BSA High Adventure Leader Training in Ultralight Backpacking (WS2-BSA)


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BSA High Adventure Leader Training in Ultralight Backpacking (WS2-BSA)

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How To Register

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If you would like to register without paying, please download the preregistration form here (PDF | DOC) and follow the instructions. Payment in full will be due by April 15.

Course Overview

This course is offered by MONTANA COUNCIL, B.S.A.

This course provides education to Scout Leaders and High Adventure Crew Staff about the latest advances in lightweight backpacking gear and techniques, including packing systems, sleep systems, cooking systems, clothing systems, shelter systems, and more, and is tailored to the dynamics of Boy Scout High Adventure Crews and Scout Troops.

The purpose of this course is to train Scout Leaders and High Adventure Crew Staff in the following:

  • The equipment, skills, and philosophy of ultralight backpacking
  • Safety protocols for ultralight wilderness trekking
  • Weather Smart, Trek Safely, and Youth Protection
  • Teaching and demonstration methods for ultralight skills
  • Incorporating ultralight backpacking into the Patrol Method
  • Ultralight backpacking's relationship to the Scout Oath, Law, and Motto

Course Logistics

Please Download the Welcome Packet for complete info about this course.

Schedule: This trek starts with a morning classroom session in the comfort of our remote mountain retreat center. Then, you and your crew embark on a 6-day, 5-night journey so you can practice and learn new skills in a backcountry environment. We'll end your trek back at our retreat center with a short debrief.

Key Info

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Intended Audience: BSA Scout Leaders, High Adventure Crew Staff, Camp Directors, BSA Risk Management Professionals
  • Dates and Locations:
    • May 21-23, 2010, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch, Boone and Crockett Club, Dupuyer MT (near Great Falls, MT)

More Info

Eligibility: This course is for registered leaders of the Boy Scouts of America. The minimum age is 18. Proof of BSA registration and a Class III/ABC physical are required.

Certification: This is a mandatory course for Montana BSA High Adventure Ultralight Backpacking Program Staff. A certification exam will be given at the end of the course. This certification exam is optional for other participants. Certification will be offered to other participants upon request.


RYAN JORDAN is the director and primary instructor for this course. Ryan is the CEO of Backpacking Light, the Trek Director for the Montana BSA High Adventure Program in Ultralight Backpacking, the Montana BSA High Adventure Committee Chair, the former High Adventure and Program Director at Camp Parsons (Chief Seattle Council BSA), an Eagle Scout, and an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 676 in Bozeman, Montana. Ryan's particular passion is showing Scouts and Scouters the skills and methods to hike deep into remote wilderness environments in safety and comfort. Chief among Ryan's wilderness accomplishments include a number of 200-500 mile hikes and packrafting traverses in ultralight style without resupply in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Canada, and Alaska.

DOUG PROSSER is an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 257 in the Ventura County Council, California, with 15 years experience in scouting as an adult. He lives in Camarillo, which is located on the coast in southern California, and has participated in numerous hikes in the local mountains, planning many treks into the High Sierra for his Troop. He attended Philmont Scout Ranch as a Scout and as a leader 5+ times most recently in 2007 and 2008. Doug has a strong interest in teaching both kids and adults how to enjoy backpacking. He assists the Newbury Park, CA Lightweight Backpackers group. He is a graduate of the Backpacking Light Wilderness Trekking School Desert Southwest Course of 2008. Doug is looking forward to his 2010 Philmont trek, which will be the fortieth anniversary of his 1970 trek to Philmont as a scout.

In addition, three guest instructors from the Backpacking Light Wilderness Trekking School will provide their unique perspectives and mentorship to participants about ultralight backpacking gear, skills, and philosophies: Sam Haraldson, Chris Wallace, and Ryan Connelly.


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