Cold Weather Leader Training

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. It is fun, informative and an excellent preparation for designing and leading your own troop and council level winter camping adventures. Minimum age is 18 by arrival at Northern Tier.

The 2019 CWLT Course will take place at the 2019 Kapvik location, Gerber Scout Reservation in Muskegon, Michigan

Upcoming course session(s) listed below:
January 10-15, 2019

The cost for the course is $340 per person.

Download a copy of the sample course schedule here.

Okpik Gear List

*Note: In rare circumstances, Northern Tier will have to cancel a session of CWLT if there are not enough people registered. If this decision is made, participants signed up for that session will be able to transfer to the other session or receive a full refund.


These web pages have been developed specifically to provide course presentations, videos, links and many more resources to past students of Cold Weather Leader Training.

2019 Cold Weather Leader Training Participant Guide


Cold Weather Injuries Presentation
Risk Management - Emergency Plans Presentation
Homeostasis Presentation
Leave No Trace Presentation
Menu Planning Presentation
Shelters Presentation
Water & Sanitation Presentation


Cold Weather Instructional Videos


2017 CWLT Photos


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.