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Snow Base

Outdoor Fun All Year!


Enjoy an outfitted weekend of winter fun with our trained Snow Base Staff in January or February. Staying warm is easy when we provide cold weather training, winter clothing, camping equipment, excellent meals, and outdoor activities. Our tiered programs and commitment to innovation ensures fun for all experience levels a new challenges each winter.

Some Activities You'll Do

Cross Country Skiiing

Our camps are the the perfect setting for cross country skiing.

Our camps are the the perfect setting for cross country skiing.

Winter Cooking

Learn to cook filling and tasty food in the arctic

Learn to cook filling and tasty food in the arctic

Tubing and Sledding

Head out to camp for some classic winter fun.

Head out to camp for some classic winter fun.

Snow Shelter Building

Come build winter shelters like Quinzees, Igloos, parachutes, or other wilderness survival like structures at our overnight winter programs.

Come build winter shelters like Quinzees, Igloos, parachutes, or other wilderness survival like structures at our overnight winter programs.

GaGa Ball

Enter the Octagon with your friends and try and be the last to survive the round!

Enter the Octagon with your friends and try and be the last to survive the round!

Power Kiting

Harness the power of the wind with kites ranging from 2-3 meters in area. Controlled with a trapeze style bar they fly where you direct them to.

Harness the power of the wind with kites ranging from 2-3 meters in area. Controlled with a trapeze style bar they fly where you direct them to.

Hot Chocolate

Who doesn't want a cup of cocoa at camp?

Who doesn't want a cup of cocoa at camp?

Dog Sledding

Dog Sledding is very unique activity available through the Snow Base Winter Camping Program. Dogs lead the way as riders are pulled behind.

Dog Sledding is very unique activity available through the Snow Base Winter Camping Program. Dogs lead the way as riders are pulled behind.

Board Games

Spend time together and build learning skills.

Spend time together and build learning skills.

Ice Safety

Learning to cross ice safely is a crucial part to any fun winter adventure. Come to Winter Camp and we'll teach you how to test ice for safe crossing.

Learning to cross ice safely is a crucial part to any fun winter adventure. Come to Winter Camp and we'll teach you how to test ice for safe crossing.

Knots and Lashings

Use one of our knot/lashing kits to learn the basics of this Scouting skill.

Use one of our knot/lashing kits to learn the basics of this Scouting skill.

Stargazing

There sure are a lot of stars in the sky!

There sure are a lot of stars in the sky!

Maps and Compass

Map and compass is a key skill if you plan to do any backpacking

Map and compass is a key skill if you plan to do any backpacking

Card Games

Indoors or outdoors, camp can be the environment to try something new.

Indoors or outdoors, camp can be the environment to try something new.

Ice Climbing

Get to feel what it's like to kick a crampon and stick an ice pick into our ice walls this winter.

Get to feel what it's like to kick a crampon and stick an ice pick into our ice walls this winter.

Camp Store

Get yourself a camp souvenir or pick up something you may have forgotten at home.

Get yourself a camp souvenir or pick up something you may have forgotten at home.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is an age-old activity essential to travelling in deep snow.

Snowshoeing is an age-old activity essential to travelling in deep snow.

Horse Logging

Before the 1900's logging was done completely with the use of horses and oxen at the hands of lumberjacks. Join the Draft Horse Logging program and experience it first hand.

Before the 1900's logging was done completely with the use of horses and oxen at the hands of lumberjacks. Join the Draft Horse Logging program and experience it first hand.

Campfires

A toasty campfire is often the focus of any campout.

A toasty campfire is often the focus of any campout.

Night Hike

The familiar old trail that you've hiked dozens of times is suddenly new.

The familiar old trail that you've hiked dozens of times is suddenly new.

Team Building Games

Enjoy the outdoors and hanging with your unit while doing new team building games each season.

Enjoy the outdoors and hanging with your unit while doing new team building games each season.

