This course is appropriate for:
Boy Scouts and Venturing Youth 13 years old, who have completed the eight grade and older, Venturing Leaders, Boy Scout Leaders, Commissioners, District and Council Leaders, Professional Staff, Camp Leaders
Powder Horn is for any youth or adult interested in developing a high-adventure program within their home unit.
Powder Horn safely introduces older Scouts and Scouters, Venturers', and Venturing Leaders to fun and challenging outdoor activities with the guidance of expert consultants from outside of Scouting.
Powder Horn provides an introduction to the resources necessary to successfully offer a variety of high adventure experiences to older Boy Scouts and Venturers'.
Powder Horn promotes creative planning for action and adventure.
Powder Horn is not a certification course.
The CFC Powder Horn 2017 course is planned to meet BSA standards:
-- The minimum course size is 32 participants, and the maximum is 48 participants and above.
-- At least three full days are required for the course, with the maximum length no more than six days. A five- to six-day course may run over two weekends,.
-- At least 12 different electives must be presented during any given course
-- Attendance at a minimum of 10 electives is required to earn the Powder Horn.
BSA specifies that a Powder Horn course may offer these 34 electives:
ATV Kiteboarding Astronomy Leave No Trace
Backpacking Mountain Biking Canoeing Orienteering
Cave Exploring Outdoor Living History Challenge Events (low COPE elements)
Plants and Wildlife Climbing and Rappelling Rowing Conservation
Sailboarding Cycling—Road Bikes Sailing Ecology
Scuba Emergency Preparedness Search and Rescue Shooting Sports/Black Powder/Pistols
Equestrian Snorkeling Expedition Planning Surfing
Fishing [Fly Fishing] Watercraft Geocaching Wilderness First Aid
Hunting Wilderness Survival Kayaking Winter Sports
In addition we will be having ATV Course as well as participation from Seabase, Northern Tier, Philmont, The Summit and other areas of interest to our participants.
Our course will include opportunities to attend and/or participate in up to 16 of these 34 electives (details of which may change during final planning).
Our course will present over one weekend with electives on Thursday night, all day Friday, Saturday, as well as on Sunday. Participants will divide into crews of 6 to 10 and rotate every 1 to 2 hours to elective stations during Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with group sessions covering other electives at meals and in the evenings.
We appreciate that youth attendees and many adult attendees will need to leave work on Thursday and return to school and work activities on Monday, so we will structure the curriculum to allow completion of the elective requirements by late Sunday.
All activities will be “Challenge by Choice.” No participant will be required to participate in any elective with which they feel uncomfortable. All participants are encouraged to attend as many electives as possible to observe and learn from the expert consultants directing the sessions.
Please note that completion of Powder Horn will not qualify any of its graduates as experts in any of the outdoor activities presented.
Hands-on Learning Course sessions are oriented whenever possible to hands-on activities. Participants can put on SCUBA gear and tanks and swim underwater in the Camp pool.
You can learn about pyrophorics and can use flint and fire steel or ferrocerium and magnesium or steel wool and a battery or a fire plow or a fire saw or a bow drill to try to start a fire with charcloth. You can change a flat tire on a bicycle or fix a broken bike chain. You can shoot a rifle or skeet with a shotgun or a pistol at a target or perhaps try out Cowboy Action Shooting. You can learn to cast with a fly rod and to tie a fly. You can eat an MRE. You can cook on a hobo stove and make your own twist bread from a biscuit bag. You can paddle a kayak or a paddleboard. You might shoot arrows with a hunting bow.
Powder Horn Insignia
Participants who attend 10 electives will receive the Powder Horn silver medal device to be worn on the left shirt pocket.
Upon completion of Powder Horn course participants will:
1) Understand the skills, equipment, facilities, and certifications needed to conduct
specific high adventure programs.
2) Know the health and safety requirements and rules and regulations of the Boy
Scouts of America as they apply to outdoor programs.
3) Have an initial set of local resource contacts to assist in conducting specific high
adventure activities and will know how to identify additional local resources.
4) Have a fun and memorable experience networking with youth and adult Scouting
leaders with similar interests.