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Camp Northern Lights

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Founded in 2018, YMCA Camp Northern Lights is a north-woods family camp and getaway destination located on the edge of the Superior National Forest. Families will experience a beautiful wilderness setting that promotes community, relaxation, and adventure. Camp is situated on Bear Island Lake and 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!

Summer Options

Summer Camp

What to Expect

Learn more about the family camp experience, from camp basics to health and safety details.

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See what's available at our location, including rates, dates, and program descriptions.

Summer Options

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News and Events

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The mission of YMCA Camp Northern Lights is to nurture our need for belonging and connection, to each other and to the outdoors.

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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Camp Insider

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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.