Living History & Primitive Fur Trapping


Live in authentic Mountain Man tents and teepees

The Mountain Man is a premiere week long experience for older Scouts and Venturers who would like to experience the life of a Mountain Man in the fur trade era of the 1840’s. Participants will experience life in a remote backcountry Mountain Man camp living in period tents, learning the skills and trade se early fur traders. Participants will enjoy activities such as stories around the campfire, Dutch oven cooking, tomahawk and knife throwing, black powder shooting, tanning deer hides, flint knapping, making soap and rope from plants, and Mountain Man swimming in rock lines spring fed mountain pools . Scouts will learn about tracking in the wilds and reading trail signs, as well as information on foraging for edible plants and setting primitive traps.

Participation in the Mountain Man program is open to campers 13 years of age and older as well as adult leaders. The entire Troop/Crew may sign up for the program, individuals may sign up, or the Troop may send a small contingent from their base camp group. We require any groups of 4 or larger to send AT LEAST one adult leader with the group. This helps our staff greatly, especially when participation reaches 24 youth. The Mountain Man program may be coed, if female leadership is provided.

BTSR will provide the Mountain Man Program staff, group-use camping gear (Rain fly, pots & pans), and food. Each participant will get to sleep in an authentic mountain man tent or full size tepee!  Due to the rugged terrain, a sturdy pair of shoes is a must. NO open toed shoes or sandals. Scouts are welcomed and encouraged to wear outfits of the era.

Mountain Man encampment is located 3 miles from base camp up canyon on the Green Trail.  You will need a backpack to carry your personal gear, so weight and bulk must be minimized. Keep it simple and light (limit 35 lbs). Access is limited to foot and hoof traffic, there are no roads where we are going!


Learn to start a fire using flint and steel


Hone your skill at throwing Tomahawks and Knives


  • Making Primitive Fish Hooks and Fishing Spears

  • Trip to Indian Painting (Tall Rock Shelter)

  • Authentic Mountain Man Cooking

  • Knife Throw

  • Branding

  • Tomahawk Throw

  • Black Powder Shooting

  • Tracking and Track Identification

  • Fire Building, Flint and Steel

  • Primitive Trapping

  • Foraging Wild Edibles

  • Tanning Hides

  • Flint Napping

  • Rope Making

  • Shelter Building

  • Knife Sharpening

  • Branding

  • Campfire Stories

  • Swimming

  • Conservation Projects

  • Trail Building

  • Exploring Game Trails, Canyons, Caves

All participants are expected to pitch in to accomplish necessary camp chores and to follow the leadership of the staff. Self-discipline is expected, the Scout Oath and Law will be the rule of the Mountain Man camp.
At the end of the week, the Mountain Men will rendezvous at the closing campfire to receive their Mountain Man names, a Mountain Man patch, various awards from the mountain man games, skills, and competitions held throughout the week. This week into the 1840s promises to be an experience of fun, interesting activities, and unforgettable memories.

The fee for the Mountain Man Program covers all food, program supplies, and a qualified staff. See Fees & Payment Schedule for current pricing information.

  • Long pants
  • Cap or Hat
  • Flashlight 
  • Blanket Bed Roll
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • 4-1 liter Water Bottles
  • Mess Kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Leather gloves
  • Pocket Knife
  • Rain gear
  • Camera or Cell Phone (Optional)
  • Clothing of the era (Optional)