Our Camps

Nacan Iyecel Opi'iciyapi

Wolakota, the Lakota way of life.

In a safe non-judgmental, nurturing environment, activities include instruction and awareness activities in Lakota spirituality, prayer and home dwelling construction, traditional gathering and food preparation, and traditional Lakota ceremonies, arts, dance, song, language integration, games, storytelling and sports.


Emphasis is placed on healthy  traditional foods and active outdoor exercise through modern sports as well as traditional games. 

2021 Camp Schedule

Chaperone training- May 14 - 16, 2021

Spring Harvest Camp- June 7- 10, 2021

Isnati (Coming of Age Ceremony)- June 21 - 24, 2021

Leadership Camp- July 12 - 15, 2021

History Camp with Joseph Marshall III- July 19 - 22, 2021

Bow & Arrow Camp- July 26 - 29,2021

Summer Harvest Camp- Aug. 9 - 12, 2021

Horse Camp- TBA

Theater Camp with Cornerstone Theater Company- Aug. 16 - 19, 2021

Hunt Certification- Sept. 10 - 12, 2021

Hunt Weekend- Oct. 8 - 10, 2021

Chaperone Training 

Young adults ages 18-25 earn with certifications in Nonviolent crisis intervention, QPR suicide prevention, love and logic discipline, CPR/AED and first aide, and Lakota cultural competency.

Isnati Awica Lowanpi

"First Moon" Ceremonial Camp for Girls

This coming of age ceremony is conducted by the mother, grandmothers, and elderly grandmothers of the community.The girls are taught the roles and responsibilities of a Lakota woman and how they are to take on those roles and carry these teaching throughout their life.

Leadership Camp

Activities focus on the 4 core principles of traditional Lakota Leadership and equine life skills certification.

Lakota Bow and Arrow Camp
Summer Harvest Camp

Youth harvest edible and medicinal plants and learn how to prepare them. They also learn healthy eating through a decolonized diet.

  • Hunt Safe Certification

Youth receive state required "Hunt Safe" certification traiing, traditional Lakota hunting, processing and storage. This camp is a prerequisite for fall hunt camp

  • Fall Hunt Weekend 

Youth implement skills learned in certification camp. 2.5 day camp


All camps with be limited to 10 youth per camp until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be a wait list for camps that have already reached full capacity.

Contact Us

office : (605) 654-2050


Mail: Box 277

Herrick, SD 57538-0277


Office Location​​​​​​:

30122  352nd Ave

Herrick, SD 57538-0277

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Lakota Youth Development (aka Native American Advocacy Program) is a 501(c)3 Native non-profit organization.  Contributions are deductable as allowable by IRS law.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.