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YMCA of the Seven Council Fires


We opened an Etsy shop!

The pieces sold in our Etsy shop are handmade and crafted with passion by talented artisans from our YMCA's Lakota Artist Entrepreneur Program. These unique pieces are not just jewelry; they are a celebration of culture, heritage and the artistic spirit of the Lakota people. Our program provides a platform for local Lakota artists to showcase their creativity and share their stories with the world.

We have changed our name! Introducing:

YMCA of the Seven Council Fires

Our Board of Directors, Board of Trustees, key staff and community members made up the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion task force. This group was tasked with creating the new name for this unique YMCA to represent the community as effectively as possible.

We will eventually transition the names of all of our social media and creating a new website,

Thank you for your support through these changes!

Check out our Gold status on GuideStar!

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YMCA Camp Marrowbone provides a safe environment for kids to learn, explore, and grow. Our goal is to teach life skills through the character traits of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and traditional Lakota values. Our camp experience results in new friendships, the opportunity to try all sorts of activities, and a place to call home.

Camp Marrowbone dates for summer 2024:

  • Session 1: June 23rd - July 3rd

  • Session 2: July 7th - July 19th

  • Session 3: July 21st - July 27th


We are excited to be offering this new program for our families. This program will allow an immersive experience with the reservation, explore ranches, powwows, rodeos, and the great outdoors. We have week long sessions for your family to bond and learn together. It is the perfect set up for family reunions, staff retreats, and getaways. Feel free to contact us about different dates for rental options.


Family Camp dates for summer 2024:

  • July 28th - August 3rd

  • August 4th - August 10th

Give to Camp

We are inspired by what Leslie Marrowbone envisioned 50 years ago on the shores of Lake Oahe. 1971 is when the Sioux YMCA made its stance to youth development with our first ever summer camp. The years have been unique, not without challenges, but with huge reward.

Thank you to all of our supporters who made the growth of camp possible. We are aiming to raise $50,000 for our campers. Here is a breakdown of what your gift can do for our youth:

$20 - Provides S.T.E.M. and craft supplies to enhance our intentional camp curriculum

$50 - Provides essentials, including sleeping bags, bedding, and toiletries

$100 - Provides 25 healthy and nutritious meals and snacks

$250 - Provides one week of transportation for campers to eliminate barriers

$500 - Scholarships a camper for an amazing week at Camp Marrowbone

$1000 - Scholarships a 2 week Teen Development Participant, includes college visits

Thank you for your support!

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Volunteer at Camp!

We are able to scholarship 100% of our campers because of volunteers like you! We are always looking for our next great volunteer leads. Click below for the 2024 application.

Our camp dates for summer 2024 are as follows:

Session 1: June 23rd - July 3rd

Session 2: July 7th - July 19th

Session 3: July 21st - July 27th

Family Camp 1: July 28th - August 3rd

Family Camp 2: August 4th - August 10th

Volunteering for the YMCA of the Seven Council Fires

Volunteers are a pivotal part in this community and our organization. They help us better serve the youth of our area. At the Y, we have a place and purpose for you.


The YMCA's youth programs build on a childs natural curiosity by providing them ample opportunities to explore, dream, and discover.

Check out our 2021 Audit and 2021 Form 990.

For more information you can contact us at


Supporting the Y means that kids can experience new environments and activities, go to camp, enjoy a warm, nutritious meal, and be encouraged by caring, sober, adult role models.

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