Sharing the Spirit of the Northwoods Since 1954
is the essence of Camp Olson. The Spirit is alive, not only in the activities, songs, and laughter that fill our days, but in the peaceful reverie of campers who, for the first time, behold the Milky Way splashed across the night sky. It is the community of youth, families, and leaders from across the globe that grows each summer and comes together to share in fun, fellowship, adventure, and spiritual growth. It is the respect and reverence for the environment that is instilled in all who experience Camp Olson through instruction and a direct experience with nature.
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We acknowledge that Camp Olson YMCA is located on the traditional, ancestral, and contemporary lands taken from the Ojibwe people, recognized in the 1855 Treaty of Washington. We honor and respect those who were forcibly removed from and who are still connected to this land. We will work to protect and honor this place, educate our camp communities, and build relationships with all of the people that occupy this land, past and present.
NEW THIS YEAR: Our Leadership Development Programs are being filled using a lottery prior to general registration. New and returning families are welcome to apply for the lottery.
Leadership In Training Lottery Applications will be open Oct 5-10, and participants will be notified of the lottery results by October 16th. Click here for instructional video.
Counselor In Training Applications are due by October 2nd to be included in the lottery.
Learn to sail a Sunfish or be skippered by one of our many talented staff on a big boat!
Camp Olson has their very own herd of horses. All campers have the opportunity to engage with these magical creatures on a ring ride, trail ride (11+) or ground activities.
Campers can ride beginner to advanced rides on our miles of trails and skills course with an experienced staff.
Fishing at Camp Olson is second to none as we are situated on 5 lakes, three of which are entirely within Camp Olson’s 1200+ acres. Fish from our dock, pontoon, or canoe!
Cool off at our waterfront where you can swim under lifeguard supervision, play on our keylog or watermat, build sandcastles, or visit the Sauna on a chilly day.
Our resident naturalist can help introduce you to much of the diverse flora and fauna around camp. Nature hikes, stargazing, the Bog walk, and the Eco-Challenge are just a few highlights.
Master Archery, Riflery, Hatchet Throwing and Sling Shots under the guidance of our staff.
Campers have the opportunity to create a wide range of unique projects including tie-dyes, candles, painting, sculpture, jewelry making and so much more.
Canoes, Kayaks, Paddleboards galore! Campers love the chance to cruise around Camp Olson bay on one of these exciting crafts.
Our Athletic Frield is home to a number of games, like 9 Square, Soccer, Volleyball, Teatherball, Gaga Ball and more!
Each evening we will have various activities for the whole camp. These include campfires, Capture the Flag, Predator Prey, Counselor Hunt, Beach Skit and the Big O Game Show.