Broomball

A unique winter sport that anyone can play.

A unique winter sport that anyone can play.

Snowmobiling

Experience the winter with power while riding on a snowmobile. Snowmobiling is an activity only for Scouts registered in the Venturing Program.

Experience the winter with power while riding on a snowmobile. Snowmobiling is an activity only for Scouts registered in the Venturing Program.

Geocaching

Geocaching is an orienteering course using hand-held GPS units.

Geocaching is an orienteering course using hand-held GPS units.

New to winter camping? Join us at Snow Huskies (beginner) or Spearhead (intermediate) to build your skills. Once you've achieved the core training you can kick it up a notch with an Expedition (advanced) or one of our stone cold specialty programs.

Location Details

2019 Dog Sledding

2019 Dog Sledding

Specialty program designed to expose you to the thrilling sport of dog-sledding.

2019 Draft Horse Logging

2019 Draft Horse Logging

Specialty program designed to bring youth through a day in the life of a 19th century lumberjack.

2019 Snowmobiling

2019 Snowmobiling

Specialty program designed to build skills while snowmobiling on sloped trails.

A. Snow Huskies 2019

A. Snow Huskies 2019

Introductory level program designed to teach cold weather winter skills while engaging in fun outdoor activities such as snow shoeing.

B. Spearhead 2019

B. Spearhead 2019

Intermediate level program designed to advance your skills while sleeping outdoors.

C. Expedition 2019

C. Expedition 2019

Advanced level program designed to test and hone your winter skills. Will you survive two nights outside?

Who can attend Snow Base?

Scouts BSA, Venturing Scouts, and Adults

When are programs offered?

Weekends in January and February

What is provided?

Snow Base will provide the equipment (sleds, sleeping bags, cooking, etc...), most of all the cold weather clothing (bring your own long underwear and jacket) and all meals (they're tastey!). See related content for a packing list.

What should I pack for camp?

Participants will need to bring some clothing items to wear under the cold weather gear we provide as well as some personal items. See related content for a full packing list.

  • Indoor Sleeping Bag, pillow, etc.
  • Long Underwear (not cotton)
  • Non absorbing upper body layers such as wool or polyester
  • Outer Shell – A winter jacket with hood works great.
  • Plastic bowl, mug, spoon, and fork.
  • Personal items – Toothbrush, toothpaste, chapstick, handi-wipes, deodorant, etc.

Meals are provided, what if I have a food allergy?

We will do our best to meet the special dietary needs of the participants in your unit. We have alternative menu items for those with special dietary restrictions due to medical or religious reasons. See related content for more information on dietary restricitons. We will not be able to meet the special dietary needs of any participant without advance notice. Special dietary restrictions must be entered into the reservations system online roster two weeks prior to your arrival.

What if weather conditions are severe?

Information regarding current weather conditions and Northern Star Council Winter Camp Programs will be available at 651-254-9134 the week of camp.

Where do I check in?

Check in occurs at Program Center between 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. Staff will meet you in the parking lot upon arrival.

WHAT FORMS SHOULD I BRING?

Each participant will need to have completed a health history (parts A/B). Every unit needs to bring a completed unit roster, if not completed in Black Pug. If you're in Spearhead, you should complete our program planning sheet at your unit meeting prior to coming to Snow Base.

FEES AND DEPOSITS

The balance of your crew fees is due to the Northern Star Council office on December 1 if you're attending during January, and on January 1 if you're attending in February. Because of the limited number of places available each weekend due to equipment and lodging limitations, crews are responsible for the number of participants that they registered. All fees paid are non-refundable.

LEADER REQUIREMENTS

Units need to provide two leaders for each crew. Some units may elect to split Scouts across different programs / crews. Each program / crew requires two adult leaders. If you're having difficulty with finding available leaders, contact us and we can help connect you with another unit for the weekend. For any circumstance, your crew guide will not be considered adult leadership. The policy for "two deep" leadership must be followed, including one registered leader who is at least 21 and one adult leader who is at least 18 years of age.

