Salmon River High Adventure Base Program Information

Idaho's Salmon River, known as the "River of No Return," is one of the most unique in the world. Originating in the mountains of central Idaho, it flows through some of the most beautiful and pristine land in the United States before reaching its confluence with the Snake River. It is a free-flowing river, without a single dam anywhere on the 425 miles of its main steam. It is one of the longest such rivers in the continental United States, second only to the Yellowstone. Also, excepting Alaska, it is the longest undammed river contained entirely in a single state. 

The exact origins of the Salmon's nickname are lost to history. Some credit Lewis and Clark after they turned back, the only obstacle during their entire exploration they retreated from. Others say it was early pioneers who settled along the river as farmers and miners. Whoever first coined the phrase, the name is fitting. On average, the river loses nearly 20 feet of elevation for every mile, making for some intense whitewater. It also travels through the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, the second-largest wilderness in the lower 48 

Who can come to Salmon River High Adventure Base?

Because of the nature of our program, we have a few more requirements than most traditional scout camps in order to participate. 

Eligibility for all participants:

  • Must be a registered member of Boy Scouts of America, or an adult leader associated with a Scout troop, Varsity team, or Venture crew.
  • Must be at least 14 years old by September 1, 2019.
  • Must pass a BSA swimmer test before arriving at the base.
  • Must be in good health, evidenced by a BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A, B, and C) filled out and signed by your doctor within the last 12 months.
  • Must know and live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • In addition to the above requirements, at least one adult leader per unit must have completed Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat training.


What accommodations do you provide at camp?

We have a number of platform tents as well as a few tee-pees for our participants. Each platform can fit four youth or two leaders, while the tee-pee can hold 8-10 youth. In keeping with BSA Youth Protection policies, no youth may share a tent with an adult other than his or her own parent or guardian. 

Should we bring Scout uniforms?

While it is always appropriate to wear a Scout uniform during flag ceremonies, honor trail, and the camp fire program, it is not required. We also do not recommend wearing a Scout uniform at any time on the river. 

What do I need if I want to go fishing?

If you want to fish while at camp, you should bring your own fishing gear and have a valid Idaho fishing license. If you don't have one before coming to camp, you can purchase one at the Village, located 13 miles upriver from camp in North Fork, ID. Please note that you are responsible for knowing and following the regulations governing the Salmon River.










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