North Country Rock-N-Wilderness

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To the wilderness and back again! Challenge yourself on this canoeing expedition in the northwoods of Minnesota and Canada!

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About the Trip

See Session information below. Session 1 is FULL for summer 2022; Session 2 still has space. Both Session 1 and Session 2 are still open for summer 2023.

Crystal clear lakes, waterfalls, a stunning night sky, soaring eagles and howling wolves are just some what makes the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (MN) and Quetico Provincial Park (Canada) one of the most sought after wilderness areas in the world. Well-trained and experienced Girl Scout guides will lead you on a multi-day wilderness canoeing expedition that challenges and enriches you.

Your adventure starts by heading to the stunning north shore of Lake Superior, where you and up to 20 other girls will get to know each other while challenging yourself with rock climbing and kayaking. Then, head to the Girl Scout’s Northern Lakes Canoe Base off Moose Lake, on the edge of the wilderness. After a day of training, packing, and planning, you will paddle north to Canada where you will spend 7-10 days paddling and portaging through the wilderness. Trained Girl Scout canoe guides offer the tools and coaching to make the expedition crew succeed at their adventure, and are experts at bringing out the best in every girl. Sing and laugh as you paddle along rocky shorelines, portage around rapids, trudge through boot-sucking mud, swim in the clear lakes, and enjoy the serenity of a quiet evening campfire under a starry sky. Experience something few others will and reach your potential in ways you never thought you could on this high adventure experience.

Where You Go

Ely, Minnesota

What to Know

Session One: Must be between the ages of  12-14 years old at the start of the trip (grades rising 7th – rising 9th)

Session 2: Must be between the ages of  15-18 years old at the start of the trip (grades rising 10th – just graduated 12th grade) 

  • We welcome many skill and interest levels. No previous canoe, kayak or climbing experience necessary.
  • Must be open minded and have a positive attitude.
  • We include those with different physical and health restrictions.
  • A physical exam within the last 12 months is required and leave the final decision to our volunteer medical professional.
  • Fly in and out of Minneapolis, MN.  Staff will be waiting to drive you north after spending a day or two in Duluth, MN,  rock climbing and sea kayaking. 
  • Head north to the Northern Lakes Canoe Base – Ely, Minnesota
  • Canoe Launch at NLCB onto Moose Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and into Canada’s Quetico Provincial Park.

The Dates

2022 Session 1: July 5 - 16, 2022. 12-Day Trip - $1,000 THIS SESSION IS FULL.
All trip participants must be between the ages of 12-14 years old at the start of the trip.

2022 Session 2: July 22 - August 5, 2022. 15-Day Trip - $1,200
All trip participants must be between the ages of 15-18 years old at the start of the trip.

2023 Session 1: July 5 - 16, 2023. 12-Day Trip - $1,000
All trip participants must be between the ages of 12-14 years old at the start of the trip.

2023 Session 2: July 22 - August 5, 2023. 15-Day Trip - $1,200
All trip participants must be between the ages of 15-18 years old at the start of the trip.

*Please note the DATES of your session for your application!

What to Bring

Lightweight sleeping bag in stuff sac. (Large flannel sleeping bags are discouraged because of size, weight and difficulty drying. Look for mummy shaped sleeping bags made of synthetic material)

Rain gear (rain jacket and rain pants, no ponchos)

Sturdy hiking boots (no waterproofing or Gore-Tex. Your feet will be wet much of the time on the canoe trip.  A lightweight hiking or field boot is best.  The purpose of the boot is to provide secure footing and ankle support during portages.  Insulated boots, rubber boots or any other boots that hold water will be very uncomfortable. Inexpensive options can be found in many retail stores.)

Personal clothing (Once accepted, a detailed list of equipment and clothing will be provided.)

The Cost

Program Fee Session One: $1,000

Program Fee Session Two: $1,200

Program Fee does not include transportation to and from Minneapolis, MN.

A $100 deposit will be due immediately upon acceptance. (It's part of the fee, not in addition to it).

Download Application Forms
Destinations Application Worksheet
Contact Information

Melissa Garza
Outdoor Program Manager
Phone: 218-302-3183
Fax: 218-726-4715
mgarza@girlscoutslp.org