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July 23 - 30, 2016

2016 High Adventure:  The Northern Tier


Northern Tier is the BSA's gateway to adventure in the Great Northwoods. In the Summer, scouts from Northern Tier’s three wilderness canoe bases explore millions of acres of pristine lakes, meandering rivers, dense forests and wetlands in Northern Minnesota, Northwest Ontario and Northeast Manitoba.


​Northern Tier is the BSA's oldest national High Adventure program, outfitting scouting groups for canoe trips since the summer of 1923. The Charles L Sommers Base has been home to the program since 1941.


North America’s Canoe Country, a vast series of navigable lakes and rivers spanning thousands of square miles, is one of the last great wildernesses on the continent. This boreal forest of waterfalls and bogs, bears and wolves, granite crags and waist-deep mud remains nearly as much of a wilderness as it was for the first fur traders who explored the area in the 1600s. Two centuries after the fur trade’s peak in the early 1800s, our participants still follow in the footsteps of the French-Canadian voyageurs, paddling the same waters and straining over the same portage trails.


We're assembling three crews of adventurers for a week of canoeing at Northern Tier next summer.  Save the date:  July 23-30, 2016. 



Important Links:

Northern Tier Medical Form

Equipment List




Updates from Planning Meetings:

  • 9/24/15 - We had the kick-off meeting for the trip.  There is lots of interest with the scouts and adults.  We will be locking down the roster and crew members very soon.  Check out the PDF file below with the presentation from the kick-off meeting.  Lots more information is also available on the Norther Tier web site

    • The first deposit of $250 is due on 10/8/15 to reserve your spot.






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