Birchbark Expeditions

High Adventure Canoeing Programs

Birchbark Expeditions is a Nationally Accredited week-long, fully guided high adventure canoe experience, steeped in the rich Age of Exploration history. Operated by volunteers from the Greater Niagara Frontier Council of the BSA, the program offers three different options:

1) Adirondack Adventure - a 7-day High Adventure experience based in New York's beautiful Adirondack Park, it operates four weeks from mid-July to mid-August.  

2) WNY Waterways - A local one or two-day canoeing expedition on one of the many waterways in Western New York.   An ideal first opportunity to experience canoe tripping with an optional over-night stay.

3) Algonquin Adventure - also a 7-day High Adventure experience, but based in the remote Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario (on hold until border crossing restrictions are lifted)

More on each program below:

Adirondack 7-Day Adventure (Summer of 2022)

Our newest program, based in the beautiful New York Adirondacks Saint Regis Canoe Area.  The program includes:

  • Basecamp operations from Camp Mountaineer on the Massawepie Scout Reservation near Tupper Lake, NY
  • A full day of on-water and in-camp training
  • A tour of the Adirondack Wild Center or the Six Nations Indian Museum
  • 5-day backcountry canoe trek expedition in the Saint Regis Canoe Area (or nearby)
  • Optional day hike in the High Peaks (shortens canoe trek)
  • All in-camp and backcountry meals
  • A full-trained and seasoned guide for the entire duration
  • Use of a complete crew gear kit with, canoe packs, kitchen and safety gear
  • Canoes, paddles, PFDs and required safety gear
  • Souvenir tee-shirt and water bottle
  • A life-time of memories and skills!  

Learn more at Birchbark Expeditions - ADK

WNY Waterways Day Trips!!

The NEW Birchbark Expeditions WNY Waterways program provides units across the region an opportunity to experience canoeing and build paddling skills, in a safe and supervised environment.

With the help from trained volunteer guides from the GNFC, the program assists units in planning and executing a short-term canoe tripping experience on any one of our many local waterways.   For a nominal per-person charge, the program provides canoes, PFDs, paddles and other required safety equipment along with a fully-trained guide for the duration of their expedition.   

Learn more on the WNY Waterways Program pages

Algonquin 7-Day Adventure

(On Hold due to COVID travel restrictions)

Birchbark Expeditions is a Nationally Accredited week-long, fully guided high adventure canoe experience in Algonquin Provincial Park, steeped in the rich Age of Exploration history of Upper Canada.  Operated by volunteers from GNFC, the program is open to Scouts BSA 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 program guide - making nine total. Expeditions take place in Algonquin Provincial Park and offers world-class canoe tripping among the thousands of lakes and unspoiled wilderness.   

Learn more at Algonquin Adventures

Sponsors and Supporters

Birchbark Expeditions would not be able to operate with the financial support and contributions from our sponsors and community of supporters.   Thanks to all of you for making the program possible!