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Powder Horn


Heart of Virginia Council
Camp T. Brady Saunders
September 21st – 23rd & October 26th – 28th

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Powder Horn is a resource course designed to introduce Scouting’s adults and youth to the exciting program possibilities for their unit.  The Powder Horn course is designed to help the unit by introducing older youth and adult 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 an 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.  The purpose of a Powder Horn course includes:

  • Safe participation in fun and challenging outdoor activities
  • An introduction to resources that can improve a unit’s program
  • Exposure to new and exciting high-adventure activities
  • Help in delivering the BSA promise at the unit level
  • Promoting youths’ and adults’ creativity when delivering high-adventure programs

COURSE DETAILS – The Powder Horn course can include any of the following electives:  Archery, Astronomy, Backpacking, Canoeing, Cave Exploring, Challenge Events, Climbing and Rapelling, Conservation, Cycling, Ecology, Emergency Preparedness, Expedition Planning, Fishing, Geocaching, Hunting, Kayaking, Kiteboarding, Leave No Trace, Mountain Biking, Orienteering, Outdoor Living History, Plants and Wildlife, Rowing, Sailing, Sailboarding, Scuba, Shooting Sports, Snorkling, Surfing, Watercraft, Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Survival, and Winter Sports.)  (Final course offers will be coming soon)

PRE-REQUISITES 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.  Participants may register as an individual or with members of their unit.  If a unit wants to remain together as a crew during the Powder Horn course, the group must supply two-deep adult leadership as required by Youth Protection guidelines.  The maximum crew size of eight still holds, whether it is made up of a group of individuals or a unit team.  Participant guidelines include:

  • Must be a registered youth or adult member of the Boy Scouts 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 to Leadership Skills for Troops, Ships, or Crews, etc.).  National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is recommended for youth participants and youth staff.
  •  Adults must be trained for their position.
  • All participants must complete Venturing Youth Protection and Hazardous Weather training online through  If water sports are offered, participants must complete Safety Afloat and Safe Swim Defense.  If climbing or rappelling is available, then Climb On Safely must be completed online prior to the course.
  • Meet the physical requirements contained in the Annual Health and Medical Record physical in a backcountry environment.
More Information – Contact Dennis Camp at, (757) 833-3071.