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Think Spring at Camp du Nord

posted on Thu, Feb 7 2019 9:22 am by YMCA Camp du Nord

After a long winter full of ice, cold, and polar vortexes there is not better way to celebrate spring than a weekend at Camp du Nord! We have plenty of opportunities for you to get to camp this spring. 

Staff Alumni Reunion Weekend - March 21-24, 2019

Come to du Nord for the first-ever Staff Alumni Reunion weekend! Open to all former du Nord Staff and their families! Gather your family, get in touch with old friends, and share your stories with other former du Nord Staffers. Weekend will include campfires, socials, slideshow, storytelling, and saunas. $250 for ages 13+ and $150 for kids ages 4-12. Price includes meals in the dining hall Friday breakfast through Sunday brunch.

Spring Phenology Weekend - April 5-7, 2019

Phenology is the study of plant and animal lifecycle events throughout the year. Book this weekend in your favorite du Nord cabin and watch the north woods awaken in the early spring! Look for the first emergence of plants and flowers and listen for the return of migratory birds. Create your own nature journal and earn an exclusive Camp du Nord phenology sticker. 

Women's and Mother/Daughter Spring Retreat - May 2-5, 2019

A traditional du Nord women's retreat with added programs for moms and daughters. Bring your mom or your daughter (ages 15 and up welcome) for a purposeful weekend of laughing, listening, and connecting away from the normal distractions of home. Cost is $365 per person and $210 per daughter ages 15 and up. Includes meals Friday breakfast through Sunday brunch. 

Blooma Family Yoga Weekend - May 9-12, 2019

Experience the joy and peacefulness of an unplugged weekend in the woods while taking time with your family. We are excited to partner with Blooma, a wellness studio with a mission to nurture one's mind, body and spirit. The weekend will be full of opportunities for all ages to practice yoga with Blooma Yoga teachers and to participate in all of your favorite in-camp activities like arts and crafts, s'more making, saunas, hiking and more. Tentative schedule and cabin pricing can be found here

We can't wait to see you in the North Woods! Register today.

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Welcome Nick Weber (AKA Baxter), our new Summer Program Director

posted on Thu, Feb 7 2019 8:39 am by YMCA Camp du Nord

Hi everyone! My name is Nick, although some of you may know be by my alias "Baxter". I have been with the Y since 2005. I have spent seasons working for Camp St. Croix, Camp Widjiwagan, Day Camp Guy Robinson, Camp Ihduhapi, and two summers at Camp du Nord. In 2017, I was excited to return to du Nord in an administrative role, and was fortunate enough to transition into the Summer Program Director role in October 2018.

In the summer, I love wandering the North Arm trails, eating meals with families in the Dining Hall, and sunrise paddles to Hegman (I also love looking for Bonzo, although I never seem to have any luck finding him!) I also love spending time at camp in the winter. There is nothing like an afternoon ski on the trails followed by a late night dip through the ice hole after some time in the sauna. 

When I am not at camp, I live in St. Paul with my wife Jana (we just recently celebrated our wedding...at camp!) and our dogs Tucker and Mai. We love to bike around the cities and paddle when time provides. We also love the springtime - we like to make maple syrup in our backyard when the sap is flowing. 

Camp is such a special place to me, and I know it means so much to all our campers. The sense of community at the end of each week is incredible, and I cannot wait for the opportunity to continue to provide the same sense of community everyone has grown accustomed to with their time at camp. It's a magical place, and I cannot wait to make Summer 2019 the best summer yet!

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Meet Becca Fink, the new Executive Director

posted on Thu, Feb 7 2019 8:29 am by YMCA Camp du Nord

Greetings to the Camp du Nord Community! I am thrilled to begin my journey as the Executive Director of one of my favorite places on earth... Camp du Nord! This is truly a dream job for me and to say that my family and I are excited would be an understatement. I've been on the job for a couple of months now, and have been overwhelmed at times by the incredibly warm welcome I have received. THANK YOU!

The pathway that lead me here started in childhood, camping and going on BWCA trips with my family. At a young age, an appreciation for nature, adventure and family connections was instilled in me, and has prepped me for this new endeavor. I've spend many summers working at camps, leading trips, and running youth programs and through this time, camp has continued to call me back. 

Two summers ago, my family spent our first week at Camp du Nord. I realized then that if I were to ever go back to camp as a career, it would have to be at du Nord. I fell in love with camp, and so did my family (my husband Zach, 7 year old son Jasper, and 3 year old daughter Ruby). There is a special magic at du Nord, and I am so honored to have been selected for this role where my focus will be to continue to provide a space where families and individuals can connect and grow. 

