Cripple Creek (Mountain Man)

The Cripple Creek program at Camp Raven Knob is a week of mountain living experiences like no other! Scouts, Venturers, and leaders who participate will spend all week in the wooded back country of Raven Knob living like the frontiersmen of the mid-1800s, surrounded by towering mountains, pristine streams, and the smell of wood smoke. Challenging adventures await at every turn!

Participants will spend nearly the entire week in the Cripple Creek Primitive Area living like pioneers (without electricity). Activites include knife-making, leatherwork, learning the uses of edible plants, learning how to use woods tools, gem mining, tracking/trapping, cooking with a wood stove and cast iron, learning about our pioneer ancestors, blacksmithing, and black powder rifle shooting. Scouts will complete most or all of the requirements for the following merit badges: Cooking, Leatherwork, Metalwork, Woodwork, and Rifle Shooting.

Participants and staff will camp in wall tents and prepare their own meals in the Chuckwagon Kitchen. Everyone will also be able to attend the Wednesday night campfire in downtown Raven Knob.

Scouts and Venturers can come as a group or as individuals. We recommend that an adult leader accompany all groups of five or more Scouts or Venturers. All participants must be at least 13 years of age (previously 14). There is a $30 fee for program materials.

Grab your gear and get ready for backwoods living at its roughest! We’ll be waiting for you at Cripple Creek.

Fast Facts
Session Length All Day (All Week)
Program Fee $45
Age Requirement 13+ (previously 14)
Pre-Requisites N/A


Who can participate?

  • Cripple Creek is open to anyone 13 years of age or older (previously 14). Scouts, Venturers, and adult leaders are all invited to participate.
  • Cripple Creek does not have female staff members, so units with female youth will need to provide appropriate leadership as necessary.
  • All participants should be in general good health and sound physical condition. Participants will be allowed into the program based on the staff’s discretion and leader recommendations.

What should I bring?

  • We recommend that participants bring their gear in footlockers (one per person).
  • Participants should bring work clothes, general camp clothing, and Class A uniforms. Otherwise, just follow the list of general camping items as posted in the Leaders Guide for Summer Camp.
  • Participants may want to bring some cash for spending money. Cripple Creek Canteen has items for sale as well as period snacks and cold root beer.
  • We recommend that all food, beverages, electronic devices, and other expensive items be left at home or at base camp.