Tepeetonka: 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 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 team-building 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.

Summer 2022 dates:

Session 1: June 6th-17th
Session 2: June 20th-July 1st
Session 3: July 5th-15th
*starting on a Tuesday, with NO CAMP on July 4th. All rates prorated to reflect the 9 day session.
Session 4: July 18th-29th
Session 5: August 1st-12th

Learn More About Tiered Pricing

Realizing that families have differing ability to pay, YMCA Camp Leif Ericson has a voluntary 3-tier pricing program for our summer camp programs to accommodate all financial needs. When you register, please choose the tier that is most suitable for your family. All children have the same experience no matter which tier a family in able to pay. The tier selected by a family is kept confidential.

  • Tier 1-a subsidized rate that covers the basic costs associated with attending camp including, food, staff salaries and supplies.
  • Tier 2-a partially subsidized rate for those who cannot afford to pay the full costs associated with attending camp.
  • Tier 3-most accurately accounts for the true cost of operating camp including food, staff salaries, supplies, wear and tear on equipment, transportation, and depreciation. Please pay this cost if you are able.
*If you’re interested in receiving financial aid, please follow the link provided to the financial aid application.
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Special Events

Family Night:

This year we are hosting ONE family night event each session. Family night for every camp will be on the Tuesday evening during the second week of your camper’s session 6:00pm-7:30pm.

Camp Overnights:

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. 10&11 year old campers will enjoy 1 action-packed overnight on the second Thursday night of the session. 12&13 year old campers will enjoy 2 fun-filled overnights, on each Thursday night of the session. The day following the overnights campers will arise to a pancake breakfast, and a full day of camp. 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.

High Ropes Course:

Tepee 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.

Field Trips:

  • Wild Water West
  • Wall Lake

Activities Include:

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Archery

Arts & Crafts

Biking

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Canoeing

Fishing

GaGa Ball

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High Ropes Course

Horseback Riding

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Low Ropes Course

Music

Nature Education

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Outdoor Cooking

Special Themed Events

Sports

Field Trips

More Info:

  • PROGRESSION: Camp Tepeetonka is split into two age groups. 10&11 year olds participate in “Tepeetonka Alpha”, and 12&13 year olds participate in “Tepeetonka Grande”. The age groups provide the opportunity for campers to progress through their years of camp, and experience different and exciting activities as they get older.
  • FREE daily bus transportation for your child to/from camp
  • Before and after camp childcare (7:30am to 5:30pm) for a one-time fee of $55.00