OKPIK / OKPIKAttavik

Learn the Skills of the North Woods Winter

Winter Travel: The Native Americans have used snowshoes for thousands of
years. It’s the best way to travel and explore the bush country in the winter.

Winter Shelter: A warm shelter is the key to enjoying frigid nights of the North. Shelters
taught are the thermal shelter, the snow piled quinzhee and the igloo.

Winter Camping: Camping in the snow is more than just summer camping with
more clothes! Techniques and behavior are taught which will increase your enjoyment
and safety and will add to your overall camping skills.

Let’s face it, most of us cram our outdoor Scouting activities into a very few months
when it’s warm out and the Scouts are not on summer vacation. We do this because
it’s COLD outside in the winter. Brrrr...makes you shiver just thinking about it!

What if you found out all the tricks of the trade to stay as comfortable in the winter as you do any other time of year? What if you discovered how to THRIVE in the winter outdoors, how to really enjoy all that cold weather camping can provide?

Things like no bugs, no crowded campsites, lots of fun.

OKPIK is the key.


Quick Links: Two Opportunities to Learn and Practice Winter Weather Camping

OKPIK - Initial training out outdoor weather camping.

OKPIKAttavik - Practical experience held once every three years.


OKPIK

OKPIK, the Inuit word for snowy owl, is a “Classroom Style” training experience designed to make you, the adult leader, aware of the physiological and psychological aspects of winter
camping, as well as the great variety of winter camping equipment that’s available.
This training will give you the skills and confidence to lead a winter campout and
ensure a safe and fun experience for all. 

You’ll learn from the area’s experts! You’ll have a great time finding out how to travel easily in the snow. You’ll see how to build a winter shelter. You’ll learn the proper techniques for winter camping. You’ll also learn about cold weather health concerns, proper food, clothing, how to make your own clothing and gear, and a lot more.You’ll have a great time, eat lots of great food, and get the chance to try your hand at a variety of outdoor winter activities.

OKPIK Provides:

  • Limited amounts of snowshoes, winter shelter (for overnight experience), supplemental
  • Clothing and sleeping gear for added winterizing (preferably bring your own)
  • An Advisor kit with handouts of suggested equipment lists and tips on preparing for your winter experiences
  • Great food!
  • Expert instruction
  • Hands-on experience
  • The coveted OKPIK pocket patch!

Bring the following for OKPIK:

  • Warm personal clothing: Be prepared for a 3-hour outdoor session in January.
  • Long underwear, wool socks, wool or synthetic shirt and sweater (no cotton).
  • Fleece or wool pants (plus shell) or 2 pair pants, 1 that fits over the other if possible).
  • Warm winter jacket.
  • Insulated waterproof boots and a pair of shoes or boots to wear indoors (other than sneakers or casual shoes).
  • Winter mittens and or gloves (wool).
  • Winter hat (wool or fleece).
  • Face Mask (optional).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sleeping bag & pillow (plus ground pad if sleeping outdoors).
  • Any personal items you normally use including medication.
  • BSA Medical Form (Parts A & C)

Participants will receive a final packing list in advance of the course.

SIGN UP NOW! This is a Regional training course, so Scouters from all across
the Northeast Region will be clamoring to attend. The cost is only $95, and includes
lodging and food for the entire weekend.

Attend OKPIK and experience a whole new world of outdoor fun for you and your
Scouts!  OKPIK is taught primarily in an indoor classroom environment. Although there is
a three-hour Round Robin outdoor session on Saturday afternoon, the course
will be an intensive, fact-filled weekend, covering the physiological and psychological
aspects of winter camping


OKPIKAttavik

Close your eyes. The air is cold and you hear a gentle rush of wind. You are warm because you are appropriately dressed for the weather conditions and your level of activity. You and your patrol mates have just returned from a hike and are ready for some food. As snowflakes brush your nose, you hear the water on the stove begin to boil and are looking forward to a nice hot meal. It’s February and you’re near the Fawn Haven lean-to in the high hills of the J. Warren Cutler Scout Reservation. Does it get any better than
this? Probably not. 

You’re here to complete the journey you began when you decided to become a better winter camper. Listening and watching was one thing but doing and applying what you learn at Okpik really brings the instruction home. You’ll gain the confidence to teach your Scouts how not to just survive but thrive in the winter. There are sights and sounds that you get at no other time of year.

The personal accomplishment of the Okpikattavik course is rewarding but you’re really here because you’re really looking forward to sharing the winter camping experience with your Scouts.

Okpikattavik Provides:

  • Limited amounts of snowshoes, winter shelter (for overnight experience), supplemental clothing and sleeping gear for added winterizing (preferably bring your own)
  • An Advisor kit with handouts of suggested equipment lists and tips on preparing for your winter experience.
  • Great food, because you bought and cooked it.
  • Expert instruction
  • Hands-on experience
  • The highly coveted OKPIK pocket patch!

Bring the following for Okpikattavik:

  • Long underwear, socks, shirts, and sweaters (synthetic or wool that wicks!)
  • Fleece or wool pants (plus shell) or 2 pair pants, 1 that fits over the other if possible). Please no blue jeans or cotton pants.
  • Waterproof winter coat or shell.
  • Insulated waterproof boots and a pair of shoes or boots to wear in the leanto and lodge.
  • Winter hat, and mittens or gloves (wool or fleece, waterproof shell).
  • Face mask or neck gaiter that you can pull up over your nose.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sleeping bag, pillow and ground pads.
  • Tent, bivvy, hammock, tarps.
  • Pulk or lightweight sled with tarp & rope
  • Cook gear and stove.
  • Any personal items you normally use including medication.
  • BSA Medical Form (Parts A & B)

Participants will receive a final packing list in advance of the course.

!!! MANDATORY !!!
There will be a shakedown meeting at the Scout Service Center on
Saturday February 4. At that time, you get final gear recommendations and be given the funds to buy provisions for patrol cooking.


Questions about OKPIK or OKPIKAttavik?   Send us an e-mail at okpik@senecawaterways.org

  • OKPIK 2018
    January 05, 2018 to January 07

  • OKPIK 2019
    January 04, 2019 to January 06

File Name Description
2017 - OKPIK Information Brochure Do you want a handy information brochure to take with you on the go? This is that brochure that you are looking for. Details about OKPIK and even a paper registration form. Registration is available online but you can also register with the paper form. Download
2017 - OKPIKAttavik Information Brochure Download