OKPIK Cold Weather Camping Training is coming to St Louis!
The purpose of the nationally acclaimed OKPIK program, made famous at Northern Tier, is to teach Scouts and Scout leaders how to be comfortable and safe while camping in cold weather. This training enables Scout units to extend their camping season to a full 12-months. These unique skills are delivered in a safe environment and culminates in a 24-hour outdoor overnight session that tests your new-found skills while enjoying some Scout fellowship and competition. This is NOT a survival skills session – it is an opportunity to learn about how winter camping can be fun and exciting, and still be enjoyable! Program is delivered in a troop setting, where each participant is assigned to a unique cold weather patrol. There are four troop meetings that are mandatory for graduation. The fourth troop meeting is our outdoor overnight adventure!
Program areas include: first aid, cooking, nutrition, travel planning, shelters, clothing systems, sleeping systems, mental aspects of winter camping, nature, games, and FUN!
Youth Participant Requirements
Youth must be 14 years old and at least 1st Class as of Nov. 5th, 2016, have long term camping experience, and have their Scoutmaster’s approval. Venturers may participate with the same restrictions less the 1st Class rank.
All troop meetings are held at the Beaumont Scout Reservation. Meeting dates, places, and times are:
- Troop Meeting #1 – Nov. 5, 2016, Emerson, 7:30am – 1pm (indoor instruction)
- Troop Meeting #2 – Dec. 10, 2016, Sverdrup, 8am – 12:35pm (this is an outdoor session!)
- Troop Meeting #3 – Jan. 7, 2017, Emerson, 8am – 11:45am (indoor session)
- Troop Meeting #4 – Jan. 21-22, 2017 Sverdrup, 8am Saturday – Noon Sunday (outdoor overnight!!)
Space is limited to the first 64 participants, so register early! Registration opens online October 1st.