Specialty Camps

Develop a greater passion for the things you love, or try out something new at one of our specialty camps! At each of our specialty camps, day campers spend approximately two hours each day in their specialized activity. The remainder of the day is spent enjoying traditional camp activities.

Archery Camp

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

While learning the fundamentals of archery, campers examine equipment close up, identify the parts of the bow and arrow, and learn the science behind drawing the bow and releasing the arrow. Instructors teach proper grip, stance, and aim alignment to use while approaching the target. Campers will discover their ‘eye dominance,’ the first step in becoming a skilled archer. Archery equipment is provided. Campers may bring their own equipment but it must be in a protective case.

Arts and Crafts Camp

Entering grades 2 – 5 in fall, 2017

Campers discover their artistic side and let their imaginations soar. Kids create through a variety of projects that may include: clay sculpture, sketching, watercolors or paints, nature collages, weaving a pot holder or placement, scrap booking, papier maché, picture frames, candle holders, necklaces and bracelets, mural painting and much more! Campers create masterpieces to take home and enjoy!

Canoe/Kayak Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Campers learn paddling skills and canoe/kayak safety as they experience the beauty of Camp Christmas Tree’s Dutch Lake! Kids learn to identify the parts of the canoe and learn the key strokes of canoeing and kayaking, along with the importance of weight distribution and center of gravity. An adventure through Dutch Lake will test their skills and we’ll enjoy a lunch on the lake.

Climbing Camp

Entering grades 5 – 7 in fall, 2017

Campers put their strength, strategy, and skill against our 50-foot rock climbing tower in a spectacular outdoor setting! During daily practice climbing sessions, kids learn about basic climbing footings and grips, belay techniques, knot tying, and climbing safety. On Friday, campers test their climbing skills on one of YMCA Camp Ihduhapi’s high adventure elements!

Dragons, Fairies & Princesses Camp

Entering grades K – 2 in fall, 2017

Campers let their imaginations soar in this magical fairy tale-themed arts and crafts camp! Participants make dragon and fairy wings, prince and princess crowns, wands, jewels, fairy tale puppets, costumes and more. Kids will also enjoy a special tea party!

End of Summer Extravaganza

Entering grades 1 – 8 in fall, 2017

This is the last chance to enjoy the great outdoors at camp before summer ends! We’ve combined all of our camp’s highlights into an incredible jam-packed session. Horseback rides, canoeing, swimming are all part of the fun. Campers search for “silver” and “gold” in the Gold Rush, then cash in their treasure chest in exchange for fun surprises!

Farm Camp

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

Join us for a week of wholesome fun at Gale Woods Farm! Kids working the farm will explore the barn and acres of gardens, pastures, fields, and forests. Young farmers experience the daily routines of feeding and caring for sheep, cattle, chickens, cats and a dog. Campers discover how plants, animals, soil, and people work together to produce the food that we eat everyday. Mornings will be spent on site at camp.

Gale Woods Farm Participant Information

Fishing Camp

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

Get hooked on fishing and learn basic fishing skills. Beautiful Lake Minnetonka provides the scene for shoreline fishing fun using the catch-and-release method. Bait is provided at camp, but campers must bring their own pole and tackle.

Pirates Camp

Entering grades K – 2 in fall, 2017

Arrrrrgh! Young Buccaneers learn the swashbuckling lingo of pirates, play games like Capture the Pirate Flag, try their balancing skills as they walk the plank, go on treasure hunts and a whole lot more!

Water Sports Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Campers try a variety of water sports activities including one-on-one water-ski instruction, canoeing/kayaking and tubing. Kids spend about 2 hours each day on water activities.

YMCA & The National Park Service

The YMCA and the National Park Service have collaborated on the Let’s Move! Outside initiative which provide opportunities for youth to play, learn, and serve on public lands, empowering campers to discover the outdoors. Learn more.

Outdoor Living Skills (Leave No Trace)

Entering grades 3 – 5 in fall, 2017

Kids develop their outdoor living skills utilizing Leave No Trace principles in this exciting, hands-on specialty camp! Campers discover the finer points of preparing for a big outdoor adventure and will develop orienteering skills using a map and compass plus they’ll learn about plant and animal identification. Participants will also learn a variety of useful camping skills including building a fire, making camp shelters, knot tying, campfire cooking as well as participate in a camp improvement project!

Jr. Ranger Camp

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

The YMCA and the National Park Service have partnered together on a Play, Learn, Serve and Work initiative to empower youth to discover and create new outdoor play opportunities. Earn your Jr. Ranger badge and learn the Junior Ranger motto of Explore, Learn and Protect. Campers will visit and volunteer at the St. Croix National Scenic River way and work with a Park Ranger!