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MarshallPrime
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03/09/2020 08:38AM  
We do a school Boundary Waters trip every June with 7th and 8th graders. I'm wondering how difficult it would be to bring these students (someone else's kids) back and forth with permits like the RABC and such? I haven't looked into it yet.
Anyone have experience with something like this?

This summer will be my 3rd trip myself, but with other people's kids...not sure.

We usually stay on Knife, Ogish, Windchell and Cherokee, but was wondering about something like this to change it up. I know there would be a little more cost to do this (I know the RABC app fee is waived under 18).

Thanks.
 
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tumblehome
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03/09/2020 09:10AM  
Hello,

The processing fee is waived for the minors under the principal's application meaning your children.

My very first trip to the BWCA was a school group when I was 12 and we left Gunflint lodge and went into Canada from there. Much different then than it is now.

I suppose it depends on how much time and money you want to spend doing this. Logistically, it's much more work. The fee's are higher since the fees are per person per night. Here is the list you need to check off that I can think of.

RABC if needed per person
Canadian fishing license.
Passport or enhanced drivers license
Canadian crown land permit or Quetico permit
Permission from the kid's parents to take their child to Canada (Sort of kidding about this but it seems parents are paranoid nowadays)

If I was in your shoes, I would probably consider going through customs and skipping the RABC paperwork for the sake of ease and saving a few bucks.

Tom
03/09/2020 09:14AM  
Won't each of the students have to have a passport with them when they reenter the US? The cost for a passport was $110 when I last applied for one. Then there is the Q camping fee of approximately $20/night per person.
MarshallPrime
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03/09/2020 09:18AM  
Ausable: "Won't each of the students have to have a passport with them when they reenter the US? The cost for a passport was $110 when I last applied for one. Then there is the Q camping fee of approximately $20/night per person."

I know passport cards work also (and are cheaper) but yes, there are going to be more fees for Q vs BW. The $20 fee per person per night is a big disadvantage. That is $100 extra per student. That is on top of their fees to go with us on the trip anyway.

I am just looking into it, I didn't think it would be very realistic.
03/09/2020 12:36PM  
I'd stick with the BW
billconner
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03/09/2020 08:50PM  
Last I checked, on this kind of trip the students are covered by your RABC and fishing credentials, and copies of birth certificates are accepted. Seems we had letters from each parent as well. But check it out and update us. My first trip was with scouts and all above was the case. But things change.
03/11/2020 05:29PM  
Best bet would be to call the Park.
Savage Voyageur
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03/12/2020 04:28PM  
tumblehome: "Hello,


The processing fee is waived for the minors under the principal's application meaning your children.


My very first trip to the BWCA was a school group when I was 12 and we left Gunflint lodge and went into Canada from there. Much different then than it is now.


I suppose it depends on how much time and money you want to spend doing this. Logistically, it's much more work. The fee's are higher since the fees are per person per night. Here is the list you need to check off that I can think of.


RABC if needed per person
Canadian fishing license.
Passport or enhanced drivers license
Canadian crown land permit or Quetico permit
Permission from the kid's parents to take their child to Canada (Sort of kidding about this but it seems parents are paranoid nowadays)

If I was in your shoes, I would probably consider going through customs and skipping the RABC paperwork for the sake of ease and saving a few bucks.

Tom"


Will the kids that are fishing also need an outdoors card?
tumblehome
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03/13/2020 05:08PM  
@savage voyageur,

Oh, I forgot about the outdoors card. It's like there are too many fees and licenses to remember it all at once!

Tom
billconner
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03/14/2020 06:30AM  
When I went as an adult leader with Scouts, the leader's outdoors card and license covered the Scouts.
 
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