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!

Okpik (Ook’pick) is the Inuit name for Snowy Owl.

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 10, 2019 (6:30 p.m. Registration 7 p.m.– 9:30 p.m.)
    First Presbyterian Church
    715 North Carlton Ave
    Wheaton, IL 60187
  2. Outdoor Session – Saturday, January 18, 2020 (8:00 a.m. Registration; 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
    Von Oven Scout Reservation
    701 S. West St.
    Naperville, IL 60540
  3. Overnight Session – Friday-Saturday, February 7-8, 2020 (Arrival Fri 5:00 p.m.; Departure Sat 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.