OA High Adventure – Wilderness Voyage: Canadian Odyssey

This Summer, the Order of the Arrow will be piloting its first International High Adventure Program at Northern Tier’s Donald Rogert Canoe Base at Atikokan in Canada. This program will be building on 10 years of success with Wilderness Voyage, the OA’s presence at Northern Tier’s Charles L. Sommers Canoe Base, which has been a leading provider of portage trail maintenance in the Boundary Waters.

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The Voyage of a Lifetime
The National Order of the Arrow is offering you an opportunity to join Arrowmen from across the country in cheerful service and the formation of lasting brotherhood on the pristine US/Canadian Boundary Waters. Under the direction of the Quetico Provincial Park, experienced Northern Tier staff members with strong Order of the Arrow backgrounds will lead participants on a two week voyage into majestic Canadian wilderness.

The program is a fourteen-day experience inspired by the traditions of the French and Canadian Voyageurs who ventured the northern wilderness during the 1700-1800’s. Traveling thousands of miles by water and portage, these Voyageurs were hired to haul goods and furs to trade with Native Americans and Europeans. In the spirit of these adventurers, Arrowmen will embark on a voyage that is twofold. One-half of the OA Northern Tier Wilderness Voyage focuses on portage trail and campsite maintenance within the Quetico. The remaining expedition is spent on a canoeing adventure that is planned and chosen by the participants in the program. In other words, each crew plans their own voyage! However, the program is not simply portage trail work, camping, and canoeing. The OA Northern Tier Wilderness Voyage is ultimately a journey that challenges Scouts mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Portage trail work is tough and serious. The worksite experience is full of long, strenuous days requiring a great deal of physical effort. Participants are expected to work with great diligence as the tasks being accomplished are designed to benefit generations of Scouts and non-Scouts in the Quetico Wilderness. In addition to mastering portage trail maintenance techniques, Scouts will strengthen their leadership skills, learn advanced wilderness and Leave No Trace camping skills, learn wilderness safety techniques, participate in many motivational activities, and receive special OA instruction. The projects’ mission is to maintain, reinforce, and intensify the purpose of the Order of the Arrow through Scout camping traditions. Camping enhances and builds stronger programs and people. Participants are expected to use their experience to benefit their troop, chapter, lodge, and council programs.

• Be at least 16 years old the day your program begins, but not yet 21 by its conclusion.
• Be strong and robust (Northern Tier height and weight guidelines listed in this application will be strictly enforced.)
• Be a registered member of both the BSA and a local OA lodge.
• Have a clean criminal record (this is required to cross the international border).
• No exceptions can be made to these requirements. Selection for this program is competitive and is both an honor and a privilege.

How to Apply
Complete the enclosed application and have it approved by both your Scout Executive and Lodge Adviser. Parental permission is required if you are under age 18. Mail your completed application and $50.00 deposit to the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America, PO Box 152079, Irving, Texas, 75015-2079. The Order will begin notifying applicants of acceptance by March 15, 2009. Following receipt, a packet of material will be sent to you to assist in preparing you for your experience in the Quetico/Boundary Waters. Download additional applications at http://adventure.oa-bsa.org. Applications will be accepted until all slots are filled.

OA Voyage Dates
Note: All dates are in the summer of 2009
Session 1 June 10 – 24 Session 3 July 1 – July 15
Session 2 June 17 – July 1 Session 4 July 8 – 22

Participant cost is $200.00 for the two-week experience. A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required with the application. The balance of the fee is due at the time of acceptance as a participant in the program. Additional expenses, including travel to and from Northern Tier as well as miscellaneous purchases, are the responsibility of the participant.

Wilderness Voyage: Canadian Odyssey:
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2009 Application (pdf)

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By » O/A’s Canadian High Adventure on January 20th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Voyageurs National Park is one of my favorite places to camp, and is a real gem of the state.

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