Leisure Services Management Assessment Project
Northern Tier High Adventure Program: An Objective Critique
As you are no doubt well aware, this entire project has been a labor of love for Matt and I. As a group we ran into one road block after another. If nothing else, this project has taught me that everything will not go smoothly, no matter how good the intensions and how to persevere in the face of adversity.
Northern Tier High Adventure Program is the Boy Scouts of America's oldest national high adventure program. Northern Tier was created in 1923 and operated out of a simple station wagon with a canoe rack. Northern Tier moved to its current location of Charles L. Sommers Wilderness Canoe Base in Ely, Minnesota in 1943 and expanded to two more locations; Northern Expeditions Canoe Base in Bisset, Manitoba in 1972 and Donald Rogert Canoe Base in Atikokan, Ontario in 1982.
Northern Tier's vision statement was adopted from the Boy Scouts of America. The vision statement from the Boy Scouts of America is as follows: “The Boy Scouts of America will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law”1. Northern Tier has drafted their own mission statement and it is as follows: “The mission of Northern Tier High Adventure Programs is to provide high quality character development experiences for all of Scouting’s participants through challenging wilderness adventures - featuring expedition canoeing and extreme-temperature winter camping - in the rugged North Woods of Minnesota, Ontario and Manitoba”2. Being that Northern Tier and the Boy Scouts of America have been so closely interrelated for ninety years; it makes sense that Northern Tier would choose to adopt the BSA's vision statement. I have not been involved in scouting for almost twenty years but I still remember the BSA's vision statement and its focus to shape every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader. An obvious critique of this vision statement is that the BSA has come under much scrutiny over the years due to their hardline stance on homosexuality. In using the BSA's vision statement, Northern Tier has made it clear that they mirror of the beliefs of the scouts. In a world that is becoming ever more accepting of alternative lifestyles, Northern Tier's shared beliefs could possibly alienate a large section of the population.
Northern Tier has chosen to create their own mission statement that focuses on character development through participation in wilderness adventures. The creation and implementation of their own mission statement is a wise measure from Northern Tier. A difference in mission statements can show the public that Northern Tier is not simply another appendage of the Boy Scouts of America but they are their own separate entity.
As was briefly mentioned above, Northern Tier High Adventure Program is the Boy Scouts of...