Powder Horn 2016 in Review & Gearing up for 2017!
April 7-9 and April 28-30, 2017
Powder Horn is designed to introduce and expose Venturing, Sea Scout and Boy Scout adult and youth leaders to the activities and resources necessary to plan, prepare for and safely and successfully manage a successful outdoor or high adventure unit-level program.
We recently had a record-breaking number of attendees for our recent course. This year (2016) the Powder Horn course had a Council record of 52 participants, of whom, 16 young adults attended. There were folks from Venturing Crews, Sea Scout Ships, Boy Scout Troops and representatives from Districts, and other major programs such as International Scouting. There were two, three-day weekends of total immersion in high adventure activities (and learning of course!) at Tellepsen Scout Ranch and Galveston Boat Club.
What did participants do?
Astronomy, communications with ham radio and signal flags, cooking in all ways possible including a Chuck Wagon dinner, climbing at the Tellepsen Tower, a lot of information on ecology and conservation and the programs for those endeavors, emergency preparedness with our own experts, equestrian with the Texas A&M “Parson’s Mounted Calvary”, some very realistic first aid thanks to Crew 911. And of course, fly fishing and saltwater fishing with Michael Scherer. Land navigation was ‘different’ as participants toured Galveston Island on adventures.
Leave No Trace was presented by Council’s masters on the subject, and there was plenty of Outdoor Living History including a square dance! One of our best Venturing young adults from Texas A & M presented physical fitness and it included a ‘color run’. Times were good underwater with the basics of SCUBA and a clear, cold pool. Lots of time and thanks to the Councils Shooting Sports Committee for introducing everyone to shotguns, pistols and very large bore rifles along with archery! And there was the 'in the field' presentation on how to put together your own high adventure activity and expedition planning.
The water activities were just “excellent” with Offetts Bayou down in Galveston as the setting for kayaking, paddle boarding, small boat sailing and on-the-water tours. And last but not least, participants got to meet Mr. Wilderness Survival (aka Jack) and have some fun with him. And then there were the aerial and bright flares and all things shore-side and aquatic. Not to mention the luau.
Come have some fun this next year!
The course spans two, three-day weekends:
An informational site for all persons wanting to attend the Sam Houston Area Council “Powder Horn 2017” course in April is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/shacpowderhorn2017/ and on this website at http://www.samhoustonbsa.org/powder-horn. Watch for information on the SHAC website and your District website as well as the Powder Horn 2017 Facebook site for registration information and more. We want you and your friends to attend in 2017.
Powder Horn is offered once every year, so do not miss this chance to attend. Set your sights on a course that maximizes Scouting skills while bringing adrenaline, new activity ideas and leadership to your unit. Powder Horn is designed to introduce and expose Venturing, Sea Scout and Boy Scout adult and youth leaders to the activities, training and resources necessary to manage a successful outdoor or high adventure unit-level program. It is based on the eight core requirements and eighteen electives found in the Venturing Ranger program. It is intended to help leaders get out of the box in finding and using resources, and in the way they lead their unit-level outdoor and high adventure programs.
Powder Horn trainers do not train you to be an expert, or even to be self-sufficient in any aspect of outdoor skills. Unit leaders will still need to find knowledgeable, trained, and certified individuals to help provide a safe and exciting outdoor high adventure program.
Adult leaders from all Scouting programs and young adults age 14 and older are eligible to attend; there are no restrictions on attending the course a second time.
Registration will open in the fall.
Powder Horn Flyer
Powder Horn Vest and Belt Buckle
You took your passion for adventure to attend Powder Horn training, now purchase a special keepsake that will preserve your amazing experience! Vests are forest green 100% soft polyester fleece with non-pill finish surface and have the Powder Horn logo embroidered on the left, front side of the jacket. The vest comes complete with twill-taped neck, reverse coil zipper, chin guard, bungee cord zipper pulls, tricot-lined armholes, front zippered pockets and open hem with drawcord and toggles for adjustability. Warm, lightweight, and comfortable. Highly breathable. Logos will not have specific course dates. The base price is $30.00; there is an extra charge for sizes 2X and above.
With pride, add to your collection of Boy Scout belt buckles with this special Powder Horn belt buckle. Rugged-looking pewter tone belt buckle showcases a die-struck Powder Horn logo in the center surrounded by the words "Powder Horn Course" and "Boy Scouts of America." Each buckle comes individually boxed. Items will not be mailed; they may be picked up at the Cockrell Scout Center.
An order form will be available in the fall.