Okpik Winter Adventure

  • Register for 2018-19 Okpik Winter Programs

  • Winter Instructional Videos

  • Welcome And Introduction

    For over forty years the Okpik program of Northern Tier National High Adventure Programs has provided safe, exhilarating and challenging adventures for thousands of youth and adult participants. The name, Okpik, comes from the Inuit word for the Arctic or Snowy Owl which has been used as the symbol for the Okpik program since it began in the early 1970’s.

    Okpik Participants learn how to cross-country ski, snowshoe, dogsled, ice fish, build snow shelters and enjoy life in extreme weather conditions and temperatures. All groups are accompanied by a trained staff instructor, called an Interpreter, who serves as a teacher of cold weather camping skills. The Okpik program fully outfits crews with group gear and almost all necessary personal clothing (see the gear list). The goal of the Okpik program is to instruct crews on how to see low temperatures as an opportunity, not a barrier, to turn a 3-season camper into a year-round camper.

    Okpik is hosted at the Ely base of Northern Tier, outside of Ely, Minnesota. Crews explore the Superior National Forest and the famed Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), a massive wilderness area that lies directly adjacent to the base property. No city lights, no noise, simply wilderness.

    Okpik is the premier Cold Weather Camping Program of the Boy Scouts of America. We are excited by your interest in cold weather camping and we look forward to introducing you to the wonders of a North Woods winter.

    The following is the 2018-2019 PDF version of the Okpik Planning Guide and Okpik Participant Handbook available by selecting one of the following images:

    KAPVIK – A New Winter Camping Adventure There’s exciting news on the horizon for Northern Tier’s Okpik Program: this winter, we’re partnering with Michigan Crossroads Council to deliver Okpik - Kapvik

    The Kapvik pilot program is an official Northern Tier program aimed at bringing world class winter camping opportunities to more scouts than ever before. Kapvik will be held at Gerber Scout Reservation near Muskegon, Michigan over four weekends including:

  • Holiday Stay: December 27, 2018 - January 1, 2019
  • Session 1: January 3-7, 2019
  • Cold Weather Leader Training: January 10-15, 2019
  • Session 2: January 18-21, 2019

  • First registration opportunities were given to current Okpik waitlist crews, however there are additional opportunities available for crews to sign up for the opening year of Kapvik. Kapvik programs will include cabin stay and Okpik Camping Weekend (Okpik Camping Weekend is a BSA Triple Crown qualifying program) where crews can learn to enjoy cold weather camping, cross country skiing, snowshoe trekking, and much more.

    Registration is also open for Northern Tiers Cold Weather Leader Training which will now be held at Gerber Scout Reservation as a part of Kapvik.

    Come be part of history in Kapvik’s inaugural year!

    For more information contact Northern Tier at (218) 365-4811 or email sean.ferrier@scouting.org


    About Northern Tier

    Come to Northern Tier for a whole new level of adventure, up north! From incredible canoe journeys to wild winter wilderness camping, Northern Tier promises the Scouting adventure of a lifetime in the Great North Woods of northern Minnesota and Canada.