BearPaw – Winter Camping Experience


Indoor Training

November 8, 2014

Santa Clara High School

BearPaw is our Council’s winter outdoor camping experience for Boy Scout troops and Venturing crews and was the featured [front page] article in the January 2014 issue of Boy’s Life magazine as a premier national BSA event. Indoor training is being held this November 8, 2014 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 held later on February 20-22, 2015 at Cisco Grove.

For units that have never gone winter camping, it is highly encouraged that a minimum of one adult and youth leader be trained and in turn, they 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 will help ensure a fun and safe experience for first timers.

Please register online at  For any questions please contact Mark Montrose, Event Director.

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 25th 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 is 20-22 February 2015 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.

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 call (408) 247-5715.