Who You Will Meet at Ihduhapi
Because we know staff is the most important part of a camp experience, we take great care to hire and train qualified, enthusiastic staff. We look for leadership skills, prior experience working with children, decision-making capabilities, respect for the environment and safety awareness.
Our year-round staff includes an executive director, outdoor learning program director, day camp program director and site manager. During the summer, we bring in high school, college and graduate students as counselors and specialists.
All staff members are certified in CPR and First Aid. Waterfront specialists are certified lifeguards, and as required, others are certified as an EMT, First Responder or have been trained in Wilderness First Aid.
Jana Graczyk, Executive Director
I’ve worn a few hats at Ihduhapi, previously serving as the Day Camp Director and Overnight Camp Program Director, and now Executive Director.
Having the opportunity to attend summer camp truly changed the trajectory of my life – it’s where I gained confidence, met life-long friends (and my husband, Nick), connected with the natural world and built a career! I earned my BA in Hispanic Studies and Biology from the College of Saint Benedict, where I made money tapping trees and boiling sap at the Saint John’s Arboretum. After undergrad, I volunteered as a teacher in Puerto Rico, worked as a Naturalist at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, worked as an Outdoor Instructor at YMCA Camp Widjiwagan and then made my way to Camp Ihduhapi. I also served as the Program Director at YMCA Camp Warren and recently finished my Master of Arts in Education, Environmental Education and Natural Science degree at Hamline University.
Camp Ihduhapi is such a gem, hidden just outside the twin cities. Every time I drive down the camp road, the huge maple tree canopy draws me in and I feel home. I am looking forward to maple syruping this spring, foggy mornings on the boardwalk this summer, brilliant leaves this fall, and skijoring the trails with our pups Tucker and Mai next winter. I cannot wait to continue providing space for growth, friendship, self-discovery and community for future generations to come!
Eric Fallon, Day Camp Program Director
Dan Kellander, Property Manager
I joined the staff at Camp Ihduhapi in March of 2016. While my title is Property Manager, I like to tell the other staff that my job is to make their jobs easier. Having started out working at Camp Shamineau in high school, I soon came to realize that all jobs at a camp are related to each other. I think that is why I love working at camp so much. It gives you a sense that you are truly making a difference in people’s lives no matter what your role is. It is one of the reasons that I earned a bachelor’s degree in parks, and recreation with an emphasis in camp programming.
After a few years working at camp I entered youth ministry for the next 25 years. I really love working with youth of all ages. That is what makes working here so fun. Being able to be around the enthusiasm that young people bring to everything. I am currently working towards getting a master’s degree in World War II history. When I am not working or studying, I love to play sports of all kinds, especially broomball and football. I also like to travel, read, and spend time with family. I look forward to seeing smiles on the faces of everyone who visits Camp Ihduhapi. Welcome!
Kaarin Mantz, Administrative Team Lead
I joined the camping team in 2018 as the Administrative Lead based in Minneapolis. I’m thrilled that after starting at the Y in Aquatics in 2009 my journey has lead me to where my passion for outdoor experiences and talents can serve the Warren community. I can help you plan your fall, winter or spring experience at Ihduhapi, assist with scholarships and answer any questions you may have about Ihduhapi or any of our YMCA of the North camps. The outdoors has always held a special place in my heart because I’ve experienced the impact that programs and time in nature can have on individuals and families. Some of my favorite outdoor experiences include family hikes with my three young children, Boundary Waters trips and spending time paddling in the cedar strip canoe my husband built.