High Adventure Camp

Forms and additional resources/info may be downloaded from our Resource Bank.

The excitement and adventure of a week at the James River Adventure Base, Pipsico Scout Reservation will not be a week forgotten. Participants can choose to attend on a provisional or a unit basis to one of our four exciting programs designed to be exciting and challenging for youth and adults. Each activity has a specific age requirement which can be found below. Each of these programs will offer participants one of the most comprehensive programs you will find anywhere. Our location on the James River is only 2 miles form the First Permanent English Settle located at Jamestown Virginia. We are also close to Williamsburg, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach Virginia!

*Early Bird 2014 Pricing & High Adventure Program(s) Reservation Form*
PEX – $395
SCUBA Camp – $515
Sail Hampton Roads- $495
Scout vs Wild – $275
*Fees must be paid in full by 4/30/14 or the regular fees will apply.*

SCUBA Camp (Please visit our Resource Bank for more info)

Earn your Open Water Scuba Certification and your Scuba Merit badge! Participants must have earned the Swimming merit badge prior to camp.

Pipsico has partnered with the Chesapeake Bay Diving Center (organizers of the annual SCUBA Jam) to produce an intense week of underwater adventure concluding at Lake Rawlings.  With this SSI certification, it is possible to dive all over the world. Unlike many certifications, the Open Water Certification never expires. The course consists of three parts: Classroom, Confined Water, and Open Water. Each component must be completed to achieve the course certification. Participants will have the opportunity to have 2 days worth or 4-6 open water dives at Lake Rawlings in VA.  All divers will need to complete a specific SCUBA medical form and have their own mask, boots, fins, snorkel.  Chesapeake Bay Diving Center offers two gear packages with “Scout Discounts” for enthusiasts.

Participants must be 13+ by 6/1/14 and be able to pass a BSA Swim Test.  This program is available to all BSA members (youth, adult, male & female).

Sail Hampton Roads (Please visit our Resource Bank for more info)

This program provides older Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts and Sea Scouts with the opportunity to experience a full week of sailing including port visits every night along the along the southern Chesapeake Bay, James and Elizabeth Rivers. Life aboard is not a luxury cruise, rather it is a continuous learning experience aboard a working sailboat. All members of the crew learn and work together to successfully operate their boat while underway. These boats will be a unique home for participants throughout the week providing transportation, fun, entertainment cooking, and sleeping accommodations. Most participants will become very attached to their vessel by the end of the week as they learn to control her all on their own!

Each of the 4 port visits will provide participants with a wide variety of fun, interesting, and educational experiences that will not be forgotten. Stops along the way include but are not limited to: A tour and dinner in historic Cape Charles, a stop in Hampton River, a seafood dinner at Smithfield Station Marina, a tour of Nauticus and the battleship Wisconsin in the City of Norfolk and lastly a lunch tour at the historic Fort Wool at the mouth of Hampton Roads.

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Participants must be 13+ by 6/1/14 and be able to pass a BSA Swim Test.  This program is available to all BSA members (youth, adult, male & female).

The Pipsico Experience (PEX) (Please visit our Resource Bank for more info)

Participants spend a weeklong summer camp experience along the banks of the Historic James River running through a gauntlet of diverse activities.

Participants rotate through a series of programs such as canoeing, tubing, rifle shooting, shotgun shooting, black-powder rifle shooting, tomahawk throwing, paintball flinging, climbing, blacksmithing, cooking, and pool partying!  There will be three off-site experiences to include fishing on a head-boat in the Chesapeake Bay, taking a ghost tour in colonial Williamsburg, and finishing the week riding roller coasters at Busch Gardens.

Participants must be at least age 14, or 13 & completed 8th grade, and be able to pass a BSA Swim Test.  This program is available to all BSA members (youth, adult, male & female).

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Scout vs Wild (Please visit our Resource Bank for more info)

That’s right!  It’s Scout vs Wild.  The Pipsico Scout Reservation is a diverse collection of nature’s gifts.  With its original deed tracing back to the early 1600‘s, the 900 acre property has an amazing history and hosts over a mile of James River beach, pine forests, hardwood forests, a lake, activity fields, cyprus groves, and more.  Traditional programs only introduce campers to a small fraction of the property.

Scout vs Wild is a journey.  The program was developed for Scouts who want every day to be different.  For Scouts who love spending time in the great outdoors, and possess a little bit of an adventurer spirit.  Scout vs Wild was developed for individual campers and for groups of friends who want to experience some adventure together.

Participants will live the outpost experience.  Most nights will be spent away from base camp.  Some nights they will sleep in tents and other nights they will sleep in wilderness survival shelters or improvised structures.

The actual program is customized every step of the way.  Campers will come upon activity areas and skill challenges.  At the conclusion of every station they will decide as a group which of two paths they will take next.

Meals are part of the program as well.  The menu is made to suit the campers’ daily journey.  Everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy food prepared in a dutch oven, over fire, using stoves, and yes, some meals will even be prepared for them.  Mid-week all high adventure participants will meet for a beach party grill-out.

It’s underlying purpose of Scout vs Wild is to instill a sense of  teamwork, further develop leadership skills, teach survival skills, and most of all, show them a fun-filled week on the James River.  Campers will be challenged to learn many new and exciting skills.

Keep in mind that Scout vs Wild is a challenging outpost experience.  Many of the luxuries of resident camp will not be available to the participants.  A mid-week visit to base camp will be offered so that participants may check up with their unit, shower in our facilities, and participate in base camp programs.  Participants will be expected to actively engage in all aspects of the program and work cooperatively to achieve the best experience possible.

Participants must be 14 or 14 and graduated from 8th grade and be able to pass a BSA Swim Test.