but the biggest part is the challenge and satisfaction of accomplishing the goals of your high adventure program. Setting these goals, knowing their importance, and preparing to meet them is the most important aspect of the trip.