TAP Step 4

4 – List of Activities

There are many activities to consider, but make sure they are right for the Adventure participants. Check all activities under consideration to make certain the activities are appropriate, keeping in mind age appropriateness, training requirements, physical demands, conditioning requirements, safety and skill levels.

NOTE: When considering these and other Adventure options, carefully review Age Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities to ensure the Adventures under consideration are appropriate for the participant age groups.

Some  examples of Adventure activities you might consider are:


  • Canoeing: flat  water
  • Canoeing: flowing water
  • Kayaking: flat water
  • Kayaking: flowing water
  • Standup Paddleboarding SUP
  • Motorboating: adult operated
  • Motorboating: youth operated
  • Rafting: flat water
  • Rafting: flowing water
  • Rowing: flat water
  • Rowing: flowing water
  • Sailboarding
  • Sailing
  • Scuba
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming: Lake or local municipal swimming pool
  • Tow sports-waterskiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding  & tubes
  • Tubing
  • Water parks
  • Fishing: fly casting, spinning
  • Fishing: pier
  • Fishing: deep sea
  • Sea Scout Ship Long Cruise: to help with planning a long cruise, Sea Scout Ships are encouraged to open Passport to Adventure Long Cruise


  • Ice skating
  • Ice Fishing
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Ski touring-multiple days and nights carrying gear
  • Sledding / tubing
  • Snow camping
  • Snowmobiles
  • Snowshoeing

BSA High Adventure Bases—winter activities

  • “Okpik” (Northern Tier High Adventure Base)
  • “Kanik” (Philmont Scout Ranch)


  • Day hike
  • Backpacking
  • Horseback rides
  • Horse treks—multiple nights


  • Air rifle pellet guns
  • .22 Rifles
  • Archery -target and action archery
  • Archery–field
  • BB guns
  • Large bore rifles
  • Muzzleloaders – Black powder
  • Pistol
  • Shotguns


  • Bike treks: day rides
  • Bike treks:  multiple overnights
  • BMX course
  • Mountain biking

 MAP AND COMPASS / GPS (Global Positioning System)

  • Orienteering
  • Geocaching


  • Climbing: commercial or horizontal wall
  • Climbing: vertical wall or towers
  • Climbing: rappelling
  • Climbing: rock
  • Belaying
  • Bouldering
  • Canopy tours
  • Caving  BSA Caving Policy

INTERNATIONAL EXPEDITIONS  BSA  Suggestions for Traveling Overseas 

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