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.This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Campaign-2020-Cover-Photo.png

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.

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Dear Girl Scout Family, As our community situation continues to evolve during the pandemic, the plans for Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines must shift accordingly. Therefore, it is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of all in-person resident, troop, and day camps through August 2020.Trust me when I say I completely understand how heartbreaking this news is for our girls, families, volunteers, and staff. Canceling in-person summer camp is painful and emotional decision, but it is the right thing to do for our girls. As a member of Girl Scouts for 42-years, I can honestly say Girl Scout camp changed my life.At the end of the day, the health and safety of our girls and members has (and always will) come first. While our camps adhere to the most stringent safety protocols, much is still unknown about when Minnesota and Wisconsin will be fully relieved of the Stay-at-Home directives. Social distancing and crowd limits will likely remain in effect throughout the summer, and too much is still unknown with respect to the spread of COVID-19. Please understand this was not a decision we chose to make, rather it was a decision we had to make.Alternative Camp Programming  Although we will not be meeting in person, we are working on special camp programs to welcome our campers – virtually. We remain committed to fulfilling our promise to offer high-quality outdoor experiences to our girls and volunteers. We will continue to share more about “GO Virtual” summer camp programming as plans become finalized.We trust those who are impacted by this news will receive it with the courage, confidence and character that only a Girl Scout possesses. During this unique time in our history, remember Girl Scouting will be here for you, bringing opportunities to celebrate and experience the outdoors together.  I hope to see you this summer!In Girl Scouting,Leigh Ann Davis  Chief Executive Officer  Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes & PinesNorthern Lakes Canoe Base is working with current and former guides to bring everything you love about the outdoors right to your living room! Stay tuned for more information!