Cold Weather Camping Skills Training Workshop


Section Scouters, Venturers, Rovers, and Service Volunteers



††† Date: †††††Saturday-Sunday November 29-30, 2014 with pre-meeting Tuesday November 25, 2014
†† Times:†††† ††††† Arrival Saturday morning 9:00 am, Finish about 2:00 pm Sunday
†† Location:†††† Camp Samac, 275 Conlin Road East., Oshawa, Ontario (Lakeland Campsite)

†† Cost:†† ††††††††† $25.00 per course (2 days) & Pre-Training meeting, includes course materials.
†† Pre-Training Meeting: Tuesday November 25, 2014, 7:00-9:30 at 33 Wynfield Cres. Whitby

Accommodations:You will provide your own tent.



Target Audience: all Scouters; Please note: we will be sleeping in tents and doing a multi-hour hike regardless of the weather. Reasonable physical fitness is required.


Course Objective: to increase the skills, knowledge and comfort level of Scouters as leaders of Scouting youth groups for outdoor, cold-weather camping, hiking and backpacking activities with a light-weight equipment focus.



Wil Corneal (1st Port Perry) Troop Leader, Venturer Leader, 30+ years experience in outdoors programs

Lewis Williams (Deputy National Commissioner Program-Outdoors) Venturer Advisor, Canoe ORCA Trainer, Winter expedition specialist

Jeff Clark (9th Whitby Scouts)

Gord Fry, (9th Whitby Venturers)


Orientation and Theory evening: Tuesday November 25, 2014, 7:00-9:30 at 33 Wynfield Cres. Whitby.

Planning, preparing, paperwork, what to bring, clothing, menu planning, etc.


Overnight Experience and Practice: Saturday-Sunday November 29-30, 2014.

Participants to Bring: food in cooking groups, tents, all personal and sleeping gear, group pots and single-burner stoves, kitchen clean up gear, compass, pen and paper, mess kit, water bottle, appropriate clothing and footwear, something to sit on outside/folding camp chair, matches/lighter, snacks, campfire activities and stories


Registration: Register online: Cold Weather Camping and If you donít pay online send with a cheque payable to "Scouts Canada" for $25.

Registrations and enquires to Course Coordinator:

Brian Wick
711 Rossland Rd East, Apt 1101,
Whitby, ON L1N 8Z1| 905-922-5678


Day 1- Saturday

Day 2- Sunday


9:00- arrival, welcome, intro

8:00am Breakfast

9:00- 10:30

Module 1- Camp set up, safe camp layout



Gear Needed: Tents?








Module 6- Survival Game- winter plane crash scenario- (survival components: shelter building, fire lighting, water purification, food prep, signalling, attitude)

Gear needed- tarp, long branches/poles, water, fire wood- tinder and kindling, matches, tin foil, paper bag, baggy, rope, oxo cube. Lewis can provide most; who- long branches and other shelter debris??


10:30- 12:00

Module 2- Group gear; personal gear for cold weather- keeping warm; tent selection; Show and Tell format



as above

12:00- 1:00

Lunch on single-burner stoves; menu selection discussion

Gear Needed: single-burner stoves and fuel, pot sets, dish clean up basins etc



Same as Saturday



1:00- 3:00

Module 3-Practical Hike:leadership with emergency scenarios on the trail and compass navigation

Gear needed: compasses, emergency scenarios (Lewis has several)


1:00 clean up and feedback

2:00 closure

Gear Needed: Scouts course evaluation form; some form of recognition- certificates?


3:00- 3:30





Module 4- Cold-weather activities (daytime) for Scouting sections




5:00- 7:00

Dinner on wood fires// or single-burner stoves???

Gear Needed: firewood???or stoves and fuel, matches/lighters, dish basins and clean up etc



7:00- 8:30

Module 5- Campfire/night activities when cold camping; risk management

Gear needed: firewood, campfire snacks (participants)




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