Three Fires Council - TFC: OKPIK - Cold Weather Camping Training

TFC: OKPIK - Cold Weather Camping Training

Event Details

Okpik 2017-2018
Cold Weather Camping Training

What: Okpik aims to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to enjoy an outdoor experience in cold weather; to help Scout units extend their outing season to all 12 months of the year; and to share their acquired knowledge and skills with their units. These skills are taught over five sessions using the patrol method.

Okpik sessions cover: Cold Weather Clothing Systems and Sleeping Systems; Cooking, Meal Preparation and Planning; Equipment & Sleds; First Aid and Hypothermia; Travel Safety; Winter Naturalist; Winter Photography; Stoves, Fire building, Leave No Trace; Tents & Shelters. The overnight session introduces participants to a variety of winter activities and games and an opportunity to try out what they learned in a safe environment. Learning is done using the Patrol Method. Okpik also teaches you how to have fun in the cold! Think Klondike Derby for adults and senior Scouts!

Who: Okpik training is open to all levels of Scout leaders and experienced Scouting youth (Boy Scouts, Venturing, Varsity and Sea Scouts) who are 14 years old by the date of the Indoor Session. Boy Scout youth must be 1st class or above.

All participants must submit a completed Annual Health & Medical form at the Indoor Session (parts A & B). In addition, all youth participants must submit a completed Activity Consent form at the Indoor Session. Participants must attend all sessions and patrol meetings to complete the course and earn the coveted Okpik cubes!

Cost: $80 per person. The fee covers registration, materials, snacks during sessions, and a food allowance for the overnight session.

When and Where:

  1. Indoor Session – Tuesday, December 12, 2017
    (7:00pm – 9:30pm)
    Fox Valley Presbyterian Church
    227 East Side Drive
    6:30pm Registration
    Geneva, Illinois
  2. Outdoor Session – Saturday, January 20, 2018 (8:00am Registration; 8:30am – 1:00pm)
    Von Oven Scout Reservation
    701 S. West Street 
    Naperville, Illinois
  3. Overnight Session – Friday-Saturday, February 9-10, 2018 (Arrival Fri 5:00pm; Departure Sat 4:00pm)
    Camp Big Timber
    37W955 Big Timber Road
    Elgin, Illinois

Patrol Meetings:
Each patrol will have 2 meetings. Date, time, and location TBD by each patrol.


Mike Fugate
Dan Brewster
Sr. Patrol Leader
Ben Mahlke
Staff Adviser
Norris Scout Service Center
415 N Second St
St. Charles, Illinois 60174
Phone: (630) 584-9250
When & Where
Registration is for all dates

Session One - Indoor
Tuesday 12-12-2017 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM Past
Fox Valley Presbyterian Church
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Coords: 41.889165, -88.2887656
227 E Side Dr
Geneva, Illinois 60134

Session Two-Outdoor
Saturday 01-20-2018 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM Past
Von Oven Scout Reservation
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Coords: 41.7571821, -88.1583766
701 S_West St
Naperville, Illinois 60540

Session Three-Overnight
Friday 02-09-2018 5:00 PM to
Saturday 02-10-2018 4:00 PM Past
Camp Big Timber
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Coords: 42.072257, -88.354235
37W955 Big Timber Rd
Elgin, Illinois 60124
Phone: 847-687-4168