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May 8 Family Camp Update

posted on Fri, May 8 2020 7:47 am by YMCA YMCA Camp du Nord

Hello Family Camp Friends!

We are happy to confirm our YMCA Family Camps intend to re-open for Summer Family Camp!

Safety has become a top priority. We’ve added even more stringent cleaning and sanitizing standards to make sure you feel safe and comfortable. Our team will be fully prepared and trained in these additional standards for our entire camp facility. Due to these increased cleaning needs, we are planning on adjusting our schedule to allow for a full day in between each camp session. Our weekly sessions will run from Sunday to Saturday at both camp locations this summer. Additionally, our four-day sessions at Camp Northern Lights will change to three-day sessions. See our Family Camp Frequently Asked Questions for details on what we’ll be doing to keep camp clean and safe throughout your time with us.

It is also necessary that we make some programs changes this summer to ensure the safety of your family and those at camp with you.

Most significantly, we will not be offering our age group programming this summer. We are taking every precaution we can to ensure we provide the healthiest camp possible, and we believe that age group programming could compromise the physical distancing recommendations and guidance we have received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the MN Department of Health. For similar precautionary reasons, we have also decided not to operate our Leadership Development Program this summer. These certainly were difficult decisions to make, knowing that age groups and our teen leaders are some of the most beloved parts of camp. However, your health and safety are our top priority and we feel these are the right decisions to make at this time. Please know that we are cooking up all sorts of program options that will allow your family and our entire camp community to enjoy time together in nature while also staying distanced enough to keep everyone safe! We will continue to have our wonderful program staff team to support your experience with things like art projects, yoga, hikes, paddles, boating, fishing and much more!

While our inside dining option will remain closed at Camp du Nord, our Food Service Manager is planning a number of delicious and innovative options for take-out meals that will be offered for both lunch and dinner. At Northern Lights, there will be increased days that food trucks will be onsite and we will also be offering take-out options at Anna Marie’s snack shack assuming these will be authorized to operate.

We are confident that even with adjusted programming, your experience at camp will be as memorable as ever and just what you need; time with your family in nature!

We are still waiting for additional guidance on a few areas of family camp. We promise to keep you up-to-date with information as future decisions are made. Per Governor Walz, campgrounds are not allowed to be open at this time. We are watching this closely and will hopefully have information soon regarding having our tent camping open this summer.

While you’ll see some changes, the things you love most about family camp are still here. Canoe the pristine waters. Hike the trails and gather blueberries along the way. Take in the breathtaking sunrises and sunsets over the lake. Relax and unwind with the people you love.

We understand that some of these program adjustments made for this summer will make the experience a bit different for all of us. In light of a slightly shorter session, we are happy to offer a 10 percent discount on your camp fees (does not apply to meal service). However, if you are willing and able, we would greatly appreciate your consideration of sticking with the full payment plan, as our expenses are not reduced with these changes. If you choose the discount, please make the request by filling out this form.

If you would prefer to cancel your registration at this time for whatever reason, you can do via this onine form and we’ll look forward to seeing you up north at a future date!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. We hope to see you up north!

With Gratitude,

Becca Fink
YMCA Camp du Nord

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Become a Sustaining Donor to Camp du Nord

posted on Thu, Mar 12 2020 11:49 am by YMCA YMCA Camp du Nord

We're excited to offer financial donors another option for giving. Rather than a one-time annual donation, donors can now choose to commit to automatic monthly donations. Many organizations have moved from focusing solely on annual capital campaigns to year-round sustaining efforts. "Things change through the years, including camper demographics and the amount people can give," explains Stephanie Malon-Rufi, chair of Camp du Nord's Mission Advancement Committee. "Our financial stewardship strategy - the annual fund campaign - remained largely unchanged for years. It was time to revamp fundraising to give us a better idea of continuous income."

This year's fundraising goal is $154,000. Donors have the flexibility to spread donations over 12 months and incorporate their giving into a budget. Plus, it's super easy to set up! And you'll receive a special Camp du Nord Sustaining Member sticker!


