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The Northern Lakes Girl Scout Canoe Base is the premier location for girls (over 12) to explore the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) and has provided Girl Scout canoe trips since the 1960s. The base is operated through the Girl Scouts Lakes and Pines Council. Scroll below and check out the website to learn more.


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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 Minnesota 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.


Girl Scouts ranging from paddling experts to those who have never been  camping join Northern Lakes Canoe Base for 3-10 day canoe trips through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Whether you're paddling down a crystal clear lake or challenging yourself on a portage through the woods, your courageous spirit will certainly be welcomed here!


Guides and campers alike learn from each other throughout their trips. Confidence from within shines as you learn to cook over a fire, navigate by map and compass, carry a canoe, and traverse the wilderness carrying all that you need with you. Campers gain a sense of confidence and reassurance that they can do anything they put their minds to! 


Our trips are always a fun, safe, and positive outdoor experience for both youth and adults. You'll leave closer to the people you came with, with new wilderness friends for life! Whether you're new to the outdoors or a seasoned trail blazer, your adventurous side is sure to show its true colors. Join us to let your true character come alive! 

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NLCBAA works closely with Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines on promoting this small but mighty program.

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