Powder Horn is an action-packed, hands-on, six-day course on high adventure resources to help Scouts and Scouters learn how to implement high adventure activities into their troops or crews. Adult leaders from all Scouting programs and Scouts age 14 and older are eligible to attend. The next course, which will span two weekends, will be held in the spring of 2015.
Powder Horn is designed to introduce and expose Venturing and Boy Scouting adult unit leaders to the activities and resources necessary to operate a successful outdoor/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 adult leaders get out of the box in finding and using resources, and in the way they lead their unit-level high adventure programs.
This course is a fun introduction to skills. Powder Horn does not train you to be an expert, or even to be self-sufficient in any aspect of outdoor skills. Units will most likely still need to find knowledgeable, trained, and certified individuals to provide a safe and exciting outdoor high adventure program. Powder Horn typically operates out of two venues—one three-day weekend at a council camp and one weekend in the Houston area.
Registration: coming January 2015.
Powder Horn is designed to help leaders:
- Expose participants to high adventure activities for older youth in troops, crews, ships and teams.
- Provide an introduction to the resources and consultants available to successfully lead Scouting units through a program of high adventure.
- Help Venturing and Scouting leaders feel comfortable offering challenging outdoor activities, while balancing fun with safety, health and responsibility.
- Be a registered adult or a registered Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturing Scout or Sea Scout who is at least 14 years old.
- A current BSA Annual Health & Medical Record.
- Youth must have completed the required leadership training for the unit in which they are registered (Introduction to Leadership Skills or National Youth Leadership Training).
- Adults must be trained for their position.
- Meet the requirements in the BSA Annual Health & Medical Record (Part D) physical in a backcountry environment.
- Submit a copy of the BSA Annual Health & Medical Record (Parts A, B, C, D)
- All participants must complete the following trainings online:
- Venturing Youth Protection
- Hazardous Weather
- Safety Afloat
- Safe Swim Defense
- Climb on Safely
Frequently Asked Questions About Powder Horn
- Why Powder Horn?
Many Scouting leaders face the dilemma of having a strong desire to provide challenging and fun outdoor programs to meet the needs of their older youth members, but lack the knowledge and/or resources to do so. Powder Horn responds to the quandary with an exciting new training opportunity that exposes Venturing, Varsity Scout, Boy Scout leaders, and youth leaders ages 14 and up to a wide range of outdoor/high adventure activities. More importantly, Powder Horn provides its participants with valuable resource and contacts to assist them in delivering the promise of Scouting’s high adventure to youth.
- What is the approach for this training?
No high adventure skills are taught in this course. It is designed to have some disciplines introduced with a hands-on segment. Example: For scuba, if a pool is available, it is suggested to do a Discover Scuba (PADI) session where participants get into a shallow pool and wear scuba gear. It is not scuba certification. Participants will not learn how to rock climb or shoot a skeet course, but will learn where to go to find those who can teach these skills to Boy Scouts and Venturers. Under no circumstances is any Powder Horn participant required to participate in an activity they are uncomfortable with. Participants may choose to just observe and learn.
- What activities are presented at Powder Horn?
Participants will experience at least ten activities from the following list:
Astronomy, Backpacking, Canoeing, Cave Exploring, Challenge Events (COPE), Climbing/Rappelling, Conservation, Cycling - Road/Mountain, Ecology, Emergency Preparedness, Equestrian, Expedition Planning, Fishing, Geocaching, Hunting, Kayaking, Leave No Trace, Orienteering, Outdoor Living History, Plants & Wildlife, Sailing, Sailboarding, SCUBA, Shooting Sports, Snorkeling, Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Survival, Winter Sports
- What are the Learning Objectives?
1. Learn what resources are available to support a high adventure program.
2. Learn where to find the resources.
3. Learn how to use the resources.
4. Learn how to safely do a high adventure program.
5. Learn what is involved with different high adventure disciplines.
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