Snow Camping Training

Snow shoeing Scouts BSA boys and leader

Conduct fun and safe snow trips for your troop or crew!

Learn about appropriate clothing and equipment, cooking techniques, weather considerations, shelter construction and much more! Bring back to your troop or crew the experience of the hands-on winter outdoor training for Scouts BSA or Venturing trips and a weekend camping in the snow!

Starts Jan 6, 2024
Upcoming training dates (must attend all three sessions)

This Course is a must for leading winter camping and backpacking trips for Pacific Skyline Council Scouts BSA and Venture units. Continue your troop or crew’s outdoor adventures year-round!


For registered adult Scout leaders and senior Scouts. Senior Scouts over age 16 may participate with two-deep leadership with the approval of the Course Director. Once approval is
granted, senior Scouts will be registered through the council, not via online registration. All participants should have moderate backpacking and camping experience and a thorough knowledge of BSA procedures. Prior completion of the High Adventure Training (Outdoor Awareness) course is highly recommended.


Includes course manual; continental breakfast & lunch on training day; Parking/Trail permits; WAG Bags for Practicum. (Personal expenses for practicum weekend such as food, transportation, camping gear, etc. are not included.)

Course Limit: 15 participants.
Attendance at all sessions is required to earn the certificate. 


Participants learn how to lead BSA Winter Trips in the Sierra Nevada which are fun and safe. You will construct snow shelters or tents and prepare at least three meals in the snow to gain hands-on experience with snow camping. This course has a tradition of heavy snowfall, so plan on a blizzard! Course may be canceled due to low enrollment or lack of snow.


Contact David at (408) 896-1011 or

Must attend all four sessions.


3 Classroom Sessions

Monday, March 2, 2020
Monday, March 9, 2020
Monday, March 16, 2020
Palo Alto Service Center (Google map)

Field Session

March 20-22, 2020
Friday 6pm – Sunday 12noon
Cutter Scout Reservation (Google map)