· The Boy Scouts stand for "Year-Round"
· The Scouts learn self reliance and dependability
· They develop cooperation and loyalty
· Living the scout motto, satisfaction of being prepared under all conditions
· Develop confidence in the training received
(actually doing it, not just talking about it)
· Challenges the scouts abilities

Obstacles to overcome

· Mindset that in winter shelter equates to cabins
· The question raised - how can we keep warm without shelter?
· What if there is no snow? - What do we do? - Try program


· No bugs
· No creepy crawlers, or snakes around
· No dust
· No need to worry how to refrigerate food
· No excuses to be inactive
(temperature dictates the need for activity)
· More free time to take advantage of
· Get to choose from the best campsites
· Winter sports if snow is on the ground

Training is a must

· Use several Troop meetings to plan and train appropriately
· Test and train on a weekend trip with a cabin nearby as a base camp / back up shelter
· Critique, correct and retrain weaknesses found during testing weekend
· Plan the first "real trip" to be just a one-nighter with light travel
(weight and distance)
· Critique, correct and retrain based on the issues and observation from the one-nighter
· After addressing all issues and weaknesses try it out for a real weekend

Trip Planning

Spend quality time to research areas and conditions to determine where, when, and how the trip will work. Plan
properly, in cold weather, everything takes twice as long. With all issues in mind, set up trip with timed benchmarks,
alternative campsites, and emergency contingencies. Share and explain the plan to all participants.

· Goals of trip, what are they?
· Route, trail or off trail or both?
· Trail, breaking trail or on broken trail?
· Snow level, shallow, or deep?
· Snow quality, powder, packed, breakable crust, or variable?
· Mode of travel, hiking, snow shoeing or skiing?
· Elevation changes, up may be very slow while down may be very fast?
· Strength and experience, of group?
· Group size?
· Adult experience, do we have enough and are we properly trained?
Archery, Indoor Range
Winter Camping
Bird Identification
Planning Your Winter Trip
Camping Trip Checklist
Your Body and the Cold
Fire Building Checklist
Personal Equipment
Sleeping Systems
Map Symbols
Orienteering Club Links
Orienteering Event
Camp Sanitation
Orienteering Training Outline
Safe Hiking
Tree Identification
Aquehonga Tree Trail
Snow Blindness
Back To Skills and Training Aids
Trench Foot
Boy Scout Handbook Copyright 1998 by the Boy Scouts of America
Field Book Copyright 1967, 1984 by the Boy Scouts of America
Okpik: Cold-Weather Camping Copyright 1990 by the Boy Scouts of America
OA Guide to Winter Camping Copyright 1995 Rick Curtis, Outdoor Action Program, Princeton University