Leadership Development Program

Teens entering grades 9-12 will learn about leadership through training and helping camp counselors facilitate programs. Applications are due Friday, January 7, 2022. Cost is $600 for a two-week session (transportation provided for an additional $40). Applicants will be informed by Friday, February 4, 2022.

Tentative Transportation Schedule

Sunday going to camp: 

  • Participants should arrive at the White Bear Lake YMCA (2100 Orchard Ln, White Bear Lake, MN 55110) no later than 7:45 a.m.
  • The bus will depart White Bear Lake at 8:00 a.m. and they will arrive at camp between 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Sunday leaving camp:

  • The participants will depart after lunch, this is generally around 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
  • The bus will arrive back at the White Bear Lake YMCA at approximately 5:30 - 6:00  p.m.

*There is a $40 transportation fee to ride the bus to/from camp for the LDP session that will be added to the participants' store account after their LDP session. You do not need to pay upfront or bring payment to the pick up site.*

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2022 Session Dates

  • Session 1: June 12-26
  • Session 2: June 26 – July 10
  • Session 3: July 10-24
  • Session 4: July 24 – August 7 *All-gender session* Please contact us at campnorthernlights.info@ymcanorth.org for more information
  • Session 5: August 7 -21

Resource Families

Seasoned Northern Lights campers can apply to be a Resource Family. Resource Families assist campers and staff throughout the session with a variety of activities, including the Little & Big Dipper Swim, and Adult Age-Groups. Applications are due Friday, December 3, 2021.The cost to be a Resource Family is $100 and is a week long session (Camp Northern Lights covers the cost of lodging, but each family is responsible for providing their own food). Applicants will be informed by Friday, December 10, 2021. Resource Families stay in Haukka, a full facility cabin located in Buena Vista Village.

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Applications for 2022 will be open from October 5th through December 3rd. Applicants will be informed by December 10, 2021.

2022 Session Dates

  • June 12 – 18
  • June 19 – 26
  • June 26 – July 2
  • July 3 – 9
  • July 10 – 16
  • July 17 – 24
  • July 24 – 30
  • July 31 – August 6
  • August 7 – 13
  • August 14 – 21
  • August 21 – 27