We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Day Camp is a 5-day enrichment program and the next step in youth development. Day Camp gives kids a traditional camp experience during the day.

Meet Dan OBrien

Camp Director, Day Camp Heritage

At age 18, having just graduated from Hudson High School and looking for a summer job, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime – a position as YMCA camp counselor at Camp St. Croix! As a kid, I had spent many cherished summers at that camp; my memories were still so vivid.

That first summer as camp counselor changed my life in ways I couldn’t have anticipated. I discovered my passion for working with youth and helping them to connect with nature through meaningful outdoor experiences. That fall, I enrolled at Bethel University, declaring a major in Psychology. For the following 6 summers I returned to my camp counselor position where I learned more and grew each year.

After graduation from Bethel, with a B.A. in Psychology, I volunteered for Americorps in Madison, WI where I worked as a teen program coordinator. I returned to St. Paul and have since worked coordinating youth programs for many YMCA locations.

To be a part of the Camp Heritage team is beyond thrilling for me! I look forward to giving kids fun and unique opportunities for growth in a nature-inspired setting. Whether you are a parent or camper, a Camp Heritage experience is sure to put a smile on your face. Join me for a fun-filled summer. 


About Day Camp Heritage

Every child will benefit from this connection with nature. YMCA Day Camp Heritage is a wonderful place for your child to experience fun, outdoor adventures this summer! New and returning campers thrive during a week packed full of exciting, structured activities. Campers participate in small, age appropriate groups where they build self-esteem and learn new skills. Our experiences are built on the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

Traditional camp activities include swimming, canoeing, archery, environmental education, cookouts, arts and crafts and more.

Specialty camps provide two hours of focus on a favorite activity. Accomplishments are marked with special beads for every camper to collect. We hope to see your child at Day Camp Heritage this summer!

Teen Camps Develop leadership qualities and abilities that are important life-long ingredients. Our leadership camps develop the whole person — spirit, mind, and body — through a variety of service projects, hands-on activities and team building exercises. Our leaders of tomorrow begin with our youth of today!

Camp Hours

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


We provide needs-based scholarships called Personal Pricing Plans to make camp more affordable. We take several factors - annual income, the number of adults in your home, and the number of dependents - and use them to determine your fee. Learn more about scholarships

Contact Us

YMCA Day Camp Heritage
7732 Main Street
Lino Lakes, MN 55014
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