EQUIPMENT

Please review the Equipment Packing List in related content, and make sure all participants have looked at it. Please emphasize:

  • The need for non cotton clothing
  • All participants in the Spearhead/Expedition program should bring plastic silverware, plastic bowl, and a plastic mug
  • All participants in the Experience program should bring a plastic mug

TRADING POST

Snow Base operates a camp store with souvenirs and some equipment. Items range in costs between $1 - $40. Credit cards are accepted.

RECOGNITION

Participants at Snow Base receive a patch.

EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER

The phone number at Tomahawk Scout Reservation for emergencies is 651-252-4776. Please understand Scouts are spread out during program and it can take up to an hour to get a Scout to the camp land line.

IMPORTANT NOTES

  1. All Scouts in attendance must be registered with BSA or complete a BSA Application.
  2. Alcohol and Illegal drugs are not permitted on camp property.
  3. Before you arrive, please review with your Scouts the guidelines for winter camping as outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting
  4. Unit leaders are responsible for distribution of Scout medication. If you need access to temperature control, please connect with your Crew Guide upon arrival to camp.
2019 Dog Sledding

2019 Dog Sledding

Specialty program designed to expose you to the thrilling sport of dog-sledding.


 Tomahawk Scout Reservation
Long Lake, Wisconsin

Registration Open!

This Year's Dates

  • 1/4-6/2019
  • 1/11-13/2019
  • 1/18-20/2019 (MLK Weekend)
  • 1/25-27/2019
  • 2/1-3/2019
  • 2/8-10/2019
  • 2/15-17/2019 (Presidents Weekend)
  • 2/22-24/2019

2019 Draft Horse Logging

2019 Draft Horse Logging

Specialty program designed to bring youth through a day in the life of a 19th century lumberjack.


 Tomahawk Scout Reservation
Long Lake, Wisconsin

Registration Open!

This Year's Dates

 

  • 1/11-13/2019
  • 1/25-27/2019
  • 2/8-10/2019
  • 2/22-24/2019
  • 3/1-3/2019

2019 Snowmobiling

2019 Snowmobiling

Specialty program designed to build skills while snowmobiling on sloped trails.


 Tomahawk Scout Reservation
Long Lake, Wisconsin


A. Snow Huskies 2019

A. Snow Huskies 2019

Introductory level program designed to teach cold weather winter skills while engaging in fun outdoo
 Tomahawk Scout Reservation
Long Lake, Wisconsin

Registration Open!

This Year's Dates

  • 1/4-6/2019
  • 1/11-13/2019
  • 1/18-20/2019 (MLK Weekend)
  • 1/25-27/2019
  • 2/1-3/2019
  • 2/8-10/2019
  • 2/15-17/2019 (Presidents Weekend)
  • 2/22-24/2019
  • 212 E Barker St
    Rice Lake WI 54868

    B. Spearhead 2019

    B. Spearhead 2019

    Intermediate level program designed to advance your skills while sleeping outdoors.


     Tomahawk Scout Reservation
    Long Lake, Wisconsin

    Registration Open!

    This Year's Dates

    • 1/4-6/2019
    • 1/11-13/2019
    • 1/18-20/2019 (MLK Weekend)
    • 1/25-27/2019
    • 2/1-3/2019
    • 2/8-10/2019
    • 2/15-17/2019 (Presidents Weekend)
    • 2/22-24/2019

    C. Expedition 2019

    C. Expedition 2019

    Advanced level program designed to test and hone your winter skills. Will you survive two nights outside?


     Tomahawk Scout Reservation
    Long Lake, Wisconsin

    Registration Open!

    This Year's Dates

  • 1/18-21/2019 (MLK Weekend)
  • 2/15-18/2019 (Presidents Weekend)


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