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Kodiak Challenge

Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch

Summer 2014 | Black Hills Area Council, BSA

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Table of Contents

What is Kodiak? A brief overview about the Kodiak Program

Trek Options Many amazing choices! What will you choose?

Choose Your Menu Choose how you feast during the week

Qualifications MAke sure you meet our guidelines

Kodiak Fees & Packing List As they say, be prepared

What is Kodiak? The Kodiak Challenge Venturing Camp is oriented around a week long high adventure trek with leadership training and involvement woven into the adventure. The week long experience prepares Venturing Scout to be a “servant leader” as they lead their peers. The experience consists of five trek days where one leadership skill is learned per day, and a final component to teach reflection and evaluation of the Venturing Scout’s performance. It pushes the boundaries of every Venturer and will encourage the trying new things that may be out of a venture’s comfort zone. This amazing week of Venturing camp is designed to be relevant to the participant’s life, to become internalized, is based on the servant leader concept, and is based out of Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch, but most of all, it’s FUN!!

-The Kodiak Challenge Venturing Camp is not about the trek; it’s about leadership skills.

Contact Us /////////////////////////////////////// Council Office

Tony Antonini Director of Outdoor Program 144 North Sreet Rapid City, South Dakota 57701 Phone: 605-877-2423 Email:

Medicine Mountain 24201 Bobcat Road Custer, South Dakota 57730 Phone: 605-381-2522

Tim Bouchard

Scout Executive & CEO Phone: 605-342-2824 Email:

What is Kodiak?


Trek Options

Climbing & C.O.P.E.


Our climbing & COPE program will offer climbers of varying ability ranges the opportunity to expand their skills. Our Staff will work thru basics of climbing and rappelling on-site on our climbing tower. Then after your scouts have shown their competency on the tower, the group will head out to natural rock faces here in the Black Hills. Climbs will be based on the abilities of the group and will be tailored to fit the needs and talents of each group individually. C.O.P.E. is an exciting team and confidence building experience that combines initiative games, physical elements, and problem solving. Every participant must set a personal goal in an area they want to improve (overcoming a fear of heights is popular). The eight goals of COPE are: communication, planning, teamwork, trust, leadership, decision making, problem solving, and self-esteem. *Sessions are limited.

Medicine Mountain’s caving program is a rare and exciting opportunity to spend time underground within a scouting program. All participants must successfully complete the MMSR Caving Orientation; and meet the physical size requirements (fit thru an 8”X 20” opening) prior to entering any cave. Orientation and instruction covers topics such as: safety, ethics, environmental concerns, “White Nose Syndrome”, cave conservation, geology and hydrology. Scouts will also have an opportunity thru the National Parks Service to complete a service project. Access to caves is provided under a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service. *Sessions are limited.

Mountain Biking Our Mountain Biking program is designed to show some of the prime biking trails in the Black Hills. Our Program includes instruction on bike repair, planning, and safety… and a lot of trail riding! *Sessions are limited. Participants are welcome to bring their own bike; helmets are always required and can be supplied if needed.


Trek Options

Black Hills Trek One of our most popular programs, our Black Hills Trek. Access to trails and campsites is provided under a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service. Participants in this program will be off-site and will have no opportunity to participate in the Merit Badge program. The Black Hills Trek is limited to 10 people total. *Route subject to change due to weather or participant ability. Come prepared with your backpacking gear; food will be provided by your guide, but you will be asked to help carry it and any shared gear the group will require, so pack light!

Choose Your Menu /////////////////////////////// Crews will pick from nine (9) breakfasts, ten (10) lunches, and fourteen (14) suppers. Fill in the meal number for the day you choose on the crew meal chart located in the appendix at the end of this guide. The entire troop must pick the same menu. Food orders will be filled based on the size of the entire crew If crews cook by patrols, it will be the responsibility of the crew to divide up the food accordingly. All meals on the “Choose Your Own”, menu will be on a preorder basis only, or you will use the traditional menu. The “Choose Your Own” menu must be turned in to the Council Service Center, Attention: Tony Antonini, 144 North Street, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701, no later than April 1, 2014. We also need a very close count on the total campers attending camp, both adults and Venturers. Please Note - Crews may purchase premium dinners for $3.00 per person, per meal. *The camp management reserves the right to substitute menu items that may not be available. BREAKFASTS 1. French Toast, Sausage Patties, Fruit Juice and Milk 2. Eggs your way, Ham, Toast, Fruit Juice and Milk 3. Pancakes, Bacon, Fruit Juice and Milk 4. Scrambled Eggs, Hashbrowns, Toast, Orange and Milk 5. Breakfast Sandwich (Ham & Cheese), Fruit Juice and Milk 6. Cold Cereal, Yogurt, Fruit Juice and Milk 7. French Toast, Ham, Fruit Juice and Milk 8. Breakfast Burrito, Fruit Juice and Milk 9. Oatmeal, Dried Fruit, Yogurt, Fruit Juice and Milk * Hot Chocolate and Coffee will be Available as Staple Items LUNCHES 1. Turkey Sandwiches, Carrot Sticks, Canned Fruit and Milk 2. Hotdogs, Potato Chips, an Apple and Milk

