BWCA Adventures

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Project Success has been bringing middle school students to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for over 20 years. We have always been proud to honor our commitment to this programming as we have seen the great impact this week-long adventure has on students’ ability to build teamwork, communication and leadership skills among other physical and social-emotional skills.

Therefore, it is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we will not be able to provide the BWCA trips this June, 2020.

This decision did not come lightly. Wilderness Canoe Base, our partner camp, has been working with the Minnesota Department of Health, American Camp Association, their Camp Doctor (located in Grand Marais), their Health Liaison (an RN in Minneapolis), and the US Forest Service. All of these conversations were based around trying to see if they had any wiggle room to make June happen given the current landscape of COVID-19. Their primary responsibility when it comes to people visiting Wilderness Canoe Base is to always provide an experience that ensures that students are as safe as they possibly can be, and at this time, they don’t think it is possible to prepare for all COVID-19 hazards and social distancing guidelines that would ensure the safety of campers and the broader community.

If your student is already signed up for the BWCA this year, we will be reaching out to you regarding alternative programming and to process refunds for any trip fees that have already been paid.

If you have any questions, please contact Jenny B at or 612-874-1277.

Students in the Boundary Waters with Project Success

Each summer, Project Success offers a very special seven-day canoe expedition to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for middle school students.
BWCA adventures are open to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in the following Project Success partner schools: Andersen, Anne Sullivan, Anwatin, Field, Folwell, Franklin, Jefferson, Marcy, Northeast, Olson, Sanford and Seward.

BWCA Adventures take everything students learn and practice in Project Success curriculum and in-class workshops at their school, and condense it into a seven-day summer experience. 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 come home with a huge sense of accomplishment that has an amazing impact on their educational and personal growth.

Since 1998 we have partnered with a camp called Wilderness Canoe Base. Their generous “camperships” have allowed Project Success to introduce many more students to the Boundary Waters Wilderness than we ever thought possible! Their guides are well trained, experienced and, above all, they are committed to safety. Wilderness Canoe Base is located at the edge of the BWCA and provides a gorgeous location to start our journey.

2020 BWCA Adventure Info

Trips will take place June 10-16, 11-17, and 19-25, 2020.

Use our online application or download a PDF for the 2020 BWCA Adventures! Applications are due May 1, 2020.

Online Application

2020 BWCA Application, English

2020 BWCA Application, Spanish

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.


Contact Jenny Batten at Project Success:

or 612-874-1277