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NTier Long Lead Time Actions

posted Apr 1, 2012, 5:55 PM by Robert Brese

Please focus on some long lead time items that you must begin working in order for you to be able to attend Northern Tier this summer. Your applications for a passport (if needed) and your CANPASS application (for Ely Crews) should be submitted NO LATER THAN APRIL 30, 2012! Please have your physical completed NO LATER THAN June 30, 2012!

 

1.     Passport. Every participant must have a current U.S. Passport regardless of age. Routine service takes 4-6 weeks. Information is available at: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html. Please note, that you must apply in person if: you are applying for your first U.S. passport; you are under age 16; your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under age 16; your previous U.S. passport was lost, stolen, or damaged; your previous U.S. passport was issued more than 15 years ago;  or your name has changed since your U.S. passport was issued and you are unable to legally document your name change. There are special requirements listed on the website for applicants who are under the age of 18. You can apply in person at most Post Offices, but you should call ahead. Please note, we will carry original passports and two copies of the inside cover (photo and identifying data) with us on the trip. A copy should be retained at home. We will collect passports at the end of May to ensure we have them all or know the status of those not yet received. If you already have a valid passport, please send Mr. Brese an email and include the passport’s expiration date in your reply.

 

2.     Remote Area Border Crossing (RABC or CANPASS) Permit. Each individual (or family) that is participating on the Ely-based trips must have a CANPASS. Information is available at: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/canpass/rabc-pfre/menu-eng.html#c03. The application (attached) cost is $30 for each adult (including minor children who cross with the adult) and the permit is free when issued in the name of a minor youth. For minor youth who may not yet have a passport, you can still apply for your CANPASS with a photocopy of your state-issued birth certificate. Because of the number of people attending, we will apply for these passes by family and take the originals and one copy with us on the trip. A copy should be retained at home, as it is good for one year from the date of issue. We will collect these passes at the end of May to ensure we have them all.

 

3.     Physical. All participants must have a physical documented on the BSA High Adventure form (attached) that will be less than one year old at the completion of the trip. Please note we will carry the originals and one copy with us on the trip. A copy should be retained at home. Parts A, B and C must be completed. Part D is required to be reviewed by all participants of a high-adventure program at one of the national high adventure bases and shared with the examining health-care provider before completing Part C. Pages 11-16 are only applicable for SCUBA programs. We will collect physicals at the end of June to ensure we have them all. If you already completed your physical, please verify it is on the correct form and send Mr. Brese an email and include the date of the physical in your reply.

 

We will hold our next Northern Tier meeting a 7:30 PM Thursday, May 3, 2012. The primary focus of the meeting will be gear and training planning, although an informational email on both of these topics will be sent before our next meeting. The meeting will include our first classroom training session. After the meeting, crews will be expected to plan 3-4 on-water training sessions to be completed in May-June-July.

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