Summer Overnight Camp

RESIDENTIAL CAMP MILLER (Ages 7-16) Located on the Shores of Sturgeon Lake

Established in 1898, Camp Miller offers a wide variety of programming.  Our traditional camp is designed for boys and girls ages 7-16.  Age progressive groupings allow children to learn and experience camp at the skill level of their peers, while our specialty camps allow for older campers to expand their skills in a specific area, be it art, marksmanship, or horseback riding.

2018 Program Guide Coming Soon

Traditional Overnight CampsSpecialty CampsTeen Leadership CampsDaily ScheduleSessions

Ages 7-8 | Grades 2-3
A great introduction to the overnight camp experience, Trekkers will get a taste of all that camp has to offer. These activities will include games, swimming, arts and crafts, archery, climbing, horseback riding and more.

Ages 9-10 | Grades 4-5
With additional activities added to the mix, Pathfinders will become more familiar with camping life. These campers will get to expand their skills with a little more independence throughout camp and partake in cook outs, nature hikes, and more.

Mountain Climber
Ages 11-12 | Grades 6-7
Focusing more on team-building and developing confidence, Mountain Climbers have the added activities of rifle safety, marksmanship, an overnight campout, and the high ropes challenge course

Adventure Team
Ages 13-14 | Grades 8-9
Adventure Team members will get to venture out past camp borders and experience an overnight at a local state park or river, as well as a whitewater rafting trip down the St. Louis River with Swiftwater Adventures.

6-Day Rate: $499 (Sessions 2-8)
4-Day Mini Camp Rate: $360 (Sessions 1 and 9)

Horseback Camp
Ages 11+
This camp is perfect for first time riders and campers who want to try out our horse camp. Campers will learn how to care for their horses, catch them from the pasture, feed them, groom them, tack them up, etc. Riding will focus on basics and safety as they progress as an overall group. The kids will bring the horses over from the farm 3-5 days on a wonderful trail ride and spend their afternoons in the farm arena. If your camper is ready to learn about horses, this is the camp for them!
Offered Sessions 1, 2, 5, 7 and 9
$600 (Mini-Camp-$475)

Intermediate Horseback Camp
Ages 11+
This camp is for the horse campers who have been to horseback camp before and/or equivalent outside horse experience. Campers will refresh on the basic horse care and riding skills. Campers will be asked to branch outside of their comfort zone with a faster pace and horseback games. Keeping safety first, campers will progress and do more without counselor assistance. As the group levels progress, campers will be able to take longer trail rides and even wade in the lake on horseback.
Offered Sessions 3 and 8

Advanced Horseback
Ages 12+
This camp is for campers who have been through the intermediate horseback camp and/or have equivalent outside horse experience and know the basics with minor assistance. Campers should want to be safely pushed and challenged with their knowledge and riding. Depending on overall group level, campers may get to canter, take the horses for a swim in the lake, and go on an on-site overnight camp-out. If your camper loves horses and is looking to tone up their skills, this camp is for them.
Offered Sessions 4 and 6

Bike and Hike Camp
Ages 11+
Biking is becoming more and more popular in many cities. Utilizing Camp Miller’s fleet of Mountain Bikes, campers will learn how to maintain bicycles and ride the trails around Camp Miller. Campers will then get the chance to ride a stretch of the Munger Trail and hike around Banning State Park on a trip outside of camp.
Session 2

Survival Camp
Ages 11+
If you enjoy the wilderness and want to know about survival techniques such as building fires without matches or crafting a shelter to sleep in, this popular specialty camp is the one for you. You will even get the chance to put these techniques to use during the epic Survival Camp campout.
Offered Sessions 3

Art Power Camp
Ages 10+
Local artist educator Tony Ferguson ( will instruct students in the art and science of Raku. Students will construct hand built ceramic sculptures, pottery vessels and tile out of Raku Clay and will glaze and fire in a portable Raku kiln. Students will also learn a variety of folding and color blending techniques to create a Shibori/tie-dye T-shirt with multitudes of color opportunities to be creative.
Currently offered Session 4.

