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OKPIK-GAWASA- Cold Weather Camping Training for Youth

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What We Teach

We teach the skills to make your winter camping experience fun and safe. You will be surprised to discover how comfortable you can be outdoors - even at -40 degrees F! While camping, you can snowshoe, ski, ice fish, follow animal tracks, and enjoy the serenity and beauty of the Adirondack woods.

Snowshoeing

This is the traditional method of travel utilized by the Native Americans and the trappers that followed them. It is still an efficient, silent, and fun way to travel the winter wilderness

Ice Fishing

Learn the skills of ice fishing for pike, yellow perch, or pan fish. Nothing tastes quite as good after a day of snowshoeing as freshly caught fish. They are especially tasty in the winter!

Shelter Building

You can build your own Quinzee, or thermal shelter out of snow and natural materials. A snow shelter will be a cozy 30 degrees even if the outside temperature is far below zero.

1st Year Program

The 1st year program is designed for beginners age 13, who have attained the rank of First Class and earned the camping merit badge. This program is intended to help you develop winter camping skills necessary to successfully camp outdoors. We will have some fun playing outdoor winter games. Bring your fishing pole and learn to ice fish.
A list of camping equipment/clothes will be sent to each participant after pre-registering.

2nd Year Program

The 2nd year program is designed to expand the knowledge you gained in the 1st year program. You will snowshoe to a remote location and experience tent and lean-to camping. You will be required to pack your gear on a sled that will be used for the entire weekend. Bring your fishing pole and have some fun ice fishing. A list of camping equipment/clothes will be sent to each participant after pre-registering

3rd Year Program

The 3rd year program is designed to test winter camping knowledge and put it to use. You will take a trek into the wilderness using the skills you learned in the 1st and 2nd year programs. It will be an experience that you will never forget. All participating Scouts must have completed the 1st and 2nd year programs.
A list of camping equipment/clothes will be sent to each participant after pre-registering. Additional meetings will be required prior to going on this Winter Trek.

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