BLUR THE LINE BETWEEN snowboarding and summertime, and you’ll find mountain boarding — the hottest new extreme sport finding its way to Boy Scout camps everywhere.
At Hood Scout Reservation, about 30 miles south of Jackson, Miss., summer campers can zoom down three different mountain-boarding runs. Unlike their winter cousins, mountain boards have big off-road wheels and hand brakes to keep speeds in check.
Mountain boarding rolled onto the Scouting scene at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree, where snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler, the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, showed Scouts how it’s done.
Hood Scout Reservation has harnessed that excitement into a staple of its summer offerings.
But there’s more:
A tough climbing tower and COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) team-building course.
Two of the BSA’s pilot programs available only at select council camps: pistol shooting and all-terrain vehicles.
An unofficial “Scouter’s Merit Badge” for leaders who fulfill several requirements, such as completing the mile swim, helping cook meals or working on a camp repair project.
Plan a visit to Hood Scout Reservation by visiting bsa-jackson.org.