3. Sub Sandwiches, Canned Fruit, Cookies and Milk 4. PB&J Sandwiches, Chips, Carrot Sticks, an Orange and Milk 5. Ham & Cheese Sandwiches, Soup, Chips, Canned Fruit and Milk 6. Tuna Fish Sandwiches, Pickle, Soup, and Apple and Milk 7. Hamburgers, Lettuce, Tomato, Chips, Canned Fruit and Milk 8. Tacos or Taco Salad (Chips/Shells, Meat, Cheese, Beans, Salsa) and Milk 9. Chicken Cesar Salad Wraps (Tortilla, Chicken, Lettuce, Dressing) and Milk 10. “Lunch on the Run,” Yogurt, Granola Bar, Fresh Fruit and Milk * Lemonade and Kool-Aid will be Avaliable as a Staple Item. DINNERS 1. Hamburgers, Baked Beans, Tossed Salad, Cookies and Milk 2. Spaghetti, Tossed Salad, Italian Bread, Cookies and Milk 3. Tacos, Corn, Canned Fruit, Cookies and Milk 4. Sloopy Joes from Scratch, Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruit, Cookies and Milk 5. Chili, Crackers, Carrot and Celery Sticks, Pudding and Milk 6. Pizza Burgers, Baked Beans, Tossed Salad, Canned Fruit and Milk 7. Chicken Patties, Baked Potato, Canned Vegetables, an Apple and Milk 8. Polish Sausage, Hashbrowns, Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruit, Pudding and Milk 9. Chicken Stir Fry, Rice, Fresh Fruit and Milk 10. Chicken, Baked Potato, Canned Vegetable, Canned Fruit, Dinner Roll and Milk PREMIUM DINNERS 1. Marinated Chicken Breast, Potato, Carrots, Canned Fruit, Dinner Roll and Milk 2. Steak, Baked Potato, Canned Vegetable, Dinner Roll, Canned Fruit and Milk 3. Pork Ribs, Tossed Salad, Cookies and Milk 4. Pork Chops, Baked Potato, Canned Vegetables, Tossed Salad, Cookies and Milk

Choose Your Menu


Gain Leadership Experiences Qualifications Who can attend Kodiak? •

Be atleast 14 years old and have completed the 8th grade y July 27, 2014

Be a registered boy scout, varsity scout, or venturer

Have a signed parent permission slip



Be physcially fit for the course


Kodiak Fees

Boots/Shoes/Sandals for


The cost to attend Medicine Mountain’s Ko-

the Water

Day Pack

diak Program is $225 per participant. This inl-


Eating Utensils

cudes all program materials, meals, transpor-

Change of Underwear

Mess Kit

tation from camp to offsite high adventure

Sun Screen


locations, insurance, and for specilized staff


Fire Starters

instruction. A $50 deposit per participant is

Jacket or Sweater


due by March 1, 2014. Payment in full is due

Long Pants

Spare Batteries

by April 1, 2014. If payment is received after

Long Sleeve Shirt

Insect Repellent (no

April 1, 2014, a $25 late fee per participant wil

Short Sleeve Shirt


be incurred. All payments should be submit-


First Aid Kit

ted to:

Swimming Suit


Rain Gear

Water Bottle

Toilet Paper


Tooth Brush & Paste

Notebook or Paper

Towel & Wash Cloth

Pencil or Pen


Sleeping Bag

Duffel Bag


2 Heavy Duty Plastic




Black Hills Area Council 144 North Street Rapid City, South Dakota 57701

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