Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council - Powderhorn

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Event Details
August 8th to 11th 2024
Monterey, CA

Powder Horn is coming!

The Powder Horn course is designed to introduce and expose Venturing and Scouts BSA adult leaders and Venturing participants (14-20) and Scouts BSA high adventure youths (14-17) to the activities and resources necessary to operate a successful outdoor/high adventure unit-level program. It is based on the 8 core and 18 electives found in the Venturing Ranger program. 

The course is intended to help adult leaders get out of the box in finding and using resources and to safely lead their unit’s high adventure programs. The purpose of Powder Horn is an introduction to requirements in a high adventure activity as well as to provide contacts with professionals that can help putting on an event for your crew or troop.

"You will never take another BSA training course where you will have more fun!" - Bobby Toda, Powderhorn 2021 Course Director

Learning Objectives

Learn what resources are available to support a high adventure program.

Learn where to find the resources.

Learn how to use the resources.

Learn how to safely do a high adventure program.

Learn what is involved with different high adventure disciplines.


Be a registered BSA adult or if a youth participant, must be registered in a Venturing unit. Youth leaders who are registered in a venturing crew are also welcome to attend, but participation of youth is limited to 25% of total participants, so sign up early! Open to venturers from any Council.

Adults must be trained for their registered position.  Youth participants must have completed ILST, ILSC, or NYLT or equivalent training. All participants 18 and over must have a background consent form and be current with YPT at the time of the course. 

Submit completed and current BSA medical forms A, B & C Since this is a High Adventure course, you must meet the height/ weight restrictions under C form.

Adults must take appropriate on-line training for activities including Hazardous Weather, Climb On Safely, Safety Afloat and Safe Swim Defense, valid at the time of the course.

Powder Horn Activities

The course will feature a variety of high adventure hands-on activities including climbing, wilderness survival, geocaching, orienteering, astronomy, pistol, waterfowl watching, climbing, sailing, archery, stand up paddling, sea kayaking, but wait, there’ll be much more.

Course Fees

Standard registration        Until July 1                                                     $280

Late Course Fee* from      July 1 through Aug 1, 2024                           $300

*If space available.

Powder Horn Venue

We will be camping in Memorial Park in Monterey, CA. Meals and evening activities will be held at the Monterey Scout Hut. We will be travelling to different venues each day for various activities - we will need two volunteers from each crew to drive to/from the venues. Detailed information forthcoming.

Have questions?  Contact Mark Fisher , subject: Powder Horn 2024 or Dianne Betz Staff Professional Advisor at  

When & Where
Powderhorn 2024
Presidio of Monterey Scout Lodge
Thursday 08-08-2024 6:00 PM PT to
Sunday 08-11-2024 4:00 PM PT
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