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YMCA Camp Olson

Sharing the Spirit of the North Woods. The Young Men’s Christian Association – Camp Olson YMCA is a non-profit Corporation organized under Chapter 309 of the statutes of the State of Minnesota for the purpose of providing camping opportunities and experiences which promote youth development, skills for healthy living and social responsibility. Camp Olson YMCA is guided in this pursuit by our core values which serve as pathways for our campers as they bond with nature and each other: Caring, Community, Diversity, Honesty, Inclusiveness, Respect, Responsibility, and Stewardship. Camp Olson YMCA achieves this purpose by Sharing the Spirit of the Northwoods on the camp property which is situated on 1,250 acres with shoreline on five lakes. The Organization’s support comes from revenues the camp produces and individual and corporate donations

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 2/3/2014
4160 Little Boy Rd NE
Longville, MN 56655
Phone: (218)363-2207
Fax: (218)363-2490
Other Names Used Camp Olson YMCA
EIN 41-0967781
Principal Staff Russell Link, Executive Director
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 4
Number of Volunteers 300
Number of Clients Served 1,500
Affiliations American Camp Association National YMCA
Donated Goods Accepts donated goods
Tags / Keywords Nonprofit Services, Children & Families
General Information
Board Chair Lucy Bahn
Number of Board Members 17
Board meetings with quorum 11
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 11.73
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
Camp Olson YMCA was able to achieve a record attendance 4 of the last 5 year. We successfully raised $275,000 for the construction of a new trips center. Annual campaign and scholarship campaigns increased during the time of major gifts to capital campaigns. In 2014 Camp Olson provided a record $92,000 in scholarship support. Camp Olson YMCA has increased enrollment and support to youth in our Leadership Development programs. Fully funded depreciation for the past 7 years. Maintained a 60% camper return rate.
Current Goals
Maintain high quality camping programs. Increase and improve wilderness camping experiences for youth. Camp Olson YMCA is currently raising funds for a 2.5 million dollar capital campaign to build a new kitchen and bathhouse, renovate our existing dining hall and grow the cash in our endowment fund by $1,000,000 This campaign know has our (3)60 campaign kicked off September 2014 as part of our 60th anniversary celebration. As of April 2015 we have board designated, gifts and pledges of nearly $890,000. In order to begin construction we must secure $1.5 million in gifts and pledges by June 1 of 2016. Continue to provide scholarships for all who request assistance.
Community or Constituency Served
Camp Olson YMCA is open to all youth ages 8-16 who will benefit from our camping programs.
Geographic Area Served
Generally Minnesota, though we serve both out of state and international campers.
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $782,876 78.9%
Management: $175,659 17.7%
Fundraising: $33,900 3.4%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2013 2012 2011
End of Year: $1,860,541 $1,847,975 $1,814,464
Beginning of Year $1,831,315 $1,814,464 $1,561,522
Difference $29,226 $33,511 $252,942
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $1,860,541
Based on information provided on 2011 to 2013
From the Charity Camp Olson YMCA is proud to meet all standards of the Charities Review Council. The Camp Olson YMCA board of directors and staff are committed to operating with integrity, transparency, and accountability and we are very grateful for the trust of our many friends, alumni, and contributors who support our mission. Each summer we take great pride in sharing the “Spirit of the Northwood’s” with youth and families. Our values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility guide us each day in our work with youth, families, donors and potential donors. We invite you to learn more about Camp Olson YMCA by visiting us at
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