Birchbark Expeditions is a Nationally Accredited week-long, fully guided high adventure canoe experience, steeped in the rich Age of Exploration history of Southern Ontario. The program is open to Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts at least 13 years old, holding the rank of at least First Class and a "swimmer". Crews generally consist of six youth, two adults, plus a guide - making nine total.
The standard expedition takes place in Algonquin Provincial Park, a four hour drive north of Toronto and offers world-class canoe tripping among the thousands of lakes and unspoiled wilderness. Optional Advanced expeditions offer extended two-week trips down the Albany or Missinaibi Rivers.
Standard expeditions start Saturday with an early drive from the Buffalo/Niagara area to Midland, Ont. for a visit to St. Marie among the Hurons and Wye Marsh Nature Center in Midland, Ontario. Here crews will meet their highly-trained Guide for the duration of our trip and learn about the early French explorers that carved a living out of the wilderness alongside the Native Americans.
On Sunday, crews move on further north into Algonquin Provincial Park to base camp where they will organize equipment, practice some water rescue techniques and get rested for an early launch on Monday morning.
Monday through Friday have crews following their custom pre-planned itinerary through the pristine lakes and forests of the Algonquin interior, enjoying the incredible views, wildlife and camaraderie.
Crews return to base camp on Friday afternoon, clean up their crew gear, pick up some souvenirs and visit some of the incredible museums and other program offered by Algonquin Provincial Park. Crews depart early Saturday morning, driving back to the Buffalo/Niagara area.
In addition to the standard expedition outlined above, Birchbark Expeditions also offers optional enhanced program elements, including:
BSA Kodiak Leadership Training Treks
St. George Religious Medal Treks
Far North River Treks into Georgian Bay
Leave No Trace
Crews from outside the Buffalo/Niagara area are encouraged to add a visit to Niagara Falls while in the area, with over-night facilities made available at Camp Stonehaven > in Niagara County.
Crews are provisioned with all necessary food and crew equipment, including: canoes, paddles, PFDs, tents and cooking equipment. Each participant must bring some basic high-adventure personal equipment.
Greater Niagara Frontier Council #380, Boy Scouts of America, 2860 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14225 Service Center Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Phone (716) 891-4073 - Fax (716) 891-4008 Scout Shop Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Tuesday 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM;
Every Saturday 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM - Phone (716) 891-1689 - Fax (716) 891-1910