News & Events

Staff Highlight - Cory Maria Dack

posted on Mon, Apr 8 2019 11:47 am by YMCA Camp Menogyn

Cory Maria Dack has been a part of the Menogyn community for more than 10 years. She has worked as a trail guide for 5+ years leading trips all over Northern Minnesota and Ontario. Last year she was an incredibly valuable utility player on staff, driving to Points North, leading GOLD trips, and mentoring staff throughout the season. This past year Cory has been involved in multiple tripping opportunities through Wilderness Inquiry and Augsburg University, leading a 100-day expedition down the Mississippi River, acting as both a guide and an instructor for The River Semester. She also recently returned from guiding trips to Costa Rica and Florida. The unique range of people that Cory has the opportunity to introduce to wild places makes her a huge asset on our team. This upcoming summer she will be using these skills to help us coordinate our BOLD and GOLD efforts at Menogyn as well as continue her mentorship of other staff in our program, both new and returning. We are so grateful for Cory's consistent positivity, her eagerness to learn and her contagious love of music. 

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Camper Profile - Luca Pierre

posted on Wed, Dec 12 2018 9:52 am by YMCA Camp Menogyn

Luca has been an important part of the Menogyn community for the past two years! He originally came to camp representing the Boys Outdoor Leadership Development program (BOLD) on an 11-day canoe trip in the BWCA. Ever since, Luca has dedicated a significant portion of his summers to Menogyn. Each summer he returns for two engage sessions and often prefers the longest sessions possible. While at camp, Luca contributes greatly to the spirit of hard work and community development. He is a compassionate, reliable and diligent presence in camp. From hauling concrete to planning welcomes, Luca connects with other campers as well as staff and visitors. This past summer he and his group helped plan an incredibly creative ROYAL WELCOME for the return of our long trippers in August.

Luca has been involved in several other programs through the YMCA, the KLC program at YMCA Camp St. Croix, Youth in Government and the Hudson YMCA Leaders Club. We are so lucky to have Luca as a member of our community and deeply appreciate all of the time he has volunteered to grow the Menogyn Magic!

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Staff Profile - Sarah Bransford

posted on Wed, Dec 12 2018 9:42 am by YMCA Camp Menogyn

Sarah has been involved in youth work and outdoor education for many years, working at YMCA Camp Ihduhapi, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center and Camp Menogyn. Sarah has worked with us through many different calendar years at Menogyn, leading school groups in the fall, mushing dogs in the winter, guiding various trips during the summer and providing continual mentorship and support for her fellow staff members. 

Last summer Sarah led a Backpacking Nor'Wester in the Willmore wilderness in Alberta - such an amazing experience! At Menogyn Sarah can be found leading nature walks, facilitating astrological conversations or working/playing in the dog yard. She is also known for her world-renowned biscuit baking and work ethic. We are so lucky to have her around! Thanks for all your dedication Sarah!

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Winter Has Arrived

posted on Wed, Dec 12 2018 9:34 am by YMCA Camp Menogyn

Happy holidays to all! Winter has arrived at Menogyn. It has been a busy year but things have finally slowed down for a bit as we wait for the ice to come in. Our property manager, Matt, has worked tirelessly with seasonal staff, volunteers, Crown Construction, and Austin Danicic to complete an incredible amount of projects this year. We were thrilled to bring the Klepinski Cabin online in 2018. This cabin houses up to 36 participants in four bunkrooms with a beautiful great room. Settled next to Johnson and Wilke, this cabin offers an amazing view overlooking the back trail. One fun feature are bottom bunk trundle beds to allow for more family-friendly options. 

As only the Menogyn community can celebrate, we also have three new composting biffs in main camp and a new vault system out at the staff cabins. These biff upgrades ensure that we are meeting current environmental standards to ensure we are not leaching contaminants into the soil and pristine waters of Bearskin. Our newest favorite is creatively named, Terrabiffia - you'll have to come check them out all out in 2019!

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Work Weekend

posted on Wed, Nov 14 2018 3:50 pm by YMCA Camp Menogyn

Join us for Menogyn's Annual Spring Work Weekend. 

May 24-27, 2019

We need help getting camp prepared for the summer season. Projects may include cleaning cabins, organizing gear and working on outdoor projects with the sites manager. In addition you will help host our annual community pancake breakfast for our neighbors on Sunday morning. Sunday evening you will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy an evening sauna. 

  • All ages and abilities welcome. (childcare will not be provided)
  • Meals and lodging are included.


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Annual Fund

posted on Thu, Oct 4 2018 1:38 pm by YMCA Camp Menogyn

We are dependent on generous donations from the Menogyn community to keep camp accessible for all. Please consider making a gift as we close out 2018. Money raised through the Annual Fund is put towards camper scholarships, gear purchases and training opportunities for staff!

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Wish List

posted on Thu, Oct 4 2018 12:54 pm by YMCA Camp Menogyn


As we prepare for the 2019 winter and summer seasons, we have a growing wish list. Please check it out here.

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Digital Archive

posted on Wed, Apr 18 2018 10:35 am by YMCA Camp Menogyn


Is there anyone out there who would be interested in helping us digitalize our photo archives? Please contact if you are interested!

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Upcoming Events

posted on Fri, Mar 23 2018 11:04 am by YMCA Camp Menogyn

Calendar of Events


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