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BWCA Adventures

Each summer, Project SUCCESS offers a very special seven-day canoe trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for middle school students.

"My son had the opportunity to participate in Project SUCCESS' trip to the to Boundary Waters and I can say without reservation that he came home a changed man."

The BWCA Adventures experience takes everything students learn and practice in Project SUCCESS’ in-class workshops at their school, and condenses it into a seven day summer experience. It builds upon skills and confidence students have gained in Project SUCCESS’ program, and gives them a real-life experience to apply those skills, which carry over and add value to their academic experience and other real-world settings.

Students learn to work together to paddle and portage canoes, set up and break down camp, cook their own food and clean up without making an impact on the natural environment. They develop positive skills such as goal-setting, leadership, teamwork, and communication, and they build confidence and respect for the awesome beauty of the wilderness and a simple way of life. Mostly they come home with a huge sense of accomplishment that has an amazing impact on their educational and personal growth.

2018 BWCA Adventure Info

Our 2018 BWCA adventures will be taking place June 13-19; June 14-20; and June 22-28. Read below for more information and applications:

About the BWCA Adventure - English

About the BWCA Adventure - Spanish

About the BWCA Adventure - Somali

About the BWCA Adventure - Hmong

BWCA Application - English

BWCA Application - Spanish


BWCA Highlights

In 2016, Project SUCCESS brought more than 100 adventurous middle school students to the BWCA from our Minneapolis Public Schools partner middle schools.

Project SUCCESS provided scholarships to students who did not have the means to pay the full participation fee. The scholarships were funded, in part, by the generosity of the The Minneapolis Foundation’s 612-Youth Engagement Project fund, The Marbrook Foundation, the James B. Linsmayer Foundation, and individual donors to Project SUCCESS. Thank you to the wonderful students, parents, volunteers, staff and donors who made this year's experience outstanding!!

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What is the BWCA?

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) is a unique area located in the northern third of the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota.  Over 1 million acres in size, it extends nearly 150 miles along the International Boundary adjacent to Canada’s Quetico Provincial Park and is bordered on the west by Voyageurs National Park. The BWCA contains over 1200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and over 2000 designated campsites. The Boundary Waters is a pristine, yet rugged wilderness. The lakes are cut from granite and surrounded in old pine growth. Click here for more information about the BWCA.


Please call Jenny B at Project SUCCESS at 612-874-1277 or click here to send her an e-mail.