We have practice hikes every week between now and when we leave for philmont. These are optional, but you are strongly encouraged to attend. We need youth and adult leaders at every hike so, if you are going away, please sign up to be a practice hike leader before you go. The dates, times, and locations for these hikes are all on the crew calendar -- please subscribe!
3:00 PM ET: Depart MegaBus @ University of Cincinnati
Why Do We Require Training?
Team building activities are necessary to ensure each group has overall success on the trail.
Assure the members of your crew and the venture crew leadership the following:
You understand what's required and you’re able to perform any duties assigned.
You have the right gear and know it’s in good working order.
Your gear fits, correctly adjusted and you’re comfortable hiking long distances.
Willingness and ability to participate in a group setting.
Basic wilderness first aid skills
Selection of Chaplin's Aid and Wilderness Pledge Guia (Guide)
You are physically fit, crew members and adults must successfully complete a BSA health form A,B and C. (Please review the height to weight ratios) and prove your able to hike with a full pack on a scheduled outing.
We understand busy schedules, but this trip requires a higher level of preparation due to inherent backcountry dangers, group dynamics and physical challenges faced when backpacking in the MN backcountry, therefore we require your participation in training prior to attend this event. We will make every effort to accommodate the schedules of all who wish to attend.
The Venture Crew Leadership reserves the right to remove any persons from the list without a refund if the participant fails to comply with preparations or proves to be unfit for this trip.
See Venture Calendar for published backpacking training dates, additional training dates to follow.