Sincerely, Becca Fink

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Staff Alumni Reunion Weekend

posted on Fri, Nov 30 2018 9:04 am by YMCA Camp du Nord

Open to all former du Nord staff and their families! Gather your family, get in touch with old friends, and share your stories with other staff. Weekend will include campfires, socials, slideshow, storytelling, and saunas. 

March 21-24,2019

  • Ages 13+: $250
  • Ages 4-12: $150
  • Ages 0-3: no charge
  • includes meals Friday breakfast through Sunday brunch

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Blooma Family Yoga Weekend

posted on Thu, Aug 16 2018 10:14 am by YMCA Camp du Nord

Experience the joy and peacefulness of an unplugged weekend in the woods while taking time with your family. We are excited to partner with Blooma, a wellness studio with a mission to nurture ones mind, body and spirit. 

Saturday will be full of opportunities for all ages to practice yoga with Blooma Yoga teachers and to participate in all of your favorite in camp activities like arts and crafts, s'more making, saunas, hiking and more.

May 10-12, 2019

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Women's Impact Trip

posted on Thu, Aug 16 2018 10:05 am by YMCA Camp du Nord

We are excited to announce our first ever Women's Impact Trip to the beautiful US Virgin Island of St. John! A joy-filled week of relaxing, exploring, connecting, playing, and service work in partnership with the Friends of the Virgin Islands and the National Park Service. 

The experience is designed for women ages 25+ who are called to explore an amazing place while also providing some environmental service work within the National Park Service in a glorious beach side jungle on St. John. 

New! Women's Impact Trip
March 30 - April 6, 2019
$650 per person. Travel expenses not included.
(Registration Deadline: January 15, 2019)

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Location: US Virgin Islands - Cinnamon Bay Campground
The US Virgin Islands National Park is made up of breathtaking hills, valleys, beaches, turquoise water and sea life unlike anywhere else on the planet. US Virgin Islands National Park

Accommodations
We will be staying at Cinnamon Bay Campground in 5 platform tents that are reserved for service groups through the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park. Platform Tents will be shared with 2-3 women in each tent. 

Schedule
Arrival on March 30: Arrange your travel to arrive to St. John during daylight hours on March 30. Most common travel arrangements are to fly into St. Thomas and take the ferry to St. John. We can help you with more details if needed. We will transport you from Cruz Bay, where you get off the ferry, to the campground. 

March 31-April 5: Our service project will likely be trail work within the National Park trail system. Staff will transport us to our service site each day from approximately 8am-1pm. We will have one free day during the week (we will have an organized boat and snorkel excursion to Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke in the BVI that day!) Afternoons and evenings are available for us to explore the island and relax by the beautiful Caribbean waters!

April 6: Departure day - arrange your travel to depart from St. Thomas airport in the afternoon, in order to account for ferry travel from St. John and shuttle time to the airport. 

Price Includes

  • Accommodations at Cinnamon Bay Campground - shared platform tents
  • Transportation on St. John
  • Breakfast and lunch/snacks each day (pack-out lunches on service days); Dinners are not included in the fee, but we will organize group dinners each night at Cinnamon Bay or elsewhere on the island for those interested. 
  • Daily yoga
  • Boat and snorkel excursion (must have a passport)
  • Price does not include airfare, ferry from St. Thomas, alcohol, additional excursions, and tipping.

What to Bring

  • Appropriate clothing and gear for performing field work. This includes sturdy shoes, long pants, and sun protection. Work gloves will be provided. 
  • Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries.
  • Swimming stuff (suit, towel, goggles, and snorkel). Snorkel gear can also be rented locally.
  • Toiletries
  • Lightweight lounging clothes. Bring something that covers your skin a little more for the bugs at dusk.
  • Camera
  • The Friends Camp provides cots, but no bedding. Pack a sleeping bag, sheet or light blanket. It stays quite warm at night, but it's nice to have something to cover up with.
  • Bug spray and reef-safe sunscreen
  • Passport for excursion to the BVI
  • Casual clothes for dinners at local restaurants

Our Women's Impact Trip is an invitation to step into a week in paradise to focus on service to others, service to self, and quality time with other amazing women!

For more information email Niki.

Learn more about other du Nord Women's Retreats.

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Calendar of Events

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

Upcoming Events

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