du Nord is currently full for summer 2017. However, sites are currently available at our YMCA Family Camp at Boy Lake.
What a fantastic summer we had in the north woods once again. Summer at du Nord means a lot of different things to many different people. For some it’s an opportunity to relax, have some quiet time, and chill out with family, and for others, camp is all about having fun and being social. No matter the reason, all campers had the chance to embrace their version of what it means to be a family camper at du Nord in 2016.
Every summer is a little bit different and a little bit unique at camp, and this summer was no exception. Perhaps you had the chance to experience the great power outage of 2016. For seven full days,camp operated without power (For the most part. There was a generator at the dining hall.) The kitchen and maintenance staff team spent countless hours bending over backwards to make camp continue to run as smooth as ever. You also may have had the chance to sing ‘Cat Party’ or remember the lyrics Peanut Butter in my cup, we sing this song to pump you up, bang bang choo-choo train, come on (insert name here) do your thang! Or you maybe you tried out Logrolling for the first time. Could you stay on the log for more than 3 seconds?! It’s hard!
Regardless of how you spent your time at camp, we hope had the chance to spend quality time with family, be a little silly, and enjoy beautiful Burntside Lake and the North Arm Trail System. We hope you have had an excellent start to your fall and look forward to seeing you on the North Arm Road again soon.
Until Next Time,
The Fall Winter Spring season at Camp du Nord started in a big way over Labor Day Weekend with our fifth annual Fest du Nord music festival weekend. Amazing musicians like the Okee Dokee Brothers, Jeremy Messersmith, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Adam Levy, John Munson, and so many more put on a big-city caliber show right in the middle of Thor’s field. Thanks to all the musicians, sponsors, campers, and Ely-ites who came out in to enjoy the music.
But that’s not all! September was probably the busiest, and most beautiful time to be up at camp. Since summer camp ended, we have hosted not one, but two weddings, a men’s conference, a youth service group, and a number of individual cabin reservations. The fall colors peaked just in time for the Fall Women’s Retreat.
October has been equally busy, we have already hosted a fall work weekend, a yoga group, a third wedding, and Autumn Adventures family camp weekend. We will close-out our fall season with the Woodcutting group, whose volunteers refill all the camp woodsheds in anticipation of the cozy winter campfires to come.
Don’t let your du Nord connections stop once you head off down the Echo Trail. There are numerous opportunities for du Nord teens to stay connected all year long!
We are excited to bring back Camp du Nord Leaders Club and a ‘Camping Delegation’ for Youth in Government.
Leaders Club is a program for teens between 13-18 that meets monthly at Tula Yoga and Wellness in St. Paul. The program provides opportunities for peer led leadership training, volunteer/service work, and tons of fun. We are excited to introduce Bridget Novak as our staff lead. Contact Bridget if you or someone you know is interested in joining!
In addition to Leaders Club, we are operating another camping delegation for Youth in Government. This program provides opportunities for teens to learn about the political process (the way it should be, anyways), spend some time with camp friends, and take on new and exciting challenges. This is a great way to get that camp feeling year-round.
For more information, email Bridget Novak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a response to the ever-increasing love and demand for a family camp experience at Camp du Nord, the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities embarked on a new adventure this last summer and set out to see if the magic of du Nord could be transferred to another location! For two weeks, current and former du Nord staff spent time with family campers at Gunflint Lodge and participated in favorite du Nord activities (think Polar Bear, age groups, a Gunflint version of Bonzo Block, and more!) and also embraced all of the interesting and fun things that Gunflint offers. The result? A huge success!! The essence of du Nord was present because of the energy of the campers, the presence of wonderful staff, and the beautiful setting of the north woods. Stay tuned for more information about what, in addition to du Nord’s summer program, might be offered in summer 2017!