Updated 7/20/2020 to reflect this summer's changes in light of COVID-19: Day Camp Kitchigami is a summer day program serving kids ages 5-12. Owned and operated by the Duluth Area Family YMCA since 1979, Kitchigami is your premier American Camping Association (ACA) accredited choice in day camp services. Camp Kitchigami offers programs designed to develop self-esteem, life-long skills, acceptance of all people, and an appreciation for the environment. This summer, camp will take place at the Y at the Woodland Community Center and at the Y at the Essentia Wellness Center in Hermantown. Both locations offer on-site outdoor play spaces as well as nearby hiking trails full of endless exploration possibilities. 

Check out our 2020 brochure HERE! Please note the below changes in regard to locations and registration options.

Registration is NOW OPEN for Camp Kitchigami at the Y at Woodland and the Y at the Essentia Wellness Center.

A reminder that the $50 deposit due upon registration is non-refundable. Have more questions? Check out our 2020 Day Camp Kitchigami Policies and Procedures. Please note that these policies and procedures may be modified throughout the summer in light of ongoing recommendations from the CDC, MDH, and ACA in response to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

2020 Locations:

Day Camp Kitchigami Summer 2020 is being held at the Y at the Woodland Community Center and the YMCA at the Essentia Wellness Center. We ask that families remain at one location throughout the summer in order to allow us to keep camper/counselor groups as consistent as possible. Both of these sites will allow us to maximize outdoor opportunities while still allowing for social distancing when the weather requires us to be indoors. Please note that we do not yet have a reopening date for our pool at the EWC, should that influence your family's decision on a site.

These changes were made for the summer of 2020 due to the limited indoor space in the case of severe weather (at Chester Bowl) as well as the need for transportation to and from camp, neither of which would allow for adequate social distancing per MDH and CDC guidelines.



We are offering full week and three day registration options for the remainder of the summer. Extended care is available for Explorers and Pathfinders with an early drop-off time of 7:30 A.M. and a late pickup time of 5:30 P.M. for an additional $16 per week per child.
Families with multiple siblings in camp are eligible to receive 10% off for each additional child. Use code wearefamily when registering siblings online. 

Register Here 

Financial Assistance: 

YMCA Day Camp Kitchigami is also able to work with families who receive help in the form of St. Louis County Child Care Assistance. We can complete the necessary paperwork to get reimbursement from the county, but this process must be started (by contacting your caseworker) before attending camp. Currently, we are approved to accept St. Louis County Child Care Assistance at the Woodland location, we are hoping to add this option at the EWC later this summer.

We believe every child should experience camp, regardless of family income. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we are able to offer one week of scholarships to campers whose families may need a little extra help giving them that awesome camp experience. Scholarships, or “Campships”, are awarded to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Please fill out the application completely. Funds are limited and we recommend applying as soon as possible. Click here to access the scholarship application.


How Are We Preparing for Fun and Safety this Summer?

The safety of our campers, camper families, and staff is of paramount importance. Below are some of the changes we are implementing at camp to help ensure a fun and healthy summer! Please note that our policies and procedures handbook is updated weekly with current guidelines implemented by the YMCA, MDH, ACA, and CDC. Below are a few of the changes you can expect to see at both locations for the summer of 2020:

  • Pick-Up/Drop-Off: All drop-offs and pick-ups will be occurring at the outdoor check-in table at each site. Counselors and campers will go through a health screening process on a daily basis per MDH and YMCA guidelines.
  • Handwashing: Our outdoor hand washing stations and signage remind everyone to ‘keep ‘em clean’ and maintain safe distance. 
  • Cleaning and Sanitization: We have increased the number of counselors and staff working at each site to ensure spaces are cleaned and disinfected at least twice throughout the day.
  • Group Size: Camper/counselor groups will remain the same throughout each week at camp with a maximum group size of 10. Groups will each have their own ‘home base’ both indoors and outdoors, in order to help minimize the spread of germs.
    • Meals and snacks will be consumed with social distancing measures in place.
    • Camper flow throughout camp will be scheduled to minimize group interaction during transition times.
  • Equipment and Activities: We have prepared exciting games and activities to keep campers moving, engaged, and active this summer that require minimal shared equipment. If the equipment is shared between campers, within the same group, we will be following the “sanitize in, sanitize out” method. Please note that there will not be any field trips off-site requiring transportation this summer, however; we are working on the possibility of bringing some field trips to camp this summer.

The Heart of the Kitchigami Experience

The true backbone of the Kitchigami program is the dedicated staff. Staff are chosen for their proven abilities in working with children and being positive role models. The staff all have a great love for working with children in the outdoors. All staff are CPR and First Aid certified and go through an intense, week-long training before the campers arrive. It is our goal to provide fun and rewarding experiences where campers can make new friends, learn new skills and enjoy being in the outdoors.

ACA Accreditation

Camp Kitchigami is proud to be accredited by the American Camping Association. This nationally recognized program focuses on program quality, health and safety and requires us to review every facet of our operation.
As part of your registration you will be asked to provide General Health History information as well as IMMUNIZATION dates. Please have these prepared before starting to make your registration go more smoothly.

Family Nights

We are hoping to offer a few virtual family nights for camp families throughout the summer. Stay tuned for more information!