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Family Camp Handbook

Family Camp has something for everyone, including parent and guardians.

Additionally, character development and respect are fundamental parts of YMCA camp culture, while access, inclusion, and diversity are integral parts of our community commitment.

What to Expect
General Information
  • Age groups are the only time during the week when staff are responsible for your kids! Outside of age groups we ask that you keep an eye on your kids as they roam camp. 
  • The majority of the activities are drop in and do not require sign-ups. Examples of activities that will require sign-ups are Saunas, massages, and certain art classes. These all can be signed up for upon arrival at camp. 
  • The schedule is completely up to you! If you want to pick and choose, go to all the programs, or simply do your own thing we leave that up to you and encourage you to find what works for you! 
  • We have a packing list that is very helpful when considering what to bring with you to Camp! We do want to mention that if you are staying at Camp du Nord you will need to bring all your linens and if you are staying at Camp Northern Lights you will be provided with bed sheets but will need to bring pillows and all other top blankets. 
Sample Schedule


  • 7:30 a.m. – Polar Plunge/Big Dipper and Little Dipper – Start your morning off with a jump in our beautiful lakes!  
  • 9:00 a.m. – Northwoods Nature Notes 
  • 9:30 a.m. – Morning Inspiration/Moment  
  • 9:40 a.m. – Age Groups (Kids go with counselors to explore camp and the Northwoods.) (Adults will also have the option to join an adult age group during this time!) 
  • 12:00 p.m. – Announcements 
  • 12:30 p.m. – Lunch 
  • 2:00–4:30 p.m. – Afternoon Family Programming (Activities ranging from hikes, paddles to fun games.) 
  • 5:30 p.m. – Dinner 
  • 7:00 p.m. – Evening Family Programming (Activities such as skit nights, block parties and talent shows) 

*Some days will have family saunas, community singing, night hikes and so much more. Every day at family camp is unique! 

Camp-Issued Handbooks

Each location is unique and has its own supplement.


Family Handbook


Family Handbook

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