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 Off-Camp Activities

White Water Rafting

Whitewater Rafting is a half-day program. Two-deep leadership with one leader at least 21 years of age is required, and groups must provide their own transportation. The leader from your troop is responsible to maintain proper discipline throughout this activity.

We encourage you to register online for this activity. Reservations must be made no later than Sunday of the week you arrive in camp. Detailed instructions will be provided during check-in at camp. It is important to plan appropriately for an on-time arrival at the rafting outfitter. All participants must have some type of shoes that will stay on in the water.
The rafting outfitter uses ten person rafts; six persons take turns paddling with directions from the raft guide. The leader from your unit is responsible to maintain proper discipline throughout this activity.  Cost of $25 per person.

High Adventure Caving

Located in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area, about sixty miles from Read Reservation, is Eagle Cave, the largest wild cave in the Adirondacks. Participation is limited to mature Scouts, at least fourteen years of age, and their leaders. The activity requires basic knowledge of rock climbing and rappelling. Group size, including adults, can be no more than ten persons. Groups must provide their own transportation.

Scheduled for each Wednesday during the summer camp season, the timing of these trips is dependent upon the number of cavers signed up for this activity.  As well, the trips may not be available if you don't book in advance.

Trips will be led by a professional, licensed Adirondack guide.


Brant Lake Canoeing 

Spend a day paddling on 6-mile long Brant Lake, eating lunch on the water. Transportation and canoes are available on a limited basis. Cost: flat charge of $30.00 for groups of up to 14 persons. Unit leadership must meet the BSA Standards for "Safety Afloat", publication #7368. Most of the shoreline of Brant Lake is private. Thus, put-in and pick-up locations are limited. Reservations must be made with the Camp Director at the time of the Leaders Meeting in the evening of the first day the unit is in camp.


Overnight Backpacking 

Summit Base can help outfit your troop for an overnight (or longer) backpacking trip into the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness area. New York State Health Department rules apply. See below: Standards for Day or Overnight Hiking Trips Out of Camp for leadership requirements. Cost in 2018: Food, fresh or trail - $7 per person, per meal (trail food subject to availability, several months notice requested).  Reservations must be made with Summit Base as early as possibly. Bring your own tents, stoves, cooking equipment, etc.  Summit Base can also assist with securing necessary permits - these should be applied for at least a month prior to the planned trip. 


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