News & Events

2019 Summer Camper Reunion & Gear Drive

posted on Sun, Dec 8 2019 2:57 pm by YMCA YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

Meet, Socialize, Reconnect

Join campers, counselors, staff, volunteers and friends at the annual Widji Reunion! Bring new or gently used gear items to our reunion to share with campers in need!

Northern Star Scouting Base Camp
6202 Bloomington Road, Fort Snelling, MN, 55111

Voyageur & Mountaineer Slideshows: Saturday, December 14 - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Order of Slideshows
2:00 p.m. - Shawn Cope Voyageur and Caroling Herman Voyageur
2:30 p.m. - Claire O'Brien Voyageur and Nick Gardner Mountaineer
3:00 p.m. - Brent Saxton Voyageur and Maggie Cahill Voyageur
3:30 p.m. - Allie Horick Mountaineer and Sela Patterson Voyageur

Reunion Dinner: Saturday, December 14 - 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $15


Socialize with fellow summer campers and staff over a banquet dinner, meet the Voyageurs and Mountaineers of 2019 and watch the 2019 Summer Slide Show! Reconnect with Widji friends and staff and reminisce over photos of your trip! The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. and conclude by 8 p.m., if you want to drop off and pick up your camper after the event. We hope to see you there!

Questions call: 651-645-6605 or email

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Winter Warm-up

posted on Tue, Nov 5 2019 11:17 am by YMCA YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

Featuring Widji alumni Kristen Poppleton and her work with Climate Generation, A Will Steger Legacy

Thursday, January 23
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Urban Growler Brewing Company, St. Paul

Reunite with Widji friends at our 5th annual Winter Warm Up! This event highlights the inspiring work of Widji alumni and their positive work with the environment. This year we'll be gathering at the Urban Growler in St. Paul, the first women-owned microbrewery in Minnesota!

Our speaker will be Kristen Iverson Poppleton, Director of Programs for Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy.

At Climate Generation Kristen develops a vision for and provides strategic coordination, oversight and support for all Climate Generation programs focusing on youth, educators, and community engagement. Kristen's experiences in the natural world, beginning at the age of 3 at Camp du Nord, through her Voyageur trip at Camp Widjiwagan were formative in the development of her environmental ethic. Kristen will reflect on her experiences with the camps, discuss her critical work on climate change and offer opportunities for the audience to engage in their own climate change solutions.

Widji will be providing appetizers for the evening and attendees can choose from a great selection of craft beers and non-alcoholic drinks. 

  • 6-7pm: Social Hour and Widji/Climate Trivia
  • 7-7:15pm: Welcome and update on Widjiwagan
  • 7:15-7:45pm: Kristen Poppleton Presentation
  • 7:45-8pm: Questions and more socializing

Cost: $20 Adults | Free for young alums

Our hope it to connect with many generations of Widji alum. This is not a fundraising event.

Through the generous donation of the space from Urban Growler and additional financial assistance from a Widji Board Member, this event is free for young alums! Not sure if you qualify as a young alum? No worries, anyone who wants to attend, but $20 seems like a bit much for a night out can consider themselves a young alum. We look forward to seeing you at the event. 

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Calendar of Events

posted on Sun, Jan 27 2019 11:30 am by YMCA YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

Upcoming Events

  • Scholarship and Registration Informational Webinar | December 3, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Voyageur and Mountaineer Informational Webinars | December 9 & 17, 7 - 8:00 pm
  • Slideshows, North Star Scouting Base | December 14, 2 - 4:00 pm
  • Widji Reunion and Gear Drive, North Star Scouting Base | December 14, 5:30-8:00 pm
  • Lottery Deadline | January 7
  • Lottery Results Communicated | January 17
  • Winter Warm-up, Urban Growler |January 23
  • Summer Open Enrollment | January 28
  • Winter Women's Retreat | January 31 - February 2
  • Trail Ahead Y Camp Benefit | April 18
  • Spring Banquet | May 1
  • Spring Garage Sale | May 7-9

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