Annual Halloween Harvest Festival

Oct 06, 2018
Time(s): 4:00 pm
YMCA Camp Leif Ericson
Bring the whole family to a night of fall fun! Camp Leif Ericson transforms into a maze of trick-or-treat cabins, spooky trails, and Halloween excitement!  Please bring a flashlight, warm costume and goody bag! 
Admission is only $2 per person (children 2 and under are free)!  No reservations are required.  
Saturday, October 6, 2018
4-9 pm

Parking & Shuttle Transportation

We offer shuttle service from Pasley Park or Spencer Park. Shuttles arrive every 15 minutes and bring guests to Camp Leif Ericson and then back to their parking location.  Only guests who have a handicapped parking permit will be allowed to park at camp.  Thank you.

Event Schedule

Pumpkin Carving  -  4:00pm to 6:00pm
Coloring Station  -  4:00pm to 6:00pm
Hayrides and Horse Rides  -  4:00pm to 7:00pm
Face Painting  -  4:00pm to 8:00pm
Frank’s Café  -  4:00pm to 8:00pm
Trick or Treating  -  4:00pm to 7:00pm
Haunted Trail  -  8:00pm to 9pm

Additional Information

  • BONUS!  All attendees may enter their children, ages 4-15, into a drawing to win a FREE session at YMCA Camp Leif Ericson next summer!  No purchase required. One entry per eligible participant.    
  • Frank’s Café, managed by our Y-Service Club, serves hot/cold beverages and desserts for sale.  Cash only, please.  
  • Pumpkin Carving: $5 per pumpkin (many choose to purchase their family pumpkin even if they don't carve it that evening).  Carving tools are provided.  
  • We highly advise that parents of small children bring strollers that are meant for "off road" use. 
  • The "Trick or Treat Trail" is approximately 1/2 miles long (probably about the same distance you'd walk around your neighborhood on Halloween evening).  
  • The Haunted Trail is approximately 1/2 miles long.  Walking in the dark woods at night, even without our actors, can be very scary - especially for young children.  We recommend parents use discretion when determining if their child can participate. Generally, the trail is designed for brave thrill seekers, ages 12+.     
  • For the safety of our guests, please leave your pets at home.  Thank you.
  • All other activities and snacks are free, including candy, popcorn and fun! 

Volunteer and Sponsorship Opportunities

Organizations, businesses, individuals and families who wish to volunteer, host a trick-or-treat cabin or help defray the costs of the event, can contact Mike Murphy at or call (605) 336-2267.  Thank you.

Camp Trivia Night Fundraiser!

Nov 16, 2018
Time(s): 6:00 pm
El Riad Shrine

At the YMCA, we never turn a child away for an inability to pay for a memorable experience at YMCA Camp Leif Ericson.  To make this possible, we need your help! 

Join us for an exciting evening of trivia, games and fun alongside family and friends.  Proceeds benefit the YMCA Camp Leif Ericson Annual Support Campaign. 

  • $200 table/8 people per table (if registered by 11/11)
  • $240 table/8 people per table (at the door)
  • Bring your own snacks/cash bar is available
  • Childcare for children 6-weeks -13 years of age is included at the Downtown YMCA from 6-10pm. 
  • This event is for participants ages 18+.

Trivia Night Basics

  • This is an informal fundraising event (wear your favorite old jeans and t-shirt!).   
  • Teams of eight, usually composed of family, friends, neighbors, etc., compete with other table groups in ten trivia categories. 
  • The ten trivia categories are composed of ten questions each, with topics ranging from history to pop culture.  All ages are considered when developing questions.
  • A game host reads questions aloud, with two big screens featuring each question, song or video. 
  • Results are tabulated in “real time.”
  • The team that wins receives the grand prize!
  • There is also a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and other games. 


  • Tables are not reserved by name, unless a full table is purchased online ($200). Simply meet your team upon arrival, confirm your payment at check-in, and then choose your seats. It's that simple! 
  • If you are paying for other members of your table, please have them ready to check-in under your name.   
  • If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Mike Murphy at or call (605) 336-2267.  Thank you!



When registering online, please enter $200 in the "Other" box if you are purchasing an entire table.  Thank you!

Staff Hire Approval

Job Requsition

If the position is new, please send a job description.

Transportation Permission

1 Start 2 Camper Pick-up 3 Complete

Alumni Reunion Registration Form

Healthy Kids Day

May 19, 2018
Time(s): 10:00 am
YMCA Camp Leif Ericson

Summer is the time for kids to get up, get out and grow! But for some kids, exposure to activities that stimulate the body and mind ends with the school year.  In fact, research shows that kids are prone to gain more weight and fall behind in studies.  On May 19th, the Y will celebrate Healthy Kids Day, our national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids.

Join us for a day of activities, interactive booths and a Family Trail Hike at beautiful YMCA Camp Leif Ericson (2301 East 26th Street, Sioux Falls). The event time will be from 10 am - 2 pm. Healthy Kids Day is FREE to the public.

We will have a variety of activities including:

  • Bouncy Houses
  • GaGa Ball Pits
  • Pedal Cars
  • Horse Petting Zoo
  • Sports Activities
  • Itty Bitty Obstacle Course
  • Delta Airlines Paper Airplane Challenge
  • YMCA Camp Family Trail Hike

We would like to thank the following organizations for their support:

  • Delta Dental of South Dakota
  • Sioux Falls Park & Rec
  • Sioux Falls Fire Department
  • Sioux Falls Police Department
  • Food Co-Op
  • Health Connections
  • SDSU Nutrition
  • SD Beef
  • SD Soybean Association

Ga Ga Invitational Tournament

Returning campers may bring one guest.

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