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In Memory: Skip Wilke

posted on Wed, Jan 3 2018 11:34 am by YMCA Camp du Nord

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In Memory: Skip Wilke

We dedicate our efforts this new year in memory of our dear friend, Skip Wilke, who passed away on December 31st. His multi-year battle with cancer was handled with such strength and grace, and he lived his last few years in the same fashion that he lived his entire life- serving others with the most generous spirit imaginable. How fortunate we all are to have been a recipient of his presence in this world. We will forever be impacted by Skip and there are hundreds of YMCA staff and volunteers who feel the same way. His influence will be seen for many generations of camping families to come.

May we never forget this remarkable man and celebrate his extraordinary life with smiles and fond memories.

Happy trails to you, Skip, until we meet again.

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Winter Happenings at du Nord

posted on Thu, Dec 21 2017 10:03 am by YMCA Camp du Nord

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Winter Happenings at du Nord

The snow is accumulating, the water on the lake is solid ice, and the staff up at camp are ready for a busy winter season!

Thanks to all of the generous people who donated to Esprit du Nord last spring. With the funds raised, we have been able to purchase 18 new pairs of snowshoes, 20 pairs of new ski boots, and 20 new sets of ski poles! We are confident that all the winter campers will put all the new equipment to good use, so thank you for your support of winter programming.

Great news! It’s about to get easier to come to du Nord this winter! We will be rolling out an online registration system for fall winter spring cabins and programs starting in February. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for more info.

Are you thinking of escaping the crowds that will descend upon the Twin Cities for the Super Bowl? Cabins are available to rent with your family or group of friends for a relaxing, cozy, quiet north woods retreat the first weekend in February. You can cross country ski or snowshoe out on the North Arm Trails, take a hot sauna, or relax with a book by the fire. That weekend is also the beginning of the Ely Winter Festival where you can see snow sculptors make amazing creations in the park. It is the perfect getaway!

We also still have a few openings in the Couple’s Getaway weekend, March 8-11. $550 per couple for a private cabin, or $450 per couple to share a cabin with friends. The weekend includes ski and snowshoe outings, meals, saunas, a candlelight dinner, and a concert by Quillan and Kim Roe of the Roe Family Singers!

We hope to see you at Camp du Nord this winter!

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Teen Leaders

posted on Thu, Dec 21 2017 9:59 am by YMCA Camp du Nord

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Teen Leaders

It’s been a busy end to 2017 for youth participants in Camp du Nord’s Leaders Club. The peer led teen program has become a can’t miss monthly event for du Nord teens across the metro area. Each monthly gathering has brought 40+ teens to the Midway YMCA where teens congregate to talk about focused topics, from dealing with stress to communication styles. After a recent meeting, a mother of a participant reported that her daughter ‘never felt more serene’. That’s what a little yoga and breathing will do for ya!

In addition to meetings, Leaders Club participants attend monthly volunteer/service events. In November, teens helped at Empty Bowls in Powderhorn Park, where they cleaned out used ceramic bowls for attendees. In December, participants packed dozens of meals at Feed My Starving Children in Eagan.

We are very proud of our young leaders as they continue to learn, give, and grow!

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Guess What's in Andy's Future!

posted on Thu, Dec 21 2017 9:56 am by YMCA Camp du Nord

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Guess What's in Andy's Future?

I will give you three clues and three clues only. 1. YMCA  2. Camp  3. Ihduhapi!  You got it- YMCA Camp Ihduhapi!

Our wonderful Program Director, Andy Sinykin, has been given an amazing opportunity to join the Y team in Loretto, MN and lead their growing Outdoor Learning Program. Andy has spent 13 summers as a staff member at du Nord, and the last 5 years in a full-time role as our Summer Program Director. Andy’s influence is widespread, as he committed himself fully to moving the mission of Camp du Nord forward. His du Nord success list includes developing stronger and more impactful teen programs, advancing our outreach and inclusion work, inspiring and instilling confidence in hundreds of staff members, and of course his amazing stage presence. 

There is no doubt that we will miss this charismatic, compassionate, and hilarious leader and teacher, but he has assured us that he will stay close to the du Nord community. He is an important part of our family and we are so grateful for his dedication. Please join us in congratulating and thanking Andy for his incredible service to du Nord!

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Capital Campaign Update – Staff Lodge

posted on Thu, Dec 21 2017 9:52 am by YMCA Camp du Nord

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Capital Campaign Update – Staff Lodge

As you may have seen in our last newsletter, the Revitalizing and Renewing Capital Campaign for Camp du Nord officially kicked off in February of 2017 with an ambitious goal of raising $4.25 million. The Campaign Steering Committee is pleased to report that we have raised $3.1 million to date! As a result of the strong commitment of our community, camp has continued to move forward with the project list. The new staff lodge, located in Pine Pointe, is currently under construction and will be move-in ready for a number of our fantastic 2018 summer staff. Also under construction is a remodel of Kawnipi cabin in Northland Village. This remodel will maintain the original log structure, while bringing many needed updates. Also on the near horizon is the project to control erosion at Northland, the natural playscape near the dining hall, the addition to the dining hall, the purchase of property across the lake for preservation and rustic campsites, and a number of other updates/improvements. We are very proud of the progress and look forward to engaging more families in the campaign efforts as we work to raise the $1.1 million to reach our goal, and maybe even exceed it! Our generous supporters are making it possible for camp to continue to serve families for decades to come. All of us on the Steering Committee send our gratitude to all who have so kindly supported this campaign so far! We will continue to share updates as we transition from the campaign’s quiet phase to the community phase in 2018.

With gratitude,
Kimberly Scott and Skip Wilke, Campaign Co-Chairs
On December 31st, Skip passed away after a multi-year battle with cancer. He will be dearly missed.

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Calendar of Events

posted on Thu, Dec 21 2017 8:00 am by YMCA Camp du Nord

Upcoming Events

2018

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