Summer Camps & Classes
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We live in a fast-paced world and it seems like our kids are always plugged into something—their cell phones, the Internet, their iPods, video games, TV shows. The ability to truly connect the “old-fashioned” way is becoming a lost art. At its core, summer camp teaches kids how to unplug from technology, leave their gizmos at home, and connect with people. Professionals who study the educational and emotional needs of children stress the importance of camp, and how the camp experience assists children in leading happier, more “joyful” lives. YMCA Camps and Day Camps, around since 1909, have been nurturing character development in young campers through the core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and faith.
Campers ages 4-14 who might not be ready for an overnight camp experience can attend Day Camp, those who are eager for the camp experience but not a week-long commitment can try a three-day mini sampler, and campers who are ready to be away for a few weeks can take a YMCA wilderness trip up to the Boundary Waters—or even as far from home as Alaska.
At Traditional Overnight Camp, campers ages 7-18 get a well-rounded experience with activities like horseback riding, swimming, ropes, kayaking, and camp fires at Camp Icaghowan on Lake Wapogasset near Amery, Wis., Camp Ihduhapi on Lake Independence in Loretto, Minn., and Camp St. Croix on Lake St. Croix near Hudson, Wis. A non-competitive single-gender camp is offered in Camp Warren on Half Moon Lake near Eveleth Camp duNord on Lake Burntside near Ely is the site for Family Camp, allowing families to get away and come together through opportunities for growth, spiritual development and environmental awareness, and Teen Wilderness Camps at Camp Menogyn on the Gunflint Trail, near Grand Marais, and Camp Widjiwagan on Lake Burntside near Ely include everything from canoeing and backpacking to rock climbing.
While traditional camps like the YMCA will always be popular, today’s campers are also attending more specialized workshops and camps focusing on sports, religion, academic enrichment, community service, special needs, visual and performing arts, dance, and music.
From classes like “Tea party” for kids in kindergarten to second grade to “Introductory video game creation” for high schoolers, there are enough classes in the Minnehaha Academy Summer Programs to fill a 40-page brochure.
“We recognize that each student is a unique individual with different interests and gifts, so we strive to offer a variety of academic, athletic and enrichment opportunities during the summer,” explains Laurie Palm, Minnehaha Academy summer program director. Classes are open to students who attend Minnehaha Academy as well as the general public in both half and full-day options. Not only are the prices reasonable (most specifically with the full-day Camp Minnehaha program including swimming lessons, art, music, science, and phys ed), but the programs are characterized by quality teaching, fun and active learning, a nurturing environment, and a Christian perspective.
An expansive course catalog is also offered at MacPhail Center for Music, ranging from “Animals on Parade” for four-year-olds to “Rock” and “Hip Hop” camps for teens to “Chamber Music Camp” for adults.
“We offer 46 unique camp experiences for ages three to adult, exciting performance venues—including First Ave—and high-quality teaching artists,” says Judy Boeckel, public relations and marketing coordinator. “We provide a fun and unique learning opportunity to explore music in a creative environment and develop skills that will last a lifetime. Each camp is specially designed to meet the needs of the campers and to create a nurturing environment that promotes cooperation, creativity and self-discovery.”