Meet the Team

Who You Will Meet at Icaghowan

Because we know staff is the most important part of a camp experience, we take great care to hire and train qualified, enthusiastic staff. We look for leadership skills, prior experience working with children, decision-making capabilities, respect for the environment and safety awareness.

All staff members are certified in CPR and First Aid. Waterfront specialists are certified lifeguards, and Trip Leaders are certified in Wilderness First Aid.

Executive Director Michel Tigan

My career with the YMCA began in 1995 as a CIT at YMCA Camp St. Croix. A long time Croix camper and passionate outdoor enthusiast, I fell in love with motivating a new generation of campers. I continued on Staff at Camp St. Croix through 2001 where I had the opportunity to lead the Leadership Development Program that had been so formative in my life. Upon graduation from the University of St. Thomas, I spent 2 years as an AmeriCorps Volunteer teaching Environmental Education in midcoast Maine. For the past 12 years, I have been a nonprofit Executive in the St. Croix Valley, most recently with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

My husband Matt and I have 3 children whose summers have been spent camping due to the passion of their parents. I believe that camping inspires children to rise to the occasion, to believe in all that they are, and to trust that they can accomplish more than they may have believed. I am honored to be able to share the camping experience with your children, and feel blessed to have this opportunity to inspire wonder and awe in all campers at YMCA Camp Icaghowan. I believe in the mission of the YMCA and will do my best to honor tradition, history, and the four core values in the programs offered at Icaghowan.

I know that camp is built upon those that have loved and will love it, so together let’s inspire magic. Please contact me any time by email or by phone at: 612-230-3478.

Program Director Walter Carlson

Y Camping has been in my life for as long as I can remember. My parents met at YMCA Cap Menogyn, and some of my earliest memories are of the beautiful boundary waters landscapes surrounding the camp. I was lucky enough to attend many different camps, starting with Camp Christmas Tree, moving up to Camp Ihduhapi then completing up to Camp Menogyn, where I spent four summers mastering lake and river canoeing. In 2009 I began my working career, splitting my summer between Camp Icaghowan and Camp Warren.

Even while I attended school at University of Missouri, pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology and Multicultural Studies, I found ways to make sure I was able to be part of the Camp Icaghowan community. Upon graduating in 2013 I took a job working as a Special Ed paraprofessional in the Edina School District, and kept returning to Camp Icaghowan in the summers. I was lucky enough to have the former directors and executives teach me a wealth of knowledge around camping along the way, and finally found myself working my dream job here at Icaghowan. I am excited to continue our tradition of teaching and growth within youth and staff, and help to expand our services and offerings to as many people as I can.

If you have any questions about our camp, our programs, jobs that we offer, or just want to talk, feel free to contact me by email at or by phone at (763) 230-9317.

Property Manager - Aaron Raivo-Lynch

Aaron has a strong history in camping and is excited to be joining the Icaghowan team. He spent many Summer's at camp St. Croix; ranging from camper to Assistant Camp Director. He is a Minneapolis Patrick Henry graduate, and graduate of the University of Minnesota (B.S. Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies). Aaron also, recently celebrated the birth of his 5th niece!