OKPIK – Cold Weather Camping Awareness

This awareness course covers skills and techniques for planning and leading cold weather outings. Course topics include: Planning & Leadership, Equipment, Cold Weather First Aid, Wilderness Safety, Backcountry Living and Where to Trek as they relate to Cold Weather Awareness. This course is open to all registered Scouting adults who have completed the HAT Core Course.Parts A, B & C of the Annual Health and Medical Record is required for each adult.

The cost is $85 and limited to the first 30 who sign up.

Your details and payment will be processed by our secure server, and you will receive a printable confirmation. Alternatively, you can still send in a paper registration form to the Council Office.

Contact Keith Gale at keith_gale@hotmail.com or (925) 672-3592 if you have questions.

Course Syllabus

Introduction To Cold Weather Camping

Winter Travel

  • Vehicle Readiness & Driving Tactics
  • Trail Travel in the Snow
  • Snowshoes
  • Cross Country Skis
  • Sleds
  • Weather
  • Avalanches

Winter Camp Living

  • Sanitation and Etiquette
  • Fires

Navigation in the Winter

Personal Gear

  • Clothing, Layering & Footwear
  • Sleep Gear

Group Equipment

  • Winter Camping Stoves & Cooking Gear
  • Snow Shelters, including Quinzee or Snow Dome, Snow Cave, Snow Trench or Snow Pit and Emergency Snow Shelter

Home Made Equipment, Food, Water, Cooking and Clean-Up

Cold Weather Medicine

  • Your Body and the Cold – Biophysiology
  • Snow Blindness
  • Frost Nip and Frostbite
  • Hypothermia
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