Teens and Leadership Camps

Young people build self-confidence and leadership skills through new adventures and experiences.

Teen Artist Camp

Entering grades 7 – 9 in fall

Member Participants: $265/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $290/week

Weeks of July 6 and July 20

Self-expression comes to life in this creative art camp! Your imagination becomes the window of discovery as you create original art. You will create masterpieces to take home and enjoy!

Teen Canoe/Kayak Camp

Entering grades 7 – 9 in fall

Member Participants: $265/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $290/week

Weeks of June 22 and July 27

Master the skills of Kayaking and Canoeing on Dutch Lake. Refine paddling skills and learn the practice of ‘swim and swamp’, how to rescue a swamped canoe and camper. After learning the basics, you will go on a paddleboarding adventure on a local lake.

Teen Lake Exploration Camp

Entering grades 7 – 9 in fall

Member Participants: $280/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $305/week

Weeks of July 13 and August 17

Partnership with Lake Effect Conservancy, Wayzata Community Sailing, W.P.S., City of Wayzata. Campers will learn about our local lake ecology through fishing, sailing, STEM and water study. This camp will go on a daily field trip to area Lake Minnetonka sites and enjoy on the water programming.

Teen Digital Photography Camp

Entering grades 7 – 9 in fall

Member Participants: $265/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $290/week

Weeks of June 15, July 13 and August 3

Learn the basics of digital photography and be able to experiment with both portrait and landscape photography. Each day will be a different theme. You must bring a digital camera. No phones please.

Teen Forkhorn I Camp

Entering grades 7 – 9 in fall

Member Participants: $265/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $290/week

Weeks of June 15, July 13 and August 3

Partnership with Minnesota Deer Hunters Association

This camp is designed for beginning hunters and provides hands-on instruction of basic firearms safety, shooting techniques in rifle, shotgun, and archery. Hunting tips for both big and small game will be provided. Campers will spend the firearm instruction and shooting portion at a shooting range. Campers will take the Firearms Safety Test, those that pass will receive a MN Firearms Safety Certificate.

Teen Quest

Entering grades 7 – 9 in fall

Member Participants: $250/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $275/week

Weeks of June 22, July 20, July 27 and August 10

Teen Quest is an exciting day camp program geared toward teens that want total outdoor fun! As a group quest, you will decide and plan out many of the camp activities and events throughout the week. This program develops valuable life skills such as open communication, team building, cooperation and conflict resolution. Teen Quest campers will have a climbing experience at YMCA Camp Ihduhapi on Friday.

Teen Survival Skills Camp

Entering grades 7 – 9 in fall

Member Participants: $265/week
Non-Member Program Participants: $290/week

Weeks of July 6 and August 10

Develop your camping skills as you work together to set up camp in the remote campsites. Learn a variety of useful camping skills that including: building a fire, shelters building, knot tying, campfire cooking, navigating maps and more!

Leaders-In-Training Camp

Entering grades 7 – 9 in fall

Member Participants: $360/ session
Non-Member Program Participants: $385/session

One Week Sessions: June 8 - 12, June 22 - 26, July 6 - 10, July 20 - 24, August 3 - 7 and August 17 - 21

Note: for 2020 the Leaders-In-Training Camp program will be one-week sessions. No overnight will be included this year.

Rise to the challenge in Leaders-in-Training Camp and discover your leadership qualities. You will learn and develop the necessary camp skills needed to lead camper activities, as well as group responsibility through activity planning. You will have opportunities to shadow counselors and assist staff in camp activities. There will be plenty of time to hang out with friends – new and old. Come experience camp from a whole new perspective!

Junior Counselor

Do you love working with kids in a camp setting? Here's your chance to take a leadership role! Junior Counselors are assigned to a group and assist the Senior Counselors in leading and carrying out a variety of Day Camp programs. Junior Counselors help campers acquire feelings of high self-esteem, self-worth and competence in an outdoor setting. Previous experience in an LIT program or similar leadership experience working with children is required. Candidates will be selected through an application and interview process. Contact the Day Camp Director for more information: kel.o'leary@ymcamn.org or 612-330-3068. Application Packet