Trek & Adventure Programs
An adventure program in the BSA refers to more advanced outdoor recreation, such as rock-climbing, backpacking, kayaking, and similar activities that are challenging and allow for personal reflection and growth. A trek program in the BSA is a program (usually an adventure program) where the participants are separated from the primary camp area for two or more consecutive nights.
With 1,665 acres and ~20 miles of trail on hand, the Mason-Dixon Trail System running adjacent to camp, nearby Rocks State Park, and the Susquehanna River on the doorstep, Broad Creek Scout Reservation has a long history as a popular destination for trek and adventure programs. The summer adventure programs at Broad Creek have changed over time, and will continue to change so we may offer programs that are most appealing to today’s youth.
- New to Broad Creek, Project Wake is the latest edition of Broad Creek’s trek programs. Campers will escape the main Broad Creek campus to kayak and explore locations along the 30 mile-long, 1 mile-wide Mason-Dixon and Lancaster County sections of the Susquehanna River.
Under the guidance of our adventure team, campers who register will participate in a kayak/canoe shakedown Sunday, before leaving camp to launch the experience on the Susquehanna River. Staff will remain with campers throughout the trek, ensuring safety and facilitating a reflective week of adventure! More details will become available over time, with complete details available in the Leader’s Guide.
Four sessions will open for registration in 2024:
- -June 23-29
- -July June 30-July 6
- -July 7-13
- -July 14-20
Planned activities and locations include:
- -Kayaking and canoeing
- -Museums and interpretive site visits
- -Scenic overlooks
- -Scenic camping
- Available to: Youth 14+, or 13 and completed the 8th grade, and adult leaders
- Location: Broad Creek Scout Reservation, Indian Steps Museum, Wind Caves, Guppy Gulch, and other Susquehanna River locations
Each week of Project Wake will consist of at most two sister crews that will tackle the Susquehanna, typically one male and one female. Each crew will consist of 5-11 youth and adult participants (24 total per week), and will be accompanied by one 18+ trek guide in addition to that 11. It is highly recommended that campers attending Project Wake register as a unit, providing proper two-deep leadership. Each crew will need two 21+ adult leaders in addition to our staff to be able to launch. Venturers and Sea Scouts may participate as co-ed crews with appropriate adviser supervision.
Youth and adult leaders participating must pass their swim test as a swimmer and have the ability to row a canoe or kayak for long distances. An assessment will be done during the shakedown to determine campers’ ability to participate.