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Open House

posted on Wed, Feb 5 2020 9:43 am by YMCA YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

Take a tour, meet the summer staff, have your questions answered and get a glimpse of what your child will experience at camp. 

Sunday, May 31 | 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Registration not required. 

We look forward to seeing you!

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Recipe: Cookout Goulash

posted on Wed, Dec 4 2019 4:32 pm by YMCA YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

Have you been missing our famous Ihduhapi goulash? Have no fear! You can make it right at home when you are missing camp!

Time: 20 minutes
Feeds: 4


  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Bell Pepper
  • 24 Pepperoni Slices
  • 1 T Brown Sugar
  • 3 T Butter
  • 2 C Shredded Cheese (we recommend cheddar and mozzarella)
  • 12 oz. Whole Grain Noodles (at camp we use elbow macaroni, but you could use rotini, penne, or farfalle!)
  • Opt: Spices (we use Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper)
  • Opt: Parmesan Cheese
  • Opt: Whole Grain Tortillas (in true camp fashion, line a bowl with a tortilla and you have no dishes!)


  1. Boil the noodles according to package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, dice onion and pepper and melt 1 T butter in a pan on medium heat.
  3. Saute the onion and pepper in the butter about 5 minutes, or until slightly soft. 
  4. Move vegetables from pan into a serving dish. Melt 2 T butter in the pan, along with the brown sugar. 
  5. Cook pepperoni in the butter and sugar mixture until it starts to brown slightly and has a crisp texture. Put pepperoni in serving dish with the vegetables.
  6. Mix the hot pasta in with the vegetables and pepperoni, along with the 2 cups of cheese.

If you so choose, line bowls with tortillas for easier cleanup. Serve pasta in bowls, with optional spices and cheese to garnish. Enjoy!

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Nature Notes

posted on Wed, Dec 4 2019 4:20 pm by YMCA YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

Did you know that Camp Ihduhapi has over 20 varieties of trees on our property? We are especially fond of our sugar maples. Native Americans' were the first people to process the sap from this tree to maple syrup. This tree had many uses to the natives - they used the inner bark to make tea to treat coughs and diarrhea, made soap from its ashes, used the bark as a dye, and took the syrup for liver and kidney problems. We join in with the tradition and tap some of our maple trees in March each year!

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Shaping the Future of our Community: How Planned Giving can have an Impact for Generations

posted on Thu, Oct 11 2018 1:17 pm by YMCA YMCA Camp Ihduhapi


A legacy is more than a financial inheritance that you leave for the important people in your life. It is about the essence of who you are that extends into the future—the good that you leave behind. 

Phil Griffin, a leader at YMCA Camp Ihduhapi for many decades, has left a gift to the YMCA in his will as a legacy to further the work of the YMCA and Camp Ihduhapi for generations.

Phil has enjoyed the Y his whole life—his parents were engaged at Camp Ihduhapi, he spent time at the St. Paul Midway Y playing in the gym and learning to swim and was a Y camper and camp counselor, learning to canoe, building leadership skills and building friendships. Phil became the youngest member of the Camp Ihduhapi Community Board and went on to serve for 25 years.

“I believe in the philosophy of the YMCA. You leave a campsite cleaner than you found it. You leave wood in the campfire ring for the next person. This has become my philosophy for life, and the philosophy that has led me to leave gifts in my estate plan for YMCA Camp Ihduhapi, Hamline University and my church—organizations that have deeply influenced and shaped me,” Phil said.

Phil notes that you don’t always realize the impact that you have had. “Late one night after a long evening at work, I stopped for gas and then went inside to pay. The young man behind the counter looked at me curiously and asked if I once had a beard and long hair. When I replied yes, he exclaimed, ‘You taught me how to swim, and I will never forget you!’ ”

Phil chose to include Camp Ihduhapi as a beneficiary of his will, “As a way for me to pass on the blessings that I have been given. I want to see others have those same opportunities. This is a way for me to support future generations. We all stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us. Then it is our turn to leave the world a better place.”

Thank you to Phil and the many friends and members of the YMCA who have included YMCA branches and camps in their estate plans. Their vision and generosity will advance the YMCA mission and support the YMCA's work in the community long into the future.


When creating a planned gift, you designate the purpose and use of your gift in writing to provide guidance to those who will be managing your gift in the years ahead. 

To include a planned gift to the YMCA in your will or IRA beneficiary designation:

  • Designate the gift to the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, 651 Nicollet Mall Ste. 500, Minneapolis, MN 55402 (Federal Tax ID 45-2563299).
  • Specify the YMCA branch or camp toward which you are directing your planned gift.
  • The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and serves as the legal entity for all YMCA branches and camps.

Please contact YMCA Senior Director of Planned Giving, Jeri Glick-Anderson, at 651-435-6724 or for more information and assistance.

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Self-Guided Nature Walks

posted on Wed, Aug 29 2018 7:00 am by YMCA YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

Breathe some fresh air into your workout routine and give your mind and body all the benefits the great outdoors has to offer. Camp provides a variety of beautiful, serene walking trails unique to its location. Choose from a variety of mapped-out walking paths to enjoy at any skill level.

Camp Locations: Camp St. Croix | Camp Ihduhapi | Day Camp Manitou | Day Camp Streefland

  • Camp Manitou is temporarily closed until mid-December.
  • Saturdays, 9am - 1pm
  • Bring your membership card 
  • Y Membership required for 1 in 4 participants*
  • No registration required
  • Youth under 17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult
  • No dogs are allowed on camp property*

*Day Camp Manitou:
Leashed dogs are welcome and the membership ratio requirement does not apply due to being located at Wright County Park. 

Tips & Preparation

  • Maps are provided at each property and includes skill level and distance information for your walking options.
  • Each site is staffed specifically for walkers and hikers.
  • Don't forget to swipe your membership card with the staff. 

Equipment Needed

  • No equipment is required
  • Hiking poles (optional)

Attire & What to Bring

  • Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots
  • Dress appropriately for weather conditions
  • Water

Outcomes / Benefits

  • Boosts your mood
  • Decreases depression
  • Busts your stress
  • Improves strength and posture
  • Improves balance
  • Burns calories

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Calendar of Events

posted on Tue, Aug 28 2018 8:00 am by YMCA YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

Upcoming Events



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