Summer 2021 Covid Resources

We have updated or added the following resources to aid in planning for your upcoming summer trip in 2021.

We recommend that you add:  mask(s), bandana, buff or some sort of face cover to your packing list.  We have also made updates to your first aid kit contents, so please review carefully.   Consider the current CDC guidelines on social distancing and travel as you start preparing for your trip and your travel to and from Northern Tier.

All participants and staff will have their temperature taken and health screened upon arrival.  We will not be allowing people on the property if they are potentially symptomatic, so please, if you are not healthy, stay home until you are better.  If you are sick, have been sick or have possibly been exposed to Covid-19 within 14 days of your arrival, we would ask that you don’t travel to Northern Tier.  

Please screen all participants prior to leaving home.  You can use this pre-event medical screening form.  

Our offices are open Monday through Friday 8 am -5 pm central time.

Make sure to do an effective shake down with your crews.  This can be done virtually and you can check out this video on how to do it!

Here you can find a shakedown checklist for each scout to use while packing for their time at Northern Tier. Included in the checklist is information on the gear needed as well as Northern Tier trading post items that meet our requirements. You can use this to help plan what still needs to be purchased so that it can be arranged prior to arriving at Northern Tier.  

Equipment Shakedown Checklist for Crews

You can browse our online store here:

We hope to have the Trading Post fully open in the summer of 2021, but there will be capacity limitations, making shopping slow.  We would still encourage you to purchase your required gear prior to arrival.

It is crucial and required that all scouts and advisors view the Northern Tier First Night presentation and Boundary waters video series prior to arrival at Northern Tier during the 2021 season. We will not have the ability to present these once you arrive making prior completion especially important. These videos cover emergency procedures and policies at Northern Tier as well as rules and regulations in the places where you will be paddling this summer

Northern Tier Orientation
BWCAW Video 2
BWCAW Video 1

We are a ‘no handshake zone’  this summer. Please understand that we are encouraging our staff to follow social distancing guidelines as much as possible, and to limit contact with individuals that is unnecessary.  We would ask that you respect those guidelines and follow them as well.

Trading Post will be curbside pickup only – please shop online before arrival – more information to come!

We will have adjustments to our dining plan while on base to insure that we can accommodate good social distancing, great hygiene and provide meals that are both healthy and taste good. 

Frequently Asked Questions - Update 2.1.2021

At this point, all bases are planned to be operate programs this summer. Please refer to your base’s official website for the most current information. 

If the Boy Scouts of America or a National High Adventure Base (HAB) cancels your program due to COVID-19, you can reschedule your adventure and apply fees to an alternate date later in 2021 or 2022.  If it is not possible for you to reschedule, you will receive a full refund of fees paid.

If you cancel your program please let us know as quickly as possible.  We are following our standard refund policy, which is:  All fees (including deposit) are non-refundable and nontransferable in the event of cancellation. Be cautious of making reservations or paying fees for those who have not made a financial commitment. Northern Tier High Adventure Programs must commit financial resources to employ staff, purchase food and supplies, and prepare for base operations. Participants are, therefore, also required to make a financial commitment to attend. Be conservative in making reservations to avoid losing fees due to cancellations.

The best way to reach us is to email us at  Please give us your complete contact information and we will get back to you.  We will direct your request to the best person to talk with you about those options.  

No.  If the border is closed, there will be no entry into Quetico this summer.  We are monitoring the situation very closely and will contact crews that will be impacted as we get closer to that point in the season.  

If you are looking for an adventure closer to home and potentially within driving distance, we can recommend that you look at the availability within the other National High Adventure Bases.  If they can accommodate you at that facility, we will transfer your fees for you.  

Northern Tier has made many adjustments to their program and facilities to maintain the standards that are being recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Agency of Canada and State of Minnesota.  You can find those updates here:  We do expect that the crew will take the time before arrival to properly prepare themselves for the trips following the new guidelines.  It will take both Northern Tier and the Crew to make this successful!

Northern Tier requires that all participants provide proof of completion of the BSA swim check prior to arrival.  It is up to the crew to validate swimmer status.  Crews will need to submit a swim check completion form at check-in for all members of the crew.

All bases are monitoring guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and their local jurisdictions to adjust their operating procedures to protect the health of participants. As these guidelines are expected to evolve, please continue to monitor your base’s official website for the most current information. 

Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification will continue to be required for backcountry adventures including trek programs and high adventure base participation. As a reminder, a current CPR/AED certification is a prerequisite for a WFA course.   

Through March 2021, please review options for NCAP accredited local council camps and National High Adventure Bases via a blended offering by ECSI: 

Note: Online-only WFA courses do not meet the WFA requirement.  If you are having trouble finding a course in your area, please reach out to us for options.

The expedition advisor on record can request a refund via email,  Northern Tier will review the request and if approved, and pro-rated share of the fee will be refunded to the crews.