Leadership Development

Grades 7 – 12

Our Leadership Development Program is a leadership progression for teens. LDP instructors coach on group facilitation and leadership, teach technical outdoor skills, and guide participants to collaboratively make consequential decisions. LDP programs build the whole person - spirit, mind, and body - through a variety of activities, projects, and team-building exercises. Campers learn leadership skills built upon the YMCA's core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Equity. They learn valuable lessons that will last a lifetime. The Leadership Development Program is set up as a progression for teens that includes sessions from one to three weeks. 

Explorers | Canoeing | Entering Grade 7-8

(Groups are co-ed)


Explorers is a two week session that introduces campers to the wonderful adventure of a canoe trip! The program starts with campers getting to know each other and practicing canoeing skills in camp. The next few days are spent on a short canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) or similar wilderness area.

  • July 11 – 23 (13 days)

Voyageurs | Canoeing | Entering Grade 9

(Groups are co-ed)


Voyageurs is a two week session that expands on canoeing and leadership skills. Before and after the 5 day canoe trip in the BWCAW, campers enjoy preparations and traditional camp activities at Camp Ihduhapi

  • July 25 – August 6 (13 days)

Junior Leaders | Canoeing | Entering Grade 10

(Groups are co-ed)


Junior Leaders is a two week session that sends campers on a pinnacle 10 day canoe trip in the BWCAW.

  • August 8 – 20 (13 days)

Counselors in Training | Canoeing | Entering Grade 11

(Groups are co-ed)


Counselor In Training is a four week session for teens that want to develop mentoring and leadership opportunities as Camp Counselors. CITs build counseling skills by working together on team-building and leadership skills necessary in guiding younger campers. For the last weeks of their experience, CITs will apply their new skills by shadowing experienced counselors in a cabin of younger campers and leading all camp activities.

  • July 11 – August 6  | 4 weeks

Ihduhapi Internship | Entering Grade 12

(Groups are co-ed)

Ihduhapi Internship is for 17 year olds who are ready to begin their camp counselor careers! The internship provides workshops and skills trainings that our accomplished camp staff experience during their pre-camp staff training. It is designed to provide young leaders with more skills when entering the work force. These skills will be transferable to camp and non-camp jobs. Sessions include: how to work with children, emergency preparedness, resume writing, conflict resolution, leadership development, customer service, and more. Hands-on interaction with campers and camp staff is a major component. Interns go home each weekend, and may be eligible for employment after successful completion of the program.

Meals and housing are provided while at Camp Ihduhapi. Spaces are limited, and volunteer applications must be submitted to the camp director. Call 763-230-9313 or e-mail us for more information or to begin the application process.

  • June 15 – 18 (Tues – Fri)
  • June 20 – 25 (Sun – Fri)
  • June 27 – July 2 (Sun – Fri)
  • July 6 – 9 (Tues – Fri)