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. We provide a natural setting for experiential outdoor education, group bonding, and leadership training – all created and based on the needs of your group. 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.

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

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We offer 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 the individual group’s needs.

Below you will find many different “experiences.” These descriptions will help you decide how long to stay, what you would like to do, and how we can assist in accomplishing the goals you have for your group. All of our packages, except for the Programme a la Carte, include a large quantity of programming. Unless otherwise noted, the rates include meals from arrival day lunch to departure day lunch, lodging (dorm-style Camp Lakewood cabins) and full programming, except for ranch activities.

Day Trip Experience

Our one-day experience (6-8 hours of activities) includes one high adventure climb and programming based on your group’s goals.

2-Day/1-Night Experience

Our two-day experience is action-packed, with activities beginning at 10:30 a.m. on the first day and ending at 1:00 p.m. on the second day. This experience includes a high adventure climb, approximately 12 hours of programming, and an evening program designed to meet your group’s needs. These opportunities offer the group time to find solutions, build self-esteem, discover new abilities, and learn about the outdoors. Includes a 1-night stay with four meals.

Weekend Experience

Our weekend experience offers you the opportunity to do some of your own organizational programming, as well as participate in some of the favorite activities at Camp Lakewood. We provide an evening program on either Friday or Saturday night. Saturday is a full day of programming based on your requests. Saturday evening, per request, a meeting room and field are provided for your own programming. On Sunday, you can direct your own program or we can provide additional recreational activities.Includes a 2-night stay with five meals.

3-Day/2-Night Experience

This is an exciting three days beginning at 10:30 a.m. on the first day and ending at 1 p.m. on the third day. All activities can be tailored to meet your needs and can focus on nature- or science-based education, building group unity and breaking up cliques, promoting friendships and acceptance of diversity, or an exciting combination of those activities. We include two engaging evening programs. Includes a 2-night stay with seven meals.

4-Day/3-Night Experience OR 5-Day/4-Night Experience

Longer programs are a great way to allow the great outdoors to work its magic. We have many programs that build on each other to make extended stays extremely valuable. Longer stays include additional climbs and many more opportunities to build friendships and explore the environment.

Programme a la Carte

If your group wishes to have meetings, spend time on our hiking trails, or organize your own programs, you may opt for the Programme a la Carte. This experience allows you to select a few activities to augment programs you are designing for yourself. this is ideal for scout troops who are working on badges, church groups who have confirmation classes, or groups who desire a low level of programming from YMCA staff. Programme a la Carte offers a reduced rate which covers meals and lodging, but any activity is available and carries an additional fee.

Each Outdoor Education group leader at YMCA Camp Lakewood will help choose activities. All activities are age-appropriate and flexible based on the ability of each group. Activity block options may change due to scheduling conflicts, availability or weather.

Group Initiatives

Your group will face mental and physical challenges while attempting to successfully complete these ground-based activities. These activities are designed to stretch imaginations and encourage solutions. We create an atmosphere that allows each student to assume different roles and use a variety of positive communication techniques. Each of our trained facilitators carries a ” bag of tricks” from which he/she can pull appropriate games and activities. The activities depend on the progress of each group.

Low Ropes Course Elements

Our ropes course offers a more advanced challenge for any group. Activities involve spotting, trust and communication. We strongly adhere to safety precautions.

High Adventure Elements

High adventure elements are geared to build support among groups, encourage a spirit of adventure, and develop individual strengths.Climbing harnesses and ropes are integral aspects of the High Elements Program.

  • Alpine Tower
  • Alpine Swing
  • Pines Peak
  • Pines Zip
  • Pines Pole Zip
  • Summit Course
  • Moonlight Zip
  • Gladiator Zip

ActivitiesBelow are just some of the recreational activities available. We constantly update and add new activities.

  • Archery
  • Blind Man & the Elephant
  • Coasters
  • Egg Drop
  • Fire Building
  • Geocaching
  • Geology
  • Low Ropes Course
  • Nature Center
  • Nature Hike
  • Orienteering
  • Pioneer Village
  • Candle Making
  • Ropes Making
  • Blacksmithing
  • Wood Stove
  • Pioneer Games
  • Apple Press
  • Predator/Prey
  • Rifle Marksmanship
  • Survival Hike
  • Traveling the Trail: Lessons of the Oregon Trail
  • Water Ecology

Evening Activity Options

  • Campfire
  • Night Hike
  • Shapetionary
  • Yard Sale
  • Moonlight Zip
  • Alpha Beta

Ranch Activities (additional fee applies)

  • Hayride
  • Mountain Trail Ride
  • Valley Trail Ride


We also have an indoor recreation center with basketball/volleyball courts for winding down or burning off excess energy before bedtime.

