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; Lone Voyageur, a provisional program designed to combine small groups and individuals from around the country into a normal Northern Tier Crew; and Training Opportunities like Leave No Trace Master Educator course and Cold Weather Leader Adult Training. 




Join a Crew already signed up for Northern Tier which has space for additional crew members. Contact the Trip leaders listed below for information about joining as a member of their crew.

Summer 2018
Winter 2017-18



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 $480 per person. Five Lone Voyageur Trips will be offered during Summer 2017: June 7 - June 14, June 18 - June 25, June 28 - July 5, July 19 - July 26 and August 9 - August 16. A payment of at least $100 is due when you register with the balance due 30 days prior to arrival. A round-trip shuttle from the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport is available for an additional $130.  

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

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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.

Forest Corps will be offered in 2018.



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.

Course dates for 2017 are July 10 - 16. The fee for the six-day course is $410. A payment of at least $100 is due when you register with the balance due 30 days prior to arrival. A round-trip shuttle from the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport is available for $130. 

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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

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Want to experience Northern Tier in the winter, but you aren't able to put together an entire crew? No problem! Northern Tier allows Boy Scouts (at least 14 years of age or currently enrolled in 8th grade) and Venturers to attend a Dog Sled Trek or Okpik Cold Weather Camping Weekend as part of a provisional crew.

Dog Sled Trek
Session 1: February 9-12, 2018
Cost: $525 per participant

Okpik Cold Weather Camping Weekend
Session 1: January 19-22, 2018
Cost: $300 per participant

An Airport shuttle is available for an additional $130.
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Northern Tier is the site of the Boy Scouts of America's National Cold Weather Camping Development Center. Our Cold Weather Leadership Training program combines an on-base seminar curriculum with a hands-on, on-ice training (including two nights on the trail).

This five-day course is a condensed version of the same curriculum we give to our staff. Minimum age is 16 by arrival at Northern Tier.

January 3-8, 2018
The cost for the course if $340 per person.

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Northern Tier offers Leave No Trace Master Educator courses throughout the year. This 5-day course features a day on base of lectures before a 4-day immersive wilderness classroom experience. The class is designed to teach Leave No Trace trainers the pedagogical methods necessary to instruct others in Leave No Trace ethics. After graduating the class, participants will be able to teach BSA 101 sessions, LNT Awareness workshops, and LNT trainer courses.

All food, housing, class materials, and group gear will be provided by Northern Tier. Participants will be required to provide personal gear similar to what is required on a standard Northern Tier trek.

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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.