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Family Adventure Days

posted on Tue, May 9 2017 3:16 pm by YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

Have you wanted to experience what your children get to each summer or are interested in spending some time outdoors with your family? Now is your chance!

Dates & Locations

1:00-4:00pm
$20 pre-sale | $25 at the door – per family

Register

Activities

  • Family Scavenger Hunt
  • Climbing*
  • Canoeing*
  • Target Sports
  • Field Games
  • Arts & Crafts

*Canoeing and Climbing not available at Spring Lake however, bring your bikes for a family bike ride.

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From the Director

posted on Mon, May 1 2017 12:33 pm by YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

It is hard to believe that May is here and that summer staff training will be starting very soon! This week I saw a beautiful pileated woodpecker right outside our office window and the trees around camp have a pale green to them that signals leaves will pop very soon.

Another sign that summer camp is around the corner is that registrations for both Day Camp and for Camp Ihduhapi continue to come in. Along with registrations we continue to receive requests for scholarships. Please consider making a donation to Ihduhapi to support sending a kid to camp. We have reached 88% of our goal and are shooting for 100% - please help us reach our goal! Thank you to everyone who has made a gift already!

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Easter Egg Hunt at YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

posted on Mon, May 1 2017 12:32 pm by YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

April 15th was our annual Easter Egg Hunt. And not only did the Easter Bunny show up but so did the thunderstorms. Despite the weather we had over 100 kids and their families came out to camp excited to find some eggs. We drew for and handed out over 75 prize items to those who came out and still had a great time at camp. All of it could not have been possible without the help of the dozens of volunteers and staff who helped to make it work. Next year is just around the corner, I have put in our order for great weather and have already talked to the Easter Bunny so we hope to see you then!

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Youth Thrive Award recipient: Katie Anderson

posted on Mon, May 1 2017 12:31 pm by YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

Camp Ihduhapi has chosen Katie Anderson to receive the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Thrive Award. From performing a goofy skit with her campers during campfire to developing meaningful relationships and fostering life-changing experiences, Katie is an excellent role-model. Most recently Katie has helped to establish Camp Ihduhapi’s new Leaders Club program. After years of attending Ihduhapi as a camper and hundreds of volunteer hours dedicated to becoming a strong leader and sharing camp’s mission with others, we are so excited to have Katie on staff this summer!

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Connection

posted on Mon, May 1 2017 12:29 pm by YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

As energy and activity return to camp we are reminded again of its power. It is more them just a place, it is a place that connects you. Before computers and cell phones, camp was connecting people to each other, to the land, and a community greater themselves.  There is a sense that when you are here you belong as part of its legacy and part of a community that is past, present, and future.

We have people come visit us who came here years and even decades ago. When they step out of their cars and see camp they are brought back to when they were here, their eyes light up as their young self takes over and the sights and sounds of camp fill their memory. There are few places in life that have the same affect and I know it is the same for most of the camp people we know. All of this comes from connection. Not just on the surface but deep connection.  Lifelong friends and a place for you to grow into who you see yourself to be.

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Sunset Knoll Construction

posted on Mon, May 1 2017 12:28 pm by YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

Sunset Knoll is a very significant place at Camp Ihduhapi, because it is where everyone comes together each evening to build community through reflection, songs, stories, and being surrounded by new and old friends. While holding hands and facing the lake, the beautiful sun sets over the campers, bringing closure to another wonderful camp day. Thanks to the Edina Rotary Club for their generous donation, Camp Ihduhapi will start construction in September in order to preserve the beauty of Sunset Knoll for many lovely evenings to come! The plan includes rebuilding and adding new benches, as well as sprucing up the fire pit with brick bordering.

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Outdoor Cooking

posted on Mon, May 1 2017 12:26 pm by YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

Outdoor Cooking has been a very popular achievement option amongst campers, and we are excited to announce new and improved curriculum for summer 2017! The focus of the first day will be on fire-building techniques and safety, which will be especially helpful for the overnight experience later in the week! The following days will focus on preparing sustainable food while in the wilderness, which will include preparing food over a fire, as well as exploring packable trail food. Who is excited to try some freeze-dried and dehydrated fruit?

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Day Camp Partnership

posted on Mon, May 1 2017 12:25 pm by YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

Day Camp Ihduhapi is excited for our new partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. With this new partnership, we will be participating in their Citizen Lake Monitoring Program.

The Citizen Lake Monitoring Program uses Secchi disks to measure the clarity of the water on lakes. Campers will be helping measure the clarity of Lake Independence on a weekly basis. At the end of the summer we will send in our results to the agency.

These reading will help the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency with their efforts to make the lakes of Minnesota more enjoyable for all.

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Summer Open House

posted on Mon, Apr 3 2017 12:21 pm by YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

Attending an Open House will give you a glimpse into the experience your child will have this summer at Camp Ihduhapi.

Bring your questions, tour camp and meet the staff.

  • Sunday, June 4, 2017
  • 1-4pm
  • Overnight and Day Camp Tours ongoing
  • Presentations for Overnight Camp held 2-2:30pm & 3-3:30pm

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Calendar of Events

posted on Fri, Jan 13 2017 10:24 am by YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

2017 Upcoming Events

  • Easter Egg Hunt | April 15
  • Prairie Burn | September 16
  • Alumni Reunion | December 27
  • Yukon Days | December 28-29

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