Fall Adventure Photography



  • Those with intermediate to advanced photography skills

  • Passionate amateur photographers


  • Astrophotography

  • Dynamic techniques for capturing action

  • Expert indoor and outdoor lighting instruction

  • Environmental portraiture posing and lighting

  • Advanced hands-on technical skills

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Set amidst the spectacular fall colors of the West Virginia mountains at the Boy Scouts of America's

Summit Bechtel Reserve

High Adventure Base


October 19-23, 2020

Fee $2,200

Covers tuition, room & board, and on-site transportation. Attendees pay for their own travel to and from the Summit Bechtel Reserve.



What equipment should I bring?

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Digital HDSLR body (x2)

Wide angle lens – 16-35 mm 2.8, 14 mm 1.8 or 2.8, 24 mm 1.4

Medium lens – 24-105 mm

Telephoto lens – 70-200mm 2.8

Long lens such as: 300 mm 2.8; 200-400 mm f/4; 150-600 mm

Neutral density filters (3 stop, 10 stop)

Speedlight or two or some kind of electronic flash.

Sturdy tripod to support your camera and lens

Electronic release, Intervelometer

Digital media

Supplemental hard drive

Laptop loaded with LR (Lightroom), PS (Photoshop),

optional: NIK Filters, MacPhun, Topaz plug-ins

Laptop power supply

Card reader

Headlamp with RED light

Gloves with finger access for changing camera controls at night

Please note: You are not expected to have all of this gear; however, at a minimum you should have an HDSLR body and a couple of lenses, tripod, a flash or two, laptop with processing software, laptop power supply and card reader.

What extra clothing should I bring?

Hiking boots

Warm jacket

Winter jacket

Thermal underwear (for nighttime shooting session)

Rain gear

Should I bring pillows and bedding?

No need unless you have a special pillow. The lodge will provide the following:

Bed sheet

Fitted sheet



Pillow case

Bath towel

Wash cloth

You'll need to bring toiletries, including soap and shampoo.

What will the food be like?

Meals will be served in a dining facility. The fare will be elevated camp food, served buffet style.

Will alcohol be served?

No. Attendees may drive to a local convenience store to pick up alcohol. We expect anyone choosing to have alcohol to drink responsibly. Red cups are recommended.

Can I drive to the Summit Bechtel Reserve?

Yes. The Summit Bechtel Reserve lies within a 5 - 6 hour drive of most major cities in the Northeast. Google Maps can give you exact drive times.

What about transportation during the workshop?

We expect several attendees will arrive in personal or rental vehicles. We highly encourage carpooling or sharing rental cars with other participants. If not enough personal or rental vehicles are available to go to shoot locations, we will have on-site transportation arranged.

If I fly, how do I get from the airport to the Summit Bechtel Reserve?

We offer roundtrip ground transportation from Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV, for an additional $45. (Please note Yeager Airport is in Charleston, WV, not Charleston, SC.) From any other airport you will need to rent a car.

What are the accommodations like?

Comfortable lodges accommodate attendees. Two to three people per room sleep in bunks. Multiple private single-use bathrooms are on each floor.

How will COVID-19 issues be addressed?

The workshop will be conducted following all Federal, State, Local and BSA health guidelines regarding COVID-19 at the time. For example, all attendees will have single occupancy rooms, though families will be allowed to room together. Attendees will self-monitor daily for five days prior to the event and complete an online health form. In addition, the BSA medical staff will decide whether a participant coming from a COVID-19 hot spot existing at the time of the workshop will be permitted to attend.



The Boy Scouts of America is not liable for injury or accident resulting from participation in our photo workshops. The participant holds the responsiblility to obtain information about any risks involved. Participant registration verifies release of liability of The Boy Scouts of America and all instructors. Any questions about the workshop content, requirements or risks may be directed to peter.simon@scouting.org prior to registration.

Anything Else?

We want everyone to have a great experience. We appreciate our attendees' passion and commitment to further developing their skills with us. We will strive to make this workshop educational, inspirational, and entertaining. Come prepared to create, learn, and have fun! Please email peter.simon@scouting.org with any additional questions.

Cancellation & Refund Policy


Due at the time of reservation: $250 (non-refundable)


Applicable to the total registration minus deposit.

60 Days Out from Event = Full Refund

45 Days Out from Event = Half Refund

30 Days Out = No Refund

Exceptions to the Rule: Military Service, family death, major medical or other extenuating circumstances on a per case basis

The refund will be applied to the credit card listed under the registration profile. Or, if payments were only made in the form of a check, the refund will be mailed in the form of a check. Refunds will be processed within 10 business days.

Payment Plan

All deposits due at the time of registration.

100% of total registration costs due 30 days out from the event.