National & Local High Adventure Activities
High Adventure Bases
Summit Bechtel Reserve
|Florida Sea Base|
Imagine thousands of square miles of underwater coral formations, peaks, valleys and literally hundreds of different kinds of fish. Florida Sea Base provides many vehicles to gain access to this underwater wilderness: large sailing vessels, powerboats, kayaks and SCUBA equipment.
Canoe, fish, hike and experience the beauty of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. You will experience the thrill of a rugged High Adventure trip and enjoy the awe-inspiring, natural beauty that only Northern Minnesota can offer. The Northern Tier is the canoeing adventure of a lifetime.
Philmont Scout Ranch
Crossroads of America Council organizes a Philmont contingent annually. This trip includes side trips and travel times (dates may change slightly with air travel).
COPE and Climbing
Project COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) is a unique experience for older Scouts (age 14 and older) focused on developing leadership, self-esteem, decision making, communication, teamwork, trust, planning and problem solving skills. The main focus of COPE is learning through play. The Indiana Gas COPE Course at Ransburg Scout Reservation includes initiative games, 19 low-course elements and 9 high-course elements concluding with a 300-foot zipline.
Climbing helps introduce youth to a popular world-wide sport and reinforces skills such as teamwork, self-esteem and trust. The David H. Williams Climbing Tower includes initiative games, three different climbing sides, a rappelling side, chimney climbing, free rappelling and a bouldering wall.
Crossroads of America Council schedules seven Saturdays a year when instructors are available to run activities at the COPE Course and Climbing Tower at Ransburg Scout Reservation. Units may reserve their space to participate online.
To book a campsite or cabin at Ransburg to use before or after your COPE or climbing experience, please visit our facilities rental online reservation system.
Pilot Shooting Sports Programs
The Crossroads of America Council is excited to announce that it will be incorporating some of the National Council’s Pilot Programs for Shooting Sports.
Chalk Ball – The chalk ball program is intended to provide a special and unique experience for youth in Scouts BSA and Venturing who are attending summer camp or weekend programming. Scouts will have an opportunity to shoot chalk ball markers at various targets. Youth are given 100 chalk balls and move through a course with specific rules regarding safe handling of the markers and operational equipment. The goal of the program is to teach safe handling, responsibility, and marksmanship through a fun activity.
Cowboy Action Shooting – The program offers a fun and safe introduction to cowboy action shooting with pistols, rifles, and shotguns. While attending camp, youth in Scouts BSA and Venturing 14 years of age or older can take part in a special shooting experience with opportunities to shoot single-action .22-caliber pistols, lever action .22-caliber rifles, and 12-gauge or 20-gauge shotguns
Stay tuned for more information about when and where these exciting programs will be offered this summer and starting this fall as a weekend program option.