YMCA Camp du Nord, previously a winner of FTF’s Top 10 Getaways for Tiny Travelers award, gets a fresh look in 2015.
YMCA Camp du Nord is located 250 miles north of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. Open to all, it welcomes families, individuals, and organized groups to an outdoor appreciation program based on the four core values of the YMCA: caring, respect, honesty and responsibility.
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of Northeastern Minnesota (over a million acres of forest) surrounds Camp du Nord, and its beautiful setting and the varied programs offered promote physical, mental and spiritual growth and the enhancement of family relationships and friendships. The camp stretches along one and a half miles of the north shore of Lake Burntside. Guests may choose from 33 cabins, 7 auto tents and rustic tent sites, and 2 platform tents. All cabins have electricity (except for the “off the grid” platform tents) and most have kitchens and a water supply.
The more upscale cabins have wood-burning stoves or fireplaces, a combination of queen-sized, full, twin and bunk beds, and private bathrooms. A shower house is available to those without private bathrooms. There are no telephones or TVs in the cabins. “Campers” can cook in their cabins or pre-register for food service and dine at Lodge du Nord, where plentiful meals are served. Meals are discounted for those under 13 and free for children under 3. For those who want to cook, groceries are available in the nearby town.
Throughout the summer, Camp du Nord offers age-appropriate programs from 10am to noon for newborns to 18-year-olds. During this time, children participate in outdoor activities, as well as arts ‘n crafts and games, all under the guidance of CPR and First-Aid certified counselors. The under 4 set has two dedicated outdoor/indoor playspaces. Afternoons are for family time, either with planned activities or, alternatively spending time in the Family Art Center or taking advantage of the Outdoor Activities Center with an adventurous hike. Many families spend the afternoons playing together on the beach, fishing or taking out a canoe or kayak. Evening activities include family activities such as game night and talent shares.
Many families have become regular visitors to the camp; those who brought their children in the 1960’s now join their grandchildren. Our suggestion is book early! Please note that financial assistance is available to allow families from all walks of life to participate in the programs at YMCA Camp du Nord.
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