BearPaw – Winter Camping Experience

BearPaw Outdoor Winter Camping Experience

BearPaw is the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council’s winter camping experience, sponsored by the High Adventure Training program and staff. We are in our 27th year of fun and is definitely one of the most talked about and enjoyed Council wide events of the year. BearPaw was the “featured article and on the front page” of the January 2014 issue of Boy’s Life magazine as a premier national event! If one has never camped in the snow this is an adventure to not miss. A snow shelter is actually warm and cozy. Even sleeping in a tent is warm, as long as one stays dry. If there is a limited amount of snow, the event converts to a cold weather camping experience. Winter camping is very different than summer camping and actually more fun.


Camping was on February 24-26, 2017 at Cisco Grove RV Park and Campground on Interstate 80 (five miles past Emigrant Gap). We can easily accommodate an unlimited number of participants. Units begin to check in on Friday morning and set up camp somewhere in the RV Park. On Saturday, all events are for fun or the unit can travel to Donner Summit for the day as BearPaw is essentially car camping (cars parked in a parking lot, not campsite). In 2016 we had four feet of snow and 579 campers!


If one has not experienced winter camping that includes cooking and sleeping in the cold or playing games, you are missing a unique opportunity to have an experience of a lifetime. At BearPaw, we play volleyball, football, soccer and dodgeball “in the snow”! There will also be cross county skis provided for everyone to use at no cost. A Leader’s Guide training manual and registration information is available below. We even accept walk-in registrations on site.


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 (home), 408-499-5533 (cell).


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