General Information:

Course Dates:

August 25 & 26, 2012
Camp Butler

September 8 & 9, 2012
Camp Manatoc

(two full days each weekend)


Your Trek to High Adventure Starts Here

Join us at the Great Trail Council's historic Manatoc Scout Reservation which is nestled within the Cuyahoga Valley National park. You will continue your adventure at Camp Manatoc for weekend two of Powder Horn 2012 - The Manatoc Experience. Here you will have the opportunity to explore the basics of Wilderness Survival, Backpacking, Expedition Planning and a whole lot more!


Powder Horn LogoWelcome to the official web site for Powder Horn 2012
The Manatoc Experience.

It is our goal to provide you with a memorable outdoor program that will prepare you to develop outstanding high adventure experiences for your Troop, Team or Crew. Here you will find all of the information and downloadable forms that you will need to participate in this two-weekend event. Check back often for updates and other things you will need in order to get the most from your Manatoc Experience. We look forward to meeting you.

A Word From Our Course Director:

Photo of Charlie EubankI would like to welcome you to the website for the inaugural Powder Horn Course at Camp Manatoc.  This course will be conducted by the Great Trail, Greater Western Reserve and Buckeye Councils of Northeast Ohio.

Our four-day course is designed to help the troop, team, or crew by exposing older Scouts, Venturers, and adult leaders to safely conducted outdoor/high-adventure activities of a fun and challenging nature. The course provides an introduction to the resources needed to successfully lead youth through a program of outdoor adventure and is based upon giving participants an exposure to some outdoor/high-adventure activities. The course presenters are expert consultants, from outside of Scouting (with rare exception), in each outdoor high adventure activity. It is not a certification event. It is for any youth or adult interested in experiencing a unit-level, high-adventure program. The purpose of a Powder Horn course includes:
Small_PH_Logo Safe participation in fun and challenging outdoor activities.
Small_PH_Logo An introduction to resources, including expert local consultants that can improve a unit's program.
Small_PH_Logo Exposure to new and exciting high-adventure activities Award.
Small_PH_Logo Help in delivering the promise at the unit level.
Small_PH_Logo Promoting youths' and adults' creativity when delivering high-adventure programs.

The course is limited to 48 participants, which may include both adults and youth over the age of 14.  Adult and youth requirements are outlined in the tri-fold brochure and on the application located on the Downloads page of this website.  Once the limit is met, we will begin a waiting list. The course is filling fast so don't hesitate in beginning your trek to high adventure!

Please send any questions you have at my email address.

Charlie EuBank
Course Director

There are a few things that you will need to do in order to prepare for your Powder Horn experience. First, you will need to provide us with your completed BSA Medical form, parts A, B & C. This requires a medical exam which you will want to get done as soon as possible. You will find a PDF copy of the the medical form on the downloads page. Download and fill out the form on your computer then print it out and take it with you for your exam.

All participants and staff also need to complete the following BSA training courses that can be taken online through the BSA's Learning Center:

  • Venturing Youth Protection
  • Hazardous Weather
  • Climb On Safely
  • Safety Afloat
  • Safe Swim Defense

You will need to sign in to take these courses. Please print out your completion certificates and bring them with you for the first weekend.

Participation in SCUBA, canoing or kayaking will require that you pass a camp swim test. SCUBA will also require a signed waiver which you can download here. Bring your Buddy Tags with you if you passed a swim test at summer camp this year. Otherwise you will need to take the BSA swim test.

One final note, we will need you to download, fill out and return the participant questionaire. This will enable us to provide you with a course shirt that actually fits and to provide for any special needs that you may have.

Please keep in mind that Powder Horn is designed to provide exposure to high adventure activities. For most people this will mean tent camping. Everything that you bring into camp will need to be carried to your camp sites as we cannot allow cars to be driven to the camp sites. That being said, there are things that you will need to have with you for weekend 1. The following will help you plan on what to bring.

You can download the Participant Equipment List here.
You can download the Participant Letter here.

First Weekend Sessions

Cave Exploration
Leave No Trace
Outdoor Living History
Plants and Wildlife/Ecology
Wilderness First Aid
Winter Sports - Dog Sledding
Winter Sports - Skiing

Feel free to bring any special personal equipment that you may want to use for the above sessions.

Summer Camp will be but a memory when September finds us seeking adventure at The Great Trail Council's Camp Manatoc. Our exploration of high adventure activities will be renewed as we dive into another series of sessions covering some of the following activities:

Back Packing
Cycling/Mountain Biking
Emergency Preparedness
Expedition Planning
Rifle Shooting
Shooting Sports Safety
Shotgun Shooting
Wilderness Survival

The Guide to Safe Scouting will be needed as reference material during weekend two. Participants and staff can download a copy here: Guide to Safe Scouting

Keep checking back for more information and details regarding weekend two.


