Okpik 2018-2019

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!


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

When and Where:

  • Indoor Session – Tuesday, December 11, 2018 (7:00pm – 9:30pm)
    First Presbyterian Church
    715 North Carlton Ave
    Wheaton, IL 60187
  • Outdoor Session – Saturday, January 19, 2019 (8:00am Registration; 8:30am – 1:00pm)
    Von Oven Scout Reservation
    701 S. West St.
    Naperville, IL 60540
  • Overnight Session – Friday-Saturday, February 8-9, 2019 (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.