YMCA Camp Lakewood Activities & Electives


At YMCA Camp Lakewood, kids love the extensive list of activities we offer, which create opportunities to challenge, inspire, create and enjoy. From archery to canoeing, arts & crafts to swimming, YMCA Camp Lakewood’s activities are second to none and everything campers love. Please note that not every activity is held every session but be assured that there is always a variety for campers.




“The experience is terrific for kids because it removes them from the many distractions they have while at home (TV, video games, cell phones, etc.) and allows them to experience new things through outdoor “play”. It requires them meeting new people and learning how to quickly adapt to experiences that might be uncomfortable in the beginning. I think the entire experience is beneficial and one that every kid should experience.”
– Kim & Tony

Session & Fee Schedule 2023 and Financial Assistance

Our Session & Fee Schedule 2023 is available below. We offer scholarships to those who qualify to ensure that all children have this wonderful opportunity.

You can view our Financial Aid information here. 

For questions, please contact the Camp Lakewood office directly at 573-438-2155, or by email at camplakewood@gwrymca.org.


Session & Fee Schedule 2023


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Campers choose learning activities during a one-week stay. Each activity runs for about an hour, four days a week. Some activities count as two activities. Through these activities, we coach sportsmanship, courage, healthy risk-taking, independence, goal setting, flexibility, responsibility, and self-discovery.

Activities are included in your camp fee.
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Electives are specialized optional activities that campers choose, which use two daily activities. Our electives for this year are offered in Sessions 1-4 and 6-9.

Advanced Arts & Crafts (ages 8-16) $125
Horsemanship (ages 11-16) $125

Parents can sign up for these in advance on the "Sign Up and Parent Dashboard."
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Specialized Smorgasbords

Smorgasbord is a time during each day when campers choose from an array of activities offered by staff, allowing them to experience more than their activity choices. 

Smorgasbords are offered in sessions 1-4 and 6-9.

Ceramic Painting (ages 8-16) $25
Little Brushes Painting (ages 6-16) $25
Trail Ride (ages 8-16) $30

Parents can sign up for these in advance on the "Sign Up and Parent Dashboard."