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Camp Northern Lights

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YMCA Camp Northern Lights seeks to nurture our need for belonging and connection to each other and the outdoors. Spending time together in nature is one of the best ways for families to grow. YMCA Camp Northern Lights, a North Woods family camp and getaway destination, is the YMCA's newest family camp in Northern Minnesota. Located on the edge of the Superior National Forest, families experience a beautiful wilderness setting that promotes community, relaxation, and adventure. Located on Bear Island Lake, Northern Lights offers year-round programs, including retreats and cabin reservation opportunities.

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Family-First Summer Camp

Why should the kids have all the fun? Enjoy camp family-style!

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Summer Camp

What to Expect

Our Family Camp Guide has everything you need to know about our Summer Family Camp program.

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Learn more about our Lottery for Summer Camp registration, session dates, cancelation info, and more.

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Download the definitive source of truth for preparing to attend our location.

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News and Events

Latest Posts

Check out the exciting and fun things that you will see and experience during your time at Northern Lights.
After enjoying four years of family camp in the Northwoods, Tseganesh Selameab feels the comfort and familiarity of the YMCA of the North’s Camp du Nord and Camp Northern Lights. Now her goal is to make Camp Northern Lights a place of respite for everyone.

Upcoming Events

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Fall, Winter, and Spring

We are a year-round destination for various activities. You can also just book a cabin and do your own thing.

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Book Your Own Getaway

Seasonal Adventures


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Our Team

As leaders and friends, our team embodies the YMCA values of equity, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

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Our Camp Story

We are part of a family. And like any family member, our camp has a unique personality and some distinct characteristics.

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Giving Opportunities

Creating welcoming, inclusive, and supportive spaces takes a village. We would love for you to support and be part of ours.

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Making Adventure Accessible

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

Here to Help

Have a question or need assistance?

Our customer service team is always happy to help.

For location-specific questions, we encourage you to contact your camp directly.