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Yoga & Wellness

posted on Tue, May 14 2019 2:23 pm by YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

Join us for a day of Yoga and Wellness!

Saturday, July 27 | 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$75 per participant (ages 16 years and older)
$30 per child ages 4-12 (childcare)


This 1-day retreat will offer you the opportunity to reconnect with nature and your relationship to Earth. Learn to make your own herbal tonics, understand the power of essentials oils, or begin to map your vision and manifest your intentions and desires!

Let by local Twin Cities instructors. We hope that you will begin or enhance your relationship to the natural world around you.

This retreat will include:

  • A 60-minute Vinyasa class
  • Lunch
  • Two 75-minute workshops

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In 2019 Camp Ihduhapi celebrates 90 years!

posted on Mon, Feb 25 2019 10:31 am by YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

It’s been 90 years since the founding of Camp Ihduhapi on Lake Independence. We are a strong community that spans generations.

Join Camp Ihduhapi in celebrating 90 years throughout the entire year!

Saturday, May 18 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Camp Ihduhapi, Loretto

Sunday, June 2 | 1 - 4 p.m.
Camp Ihduhapi, Loretto

Saturday, September 28
Camp Ihduhapi, Loretto

Post and follow formal and informal 90th events throughout the year on social media at #ihduhapi90.

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Summer Open House

posted on Mon, Feb 18 2019 1:56 pm by YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

Sunday, June 2; 1 – 4 p.m.

Take a tour of Camp Ihduhapi, meet the summer staff, let our staff answer your questions and get a glimpse of what your child will experience at camp. We look forward to seeing you!  Registration not required.

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Board Member Profile

posted on Thu, Oct 11 2018 1:24 pm by YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

Hello!  My name is Eric Sundell, and I am a volunteer with the YMCA Camp Ihduhapi Community Board. We are a dedicated group who work with Ihduhapi's camp staff on all aspects of the programs, facilities, and community of our camping participants.  My first experience with Ihduhapi was in 1980 as part of a parent/ child program called "Y Guides." Over the years I was a summer camper not only at Ihduhapi, but many other YMCA camps as well. In 1991 I started working for the YMCA and from 1997 to 2002, I was a year round staff member at Ihduhapi. Both of my kids (Ages 12 & 15) have attended Ihduhapi, participating in day and overnight camping programs. The experiences and memories we all have from Ihduhapi are held close to our hearts. 

Over this past summer, our family had the pleasure of hosting Jorge, a new summer camper who came all the way from Madrid, Spain. When Jorge was not at Ihduhapi enjoying all that camp has to offer, he would stay with our family over the weekend breaks. We were excited to share our culture and all the awesome things to do and see here in Minnesota, including taking in a Minnesota United game. Jorge made incredible life-long friendships and participated in new experiences, which will forever be cherished. Jorge would always talk about the new friends he made with both campers and staff. We are excited to see Jorge soon, as he would like to come back to Ihduhapi again.

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Overnight Camp

posted on Thu, Oct 11 2018 1:23 pm by YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

During the summer of 2018, outdoor cooking was not offered as an achievement, gasp! However, campers still had the opportunity to participate in hands-on, outdoor cooking during their cook-out/overnight experiences. As a cabin group, campers chose what to prepare for their meals, collected the necessary ingredients and cookware, and headed to their designated campsite. Here they learned various fire-building techniques, the principles of Leave-No-Trace, and worked together to prepare and enjoy their meal. We’ve experimented with various meals over the years, and it seems as though Goulash and Chaco-Tacos always rank the highest!

Additionally, in our new-and-improved Farm Achievement, campers spent time learning about and caring for pygmy goats, chickens, and a bunny. They also tended to the new Camp Ihduhapi garden, enjoying fresh fruit, vegetables, and herbs. A Caprese salad created by campers was among the top garden-inspired recipes. We’re excited about the farm program growing and teaching appreciation of nature and farm-to-table concepts, stewardship, patience, and responsibility.

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Outdoor Learning Program In Full Swing

posted on Thu, Oct 11 2018 1:21 pm by YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

Camp doesn’t stop at Camp Ihduhapi when the season changes. We have hosted two weddings, invited large school groups out for high-ropes and team building, and are excited to have three schools visit camp for outdoor education activities this fall.

We are excited to teach courses in energy choices, outdoor survival, life cycle, and native cultures to partner schools from Orono, Saint Louis Park, and New Prague. As the maple leaves change from green to autumnal oranges and reds, there’s no better place to embrace fall than at Camp Ihduhapi.

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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 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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Leader’s Club

posted on Thu, Oct 11 2018 12:00 pm by YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

Leader’s Club is an exciting opportunity for Ihduhapi teens to stay connected to the Ihduhapi community, participate in leadership opportunities, and have a ton of fun during the school year. The Ihduhapi Leader's Club will meet on the first Sunday of each month from 6-7:30pm for leadership sessions and volunteer/service opportunities around the community. These meetings will be led by Jana at first, with the goal of handing over the reins to a Leadership Team and a Volunteer Coordinator made up of Ihduhapi teens and facilitated by staff. At the meetings, leaders partake in activities, conversation, games and volunteer/service planning. This is a chance for Ihduhapi teens to connect with one another and build community. It’s also a great chance to break away from the normal routine and have some camp fun! Joining the Leaders Club does not cost any money. For more information about Leader’s Club, email

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Self-Guided Nature Walks

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

Upcoming Events



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