What Impact will COVID-19 restrictions have on the program in 2021?
We are moving the winter camping operations at Tomahawk Scout Reservation closer to the Twin Cities Metro Area. In the current Covid-19 climate we needed to find a way to make winter camp more accessible to as many Scouts as possible.
We are confident we will still be able to operate under the Minnesota Department of Health’s guidelines for camps, but some units have expressed difficulty with transportation to camp. This move of programs closer to the metro area will hopefully address this.
NOTE: There will NOT be any winter camping hosted at Tomahawk this winter for 2021 ONLY.
Spearhead and Expedition:
- Current reservations for Spearhead or Expedition will be moved to Stearns Scout Camp.
- There will not be any schedule changes to the Spearhead or Expedition programs.
- Stearns is only about an hour from the metro and is already setup for winter camping.
- Current reservations for Dogsledding will be moved to Phillippo Scout Reservation. Phillippo is only 45 minutes from the metro and is already host to the Cub Scout Polar Cubs program.
- Doglsedding will move to one-day program and the cost for the program will be reduced to $130 for youth. $25 for adults (adults do not ride). This one-day program will run from 8:30 AM to 5 PM.
- There will be a dogsledding program offered on Saturday and another offered on Sunday. Your dogsledding registration will automatically be transferred to the Saturday program. If you'd prefer Sunday please let us know and we'll move you to the Sunday program as soon as possible.
- With this change in program there will be 12 additional dogsledding opportunities each weekend. Please spread the word to other Scouts about the Sunday dogsledding program and encourage them to sign up.
- With the reduction in fees additional funds will be refunded or can be used for other winter camping in the Snow Base Programs.
In addition, we will be hosting an online Q&A session specifically for our Winter Camping Programs on Monday, December 21st to review the changes and share information about our programs.
Unprecedented times call for unprecedented actions, we are thankful we can operate and provide a wonderful winter camp experience, regardless of which location, our main focus is to keep everyone healthy!
We look forward to a great winter camping experience with you at Stearns and/or Phillippo.
Who can attend Snow Base?
Scouts BSA, Venturing Scouts, and Adults
When are programs offered?
Weekends in January and February
What is provided?
Snow Base will provide the equipment (sleds, sleeping bags, cooking, etc...), most of all the cold weather clothing (bring your own long underwear and jacket) and all meals (they're tastey!). See related content for a packing list.
What should I pack for camp?
Participants will need to bring some clothing items to wear under the cold weather gear we provide as well as some personal items. See related content for a full packing list.
- Long Underwear (not cotton)
- Non absorbing upper body layers such as wool or polyester
- Outer Shell – A winter jacket with hood works great.
- Plastic bowl, mug, spoon, and fork.
- Personal items – Toothbrush, toothpaste, chapstick, handi-wipes, deodorant, etc.
Meals are provided, what if I have a food allergy?
We will do our best to meet the special dietary needs of the participants in your unit. We have alternative menu items for those with special dietary restrictions due to medical or religious reasons. See related content for more information on dietary restricitons. We will not be able to meet the special dietary needs of any participant without advance notice. Special dietary restrictions must be entered into the reservations system online roster two weeks prior to your arrival.
What if weather conditions are severe?
Information regarding current weather conditions and Northern Star Council Winter Camp Programs will be available at 612-261-2448 the week of camp.
WHAT FORMS SHOULD I BRING?
Each participant will need to have completed a health history (parts A/B) and a Health Screening Form. If you're in Spearhead, you should complete our program planning form online at your unit meeting prior to coming to Snow Base.
FEES AND DEPOSITS
The balance of your crew fees is due to the Northern Star Council office on December 1 if you're attending during January, and on January 1 if you're attending in February. Because of the limited number of places available each weekend due to equipment and lodging limitations, crews are responsible for the number of participants that they registered. All fees paid are non-refundable.
Units need to provide two leaders for each crew. Some units may elect to split Scouts across different programs / crews. Each program / crew requires two adult leaders. If you're having difficulty with finding available leaders, contact us and we can help connect you with another unit for the weekend. For any circumstance, your crew guide will not be considered adult leadership. The policy for "two deep" leadership must be followed, including one registered leader who is at least 21 and one adult leader who is at least 18 years of age.
Please review the Equipment Packing List in related content, and make sure all participants have looked at it. Please emphasize:
- The need for non cotton clothing
- All participants in the Spearhead/Expedition program should bring plastic silverware, plastic bowl, and a plastic mug
- All participants in the Experience program should bring a plastic mug
Snow Base operates a camp store with souvenirs and some equipment. Items range in costs between $1 - $40. Credit cards are accepted.
Participants at Snow Base receive a patch.
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER
The phone number at Tomahawk Scout Reservation for emergencies is 952-212-4292. Please understand Scouts are spread out during program and it can take up to an hour to get a Scout to the camp land line.
- All Scouts in attendance must be registered with BSA or complete a BSA Application.
- Alcohol and Illegal drugs are not permitted on camp property.
- Before you arrive, please review with your Scouts the guidelines for winter camping as outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting
- Unit leaders are responsible for distribution of Scout medication. If you need access to temperature control, please connect with your Crew Guide upon arrival to camp.