HISTORYFrom time immemorial, man has needed to test himself against "the elements". In the early days it was out of necessity, but oftentimes modern man too has the need to face Mother Nature in all her wrath just to prove that it can be done. Some climb Everest; some venture into the Adirondack High Peaks in wintertime; some pitch tents in the snow at Camp Boyhaven. Whatever the level of challenge, a weekend of OKPIK winter camping and survival training is a must!
"OKPIK" originated in the wilds of Minnesota and the idea spread country-wide. A couple New Yawkas brought back the training plan, modified it a bit and have been offering the weekend-long course at Camp Boyhaven for more than two decades and going on ten years at WLSR. A dozen winter-camping experts compose the core OKPIK and GAWASA training teams and their reputations have established the Boyhaven and Woodworth Lake Training Courses as the best around. Troop leaders and Scouts travel from far and wide to learn wintertime camping and survival skills from our Yetis of the Great Northeast.
2013 "OKPIK" Winter Camping Training for Adults
WHEN’S THE NEXT TRAINING SESSION? January 5-6, 2013 at Camp Boyhaven. Note that the OKPIK registration DEADLINE is December 22, 2012.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?Selection of clothing and equipment, dressing in layers ("onionization"), tenting at ten below, cooking skills, orienteering in a "white out", building emergency shelters, cold weather first aid, snow-shoeing and more. In a nutshell, how to "stay warm, dry, and well fed" …and alive. Click to see a few photographs from OKPIKs past. See the 2012 Day Schedule for a sample course curriculum.
IT'S A CAKE-WALK! Read Ted Brown's classic "Thirty Below is a Piece of Cake" or "What We Learned at the 1979 'Deep Freeze' at Camp Boyhaven".
READ MORE! Read Joanne E. McFadden's Daily Gazette article "It's Not Just Cool, it's COLD" (January 13, 2008)
OK, HOW DO I SIGN UP?For information and a registration form, see The Flyer
2013 "OKPIK-GAWASA" Winter Camping Training for Youth
An OKPIK-GAWASA training course designed for youth in the 13-16 year age group will be held February 8-10, 2013 at Woodworth Lake Scout Reservation. For information and a registration form, see The Flyer. Check out the Schedule for a typical OKPIK-GAWASA training weekend: Page 1 Page 2. Note that the fee per participant increases after December 31, 2012.
OKPIK Training... Don't leave home without it!!