Category Archives: High Adventure

Burr Oak Woods Summer Adventure Program

You have probably noticed by now that we’re big fans of the activities available through all the different nature centers run by the Missouri Department of Conservation. They are across the board fine programs, and a great way for kids to get involved in the outdoors — and they’re free!

So we’re very excited to let you know about this one — The Burr Oak Woods Summer Adventure Program! There are two different blocks of activities, and a child may stay for an entire day or split the blocks across two different days. There are sessions for children ages 8 – 11, and sessions for children ages 12 – 18.

Block I – Air Rifles, Orienteering or GPS, Canoeing

Block II – Fishing, Archery, Primitive Hunting Skills

There are a variety of dates and times available, running from June 5 – 20. Registration for first-time participants begins at 8 a.m. on May 21 (May 22 for returning participants) — this is sure to fill up fast, so put a note on your calendar to call!

If this program isn’t quite suited to your family, there are a number of other possibilities:

  • Outdoor Skills Special for those with special physical or mental needs, June 4
  • Discover Nature Families evening programs for children ages 7 and up, July 9 – 11
  • Outdoor Skills for Adults, July 12

Call Burr Oak Woods to register for any of these, (816) 228-3766. Find more details about all the summer programs at


‘Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?’

Coming this spring to the National Geographic Channel is a new reality competition show that pits a select team of Eagle Scouts against a group of adult former scouts in a variety of high-adventure competitions.

Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? is the brainchild of Thom Beers, the producer of such hit action-reality series as Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers, and himself a one-time Boy Scout. “I loved being a Boy Scout,” he recalls. “It was awesome. I was three merit badges short of being an Eagle Scout, and for 40 years this has bugged the heck out of me. It gnawed at me.”

This article from Scouting Magazine gives an exciting preview of the action to come — read it to see what is in store for viewers.

Why is this relevant to American Heritage Girls? For the taste of high adventure! Let the girls — and the leaders! — see what possibilities are out there for them. Outdoor adventures are great for motivating girls to remain active in the Troop as they enter the teen years, and outdoor activities help develop teamwork and confidence in girls of all ages.

AHG programming includes many high adventure options, and for the girl who really wants the challenge, the Venturing program from BSA is available for girls 9th grade and above.


NAYLE: The Ultimate Leadership Experience

From the fall edition of Heritage Headlines:

Upon arriving at Philmont Scout Ranch in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico this past August, I expected what I’ve experienced so many times before: a simple summer camp. When I left a week later however, I wouldn’t describe my time at the ranch as simple. In fact, it would be hard for me to appropriately articulate my time at NAYLE at all. The program, an acronym for National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience is a BSA training camp. The experience manifestation however, fostered personal growth on levels that I’ve never before been privileged to encounter. During NAYLE, I was exposed to not only emotional and physical challenges, but also (and perhaps most importantly) to a specific lifelong challenge: servant leadership.

Read the Rest

Annalisa Wurm, 2012 Session 6 Participant and AHG Stars and Stripes recipient 2010. Anna is part of an all-girl Venturing Crew 3730, chartered by First Church of the Nazarene, Pasadena, CA.

Burr Oak Woods Winter Adventure Games, Dec. 27

Oh, this is too exciting! Think of all the awesome outdoor skills, badge requirements, and sheer fun!

Location: Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
December 27, 8 a.m – 4 p.m.

Don’t be stuck inside all week. If you love to be outdoors, and would like to learn new skills, then join us on your Christmas vacation for this winter adventure. You have been selected to participate in the fun-filled Burr Oak Woods Games. May the odds be ever in your favor. Your training will include Shelter Building, In Search of Food and Water, Wilderness First Aid, SOS, Finding Your Way, Tracking, Camouflage, Archery and Primitive Hunting Skills. After learning how to build a fire and sharing a campfire lunch, put your new skills to use in the Burr Oak Woods Nature Arena!

Reservations begin 12/01. Registration required at 816-228-3766 (Ages 8-17)