Nature and Science Camps

Kids are inspired to explore our natural environment and delight in the wonders of discovery.

Updated program information for 2019 will be available in January. Please check back.

Critters and Crawlers Camp

Entering grades 1 – 3 in fall, 2019

Member Participants: $240/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $265/week

Weeks of June 24, July 15, July 29 and August 5

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, and more!

Full Steam Ahead Camp (NEW!)

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2019

Member Participants: $240/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $265/week

Weeks of June 17, June 24, July 15, July 22, July 29 and August 12

This camp is perfect for our young scholars who are passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Campers will spend the week engaged in hands on, interactive projects. We will figure out how things work and why it’s important. Activities may include robotics, science experiments, plus more! There will be lots of learning, using their imaginations, and exploring the indoors and outdoors at camp!

Outdoor Living Skills Camp

Entering grades 4 - 6 in fall, 2019

Member Participants: $255/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $280/week

Weeks of June 17, July 8 and July 29

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!

Fish, Frogs and Forts Camp

Entering grades 1 – 3 in fall, 2019

Member Participants: $240/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $265/week

Weeks of June 17, July 8 and July 22

Filled with exploration and environmental education, we’ll focus on fort building and discovery of insects, fish and frogs. Campers learn basic fishing skills while practicing the catch-and-release method. Bait and fishing equipment is provided at camp but you may bring your own.

Junior Ranger Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2019

Member Participants: $255/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $280/week

Weeks of June 24, July 15 and July 22

The YMCA and National Park Service have partnered together to empower youth to 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 explore the Missisippi and work with a park ranger.

Sailing Camp

Entering grades 4 – 6 in fall, 2019

Member Participants: $270/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $295/week

Weeks of July 29, August 12

Sailing is a life-long sport teaching teamwork and an appreciation for the outdoors. Participants will spend 3 full days of excitement and exploration on the water. The other 2 days, will be spent doing traditional camp activities. Sailing Instructors are US Sailing Certified, highly experienced and energetic and teach basic sailing concepts including: wind identification, upwind sailing, navigation and water safety. Participants will begin on land and then sail Lake Minnetonka. Sailors work in teams to manage onboard jobs including rigging, sail trim and steering. Participants must bring: water bottle, change of clothes, water shoes and towel. Lifejackets will be provided by camp. Transportation from Camp Ihduhapi to Lake Minnetonka will be provided on the 3 days of sailing.