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Winter Camping Skills Workshop

Blackstrap Provincial Park


Do your front windows have frozen nose prints? Are you groggy and restless? Do you find yourself pacing aimlessly around the house, only to end up in front of your camping gear storage contemplating the logistics of pitching your tent in the living room? You just may be suffering from cabin fever. But fret not, we have a solution!

This March Sask Outdoors is hosting a winter camping skills workshop to help get you out of the living room and into that winter landscape you've been yearning to explore. We've designed a workshop to teach you the skills you'll need to extend your camping season into even the most blustery of weekends.

When? March 5th-6th, 2016.

We will begin activities at 12:00 PM on Saturday March 5th.

Where? Blackstrap Provincial Park

We will provide participants with maps and directions to the exact location within the park.

How much?
For Sask Outdoors members the price is $30, for non-members $40. Also, for those who attended our Fall Camp in December, 2015, there will be a $10 discount on your registration.

What can you expect?
Our goal is to deliver enough practical and applied information to give you the confidence to camp in the winter. We want winter camping to be as natural an option as is summer camping so you may take these skills forward and enjoy the best of what nature has to offer year-round.

You can expect lessons on winter campcraft, cooking, site selection, trip planning, and bedtime protocols, to name a few, as well as activities such as snowshoeing, coyote howls, star hikes, and story-telling.

We want you to get the most out of this learning process and be involved in some of the behind the scenes prepping that is required for winter camping. So for this camp you are responsible for providing your own food for supper on Saturday.
It is important that your meal follows two basic winter camping standards: keep it simple and keep it high in calories. You need fats, carbs, and proteins to keep your furnace burning strong throughout the night. Salads will not suffice. If you have any questions or would like some guidance on your meal, you may contact Joe Milligan at jmilligan@sasktel.net.

Make sure you pack some of your own snacks as well. Our furnaces all burn at different rates. If we've all stocked our pockets and bags with our favourite bits and bites for a quick fill up, we can ensure our stomachs stay fueled. It is important to eat before you start feeling cold when spending extended periods of time outside in winter.

We will be providing the hot drinks and some snacks. We will also be providing a hardy bedtime snack to stoke up our furnace before crawling in the sleeping bag. Breakfast materials will also be provided by Sask Outdoors.

Gear loan outs
We are happy to have the generosity of Winston Knoll Collegiate once again, they are willing to provide the following items for anyone who cannot provide their own:

Tents, Foam mats, Stoves, Pot sets

Please keep in mind that the gear is on high-demand within the schools at this time of year, so it is highly encouraged that you plan to bring your own supplies wherever possible. Due to the demand, sleeping bags cannot be guaranteed at this time.

Contact Jason Grayston for any gear requests: jason.grayston@gmail.com

More with regards to gear
It is extremely important that you show up to the event with the proper clothing and gear, so please ensure you come prepared with all that is on the gear lists provided to you upon registration. Click >>here<< to view the gear list.

With the help of Fresh Air Experience in Regina, Sk, we were able to put together a great resource for you to refer to for more information regarding clothing and sleep systems. There is a lot of great information to be had within. We go through why certain items will keep you warmer than others, and demonstrate different ways to get more out of your 3-season gear to get you comfortably through a winter's night.

Fresh Air Experience Workshop

This event is limited to those 16 years of age or older and it is limited to the first 20 registrants. So don't hold off! Register today:

Click here to Register

The registration deadline is February 20th.

The following documents will be required to participate in this event.
Please arrive at camp with these documents filled in.

Waiver        Media Release        Health Information Form
Cancellation Policy:

1) If the temperature, predicted 48 hours in advance, will be colder than -25C (air temperature) or -30C (combined air temperature and wind chill) the camp will be cancelled and participants refunded.

2) Participants forfeit their registration fees if they cancel within 2 weeks of the camp start date.
If you have any questions about the camp or about Sask Outdoors,
contact Steve Abbott