This year marks the 100th anniversary since Boy Scouts first hiked the wilderness on the Minnesota-Canada border. Scouts will take part in special Northern Tier High Adventure hikes this year, celebrating Base Minnesota’s 100th anniversary.
Scouts can also take part in these special hikes in 2023. Registration for the Okpik 2022-2023 and summer 2023 programs opens at 9 a.m. CST on January 12. The 2022 summer trek sites are almost full, but you can still check availability.
Summer adventures provide the opportunity to explore millions of acres of lakes, waterfalls, forests and wetlands in northern Minnesota, northwestern Ontario and northeastern Manitoba by canoe . In winter, Scouts and Adventurers can cross the snow on snowshoes, skis or dog sleds as part of the Okpik program.
North level registration
To register, crews will choose between two travel options depending on the base they frequent:
- Sommers Base in Ely, Minnesota, for seven and 10 night trips.
- Rogert’s Base in Atikokan, Ontario, for eight and 10 night trips.
- Northern Expeditions base in Bissett, Manitoba for eight and 10 night trips.
You can connect to BSA Information portal Find your adventure record.
To be ready for the best possible experience on registration day, make sure your My.Scoutism the account is up to date.
The 100th anniversary
Scouts can work to win a special Northern Tier 100th anniversary award: the Paul Bunyan Award. This prize is a recreation of the original participation prize. It will be available during the 2022 and 2023 summer canoe seasons for current board crews and individuals who make up what was once Region 10 (Black Hills Area – Rapid City, SD, Central Minnesota – Sartell (St. Cloud ), Minn., Gamehaven – Rochester, Minn., Montana – Great Falls, Mont., Northern Lights – Fargo, ND, Northern Star – Fort Snelling (Twin Cities), Minn., Sioux – Sioux Falls, SD, Twin Valley – Mankato, Minn., Area Travelers – Hermantown (Duluth), Minn.) Or crews participating in specialized programs during these seasons. Specialty programs include:
- The Charles L. Sommers Trek: A trip in honor of Region 10’s first president, Charles L. Sommers, and the Eagle Scout trips of the 1920s and 1930s. Limited trips will be available, based on permits. Crews will need to book a seven-night trip from Ely; when permit applications become available, this trip will be a permit choice.
- The Paul R. Christen Trek – A journey in honor of the last President of Region 10, Paul R. Christen, and the namesake of the fourth BSA High Adventure Base at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve . Limited trips are available and will be booked through the base’s individual program system.
- Any North 2022 or 2023 level summer canoe crew that completes 100 miles of canoeing and portering (as verified by their interpreter and advisor at the end).
You can read about the scouts who participated in the Charles L. Sommers trek in this Scout life story.
Other Northern Tier News You Need
- Entrants must be 14 years old or have completed grade eight at the time of entry.
- All summer participants must wear boots that fully cover the ankle, a sturdy stitched or vulcanized sole and drainage at the instep. Boots do not have to be waterproof. Crews arriving with unsuitable footwear can purchase boots from the trading post prior to their departure on the water.
- Northern Tier can outfit you and your crew for winter programs. You will need to provide your own base layer and Northern Tier will provide the rest. This means you won’t have to invest in a lot of expensive winter gear that you may never be able to use again.
- Northern Tier provides accommodation for Scouts with special needs. The bases have specialized equipment to serve Scouts with a physical disability.
- Participants can work with a member of staff to plan a route through the wilderness that suits their abilities and interests.