Charlie EuBankCharlie EuBank: Course Director
Council: Great Trail
District: MOE.
Years in Scouts: 20
Training: University of Scouting Venturing College Dean, Wood Badge Staff, Trainer's EDGE Course Director, College of Commissioner Science Doctorate and Masters Staff , Instructor for courses in Advancement, Venturing and Boy Scouts at multiple training venues in several Councils.
Leadership Positions: Assistant Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor, Unit Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioner, District Advancement Chair, District Venturing Training Chair, Council Venturing Training Chair, Council Venturing Forum Commissioner, Venturing VOA Advisor, Assistant Council Commissioner for Venturing.
Awards: Crew Advisor Award, Trainer’s Award, Distinguished Commissioner, Distinguished Doctorate Commissioner, District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver, Venturing Leadership Award.

Bill LovellBill Lovell: Assistant Course Director At Large
Council: Great Trail
District: Lakes
 Yrs in Scouts 20
Training: Eight Wood Badge Courses, two NYLT courses, Council Troop Training Chair 4 yrs, University of Scouting - 15 yrs, Masters Dean at CCS - 9 yrs
Awards: District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver, Scouter's Key
Leadership Positions: SM, CC, MC, SA, NA, DL, WL, Commissioner, District Commissioner.
High Adventure Experience: Four Philmont treks, 130 mile Michigan canoe trip, Two trips to High Knoll, Virginia, Several caving treks, 500 miles on Appalacian Trail.

Jeff DorgeloJeff Dorgelo: ACD Administration
Council: Anthony Wayne Area
District: Greater Pokagon
Yrs in Scouts: Youth 3, Adult 10
Positions: Den Leader, WEBELOS Den Leader, Cub Master, Asst Scout Master, Cmmte Member, Venturing Advisor, District Finance Chairman.
: Den Leader, Cub Master, EDGE, SMASM, IOLS, OLST, Wood Badge, Powder Horn, District Position Specific,BSA  Leave No Trace Trainer, Paddlecraft (current) Life Guard, Trek Safely, Climb on Safely, First AID & CPR
Awards: Adult Religious, Cub Scouter, Cub Master, Scoutmaster Training, District Award of Merit, Council Patch, District Patch.
High Adventure Experience: Canoe Saranac River, Adirondacks, NY. Trip to Carter Caves SP. Trip to Mamoth Cave NP. Back pack across N Manitou Island Sleeping Bear Dunes. 2 Weeks Isle Royal NP. 2 wks Yellowstone NP. Canoe trip Pere Marquette River. Wild Cave trip Buckner Cave IN. Whitewater raft Youghiogheny River River.

Jim MekeelJim Mekeel: ACD Logistics
Council: Greater Western Reserve
District: Headwater District
Yrs in Scouts: 6 Youth, 25 Adult.
Positions Held: Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Post Advisor, Crew Advisor, Unit Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioner, Council Training Chairman, District Committee member, Wood Badge Staff. Training: Wood Badge Trained Completed Powder Horn Course. University of Scouting Instructor, Dean of Boy Scout College, Powder Horn Guide
High Adventure Experience: Philmont, Sea Base, Boundary Waters. Several Weeklong and weekend backpack trips

Dave HarmanDave Harman: ACD Instruction
Council: Great Trail Council
District: MOECOMDWS.
Yrs in Scouts: 11 Youth, 19 Adult. Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, Pack Committee (treasurer), Assistant Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster Venture, Unit Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioner, District Commissioner, and Dean of Boy Scout College - University of Scouting.
Training: Wood Badge Trained Completed Powder Horn Course. University of Scouting Instructor, Dean of Boy Scout College, Powder Horn Guide.
Awards: Arrow of Life, Order of the Arrow, Life Scout, Wood Badge, Helping Hand Award, George C. Eisenman Award, District Award of Merit, and Powder Horn.
High Adventure Experience: Philmont twice and likes to canoe, kayak and white water raft all over the U.S.

John KusmitsJohn Kusmits: ACD Quartermaster
Council: Great Trail Council
District: MOECOMDWS.
Yrs in Scouts: 11 Youth, 19 Adult. Has held numerous positions at both levels.
Training: Wood Badge Trained Completed Powder Horn Course. University of Scouting Instructor, Dean of Boy Scout College, Powder Horn Guide
Awards: Lakes Commodore, District Award of Merit

Paula BerghauserPaula Berghauser: ACD Support
Council: Greater Cleveland
District: Pioneer
Yrs in Scouts: GSA Youth, 17 Adult.
Positions: Cub Pack Committee Chair, Boy Scout Troop Committee Chair, Venturing Committee Chair, Venturing Adviser, Council Venturing Training Chair, Cub Scout Day Camp.
Training: Cub Scout, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Religious Emblems, EDGE, KODIAK,
Awards: Silver Beaver, Venturing Leadership, District Award of Merit, Catholic St George, Bronze Pelican

Mike GalgoczyMike Galgoczy: ACD Support
Council: Greater Western Reserve
: Headwaters.
Yrs in Scouts: about 45.
Positions: Assistant Webelos Den Leader, Assistant Scout Master, Unit Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioner.
Training: Wood Badge Trained Completed Powder Horn Course. Scout Master Specific, Outdoor Skills Wood Badge Instructor, University of Scouting Staff
Awards Eagle Scout w/3 Palms, Religious Award, Dist Award of Merit, Silver Beaver

Leona LovellLeona Lovell: ACD Support
Council: Great Trail
District: Lakes
Years in Scouts Youth - 10, Adult - 20
Training: VLSC, Scoutmaster Specific - University Scouting, NYLT, Powder Horn
Awards: Cub Scouter, Scout Training for scouts, Scout Training for Venturing, Lakes Dist Commodore, District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver, WoodBadge, Powder Horn, Polar Bear, 50 Miler, Philmont Trek.
High Adventure Experience: One 7day trek at High Knoll, Virginia, two 12 day Philmont treks, two 130 mile canoe trips in MI. Week long trek on the Appalacian Trail in VA. One weeklong trip to Riverman in WV.

