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Press Release - June 1, 2012 - Buffalo, NY

BIRCHBARK EXPEDITIONS BSA, the wilderness canoe tripping program of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America, has been awarded NATIONAL ACCREDITATION FOR HIGH ADVENTURE PROGRAMS.

Accreditation is awarded by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  Birchbark Expeditions BSA has been deter-mined to meet the needs of high school age youth by including action, adventure, challenge, a risk factor for excitemen, and vigorous activity.  Additionally, participants undergo advanced preparation and training and go on canoe trips from one to two weeks in duration.

Participant training is provided by Birchbark Expeditions BSA Guides.  Guides are highly qualified in various aspects of canoe tripping, including packing, portaging, paddling, whitewater expedition canoeing, and wilderness emergencies. 

Birchbark Expeditions BSA conducts fully guided voyages in Canada’s Algonquin Provincial Park and on the northern wilderness rivers of Ontario.  The program is unique in that it is the only American Scout program conducted entirely in Canada.  It has been featured in both Boys’ Life and Scouting magazines.

Four programs are offered:

  1. Algonquin Park flat-water canoe trips, the flagship program of Birchbark Expeditions BSA, paddling the lakes, rivers and marshes of the 3,000 square mile wilderness park.
  2. Madawaska River whitewater training trips, conducted by Guides who are also certified as American Canoe Association river instructors.
  3. Remote 200-mile wilderness river expedi-tions down the Missinaibi and Albany Rivers, ending at Native villages on the shores of James Bay, southern arm of Hudson’s Bay.
  4. North American Martyrs Expeditions,  religious travel retreats starting at the historical site of Ste-Marie Among the Hurons and ending with a trip in Algonquin.

Crews of Boy Scouts and Venturers have come from western New York and as far away as Pennsylvania, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Louisiana.

Guides are veteran Scouters and canoe trippers skilled in leading groups into the wilderness.  Pierre de Rosa, of Niagara Falls, is the Director of Birchbark Expeditions BSA.  Patrick Covell is the professional staff advisor of the program. For additional information contact the Greater Niagara Frontier Council service center.

Contact Information:

Pierre de Rosa, Director       Patrick Covell, Staff Advisor

C:  716-799-4362                    W: 716-891-4073

H:  716-283-3489        


Greater Niagara Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America

2860 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14225


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