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Voyageur Council Winter Outdoor Skills 2024

November 03, 2023
Adult winter skills training

Adult winter skills training

Friday January 5-Sunday January 7, 2024

Apple Hill Scout Reserve, Apple Hill, Ontario

For:  Scouters

Instructors:      Chuck Fraser, Dave Skinner, Ross Trusler, Steve Bellefleur, Mikk Koshman, Mike Lehman, Josh Lehman  

Cost:   To cover expected expenses, the fee for the course is $60.


Course materials will be provided on a USB flashdrive, and a pocket booklet Aide Memoire.. A very cool crest provided to surviving participants.

Date:   Indoor and Outdoor Sessions: Friday January 5, 2024, 7pm-9pm, until Sunday January 7, 2024, 2pm, if and as necessary, to be determined.

Sleepover Saturday night: Challenge by Choice: Participants may choose to join the trainers outside overnight Saturday night: Participants to determine their learning experience with choice of shelter (tent, tarp, quinzhee if snow permits), or sleep indoors,  Participants are to be self-sufficient for camping and food.

Course Content:

Indoor sessions: Practical information for being prepared for winter outdoor activities including:

>strategies to be comfortably dressed in all conditions,

>group equipment considerations for winter camping,

>first aid for winter environmental hazards,

>adapting off the shelf equipment and home-made equipment for carrying gear,

>winter travel to and from activity area,

>menu planning and meal preparation,

>improvised shelters (tarps, trenches and quinzhees),

>places to go and things to do with your youth to support program goals,

>resources for personal development,

>what you need to know pre-winter season, and how to advise Parents prior to outings

Outdoor Sessions:     There will be sessions outdoors, no matter the weather, practicing the strategies for winter wilderness living skills.We will do what we can with the conditions we have, and certainly cover what is possible with sufficient snow, extreme cold, and age-appropriate winter activities.Participants should be prepared to be outside for most of the training time, there will be Joining Instructions provided to those who have registered.

Winter is a great time to be outdoors, but sleeping out overnight has practical challenges, and great rewards for building confidence and embracing challenge. Whether you are taking Beavers and Cubs sliding, skating or for a hike, or Cubs and Scouts for their first winter camp, you will add to your confidence, knowledge and skills with this experience from a great training team.

Further information contact the Course Lead: Chuck Fraser, 613 836-7128; (