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Community Commitment

At YMCA of the North, we believe everyone deserves access to transformative experiences in nature and the wilderness. We also acknowledge that these experiences are not accessible to all. So, we are committed to creating inclusive, accessible spaces that acknowledge shared history and nurture diverse communities.

Inclusion
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Land Acknowledgment

YMCA of the North adventure centers respectfully acknowledges that we are on the appropriated homelands of Indigenous peoples. We recognize the perseverance and survival of Indigenous communities, who continue to live throughout this region. Each adventure center is working to build sustainable relationships with our Indigenous communities and endeavor to be responsible stewards of the sacred nature of their homelands. This land acknowledgment is one of the ways in which we work to educate our adventure center communities about this land and our relationships with it and each other.

Anti-Racism

YMCA of the North is committed to the elimination of disparities and eradication of unjust systems to become a multicultural, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive organization as we serve all. We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of individuals’ differences in age, color, abilities, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make each individual unique. The YMCA commits to continually conducting reviews of our policies, procedures, and practices for institutional racism and oppression, in addition to the ongoing development of a multicultural, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive work environment, and culture that promotes equity and respect for human dignity.

Gender Inclusivity

YMCA of the North adventure programs welcome all participants into our programming including transgender, gender non-conforming, gender non-binary, and other gender expansive participants. We hope that our adventure centers will provide a safe space for all of our participants to explore their identities and discover their life path. We value identity exploration as an integral part of adolescent development. Our current practice is to organize participants into trail groups according to the female/male gender binary. We invite participants who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming to group themselves where they feel most comfortable.

Anti-Discrimination

In the operation of the Summer Camp Food Service Program, no child, as defined by the Program regulations, will be discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin, age, or handicap. Any person who believes that a child has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington D.C. 20250

Accreditation

YMCA adventure centers are accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA) and are visited every three years to ensure compliance with the ACA standards. This assures you that adventure center practices have been measured against 300 national standards that go a step beyond our state's basic licensing requirements. ACA-accredited camps voluntarily go through a rigorous risk-management process to provide a supervised, positive environment with controlled boundaries where children can grow.

Accessibility

We are also committed to providing quality programming to all persons, regardless of ability.

Please contact customer service regarding any disabilities or impairments that may have a bearing on your program involvement, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Scholarships

The Y offers need-based financial assistance to help individuals and families access the programs that are important to them.

Scholarships
Accountability
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Community Input

Every YMCA adventure center is supported by a Community Advisory Board (CAB). Each CAB is made up of committed individuals with a passion for the YMCA mission and adventure center programming. While programming and operations are determined by YMCA of the North, our community boards are committed to being a diverse and inclusive community that helps advise, advocate, and support each location's strategic direction and mission delivery.

Community Engagement

The money generated by YMCA adventure centers helps the YMCA of the North further its mission to help all people thrive by maximizing our impact in the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

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Making adventure more accessible

The YMCA offers need-based financial assistance to help people access the programs that are important to them.

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