Boy Scouts of America Chilkoot High Adventure Base International Wilderness Leadership School

with the Great Alaska Council Boy Scouts of America and
the International Wilderness Leadership School

Chilkoot High Adventure Base is the ultimate scouting experience.  These wilderness adventures are filled with exciting challenges and learning experiences.  They offer young people a way to safely explore the incredible wilderness of Alaska’s mountains, rivers and fjords, and develop the skills for a lifetime of adventure and leadership.

HAINES, ALASKA is the starting and finishing place for the Chilkoot High Adventure trips. Haines is a small community located along the fjords at the top of the Inside Passage. The natural beauty and wilderness access found here are responsible for Haines’ reputation as THE center for wilderness adventure in Alaska. The Boy Scouts of America works closely with the International Wilderness Leadership School (IWLS) to offer expert technical instruction, outdoor leadership training and world class wilderness experiences to scouts around the country.

Haines, Alaska

Haines, Alaska from across the Chilkoot Inlet.

This unique scout camp gives scouts the opportunity for wilderness exploration, adventurous activities and outdoor leadership training under the tutelage of outdoor professionals.

Chilkoot High Adventure Base instructors are exceptional outdoor leaders. Every trip draws on decades of experience with technical instruction, outdoor leadership training, high altitude guiding and countless expeditions in Alaska, Utah, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, India, Bhutan, Pakistan, China, Russia, Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Bolivia, Antarctica and Mexico. Chilkoot High Adventure Base leaders are technically skilled, passionate about wilderness and committed to each and every student. Their dedication insures each scout an educational experience that will exceed their expectations!

Chilkoot High Adventure Base instructors are certified merit badge counselors and can support scouts in acquiring a variety of merit badges.

All Chilkoot High Adventure activities meet the highest standards of programming and operations.

IWLS programs are accredited by the Association for Experiential Education (AEE).  AEE accreditation is widely recognized to be the definitive standard in the field of outdoor education.  IWLS meets the rigorous standards for excellence in program governance, field operations and safety required for AEE accreditation.


Many of the Haines High Adventure sea kayaking courses incorporate American Canoe Association (ACA) technical skills training.  Haines High Adventure sea kayaking instructors are certified ACA instructors and scouts may qualify for ACA certificiation.


The Wilderness Medical Society is a non-profit organization promoting education and research in wilderness medicine.  The IWLS Wilderness First Responder medical courses are taught according to the  guidelines of the Wilderness Medical Society. All  instructors are either Wilderness First Responders (WFR) or Wilderness Emergency Medical Technicians (W-EMT).  IWLS is a leader in wilderness  emergency prevention, response, and medical training.

Environmental Consciousness is a prime component of the Haines High Adventure Base mentality and we pride ourselves in the highest standard of environmental ethics.  All of our Haines High Adventure trips practice Leave No Trace (LNT) ethics and policies.

Please feel free to call or email us for course details, availability or if you have any questions.