OA Wilderness Voyage Program
The Order of the Arrow Wilderness Voyage program is an experience like no other! For two weeks, you will join together with Arrowmen from around the country and experience all that the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota has to offer.
The first week of the program is spent giving back to the Boundary Waters through portage trail restoration work. Participants have the opportunity to leave their mark on the Boundary Waters that will enable thousands of visitors each year to better enjoy their experience. Trail work involves restoring and protecting trails that have existed for centuries and are in dire need or repair.
The second part of the program is a trek planned by the crew! From the 8-1/2 mile "Grand Portage" leading to Lake Superior, to the Height of Land, even the pictographs on Fishdance Lake, crews have done and seen all in the Boundary Waters.
OA Wilderness Voyage Requirements
To attend the Order of the Arrow Wilderness Voyage program, you must meet the following requirements:
- Every participant must be at least 16 years of age by the day your program starts, but not yet 21 by its conclusion.
- Participants must also be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America and an Order of the Arrow Lodge.
- A complete physical examination in required. (BSA's Health and Medical Record will be sent to those who are accepted.)
- All participants are required to complete a BSA Swim Test before their arrival at Northern Tier. A Swim Test will NOT be done at Base. An up-to-date and complete BSA Swim Test form must be presented during the participant check in process on Base on the day of arrival. The form can be found here.
There are no exceptions to these rules. Selection for the Wilderness Voyage program is both an honor and a privilege.