What is NF’s ‘Age Policy’ concerning your programs?

It is Northern Frontier’s policy that divisions between programs be determined by the camper’s age and not by his school grade. We believe that school grade is based primarily, if not entirely, on academic ability and progress. This does not take into account the social, spiritual, emotional, physical and mental (apart from academic) areas which are also developing in a boy or young man.

We understand that certain churches that use Brigade Ministries programs or other youth programs have chosen to determine program division by grade. The discrepancy between a specific church’s policy and Northern Frontier’s policy will cause an occasional situation where a boy or young man may not attend the same Northern Frontier program as others in his school or church program. While it is never our goal to disappoint others, it is our belief that Northern Frontier’s policy is in the best interest of the camper in regard to his personal enjoyment, growth and emerging manhood.

Northern Frontier’s programs are divided by age as follows:

Stockade, Battalion, Toolbox, Trips and CORE:
Stockade – for boys ages 8 through 11
Battalion – for teen guys ages 12 through 16
Toolbox – for teen guys ages 13-16
Trips – for teen guys ages 14-17
CORE Training – for teen guys ages 14-16

Father/Son Programs:
Tree Climbers – for fathers with sons ages 6-8
Father/Son Camp – for fathers with sons ages 8 and up
Father/Son For Older Guys – for fathers with sons ages 12 and up
Father/Son Trips – for fathers with sons ages 13 and up

Age Requirements (All dates are of the corresponding camp year):

Tree Climbers: A boy must turn 6 by September 1. If he turns 9 before June 1, he should register for Stockade or Father and Son Camp.
Stockade: A boy must turn 8 by September 1. If he turns 12 before June 1, he should register for Battalion.
Battalion: A young man must turn 12 by September 1
Battalion Trips: A young man must turn 14 by September 1
Father/Son Camp: A boy must turn 8 by September 1
Father/Son for Older Guys: A young man must turn 12 by September 1
Father/Son Trips: A young man must turn 13 by September 1

Exceptions to this policy are rare and may be made only by the Camp Director.

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