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Camp Widjiwagan

Camp Widjiwagan

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Registration for summer 2024 is now open!


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Founded in 1929, Camp Widjiwagan has been providing transformative wilderness experiences for youth from the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota.   

Our mission is to develop, in young people, respect for self, community and the environment, through wilderness adventure and environmental education. We strive to build upon the Y's core values as part of our Camp Culture and Community Commitment.  

Widjiwagan’s program focus is wilderness and teens. In the summer, we provide wilderness canoeing and backpacking trips throughout North America for teens ages 11–18. During the school year, our Outdoor Learning Program works with schools and groups to teach outdoor education, recreation and community building. 

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Challenge Yourself

Teen Wilderness experiences help participants develop and grow while traveling through beautiful wild places throughout North America

Summer Options

Summer Camp

What to Expect

Learn more about the teen wilderness experience, from essential eligibility requirements to health and safety details.

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

Summer Options

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

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News and Events

Latest Posts

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Our supporters fuel our mission through our various camp annual fund designations.
The YMCA's BOLD GOLD program allows young leaders to develop their wilderness, leadership, interpersonal, and intercultural skills further.

Upcoming Events

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Outdoor Learning

Explore our different locations where you can engage in team building, environmental education, agricultural education, and much more!

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Seasonal Adventures


Hands-on outdoor education


Personal, professional, and educational

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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.

This business operates on behalf of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness program within the Superior National Forest. As a BWCAW program Cooperator, this business is an equal opportunity service provider.

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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.

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.

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Widjiwagan's Administrative Team