The classroom is a great avenue for learning, but stepping into the natural classroom with our Outdoor Education program supplements traditional education in a real and unique way. Kids can poke and peer and play – sometimes even getting their hands dirty while experiencing the great outdoors.

From mid-August to Mid-May, Camp Lakewood is an Outdoor Education facility when summer camp is not in session. Whether it’s learning aquatic ecology, geology, team building or even just getting away to create that perfect atmosphere, Camp Lakewood’s Outdoor Education programs are the answer for many different groups. 



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    Please contact us at 888-FUN-YMCA or email to schedule your group, or for more information on how we can create a fun and educational experience in the most serene and picturesque area south of St. Louis. 

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    We will customize your experience to fit the needs of your group, whether it's a weekend, day trip or overnight experience. We work closely with teachers and group leaders to create an exciting program. Our Outdoor Education Programs are perfect for:

    • school field trips
    • scout troops
    • youth groups
    • church/religious retreats
    • band camps
    • sports camps
    • needs groups
    • college programs
    • special interest groups



    Outdoor Education Program Options

    YMCA Camp Lakewood offers many different opportunities for your group, whether you desire an educational experience, a spiritual retreat, or an enjoyable time together in the outdoors. Our goal is to deliver programs that suit your group, so each program is customized to fit individual group's needs. 

    From a day, a week, or to a weekend experience, tailor your trip to fit your groups needs. 

    Specialty Programs

    Our specialty programs are pre-scheduled programs which run throughout the year, with scheduled itineraries and activities.