How do we meet the Wilderness First Aid and CPR Requirements?

Northern Tier requires every crew to have at least one adult currently certified in Wilderness First Aid (16-hour minimum course length) and CPR (WOW Crews may substitute Standard First Aid for WFA). For more information on how to become certified and find recognized courses, visit the BSA's Health and Safety page regarding WFA here. Additionally, Northern Tier offers WFA, WFR and CPR courses through recognized providers occasionally. Be sure to check out our Training Center page regularly for information on those offerings.

What food and equipment does Northern Tier provide to each participant?

Northern Tier provides all trail and base meals, sleds, snowshoes, winter clothing (other than base layers and hats) and communication equipment. For a full list of what OKPIK Participants should bring, please click here. We also provide trained staff (i.e., interpreter) to assist your crew in having a great Scouting experience with a fun trip appropriate to the experience and abilities of your crew. The interpreter will enhance your Scouting skills along the way and deliver a memorable experience.

What are the fees?
What are the height and weight requirements?

There is no minimum weight requirement, however, those weighing less than 100 pounds will have a very difficult time and are discouraged from attending (not applicable to Cabin Stay and WOW programs).
No participant in any program may fall above 295 pounds (250 pounds for dogsledding programs).
Participants who fall within the recommended weight limits are much more likely to have an enjoyable trek and avoid incurring injuries and health risks.

Why are the weight limits what they are?

Extra weight puts strain on the back, joints and feet. Traveling in the winter can be very strenuous and taxing on the body due to varying snow and ice conditions. General safety is another major concern. In the rare event where someone does need to be pulled off of the ice due to injury or illness, extra weight can provide very real difficulties.

What time do we need to arrive? What time do we leave on our departure date?

On the scheduled day of arrival crews should arrive between 4pm and 7pm.
Departure is after lunch on the last day.

What are the age requirements?

For OKPIK Treks and Dogsledding Programs, participants must be age 14 OR age 13 and have completed the eight grade by the time of arrival. OKPIK Weekend Sampler and Holiday Stay programs require that participants be age 13 or above by the time of arrival. Cabin Stay participants must be age 11 or above by the time of arrival and WEBELOS OKPIK Weekend participants must be registered WEBELOS.

How do I plan my trip?

The OKPIK Trip Planning page has all of the information you need to plan your OKPIK experience.

What is the payment schedule?
How far will my crew travel in an average day?

Depending on the OKPIK adventure you choose to participate in your travel will be different. Expect to travel 1 to 2 miles on a day trip, but the more ambitious crews undertaking treks may travel 3 to 5 miles a day traveling from one campsite to another.

What is the maximum crew size?

WEBELOS OKPIK WEEKEND - 6 partner pairs (6 WEBELOS and 6 parents)
OKPIK TREKS - 8 people

My child wants to attend but their unit does not. How can he or she participate?

Currently Northern Tier does not have any OKPIK programs for individuals. Please call us at 218.365.4811 or email us at info@ntier.org and let us know of your interest. We may be able to help you find a crew to become a part of.

If we are on the ice, how do we call the base?

For emergency communications, all Interpreters are issued a radio to communicate with the base.

Do Scouts really learn to feed and handle sled dogs?

Yes, our OKPIK Musher Camp and Dog Sled Trek are full immersion programs.

What awards can we earn while at OKPIK?

There are a few different awards that may be earned at Northern Tier during OKPIK. These are specific to Northern Tier programs and may not be earned anywhere else. Information on all available awards may be found here.

What are the accommodations (cabins) on base like?

All crew cabins are heated and have electrical outlets. Summer weight sleeping bags work well in our cabins.


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.