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Pine Pointe Village Gets First Wood-Burning Sauna and Sledding Hill

posted on Thu, Mar 12 2020 11:42 am by YMCA YMCA Camp du Nord

This winter, Pine Pointe campers kept things hot right in Pine Pointe Village. The beautiful new dual wood-burning and electric sauna is a wonderful option for Pine Pointe campers who want to experience Avanto (Finnish for hole in the ice) without having to ski or drive to the du Nord sauna. The new sauna has also alleviated overcrowding for this popular winter activity. Electric lighting inside and string lighting outside help guide campers to warmth on those cold, dark, north woods nights. Of course, we're excited for campers to enjoy the Pine Pointe sauna in every season!

Another fun improvement for winter campers at Pine Pointe is the new sledding hill. The sledding hill, located next to Morning Glory, is lit up with twinkling lights each night and has made winter weekends extra fun. Grab one of our sleds, and enjoy a magical ride!

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Welcome Kelsey Wood! Camp du Nord’s New Food Service Manager

posted on Thu, Mar 12 2020 11:36 am by YMCA YMCA Camp du Nord

Few things get campers more excited than the sound of the dining hall bell! Meal times at Camp du Nord allow campers to connect with others and refuel for more fun adventures. We are thrilled to have someone from the local community, with an amazing attitude and experience join our staff. By the way, if you've ever grabbed a pizza from the Wilderness Wood Fire pizza truck during Fest du Nord, then you've already tasted some of Kelsey's ridiculously good pizza. Meet Kelsey!

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Dallas, TX and am a graduate of Texas Tech University. In 2016, my family left Dallas to spend the summer in Ely, and we never left. 

What is your food service background?
Restaurants have been in my blood since a young age because my dad worked in the industry. I've been working in restaurants since I was 14 years old and gained management experience at The Cheesecake Factory and Blue Moose Pizza. I've also consulted for restaurants and assisted with new restaurant openings. Lastly, my family owns a seasonal wood-fired pizza trailer, and we are proudly gearing up for our fourth season serving the Ely area.

Why do you want to work at Camp du Nord?
I'm an avid hiker and camper. My love for YMCA camp began in 2001 when I was a cook at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch in Winter Park, CO. I love the family of life-long friends and memories I created there. I could tell Camp du Nord was the same when I started selling pizzas at Fest du Nord. I've always heard great things about the kitchen here, and I'm excited to continue the tradition, work hard, and make things even better. Plus, I'm super stoked to work in the most beautiful place ever!

Kitchen goals?
One of my biggest goals in trimming food costs and waste, while getting creative with great flavors in the kitchen and accommodating dietary needs. We have room for improvement in labeling, menu variety, and overall quality and consistency. One challenge I've noticed is the flow of the salad bar line; we're trying a few new ideas and hope to see an improvement this summer. My priority is to make plenty of fresh and delicious food and lead a staff that has fun together and looks forward to coming to work each day!

What's your favorite recipe?
Being from Texas, I love anything Mexican or BBQ. I enjoy making carnitas, pulled pork sandwiches, tacos, enchiladas, salads, soups and chili - and I make sure each has all the proper "fixin's" to go with it!

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Garage Sale

posted on Thu, Feb 27 2020 2:40 pm by YMCA YMCA Camp du Nord

Join us in celebrating the Garage Sale's 50th Anniversary!

Our sale needs donated items, shoppers, and volunteers. Be a part of the team of families and friends that make this Garage Sale successful. All proceeds fund the Camper Scholarship Endowment.


Search your attic and basement for treasurers to donate. Donation Guidelines

Donations accepted: Schedule a Pick-up

  • Saturday, September 19 | noon - 7:30pm
  • Sunday - Tuesday, September 2-22 | 9:00am - 7:30pm

Financial donations may be made directly to the Widji & du Nord Endowment Fund.


Whether you want to sit, stand or walk we have just the job for you. Teens earn valuable service hours and families can work together.

Saturday-Saturday, September 19-26
Week at a Glance



Shop for treasures! Huge assortment of books, patio furniture, sporting goods, and more.

Thursday - Saturday | September 24-26

  • Thursday-Friday, 9am - 7:30pm
  • Saturday BAG and Cart Sale, 8am - 4pm

Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Merchandise Mart Building
1640 Dan Patch Ave
Falcon Heights, MN 55108

Questions? Call:651-645-6605

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Calendar of Events

posted on Thu, Dec 21 2017 8:00 am by YMCA YMCA Camp du Nord

Upcoming Events

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