High Adventure Training (HAT) - Winter Camping, 1/27/24 AND 2/17/24-2/18/24


Verdugo Hills Council HAT Presents

Winter Camping For Scout Leaders


Southern California has many great opportunities for camping with your Scouts year-round but maybe you don’t feel completely prepared for the adventure of camping in winter conditions. This course is designed for registered adult Scout leaders who wish to learn about the special preparation but also the fun that winter camping can add to Scouting. It is also an opportunity to build on your outdoor skills and leader training and develop the confidence to camp in winter conditions with your unit.

The course consists of a Saturday seminar and a weekend field trip in the local mountains. Subjects covered during the course include preparing for and dealing with a mountainous winter environment; the physical demands of winter conditions; snow travel hazards & equipment needs; snow shoe technique; health & safety; navigation and route finding; campsite selection; menus; food & water needs; personal clothing & equipment; how to build and sleep in a snow shelter; how to stay warm, dry, and comfortable in any conditions; ideas on when and where to go with Scouts and much more. All this while emphasizing the importance of training and transferring leadership to your Scouts.


Part 1: Jan. 27, 2024 – Classroom Presentation
  • 8 AM to 5 PM, Montrose American Legion Hall, 4011 La Crescenta Ave., Glendale CA. 91214
    • Bring a sack lunch, pencil and paper.
    • Basic equipment list will be distributed upon enrollment in class. Bring listed equipment for weekend overnight to class for discussion and gear shakeout.
Part 2: Feb. 17-18, 2024 – Field Training Weekend.
Note that thi
s date is pending snowy conditions & could be rescheduled if we lack snow.
  • Mt. Pinos Campground, Cuddy Valley Rd., Frazier Park, CA 93225
  • 8AM - Meet at Mt. Pinos Campground. Course should conclude around noon Sunday.
  • Participants should bring all their personal gear necessary for a weekend of camping including tent and snowshoes (if applicable). Packing list to be provided at the classroom session.


Cost: $50 – Includes classroom materials as well as food for the weekend outing. Personal equipment and snowshoe rental/procurement is the responsibility of the participant and will be discussed in class.


Open to registered Scouters and youth leaders 17 years and older.


Space is limited to 12 participants, so sign up today.


Questions? Contact Pierre.Landry@vhcbsa.org , michaeltryan@mac.com


Registration enrolls participants in Parts 1 and 2 of the course.

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VHC High Adventure Training (HAT) Winter Camping 2023 Flyer Download