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TFC: OKPIK - Cold Weather Camping Training

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Okpik 2020-2021
Cold Weather Camping Training

Okpik (Ook’pick) is the Inuit name for a Snowy Owl. The Okpik course aims to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to enjoy an outdoor experience in cold weather; to help Scout units extend their outing season to all 12 months of the year; and to share their acquired knowledge and skills with their units. These skills are taught over five sessions using the patrol method.

Okpik sessions cover: Cold Weather Clothing Systems and Sleeping Systems; Cooking, Meal Preparation and Planning; Equipment & Sleds; First Aid and Hypothermia; Travel Safety; Winter Naturalist; Winter Photography; Stoves, Fire building, Leave No Trace; Tents & Shelters. The overnight session introduces participants to a variety of winter activities and games and an opportunity to try out what they learned in a safe environment. Learning is done using the Patrol Method. Okpik also teaches you how to have fun in the cold! Think Klondike Derby for adults and senior Scouts!

Who: Okpik training is open to all levels of Scout leaders and experienced Scouting youth with a registered parent (Scouts BSA, Venturing, Varsity, and Sea Scouts) who are 14 years old by the date of the Indoor Session. Scouts BSA youth must be 1st class or above.

All participants must submit a completed Annual Health & Medical form at the Indoor Session (parts A & B). In addition, all youth participants must submit a completed Activity Consent form at the Indoor Session. Participants must attend all sessions and patrol meetings to complete the course and earn the coveted Okpik cubes!

Cost: $80 per person. The fee covers registration, materials, snacks during sessions, and a food allowance for the overnight session.

When and Where:

  1. Indoor Session – Saturday, December 5, 2020 (8:30 a.m. Registration 9 p.m.– 12:00 p.m.)
    Camp Big Timber 
    37W955 Big Timber Road
    Elgin, IL        
  2. Outdoor Session Saturday, January 23, 2021 (8:00 a.m. Registration; 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
    Von Oven Scout Reservation
    701 S. West St. 
    Naperville, IL 60540
  3. Overnight SessionFriday-Saturday, February 12-13, 2021 (Arrival Fri 5:00 p.m.; Departure Sat 4:00 p.m.)
    Camp Big Timber
    37W955 Big Timber Road
    Elgin, Illinois

Patrol Meetings:
Each patrol will have 2 meetings. Date, time, and location TBD by each patrol.


When & Where
Session One - Indoor
Camp Big Timber
Saturday 12-05-2020 8:30 AM CT to 12:00 PM CT
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Session Two - Outdoor
Von Oven Scout Reservation
Saturday 01-23-2021 8:00 AM CT to 1:00 PM CT
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Session Three - Overnight
Camp Big Timber
Friday 02-12-2021 5:00 PM CT to
Saturday 02-13-2021 4:00 PM CT
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