A Beautiful Retreat.
YMCA Camp Pepin is open year-round, serving conference and retreat groups of all ages in the fall, winter, and spring seasons. Our winterized facilities and beautiful grounds have proven to be the ideal place at a reasonable price for worship services, family gatherings, choral and symphonic rehearsals, staff training, men's and women's getaways, scrapbooking all-nighters, corporate team-building, quilting weekends, birthday parties, and more. Our dedicated staff can you build an experience to meet the needs and objectives of your group by incorporating camp activities into your group's schedule. Photos and capacities of our accommodations, meeting rooms, dining hall, and outdoor facilities can be viewed by clicking their locations on the Photo Gallery. Download our Retreat Planning Guide for additional information for planning your event.
Whether you are wanting to simply rent our Lodge for a restful weekend, or wanting to take advantage of a full schedule with staffed-programming and family-style meals (or anything in between), Camp Pepin will offer you a quality and affordable experience at a convenient location. Contact Camp Pepin to reserve dates for your group or to schedule an on-site tour. Photos of our accommodations, meeting rooms, dining hall, and outdoor facilities can be viewed by clicking their locations on the Camp Map.
- Custom Cabins (Faith, Friendship, Y's Men II Left, Y's Men II Right)- Four of our cabin units each feature an attached full bathroom (including shower). Our custom cabins are heated, carpeted, and serviced by electricity. Each cabin unit features wooden bunk-style beds. Guests will want to provide their own bedding, towels, and toiletries.
- Standard Cabins (Chief Red Wing, Kiwanis, Y's Men I, George Bergwall Left, George Bergwall Right, JJ Saul Left, JJ Saul Right, Lions Cabin)- Eight of our cabin units are carpeted and serviced by electricity. All units - except JJ Saul Left and JJ Saul Right - are heated. Each cabin unit features wooden bunk-style beds. Centralized men's and women's bath and shower areas with privacy stalls are located within a thirty-second walk from these cabins. Guests will want to provide their own bedding, towels, and toiletries.
The Dining Hall enjoys a breath-taking view of Lake Pepin and is located at the heart of camp. This facility can host up to 120 people in one seating; however, serving times may be extended to easily accommodate groups of over 120 people. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available, and typically include a main entrée, side dish, beverages, cereal or salad bar, dessert, an all-day snack bar, and an all-day beverage station. Meals are pre-selected by our professional food service staff, although group members with special dietary needs may request food substitutions or limited menu alterations in advance.
Leadership Development Program
- Group Initiatives- This program develops team building through problem-solving activities. Each initiative is designed with the group effort in mind and takes anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes, depending on the group and the activity. These initiatives can be run indoors or outdoors, so inclement weather is not a problem. Professional staff will facilitate as many initiatives as time and group dynamics will allow. Allow 1-2 hours for a group of 10-15 people. Multiple groups can be run simultaneously.
- Climbing Tower- Our recently completed, 25-foot climbing tower holds 2-3 participants as individuals climbing for their own goal or tethered together to work as a team. The rest of the team members offer support, encouragement, and operate the safety support system for a total group effort. Allow 1-2 hours for a group of 10-15 people.
- Faith Pole- This element maximizes individual risk-taking with group support. Participants may climb a 30-foot pole, balance on top, and turn around to leap for a hanging rope seven feet away. The participant is then lowered to the ground by the rest of their team members. Participants are given the chance to set their own goals. The exhilaration of this event helps participants to see past their limitations and expand their horizons. Allow 2-3 hours per 10-15 people.
- High Ropes Course- Expanding the participants' comfort zone with the support of their group, participants climb a 30-foot pole and move from platform to platform using ropes, logs, and cables for balance and support. Participants do all this while securely attached to an overhead safety cable. Allow 2-3 hours for a group of 10-15 people.
Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding or Swimming- Lake Pepin means fun in the water during the warmer months. For swimming, groups may either provide their own currently certified lifeguard or may request a lifeguard from our camp staff. Canoeing and kayaking both require lifeguards from our camp staff. Anyone serving as a lifeguard on the camp premises must have been trained in bloodborne pathogens, and must be able to produce certification documents for Lifeguard Training, First Aid, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. These certifications must be issued by a nationally recognized organization (such as the Red Cross or the YMCA), and they are to be copied and kept on file at the camp.
- Pontoon Rides- a relaxing way to head out onto Lake Pepin is by pontoon. A staff member from Camp Pepin will be the river pilot, guiding guests down towards the town of Pepin or up beyond Bogus Creek Point towards Stockholm. Rides are about an hour in length.
- Arts & Crafts- Our camp staff will lead group members in making a craft that they can take home with them. Crafts will be selected appropriately to the age and skill level of the participants. Materials will be provided free of charge.
- Campfire- Located on the beach, our campfire ring has been used for songs, skits, worship, fellowship, smores, and quiet reflection. Watching the sunset over the west end of the lake as night begins to fall is a great way to wrap up any day at camp. Our staff will have everything set up so that the fire is ready to light when our guests desire.
- Athletic Activities- For anyone that wants to get some exercise, Camp Pepin has the place to play. A ball diamond, an athletic field (with soccer, hockey, and Ultimate Frisbee goals), basketball hoops, a volleyball court, ski trails, and a sled hill are all available. Equipment for these activities is also included.
- Equipment Usage- Camp Pepin is able to provide its guests with the following equipment: an overhead display unit for PowerPoint presentations, overhead projector, display screen, flip chart, television, VCR, DVD, karaoke unit, several meeting room tables, and chairs. Requests for any such equipment should be made in advance.