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Northern Tier - July 6 to July 17, 2019

What: Northern Tier High Adventure
When: July 6th to July 17th
Where: Ely, MN (Boundary Waters) and/or Canada! https://www.ntier.org/about/ 
Who: All Troop 33 Scouts who are a minimum of 14 years of age, or 13 and completed the 8th grade by the date of attendance.
Cost: ~$1300-1600 (includes travel + trip, but this is subject to the size of our crew & the destination up North. Think a cost similar to Philmont)
SIC: TBD
Activity Coordinator: Nancy Bremeau

Details


Updates as of Feb 28th

Planned trip for Summer 2019:

  • Trip Length: 9 days on water
  • Minimum time away from home: July 6th – 17th
    • Rough schedule: Travel on the 6th, Arrive to base 1pm on the 7th, on-water on the 8th, off-water on the 16th, travel home on the 17th.
  • Canoeing Adventure:
    • 2 “sister” crews from Troop 33
      • Minimum of 2 adults per crew
      • 3-6 scouts per crew
    • One crew will start at the Atikokan base in Ontario, Canada, and the other crew will start at the Ely, MN base. Crews will SWAP PLACES by travelling a minimum of ~130-140 miles over the water & land in the North Woods. The exact route and on-water adventure is for each crew’s scouts to decide – this is YOUR adventure. Northern Tier’s guide and the adults will offer thoughts and advice, but the plan is yours.
  • Cost: on par with a Philmont trip, so think ~$1500 total

NOTE: It is no longer likely that Northern Tier will happen next summer in 2020 because of Philmont; therefore, NOW is the time to commit to a Northern Tier wilderness canoeing adventure.

NOTE #2: if you are currently signed up for Oljato 2019 but would like to do this Northern Tier trip, you will NOT be penalized for switching!


Hey There Scouters! If you want to be a part of a crew at Northern Tier THIS summer, 2019, please respond ASAP for scheduling purposes - most important right now is figuring out a time this summer which a crew can commit to.

Northern Tier Interest Package_Sturm_2018



Northern Tier Planning Thoughts – Troop 33 Summer 2019

Thoughts from Matt:

·         All interested scouts & parents must:

1.       Be prepared to make a decision about your vacation schedule next summer

2.       Read through as many pages/links as you have time for on Northern Tier's website – it has a tremendous of good information!

3.       Desire to work extremely hard, and step outside of your comfort zone, and to experience one of the most amazing places in the world.

4.       Think about where you want to go…stay in the U.S? see both the BWCAW & Quetico? Start and end in Canada?????

5.       Think about how much fishing you want/need/don't want to do…

·          7-9 day trip would be ideal (a "7 day trip" means 6 nights on water, and 8 total nights with Northern Tier)

·         Selecting Your Park (link)

1.       Personally, I do believe that going into Canada is a way to see fewer people and have slightly more of a "wild" experience, but staying solely in the US's BWCAW (Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness) is still an unforgettable experience.

2.       Remember, you are doing the same activity no matter where you are up there!

·         Troop should have at least one crew go summer 2019, and 2 "sister" crews go summer 2020.

1.       Having "sister crews" is a cool way for even more stories to be shared back home J

2.       I personally would love to have sister crews switch places between the Ely & Atikokan bases! Either next summer or further in the future!

§  These are called "E-to-A" or "A-to-E" trips

§  These trips aren't for the faint of heart – serious distance needs to be covered.

·         Timing:

1.       Earlier in the summer = increased chance of colder temps, better fishing, less people and less evidence of people, more bugs

§  Early/Mid summer = probably can find berries!

2.       Later in the summer = fishing not as epic but still good, more people and more evidence of people, less bugs

 

·         Example 9-day trip, going "on-water" on July 15th from the Ely, MN base:

1.       12th or 13th: start travel (fly to Minnesota), and plan to stay in one or two hotels/camps/… before getting to Ely,MN.

§  Get rental vans/chartered bus service…

2.       14th: arrive to NT's Ely, MN base at 1pm!

§  Meet interpreter, then review all paperwork, gear, food,…

§  Stay on base this night, dinner provided

3.       15th: Go on water after breakfast in main hall and leaving all gear in rental vans

4.       15-23rd: the trip starting from NT's Ely base can solely stay in the U.S. or we could venture into Canada's Quetico Provincial Park with additional permits/planning…

5.       23rd: return from trip – arrive back to same base/lake entry point

§  Stay on base, post-trip program, dinner provided

6.       24th: breakfast on base, then leave!

§  Could fly home this day, or go see other things?

Atikokan, Ontario or Bisset, Manitoba (Canada)

·         If you are planning a trip in the Quetico Provincial Park, you will need additional documents for international travel: (RABC Permit Application, All participants who visit Canada must have a valid Passport/Passport Card, + more paperwork)

GEAR!

Provided by Northern Tier:

¡  All crew camping equipment & pack-sacks

§  Cooking utensils & pans

§  Stoves & fuel, tents, shovel, bear ropes

§  “Duluth Packs” – crew personal gear in these along with the shared equipment

§  Canoes, paddles, PFD's

¡  All FOOD

NOT Provided:

¡  Clothing, toiletries, sleeping bags/pads, personal eatware/utensils

¡  Stuff sacks to organize personal gear

¡  Maps

Agenda
Hey There Scouters! If you want to be a part of a crew at Northern Tier THIS summer, 2019, please respond ASAP for scheduling purposes - most important right now is figuring out a time this summer which a crew can commit to.

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Matthew Sturm,
Jan 12, 2019, 6:19 PM
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Matthew Sturm,
Jan 12, 2019, 6:19 PM
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Matthew Sturm,
Jan 12, 2019, 6:25 PM