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

Wilderness Canoe Guides needed to guide for the Girl Scouts, in Ely, MN. We offer 5-10 day wilderness canoe trips for teenage girls in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park. Girls achieve their full potential as they paddle and portage canoes through the wilderness, see loons, waterfalls, and the northern lights. They learn about themselves, the world we live in, and teamwork during their adventure.

This is an amazing summer job for someone who doesn’t need a cell phone by her side and is not afraid to get muddy. This is also a job for someone who can keep a group of teenagers smiling as they fight headwinds on a stormy day, and who also enjoys a quick swim after dinner to relax her tired muscles before sharing stories around a campfire. Our safety record is stellar and participants and guides of all backgrounds come back year after year to be a part of our program. We abide by leave no trace principles, and participants leave with a deeper appreciation for our environment. All-women crews are still rare in the wilderness — be a part of our legacy!

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.

Application available here:


More information at www.nlcbaa.org and www.girlscoutslp.org/en/camp/Outdoor.html

Please contact former participant, guide, and current director Ann McNally with any questions:  mcnally.ann@gmail.com; 206-861-5730.


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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Thank you for MN Give to the Max Day!

Thanks to you, we portaged our way in November to over $800 in donations during Minnesota's Give to the Max Day. We didn't win a Golden Ticket this time, but your donations added up nonetheless. We appreciate your support for the Canoe Base!

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