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Camp Northern Lights

Fall - Spring Registration Opens Soon

Fall - Spring Registration

2024 -2025 Programs and Retreats and Book Your Own Getaway now available for registration.

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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. Spending time together in nature is one of the best ways for families to grow together. 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. 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!

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Summer Camp

June 9 - September 2, 2024

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.

Summer Options

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

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Fall, Winter, and Spring Programs, Getaways, and Groups

Camp Northern Lights is the perfect place to escape it all.


Book Your Own Getaway

Whether you need to slow down, relax, or hit the trails, it's all about going at your own pace. From cross-country skiing to a paddle on the lake, seasonal activities surround your cozy cabin. End your day with the healing power of our traditional wood-burning Finnish sauna.

Programs and Retreats

Participate in staff-led activities or slow down and go at your own pace.

Family Camp Weekends

Create long-lasting memories with a fun-filled weekend in the north woods. Enjoy seasonal activities for all ages. Options include hiking, padding, crafts, xc-skiing, saunas, and more!

Adult Retreats

Come by yourself and make new friends, or gather your crew and book together for a memorable trip to the Northwoods.

Volunteer Weekends

Volunteer on facility projects during the day to learn what it takes to maintain and upkeep a camp in the Northwoods, then relax in your cabin by the fire at night.

Themed Weekends

Join us for long holiday weekends, local events, and more through our Book Your Own Getaway registration!

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A natural way to say, "I do!"

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We can provide food, lodging, and activities for personal, family, and small-group getaways.

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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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Our supporters fuel our mission through our various camp annual fund designations.
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.
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Making adventure more accessible

Everyone deserves access to programs and services that help them reach their full potential. That's why we offer need-based financial assistance to help people participate in our programs regardless of their income.

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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.

Dan O'Brien

Camp Northern Lights
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Dan O'Brien
Executive Director