Our Week at Family Camp
|July 26, 2013||Filled under About me, Life|
I am sitting here in disbelief that the summer is half over! Holy cow!
We just got back from a week “up north” at YMCA Camp du Nord, which is an amazing family camp about 5 hours north of us in northern Minnesota. I did a post about last year’s visit as well. We like to go up during the off-season as well. it’s great any time of year!
I’ve been going since I was a kid…let’s just say 30+ years and leave it at that! :)
Our whole family loves it, and my boys talk about it year-round!
One of the things that makes camp so great is there is plenty of family time, but also age group time, which gives the parents a little break. :) Kids from 0-18 go off with other kids their age as well as counselors to do age-appropriate activities.
Here were the schedules for the age groups my boys were in:
One of the new activities this year, was a “GaGa” pit. It’s a bit like dodgeball….sorta. The kids really had fun with it.
Now, every one has different ideas of “roughing it”, and luckily Camp du Nord has something for everybody! There are cabins (both “rustic” and updated), platform cabins and tents, tent sites prefect for a pop-up camper, and rustic tent sites for tents.
Growing up, we always stayed in a rustic tent site, and it was great. I must admit, we now usually stay in a cabin and it’s pretty nice. :)
This year, we stayed in one of the oldest cabins in the camp, Dane Lodge, which was built back in the 30’s.
The kitchen is huge, with plenty of room for storage.
Check out that view of the trees and lake from the kitchen!
Some of the cabins have bathrooms (ours had a 1/2 bath added years back), but if you stay in a cabin without a bathroom don’t worry….there is a bathhouse nearby and plenty of biffies. :)
You don’t have to go far to find the beauty of nature all around. There are hiking paths galore!
The camp is on Burntside Lake, near Ely, MN. The part of the lake that the camp is on isn’t in the Boundary Water Canoe Area (BWCA), but it is very close, and some of the day trips available take you into the BWCA.
My youngest was a fishing MANIAC! If there was a break in the action, he wanted to go fishing. He caught a lot of nice fish, and was even picked as “Fisherperson of the week”!
One late afternoon, this was what I found in the living room. He was out! Spending hours on end playing outside and doing lots of fishing will do that to a little guy!
One of the highlights of the week is the Counselor Hunt at the end of the week. All of the counselors hide around camp (some in costume in plain sight!) and the kids search for them. Then they all throw each other in the lake and play some water games.
Totally warmed my heart to see my boys play together for awhile after just about every one else had gotten out of the water!
All in all it was an awesome week! I wish I had taken more pictures though!!
We can’t wait to go back next year!
Do you have an annual vacation spot? What do you like best about going there?