The Y would like to thank Hormel for their support and participation in the Hormel Cup for Camp Olson. Hormel's Corporate Office and R & D personnel made a donation to the YMCA of Austin to help send kids ages 8-13 to Camp Olson YMCA.

The Challenge Cup, held March 2, is a fun and competitive event among the employees. As part of the competition there was a fundraising raffle, with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to area children in need to attend Camp Olson. Congratulations to all teams for their superior efforts, and thank you to YMCA and Camp Olson captains for all your hard work.

Kid's that attend Camp Olson YMCA normally would not get this great experience. There are so many activities at camp: sailing, horseback riding, canoeing, outdoor games, swimming, target sports, kayaking, craft shop, camp fires, skits and an overnight camping trip to Camp Olson's privately owned chain of lakes called the Shurds.

Camp Olson also builds mind, body and spirit into the experience. Songs and laughter fill Camp Olson's grounds during the days, and peace fills the nights as the children see the wonders of the Milky Way. The kids share in fun, fellowship, culture and spiritual growth and they learn to respect the environment.

Camp Olson is on 1,250 acres of forest land near Longville, Minn. The shoreline is on five beautiful lakes. The waterfront consists of a boathouse, sand beach, and sauna. The camp also has beautiful cabins and a central bath and shower facility.

The Hormel Challenge Cup has made camp a reality for kids simply by people donating time and money to this great event.

"I hope the YMCA and the wonderful employees of the Hormel Corporate Office will continue this great adventure that we have been doing the last 31 years," Ruth Chamberlain said. "It has proven that Camp Olson YMCA gives a great deal to kids."

Call the YMCA to talk with the youth director about our scholarship program.

Thank you Hormel Corporate Office and R & D for your support for so many years.


Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. is Healthy Kids Day at the Y. The event is free and open to the public. Heroes and Princesses is the theme. Participate in obstacle course, basketball free-throw contest, bounce house, canoe rides and much more.