Leadership Development

Grades 8-11

Our Leadership Development Program is a leadership progression for teens. LDP instructors coach on group facilitation and leadership, teach technical outdoor skills, and guide participants to collaboratively make consequential decisions. LDP programs build the whole person - spirit, mind, and body - through a variety of activities, projects, and team-building exercises. Campers learn leadership skills built upon the YMCA's core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. They learn valuable lessons that will last a lifetime. The Leadership Development Program is set up as a progression for teens that includes sessions from one to three weeks. 

Explorers | Canoeing | Entering Grade 8

(Groups are co-ed)

This program introduces kids to the wonderful adventures of a river trip! The program starts with campers getting to know each other and practicing canoeing skills in camp. The next three days are spent paddling down a river where groups cook their own meals and sleep in tents. This is a great trip for campers to learn outdoor skills and team building during their explorations!

July 26-31 | 6 days - $800

Voyageurs | Canoeing | Entering Grade 9

(Groups are co-ed)

This exciting program is for kids who want to experience the challenge of camping outdoors and working as part of a team! They will work together to plan their river trip in northern WI. After their time on trail, Voyageurs return to Camp Ihduhapi and participate in activities with an emphasis on supporting younger campers.

July 12-24 | 13 days - $1,390

Junior Leaders | Canoeing | Entering Grade 10

(Groups are co-ed)

This leadership immersion program is for teen campers who would like to develop their leadership and camping skills in the great outdoors. The first few days are spent at camp focusing on leadership and service learning. The next couple of days take Junior Leaders on a canoeing experience.

July 12-24 | 13 days - $1,390

Counselors in Training | Canoeing | Entering Grade 11

(Groups are co-ed)

This program is for teens that want to develop mentoring and leadership opportunities as Camp Counselors. CIT's build counseling skills by working together on team building and leadership skills necessary in guiding younger campers. Activities start on site at Camp Ihduhapi and then travel to YMCA Camp Menogyn, in northern Minnesota, where they spend a few days paddling the Boundary Waters Canoe Area with a trained Menogyn Wilderness Guide. The last week is spent at Camp Ihduhapi applying their new skills by shadowing experienced counselors in a cabin of younger campers and leading all camp activities.

July 26 - August 14 | 3 weeks - $1,570

Ihduhapi Internship | Entering Grade 12

(Groups are co-ed)

This 3 week program provides sample workshops and hands-on skills trainings that our staff experience during their pre-camp training. It is designed to provide young leaders with more skills when entering the work force. These skills are transferable to camp and non-camp jobs. Sessions include: how to work with children, emergency preparedness, resume building, mock interviews, and customer service with parents. Hands-on interaction with campers and camp staff is a major component. Campers go home each weekend.

Meals and housing are provided while at Camp Ihduhapi. Spaces are limited, and volunteer applications must be submitted to the camp director. Call 763-230-9313 or e-mail us for more information or to begin the application process.

June 7-12
June 14-19
June 21-26

Application Deadline: April 1, 2020