Northern Tier – 2019

Northern Tier is the Boy Scouts of America’s gateway to adventure in the Great Northwoods. In the summer, Scouts from Northern Tier’s three wilderness canoe bases explore millions of acres of pristine lakes, meandering rivers, dense forests and wetlands in Northern MinnesotaNorthwest Ontario and Northeast Manitoba. Northern Tier crews paddle in almost 6 million acres of exclusively canoe-access wilderness from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) of Minnesota to the Atikaki Provincial Park of Manitoba. Trips range in length from 6-14 days and usually include between 50-150 miles of wilderness travel.

Ely, MN – Charles L. Sommers Canoe Base

The flagship base of Northern Tier, the Charles L. Sommers Canoe Base has hosted Boy Scout canoe expeditions on the shores of Moose Lake since 1941. Located twenty miles outside of the town of Ely, MN, the Sommers Base outfits over 4,000 Scouts each year on wilderness canoe trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in Minnesota and the Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario. Trips out of the Sommers base are limited to 8 total participants plus an Interpreter.

Charles L. Sommers Canoe Base is also home to several unique individual scout programs: the Order of the Arrow’s Wilderness Voyage; Forest Corps, a coeducational environmental leadership program; and Lone Voyageur, a program that allows for individual scouts and smaller troops to take out a Northern Tier trip.

Aside from summer adventures, The Charles L. Sommers Canoe Base hosts the Okpik Cold Weather Camping Program, the premier winter camping program in the Boy Scouts of America. The Charles L. Sommers Canoe Base is the site of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Cold Weather Camping Development Center. Okpik Cold Weather Camping, Northern Tier’s winter offering, is the BSA’s premier winter camping program. At Okpik, Scouts experience a true Northwoods winter: learning how to thrive in subzero temperatures, travel across frozen wilderness lakes and construct their own sleeping structures out of snow. Four types of Okpik experiences are currently offered: Cabin Stays, Okpik Weekend Samplers, Okpik Treks, and Dogsled Trips

We are a Cooperator with the USDA Forest Service under the Superior National Forest. We issue permits into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. As a Cooperator with the Forest Service, we are an equal opportunity service-provider.

Atikokan, ON – Donald Rogert Canoe Base

Located an 80-mile paddle North of the Sommers base, the Donald Rogert (“Atikokan”) Canoe Base outfits 1500 scouts each year for expeditions into the Northern regions of the Quetico Provincial Park as well as into the Canadian Crown Lands, including the Turtle River – White Otter Lake Provincial Park. The Quetico is a gorgeous and pure wilderness, with traces of human travel; the Crown Lands region features the remains of a used wilderness – trappers cabins, age-old gold mines and even the remains of a World War II Prisoner of War camp can be found amidst the beautiful wilds of the Canadian Shield (a vast geological shield covered by a thin layer of soil). Crew sizes may be up to 11 participants plus an Interpreter if travelling in the Crown Land and 8 participants plus an interpreter if traveling in the Quetico.

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Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 4:47 PM
To: Kevin Hodar <>
Subject: Confirmation

Processing Date: 30-Jan-2019
Thomas CURRY

Dear Thomas CURRY:

Thank you for using the Ontario Parks reservation service. We trust that it met your expectations and that you are ready to enjoy your camping vacation with us.

Below, you will find a booking number and a summary of your reservation information. Please bring your confirmation number with you when you register at the park. Please contact 1-888-668-7275 (or 519-826-5290 for outside of North America) should there be any discrepancies or billing concerns. For further rules and instructions please refer to the bottom of this letter.

If there is any further information you require please contact the park directly; they will be happy to assist you. Thank you on behalf of everyone at Ontario Parks.

