BearPaw – Winter Camping Experience


BearPaw Outdoor Winter Camping Experience

(With or without snow)

February 19-21, 2016

Cisco Grove, California


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 26th 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 is more fun.


The event is February 19-21, 2016 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 with possible Camporee style games among units, or the unit can travel to Donner Summit for the day as the event can be considered car camping with cars parked in a parking lot. There should hopefully be several feet of fresh powder due to El Nino.  If one has not tried activities during winter camping such as cooking and sleeping in the cold, 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, 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).