YMCA Camp Leif Ericson - Two Week Program

Camp Tepeetonka

Boys & Girls - Ages 10-13

Designed for the older camper, Camp Tepeetonka has an emphasis on personal challenge, skill-building, adventure and opportunities for friendship building.  Campers enjoy their own “camp within a camp” with special features such as an independent pavilion, amphitheater and ropes course.  Special activities include two overnights, scavenger hunts, water wars and a day-long trip to Wild Water West.

What makes this program so special; however, is the focus on building friendships, with a particular concentration on team building.  Campers have the opportunity to lead “all camp” activities that require goal setting, planning and problem solving together.  To help facilitate this learning experience, campers spend time in small groups with specialized staff, utilizing camp’s low and high ropes teambuilding course. 

In addition, Camp Tepeetonka has a reputation of instilling traditional values through staff role-modeling, inspirational campfire programs, and opening reflections each morning at beautiful Campfire Point.

WE MAKE CAMP FUN AND CONVENIENT FOR PARENTS, TOO!  

  • Exciting family night program
  • FREE daily bus transportation for your child to/from camp
  • FREE hot lunch for your child each day
  • FREE “parent’s night out” when your child enjoys their overnight
  • FREE daily access to photos online
  • Before and after camp childcare is available (7:30am to 5:30pm)

CAMPERS NOT ONLY ENJOY THE ACTIVITIES WE OFFER; THEYBUILD UPON THEIR SKILLS IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

  • Archery
  • Arts & Crafts
  • BB Range Sports
  • Boating
  • Campfires
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Gaga Ball 
  • High Ropes 
  • Horseback Riding 
  • Lacrosse
  • Low Ropes Course 
  • Mountain Biking
  • Music
  • Nature
  • Outdoor Cooking 
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming (Wild Water West)
  • Special Events & Themed Activities
  • Sports

 

Advanced Programs

 

Camp Overnights

Tepeetonka campers experience two distinctive overnights during their two-week experience.  Campers are divided into two groups, ages 10-11 and 12-13, each staying at separate overnight locations that have unique and age specific features. The day following the first overnight campers will arise to a breakfast cooked over the campfire. Both overnights are bursting with activities, songs, skits and special events. The second overnight is when the unforgettable closing campfire and special awards night is held for our campers.

 

Horseback Riding

Campers learn about saddling, riding, and the history of horses as part of our Tepeetonka Horse Program. Campers have trail rides through the winding trails under the supervision of their counselor and trained wranglers.

 

High Ropes Course

Tepeetonka campers are challenged on our state-of-the-art High Ropes Course, the largest course in the state of South Dakota! The course increases self-confidence, team building, courage, and a sense of accomplishment in a safe environment. Campers are all able to be successful at their own level in this "challenge by choice" activity.