Volunteering at Camp du Nord is truly an unforgettable and life-changing experience. The strength of the du Nord volunteer culture makes camp what it is, but most would tell you that they get more out of the experience than they give. The opportunity to directly help families laugh, create life-long memories, and connect with other families is magical.

Many du Nord supporters work behind the scenes all year long. Our volunteers are essential in supporting our Mission. A variety of opportunities are available for you and your whole family.

Contact us for more information. 

Annual Campaign

Our early November annual fundraising effort to raise dollars in support of our financial assistance program, as well as program and facility needs.

Volunteers needed to:

  • Call friends of du Nord
  • Write notes and thank you letters
  • Help with mailings
  • Serve on Planning Committee

Esprit du Nord

Our annual YMCA Camp du Nord social and fundraising event in April. This event is a wonderful gathering for du Nord supporters and includes recognition of a few of our exemplary volunteers of the year, a live and silent auction, and additional fundraising efforts in support of YMCA Camp du Nord.

Volunteers needed to:

  • Assist with securing auction items
  • Set-up of event
  • Serve on Planning Committee

Work Weekends

Held each spring and fall. There is never a shortage of projects and maintenance needs, including building, repairing, cleaning, painting, caulking, etc.

Volunteers needed to:

  • Spend time at camp to assist with facility projects
  • Serve on our Buildings or Land Stewardship Committee which meet monthly, September - May


Garage Sales

Held as a joint fundraiser for YMCA Camp du Nord and YMCA Camp Widjiwagan. The sale is held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds during the month of May.

Volunteers needed to:

  • Pick up items at homes around the cities
  • Set-up the sale (pricing, unpacking, arranging merchandise)
  • Help sell items while the sale is running
  • Clean-up after the sale
  • Serve on Planning Committee

Advisory Board/Committee Volunteers

Camp du Nord has very strong Board involvement and is always looking for additional skills, talents, and dedicated supporters. Volunteers serve a three year term on our Advisory Board, or can also join one of our active committees.

Committees include:

  • Finance
  • Annual Campaign
  • Buildings and Land Stewardship
  • Esprit du Nord
  • Financial Development
  • Diversity
  • Programs & Marketing

Resource Family

Seasoned du Nord campers can apply to be a Resource Family for our Summer Family Camp. Resource Families assist campers and staff throughout the week. We have two Resource Families at camp during each week of summer camp. Resource Families pay a fee for meal service and stay in a rustic cabin or yurt at no additional cost.
Resource Family Description | Resource Family Application

Applications are due Thursday, November 15, 2018

Resource Families assist with:

  • Polar Bear Swim
  • Adult Age-Group
  • Dining Hall setup/cleanup
  • Variety of other activities