Outdoor Cooking School Information

Click here to download and print the following checklist.

What to bring:
  • Clothes for at least 7 days (include jeans, long and short sleeve shirts)
    Shorts are not allowed during instruction, but can be worn on days off.
  • Clothes to go to town or a job interview in (nice jeans and shirt)
  • Long underwear, sweatshirt w/hood, and warm jacket(s)
  • Footwear-- must be comfortable and not fatigue you. You will be on your feet around 10 hrs per day. You should also have some camp shoes and shower shoes.
  • Sleeping bag rated at least 0 degrees (w/stuff sack and pillow w/cover) (Wiggy's 1-800-748-1847)
  • Warm sleep wear
  • Gloves (leather and other of your choice)
  • Toiletries (tooth brush/toothpaste, comb, soaps, medications and misc. personal items)
  • Camera
  • Travel mirror
  • Sunglasses
  • Insulated travel mug or "to go cup" This is your drinking cup during school. We don’t supply cups.
  • Towel, face cloth and baby wipes
  • Alarm clock with extra batteries
  • Flash light with extra batteries (Mini-Mag™, or something as small)
  • Notebook w/pencils or pens (1 large, 1 pocket size)
  • Apron
  • Leatherman™ tool or similar type
  • Duffel bags no larger than 18"x36"(to store and organize your belongings), waterproof is good but not necessary
  • Pocket money for laundry & shopping
  • 2 bic lighters
Most gear can be purchased at Cabelas 1-800-237-4444, Campmor 1-800-226-7667 or for cold weather footwear Schnees 1-800-922-1562. Contact us if you have any questions or want specific recommendations.

Also, to fish on your days off and on the pack trip, a non-resident fishing license is needed and can be purchased for $22/per 2-day sticker or $69 for the year. This price is not included in tuition, because the school cannot purchase a fishing license for you. The fishing license can be purchased at the local gas station.

The weather can be unpredictable (highs in the 60's, lows in the 30's) in May or June. Be sure and bring warm, comfortable clothing and suitable gear for your stay. Be reminded that there is no running water or electricity at camp. There is an outhouse and a shower tent.

Collapsible chairs for relaxing in or outside your tent
Fishing gear (for your day off)
Blanket (if you are cold blooded)
Anything else to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable---remember, you will be camping for several weeks!

As a minimum, you should have all the items on the first list when you come. As you go through the school and on to a job, you will have a much better idea of what you will need and want for further gear.

Download and print the above gear list.