Teens and Leadership Camps

Young people build self-confidence and leadership skills through new adventures and experiences.

Teen Climbing Camp

Entering grades 7 – 9 in fall, 2019

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

Weeks of June 10 and July 8

Test your strategy and skill through new fun challenges! Each day focuses on a new element or challenge including knot tying, safety and team work. This camp is designed to build self-confidence and teach valuable skills while enjoying unforgettable adventure. Includes a field trip to Vertical Endeavors. On Wednesdays, campers will participate in an exciting full day rock climbing experience at Taylor’s Falls State Park!

Teen Water Adventure Camp 

Entering grades 7 – 9 in fall, 2019

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

Weeks of June 24, July 15 and August 5

Spend a full week enjoying an awesome array of water activities including canoeing, kayaking, swimming, boating and more! One day will be spent sailing at Lake Minnetonka. Another day campers will go paddleboarding on a local lake.

Teen Archery Camp

Entering grades 7 – 9 in fall, 2019

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

Weeks of July 22 and August 19

Fine tune your archery skills and learn new ones. Archery games will help you discover the science behind drawing and releasing the bow. Instructors will show you proper grip, stance and aim alignment. Equipment will be provided. Campers will go on a field trip to a local archery range.

Teen Horse Camp

Entering grades 7 – 9 in fall, 2019

Member Participants: $345/session
Non-Member Program Participants: $370/session

Weeks of June 24 and July 29

Build confidence as you develop horsemanship skills. Trained instructors will teach the basics of western horseback riding. You will work on leading, mounting, ring work, grooming, trotting and saddling, and enjoy trail rides.

Teen Circle Y Camp

Entering grades 7 – 9 in fall, 2019

Member Participants: $675/two-week session
Non-Member Program Participants: $700/two-week session

Two Week Session: July 15 - 26

In Circle Y Camp, experienced riders spend ten hours per week in advanced riding instruction including mounting, trotting and ring work. You will also learn about proper horse care such as feeding, grooming and saddling. They will showcase their skills in a horse show during Family Night on Thursday evening of the second week.

Leaders-In-Training Camp

Entering grades 7 – 9 in fall, 2019

Member Participants: $350/two weeks
Non-Member Program Participants: $375/two weeks

Two-Week Sessions: June 10 - 21, June 24 - July 3*, July 8 - 19, July 22 - August 2, August 5 - 16, August 19 - 30 (No program July 4-5, fee prorated)

Rise to the challenge in Leaders-in-Training Camp and discover your leadership qualities. You will learn and develop the necessary camp skills needed to lead camper activities, as well as group responsibility through activity planning. You will have opportunities to shadow counselors and assist staff in camp activities. There will be plenty of time to hang out with friends – new and old. Come experience camp from a whole new perspective!

Teen Service Learning Camp

Entering grades 7 – 9 in fall, 2019

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

Weeks of June 17, July 29 and August 12

Grow your leadership and teambuilding skills, while bolstering self-confidence through giving back to the community. Earn volunteer hours and improve your skill set while actively participating in traditional camp activities like swimming, canoeing and kayaking, and high ropes course. Service projects take place at camp and in the community. You will receive a certificate with the number of service hours completed. It’s a win-win for you and the community!

Junior Counselor Program

Ages 14 – 17

Volunteer Program

Do you love working with kids in a camp setting? Here’s your chance to take a leadership role! Junior Counselors are assigned to a group and assist the Senior Counselors in leading and carrying out a variety of Day Camp programs. Junior Counselors help campers acquire feelings of high self-esteem, self-worth and competence in an outdoor setting. Previous experience in the LIT program or working with children is required. Candidates will be selected through an application and interview process. This is a volunteer position. Contact Day Camp Kici Yapi to apply at 952-897-5460 or kiciyapi@ymcamn.org