2022 Opportunities

Our Family Program

CIC connects families who have been impacted by incarceration to free summer camps and enrichment opportunities for youth. These programs are run by the YMCA, the Loppet Foundation, and organizations across the Twin Cities. We do not run these programs! We find opportunities for families, raise money to cover the costs, and spread the word. We are a connector, bringing free and fun activities to youth who have been affected by a parent’s incarceration.

Does my kid qualify?

Camp and other free activities are for youth 17 and under who either currently have or used to have a parent in prison, in jail, on probation, or detained in immigration proceedings. The parent’s incarceration can be past or present.

Free Summer Camps

Note: You MUST email us at outreach@cicmn.org to learn more about registering for these camps. We are working with the camps to coordinate free registration for CIC families. DO NOT register on the camp’s normal website.

Loppet Foundation Adventure Camp

About: Adventure Camp is a weeklong day camp located at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. Campers try a range of outdoor activities, from mountain biking to orienteering. 

Dates & Spots: The Loppet Foundation is offering 30 free spots to youth affected by parental incarceration. Campers must be between ages 9 to 13 during camp, which is June 13-17, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Transportation: Campers will need to be dropped off and picked up each day at The Trailhead (1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway, Minneapolis, MN, 55422). CIC will provide lunch for the campers. 

YMCA Summer Sports

About: YMCA Summer Sports provides kids the opportunity to build athletic skills and explore a variety of sports during a week-long day camp. Sports vary based on YMCA location.

Location: Any YMCA of the North location. Check here to find the one closest to you.

Dates: One week only: June 20-24. Youth entering grades 1 through 6 may register for Summer Sports.

Transportation: Caregivers must drop off and pick up their camper at their chosen YMCA of the North location.

YMCA Camp Icaghowan

About: Camp Icaghowan is a weeklong overnight camp in Amery, WI. Campers sleep in cabins, experience a variety of outdoor activities, and participate in traditions such as camp songs and bonfires.

Dates & Spots: Camp Icaghowan is offering 25 spots to youth affected by parental incarceration. Campers must be between ages 7 to 12 during camp, which is July 24-29 (12 spots) OR July 31-August 5 (13 spots).

Transportation: Campers must be dropped off and picked up at the Blaisdell YMCA (3335 Blaisdell Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408) on the first and last days of camp. A bus will transport the youth to and from camp.

Preparation: CIC will host a pre-camp orientation in which families will meet YMCA staff, connect with other campers, and learn about the upcoming camp experience. Each camper will receive a gear kit and a sleeping bag. 

YMCA Camp Olson

About: Camp Olson is an overnight mountain biking camp in Longville, MN. Campers will enjoy mountain bike programming in the mornings and activities of their choice in the afternoons, from archery to sailing and more. At the end of the week, campers take a day trip to Cuyuna to “shred the red.”

Dates & Spots: Camp Olson is offering 6 spots to youth affected by parental incarceration. Campers must be between ages 13 to 16 during camp, which is July 10-16 (3 spots for boys) OR July 31-August 6 (3 spots for girls).

Transportation: Campers can be dropped off at camp on Sunday or take the camp Coach bus. More details TBD. 

Preparation: Campers must know how to ride a bike and be willing to challenge themselves. CIC will host a pre-camp orientation in which families will meet YMCA staff, connect with other campers, and learn about the upcoming camp experience. Each camper will receive some camp gear ahead of time. 

YMCA Summer Power and Summer Uproar

About: YMCA Summer Power and Summer Uproar are full-day, experience-based day camps. They encourage kids to explore, increase understanding, build independence and most importantly, have fun!

Location: Any YMCA of the North location. Check here to find the one closest to you.

Dates: One week only: August 8-12. Youth entering grades K through 6 may register for Summer Power. Youth entering grades 6 to 8 may register for Summer Uproar.

Transportation: Caregivers must drop off and pick up their camper at their chosen YMCA of the North location.

Interested in these camps? Want to learn more? Send an email to outreach@cicmn.org

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Year-round Programming

All year long, we find free entertaining and educational activities for kids affected by a parent’s incarceration. Our goal is to encourage youth to engage in new activities, develop life skills, and increase their self-worth. Past activities include: take-home art kits, performances at Stages Theatre, and Twins games!

Current Offerings:

TBD

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For general inquiries, email us at outreach@cicmn.org