Boundary Waters 2015 Meeting
We will meet at Prairie Star middle school at 6 pm on March 10, 2014 to discuss details of the high adventure trip to Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). The trip is planned for the third week of July 2015.
All scouts need to be 13+ years old and Star rank or higher at the time of the trip.
Boundary Waters is over a million acres of pristine wilderness with over one thousand lakes, over one thousand canoe paths and over two thousand camp sites. BWCA is part of Superior National Forest and is supported and regulated by the National Forest Service. To reduce the impact of people on this natural preserve, permits to BWCA are limited – limited to the number of groups (crews) which can start their canoe adventure by start point. For instance, Nina Moose Lake can have a maximum of seven crews launch there on any given day. Also, the size of any crew is limited to nine people or less. We will probably have two or three crews ply the waters of BWCA.
Since we will have more than one traveling group (crew), we potentially could have very different itineraries for each of the different crews. We could have one group want to cover as much territory as possible while a second group want to see as much wildlife as possible while a third crew want to do as much fishing as possible while a fourth crew want to spend most of their time in neighboring Quetico Provincial Park.
We have chosen a private outfitter (North Country Canoe Outfitters – NCCO) rather than the Boy Scout outfitter (Northern Tier – NT) for a few reasons. NT puts three people in a canoe while NCCO puts two people in a canoe. NCCO provides essentially all equipment while NT provides minimal equipment. NT requires payment for groups of eight, whether or not all spots are filled. NCCO is happy with any group of eight or more. NT provides a guide, but they take one of the nine spots allowed by the National Forest Service and you pay for this service.
We have targeted July 19-25 to be on the water. This means driving up to/near Albert Lea, MN after work on Friday, July 17, over-nighting at a hotel there and finishing the drive the next morning, arriving at Ely, MN around 3 pm on Saturday, July 18. We will go through orientation, have demonstrations and hands-on practice on how to use their equipment, finalize detailed route planning at NCCO and gather our equipment. We will overnight in bunk houses on the lake front property of NCCO, get up in the morning, be shuttled to our start point and start our journey.
The cost for the NCCO bunk house, use of NCCO equipment (canoes, paddles, life jackets, tents, sleeping bags, pads, rain flies, pots, pans…), meals for the duration on the water and shuttles to and from our trip in BWCA will be about $574 per person. Additional costs include transportation to/from Ely, MN, hotel and meals on the way and souvenirs (including patches at the Northern Tier shop).
The middle of July with a start on a Sunday is very much prime time up in Boundary Waters. We need to make reservations early to get these prime spots.
RSVP / Deposit
To secure a reservation with NCCO, we need to make a non-refundable deposit of $100 per person. Please bring a checkbook or a check in your wallet to cover your deposit and make checks payable to Troop 10. The Boundary Waters trip coordinator needs to collect these checks and hand them as a group to our Troop Treasurer, get a Troop check cut and send it to NCCO to secure our reservation.
If you have questions about the Boundary Waters 2015 high adventure trip, please direct them to Jeff Parrish.