Winter Individual Programs

Northern Tier offers Programs for Individuals who are unable to find a unit to attend with.  The programs are designed to bring individuals from throughout the BSA together for a great Northern Tier experience.  Northern Tier will provide the appropriate adult leadership for all crews within this program.  Scouts are responsible to find their own transportation to and from Northern Tier.  A shuttle from the Minneapolis Airport is available at an extra fee.  

During the 2020-21 winter, Northern Tier has three program offerings for our Individual Programs.  Full details are outlined below.

Okpik Cold Weather
Camping Weekends for Individuals

Learn the basics of winter camping. Crews will pack their gear onto sleds (or “pulks”) and head out into the wilderness, spending their nights camping on the snow and ice. Scouts will learn how to set up a winter campsite, how to build snow shelters and how to cook meals at low temperatures. In addition, they will get to try out a full array of winter activities. Participants must be at least 14 years old or currently enrolled in 8th grade.
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Session 1:  January 28-31, 2022

Session 2:  February 11-14, 2022

Cost:  $400 per person – $100 due immediately upon registration, remaining balance due 30 day prior to arrival.

There is an addition fee of $250 to take the shuttle from MSP to Northern Tier.

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.

Session 1:  Jan. 6-11, 2022

Cost:  $400 per person – $100 due immediately upon registration, remaining balance due 30 day prior to arrival.

There is an addition fee of $250 to take the shuttle from MSP to Northern Tier.

Additional CWLT Information

 

Kodiak

Kodiak is a BSA youth leadership opportunity centered around high adventure trekking. This exciting youth driven challenge gives participants the opportunity to advance their leadership skills through the outdoor adventure setting while completing a trek and overcoming obstacles as a group. This course takes place during Northern Tier’s Okpik season which adds an additional layer of challenge as participants will be completing this course while also learning about Winter camping at the BSA’s premier coldweather camping center.

 This 5 day course is packed with activity that will leave scouts better prepared to lead their units back home.

Session 1:  Jan. 6-11, 2022

Cost:  $400 per person – $100 due immediately upon registration, remaining balance due 30 day prior to arrival.

Age: 16-20

There is an addition fee of $250 to take the shuttle from MSP to Northern Tier.

Additional CWLT Information

 

Join an Existing Crew

If you would like to add your name to a list of people looking for crews to join, we share this with the Crew advisors who may have lost scouts and are looking for others to join them to fill up their crews. This is of course no guarantee of a spot and often it will be several months until they are looking for people to join, but it certainly does not hurt to get on the list. If you are OK with us sharing your information, please email us with the following information:

  • Scout Name
  • Parent Name
  • Phone #
  • City, ST
  • Email Address
  • Trip Preference (summer or winter)
  • Date Preference

By emailing this information to info@ntier.org, you are authorizing Northern Tier to share the information listed with Scout leaders attending Northern Tier. Be sure to use the title “Lone Scout List” and include the program and year you are looking for. E.g. Lone Scout List Summer 2021.

If you do find a crew to join please let us know so we can remove you from future lists.

Fee: Varies
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  • Season: Summer & Winter
  • Age: Varies based on crew
  • Group Size Varies
  • Leadership: Varies
  • Registration: Varies
  • Dates: Varies