Support Camp Northern Lights

Annual Giving Program

We ask for your support to ensure that family camp experiences are available to ALL. Your gift strengthens families—and in turn strengthens communities.

As always, we are committed to working diligently to serve our campers and meet the needs in our community. In light of the increased impact of COVID-19 and with summer just around the corner, Camp Northern Lights is hopeful to be a place where families can come together for a much-needed vacation- for adventure on the lake, relaxed time together around the campfire and a safe and healthy place to connect with others.

In 2019, more than 100 families received financial assistance for a family camp experience totaling over $100,000. Many of our scholarship recipients have never been on a family vacation, paddled a canoe or been to Northern Minnesota. Your donation makes these life-changing experiences possible for all families, regardless of income.

With your help, YMCA Camp Northern Lights can:

  • Offer camp scholarships so that no one is turned away due to financial need
  • Purchase essential program equipment and supplies
  • Provide quality training programs for camp staff
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How to donate

We can process your gift online or by check, deferred billing, monthly credit card billing, EFT and donation of securities. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Your gift is fully tax-deductible.

Give online

You can also sign-up to be a sustaining giver! Pick your monthly contribution amount and check the “Make this a monthly gift” box!

Matching gifts

Most companies match gifts to YMCA camping programs. Contact your human resources department today, and double your gift to camp.

Camp Northern Lights Wish List

Help us improve our programming. We are in need of the below items! Please contact and we will coordinate drop-off, pick-ups, and provide an in-kind donation form for tax purposes.

Facility Needs:

  • Paintbrushes 
  • Hand tools 
  • Hammers 
  • Wrenches 
  • Sockets or socket sets 
  • Band saw
  • Milwaukee tools (18 volt battery system) 
  • Dewalt tools (20 volt max battery system)
  • Trucks
  • 4 wheeler/ATV
  • Golf carts 
  • Extension cords
  • Boat motors
  • Stock metal for welding 
  • Skid steer attachments/buckets
  • Snow shovels

Program Needs:

  • Fishing Poles and Tackle
  • Compasses
  • GPS Units
  • Marine varnish for canoe paddles
  • Small Rope/Cordage like "p-cord"
  • Nautical Rope
  • Small Boat Anchors ( 3.5 to 10 lbs) and Anchor Rope
  • Snowshoes 
  • Identification Books (plants & flowers, trees, animals) 
  • Children’s Books
  • Yoga Mats 
  • Sports Equipment (air pumps, balls, cones)
  • Sleeping Pads
  • Kayaks (solo & tandem)
  • Canoes 
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Paddles (Canoe, Kayak, SUP)
  • Life Jackets (all sizes)
  • Cross Country Ski Equipment (skis, poles, boots)

More ways to give

Major Giving Opportunities

Camp has exciting project, program and capital giving opportunities. If you want to impact Camp Northern Lights today, please contact Niki Geisler, VP of Camping, at or 612-465-0485 to learn more.

Camp Northern Lights Endowment Fund

A great way to support Northern Lights is through a personal gift to the endowment fund, either as an immediate donation or as a gift in your estate plan. To make an endowment gift, please contact Jeri Glick-Anderson, the Y’s Senior Director of Planned Giving, at or (651) 435-6724. We are deeply honored to be remembered by our friends in such a personal and significant way.

Living tribute and memorial gifts

Honor someone special, either in memory or on a special occasion, like a birthday, wedding, anniversary or holiday. Your thoughtfulness will be appreciated, and the gift will have a lasting impact. Please contact Carolyn Caswell in Mission Advancement at 612-371-8707 for more information.

Planned giving opportunities

Create a legacy that will impact camp for generations – a gift in your will, IRA, insurance policy, bank account, trust or other estate instrument. Not only can this provide a tax benefit to you and your heirs, but it will bring priceless benefit to our camp community long into the future. Please contact Jeri Glick-Anderson, the Y’s Senior Director of Planned Giving, at or (651) 435-6724, for more information.