Elkhorn Base |
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Elkhorn High Adventure Base
Bringing Hands on Adventure to the Colorado Wilderness.
Anyone can put on a backpack and head off on the trail. But it takes a trained staff and dedicated leadership to make a quality program.
At Elkhorn we offer:
All in the beautiful Colorado Mountains
- Basic and Advanced Climbing - NO walls or towers
- Rappelling - Ever done a 100ft FREE Rappel?
- COPE - We have 2 High and Low courses to choose from
- Cowboy Camp - From Black Powder to Hawk Throwing
- Mountain Climbing
- Campfire Programs
- A Hike ranger to guide you through your adventure
- Please Register Online.
When your register, a confirmation page will be shown (once) and you will receive a confirmation email.
Keep the ID # and Password - you will need them later for making payments, changing registration numbers, registering for programs, and submitting your roster.
- When you register and when you re-login later, your registration page shows detailed information about your payments, fees, and discounts. It will also allow you to update your registration numbers, contact information, etc.
- If you owe any fees (registration deposits or camp payments), a payment button will be shown. Click on the payment button to get instructions for either paying online via PayPal or sending your payment to the Greeley office in person, by mail, or by fax.
- Please read the Refund Policy. Reminder - after November 30, 2012, your $50 per person Registration Deposit is non-refundable.
- Please contact Cindy Batt (CampRegistration@longspeakbsa.org) for registration questions.
|Elkhorn High Adventure Base|
||Scout Fee||Adult Fee ||Trek Openings
|SuperTrek 1||June 12-22||$410.00||$410.00||Full|
|SuperTrek 2||June 19-29||$410.00||$410.00||Full|
|SuperTrek 5||July 10-20||$410.00||$410.00||Full|
|SuperTrek 6||July 17-27||$410.00||$410.00||1|
|Trek 2||June 16-22||$310.00||$310.00||Full|
|Trek 3||June 23-29||$310.00||$310.00||Full|
|Trek 4||June 30 - July 6||$270.00||$270.00||2|
|Trek 5||July 7-13||$310.00||$310.00||3|
|Trek 6||July 14-20||$310.00||$310.00||1|
|Trek 7||July 21-27||$310.00||$310.00||2|
Longs Peak Council units that achieve their Friends of Scouting camp goal by April 1, 2013 will receive a $50 per person discount.
A limited number of Camperships are available for financial assistance to enable Scouts to attend camp.
(Camperships will only be considered for Scouts registered in Longs Peak Council.)
Campership Request Form
This page is intended to give you basic information about the Elkhorn High Adventure Base.
The downloadable Elkhorn Leader's Guide contains
detailed program information, copies of needed forms, award requirements, and more.
The Elkhorn High Adventure Base is one of
four camps located on the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch. The program
has been put together to take advantage of the magnificent location
high in the Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado. Located just north
of Rocky Mountain National Park,
the Elkhorn High Adventure Base offers a unique experience for older Scouts
to hike, camp, and climb in the Rocky Mountains.
At over 7,000 feet in elevation and encompassing
more than 3,400 acres, BDSR serves as a perfect base camp for the Elkhorn
High Adventure program. Each crew will spend five full days of high adventure activities such as backpacking, rappelling, rock climbing, black powder, C.O.P.E and tomahawk throwing.
The purpose of the Elkhorn High Adventure Base is to provide a unique High Adventure opportunity to members of the Scouting Program. Through this experience, develop a love of the outdoors and respect for nature.
The goals of the Elkhorn High Adventure Base are to provide Scouts,
Scouters, Venturers a chance to graduate from the traditional Scout Camp experience. We offer a chance to put to use the years of training and experience they have received, in a physically and mentally challenging rugged wilderness setting. Finally, we hope to offer
the opportunity for all of those involved in the program to gain a life-long
love and respect for the natural environment.
- C.O.P.E. (Both High and Low Rope Courses)
- Rock Climbing (some of the best in Northern Colorado)
- Rappelling (including 100 ft free rappel)
- Cowboy Camp (Dutch Oven Cooking and fun around the campfire)
- Black Powder
- Tomahawk Throwing
- Wildlife Watching
- Opening and Closing Campfire
And much more!
On Top of South Bald Mountain
|Elkhorn is now the base camp for the Ascent Program. This is a one week Climbing adventure. Scouts must be at least 13 and have the climbing merit badge. Participants will climb at many of the premier locations on our 3700 acre camp. Participants will backpack between remote locations, perfecting bouldering and climbing skills. This is a climbers dream. We have some of the best granite in the Rocky Mountains. This is the only program where Scouts are allowed to climb many of the intermediate and advanced climbs on camp.
This is a provisional program. A scout does not have to attend with his troop. We provide the leadership.
In 2010, the Ascent Program will only be offered the week of July 18-24. Please see the Specialty Camps page for more details.
