Summer 2020 Updates

After months of deliberation and contingency planning, and with the support of senior leaders at the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities and our dedicated community board, Camp Menogyn has made the heartbreaking decision to cancel our overnight camp program this summer.

The YMCA Camping Team worked hard to plan for every contingency; however, the uncertainties are still too great with the ever-evolving situation surrounding COVID-19. This summer we've decided the most prudent course of action is to not hold overnight camp programming.

At Camp Menogyn, we teach resilience and perseverance, so that we can make it through tough situations. None of us ever imagined we would see a summer without camp, but we are confident that the spirit of camp will endure.

Although our overnight camp programs are being cancelled, the YMCA does intend to offer summer experiences through our Day Camps, Family Camps, Nature Power, Summer Power, Summer Uproar and Childcare programs. If you are interested in any of these program offerings, please visit our website to see availability and schedules.

Summer camp is magic. It has the power to transform even the timid camper into a confident leader. It turns strangers into instant friends. It allows campers to challenge themselves in a safe, supportive community.

Through Menogyn’s trip progression, campers gain confidence as they build skills. By living with other campers, they learn to work together and demonstrate the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

At Y camps, our staff members are enthusiastic and well trained. They guide campers of all backgrounds and abilities through programming that builds character in a safe, encouraging environment.

Camp Menogyn offers programming for teens entering grades 7–12.

Canoe Trips

We offer canoe trips for a variety of skill levels. Our trips progress in difficulty, giving campers new challenges year after year.

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Backpacking Trips

Menogyn offers many backpacking trips throughout the country, from Isle Royale to Yellowstone National Park.

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Rock Climbing Trips

Under the supervision of our highly skilled staff, our rock climbing trips offer both novice and experience climbers the chance to climb some of Minnesota's best backcountry crags.

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Advanced Trips

As a part of The Menogyn Progression, campers who have gone on previous trips are selected by counselors and Camp Menogyn staff to take part of life-changing advanced trips. These trips are by invitation only.

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Boys and Girls Outdoor Leadership Development is an opportunity for teens to develop leadership skills with experienced guides serving as mentors. We use the wilderness as our classroom as participants build communication skills and practice resiliency through challenging outdoor activities. Our canoeing expeditions provide an opportunity for teens from different economic, ethnic, religious, and social backgrounds to develop the multi-cultural leadership and communication skills needed to be successful in an increasingly globalized world.

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Mother/Child Canoe Trip

A special opportunity for mothers and children to share a wilderness canoe trip together.

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