Northern Tier Outfitting Program

 Northern Tier is offering a new program beginning in 2022.  This program will allow for crews, with previous Northern Tier experience to participate in a canoe trip, utilizing their own leadership.  Northern Tier can assist with full outfitting of the trip or just providing minimal equipment for the trip, based on the needs of the crew.  All crews will need to complete a request form which will determine their eligibility to participate.  If eligible, crews will be able to choose from a few options for outfitting their trip.  This program is being offered out of the Sommers Canoe Base, in Ely, MN only.  This program will not be available at the Canadian bases.

All crews utilizing Northern Tier’s Outfitting Services must meet all Boy Scouts of America Youth Protection and Guide to Safe Scouting requirements for the trip, as well as the US Forest Service and/or Quetico Provincial Parks Regulations.

Each crew must provide the following leadership:

  • Two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including meetings. There must be a registered female adult leader 21 years of age or over in every unit serving females. A registered female adult leader 21 years of age or over must be present for any activity involving female youth.
  • 2 participants must have completed Wilderness First Aid Training or equivalent (minimum 16-hour in person course) through an approved vendor.
  • One adult must have previously participated in a traditional Northern Tier summer expedition. This expedition must have taken place within 3 years of the requested upcoming trip. 
  • At least one adult that has completed the following trainings:
    • Hazardous Weather Training
    • Safe Swim Defense
    • Safety Afloat
  • All participants age 18 and older must have current youth protection training certificate.
  • Any crew booking a trip utilizing Northern Tier canoes, will be required to go through 3 online orientation sessions prior to the trip. These virtual sessions will be scheduled throughout the months of March-May and will walk the crew through the required Northern Tier, USFS and Quetico Parks requirements prior to entering wilderness areas.   

To make a reservation for an outfitted trip through Northern Tier:

  1. Review the menu of options and select the option that fits your needs best. You can choose from fully outfitted or partially outfitted options.
  1. Complete the outfitting application below. If your crew meets the minimum requirements, a Northern Tier staff member will reach out to you, to complete your booking.

 

Voyageur Brigade Package – Fully Outfitted Canoe Trip

Standard Northern Tier Program and Outfitting, the only thing missing is the interpreter!

Lightweight – Kevlar Option

$100 per person, per day

(minimum 4 people/2 canoes)

Northern Will Provide:

  • We no nah Champlain Canoes each with 3 seats
  • Paddles (straight or bent shaft)
  • Old Towne Life Jackets
  • Alps Outfitter Tents (2 man or 4 man)
  • Aluminum Cook Kit with Utensils
  • Rain Fly
  • Fire Grate and Griddle
  • Granite Gear Personal Gear Packs with liner bags
  • Kondos Food and Equipment Packs with liner bags
  • Rope system for Hanging Bear Bag
  • Trail Food (see menu)
  • Camp Saw
  • Trowel
  • Paracord for Misc needs
  • 2 – MSR Whisperlite Stoves
  • Satellite Phone or Emergency Radio (Northern Tier will issue the appropriate device for the itinerary you submit.)
  • Cabin Space on arrival day and cabin space on last day of trip
  • Dining Hall meals at the start and end of trip
  • Participation in Closing Rendezvous program
  • Permit Booking
    • BWCAW – booking and issuing fees covered through this
    • Quetico – booking fees covered, unit is responsible for remaining camping fees paid at the time you enter the park.
 

*Recommended 3 canoes per crew, but a maximum of 4 canoes per crew is available.

Aluminum Canoe Option

$90 per person, per day

(minimum 4 people/2 canoes)

Northern Will Provide:

  • Alumacraft Canoes, each with 2 seats (duffer pads provided for a 3rd paddler in each canoe)
  • Paddles (straight or bent shaft)
  • Old Towne Life Jackets
  • Alps Outfitter Tents (2 man or 4 man)
  • Aluminum Cook Kit with Utensils
  • Rain Fly
  • Fire Grate and Griddle
  • Granite Gear Personal Gear Packs with liner bags
  • Kondos Food and Equipment Packs with liner bags
  • Rope system for Hanging Bear Bag
  • Trail Food (see menu)
  • Camp Saw
  • Trowel
  • Paracord for Misc needs
  • 2 – MSR Whisperlite Stoves
  • Satellite Phone or Emergency Radio (Northern Tier will issue the appropriate device for the itinerary you submit.)
  • Cabin Space on arrival day and cabin space on last day of trip
  • Dining Hall meals at the start and end of trip
  • Participation in Closing Rendezvous program
  • Permit Booking
    • BWCAW – booking and issuing fees covered through this
    • Quetico – booking fees covered, unit is responsible for remaining camping fees paid at the time you enter the park.
 

*Recommended 3 canoes per crew, but a maximum of 4 canoes per crew is available.

 

Partially Outfitted Options (A la Carte)


A la Carte Rental Options

Canoe – Wenonah Champlain – 18 ft Kevlar with 3 seats*

$43 per canoe per day

Canoe – Alumacraft – 18 ft Aluminum with 2 seats*

$25 per canoe per day

Portage Pack – Granite Gear Trad 4 with liner bag

$5 per day per pack

Food Pack – Kondos with liner bag and bear bag ropes

$8 per day per pack

Satellite Phone – limited availability

$25 per day

* Canoe Rentals include lifejackets and paddles for up to 3 persons per canoe.  Northern Tier will verify permit status and rent only the number of canoes allowed for by that permit.

Food Only Option ($30 per person, per day):

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • Snacks and Dinner Dessert
  • Food Pack, Liner Bag and Bear Bag Hanging System

The Northern Tier Menu will be provided once reservation is made and deposit is paid.  Crew will have the meal options as laid out on the menu.  Orders must be placed by April 15, to be outfitted for the summer season.  Northern Tier will provide standard meal fare.  A preliminary menu can be found here ntier.com – a final menu will be posted by Feb. 1.