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In 2019 Camp Ihduhapi celebrates 90 years!

posted on Tue, Aug 6 2019 10:31 am by YMCA 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, September 28 - 2-8 p.m.
Camp Ihduhapi, Loretto

Event Schedule

2:00-4:30 p.m.

  • Check-In
  • Pop-Up Museum
  • Gathering & Refreshments
  • Canoeing and Swimming
  • Nature Arts & Crafts
  • Archery
  • Self-Guided Walking Tour

2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

  • Walking Tour with Director, Liz Flinn
  • Giant Zip Line

5:15 p.m.

  • Group Photo

5:30 p.m.

  • Dinner

6:30 p.m.

  • Campfire and Songs

8:00 p.m.

  • Depart –Happy Trails!

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

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Enjoying our off season

posted on Thu, Jul 11 2019 9:14 am by YMCA YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

This past spring we were lucky enough to have retreat and team building groups nearly every day at Camp Ihduhapi! Middle School, High School and College students from around the state were able to partake in our high ropes course while also enjoying the recently renovated Bunkhouse for some time away from the hustle and bustle of the Twin Cities. We had the opportunity to celebrate a wedding at camp in late June and all of the guests had the best time! While the summer is considered our "off season: we are busy preparing for all of the groups coming this fall!

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Summer Camp has Started at Manitou

posted on Thu, Jul 11 2019 9:11 am by YMCA YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

Summer is off to a great start! We have had KIPP academy to camp as well as 30 awesome kids who have had the opportunity to come to camp on scholarship! We got our zip line installed and have been running all of the campers on it. We have an amazing staff of counselors who have a ton of fun energy and up for learning new games, as most of them are new. Everyone here at Manitou is early looking forward to the rest of summer!

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Guy Robinson Camp Highlights

posted on Thu, Jul 11 2019 8:17 am by YMCA YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

This week Teen Service Camp and counselors Baylee spent their time serving many communities both near and far. At camp they did a forest cleanup project, to keep camp and Lake George Park pristine. In Andover, our Teen accompanied some residents at Arbor Oaks and worked to brighten their day. Along with Teen Quest they served at Feed My Starving Children and helped package 130,000 meals to send to children abroad who don't know where their next meal will come from.

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Arts & Crafts is Rising

posted on Thu, Jul 11 2019 8:14 am by YMCA YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

This summer at Day Camp Ihduhapi we continue to grow our arts and crafts program as we have some form of arts and crafts every week. We have introduced a new arts and crafts camp called duct tape camp this summer where the campers get to make several different projects using only duct tape. It is joining our specialty arts and crafts camp as well as the traditional day camps doing arts and crafts once during the week. Our arts and crafts director Agustina Alzarez continues to create new and unique projects for the campers to make. Arts and crafts continues to grow and be one of our most popular camps. 


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Congratulations to our Interns

posted on Thu, Jul 11 2019 6:40 am by YMCA YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

Overnight Camp Ihduhapi interns graduated after three weeks of training. Camp is planning on hiring all of them as cabin staff and are so proud of their hard work, tenacity, and love that they poured into camp since they arrived. Their training consisted of numerous trainings, shadowing counselors, resume writing, and interviewing. They are more than ready to be excellent cabin counselors and we are very proud of them.

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Camp Kickoff!

posted on Wed, Jul 10 2019 9:04 am by YMCA YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

These past few weeks at camp have been really hectic and really fun! We had Gnomes, Gremlins, and Trolls day at camp, as well as Superkids Superhero day. Many lives were impacted and we got to hear how during our closing campfires. A few campers mentioned how scared they were to come and how they'll definitely be  back again because of how they felt coming to camp. They brought up how included and cared for they felt, and how they felt the most like themselves in our space.

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Board Member Profile

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