Specialty Camps

Develop a greater passion for the things you love, or try out something new at one of our specialty camps! At each of our specialty camps, day campers spend approximately two hours each day in their specialized activity. The remainder of the day is spent enjoying traditional camp activities.

Dragons, Fairies & Princesses Camp

Entering grades K – 2 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $225/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $250/week

Weeks of June 12, June 26, July 10, July 17, and August 7

Campers let their imaginations soar in this magical fairy tale-themed camp. Adventures will include themed arts and crafts, a mystical quest and a special tea party!

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Pirate Camp

Entering grades K – 2 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $225/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $250/week

Weeks of June 19, July 5*, July 24 and August 14 (*No program July 3 – 4, fee prorated)

Arrrrrgh! Young Buccaneers learn the swashbuckling lingo of pirates, play games like Capture the Pirate Flag, try their balancing skills as they walk the plank, go on treasure hunts and a whole lot more!

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Critters and Crawlers Camp

Entering grades K – 2 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $225/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $250/week

Weeks of June 26, July 17, July 31 and August 21

Campers become “Eco-Explorers” as they investigate the natural surroundings at camp. We will take forest treks, prairie walks and beach tours to explore our local wildlife. Activities include: bug safaris, nature hunt, create a critter from litter and more!

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Arts and Crafts Camp

Entering grades 2 – 5 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $225/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $250/week

Weeks of June 19, June 26, July 5*, July 17, August 7, August 14 and August 21 (*No program July 3 – 4, fee prorated)

Campers discover their artistic side and let their imaginations soar. Kids create a variety of projects that may include: sketching, watercolors or paints, nature collages, picture frames, necklaces and bracelets, and much more. Campers create masterpieces to take home and enjoy!

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Outdoor Living Skills Camp

Entering grades 2 – 4 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $225/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $250/week

Weeks of June 12, June 19, July 5*, July 10, July 24, July 31, August 7 and August 21 (*No program July 3 – 4, fee prorated)

Kids develop their outdoor living skills in this exciting, hands-on specialty camp! Campers discover the finer points of preparing for a big outdoor adventure. Participants will learn a variety of useful camping skills that may include building a fire, making camp shelters, knot tying, campfire cooking and more!

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Farm Camp

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $250/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $275/week

Weeks of June 19, July 31 and August 7

Join us for a week of wholesome fun at Gale Woods Farm! Kids working the farm will explore gardens, fields, and pastures. Young farmers experience the daily routines of feeding and caring for farm animals. Campers discover how plants, animals, soil and people work together to produce the food that we eat every day. Plus they’ll learn what it means to be a good steward in this unique farming experience.

Gale Woods Farm Participant Information

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Fishing Camp

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $225/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $250/week

Weeks of June 19, June 26, July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31, August 7, August 14 and August 21

Kids get hooked on fishing as they learn basic fishing skills. Lakes provide the scene for fishing fun using the catch-and release method. Campers can bring their own pole and tackle, or equipment will be provided.

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Archery Camp

Entering grades 3 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $225/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $250/week

Weeks of June 12, June 19, June 26, July 5*, July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31, August 14 and August 21 (*No program July 3 – 4, fee prorated)

While learning the fundamentals of archery, campers examine equipment close up, identify the parts of the bow and arrow, and learn the science behind drawing the bow and releasing the arrow. Instructors teach proper grip, stance and aim alignment. Equipment is provided.

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Canoe/Kayak Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $225/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $250/week

Weeks of June 12, June 19, June 26, July 10, July 24, July 31, August 7, August 14 and August 21

Campers learn paddling skills and canoe/kayak safety as they experience the beauty of Camp Christmas Tree’s Dutch Lake! Kids learn to identify the parts of the canoe and learn the key strokes of canoeing and kayaking, along with the importance of weight distribution and center of gravity. An adventure through Dutch Lake will test their skills and they’ll enjoy a lunch on the lake.

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Water Sports Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $285/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $310/week

Weeks of June 12 – August 25 (No program July 3 – 4, fee prorated)

Campers try a variety of water sports activities including one-on-one water-ski instruction, canoeing/kayaking and tubing. Kids spend about 2 hours each day on water activities.

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Junior Ranger Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $235/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $260/week

Weeks of July 10, July 17 and July 31

The mission of Let’s Move! Outside, a collaboration with the YMCA and the National Park Service, is to bring together community partners to provide opportunities that inspire lifelong stewardship of public lands. This initiative
empowers young people across the country to discover the great outdoors. Learn more

The YMCA and the National Park Service have partnered together for Junior Ranger Camp, which empowers youth to discover and create new outdoor opportunities to play, learn, and serve. Campers will earn their Junior Ranger Badge and experience firsthand the Junior Ranger motto of Explore, Learn, and Protect. Campers will canoe on the Mississippi River, volunteer in a National Park, and work with a Park Ranger!

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Climbing Camp

Entering grades 5 – 7 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $250/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $275/week

Weeks of June 26, July 10, July 24, August 7 and August 21

Campers embark on a climbing adventure! Campers will gain new skills and self-confidence every day through a variety of climbing activities. Campers test their strength, strategy, and skill while learning safety procedures, belay techniques, knot tying and proper climbing techniques. On Friday, campers test their climbing skills on one of YMCA Camp Ihduhapi’s high adventure elements!

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End of Summer Extravaganza

Entering grades 1 – 8 in fall, 2017

Member Participants: $225/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $250/week

Week of August 28

This is the last chance to enjoy the great outdoors at camp before summer ends! We’ve combined all of our camp’s highlights into an incredible jam-packed session. Horseback rides, canoeing, swimming are all part of the fun. Campers search for “silver” and “gold” in the Gold Rush, then cash in their treasure chest in exchange for fun surprises!

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