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Rock climbing

was the original basis behind the development of Summit Base. Today we offer two separate on-site climbing experiences:

Natural Rock Climbing
The "rocks" located next to Summit Base on the eastern side of Little Stevens Mountain is a 40 foot cliff which has climbing routes of varying ability levels as well as a rappel.

Climbing Tower
Our newly constructed 60 foot climbing tower gives you the chance to experience climbing the tallest structure in camp, and Warren County! With up to 12 different climbing routes and 9 rappelling stations our tower has something for everyone. Routes of varying nature are set by the staff and participant will find a variety of challenges from introductory routes to more difficult ones. Our staff will explain and outfit participants with all of the appropriate equipment and will teach the basics of climbing technique along with safety procedures like the climber’s contract. 

Climbing Merit Badge is offered during scheduled sessions during summer camp and can be incorporated into a weekend program.

See the video for the great time we have Climbing!


Zip Line

The Zip Line is a favorite activity involving a trolley on a steel cable that ends with a refreshing plunge into Lester Pond.  A great activity right after rock climbing or hiking up Mt. Stevens.  All scouts who have earned the Blue Swimmer during the opening swim test may participate in groups of up to 25.

Mountain Biking

Our newest addition to the Summit Base in camp programming is for scouts that are looking to develop or hone their technical trail riding skills while enjoying the camp forest at a bit of a faster pace. We boast a fleet of 20 front suspension mountain bikes and over five miles of trails and riding areas around the camp. The three program levels:  Instructional, Intermediate, and Advanced for Scouts ages 12 and older offer opportunities for all levels to ride the trails while developing new skills and knowledge of this increasingly popular sport.

Our Mountain Bike program has three program levels for Scouts 12 and older, Instructional, Intermediate and Advanced. Two Summit Staff members accompany each ride and all sessions take place on the Camp Read property.

All riders are outfitted with front suspension mountain bikes, helmets, gloves, and a full water bottle

Please register Scouts as individuals through the online advancement system

There is a $5.00 fee to assist with maintenance of equipment and no fee for Instructional sessions.

All participants must meet height/weight standards for high adventure activities as explained in Part C of the BSA Medical Form for camp.

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