The Powder Horn course is designed to help the troop, team, or crew by exposing older Scouts, Venturers, 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. The course presenters are expert consultants, from inside and outside of Scouting, in each outdoor high adventure activity. 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, including expert local consultants, that can improve a unit’s program. Exposure to new and exciting high-adventure activities Award. Help in delivering the promise at the unit level. Promoting youths’ and adults’ creativity when delivering high-adventure programs.
Basic Course Requirements
All Powder Horn courses must follow the official Powder Horn Staff Guide.. Courses must be approved by the area training chair at least 360 days in advance. The course must be financially self-sustaining. At least three full days are required for the course, with the maximum length no more than six days. A five- to six-day course may run over two weekends, but no more than two weeks should pass between sessions. At least 12 different electives must be presented during any given course. Your choice of electives is determined by your needs and resources. Attendance at a minimum of 10 electives is required to earn the Powder Horn. The course should not be done in conjunction with other activities such as other courses (i.e., Wood Badge), family events, or other youth programs. Participants should concentrate on Powder Horn. Consider both the costs and the quality when filling your course.
It is not cost-effective to put on a Powder Horn course for a small group. Similarly, no one has a good experience if a course is overly full. The minimum course size is 20 participants, and the maximum is 48 participants. This permits cost sharing and justifies the staff investment necessary to complete the course.
Powder Horn has been described by many graduates as the most fun an adult can have in Scouting.