About the Northern Lakes Canoe Base

The Northern Lakes Girl Scout Canoe Base is the premier location for girls (over 12) and women to explore the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) and has provided all-female trips since the 1960s. The base is operated through the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines Council.

About the Alumni Association

The purpose of the Northern Lakes Canoe Base Alumni Association (NLCBAA) is to provide a continuing interest in, and support for, the mission and programs of the Northern Lakes Canoe Base in keeping with the policies of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

The NLCBAA is a non-profit organization made up of past canoe guides along with past participants, community members, and other friends of the base. Our goal is to guarantee that the program we all love continues to inspire new generations of girls by instilling in them a love of nature, a compassion for others, and a sense of self-worth.

Current News & Announcements

It’s Reunion Time!

This is the time to book a trip to Ely to reconnect with friends and enjoy the Northwoods.
We would like for EVERY willing and able alumni to attend. If you are struggling financially, please complete the registration and pay what you can afford.

Reunion 2017:
Sunday night, July 2nd – S’mores by Moose Lake
Monday, July 3rd – Breakfast, Work Project, Lunch, NLCBAA Business Meeting, Banquet Dinner at Creek Ridge Lodge in Ely.
Tuesday, July 4th – Breakfast, July 4th Parade in Ely!, Cookout at Base, Scout’s Own
Wednesday, July 5th – Breakfast and Goodbye

Registration is now closed. We look forward to seeing you in Ely!

We are still looking for summer 2017 Guides

Outdoor experience, an industrious work ethic, and a knack for working with people from a range of backgrounds is a must. Extensive training provided. Season runs approx. June 9-August 14. Pay starts at approx. $230/week and room and board is included. Starting pay increases with wilderness first aid and lifeguarding training (otherwise, offered pre-season). Transportation assistance available from nearby hubs.

See the Application or More information.

Please contact former participant, guide, and current director Ann McNally with any questions: [email protected]; 206-861-5730.


Come See Amy Freeman!

We're thrilled to announce that our reunion banquet will feature Amy Freeman, 2014 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Join us on July 3, 5-9pm, at Creek Ridge Lodge in Ely for the banquet, or the full reunion!  

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Reunion 2017: Save the Date

Save the date for the next NLCBAA Reunion! July 2nd-4th, 2017 Paddle with old friends. Enjoy the banquet. Walk in the July 4th parade. Laugh. Cry. Remember. Stay tuned for registration information in January. Hol Ry!...

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