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


Summer 2018 is in full swing!

The guides have arrived, the canoes are out of the Barn, and the packs are ready to hit the trail! Stay up to date on all of the latest base news and photos through our Facebook Page.

To Girls and Guides alike- Wishing you only one match fires and tailwinds all summer long!

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Summer 2019- Reunion Year!

Do you miss sitting around the campfire, watching the sun go down over your favorite Moose Chain Lake? How about baking brownies in the coals of your dwindling fire? Well you don’t have to! Mark Summer 2019 as a reunion year and join former guides and GITs for a weekend at the base.

Dates and details to be announced.


For more frequent updates, please visit us on Facebook!