BearPaw – Winter Camping Experience


BearPaw Winter Camping Experience

Indoor Training – Preparation for Outdoor Camping

November 5, 2016

Santa Clara High School

BearPaw is our Council’s outdoor winter camping experience for Boy Scout troops and Venturing crews.  It was the featured [front page] article in the January 2014 issue of Boy’s Life magazine as a premier national BSA event.  Indoor training for BearPaw is held this November 5, 2016 at Santa Clara High School.  In this training session we cover, in extreme detail, how to dress properly (or keeping dry), building warm snow shelters, traveling on snow, menus and cooking, winter first aid, Leave No Trace, driving in winter conditions, and many more topics.


The second part of this program is the Outdoor camping experience, with or without snow on February 24-26, 2017 at Cisco Grove RV Park and Campground on I-80 near Donner Summit.  This is the tail-end of the President’s Day week when most school districts have the week off.  In 2016 we had 4 feet of snow and 579 campers!


For units that have never participated in winter camping, it is highly encouraged that a minimum of one adult and multiple youth leader be pre-trained in various aspects of cold weather camping.  They in turn are to train other scouts and adults their home unit in the following months prior to the outdoor event.  Even if you are an experienced winter camper, new information or refresher course will help ensure a fun and safe experience, especially for first timers.


Click on the links for more details. The training manual, provided on a CD during indoor session can be downloaded if unable to attend.


For additional details, contact Mark Montrose, Event Director, or (408) 247-5715.

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