Mountaintop Boy Scout Leaders Attend High Adventure Resource Training
POWDER HORN LEADERSHIP TRAINING-Mountaintop Boy Scout leaders recently attended Powder Horn Leadership at Goose Pond Scout Reservation. Mountaintop leaders, in front are Pat Kobela, Crew 461, and  Sheila Bender, Crew 461. Back from left: Ken Lada, Troop 106; Arlene Gurka, Crew 461; Penney Croke, Crew 461; Chris Bender, Troop 106; Bill Ditchey, Troop 106; and  Walt Godshall, Crew 461.

Northeast Pennsylvania Council of Boy Scouts of America hosted Powder Horn Leadership Training at Goose Pond Scout Reservation located in Hamlin, Pennsylvania.

This three-day program introduced adult leaders to various high adventure skills and the resources to provide these high adventure programs to youth within the scouting program. Adult leaders participated in such activities as scuba diving, kayaking, paddle boarding, geocaching, land navigation, skiing, sailing, equestrian, rock climbing, repelling, backpacking, shooting sports, Leave No Trace, cycling/mountain biking, and wilderness survival.

“Trained adult leaders are extremely important to the entire Boy Scout organization” say Marcel Cinquina, Executive Director of Northeast Pennsylvania Council. “Properly trained adult leaders, are better equipped to bring exciting new programs to each pack, troop and crew; it’s keeps the youths engaged and exposes them to activities they may otherwise not be able to try.”

The Powder Horn Training is designed to expose older youth and adult leaders in BSA to safely conduct  and expose youth to outdoor high adventure activities of a fun and challenging nature. The program goals include safe execution and  participation, introduction to resources to improve unit programs for youth and to promote youth and adult creativity in delivering high adventure programs. In order to partake in the program, participants first had to completed several preliminary training programs; Venturing Youth Protection, Hazardous Weather Training, Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense and Climb on Safely.

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.