News & Events

Welcome Devin and Camp Manitou!

posted on Fri, Mar 30 2018 11:06 am by YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

Hi all! My name is Devin Hanson and I am the director at Day Camp Manitou, which is joining the Ihduhapi umbrella. I have been with Camp Manitou for 6 years and have participated in YMCA camping my entire life. I grew up attending Day Camp Kitchigami and Camp Miller – both through the Duluth YMCA. I then was a camper at Camp Warren followed by many years working in the overnight camps prior to moving to Day Camp Ihduhapi in 2010 as the director. I now have passed my love for the outdoors on to my two daughters, ages 9 & 7, as they are avid YMCA campers attending both day and overnight camps.

Camp Manitou is located in Monticello, just 35 minutes northwest of the Twin Cities. We operate within the Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park – 1,200 acres of land consisting of four lakes, acres of undisturbed shoreline, natural habitat, and oak forest. This summer will be the 65th summer of operation, making Manitou the oldest day camp in the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities. While we may have been around a long time we do have some amazing new facilities on the property. These include a two level high ropes course, a pool, splash deck, and slide, two pavilions for activities such as arts & crafts and cookouts.

One great new feature of Manitou is that we open our pool and splash deck to the public on the weekends. People are invited out to enjoy some time in the water and by the pool during the following:

  • June 17 – August 19
  • Fridays 4:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays & Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


  • Admission $7 per person or $25 /family (max of 6)
  • Wright County residents, Y Members, Seniors 65+ and children 2 and under $5 or $25 /family (max of 6)

Other recreation opportunities at Camp Manitou and Bertram are the mountain bike trails, canoeing, hiking, picnic spaces, and a public swimming beach. Be sure to check us out this year!

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Welcome Andy!

posted on Fri, Mar 30 2018 11:04 am by YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

Welcome Andy!

Hello! My name is Andy Sinykin and I recently began my role as the Outdoor Learning Program Director.

I spent the last 13 summers working at YMCA Camp du Nord in Ely, Minnesota. For the past five years I served as their Program Director.

I’m passionate about getting young people outside, equity in outdoor opportunities, group dynamics, and adventure. Here at Ihduhapi I’m excited to expand on the incredible Teambuilding program that’s already in place, and grow the Environmental and Outdoor Education programs as well.

When I’m not out at camp I love to practice yoga, run, watch NBA basketball, and see live music. I’m looking forward to learning and growing in my role and getting to know the Ihduhapi community.

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Welcome Stephanie!

posted on Fri, Mar 30 2018 11:02 am by YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

Welcome Stephanie!

Hello! My name is Stephanie Heidorn, and I am the new Event Coordinator at YMCA Camp Ihduhapi. Throughout the year, Camp Ihduhapi welcomes conferences, retreats, and events from a wide variety of organizations – I’m excited to work with all of them to create fantastic experiences at camp! Outside of my time at camp, I enjoy traveling, hiking, reading, and utilizing my skills as a graphic designer.

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From the Kitchen- Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Bowls

posted on Fri, Mar 30 2018 10:59 am by YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

This time of year when life is busy with work, school and the kids’ extracurricular activities, dig out your slow cooker and let it do the cooking for you!

This is one of the many recipes we’re testing for our hungry campers this summer.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Servings: 6
Calories: 179 kcal
Author: Courtney O’Dell


  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 tbsp. taco seasoning
  • 8 oz. diced tomatoes with green chilis
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese 
  • 2 g cilantro


  1. Add diced vegetables and ground chicken to slow cookers with taco seasoning.
  2. Cook on low for 4 hours, 2 ½ hours on high
  3. When meat and vegetables are cooked, top with shredded cheddar cheese and cilantro and serve!

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Facilities Update

posted on Fri, Mar 30 2018 10:57 am by YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

Many times, after people spend some time at camp, they say they are refreshed. One of the things that we do well here is help people refresh. Sometimes, though, camp needs to be refreshed also. That is what we have been doing this winter, refreshing camp.

Whether it is new cabin decks, flooring in some bathrooms, cleaning out storage spaces, or painting tired walls, we are refreshing camp. The goal of all this is to make sure camp is ready for another busy year of refreshing people. Come visit us soon and be “refreshed.”

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Self-Guided Nature Walks

posted on Mon, Mar 26 2018 1:16 pm 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 Ihduhapi and Camp Streefland are temporarily closed due to excessive snow. Trails will re-open later in April. Check back for availability.
  • 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 Fri, Jan 13 2017 12:24 pm by YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

Upcoming Events



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