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TFC: OKPIK - Cold Weather Camping Training

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Okpik 2021-2022
Cold Weather Camping Training

Okpik (Ook’pick) is the Inuit name for a Snowy Owl. The Okpik course 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 (Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouts) who are 14 years old by the date of the Indoor Session. Scouts BSA 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: Early-bird cost: $85 After November 15th: $95 The fee covers registration, materials, snacks during sessions, and a food allowance for the overnight session.

When and Where:

  1. Virtual Orientation - Tuesday, December 7, 2021 (7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)
    Location: Link for virtual meeting will be sent close to the meeting
  2. Indoor/Outdoor Classroom Session – Saturday, December 11, 2021 (8:00 a.m. Registration; 9:00 p.m.– 1:00 p.m.)
    Camp Big Timber 
    37W955 Big Timber Road
    Elgin, IL        
  3. Outdoor Training Session Saturday, January 8, 2022 (8:00 a.m. Registration; 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
    Von Oven Scout Reservation
    701 S. West St. 
    Naperville, IL 60540
  4. Outdoor Overnight SessionFriday-Saturday, February 18-19, 2022 (Arrival Fri 5:00 p.m.; Departure Sat around 4:00 p.m.)
    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.


When & Where
Three Fires Council
Tuesday 12-07-2021 7:00 PM CT to 9:00 PM CT
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Session One - Outdoor Classroom
Camp Big Timber
Saturday 12-11-2021 8:00 AM CT to 1:00 PM CT
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Session Two - Outdoor Training
Von Oven Scout Reservation
Saturday 01-08-2022 8:00 AM CT to 1:00 PM CT
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Session Three - Outdoor Overnight
Camp Big Timber
Friday 02-18-2022 5:00 PM CT to
Saturday 02-19-2022 4:00 PM CT
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