YMCA Camp Traditions and History


1920 – Camp Tepeetonka was organized at Christenson’s Point, Lake Madison. (Tepeetonka means “Big Tent”)

1930 – Camp Tepeetonka was moved from Lake Madison to 55-acre Manhattan Island on Big Stone Lake

1966 – Leif Ericson Day Camp was established on property in Sioux Falls

1991 – First summer for Tepeetonka Outbound Camp at Leif Ericson

1992 – Little Vikes Day Camp started for boys & girls ages 4 and 5; Tepeetonka permanently relocates to Leif Ericson 

1994 – Explorers Travel Camp for boys & girls ages 11-14

2007 – Leadership Camp established for 14 year-olds


For an extensive history of camp, please download a copy listed on the right-hand menu.