The Northern Tier Blog

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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The Value of Northern Tier – A Letter From a Scoutmaster

Good afternoon Don; I wanted to provide some feedback on our troop’s Northern Tier experience.  First let me say I am the Scoutmaster for Troop 125 in Rochester Michigan and have been so for the past several years. As far as anyone knows in our troop we have not been to Northern Tier in over 20 years and we had not been on a high adventure canoe trip in 10 years.  I started campaigning for a canoe trek when my son joined in 2009 and I was an Assistant Scoutmaster. There was quite a bit of pushback in going to

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What’s New in 2022?

We are excited to announce big changes to the Northern Tier registration process for the 2022 winter and summer seasons.  While final details are still rolling out, we hope that these changes will make your experience registering for a Northern Tier Trek easier!   As more details become available we will update them here.  Soon the 2022 registration page will become available where you will also find full details.   Summer 2022 We will begin the celebration of 100 years of High Adventure.  This will be an exciting time at Northern Tier as we take a look back at how our programs

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