How do I apply for the Triple Crown of National High Adventure or Grand Slam of National High Adventure award?

Applications are now only accepted online. Select the award you are applying for from the “Apply” menu above. All major credit cards are accepted for payment.

The paper application used for the original Triple Crown (Northern Tier, Philmont, and Florida Sea Base) has been discontinued and will no longer be accepted if received after October 31, 2015. If you mailed a paper award application and payment, it will be mailed back to you.

What information do I need to apply for an award?

To help keep track of participation information at the National High Adventure Bases a printable Fact Sheet and Worksheet is available on the About the Awards page.

Each award applicant needs to provide:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Mailing address
  • Email address
  • Interest in serving on staff at each National High Adventure Base
  • Number of optional large 6-inch patches they would like to order (for use on pack, etc.)

Provide for each National High Adventure Base attended the following information:

  • Name of qualified high adventure program
  • Crew / expedition number
  • Date of arrival
  • Staff member name (optional). For example, the name of the Crew’s Interpreter, Ranger, Captain, etc.

I do not have all the information requested on the application, what should I do?

We ask that you provide accurate details for all required information. If you are not able to provide the required information, please contact us first. Providing incomplete or inaccurate information will cause a delay in processing or possible denial.

Staff Member Name – Providing the staff member’s name is optional.

Crew / Expedition Number – If you do not know your crew number: Check your crew photo or participant booklet as it often contains it.

What programs are eligible for the award?

Qualified high adventure programs at each of the Boy Scouts of America's National High Adventure Bases are eligible. A complete list of qualified high adventure programs is available on the Requirements page.

If you are interested in earning an award, we recommend you make sure the program is listed as qualified. Programs either not listed or listed as non-qualified are not eligible.

Examples of opportunities that do not qualify:

  • Training programs including Philmont Training Center (PTC) programs, Wood Badge, Philmont Leadership Challenge (PLC), and National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE);
  • Council operated summer camp or high adventure programs;
  • Order of the Arrow (OA) ArrowCorps or SummitCorps (OA High Adventure programs do qualify);
  • BSA National Jamboree;

Do programs at the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base qualify for the award?

Qualified high adventure programs at Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base count towards earning both the Triple Crown of National of High Adventure and Grand Slam of National High Adventure. For a full list of qualified high adventure programs see the Requirements page.

Do I receive a certificate with my award patch?

Award recipients are provided special instructions and required password where they may print an optional award certificate. These instructions are both sent by email when the award is processed and is included in a letter in the award packet.

Can I earn the award if I am an adult?

You can earn any portion of the requirements as both a youth and adult. For example, you may attend Philmont and Florida Sea Base as a youth and then attend Northern Tier as an adult leader.

Can I earn both the Triple Crown of National High Adventure and Grand Slam of National High Adventure awards?

Yes, you can earn both awards.

If you are applying for the Grand Slam of National High Adventure and have not applied before for the Triple Crown of National High Adventure, you can apply for both at once by completing the application for each. You must select the Triple Crown of National High Adventure application reflecting the preferred patch design you would like to receive.

Can I earn the award if we do a trip on our own or through an outfitter?

You can only earn the award by participating in a high adventure program offered through Boy Scouts of America's National High Adventure Bases. For a full list of qualified high adventure programs see the Requirements page.

Examples that do not qualify:

  • Canoeing the Boundary Waters or Quetico when not participating through a Northern Tier program;
  • Backpacking the Carson National Forest or Sangre de Cristo mountain range when not participating through a Philmont program;
  • Sailing the Florida Keys or Bahamas when not participating through a Florida Sea Base program;
  • Rafting the New River Gorge National River when not participating in a Paul R. Christen program;

Why does the BSA National Jamboree not qualify?

The Triple Crown of National High Adventure and Grand Slam of National High Adventure was created to promote high adventure programs at the Boy Scouts of America’s National High Adventure Bases.

