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HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO SEE HOW A REAL MOUNTAIN MAN LIVES AND SURVIVES IN THE MOUNTAINS!
The Mountain Man is a week long experience for older Scouts and Venturers who would like to experience the life of a Mountain Man in the fur trade era of the 1840’s. Participants will experience the primitive lives of men like Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, and Daniel Boone. Scouts will explore the contributions these men made to the growth of our country.Participants will enjoy activities such as stories around the campfire, Dutch oven cooking, tomahawk and knife throwing, black powder shooting, atl-atl spear throwing, archery, tanning deer hides, flint knapping, making soap and rope from plants, and Mountain Man swimming. Scouts will learn about tracking in the wilds and reading trail signs, as well as information on edible plants and plants for survival.
Participation in the Mountain Man program is open to campers 13 years of age and older as well as adult leaders. The entire Troop may sign up for the program, individuals may sign up, or the Troop may send a small contingent from their base camp group. We require any groups of 4 or larger to send AT LEAST one adult leader with the group. This helps our staff greatly, especially when participation reaches 24 youth. The Mountain Man program may be coed, if female leadership is provided.
STAFF & EQUIPMENT
BTSR will provide the Mountain Man Program staff, group-use camping gear (Rain fly, pots & pans), and food. Each participant will get to sleep in an authentic mountain man tent! Due to the rugged terrain, a sturdy pair of shoes is a must. NO open toed shoes or sandals. Scouts are welcomed to wear outfits of the era.
Mountain Man camp is located 3 miles from base camp down the Green Trail at the Pole Pens. You will need a backpack to carry your personal gear, so weight and bulk must be minimized. Keep it simple and light (limit 35 lbs). There are no roads where we are going!
All participants are expected to pitch in to accomplish necessary camp chores and to follow the leadership of the staff. Self-discipline is expected, the Scout Oath and Law will be the rule of the Mountain Man camp.
At the end of the week, the Mountain Men will rendezvous at the closing campfire to receive their Mountain Man names, awards from the mountain man games, and the exclusive John McAhon Award, which can only be earned by participants of the BTSR Mountain Man program. This week into the 1840s promises to be an experience of fun, interesting activities, and even some learning!
The fee for the Mountain Man Program covers all food, program supplies, and a qualified staff. See Fees & Payment Schedule for current pricing information.