Wilderness Voyage – Charles L. Sommers Canoe Base
Have you ever seen the Northern Lights or portaged a canoe? If not, then the Order of the Arrow has the opportunity for you to participate in the OA Voyage Program at Northern Tier Canoe Base in Ely, Minnesota.
Since 1999, the Order of the Arrow has provided Arrowmen between the ages of 16 and 21, the opportunity to explore and service the Boundary Waters and some of the most pristine wildlife seen by few. Even if you have portaged a canoe or participated in the program previously, there are other opportunities available to you.
All participants in the program are placed into crews that will service a portage trail for one week as it is imperative as members of the Boy Scouts of America to leave things better than we found them.
After learning how to use a variety of tools and how to effectively perform a “J-stroke,” you and your crew will design your very own trek. These treks are unique in that many of them are longer and travel to uncharted territory than the normal crews that leave the base.
Not very many people whom you go to school with or work with can say that they have paddled 185 miles by canoe to International Falls or portaged the final 4 miles that leads to Lake Superior.
These examples are experiences that will live with those crew members, who made some of the Voyage’s memorable journeys. Experiences are what shape the people we will become in the future. Sign up today for a journey, you will surely not regret.
For more information about this program or any of the Order of the Arrow’s High Adventure programs, please visit adventure.oa-bsa.org or talk to your lodge chief. Don’t miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime and try something new. Discover the hidden gem of the BSA, discover the OA Voyage at Northern Tier!