What is Powder Horn? The Powder Horn course is designed to help the unit by introducing youth and adult Scouting leaders to safely conducted outdoor/high-adventure activities of a fun and challenging nature. The
What is Powder Horn?
The Powder Horn course is designed to help the unit by introducing youth and adult Scouting leaders to safely conducted outdoor/high-adventure activities of a fun and challenging nature. The course provides an introduction to the resources needed to successfully lead youth through a program of outdoor adventure and is based upon giving participants an exposure to some outdoor/high-adventure activities. It is not a certification event. It is for any youth (14 years by course date) or adult interested in experiencing a unit-level, high-adventure program.
The purpose of a Powder Horn course includes:
- Safe participation in fun and challenging outdoor activities.
- An introduction to resources, including expert local consultants, that can improve a unit’s program.
- Exposure to new and exciting high-adventure activities.
- Help in delivering the BSA promise at the unit level.
- Promoting youths’ and adults’ creativity when delivering high-adventure programs.
- Shooting sports (rifle, shotgun, black powder, archery, maybe something “big” and/or another surprise or two!)
- COPE course (high and low)
- Waterfront (canoe, kayak, standup paddleboard, small boat sailing, SCUBA, snorkeling)
- Whitewater rafting (on the Deschutes River!)
- Windsurfing (on the Columbia River, Hood River area)
- Cave exploring!
- Rock climbing and rappelling – on real rock!
- Mountain biking
- Mountain boarding
- Mountaineering (Palmer Glacier on Mt Hood, Timberline chairlift to get there!)
- Winter camping
- Long-term lightweight backpacking
- Expedition planning
- Dutch Oven cooking
- And others!
(Programs are subject to change)
Two 3-day Weekends: $300
- Course Director: Bret Buck, Pacific Harbors Council
- Weekend #1: August 20-22, 2021 (Friday – Sunday)
- Held at Cascade Pacific Council’s high adventure base – Camp Baldwin (overnight at Aubrey-Watzek Lodge)
- Weekend #2: August 27-29, 2021 (Friday – Sunday)
- Held at Chief Seattle Council’s Camp Pigott (overnight at Camp Edward)
Week-Long Course: $325
- Course Director: Dale Rae, Chief Seattle Council
- August 22 – 28, 2021 (Sunday – Saturday)
- Starts at Chief Seattle Council’s Camp Pigott for three days (overnight at Camp Edward)
- Begin transition to other camp on third afternoon (Tuesday)
- One night at Chief Seattle Council’s Camp Sheppard near Mt Rainier (week-long course only)
- Caving near Mt St Helens or windsurfing on Columbia River (Wednesday, week-long course only)
- Finish up with three days at Cascade Pacific Council’s high adventure base – Camp Baldwin (overnight at Aubrey-Watzek Lodge)
- The fee for the courses
- Two 3-day weekends course (6 days): $300
- Week-long course (7 days): $325
- You may pay the entire fee at the time you register, OR
- You may pay a $100 deposit when you sign up (not refundable) and pay the balance by May 1, 2021.
august 22 (Sunday) - 29 (Sunday) PST