The Swan Mountain Wilderness Cooking School offers a complete program of instruction in camp and back country cooking. The school is located in a magnificent wilderness setting near Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness in northern Montana. Shared facilities with the Swan Mountain Wilderness Guide School ensures a realistic environment for hands on instruction. Work with experts in many fields and make friendships that will last a lifetime. Enjoy the course!

What You’ll Learn

From day one, you will be hands-on in planning, cooking, and serving meals. The curriculum includes lessons on meal planning, kitchen management, and culinary techniques. Techniques emphasize on cast iron, campfire, and primitive cooking. We also include basic baking, smoking, grilling, and survival food preparation skills.

While you are learning wilderness cooking techniques, you can meet (and learn from!) some of the nation’s most experienced wilderness outfitting practitioners. You’ll even get to practice some basic outdoor skills! This includes: first aid, orienteering, horsemanship, survival, and firearms safety.

Be prepared- that’s our motto. Our curriculum will teach you the skills to survive and cook in an extraordinary outdoor experience. You’ll be ready to cook in any outdoor situation!

Importance of the Camp Cook

In any good outfit, the camp cook is critical! A hearty meal on a hard day can boost the morale and energy of everyone in the camp. A good cook’s influence and involvement extends to many aspects of the operation.  At Swan Mountain we will inspire your enthusiasm as we help you build your skills. We will open your eyes to the importance of the camp cook position and the endless possibilities of cooking in the outdoors.

Career Development

If you choose to pursue a career in camp cooking, you will have the training and experience to do so successfully. We cannot guarantee a camp cook job for you. The road to success depends on you and the effort you put into the craft. With the right training, energy, and enthusiasm, you cannot fail! If you are interested in finding a job as a camp cook we will provide the training and the advice to get you well on your way.

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