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The Order of the Arrow is offering you an opportunity to join Arrowmen from across the country, providing cheerful service and the formation of lasting brotherhood in the pristine Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in Ely, Minnesota or the Quetico Provincial Park (QPP) in Ontario, Canada.

Under the direction of the United States Forest Service or Quetico Park Service

  • A choice of a US or Canadian adventure
  • Staffed by experienced Northern Tier staff members, with strong Order of the Arrow backgrounds
  •  Leading you and your crew members on a two-week voyage.
  •  A fourteen-day experience inspired by the traditions of the French and Canadian Voyageurs, during the 1700-1800’s. 
  •  6 days focus on portage trail and campsite maintenance within the BWCAW or QPP.
  • 6 days on a canoeing adventure that is planned and chosen by the participants in the program.  In other words, each crew plans their own voyage!
  • 2 days for travel and orientation

The Northern Tier OA programs are 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
  • Tasks being accomplished are designed to benefit generations of Scouts and non-Scouts
  •  Learn advanced wilderness and Leave No Trace camping skills, learn wilderness safety techniques, participate in many motivational activities, and receive special OA instruction. 
  •  Have FUN and meet new friends.
  • A great deal for a great price

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.


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