Reservation Details:
Park Name: Quetico Provincial Park Park Telephone #: 807-597-2735
Address: 2240 Hwy 11 Dawson Trail Campground, Atikokan, ON, P0T 1C0, Canada
Status of Reservation: Current
Booking Number: IN18-391414601
Reservation Date: Wed 30-Jan-19
Arrival Date: Mon 17-Jun-19
Entry Point: Kahshahpiwi
Statement of Reservation:
Camping & Fees: $100.00
Reservation/Admin Fees: $9.73
HST – Reg No R124668666 $1.27
Total Charged to date: $111.00
Payment: Wed 30-Jan-19 MasterCard $111.00(CAD)
Shorten or Cancel Starting on 17-Feb-19 03-Mar-19 31-Mar-19 01-May-19 31-May-19
Up to and including 02-Mar-19 30-Mar-19 30-Apr-19 30-May-19 17-Jun-19
Will Result in a Penalty of 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Maximum Penalty Amount (Does not include HST) $10.00 $20.00 $30.00 $40.00 $50.00
  1. NO changes or cancellations can be made more than 4 months prior to the arrival date.
  2. A late cancellation penalty will apply if changing the arrival date or canceling after 12:00 noon (ET) 3 days prior to your reserved arrival date. Please refer to the bottom of this letter.
  3. Reservation fees and minimum change/cancellation fees can be found at:
  4. A minimum penalty of $8.50 will be charged for each change or cancellation.

The following rules apply for all reservations

  • There is a NON-REFUNDABLE fee for each reservation made, which is payable at the time your reservation is confirmed.
  • A reservation cannot be changed or cancelled more than four (4) months in advance of your arrival date. Changes or cancellations can be made through our reservation website by logging into your online user account. You may also contact our call centre for changes or cancellations. Cancellations or changes can be made until 12:00 noon (ET) 3 days in advance of your arrival date for a full refund except for the reservation fee and applicable cancellation/change penalties. For administrative changes such as changing your entry or access point, a change fee will apply. Late cancellations or changes to the arrival date after 12:00 noon (ET) 3 days prior to your arrival date will be charged the “no show” fee (please see below).
  • Reservations are only held for your scheduled arrival date.
  • Parking spaces for additional vehicles are arranged at the park. Parks limit the number of additional vehicles.
  • Multiple reservations in the same name for the same time period are not allowed. Reservations must be made in the name of the person who is arriving to pick up the camping permit. Reservations cannot be assigned from one person to another person at the time of arrival; this is contrary to the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act. If a name change is required you may do this through our reservation website or by contacting our call centre. the minimum change fee will be applicable. This policy does not apply to Interior/Backcountry reservations made for Quetico Provincial Park where party leader and alternate leader names cannot be changed.

Specific instructions for Backcountry/Interior Reservations:

Please call the park directly for trip planning advice.

  • For Quetico, cancellations or changes to the arrival date must be made by 12:00 noon (ET) 3 days in advance of your day of arrival. For cancellations or to shorten your length of stay, the cancellation or change penalty will be the applicable percentage penalty, 10 to 50% based on how long the reservation has been held, applied to your $100.00 deposit. The non refundable reservation fee is not included in this calculation. Please refer to the chart on the front page for specific penalties.
  • A “no show” is a reservation that has not been claimed on the scheduled arrival date. A “no show” will result in the reservation being cancelled and a penalty of the applicable percentage applied to your $100.00 deposit, 10 to 50% based on how long the reservation has been held.
  • Maximum party size for interior camping is nine persons per permit. Larger groups require more than one permit and must plan to travel separately.
  • The possession of any non-burnable food or beverage containers is prohibited.
  • If entering Quetico from outside of Canada it is your responsibility to clear Canada Customs. Arrangements can be made to acquire a “Remote Area Border Crossing Permit” by, telephone 807-624-2162 or
  • The maximum length of stay on any one interior campsite is 16 consecutive nights.
Note: (i) For information on how to protect yourself and others from West Nile virus when camping visit or call the Ministry of Health INFOline at 1-877-234-4343.
(ii) For up-to-date information pertaining to ‘fire bans’, drinking water quality and beach postings, please contact 1-800-Ontario (668-2746), or visit the Ontario Parks Website at
(iii) Firewood: to prevent the spread of Emerald Ash Borer and Asian Longhorned Beetle, Federal Ministerial Orders have been put in place that prohibit the movement of specific materials including any ash material and firewood of all species from specific areas of Ontario, Quebec and the United States. For more information regarding both of these insects please visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Website at or call 1-800-442-2342.