Larry SchmidtLarry Schmidt: ACD Support
Council: Great Trail
: Moecomdws
Yrs in Scouts: 15
Training: Moecomdws District Training Team and tri-council College of Commissioner Science
Awards: Wood Badge, Moecomdws District Partners in Scouting Award, Commissioner Key / Arrowhead Honor, Scouter’s Training Award Knot, James E. West Fellow, Moecomdws District Helping Hands Award for outstanding Commissioner,  College of Commissioner Science Doctorate, Distinguished Commissioner Service Award Knot, Scouter’s Key Training Award Knot, District Award of Merit, Founders Circle, Order of the Arrow Vigil, Powder Horn, Moecomdws District George C. Eisenman Aw ard for outstanding Scouter, Doctor of Commissioner Science Knot
High Adventure Experience: Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area Minnesota, Estes Park Colorado

Becky DunneBecky Dunne: ACD Support
Council: Greater Western Reserve
District: Grand River
Years in Scouting: A - 10
Training: Woodbadge Trained
Awards: District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver
Positions: District Roundtable Commissioner-Venturing, Advisor for two Venture crews and Committee Member for two other crews.
High Adventure Experience: No direct high adventure experience however participated in family programs and day hikes during two trips to the Philmont Scout Reservation.


Chuck Newhauser's PhotoChuck Newhauser: ACD Support
Council: Great Trail
: Chippewa
Years in Scouts: Youth - 4, Adult - 16
Training: Cub Scout Leader, Boy Scout Leader, University of Scouting Instructor, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills Course Director, EDGE staff, Wood Badge Staff, NYLT Course Director.
Awards: OA Brotherhood, Boy Scout Leader Training, Scouter's Key, Distinguished Scoutmaster, Chippewa District Scoutmaster of the Year, District Key, District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver.
Positions: Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Troop Committee, Chippewa District Boy Scout Training Coordinator, Chippewa District Training Chairman.
High Adventure Experience: Alaska High Adventure, Backpacking, Caving (Laurel Canyons, Mammoth Caves), White water Rafting (Ohio Pyle).

Jim HolmanJim Holman: ACD Support
Council: Buckeye
: Killbuck
Years in Scouts: 23
Training: District Scoutmaster Outdoor trainer, Youth Protection trainer, College of Commissioner Science Staff, Woodbadge: ASM Facilities, Scribe, Guide, Course Director
Awards: Cubmaster of the Year, Scouter of the Year, Distinguished Commissioner, Scoutmaster Award of Merit, Adult Religious Award, District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver, OA Vigil, OA Founders Award, Doctor of Commissioner Science.

Mark PerryMark Perry: ACD Support
Council: Buckeye
Yrs in Scouts: Youth - 7 Adult - 36
Training: Wood badge ”Has helped a few times”.
Awards: 5th Yr Pipestone, OA Brotherhood, District Award of Merit, Scouter's Key, Silver Beaver.
Leadership Positions: Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Roundtable Commissioner, District Training Chair.

Bart SauerBart Sauer: ACD Support
Council: Great Trail
District: Old Portage
Years in Scouts: Youth - 4, Adult - 9
Leadership Positions: Assistant Scoutmaster, Day Camp Director, FOS Family Chair, Troop Committee, Assistant District Commissioner
Training: Wood Badge Staff
Awards: District Award of Merit, Bronze Pelican, Distinguished Commissioner Award.

The Staff of Powder Horn 2012 would like to acknowledge and thank all of the sponsers and consultants that have helped to make it possible to put together "The Manatoc Experience".

Program Consultants

Program Element


Web Address

Astronomy Rupp Observatory
Backpacking Appalacian Outfitters
Cave Exploration Cleveland Grotto
Climbing/Rappelling Dan Beard Council, BSA
Cope Dan Beard Council, BSA
Cycling Century Cycles
Ecology Medina County Park Dist.
Emergency Prep. Fire Marshal, State of Ohio
Equestrian Smokerise Ranch
Expedition Planning Appalacian Outfitters
Fishing Fin, Feather & Fur
Geocaching (GPS) Garmin Corp.

Leave No Trace Don Nash
Outdoor Living History    
SCUBA Scuba Outlet
Shooting Sports Great Trail Council, BSA
WaterCraft Wilderness Voyagers
Wilderness First Aid Kent State University
Wilderness Survival Train for the Outdoors
Winter Sports    

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Hudson Country Club - Hudson, Ohio
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