Wilderness Ranger Apprenticeship Campout

This is a weekend of supervised fun and work for  high school students. Youth from Lincoln, Sanders and Bonner County will camp near the Star Peak Historic Trail reconstruction project on Saturday night, and learn trail-building skills and get hands-on experience on Saturday and Sunday. These skills and experience will be of value when seeking employment with the Forest Service or state forestry agencies. Youth will also learn Leave-No-Trace principles, have a chance to experience time in the natural world with other youth and adult mentors, and meet people from all sides of the Scotchmans.

All meals from Saturday lunch through Sunday lunch as well as high-energy snacks and beverages will be provided. Tools, hard hats, eye protection and gloves will be provided. Students will need personal gear (sleeping bags, toiletries, extra clothing, etc.) FSPW requests that all hand-held electronic devices be left at home, including cell-phones, musical devices and video games.

As with all trail work days,stout boots and denim pants (no shorts) are required for work hours. Come prepared with a long-sleeved shirt, rain gear, water bottles, day pack and, if desired, a personal stash of high-energy snacks. A parental permission sheet and waiver will be required. Transportation to the trail and work site must be provided or arranged by parents or guardians.

To register for this weekend, please fill out this form and click on the submit button below:

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This experience is limited to twelve youth. Arrival time on Saturday is  9 a.m.  Pacific, 10 a.m. Mountain time. Parents can pick youth up between 3 p.m.  and 4 p.m.;  4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Mountain Time, on Sunday afternoon.

Schedule (All times Pacific. Add one hour for Mountain Time.)

Saturday, September 21.
9:00 am: arrive Big Eddy Campground (MP 6.5 on MT Hwy 200)
Set up individual tents, move in and make lunches.
10:30 am: Safety and tool talk
11:00 am: Begin hike to trail work.
4:00 pm: Begin hike back to camp
6:00 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm: Cleanup and secure camp.
8:00 pm: Smores and stories!

Sunday, September 22.
7:00 – 8:00 am: Breakfast and build lunches
8:00 – 9:00 am: Cleanup and secure camp.
9:00 am: Begin hiking to work on Star Peak Trail.
2:00 pm: Begin back to camp.
3:00 pm: Break camp and say goodbye.

Call 208-290-1281 for more information on specifics.

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About The Author:

Sandy Compton has been program coordinator for Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness since 2009. He is also a storyteller and author of both fiction and non-fiction books, and the publisher at bluecreekpress.com.

In addition to his other duties, he runs the FSPW All Star Trail Team (www.scotchmanpeaks.org/trails), which works on Forest Service trails in the Scotchman Peaks. He is a trail surveyor as well, and a C-Certified Crosscut Bucker/Feller and USFS National Saw Policy OHLEC instructor.

Sandy grew up on a small farm/woodlot at the south end of the proposed wilderness and lives there still. He is also board member of the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and a planning team member for the Northern Rockies Wilderness Skills Institute.

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