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Family Adventure Days

posted on Wed, May 31 2017 8:43 am by YMCA Camp St. Croix

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

$20 pre-sale | $25 at the door – per family



  • 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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Calendar of Events

posted on Tue, Mar 21 2017 9:09 am by YMCA Camp St. Croix

2017 Upcoming Events

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Calling Alumni!

posted on Tue, Mar 21 2017 9:03 am by YMCA Camp St. Croix

Calling Alumni

Former Camp St. Croix Director Jack Murdock gathers with alumni and staff at camp this winter to share stories, look at pictures, and remember the good ‘ol days. He remembers EVERYTHING! If you’re ever interested in gathering alumni together from your era at camp, contact us. We’d love to hear how Camp St. Croix impacted your life. Email us at

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Welcome Abby Lukensmeyer!

posted on Tue, Mar 21 2017 9:00 am by YMCA Camp St. Croix

Abby is the new Program Manager for Day Camp Kumalya. Camp Kumalya is located at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve and serves much of the Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Oakdale, and Lake Elmo areas. During the Fall, Winter, Spring Abby will be working at Camp St. Croix developing new programming and ways for families to engage at camp year round. Abby comes to us with a wealth of camping experience. She most recently came to us from the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO. She has also worked for the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, Chewonki Camp for Girls in Maine, and was a substitute teacher for the Hampton-Dumont School District where she was awarded the Iowa Substitute Teacher of the Year in 2015. We are beyond excited to have Abby join our Camp St. Croix family where she will bring her positive energy, strong organization skills and passion for camping to our Y camps.

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Outdoor Education

posted on Tue, Mar 21 2017 8:59 am by YMCA Camp St. Croix

When the maples start flowing, the groups start showing. Aside from a few winter groups Spring Outdoor Education season kicks off when the sap in Camp St. Croix’s maple trees start running. This occurs when the day-night temperature fluctuation consistently moves from below freezing to above freezing. Croix hosts an annual Homeschool Family Camp where participants learn about the process from sap-syrup; the end result, each family gets to take home some of Camp St. Croix’s liquid gold. Spring staff training starts March 27-31 and from there the groups don’t stop coming until we turn over the reins of Camp St. Croix to our Overnight and Day Camp!

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Prairie Burn Music Festival

posted on Tue, Mar 21 2017 8:55 am by YMCA Camp St. Croix

I don’t believe that Jillian Nodland and Joe Alton, who as volunteers would become the driving forces behind Prairie Burn Music Festival, had never met before our first planning meeting back in October of 2014.

Little did we know the magic they would create.

Joe, the Editor in Chief at the Growler Magazine and a former Camp St. Croix staff member, dreams big and wants the full picture. He’s bold and direct. His first question, before the appetizers even arrived at that first meeting, was directed at Stephanie Lentz and me (the staff whose job it is to channel these people’s expertise). He said, “okay, close your eyes both of you. No peeking. On three I want you to open your eyes and say who you want to see headlining Prairie Burn in three years’ time.” We both said Charlie Parr, who actually joined us in 2016, a year ahead of schedule.

Jillian runs the Picture Factory, a production outfit that has filmed the Olympics, the World Cup, and was the Minnesota producer for Charlize Theron’s Young Adult. She became connected with Camp through her son, a St. Croix camper. Jillian’s intelligence and foresight absolutely are what have turned the Prairie Burn dream into a reality. Jillian asked her first question immediately after Stephanie and I responded to Joe. Hers was, “Okay, before we get there though, do we have a rough budget for what we are trying to do?”

Over the past two years, under their leadership, Prairie Burn grew to be the most highly attended YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities event; 3000 people joined in the fun in 2016. Because of them we’ve raised nearly $50,000 for camp endowments, which means that kids will be coming to camp for years and years to come because of their efforts.

During our debrief of Prairie Burn 2016, Joe and Jillian responded without hesitation that yes, they were committed to Prairie Burn and wanted to continue to make it happen. The two of them have two years of working together under their belts and we can’t wait to see what the future will hold.

This year Prairie Burn Music Festival will take place on September 16th. As in years past it will be an amazingly fun day out for the whole family with great music, games, camp activities, food, and drink. Tickets will go on sale on April 12th at We’d love for you to join us.

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For the Love of Croix

posted on Thu, Feb 9 2017 12:29 pm by YMCA Camp St. Croix

Join us on April 27th for the 6th Annual For the Love of Croix

Royal Credit Union Discovery Center for an evening of celebration at Camp St. Croix’s annual fundraising event for friends and alumni. Each year money raised provides scholarships for campers and a special project.

This year we are excited to be investing in the Crow’s Nest, the original Lodge which dates back to 1917.

More details to come. To stay up to date, follow our Facebook page !

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