Programs for Individuals

Not everyone can attend Northern Tier with their Troop or Venturing Crew, but there are still a wide variety of opportunities for individual Scouts and Venturers to get to the Northwoods. Northern Tier has designed several individual programs, some offering special challenges for personal growth.

Opportunities include: an award-winning Order of the Arrow Program, which combines the service work of trail building with a High Adventure experience; Forest Corps, an environmental education and leadership development program for young men and women; and Lone Voyageur, a provisional program designed to combine small groups and individuals from around the country into a normal Northern Tier Crew


Want to attend Northern Tier but your Troop or Venturing Crew can't make it this year? No problem. The Lone Voyageur program allows Boy Scouts (at least 14 years of age) and Venturers to attend Northern Tier as part of a provisional crew.

Offered out of the Charles L. Sommers Wilderness Canoe Base, this adventure costs just $600 per person. Three Lone Voyageur Trips will be offered during Summer 2014: June 11 - June 18, June 18 - June 25 and August 5 - August 12. A round-trip shuttle from the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport is included in your fee.

If those dates do not work for you and you are interested in the Lone Voyaguer program, please contact Northern Tier and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Click to download a Lone Voyageur application.


Forest Corps is a two week leadership training course for outdoor enthusiasts. The course consists of ten days of canoeing and camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) and includes training in conservation, Leave No Trace (LNT), field science and outdoor education. Forest Corps is physically and mentally intense, fun and rewarding. Each Forest Corps crew is composed of two Instructors and 4 to 7 students from across the nation. As a group, the crew will prepare and design an itinerary based on the goals and experience of each member. Participants can expect to achieve skills and certifications leading to rank advancement and award requirement completion in topics like ecology, US Forest Service management and LNT Trainer status.

Each crew will have a male and female instructor. In addition to advanced first aid and camping skills, Forest Corps Instructors are highly trained and experienced experts in multiple fields of study from outdoor education and ethics to natural sciences. Instructors will be a resource for support and feedback. Participants will lead the activities and teach the lessons.

Forest Corps incorporates education into all aspect of the program through real hands-on experience. Local examples of nature, living history and land use are used as models to understand the ideology and problem solving techniques behind current wilderness ethics, policies and practices. Participants can take what they learn in Forest Corps and apply it in any environment.

Two Forest Corps sessions will be offered during the 2014 summer: Session 1 is June 25 - July 9 and Session 2 is July 23-August 6. The cost is $650/participant for each session. A round-trip shuttle from the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport is included in your fee.

Click to download a Forest Corps application and fact sheet.

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National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is an exciting program where young men and women enhance their leadership skills. Participants will expand upon the team building and ethical decision making skills learned in National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). NAYLE emphasizes leadership, teamwork, and selfless service using the core elements of NYLT to make these skills intuitive.

In 2014, the NAYLE program, which began at Philmont Scout Ranch, expands to the Northern Tier High Adventure Base. You can be a part of this inaugural Northern Tier program!

2014 courses will be held July 6-12 and July 13-19. The fee for the six-day course is $385. A payment of at least $100 is due when you complete the online application, with the balance due 30 days prior to arrival. A round-trip shuttle from the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport is available for $120.



Download the Northern Tier NAYLE Guidebook


The Order of the Arrow Wilderness Voyage program is an experience like no other. For two weeks, you will join together with Arrowmen from around the country and experience all that the Border Lakes region of Northern Minnesota and Ontario has to offer.

The first week of the program is spent giving back to the Canoe Country region through portage trail restoration work. Participants have an opportunity to leave a mark on the Border Lake region that will enable millions of visitors each year to better enjoy their experience. Trail work involves restoring and protecting trails that have existed for centuries and are in dire need of repair.

The second part of the program is a trek planned by the crew. From the Height of Land to the pictographs on Fishdance Lake, crews have done and seen all in the boundary waters. The Wilderness Voyage program works and travels in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) while the Canadian Odyssey Program works and travels through Quetico Provincial Park

Click the button below to travel to the Order of the Arrow's official High Adventure Program website to find out more about these opportunities.


Northern Tier regularly offers a variety of training courses for adults and older Scouts. For the most up to date information, visit our Training tab.

Leave No Trace Master Educator - Experience canoe country during this 7-day program and learn how to spread the word of Leave No Trace.

Cold Weather Leader Training - Visit Northern Tier in the winter and learn how to run a great Cold Weather Program back home!


About Northern Tier

Come to Northern Tier for a whole new level of adventure, up north! From incredible canoe journeys to wild winter wilderness camping, Northern Tier promises the Scouting adventure of a lifetime in the Great North Woods of northern Minnesota and Canada.