Camp Cormorant: Overnight Camp

Summer Camp for Ages 7 – 14

14563 YMCA Lane  |  Lake Park, Minnesota

For over 100 years, YMCA Camp Cormorant has offered spirit, tradition, leadership and exceptional facilities to campers. Founded in 1903, Camp Cormorant is one of the oldest overnight camps in the entire nation and continues to be a tremendous growing up experience for children and teens. The camp is nestled on 80 acres of wooded property with an extensive beach front on Big Cormorant Lake. We are located approximately six miles south of Lake Park, MN, in the heart of Minnesota lakes country.

Camp Cormorant provides a unique outdoor environment with cozy cabins, athletic fields, a sand volleyball court, horse trails, an extensive beach front, full meal service, and much more to enhance the camping experience. Camp Cormorant provides just the right setting to encourage a camper’s mental, physical and spiritual growth. Our camp mission is to provide a safe, enjoyable, creative and challenging camping opportunity that fosters individual growth in the areas of self-esteem, responsibility, communication, independence, leadership, environmental awareness and Christian values.

Registration opens January 2, 2020. Stay tuned for registration details and more information!

2020 Camp Sessions & Dates
Session Dates
Family Camp June 5 – 7
Session 1 June 7 – 12
Session 2 June 14 – 19
Session 3 July 5 – 10
Session 4 July 12 – 17
Session 5 July 19 – 24
Session 6 July 26 – 31
Session 7 August 2 – 7
Session 8  August 9 – 14
2020 Camp Rates & Information
Camp Ages Sessions Offered Member Rate Non-Member Rate
Cooking Camp 10 – 14 1 – 6 $435 $505
Adventure Camp 7 – 14 1 – 8 $430 $500
Horsemanship Camp 10 – 14 1 – 8 $525 $600
Wilderness Camp 7 – 14 1 – 8 $435 $505
Water Ski Camp 11 – 14 3 – 8 $480 $550
Ropes Course Camp 10 – 14 1 – 8 $480 $550
Art Camp 7 – 14 1 – 8 $435 $505
Fishing Camp 9 – 14 1 – 8 $435 $505
Family Camp All Ages June 5 – 7 $345/family $440/family

Registration opens January 2, 2020. Stay tuned for registration details and more information!

Camp Descriptions

Adventure Camp
his traditional camp program provides activities geared to the interest, skills and physical achievements of each camper. Some of the activities campers may choose include: horseback riding, ropes course, archery, tent camping, arts and crafts, sports, swimming, canoeing and campfires, just to name a few!

Horsemanship Camp
Take to the Camp Cormorant ranch trails for nearly two hours of riding each day!
 Learn a skill that will be enjoyable for a lifetime. Horsemanship campers will learn basic riding skills and techniques as well as proper care and grooming of horses. Limited to 10 campers per session.

Cooking Camp
Learn the basics of cooking and baking, both indoor and out! Campers will learn to cook over an open fire, in a conventional oven, fire pie irons and grill. Limited to 10 campers per session.

Wilderness Camp
Learn to go on hikes and make dinner over an open camp fire. This camp includes learning about outdoor skills such as canoeing, archery, recognizing plants, camping out in the woods and other basic survival skills in the woods. Limited to 20 campers per session.

Water Ski Camp
Spend time on the lake learning basic water skiing skills, like getting up on two skis, one ski, wakeboards, and knee boards. Being out on the water builds confidence, coordination, and communication! Limited to 7 campers per session. Campers under 11 years of age must have prior water ski experience and approval of the Camp Director.

Ropes Course Camp
Experience the Y’s ropes course! Campers will spend their mornings in groups to complete the high and low ropes challenge courses, climb the wall, ride the zip line, and learn proper safety techniques. This course builds confidence and teamwork among campers. Limited to 12 campers per session.

Art Camp
This is not your typical art camp! Campers will be instructed by an art teacher for two hours a day, working on projects including clay, drawing, painting and wood burning. They will also have the opportunity to screen print a t-shirt, make printed cards and do a leather craft (leather materials available in camp store).  Limited to 20 campers per session.

Fishing Camp
Learn about baiting, hooking, seining for minnows and other fishing techniques as campers pursue Pan Fish, Walleyes, Bass, and Northern Pike on beautiful Big Cormorant Lake! Camp will provide supplies and equipment or you can bring your own. Limited to 10 campers per session

Family Camp
Families can get together and experience quality time in a beautiful setting. Camp includes meals, horseback riding, canoeing, paddle-boating, kayaking, swimming and more! Staff will provide supervised times so adults can take time to relax. Each family gets their own cabin, or you may add to your cabin if you want to have a friend bring their kids too!  Regular rate applies for the second family in the cabin. Limited to 11 families.

More Information
Learn more about Camp Cormorant, download our parent handbook, view drop-off and pick-up times and more on our Camp Cormorant website:
Camp Payments

The camp balance should be paid at least two weeks prior to attending camp. Payments can be made online or by mail (YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties ATTN: Dee Jones, 400 1st Ave S, Fargo 58103). *Please write the camper’s name in the check memo.

Financial Assistance
The YMCA provides scholarships to families who are in need. Download a Camp and Program Financial Assistance Application on our Financial Assistance page using the button below. For more information about Camp Cormorant scholarships, contact Dee Jones: 701.364.4130 or

Camp & Program Financial Assistance

For more information about Camp Cormorant, contact Dee Jones at 701.364.4130 or