Powderhorn Training Weekend #1

Powderhorn Training Weekend #1
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Defuniak Springs, FL 32433, US
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AUGUST 24-26 at Spanish Trail Scout Reservation

September 7-9 at Camp AlaFlo

Co-hosted by the Alabama/Florida Council and the Gulf Coast Council

Powder Horn is a resource course designed to introduce Scouting’s adults and youth to the exciting program possibilities for their unit. The course supports the mission of strengthening units so they can achieve the mission of the Boy Scouts of America.

The ultimate goal is for the participants to leave the Powder Horn course with a list of ideas to help their program, along with the contacts and resources needed to implement them. This will lead to a more robust program, which in turn should lead to increased membership and a higher retention rate in our units.

It is important to understand that Powder Horn is not a personal development course or a team-building experience. Its purpose is to educate the youth and adult Scouting leaders about specific high-adventure skills, to connect them to resources to deliver those skills, and to get them excited about delivering those skills in positive and challenging way to youth.

Fight the urge to do what is done in other courses. Don’t design a patrol flag or give a patrol cheer. To cover the required Powder Horn curriculum, there will be long, action-packed days and nights. Use your time effectively.

The course presenters are expert consultants, from inside and outside of Scouting, in each outdoor high adventure activity. Powder Horn is not a certification event. It is for any youth or adult interested in experiencing a unit-level, high-adventure program. The purpose of a Powder Horn course includes:

•    Safe participation in fun and challenging outdoor activities.
•    An introduction to resources, including expert local consultants that can improve a unit's program.
•    Exposure to new and exciting high-adventure activities  and awards programs.
•    Help in delivering the promise at the unit level.
•    Promoting youths’ and adults’ creativity when delivering high-adventure programs. 

Possible Programs that will be featured

  • Backpacking
  • Conservation
  • Emergency Prep
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Fishing
  • Geocache/ Orienteering
  • Astronomy
  • Leave No Trace
  • Living History
  • SCUBA/Snorkeling
  • Paddleboard
  • Shooting Sports
  • Wilderness Survival
  • COPE
  • Mountain Biking
  • Caving

Who May Attend a Powder Horn Course?
Powder Horn is open to any youth who is at least 14 years of age (or 13 and has completed eighth grade, if part of a Venturing crew) or any adult registered in the BSA. Participants may register as an individual or with members of their unit. If a unit wants to remain together as a crew during the Powder Horn course, the group must supply two-deep adult leadership as required by Youth Protection guidelines. The maximum crew size of eight still holds, whether it is made up of a group of individuals or a unit team. Participant guidelines include:

•    Must be a registered youth or adult member of the Boy Scouts of America.

•    Youth must be 14 years of age (or have joined a Venturing crew if 13 years of age and completed eighth grade).

•    Youth must have completed the unit’s version of leadership training (Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops, Ships, or Crews, etc.). National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is recommended for youth participants and youth staff.

•    Adults must be trained for their position.

•    All participants must complete Venturing Youth Protection.

•    Meet the physical requirements contained in the Annual Health and Medical Record physical in a backcountry environment.

•    May have attended previous Powder Horn courses as a participant or staff.
Venturing Versus Boy Scout Activities
It is critical to be aware of the differences in what activities are allowed in each of the BSA programs.  To avoid disappointing some of our participants, we may need to tailor our activities within the course makeup and offer equally exciting alternate activities to anyone who is not allowed to participate in an event.

You must attend both weekends to be considered powderhorn trained


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