Pipsico High Adventure

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

The excitement and adventure of a week at Pipsico Scout Reservation will not be a week forgotten. Participants can choose to attend individually or as part of a contingent.  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!

2015 Early Discount Pricing*
PEX – $385
SCUBA Camp (Beginner) – $635
SCUBA Camp (Advanced) – $650
Sail Hampton Roads- $505
Scout vs Wild – $265
*$100 deposit due by 2/24 and paid in full by 4/1 or the regular fees will apply.*

2015 High Adventure Program(s) Reservation Form

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

Beginner/ Open Water: 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.

(Previously, participants were required to  purchase and bring their own SCUBA  grade mask, snorkel, boots and fins. This  expense is now built into the program fee at  a heavily discounted rate. Participants who  already own (ALL) the required equipment may receive a credit of $160.)

Advanced: Scouts and Scouters who have  already been certified as open water divers now have the opportunity to enhance their  skills by earning four specialty certifications: night & limited visibility, navigation, search & recovery, and perfect buoyancy. Divers must bring their own mask, snorkel, boots, and fins. The purchase of all specialty dive equipment, and underwater compass rental) is built into the program fee.

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).

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

This program is designed to provide 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, fun, adrenaline filled experience aboard a working sailboat. All members gain knowledge and use teamwork 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 night after the day of sailing, participants pull into their port of call. Each port of call is a safe harbor marina with air conditioned shower and bath facilities including pool visits on 2 nights! Additionally, each of the 4 port visits will provide participants with a wide variety of exciting, interesting, and adventurous 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 for a swim in pool, a seafood dinner and evening swim call at Smithfield Station Marina, a tour of Nauticus, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and the battleship Wisconsin at the City of Norfolk and lastly a lunch tour and grill out at the historic Fort Wool, which has been protecting the mouth of Hampton Roads for almost 200 years!

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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).

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.

The emphasis for Scout vs Wild is to instill a genuine appreciation for natural resources, teamwork, resourcefulness, and survival skills.

Scout vs Wild is an all terrain adventure through hardwood forests, pine forests, open fields, along the James River, within ravine systems, and next to natural swamps.
Activities will occur in various settings, to include, skills challenges, educational demonstrations, and team exercises.

During their adventure, Scouts will make tools to complete challenges and will navigate between activities by land navigation, orienteering, GPS, established trails, and afloat.

Scouts must be physically prepared for this adventure. Participants who are not physically prepared will be removed to base camp.

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).