Helmets & Harnesses – Zip Lines, Climbing & Challenge Courses

Strap on your helmet and step into your harness because we’ve taken three different ways to experience gravity and rolled them into one program.

And The Rocks are a marvel in their own right. It’s as if we transported the rocks from the rim of the New River Gorge to the Summit. You can’t beat the feeling of those invisible hand holds and lever yourself skyward to your goal.

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The Program

This is a seven-day/six night program with an emphasis on assessing current skills and building additional competencies running Sunday to Saturday. The Summit boasts the largest man-made climbing venue in the world with routes rated up to 5.10. It also has more challenge courses than any other single facility and more miles of canopy tour than any other location in the country. If you want to defy gravity, this is the place to be.

Helmets & Harnesses consists of one day each of:


Few activities will get you more pumped than climbing. It’s not all about muscles, though you’ll need those, too. Learn how to work with your body’s framework to climb rock faces to find those special viewpoints.

Challenge courses

you’ll spend time among the heights of the Summit challenge course, negotiating just about every combination of ropes and logs and chains you can think of. By the time you’re done, you’ll feel on top of the world.

Canopy tours

On the ziplines gravity becomes your ally, rocketing you along cables through the Appalachian hardwood forest. Make your way through each course from platform to platform and along swinging rope bridges among the trees.

As a bonus, each member of your crew will also be able to select three additional elective activities at other Summit adventure venues. A half-day service project and a ride on the Big Zip – our 3⁄4 mile zip line – round out your week.

Each night (Monday-Friday), we will open the Scott Summit Center for activities, fun and socializing. The Scout Summit Center incorporates small versions of our adventure sports venues.

The Details

This program is open to registered Scouts and Venturers who are at least 13 years old by the September 1 of the year they attend and their registered leaders.

The minimum group size is seven with the majority being youth members. The maximum crew size is 12 (but the majority must still be youth members).

The Summit provides tents, cots and all program equipment for your unit. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the Summit dining hall. Shelf-stable lunches will be issued to accompany participants to their daily program activities.


NOTE: You should be comfortable with heights and must weigh a minimum of 50 pounds and a maximum of 250 pounds, regardless of height, to take part in this trip.