BearPaw – Winter Camping Experience

Bearpaw Outdoor


Three-day Winter Camping Experience

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. The outdoor camping experience allows participants to put into practice what they learned during troop meetings, which is camping in the snow or a very cold environment within a very safe environment accompanied by a couple hundred fellow Scouters.

This may be the best high adventure they may ever participate in as a youth; even adults have fun.  The event has a focus on fun in the cold/snow, along with camping challenges that are easily overcome with experience and mentoring.

FEBRUARY 22-24, 2019

Cisco Grove Campground

Hwy 80 to Exit #165 (Soda Springs, CA)

This campground is 5 miles past Emigrant Gap

COST:$20.00 per participant before and on 1/30/19. $25 after 1/30/19.

Price includes campground fees, unit ribbon and patch with rocker for each participant.

There is an additional $10.00 “per car” overnight parking fee assessed by the owners of the Campground.  The parking pass will be handed out to unit leaders or drivers upon check-in with the Event Director, who will be at the ranger station/entrance on Friday.  These passes must be displayed in the windshield at all times.


  • Friday morning: 10:00 AM begin check-in, set up camp/build snow shelters. A leaders’ campfire and orientation meeting will be held that evening at camp Headquarters.  Time to be announced on-site.
  • Saturday activities are up to the individual units however, games will be available for fun on Saturday morning on the athletic field such as volleyball, dodgeball, ultimate Frisbee, soccer on fresh packed snow, or any other event the youth wish to organize. Each Troop may want to develop a program for their unit that includes rank advancement requirements.  There is a Saturday night campfire program with a program put on by “every” unit (song, skit, reading, etc.), including a flag retirement.
  • Sunday morning: Cleanup, pack the cars and be checked out by 11:00 AM.

BearPaw can be considered a car camping event.  Units may leave the campground during the day on Saturday and drive up to Donner Summit (7 miles away), go skiing at Boreal Ridge or participate in any other activity desired.  BearPaw focuses on camping in cold weather with or without snow which includes cooking, sleeping and keeping warm.  Units are not required to be at Cisco Grove during the day Saturday-do your own thing.

Registration Note: There is no deadline for registration. Onsite registrations will be taken.

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 Monte Crawford, Event Director, or call (408) 582.3993.
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