Day Camp Kitchigami is a summer day program serving kids ages 4-12. Owned and operated by the Duluth Area Family YMCA since 1979, Kitchigami is your premier 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. Camp takes place at Chester Bowl Park and is surrounded by towering pines, a creek perfect for exploring and a large field for games and countless hiking trails with scenic views of Lake Superior and stunning waterfalls. At Camp Kitchigami, outdoor recreation is unlimited.

Check out our 2020 brochure HERE!

Registration opens February 15th for summer 2020

Have more questions? Click HERE to read our parent handbook


Pricing is flexible and competitive. Kindercamp is for ages four and five and is only available in a half day program from 9:00 A.M – 12:00 P.M. for $90 per week for community members and $65 per week for Duluth YMCA members. Our Explorers and Pathfinders are ages six to twelve, and offering flexible registration for either daily or weekly options. A full week is $212 for community members and $185 for Duluth YMCA members. The daily option is $47 per day with a minimum of three days required.

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 will receive 10% off for each additional child. Use code wearefamily when registering siblings online.  


Financial Assistance: 

We believe every child should experience camp, regardless of family income. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we are able to offer scholarships to campers whose families may need a little extra help giving them that 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.

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 case worker) before attending camp.

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

Please join us to see what camp is really like! Invite family members for an evening of food, games, and various activities!

Dates: Friday, June 26th and Friday, August 14th

Time: 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M.

Place: Chester Bowl Park near the Kitchigami garage

Who: You and your family