The Northern Tier Blog

Layering systems in the winter

The cold winter of Northern Minnesota, while harsh, can create some of the most amazing spectacles of nature. The clear black glossy ice allowing you to see the rocks beneath your feet. The glistening of snow blowing on a sunny day. Or maybe it’s the silence of a wilderness lake at sunrise. All these epic views tend to take place when it’s below freezing and chilly to the bone. While that might keep some folks away from our winter wonderland, for the boy scouts, we tackle these challenges and are often rewarded handsomely with the most magnificent sunrises, sunsets, and wildlife the Northwoods has to offer. In this month’s Northern Tier blog post we are going to talk a little more about the strategies we use at Northern Tier to stay warm. Our gear helps us

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Individual Winter Treks

Every year scouts from across the country want to go come up to Northern Tiers Okpik Program but struggle to find the fellow scouts and advisors to come with them. We get it. Not everybody wants to come up to build snowmen, play broom ball, go sledding, and learn to stay warm in extreme temperatures. It just sounds like a miserable time doesn’t it? It is precisely for those scouts Northern Tier offers our all-important individual winter treks. On these treks scouts from across the country are paired into one unit, given 2 interpreters to guide them and, sent out into the great white North equipped with everything needed to have a great winter adventure.   The individual treks this

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All About Becoming an Interpreter

What does it mean to be an Interpreter?  If you have ever been to a Northern Tier program either Summer or Winter, then you are probably familiar with our Interpreter program. Each crew that goes on a trek with us gets paired with one of our interpreters who has been trained on the programs and activities that you signed up for. Whether you’re dog sledding across a frozen lake or paddling a lake in a canoe, at Northern Tier, you will always have one of these trained staff members to guide you on your way, teach you new skills, and inform you about the

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100 Years of Wilderness Adventure

When the adult leaders of Region 10 launched the first scout canoe trip out of Winton Minnesota in 1923, I doubt they were trying to start anything big. They weren’t on a mission to build a program that would last and go on to send thousands of scouts on life-changing experiences through a 100-year legacy. No, instead I believe they were focused on satisfying their own itch for adventure and sharing a wilderness experience with the scouts they had. They wanted to show them what true wilderness was and to help the scouts learn the lessons that the Northwoods has

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Welcome to the Northern Tier Blog!

Maybe you have been to Northern Tier before or maybe you just stumbled upon us through the giant web of the internet. Either way, you have found the home for BSA High Adventure in the Northwoods and we are very excited to share it with you! To welcome you to our Blog we think it might be best to share a little bit about what we do here in our little corner of North East Minnesota  Our mission at Northern tier is “to provide wilderness adventures that last a lifetime” and we do that through many different backcountry trips into

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Order of The Arrow Wilderness Voyage

Imagine paddling crystal-clear waters lined by dense green forests in the pristine wilderness of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, one of the most untouched areas in the US. You pull into camp at the end of a long day, while your partner starts setting up the tent you pull out some flint and steel to start the fire that you’ll cook dinner over. The sound of waves lapping upon the shore, the ache of your muscles after a week of cheerful service setting rocks and digging through mud to repair trails that were established hundreds of years ago by

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