Trek A - Program High Adventure
This trek combines a week-long backpacking trip in the lower elevations with daily program opportunities listed above. Great a Troop or Crew's first trek and for those wanting to do more than hike the trail.
Trek B - Program Alpine Adventure
This trek includes the first half of the week at lower elevations to assist with altitude aclimatization and to provide significant program involvement from the program list above. The second half of the week is backpacking in the beautiful Colorado wilderness at altitudes of 7,000 to 12,000 feet.
Trek C - Sub Alpine Trek
This trek includes up to 50 miles of backpacking in the Colorado wilderness, with vistas above timberline. This trek will only operate during the second half of the season and is subject to alternate routes based on high-altitude snow depths.
Trek D - Ask about this one
You also need to have been on an Elkhorn Trek in a previous season before we let you tackle this big one.
The Elkhorn SuperTrek was designed to give your
crew a more diverse experience on the trail. The
SuperTrek will check in and shakedown at Elkhorn
High Adventure Base on Wednesday of their start
week. The trek will hit the trail for 10 days and
return on the Friday of their final week. This Trek
requires a minimum of 8 and maximum 11
Programs you will participate in: Whitewater Rafting,
Horseback Overnighter, High and Low COPE,
Climbing, Rappelling, Black Powder Shooting, Tomahawk
Throwing, Dutch Oven Cooking and
Only one SuperTrek will depart during each session, so
get your reservation in early!
- Membership & Certification
- All participants in Elkhorn High Adventure Base must currently be registered
with the Boy Scouts of America. At least one adult crew member must be certified in first aid and CPR.
- All participants are expected to be in good physical and mental health.
Elevations in this region of the Rockies range from 7,00 to 13,000 feet
and the ruggedness of the trails should not be underestimated. All
treks include strenuous hiking and backpacking. Individuals in
poor health will not be allowed to participate.
Camp Medical Form
All campers, both youth and adult,
are required to present Annual BSA Health and Medical Record, Parts A, B, and C signed by a physician
within the past 12 months.
The Annual BSA Health and
Medical Record, Part D is required to be reviewed by all participants and shared with the examining health-care provider before completing Part C.
- All participants in the Elkhorn High Adventure Base must be
at least 13 by September 1 of the participation year.
These are Longs Peak Council rules for our program and we
do not make exceptions to this rule.
- Adult Advisors
- Each crew must have two adult leaders with them at all times.
One adult leader must be 21 years of age or older by the time the crew leaves home. The other adult leader must be 18 years
of age or older by the the time the crew leaves home. Based on BSA regulations, both adult leaders for Venture Crews are required to be 21 or older. Coed crews
must follow BSA regulations for coed outings.
- Crew Size
- Crew size is strictly limited by wilderness permits and Leave No Trace practices. Full crews have a maximum of eleven participants (youth and adults). Minimum crew size is seven participants. At least two participants must be adults.
No pets (dogs, cats or otherwise) are allowed in any of the Longs Peak Council Camps.
The Northern Rockies offer some challenging hiking terrain and it is
essential that your personal and group equipment be up to the test.
Snow sleet, and freezing temperatures are not unusual at higher elevations, and
groupsnot properly outfitted will be restricted in their participation.
Some group gear
is issued to the crew on arrival. Personal gear is the responsibility
of each individual. Complete gear recommendations and rental information
are available in the
Elkhorn Guide Book.
During your trek you will be accompanied by an Elkhorn
Hike Ranger. All Hike Rangers are over 18 years of age, and have
been extensively trained in Leave No Trace camping skills and wilderness emergency
skills. All of them have extensive backpacking experience and
knowledge of the routes your crew will be taking. Additionally, Hike
Rangers have been specifically trained in the local and natural history
of the Northern Rockies in order to help your crew have a first rate experience.
All food needed for your trek is supplied by the Elkhorn High Adventure
Base. We concentrate on giving you a balanced, nutritional menu
which is both lightweight and tasty. Trail meals are distributed
in groups of two.
While off the trail, meals are prepared for the
crew by the Scout Ranch Food Services. Friday night at the Base is a Western Cookout steak fry!
Here's what some of our crews had to say about their experience at Elkhorn.
|"The organization of the adventure led us up to and beyond our expectations."
||"This experience will help us institute "Leave No Trace" ethics into our everyday lives."
||"The staff obviously loves what they are doing and their enthusiasm is infectious."
|"Elkhorn is a place I will never forget and its experiences will last me forever."
||"Arrive mentally and physically prepared. Read and use the Leaders Guide to get ready for this adventure."
See the Leader's Guide section above.
If you do not have web access, or cannot download and print the page, please call or write and we will gladly mail you a copy.
Registration information: Please contact Cindy Batt at 970-584-2202 or email CampRegistration@longspeakbsa.org.
Other camp information: Please contact Billy Riley - Camping/Operations Director at 970-584-2218 or email email@example.com.