Powder Horn Information
powderhorn2POWDER HORN 2018


The Powder Horn course is designed to expose older youth and adult leaders in BSA in how to safely conduct outdoor/high adventure activities of a fun and challenging nature. It provides an introduction to the resources needed to successfully lead their crews and troops through a program of outdoor adventure. The course is based upon giving participants an exposure to some outdoor/high adventure activities and is not a certification event. It is for any youth or adult interested in experiencing a unit-level high adventure program. The purpose of a Powder Horn course includes:


Safe participation in fun and challenging outdoor activities

Introduction to resources to improve unit programs

Exposure to new and exciting high adventure activities

Help deliver the promise at the unit level

Promoting youth and adults creativity when delivering high adventure programs

Activities may include:



Backpacking Canoeing
COPE Climbing & Rappelling
Conservation Cycling
Equestrian Emergency Preparedness
Geocaching Kayaking
LNT Plants & Wildlife
Sailing Scuba
Shooting Sports Wilderness First Aid
Winter Sports Wilderness Survival

Participants are encouraged to take part in all activities, however “Challenge by Choice” will be followed throughout. Participants will not be forced to engage in any activity in which they feel uncomfortable.

Participant Guidelines:

  •  Must be a registered youth or adult member of Boy Scout of America.
  • Youth must be 14 years of age (or have joined a Venturing crew if 13 years of age and completed eighth grade).
  •  Youth must have completed the unit’s version of leadership training (Introduction of Leadership Skills for Troops or Crews, etc.); National Youth Leadership Training is recommended for youth participants.
  • Adults must be trained for their position.
  •  All participants must complete Venturing Youth Protection and Hazardous Weather training online through myscouting.org. In addition, participants must complete Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense, and Climb on Safely online prior to the course.
  • Meet the physical requirements contained in the Annual Health and Medical Record physical in a
  • May have attended previous Powder Horn courses as a participant or staff.

Course Size:
Only the first 48 applicants will be accepted. Acceptance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the course is filled, participants will be placed on a waiting list.

Course Fee:
$200.00 total for the 5-day course, which takes place over two, 2-1/2 day weekends. The registration fee covers all meals (Saturday Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner and Sunday Breakfast & Lunch + cracker barrels), training materials, supplies, and liability insurance.

All participants will receive:

  • 1 Powder Horn short sleeve T-shirt (additional t-shirts are available for sale; see the registration form)
  • 1 Powder Horn hat
  • Powder Horn award pin (upon successful completion of the course)

Registration Link: http://nega-bsa.doubleknot.com/event/2016-nega-powder-horn-course/1911349