Mountain Weather training opportunity available on October 4

I would like to invite you all to a professional Mountain Weather Course adapted for scouting youth and leaders. Please distribute this notice to all scouting units and leaders. If you have questions please e-mail or call 403-479-3234. See you all there!


Scouting activities are extremely weather dependent, specifically if you are hiking, camping or moving through mountainous environments. This full day mountain weather course will assist you in basic mountain weather knowledge from common mountain weather to identification of hazardous weather. This course presumes no previous weather knowledge and contains weather analysis, publicly available Internet resources and proper interpretation of publicly available forecasts from a computer and in the field. The day ends with developing a real forecast base on current conditions.

If you have the BSA online Hazardous Weather course and would like to learn more specific to mountainous environments, this course is for you!


At the end of the courses, students will:
• Have a toolbox of resources to access current weather information
(observations, forecasts, discussions etc.).
• Be able to interpret mountain weather and its changes.
• Be able to interpret and tailor those forecasts to mountainous travel.
• Be able to assist scouts in attaining their weather merit badge.


Rod Palsman has 20 years of experience in Canada’s Rocky Mountains with the Alpine Club of Canada and has instructed Mountain Weather courses to many outdoor organizations such as, Calgary Search and Rescue and the Interpretive Guides Association.

Tim Patterson has 30 years of experience in mountainous environments and is a certified Assistant Hiking Guide with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. Tim is a qualified outdoor trainer with both Scouts Canada and the Boy Scouts of America.

Who: Senior Boy Scout, Venture and Rover Youth, Boy Scout,
Venture and Rover Leaders

Date: Saturday October 4, 2014

Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Lunch: Will be Provided

Location: Scouts Canada Camp Impessa

Cost: Presenter Fee: $16.60 + Camp Fee: $9.00 = Total Cost $25.60
Camping is available if you want to stay, please inform Cindy at time of registration, extra fee may apply

Registration: Please call today to the Calgary Scout Office – Cindy