I think our scouts want to be able to say they've done the 3 biggies, but I'm aware there are other options. I just want the scouts to be fully aware of what each entails. The likely incoming Webelo group that would be high adventure eligible in 2020 is said to enjoy hiking, so that could be a factor, too.
We lost some older scouts over something rather stupid that one scout did, or is alleged to have done. We're only at about 25-30 scouts right now and not many in the upper age range. I'm trying to help out with the research so they can make a wise decision. We want to do both of these trips in 2019 and 2020. The best strategy for ordering them is where we are now.
We're in the 2019 Philmont lottery. I put in a dozen dates for 1 crew, 12 day treks starting in mid-July. We will enter the NT lottery next year when it opens. Looking at how many 12 day treks are open right now for 2018, I'd think we'd get one of our chosen dates. I've heard the NT lottery isn't as difficult to get, but I could be wrong.
As for Sea Base, I've already purchased long sleeve rash guards and UV protection gaters for me and my son. Sunburn is very much not joyful. For myself, I'm more concerned about seasickness. We're doing the Sea Exploring adventure on the 40 foot sailboat. I might ask my doc for a prescription for something in addition to Bonine.
I'm doing the Monsters of Rock cruise in February (I've done other cruises) so maybe I'll try something for that first.