BWCA Canoe Trip
Ages 12+
One of Minnesota’s largest outdoor highlights and destinations is the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. This wilderness located in northern Minnesota is home to over 1,000 lakes and over 1500 miles of canoe routes. If your camper is looking for the opportunity to experience something life changing, look no further. Campers will prepare for their trip at camp and then head out for a 4-day and 3-night trip.
Session 5

Climbing Camp
Ages 11+
Climbing to new heights can be daunting, but with the right skills, it’s a breeze. Come learn the basics of climbing at camp, and then venture out with us as we check out local climbing areas such as Sandstone Quarry and Ely’s Peak.
Session 6

Target Sports Camp
Ages 11+
Want to hone in on your marksmanship and target skills? In this specialty camp, you will get the chance to sharpen your archery skills, work on your rifle skills, and even throw tomahawks and shoot with wrist rockets.
Session 7

Wet and Wild
Ages 10+
With new sailboats and waterfront activities, Wet-N-Wild Camp is back by popular demand! Spend the week learning how to sail, log roll, and become proficient at kayaking and canoeing. Campers will also get the chance to do an overnight canoe trip on the Kettle River.
Session 8

Leaders in Training ‘LITs’
Ages 14-15| Grades 9-10
This first stage in our Teen Leadership program will introduce the concept of leadership in the camp setting. During this two-week camp, campers will gain the confidence and skills to become role models at camp and in life through an off-site wilderness trip as well as opportunities to learn about team building and communication with one another.
Sessions 3/4 and 6/7

Counselors in Training ‘CITs’
Ages 15-16| Grades 10-11
As the second stage of the updated Teen Leadership program, campers will spend three weeks at camp growing their leadership skills through hands-on experiences working with younger campers and learning what it takes to become a counselor. Campers will come out of this program ready to become future VIPs and Junior Counselors at camp. During their 3 weeks, CITs will also go on an off-site wilderness trip and gain hands-on experiences in various program areas around camp.
Sessions 3/4/5 and 6/7/8

Volunteers In Progress ‘VIPs’
Ages 16-17| Grades 11-12
This free program is a volunteer based experience where teenagers 16 and up can have the opportunity to spend time at camp and help make it a better place. VIPs will aid in projects around camp and get a better idea of what it means to be a counselor. This program is a great experience for high-school students to gain volunteer hour. Many of our VIPs go on to become counselors with us at camp as well. Please contact John, Resident Camp Director for more information.


7:00 am    Morning Activities
7:45 am    Hopper Bell
8:00 am    Breakfast
8:45 am    Thought of the Day
8:55 am    Shared Responsibility Time/Cabin Clean-Up
9:30 am    1st C.A.P.*
10:30 am  2nd C.A.P.
11:30 am   Open Swim
Noon           Hopper Bell
12:15 pm   Lunch
1:00 pm    Siesta
2:00 pm    1st P.E.G.**
2:50 pm    2nd P.E.G.
3:40 pm    3rd PEG
4:30 pm    Open
5:15 pm    Hopper Bell
5:30 pm    Dinner
6:15 pm    Trading Post
7:15 pm    All Camp Evening Activity
8:15 pm    Evening Dips/Cabin Time
8:45 pm    Bedtime Prep
9:30 pm    Trekkers and Pathfinders to Bed
10:00 pm   Lights out

*C.A.P. – Cabin Activity Period, activities done as a cabin group.

**P.E.G. – Personal Enrichment Group, progression based activity period selected by individual campers.

2018 Session Dates and Themes

Session 1- Mini Camp
Dr. Seuss Week
Goofy, wacky characters galore! Stories that make us smile from our core!
Tuesday, June 19 – Friday, June 22

Session 2
Storybook Adventure Week
Revisit your favorite childhood characters and stories! Dress up as Harold (but don’t forget your purple crayon) or pull out your best Amelia Bedelia!
Sunday, June 24 – Friday, June 29

Session 3
Survivor Week
Cabin groups will partake in challenges throughout the week for points to figure out which cabin will come out on top!
Sunday, July 8 – Friday, July 13

Session 4
Harry Potter Week
House sorting, point systems, magic and more! Join us as we celebrate the wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter!
Sunday, July 15 – Friday, July 20

Session 5
Time Travelers Week
Rocket back to the past or jump ahead to the future! Which decade is your favorite?
Sunday, July 22- Friday, July 27

Session 6
Disney Week
So many fun characters and activities to choose from! We can’t wait to celebrate some of our fondest childhood memories!
Sunday, July 29 – Friday, August 3

Session 7
Superheroes vs. Villains
The constant struggle between good and evil continues in this epic week. Who will prevail? You decide!
Sunday, August 5 – Friday, August 10

Session 8
Under the Sea Week
Jellyfish, sharks, clown fish and seaweed! Join us as we celebrate all things water!
Sunday,  August 12 – Friday, August 17

Session 9- Mini Camp
Country Western Week
Grab your boots and practice your line dancing! Why, you better keep your eyes peeled for some gold, too!
Sunday, August 19 – Wednesday, August 22


YMCA Camp Miller
89382 E. Frontage Road
Sturgeon Lake, MN 55783
Camp Miller Duluth Y Office
302 West 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55802
218-722-4745 ext. 143
Eric Sommer
Executive Director of
Camping Services
Damita Miller-Chasson
Camp Miller Retreat Director

John Maly
Resident Camp Director