Birchbark Expeditions – ADK 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 Adirondack Adventure.

Program Promotional Materials

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

Program Tri-fold Brochure

Tri-fold brochure PDF providing a general overview of the Birchbark Expeditions Adirondack Adventure program, designed for first-timers looking to experience canoe tripping on primarily flat water in New York's Adirondack Park.  This piece is intended as a promotional piece, ideal as a "take home" flier for scouts.

Expedition Planning Materials


Advisor Handbook

Designed for the Birchbark Expedition crew advisor, the Advisor Handbook includes the following materials:

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

Each paid crew receives an updated a printed copy at the first Advisor Orientation session.

NOTE: The following materials are password protected.  If you need help with access, send a note to:

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

 Forms and Planning Worksheets:

Crew Roster Worksheet (XLS)

Use to collect participant information in preparation for your crew on-line registration. Download as a PDF

Trail Menu Planning Worksheet

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

Completed worksheets can be submitted soon after the first Advisor Orientation meeting, but no later than March 1st.

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

To be completed by every participant and reviewed with their doctor.  Also include a copy of the BBX Risk Advisory when discussing with your doctor.


Program Videos:

You can find all the training and expeditions videos on the Birchbark Expeditions YouTube Channel

Program overview and plan for 2024:

Expedition video of Troop 483's trek in Algonquin: 

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