The Boy Scouts of America manages over 1,000 properties around the country, including day camps, overnight campgrounds, adventure bases, conference centers, and museums. These properties exist to provide one-of-a-kind experiences to the youth we serve, but also offer unique experiences for families, schools, communities, corporations and in many cases, other youth-serving organizations.
Each year, over a million boys and girls attend a long-term Scout camp around the country. These camps provide youth with life-changing, hands-on experiences, the memories and impact of which will last a lifetime. They try new activities, enjoy meals with friends, climb mountains, and in most cases, still carry their electronic devices, share photos online, and act like regular kids. Brands from all industries have an unprecedented opportunity to be a part of that experience by providing the expertise, resources, programs, and venues that make it all possible. Scout camp is a powerful opportunity to introduce your brand to your next generation of customers.
Youth love riding ATVs, but doing so safely and responsibly is a major concern for the future of the sport and the future of the environment. In 2014, the BSA announced a 10-year partnership with Polaris, the leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles, to promote off-road safety practices, respect for the environment, and the benefits of outdoor activities.
Through this partnership, Polaris will provide all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-sides (SxS), and safety equipment to select Scout camps across the country, putting their product in the hands of tens of thousands of future outdoor enthusiasts while providing Scouts with the experience of a lifetime.
high adventure bases
Nobody offers more exhilarating or meaningful adventure for young people than the Boy Scouts of America. Our four national “High Adventure” bases provide opportunities for young men, young women, and adult volunteers to experience the great outdoors while creating lasting memories that foster character and leadership abilities. With over 100,000 youth and adults attending these bases annually, brands have an enormous opportunity to be a part of the experience.
Cimarron, New Mexico
25,000 annual participants
Welcoming its one-millionth all-time visitor this year, Philmont Scout Ranch is an iconic staple of the Scouting experience. The Ranch covers 137,000 acres - about 214 square miles - of rugged mountain wilderness (making it the largest youth camp in the world) and has provided visitors unforgettable adventures in backpacking, horseback riding, rock climbing, mountain biking, rifle shooting, and even chuckwagon dinners and interpretive history for over 75 years. It's an unbeatable recipe for fast-moving fun and the outdoors.
15,000 annual participants
Northern Tier is the BSA’s gateway to the Great Northwoods. In the Summer, Scouts from Northern Tier’s three wilderness canoe bases explore millions of acres of pristine lakes, meandering rivers, dense forests and wetlands in Northern Minnesota, Northwest Ontario and Northeast Manitoba. In the winter, Northern Tier is home to the BSA's Cold-Weather Camping program. Every year, 6,000 people learn dog sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snow shelter building, animal tracking, cold-weather cooking and ice fishing. Northern Tier is the BSA’s oldest High Adventure Base but remains a leader in innovative outdoor programs.
FLORIDA SEA BASE
15,000 annual participants
The Florida National High Adventure Sea Base offers the premier youth aquatics program in the country. Scouts learn sailing, scuba diving, kayaking, and sea fishing while exploring the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. The base also teaches visitors the history and tradition of maritime heritage.
Glen Jean, West Virginia
Up to 100,000 annual participants
Opened in 2013, The Summit is a high-octane destination where Scouts conquer their fears, explore new activities, and discover what they’re made of. The Summit offers High Adventure activities such as whitewater rafting, skateboarding, mountain biking, BMX biking, rock climbing, zip lines, ropes courses, and shooting sports. The Summit has capacity to camp up to 50,000 Scouts simultaneously and houses the AT&T Summit Stadium, which can seat over 70,000 people. It’s no wonder The Summit is also home to the National Jamboree, a high-energy event attended by over 56,000 participants and volunteers every four years.
Situated in the mountains of West Virginia, The Summit is a training, Scouting, and adventure center for the millions of youth and adults involved in the Boy Scouts of America. It’s also the permanent home to the National Jamboree. With more and more diverse programs coming online, partnership opportunities abound at The Summit.
The Summit story began in 2007 when BSA leadership started looking for a permanent location for the National Jamboree, which had been held at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, since 1981. Through a generous gift of $50 million from Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr., who ran the largest engineering company in the United States for 30 years, the BSA was able to establish The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. Mr. Bechtel credits Scouting, more than anything else, with building the strength of character that would allow him to lead others throughout his life.
The Summit is home to the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base, where Scouts challenge themselves through BMX, skateboarding, mountain biking, zip lines, canopy tours, ropes courses, climbing, shooting sports and more – in one setting. It’s a place where Scouts learn self-confidence, teamwork, and the benefits of leading an active, healthy lifestyle.
The James C. Justice National Scout Camp is a week-long experience for older Boy Scouts and Venturers. The week features opportunities for advancement in action and adventure-oriented merit badges and programs.
The Summit National Training Center is where Scouts and Scout leaders can gain the fundamental knowledge and skills that serve as the basis for teaching and assisting others in adventure sports participation.
The Summit officially opened in 2013 with the National Jamboree and over 56,000 Scouts, Venturers, leaders and volunteers in attendance. The new permanent home of the Jamboree, The Summit hosts the next national event in 2017 and the World Scouting Jamboree in 2019. More event programming will be included as the Summit continues to evolve.
Local Scouting organizations across the country operate thousands of properties ranging from day camps to long-term residential facilities. While the types and scale of activities at these camps vary, they all work toward one goal: providing memorable, life-defining experiences that Scouts won’t be able to find anywhere else. Each of these camps provide brand engagement opportunities such as product demos, activity sponsorships, and training materials to make a memorable impression on millions of youth and adults.
Education & Service Centers
The BSA manages numerous education and service centers both locally and nationally. These centers are used to train Scouts and adult volunteers in outdoor skills, safety, and best practices in Scouting. They’re also used for corporate retreats, where companies have an opportunity to unite their team and share common experiences in a remarkable setting.
The National Scouting Museum’s collections (located in Irving, Texas) span more than a century of American history, highlighting the role Scouting has played from the White House to the first steps on the Moon. The museum also houses a remarkable Norman Rockwell collection, as Rockwell’s career as an artist began in 1912 with a job at Boys’ Life Magazine, the official magazine of the BSA. Corporate engagement opportunities include interactive exhibits, special collections, and online learning tools.
The Philmont Museum (located at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico) houses exhibits related to the history, art, and natural history of the Philmont area. The museum features rotating exhibits, ensuring repeat visitors always have something new to explore.