Winter Awards

  • Cabin Stay
  • Okpik Cold Weather Camping Weekend
  • Okpik Musher Camp
  • Okpik Dog Sled Trek
  • Okpik Winter Trek
  • Zero Hero
  • Bizhiw Patch
  • Duty to God
  • Trail of Courage
  • Cold Weather Leader Training

All patches may be purchased at our Trading Post!

  Cabin Stay

Participants will be able to experience a full range of winter activities while still being able to enjoy a warm cabin at night. Crews will take day trips out to lakes in the area, learning how to ski, snowshoe and ice fish in the process. They will also learn how to cook breakfast and dinner meals in winter conditions. Minimum age is 11or must be a registered Scouts BSA member or Venturer by the time of arrival at base. Maximum group size is 11 and minimum group size is 6.Participants will receive the Okpik Cabin Stay Award

Okpik Cold Weather Camping Weekend

Provides a basic introduction to camping in winter conditions. Participants will hike out to a wilderness lake, towing their gear in sleds (pulks), set up a campsite and spend the one or two nights camping. In addition, they will be exposed to a wide variety of winter activities: snowshoeing, ice fishing, skiing and even a brief introduction to dog sledding. Minimum ageis14 or in 8thgradeby the time of arrival at base. Maximum group size is 11 and minimum group size is 6.Participants will receive the Okpik Cold Weather Camper Award.

Okpik Musher Camp

Provides participants with an introduction to dogsledding. Crews spend their entire weekend with the dogs: going on runs of up to 10 miles every morning and afternoon,providing other Okpik participants with rides,feeding the dogs breakfast and dinner and sleeping in a heated cabin directly adjacent to the dog yard. Minimum trip length: 3 nights. Minimum ageis14or in 8thgradeby the time of arrival at base.Maximum group sizeis7and minimum group size is 6.Participants will receive the Okpik Cold Weather Camper Award and may purchase the Okpik Musher Camp Award.

Okpik Dogsled Trek

A step up from the Musher Camp, the Dogsled Trekis intended for those who have some dog sledding or winter camping experience. It involves taking18 Alaskan Huskies out on the ice for two nights! After setting up a permanent camp, crews will explore the pristine and remote Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness on morning and afternoon runs of up to 10 miles. Minimum Trip Length: 3 nights (including one spent on base).Minimum age 14 or in 8thgrade by the time of arrival at base; maximum crew size is 7. Participants will receive the OkpikCold Weather Camper Award and may purchase the Okpik Dog Trek Award if at least 2 nights are spent out on the ice

Okpik Winter Trek

  • The Okpik Winter Trek award is available for any crews that spend at least 2 nights camping off base in the woods, change campsites at least once and travel at least 7 miles.

Zero Hero

  • The Zero Hero patch is available to any participant who camps outside on a night where the temperature drops below 0 degrees Fahrenheit (which means -1 or colder).

Bizhiw Patch

  • The Bizhiw Patch is available to any participant who spends two nights off base.

Duty to God

  • The Duty to God award is available to scouts and adults who participate in at least one daily devotional while at Northern Tier and lead grace before one meal while on ice.

Trail of Courage

  • The Trail of Courage award is available to crews who participate in group discussions about healthy lifestyles and personal improvement while at Northern Tier.

Cold Weather Leader Training

  • Interested in leading your own winter camping trips? Our Cold Weather Leadership Training program combines an on-base seminar curriculum with a hands-on, on-ice training (including two nights on trail). This five-day course is a condensed version of the same curriculum we give to our Interpreters. It is fun, informative, and an excellent preparation for designing and leading your own troop and council level winter camping adventures. Minimum age of 18 is required by the time of arrival at base.Cold Weather Leader Training will now be held at our Okpik Kapvik location in Michigan.