What makes Matt Moniz the ideal person to be the BSA’s first Adventure Ambassador? Only everything he’s ever done.
At age 12, Matt needed just 43 days to climb the highest point in each of the 50 states. Two years later, he earned the Eagle Scout Award (Troop 171, Boulder, Colo.).
At 16, he became the youngest person to summit Makalu, the world’s fifth-tallest mountain. A year later, Matt was in Nepal preparing to climb Mount Everest when a deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit. Matt used his Scouting skills to help others — service that earned him the BSA’s Honor Medal with Crossed Palms.
At 18, Matt was picked to deliver the BSA’s Report to the Nation to top leaders in Washington, D.C.
Matt is now 20 years old, and he’s the BSA’s first Adventure Ambassador. And he’s just getting started.
This May, he’ll make another attempt to climb Mount Everest, and this time, he’s bringing along the entire BSA family.
What’s an Adventure Ambassador?
An Adventure Ambassador is someone who is living and breathing adventure every single day. They’re climbing up mountains, rafting down rivers, camping in the backcountry and living life to the fullest.
You can follow their stories by following the BSA on Instagram (@boyscoutsofamerica). Each week you’ll meet real men and real women from coast to coast who show what adventure looks like to them. This will inevitably inspire you to live your own adventure, whatever that is and wherever you are.
How can I follow Matt’s journey to Everest?
What does it take to climb the world’s highest mountain? What kind of gear is required to survive Everest’s cold, thin air?
Matt will answer those questions and more through videos he’s posting to the BSA’s Instagram page.
Here are two recent examples:
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