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place 3788 North Arm Road
Ely, MN 55731

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. Through transformative wilderness travel and environmental learning experiences, youth participants build leadership skills, gain confidence and explore extraordinary places.

And just like all YMCA of the North adventure centers, we strive to build upon the Y's core values as part of our Camp Culture and Community Commitment.


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

Canoe Trips

Experience the challenge of navigating waterways and living in the great outdoors. Our trips progress in difficulty, giving participants new challenges year after year.

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Backpacking Trips

Backpacking is an excellent way for teens of all skill levels to experience the wonders of wild places! The YMCA offers trips of increasing challenge and length to match the maturity, leadership, and skills of our participants.

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Teen Wilderness Handbook

Get ready for your summer wilderness experience, including what to expect and how to prepare.

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Nature Retreats

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Fall Women's Retreat

event September 30 - October 2, 2022
Friday-Sunday
schedule 2:00pm-12:00pm
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place YMCA Camp Widjiwagan
3788 North Arm Road
55731

Fall Camp for Teens

event October 20 – 23, 2022
Thursday-Sunday
schedule 8:00am-3:00pm
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place YMCA Camp Widjiwagan
3788 North Arm Road
55731

Winter Women's Retreat

event January 27 – 29, 2023
Friday-Sunday
schedule 7:00pm-1:00pm
See timetables for details
place YMCA Camp Widjiwagan
3788 North Arm Road
55731

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Hands-on outdoor education

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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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