BearPaw is the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council’s winter camping experience, sponsored by our High Adventure Training program and staff. We are in our 24th year of fun and it is definitely one of the most talked about and enjoyed Council wide events. BearPaw is also a featured article in the January 2014 issue of Boys’ 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.
The outdoor session was 21-23 February 2014 at Cisco Grove Campground on Interstate 80 (five miles past Emigrant Gap). We can easily accommodate an unlimited number of participants. Everyone checks in on Friday morning and sets up camp. On Saturday, all events are for fun with camporee-style games among units. There should be several feet of fresh powder to also play in. If one has not tried activities in the snow, such as cooking, sleeping or playing games they are missing a unique opportunity to have an experience of a lifetime. On Saturday night there is group campfire. At BearPaw, one can play volleyball, football, soccer or dodge-ball “in soft snow,” plus try out cross-country skis that will be provided. A leaders guide, training manual and registration information is available below.
BearPaw Treks is another high-adventure activity where Scouts and adults travel 2 miles in the snow with cross-county skis or snow shoes, set up camp and have the best experience of a lifetime. This occurs on 29/30 March 2014 near Devil’s Peak, off Highway 80 in the Kingvale Area, location subject to change depending on snow conditions at that time of year. Registration details and information letter is also provided below.
Click on the links for more details. The training manual, provided on a CD during indoor session can be downloaded if unable to attend.
- Outdoor Program Invitation
- Outdoor Program Registration Form
- Outdoor Program Registration Online
- Trek Invitation
- Trek Registration Form
- Trek Registration Online
- Leader’s Guidebook
- Snow Camping Training Manual 2013-2014
For additional details, contact Mark Montrose, Event Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (408) 247-5715.