YMCA Palmer Ericson Chapel Project

A Plan for Chapel Renovation and Renewal 

There is good news. Initiated by several former Ihduhapi Summer Staff members whose experiences at the Camp profoundly and positively affected their lives, a project has been completed to restore and improve the Chapel.

The Chapel  has been rebuilt with treated lumber and crushed gravel fill. Stairs and railings have been added to provide better access and to control hillside erosion. A sloped entrance permits access for the disabled. 
The concrete platform has been rebuilt.

Our Project Goals

  1. To raise funds for the renovation of the Palmer Ericson Chapel at YMCA Camp Ihduhapi.
  2. To begin renovation by May 1, 2014, so that campers can use the renovated Chapel.
  3. Rename the Chapel "The Ihduhapi Memorial Chapel" to recognize the leadership and devotion
      of Palmer Ericson and other people that have made a difference.
  4. Add Jerold Neseth and Lyle Johnson to the names of the memorialized leaders.

Our Partners at Tree Trust

Jeff Voshell from Tree Trust, a non-profit youth development organization, has worked as our design and project manager. Jeff has done a number of projects for Twin Cities YMCA Camps, including the cabin row steps at Ihduhapi. Jeff has extensive knowledge of building outdoor amphitheater projects that are similar to this Chapel project. His experience has been invaluable to providing a well-constructed, cost effective Chapel for Camp Ihduhapi.

(Visit www.treetrust.org to learn more about its wonderful work of providing jobs for young people).