This course is a weekend long mini-trek designed to raise your
learning curve and eliminate many “got-cha” surprises long before
you depart for your trek. It is a great “shake down” for your
crew helping them to discover strengths and weaknesses that
can be worked on before you find yourself deep in the Canadian
In this exciting training program, you will learn: how to portage
canoes and equipment between lakes; discuss first aid and survival
issues specific to the boundary waters wilderness area; get
experience using the same gear that the Northern Tier Scout
Bases will provide; learn what personal gear to take north and
how to pack it; learn meal preparation and menus that you can
expect on your trek.... all from staff members who have been
to the Northern Tier Canoe Bases!
Crew and Northern Tier Supplied Gear will be reviewed.
Current Northern Tier Issued crew/food packs as well as
personal gear Duluth packs will be issued.
||Break camp and assemble
at the pavilion with gear you will carry for a gear shakedown.
We will not camp on the main base for Saturday night.
We will cover canoe loading, navigation, map reading, Safety
Afloat and portaging.
lunch we will paddle, practice navigation and portaging.
||We will find camp
and set up. Keys to camp setup and the organization
of the idea campsite will be discussed.
Tier menus, food preparation, baking and clean up issues
will be discussed. After dinner we will cover Leave
No Trace topics like camp sanitation, water treatment and
||Break camp and paddle,
Key today will be to put our new portaging and navigation
skills to work.
Please be prepared with at least 5 to 10 minutes of a scout
led service. All crews will participate.
||Return to base camp,
clean up and put away gear, and depart for home after checking
out with instructor (usually by 12:30).
Crew size: 24
What to Bring:
Size is more important than weight:
The more compact the better. There is a real possibility
that everything will get wet, so pack in Ziploc bags or bring
heavy duty garbage bags to line your personal gear packs!
Checkout the resources below for detailed information to prepare
for your trip to Northern Tier. The items you need to
bring for our training weekend are divided into two lists, shown
Crew Gear Provided for Allatoona Weekend:
- Granite Gear personal gear Duluth packs
- Kondos Outdoors food/equipment packs
- Tent (big enough for 4 people)
- Cook kit (including utensils)
- Tarp with lines
- Cook stoves (backpacker type, 2 per crew)
- Small shovel
Crew Gear Needed for Allatoona Weekend:
Personal Gear Needed for Canoe Trip:
- Cup, bowl, spoon
- Water bottle
- Pencil & note pad
- Fanny/day pack (optional)
- Sit pad
- Camera & film (optional)
- Stuff sacks for personal gear
- Fishing pole (optional)
- BDU's (fast drying long pants – NO sweats
- Suspenders or belt
- 2 changes of underwear
- 2 crew t-shirts
- 2 pairs of wool socks
- 2 pairs of sock liners
- 1 pair of shorts
- 1 long-sleeved shirt
- Camp shoes (dry shoes for use in camp)
- Jungle boots (you WILL get them wet)
- Rain gear (absolutely NO PONCHOS!)
- Wide brimmed hat
- Sleep shirt/clothing
- Sleeping bag & sleeping pad
- Hammock (optional)
- Biodegradable soap (camp suds or similar)
- Toilet paper
- Bug repellant
- Sun screen/sun block
- Dental floss
Safety Afloat Guidelines must be followed:
2 Trained leaders for 10 or fewer scouts or 3 Trained leaders
for 11 or more.
Must be at least 13 years old.
Canoeing Merit Badge HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Although the Canoeing Merit Badge is not specifically required
by the Northern Tier, poor or nonexistant canoeing skills
at best make for a miserable trip and at worst an unsafe
trip. This prep course is not intended nor designed to teach
basic canoeing skills.
Fisrt look at the chart to the left of the class dates which
represents the number of openings available in each class, then
elect the date on which you'd like to participate. You'll be
taken to that date entry on the Atlanta Area Council calendar.
Note that you may see multiple CAAB programs listed for the
desired date. Select the registration button at the bottom of