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Snow Base


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 At This Event

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Broomball

A unique winter sport that anyone can play.

A unique winter sport that anyone can play.

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.

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.

Stargazing

There sure are a lot of stars in the sky!

There sure are a lot of stars in the sky!

Winter Cooking

Learn to cook filling and tasty food in the arctic

Learn to cook filling and tasty food in the arctic

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.

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.

Hot Chocolate

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

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

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.

Board Games

Spend time together and build learning skills.

Spend time together and build learning skills.

Campfires

A toasty campfire is often the focus of any campout.

A toasty campfire is often the focus of any campout.

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.

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.

Main Programs

2018 Expedition

2018 Expedition

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

2018 Snow Huskies

2018 Snow Huskies

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

2018 Spearhead

2018 Spearhead

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

Specialty

2018 Dog Sledding

2018 Dog Sledding

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

2018 Draft Horse Logging

2018 Draft Horse Logging

Specialty program designed to immerse you in authentic lumberjack skills.

2018 Snowmobiling

2018 Snowmobiling

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

Who can attend Snow Base?

Boy Scouts, 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)

2018 Dog Sledding

2018 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

1/5-8/2018, 1/12-14/2018, 1/19-21/2018, 1/26-28/2018, 2/9-11/2018, 2/16-18/2018, 2/23-25/2018


2018 Draft Horse Logging

2018 Draft Horse Logging

Specialty program designed to immerse you in authentic lumberjack skills.


 Tomahawk Scout Reservation
Long Lake, Wisconsin

Registration Open!

This Year's Dates

1/19-21/2018, 1/26-28/2018, 2/2-4/2018, 2/9-11/2018, 2/23-25/2018


2018 Expedition

2018 Expedition

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

1/12-14/2018 (MLK Weekend), 2/16-18/2018 (Presidents Weekend)


2018 Snow Huskies

2018 Snow Huskies

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

1/5-8/2018, 1/12-14/2018 (MLK Weekend), 1/19-21/2018, 1/26-28/2018, 2/2-4/2018, 2/9-11/2018, 2/16-18/2018 (Presidents Weekend), 2/23-25/2018


2018 Snowmobiling

2018 Snowmobiling

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


 Tomahawk Scout Reservation
Long Lake, Wisconsin

Registration Open!

This Year's Dates

1/5-8/2018, 1/12-14/2018, 1/19-21/2018, 1/26-28/2018, 2/9-11/2018, 2/16-18/2018, 2/23-25/2018


2018 Spearhead

2018 Spearhead

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


 Tomahawk Scout Reservation
Long Lake, Wisconsin

Registration Open!

This Year's Dates

1/5-8/2018, 1/12-14/2018 (MLK Weekend), 1/19-21/2018, 1/26-28/2018, 2/2-4/2018, 2/9-11/2018, 2/16-18/2018 (Presidents Weekend), 2/23-25/2018



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