Volunteer pack support is an integral part of the work BMWF does, Pack stock haul tools, food and gear for over 40 back country projects each year. Without this non-motorized support, volunteer based stewardship would not be possible. In addition, packers help educate volunteers about the importance of traditional stock use. The Bob has a uniquely rich heritage of stock use, which has helped to shape the character of the Complex and its users, as well as support its conservation and stewardship. However, despite this deeply engrained heritage, packing is a fading skill. The current generation of packers is aging, and there are few young packers being trained to replace them. The BMWF with Back Country Horsemen of the Flathead (BCHF) and Backcountry Horsemen of America (BCHA) have established a packer apprentice program designed to help foster the next generation of packers, who we hope will help support wilderness stewardship in The Bob for years to come. Each apprentice will gain valuable skills and training in Wilderness packing. The apprentice will attend a packing skills class at the Nine Mile Wildlands Training Center taught by legendary packer Smoke Elser. Topics covered in this five day course include: stock anatomy, saddles and tack, feeding and care of stock, safe stock handling techniques, packing the Decker saddle, and minimum impact camping and stock use techniques. Following training the packer apprentice will be required to participate in a minimum of 6, one way packing trips with the BMWF trainer packers. These experienced packers will provide training in stock safety, packing different loads on different animals using different styles of packing, safely on the trail, wilderness skills and much more. This is a part-time apprenticeship that provides travel and meals allowance: it is assumed that the apprentice will likely have other summer employment as well.