———————— Transaction Receipt ————————

Reference Number: 0015390500 MW2243759005
Reservation Number: IN18-3914146
Authorization Number: 030365
Transaction Date and Time: 2019-01-30 5:46:51 PM
Transaction Type: Purchase
Amount: 111.00
Card Type: MasterCard
Card Number: XXXX XXXX XXXX 4955
Merch ID: 22437590
Terminal ID: MW2243759005
Batch Number: 539
Sequence Number: 0015390500

Documents: (Click the name to download any of the desired information)

  1. Participants Guide
  2. Parent Release form
  3. International Travel Information
  4. Adults Guide
  5. Camper’s Application
  6. Swim Classification Form
  7. Ely Transportation Information
  8. Packing List
  9. RABC (Remote Area Boarder Crossing) Permit


• Start planning your trip prior to this date so that you
can make a reservation as soon as possible.
• You will then need to collect a deposit from these individuals to secure your spot.
• Arrange to complete your required Adult Leader Trainings and Certifications.

Start training for your Northern Tier Expedition – make sure that the other members of your crew are training as well. Training should include:
• Engaging in physical activity for at least 30 minutes 5 days each week
• Develop basic camping skills: cooking, building fires, pitching a tent and hanging a bear bag.
• Canoeing and Backpacking: learn the J-Stroke, carry a 50-lb Pack, and portage a Canoe.
• Begin arranging your travel to and from Northern Tier: flights, ground transportation to and from the base and any lodging while traveling. More information on travel options can be found in this document or at

• Collect funds for your first payment. This payment is due October 1. Make sure to update Northern Tier of any changes to your number of crews, and your participation numbers prior to October 1st.
• Make sure your crew sets up Doctor Appointments to update their BSA Health and Medical Records. These Records must be current within a year of your trip. Make sure all members of your crew meet the physical requirements to participate in a Northern Tier trip, including the Height and Weight Requirements found in Appendix D.
• Northern Tier sends information on the different types of parks and routes to paddle through in the fall. Use this information to fill out your Permit Application. The Permit Application is due on December 1.
• Begin reviewing the personal equipment list with your crew.
Complete campership applications. Campership applications are due by January 31st

• Crews traveling in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park should expect reservation confirmation e-mails in January, February and March. If you have not received your reservation confirmation by February, please contact the Northern Tier Registrar.
• Campership applications are due by January 31st
• Ely Quetico Crews submit your RABC applications to Canadian Border Service Agency.
Check Passport Expiration and/or apply for Passports if traveling in Canada.

• Keep your eyes peeled for a Spring Mailing Package in your mailbox. Please review materials with your crew members.
• Final Payments are due in the Spring:
• For Crews arriving in June, the Final Payment is due March 1
• For Crews arriving in July, the Final Payment is due April 1
• For Crews arriving in August, the Final Payment due May 1
• Double check that all of your check in paperwork is together (see appendix B).
• Complete and Submit your Crew Roster.
• Double Check that all Certifications (WFA, CPR and BSA E-Certifications) are complete

• Double Check that all participants have current BSA Health and Medical Records
• Make sure that you have a completed BSA Swim Test for all participants (See appendix F)
• Pack a full and thorough First Aid Kit to take with you on your trek. (See appendix H)
• Finalize all Transportation Plans. If you have any questions, please contact Northern Tier!
• Notify Northern Tier of any special diet needs by filling out the form located at:

o Please keep in mind that while we try to be as accommodating as possible, we will not be able to accommodate all food needs and may ask participants with certain needs to supplement the menu with their own food.