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Camp Superkids 2015 - Sunday, June 28 - Friday, July 3, 2015

The American Lung Association in Minnesota celebrates 49 years of Camp Superkids! Camp Superkids is a fun educational summer camp for children ages 7-15, with moderate to severe asthma to learn to better manage and control their disease. Camp Superkids is a 5-night residential camp.

Check out our Camp Superkids Video!


YMCA Camp Ihduhapi
3425 Ihduhapi Road
Loretto, MN 55357


You are responsible to provide transportation for your camper. The American Lung Association in Minnestoa does not provide transportation. You will need to check your camper into camp on Sunday between 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. and pick your camper up on Friday between 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.


7-15 years of age by the first day of camp
7-13 year olds will participate as Camp Superkids campers.
14-15 year olds who have been a Camp Superkids camper in previous years have the opportunity to be Junior Leaders (JLs). JLs participate in leadership training, team-building activities, organize theme day, and help the camp counselors in their assigned cabin.


Campers stay in cabins and older campers spend one night tenting. All food is provided. If your child has food allergies, please feel free to bring food clearly laveled in a bag to supplement their meals with safe alternatives. Campers should bring a sleeping bag and pillow.

How to Apply

To register for Camp Superkids you need to fill out a registration packet that includes Parent Forms, Physician Forms & Payment Form. Your place in camp will be secure after receiving all of your camper’s paperwork. Spaces are limited to 160 campers and will fill fast. Read the initial parent letter that walks through how to register if your child has already had a physical for the year or if your child needs to schedule a physicial.

3 Ways to Get a Registration Packet:

  1. Call Cynthia at 651-268-7587 (Leave name and address or email on voicemail)

3 Ways to Pay:

  1. Health Plan Coverage
    • If your camper is covered by UCare, Medica or PrimeWest, write down their health plan number on the payment page of the parent forms and we work directly with the health plans to get the full cost of camp covered for your camper.
  2. Apply for a Campership
    • Send in a letter showing free or reduced school meals or last year’s 1040/1040EZ when you return your Parent Forms.
    • Free lunch (133% of poverty line) will receive a full campership
    • Reduced lunch (150% of poverty line) will receive a partial campership and need to pay $50.
    • 200% of the poverty line (Make less than $47,000 for a family of 4) will receive a partial campership and need to pay $100.
  3. Installment Plan
    • 2 payments – one payment of $250 due upon returning your forms and one payment of $245 due on June 12, 2015.
    • Pay by check or credit card

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3 Ways to Return Registration Packet

  1. Fax: 651-227-5459
  2. Mail: Camp Superkids
               490 Concordia Ave
               St. Paul, MN 55103

Your Week at Camp

YMCA Camp Ihduhapi

YMCA Camp Ihduhapi has a strong mission to foster physical, mental and spiritual growth by providing a fun-filled, challenging and supportive environment in which to learn about nature, others and oneself. With the full-day of camp programing, fun recreational activities, and outstanding camp counselors, your child will have an amazing time. Learn more about camp experience your child will have during Camp Superkids.

Directions: Detail direction from all areas of the state 


Check-in on Sunday 12:30 p.m. for Junior Leaders and 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. for all other campers. Please bring your camper to the YMCA Camp Ihduhapi located at 3425 Ihduhapi Road Loretto, MN 55357. During check-in you will:

  • Pick up your camper passport

  • Deposit spending money to the camp store (cash only). Any money not spent during the week will be returned at check-out.

  • Meet with a member of our behavior staff

  • Meet your camp nurse, drop off medication, and complete any final paperwork (this might include a visit to the doctor's table)

  • Get checked for head lice

  • Get your picture taken

  • Meet your camp counselor

*If your child has severe food allergies you are welcome to bring supplemental/replacement food and snacks in a brown paper bag clearly marked with your child's name. Please contact Kerry Pioske at the YMCA with questions about food: 763-230-9306

Packing List

All items are strongly encouraged.

  • Towels/Washcloth
  • Dirty laundry bag
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Swimsuit
  • Flashlight
  • Pillow
  • Pajamas
  • Long & Short Sleeved Shirts
  • 2 pair long pants
  • 4-5 pair shorts
  • 5-6 pair socks
  • 2 pair shoes
  • 5-6 sets of underwear
  • Jacket or hooded sweatshirt
  • toothbrush & toothpaste
  • comb/brush
  • books
  • mosquito repellent (no aerosol spray, pump spray ok)
  • Kleenex Tissue
  • sunscreen (no aerosol spray, lotion prefered, pump spray ok)
  • soap in a box container or body wash
  • stationary & stamps
  • water bottle 
  • Other personal items

Asthma Education

  • At educational sessions, campers learn what asthma is, how asthma attacks start, how they can be avoided, and how asthma can be better managed

  • They learn the difference between medications they take to prevent attacks and the medications they take to help stop an asthma attack

  • Providing support for the families of children with asthma can be just as important as educating the child themselves.  Our Lung HelpLine provides year-round support to answer any questions campers and their families may have - free of charge

Medical Staff

  • The American Lung Association in Minnesota recruits highly skilled doctors, pharmacists, nurses and respiratory therapists to provide medical supervision and instruction at asthma camp 24 hours-a-day.

  • Our highest priority is camper medical safety.  For every eight campers, we have one medical staff.

  • Medical Staff can apply by filling out an application, please click here.

Recreational Activities

  • Campers enjoy swimming, canoing, kayaking, ropes course, arts & crafts, all-camp games, fishing, outdoor cooking, camp newspaper, & more! 

Camp Objectives:

  • The objective of asthma camp is to improve the physical condition and psychological outlook of children with asthma as well as to educate campers and their families about how to best manage their care

  • Providing support for the families of children with asthma can be just as important as educating the child themselves.  Our Lung Helpline provides year-round support to answer any questions campers and their families may have – free of charge

  • Above all, children learn that they're not alone with their asthma and that there are kids out there just like them.  Campers learn about their asthma in a friendly and welcoming environment without fear of being teased or feeling different.


Pick-up time will be Friday from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Your child must be picked up by 2:00 p.m. Call Cynthia with any questions or concerns at 651-268-7587. Reminder! A Photo ID is required to pick up your camper. You will receive a bag filled with your camper's medication, a letter explaining what your child learned at camp and how he or she did, and an Asthma Action Plan to continue to keep your camper's asthma well controlled.

Parent Testimonials

“Matt loves Camp. If the subject of camp comes up, he always has something to tell you that happened. Most of the time he is laughing so hard he can never finish the story. Every year his knowledge about asthma increases…Matthew looks forward to this camp every year. In fact, I have a calendar in our kitchen that has the date in it. Matthew already has [it] marked with the words Asthma Camp!"

“Other camps, they look at you like a deer in headlights – he needs to take his medicine, and stay away from allergens; here’s his inhaler – at Asthma Camp, Danny was just like everyone else.” 

"[Sue] seems a little more relaxed with carrying her inhaler.  She knows that there are other kids out there that have [asthma] too...She seems to better understand why she needs her daily medication.” 

Camp Superkids in the News

March 2011 edition of Minnesota Parent highlighted a three-page article about Camp Superkids. Both Cynthia Piette Isaacson, Director of Camp Superkids from the American Lung Association in Minnesota and Joey Cottew, Camp Manager for the YMCA Camp Ihduhapi gave interviews.  

July 2011 Minnesota Monthly: Fresh Air, Shannon Olson reminisced about her experience at Camp Superkids 33 years ago and speaks of her doctor, Dr. Cushing, the founder of Camp Superkids.