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Girl Scout Canoe Guides work hard to create a warm and caring atmosphere, where girls are allowed to let their personalities shine. They are usually in college or recently graduated from college, with a unique blend of wilderness, Girl Scouting, and BWCAW experience. In addition to certifications in Lifeguarding and Wilderness First Aid (WFA), all Guides go through a rigorous and hands-on training at the canoe base. One of the most common comments we hear from both youth and adult participants is that they had no idea how fun, involved, talented, and hard-working their guides would be!

Interested in guiding for Summer 2024?

See job description here.

Apply at the Girl Scouts of Minnesota Lakes and Pines Council website.

Ann McNally

Summer Program Director

Ann McNally went on her first Girl Scout canoe trip, a 7-day Quetico trip, in 1992, and knew the program and the wilderness would be with her forever. She grew up in Seattle, but made the trek to Ely to be a guide-in-training in 1994 and 1995, and then guided for five years (1996-2000). Then, she took a break to get a PhD in chemistry and then work full-time in Seattle. She quit her full-time work when her first son was born in 2010, allowing her to spend her summers in Ely again, where she has been the summer program director (and occasional guide) since 2011. During the school year she teaches college chemistry.

Ann encourages every teenage girl she knows to sign up for a fun, confidence-building, and safe Girl Scout canoe trip in one of the most beautiful wilderness areas around. An advocate for both girls and the wilderness, her recent efforts have focused on bringing awareness of the Girl Scout canoe trip program to a wider audience. For many years now, her devotion to the program has only trailed her devotion to her family.

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The Canoe Base is hiring guide staff for this summer! Click here to receive information.

Ann McNally is stepping back from the Program Director position in 2024, and the Canoe Base is seeking a new Director! If you want to come home to the wilderness this summer and take on a pivotal role in this small but mighty, meaningful program, find the job description here and contact the Council's Director of Program and Property, Melissa Garza, at

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

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