Because we know staff is the most important part of a camp experience, we take great care to hire and train qualified, enthusiastic staff. We look for leadership skills, prior experience working with children, decision-making capabilities, respect for the environment and safety awareness.
All staff members are certified in CPR and First Aid. Waterfront specialists are certified lifeguards, and Trip Leaders are certified in Wilderness First Aid.
Executive Director Michel Tigan
My career with the YMCA began in 1995 as a CIT at YMCA Camp St. Croix. A long time Croix camper and passionate outdoor enthusiast, I fell in love with motivating a new generation of campers. I continued on Staff at Camp St. Croix through 2001 where I had the opportunity to lead the Leadership Development Program that had been so formative in my life. Upon graduation from the University of St. Thomas, I spent 2 years as an AmeriCorps Volunteer teaching Environmental Education in midcoast Maine. For the past 12 years, I have been a nonprofit Executive in the St. Croix Valley, most recently with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
My husband Matt and I have 3 children whose summers have been spent camping due to the passion of their parents. I believe that camping inspires children to rise to the occasion, to believe in all that they are, and to trust that they can accomplish more than they may have believed. I am honored to be able to share the camping experience with your children, and feel blessed to have this opportunity to inspire wonder and awe in all campers at YMCA Camp Icaghowan. I believe in the mission of the YMCA and will do my best to honor tradition, history, and the four core values in the programs offered at Icaghowan.
I know that camp is built upon those that have loved and will love it, so together let’s inspire magic. Please contact me any time by email or by phone at: 612-230-3478.
Program Director Lauren Ott
Hello my name is Lauren Ott and I am your Program Director! I’m so excited that you and your camper have selected to be on the magical island of Camp Icaghowan as part of your summer adventures. I have been a YMCA camper since a young age, and now have the blessing of being able to continue working and serving in an organization that is so passionate about youth and their growth. I know from personal experience that Y camp experiences are some of the most formative years, and I can't wait to share them with you. I look forward to getting to meet you all this summer!
If you have any questions about our camp, our programs, jobs that we offer, feel free to contact me by email or by phone at (763) 230-9317.
Property Manager - Aaron Raivo-Lynch
Aaron has a strong history in camping and is excited to be joining the Icaghowan team. He spent many Summer's at camp St. Croix; ranging from camper to Assistant Camp Director. He is a Minneapolis Patrick Henry graduate, and graduate of the University of Minnesota (B.S. Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies). Aaron also, recently celebrated the birth of his 5th niece!