Okpik Cold Weather Training - 2023 / 2024

Okpik Cold Weather Training - 2023 / 2024
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Okpik Cold Weather Training

2023 /2024 Blackhawk Area Council OKPIK
Cold Weather Camping Course - Train the Trainer
"Non Semper Erit Aestas"
"It Will Not Always Be Summer"

Blackhawk Area Council announces Okpik Cold Weather Camping Training For Troop Leaders, Sr Scouts, Troop Trainers 14 & Up.

Our Train the Trainer program will provide you the knowledge and materials to conduct winter camping training within your units. This program covers the skills and techniques needed to ensure a successful, fun, and safe cold weather camping experience. These include physical preparation, clothing, food & water, sanitation, first aid and emergency procedures, shelter building, traveling in snow, and making equipment. Cold weather camping mistakes can be deadly. The skills learned in the Okpik Program will make cold weather camping an enjoyable, safe Scouting experience.


To provide a train the trainer opportunity to scout leaders and experienced youth in the unique skills of winter camping. The intent of this course is to help scout troops to extend their camping season to all 12 months of the year. It is expected that the participants of this course will go back to their units and share the knowledge and skills learned in this course. Because of this, the course is limited to adults and experienced youth only (at least 14 years old, approved by their home Troop Scoutmaster and the Course Director).

Dates & Times:

  • November 11,2023 (Classroom, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM) - at Camp Lowden
  • December 9, 2023 (Classroom, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM) – Christ Lutheran School, Sterling IL
  • January 13, 2024 (Outdoor Classroom, 8:30 AM. 3:30 PM) - Christ Lutheran School, Sterling IL
  • February 2-4, 2024 (Practical, Camp Lowden, Oregon, IL) - at Camp Lowden


All three Classroom sessions and a practical outdoor campout are required to complete the course.
If you have any questions please contact the Course Director at 

Course Fee:

Early Registration fee $135.

On 09/30/23, fee increases to $155.


(participants should plan for additional food and gear costs)
Make Checks Payable to: Blackhawk Area Council

For more information, visit www.blackhawkscouting.org/training/advanced-training/okpik

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$155.00 per Adult
$155.00 per Youth (14-17 yrs)
Early Discount
Before 9/30/2023 a discount of $20.00 will apply to all Adult Registrants.
Before 9/30/2023 a discount of $20.00 will apply to all Youth (14-17 yrs) Registrants.
Cancellation Policy
All refund requests must be submitted, to the professional staff advisor, in writing (i.e. email request) prior to the event as the policy states below. You can send your request to: bac.info@scouting.org Extenuating circumstances will be considered. 30 days or more prior to an event – 100% refund 29-15 days prior to event – 70% refund 14 days-8 days prior to the event – 30% refund 7 days or less prior to event – 0% refund

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