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MSWAT Curriculum

Throughout the session, students will engage in activities that build leadership, facilitate teamwork, encourage cooperation and goal setting, and teach wilderness survival skills through interactive and challenging environments. Students pack into our backcountry base camp on horseback and stay for the length of their session. Camp is set up with wall tents, cots and wood stoves. All food is included. The curriculum is flexible, but this list will give you an idea of what students will experience.

  • General Safety: for example proper hydration, safe practices around wildlife, and fire safety
  • Horsemanship: for example safety on and around horses, saddling, riding skills, and animal care
  • Packing Mules: for example learning how to make and secure manty loads and top packs
  • Planning an overnight trip: for example learning what gear to pack, checking the weather and conditions, getting familiar with the area from maps
  • Flora and Fauna: for example learning the difference between edible and poisonous plants, studying area populations of animals
  • Setting up Camp: for example learning how to choose an appropriate campsite, safely place your tents, and practice low-impact camping
  • Fire Making: for example choosing appropriate materials, identifying safe locations, practicing fire safety
  • Camp Cooking:  for example learning how to safely cook on a campfire.
  • Fishing:  for example learning how to choose appropriate flies, casting, and learning proper techniques for catch and release.
  • Wilderness Medicine and First Aid: for example treating common injuries and preventing illness and injury
  • Shelter Building: for example choosing appropriate  materials, building the shelter in a protected area, learning to build an emergency shelter quickly
  • Water Purification: for example learning when purification is needed, practicing purification techniques for emergency and non-emergency situations
  • Hiking/Backpacking: for example checking mountain conditions and weather, studying maps of the area, learning how to maintain personal safety in a wilderness environment
  • Orienteering: for example learning how to read a map and use a compass to position yourself
  • Team building/group work: for example participating in camp activities that require problem solving and group participation such as setting up camp
  • Tracking: for example learning how to recognize and follow animal signs and tracks on horseback and foot
  • Wilderness Safety and Survival: for example understanding common wilderness conditions and challenges and learning Forest Service rules and regulations

Session 1 TBA

Session 2 TBA

Price: $2500/session per student*

*dates and prices are subject to change

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Deposit Policy
A deposit of 50% of the trip is required to book your reservation. This deposit is non-refundable.

The balance of the cost of the trip is due 60 days prior to trip date and is non-refundable. Trips not fully paid by this date will be considered cancelled. Trip Cancellation Insurance, which we recommend, is available at: MOGA

We accept credit cards (Visa/MasterCard only) and checks.

Make checks payable to Absaroka-Beartooth Outfitters, Inc.


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