Birchbark Expeditions – Resource Page

A successful Birchbark Expedition crew is well educated, organized and properly equipped. Here you will find a library of useful educational, informational and recruiting materials, helpful in developing and executing a successful Birchbark Expedition.

Program Brochures

Useful “hand out” materials to promote and educate your troop or crew about the various programs offered by Birchbark Expeditions.

Program Tri-fold Brochure

General overview of the Birchbark Expeditions most-popular “Flagship” program, designed for first-timers looking to experience canoe tripping on primarily flat water in Algonquin Provincial Park.

Shooting the Rapids - Whitewater Training 

A week-long intense training session in aspects of river canoeing designed to prepare you for paddling on Class 1 and Class 2 rapids, with particular emphasis on paddle strokes, and maneuvers, and river safety.

Excellent preparation for subsequent trips down remote northern Ontario wilderness rivers.

North American Martyrs Religious Retreat

A week-long religious travel retreat, starting at the Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Midland Ontario, then venturing into the Algonquin Provincial Park back country, rivers and lakes.

Information and Registration Materials

Birchbark Expeditions Information and Registration Packet

General overview of the program elements, costs and registration instructions for Birchbark Expeditions programs.


Expedition Planning Materials

Advisor Handbook

Designed for the Birchbark Expedition crew advisor, the Leader Information Packet includes the following materials:

  • Training and meeting schedule
  • Travel details
  • Equipment lists
  • Form, forms and more forms
  • Maps to the council and destinations in Canada

Each paid crew receives an updated a printed copy at the January Leader Training Session.

NOTE: The following materials are only accessible to those that are logged in to the wnyscouting.org web site and have a valid registration to a Birchbark Expedition.  If you need help with access, send a note to:  birchbark@wnyscouting.org

Canoe Tripping Handbook (aka The Voyageur Handbook)

The Canoe Tripping Handbook is the “bible” of training skills and resources needed to prepare your crew for a successful Birchbark Expedition.

Skills covered include:

  • Equipment (Personal and Crew)
  • Algonquin itinerary
  • Portaging
  • Hazards
  • Backcountry camping skills
  • The Scout Method

Canoe Routes of Algonquin

The Canoe Routes is a collection of planning tips, route suggestions, observations and notes from the guide staff over ten years of Birchbark Expeditions experiences.

Included in the guide is a number of suggested canoe routes, with notes on significant sites and fun activities to do along the way.

A must-have resource for planning your Birchbark Expedition backcountry itinerary.

(Protected Document – Requires password to access)


 Forms and Planning Worksheets:


Crew Roster Worksheet (XLS)

To be completed by crew advisors and submitted to Birchbark Expeditions by June 1.

Trail Menu Planning Worksheet

Used to select crew menu choices and indicate and special needs/concerns.

Completed worksheets can be submitted at the February planning meeting or online.

Informed Consent, Release Agreement and Authorization Form (aka Health Form)

To be completed by every participant and reviewed with their doctor.


Looking for something else?

Let us know what you would like to see here by sending an email to: birchbark@wnyscouting.org