YMCA Camp Pepin/Red Wing YMCA

About YMCA Camp Pepin/Red Wing YMCA

YMCA Camp Pepin aims to offer an unparalleled sense of community in which all participants (campers AND staff), regardless of ability, culture, gender, race, religion, or background, are valued and active members. Through a variety of activities, participants are empowered to contribute to a shared community and experience the benefits inherent in a society based on collaboration, respect, and responsibility. Camp Pepin programs prepare their campers for the future by introducing and fostering the skills needed to be healthy contributing citizens of the world.

YMCA Camp Pepin is a co-ed summer camp located in Stockholm, WI, on the shores of Lake Pepin. The 40-acre camp hosts hundreds of youths (ages 4-17) mostly from Minnesota and Wisconsin each summer, with a weekly average of 50 to 70 campers participating in overnight programming, and another 20 to 40 participating in our weekly Day Camp sessions. All of this would not be possible without an incredible team of 20 to 30 young adults from all around the world who work as our counselors and leadership staff and strive to make each summer the best summer ever for everyone involved.
YMCA Camp Pepin has been providing summer entertainment for youth for over 85 years – offering unforgettable experiences for generation after generation. Our unique location on Lake Pepin provides a stunning backdrop for all our exciting activities. With around 60 campers each week, we could be considered a relatively small summer camp; but we believe we have a lasting impact on the campers and staff who spend their summers at Camp Pepin. The close-knit community feel of camp serves as an encouraging and welcoming environment for anyone to learn more about themselves and what they are capable of, and provides participants opportunities to interact, engage with, and befriend people who may be different than them.
The fun, excitement, and adventure never end at Camp Pepin, thanks to facilities like our waterfront, ropes course, zipline course and climbing tower, target range, or 18-hole disc golf course – just to name a few. Paired with enriching and engaging programs like Mad Science, Creative Writing, Languages, or Martial Arts – all led by knowledgeable and passionate instructors – everyone is bound to find something they are interested in or have always been curious about. When it comes time to leave Camp Pepin each summer, our goal is to send off our campers and staff with a renewed sense of respect for themselves, others, and the natural world around them.


Camp Counselor

June 2021 - August 2021 Pepin, WI
“I loved everything about working at Camp Pepin. The people, the kids, and the activities were all amazing. The job itself is a lot of time and work, but it also is the best job I have ever had. The experience was extremely rewarding and I had so much fun. My favorite part of the day was when we taught skill classes to the kids - I taught a karate class, and also got to help with the high ropes course one week. I can tell these classes are going to have a lasting impact on the kids. They had a lasting impact on me as well. I got the chance to face my fears this summer; before camp I was completely terrified of heights. While teaching the high ropes course, I had to also be in the air with the kids (while staying completely calm). It was such a great thing to overcome, and that experience will stay with me. What really changed my life were the people I met. I built great connections with so many different people - at the end of the summer the staff felt like a family to me. ”

Camp Director

May 2018 - August 2018 Red Wing, MN
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