2011 National Outdoor Conference

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The purpose of the National Outdoor Conference (NOC) is to provide an opportunity for professional and volunteer Scouters responsible for outdoor programming a forum to learn about new programs and techniques to expand local council outdoor programs. Participants will receive new ideas for facilities, equipment, programs, management, and marketing designed to increase youth and adult participation in camping and outdoor programs for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers.

Who Should Attend

The National Outdoor Conference will have valuable information for a wide range of participants, including Scout executives; directors of support service; program directors; rangers; camp directors; council presidents; council vice presidents-program; camping, conservation, aquatics, COPE/climbing, and shooting sports committee chairs; properties chairs; and any other professionals or volunteers responsible for outdoor programs.

How Much Does It Cost?

Register early! The registration fee for the 2011 National Outdoor Conference is $300. A discounted early-bird fee of $235 is available until midnight Aug. 7, 2011. The full registration of $300 becomes effective at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 8. The fee includes meals, conference materials, and related supplies. Lodging is NOT included in this fee and MUST be selected from one of the options outlined in the “Lodging” section of this brochure.


A $100 cancellation fee will apply if reservations are canceled after Sept. 1, 2011, regardless of the reason for the cancellation.

Center for Professional Development Available

Professionals attending the National Outdoor Conference will receive credit through the Center for Professional Development. The course, designated F506, will appear on the professional’s official training profile.


Registration opens at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7. The exhibit area will open at 3 p.m., and dinner will be served in the exhibit area at 5:30 p.m. Refer to the “Schedule Overview” for the daily schedule of activities. The NOC concludes on Sunday, Sept. 11, after breakfast.

Conference Attire

Casual dress and outdoor attire is perfect for the conference. Layers are recommended.


September in northern Minnesota offers crisp nights and warm days. An early season snowfall is not out of the question, but generally is a rare occurrence. Bring layered clothing that will allow you to adjust for daytime temperatures in the 60s and nighttime temperatures in the 20s.


The Northern Tier High Adventure Base is 23 miles from Ely, Minnesota. Airports are in Duluth (116 miles—a 2.5-hour drive) and Minneapolis (270 miles—a five-hour drive). Carpools are recommended, and a ride-sharing tool will be available to participants to facilitate transportation.

Ride Share

Facebook group. A special Facebook ride-share group will be activated to facilitate car pooling from the Duluth and Minneapolis airports to the base. Check the “ride share” button when you register, and you will be added to the group. Members of the group can post their travel information and attempt to share rental cars withother participants.