Okpik 2017 – Get Ready to GO!

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Okpik 2017 – Registration closed

Turn in your permission slip! Date is set for February 10-12, 2017!

Okpik Permission Slip

There are spots remaining, but availability must be verified!

Important Pre Course materials:
Pre-Course Information

We welcome you to our Okpik program, we know that you’ll have a great weekend. To make the most success of the weekend everybody needs to do some preparation. Please review the following presentations so that you know what to bring with you, what to wear and how to build your quinzee.

Essential Guides

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) educational videos

Essential Information on Building a Quinzee

Okpik, (Inuit for snowy owl) pronounced as (OOk’ pick) is the cold-weather adventure program created by the Boy Scouts of America.

Established in 1986 at Camp Tahosa in Ward, Colorado, the Denver Area Council’s Okpik Winter Camping includes 10 weekend sessions starting in early January and going through mid-March.
This two day and two night adventure develops confidence and skills in camping and living in the outdoors during extreme weather conditions.  Receive training in physical preparation, cold weather dress, first aid and emergency procedures, food and water, equipment use while experiencing cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and winter shelter building.

Friday night is spent in a classroom setting where the Okpik staff will give instructions in cold weather camping and then you’ll spend the first night in a cabin.  On Saturday morning after breakfast, everyone packs up and moves into the backcountry.  The day is spent building quinzees (piled snow domes), cooking meals and exploring the winter woods.

You must be 13 years old and be 1st class on January 1, 2017 to be able to participate!!!
Each weekend is limited to 22 participants and demand is high as Tahosa is one of only six Okpik cold-weather adventure programs in the US.  All interested participants (Scouts and Scouters) should email Mr. Hurley — toyodamastertech@comcast.net by October 10th.

More details here at BSA Colorado Adventure

Questions? Just contact us!