Powder Horn

High Adventure Skills Resource Management for Venturing, Scouts BSA, and Varsity Scout adult leaders and youth leadership.

Powder Horn is a hands-on resource management course designed to give you the contacts and tools necessary to conduct an awesome high-adventure program in your troop, team, crew, or ship. Contact your area training chair for information about upcoming courses in your area.

Are you looking for Adventure and how to add Excitement to your Unit's activities? Powder Horn is for you! Experience 3 days of action-packed activities and learn how you can bring exciting high adventure programs to your home unit. Come experience hands-on knowledge and practical resources to provide a challenging and fun outdoor program for the adults and older youth in your unit.

Introduction to Powder Horn

Powder Horn is a resource course designed to introduce Scouting’s adults and youth to the exciting high-adventure program possibilities for their unit. The course supports the mission of strengthening units so they can achieve the mission of the Boy Scouts of America. One common denominator of successful courses is that creativity and variety play a role in the delivery of the curriculum. Each course is somewhat different, and that is a good thing.

Some courses have had participants arrive by canoe, horseback, or bike, or even on skis. Creativity is fun, too! The ultimate goal is for the participants to leave the Powder Horn course with a list of ideas to help their program, along with the contacts and resources needed to implement them. This will lead to a more exciting and robust program, which in turn should lead to increased membership and a higher retention rate in our units.

It is important to understand that Powder Horn is not a personal development course or a team-building experience. Its purpose is to educate the youth and adult Scouting leaders about specific high-adventure skills, connect them to resources to deliver those skills, and get them excited about delivering those skills in an exciting, challenging way to youth.

Fight the urge to do what is done in other courses. Don’t design a patrol flag; don’t have patrols design and give a patrol yell. To cover the required Powder Horn curriculum, there will be long, action-packed days and nights. Use your time effectively.

Purpose

The Powder Horn course is designed to help the unit by introducing youth and adult Scouting leaders to safely conducted outdoor/high-adventure activities of a fun and challenging nature. The course provides an introduction to the resources needed to successfully lead youth through a program of outdoor adventure and is based upon giving participants exposure to some outdoor/high-adventure activities. It is not a certification event. It is for any youth or adult interested in experiencing a unit-level, high-adventure program.

Who May Attend

Powder Horn is open to any youth who is at least 14 years of age (or 13 and has completed eighth grade, if part of a Venturing crew) or any adult registered in the BSA.