The BSA National Jamboree does not qualify, as it is not a high adventure program. It is also not operated by a national high adventure base (it is not operated by Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base, which is physically located at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve property). Information on high adventure programs available through Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base can be found on its website.

The Jamboree offers a unique but different program than that of a high adventure program, with participation open to those 12 years of age by the first day or an 11 year old that has graduated the 6th grade. As part of the Jamboree, you'll earn a distinct patch you cannot get by participating in a high adventure program at Philmont, Northern Tier, Florida Sea Base, or Paul R. Christen. Information on the Jamboree is available on its website.

See the Requirements page for a full list of high adventure programs that qualify at each National High Adventure Base. Those who specifically want to earn the award must participate in programs already listed under “Qualifying Programs”.

Can you rush the processing of an award application due to a Court of Honor or Eagle ceremony?

To assure all award applicants receive an accurate and timely review of their application we must decline requests for rush service. We endeavor to review and approve (or return rejected) applications as quickly as possible, with award packets being shipped on approximately monthly intervals.

We recommend applications be submitted 8 weeks before you will need the award to ensure you receive the award packet in time.

How long does it take to receive my award packet?

Please allow 6-8 weeks for your award and patches to arrive. Since the SAA is an all-volunteer organization, we have no paid staff to handle the review of award applications. We endeavor to review your application and mail the award packet within 8 weeks of receipt.

If you have not received your award packet after 8 weeks, please contact us. Be sure to provide the order number and the names of the applicants. We will research the matter and respond as soon as possible.

Can we apply for our awards in advance since we will be completing our last National High Adventure Base this summer?

We do not accept "pre-orders" for individuals or groups. Applications can be submitted only once the applicant completes the requirements.

How many patches can I order?

An award recipient is only eligible to receive one small award patch. A small award patch is provided with the award application fee for the Triple Crown of National High Adventure and Grand Slam of National High Adventure awards.

Award recipients are allowed to order all variations of the optional large (6-inch) patch. The number of larger patches ordered for personal purposes (for use on backpacks, patch jackets, etc.) is not restricted.

How many times can I earn the awards?

You can only earn the Triple Crown of National High Adventure and Grand Slam of National High Adventure awards once, regardless of how many times you have attended a high adventure program at a National High Adventure Base.

The Triple Crown of National High Adventure can only be earned once, regardless of the four variations of the patch design. There are four variations of the patch design representing three of the four National High Adventure Bases attended. Award recipients are allowed to order all variations of the optional large (6-inch) patch.

What is the difference between the Order of the Arrow (OA) High Adventure "Triple Crown" award and the Triple Crown of National High Adventure award?

The OA High Adventure Triple Crown award is not affiliated with the Triple Crown of National High Adventure. Further information can be found on the OA High Adventure website.

Those who complete an OA Wilderness Voyage or Canadian Odyssey (Northern Tier), Trail Crew (Philmont), or Ocean Adventure (Florida Sea Base), and Summit Experience (Paul R. Christen) may count their experience towards their high adventure program requirement for the base participated through to earn the Triple Crown of National High Adventure and Grand Slam of National High Adventure awards.

Can I count my experience working at a National High Adventure Base towards the awards?

Employment at Northern Tier, Philmont, Florida Sea Base, and Paul R. Christen can be substituted once in lieu of participating in a qualifying program. To be eligible, an individual must have been employed under a written Letter of Employment as a staff member at Northern Tier, Philmont, Florida Sea Base, or Paul R. Christen. Volunteer staff, including the BSA National Jamboree, does not qualify.

This substitution is allowed regardless of the staff member’s position or title but the staff member must have fulfilled their employment obligations. This substitution is on a one-time basis, the staff member must still participate in qualifying high adventure programs for the remaining National High Adventure Bases.

For example, you can earn the Triple Crown of National High Adventure by participating in a qualified program high adventure program at Philmont and Florida Sea Base, and then complete a season on staff at Northern Tier.