YMCA camps ensure that every child has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive!

YMCA camps are about learning skills, developing character and making friends.  But few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities. Camping teaches self-reliance, a love for nature and the outdoors and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership — all amidst the fun of campfires, canoeing, talent shows, sing-a-longs, field trips, polar plunges and meaningful relationships. YMCA counselors are dedicated to making sure camp is an amazing experience for every camper.

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Camp Cormorant
Overnight Camp on Big Cormorant Lake for ages 7 – 14  |  Visit our Camp Cormorant page for dates and other details

YMCA Camp Cormorant is an overnight camp located on the beautiful shores of Big Cormorant Lake, Minnesota. Founded in 1903, Camp Cormorant is one of the oldest residence camps in the entire nation and continues to be a tremendous growing up experience for children and teens. It provides a unique outdoor environment with cozy cabins, an extensive beach and waterfront, athletic fields, a volleyball sand court, horse trails, a ropes course and more! 

2023 Camp Cormorant Guide

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Mini Camp
Half Day Camping Experiences for ages 3 – 5  |  Weekly sessions run June through August

Mini Camp is a half-day “camping” experience designed just for preschoolers. Each session’s activities are planned around a weekly theme chosen to appeal to the interests and curiosities of this age group. Picnics, swimming and weekly field trips add to the excitement. Join the magic of YMCA Day Camping!

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Camp Koda
Activities and Exploration Day Camp for ages 6 – 11  |  Weekly sessions run June through August
Try a new, fun and unique experience each week that gives youth the opportunity to discover new interests, meet new friends, explore nature, enhance self-esteem, and be physically active. Each week is based on the theme and includes other adventures like swimming, crafts, field trips, music and more. Campers also take a trip to YMCA Camp Cormorant to experience the traditional camping atmosphere, try out the ropes course, water activities and horseback riding. 

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Swimming & Diving Camps
Aquatic Skill-Building Camps
  |  Visit our Gators page for dates, ages and other details
The FM Gator Swim Team hosts swim and dive camps throughout the summer to help swimmers develop and reinforce essential skills!

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Financial Assistance

The YMCA provides scholarships to families who are in need. Download a Camp and Program Financial Assistance Application on our Financial Assistance page using the button below. For more information about Busy Beaver scholarships, contact Dee Jones: 701.364.4130 or

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