Main Camp

Dormitory-style lodging is perfect for chaperoning students at appropriate ratios. All cabins have modern bathroom facilities and are temperature controlled. Many have comfortable lounges, porches and fireplaces to encourage the kind of socializing that fosters solid friendships. All beds are bunk beds.

Cabin sizes and layouts vary, but hold from 16-32 people. Cabin assignments and availability will vary depending on the size and number of other groups using Camp Lakewood during the time of your request.

East Camp

East Camp is an exclusive area that your group can enjoy with it’s own recreational activities such as a basketball court, tether ball poles, a pavilion, kitchen area, bathhouse, and a sand volleyball court. Dormitory-style non-temperature controlled cabins are rustic yet comfortable, and provide an opportunity for your group to have that bonding experience you are looking for. Groups must bring a minimum of 50 people to get exclusive rights to East Camp.


The meals we serve offer simple but nutritious choices, and can make accommodations for certain dietary restrictions. We use the meal-time experience to teach students the importance of manners and food conservation.


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to experience camp as a family? Well this is your chance! Pack up the family and get excited for a new adventure! Come stay with us at YMCA Camp Lakewood this Labor Day Weekend and spend quality time together as a family. Eat together, play together, and grow together over this new exciting three-day program. You’ll have an opportunity to swim, climb to the top of the tower, ride a horse, get crafty, play games, or just relax! Don’t worry about the food, activities, or the planning we’ll do it all for you!


Join us at YMCA Camp Lakewood for our Girl Scout Adventure Weekend. The programs and activities offered during this weekend are intended to assist Girl Scouts (4th grade and up) in fulfilling their badge requirements. Scouts will not earn badges on this weekend, but they will gain skills and experience toward completion of badges and interest projects. This is the perfect time to meet other Girl Scouts and spend time together. (Note: This is a pre-scheduled weekend versus our Girl Scout options at Trout Lodge, which are scheduled as a group where dates can be chosen. At Camp Lakewood, Girl Scouts come from different troops, whereas the Trout Lodge option is for a single troop.)


Fathers, spend quality time with your son or daughter as you enjoy participating in activities together while continuing to strengthen your bonds. Activities include archery, riflery, climbing tower, zip line, trail ride, hayride, tie-dye and a lifetime of treasured family memories.


Join other scrapbooking enthusiasts for a weekend of camaraderie and fun. You’ll have none of the usual distractions, letting you dedicate time to finish a scrapbooking project or start something new. You can come alone or with a group, and you are welcome regardless of your skill level. Share tips and ideas for this creative weekend.

We want to inform you of some changes here at YMCA Camp Lakewood. There is no higher priority than the safety of our guests and these changes reflect that priority.

We have been closely monitoring and following recommendations from medical professionals, The American Camping Association (ACA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), government agencies, and internal teams to ensure that our cleaning and safety procedures not only meet expectations, but far exceed them.

The following is a summary of many of the changes we have made to keep our guests and staff as safe as possible. 

Health Screening During Check In

Important: On the day before your group is to check into camp, ask yourself the following questions. If you answer YES to any of the following questions, you should stay home per the guidance of the ACA and CDC. You and your guests will also be asked these questions upon arrival.

  • Have you or anyone in your household traveled out of the country or to a high risk area in the last 14 days?
  • Have you or anyone in your household had a fever or taken fever-reducing medicine in the last 72 hours?
  • Have you experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms within the last 72 hours (to include loss of taste/smell, cough, sore throat, respiratory illness, difficulty breathing)?
  • Have you or anyone in your household had close contact* with or cared for anyone being tested or confirmed COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  • Have you or anyone in your household had close contact* or live with anyone who has been told to self-quarantine in the last 14 days?

*Close contact includes:
• You spent a PROLONGED period of time in the same room without medical grade PPE.
• You had DIRECT PHYSICAL CONTACT with the person (e.g., kissing, hugging).
• You SHARED eating or drinking utensils with them.
• You came into contact with their RESPIRATORY SECRETIONS (e.g., they coughed on you).

Medical professionals treating COVID-19 patients should shower and change clothes prior to coming into our facilities.

Regions of ongoing community transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are regularly changing. The CDC is currently recommending only essential travel outside of your local area only to provide medical/home care or essential service.

Anyone returning from any travel in the last 14 days to regions with sustained community transmission of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter, work, or participate in our facilities. 

Temperature Checks

  • To help catch illness before it enters Camp Lakewood we will be doing temperature checks of ALL guests during check-in and staff each day. Any person with a fever of 100 degrees or higher will be asked to return home.
  • We ask that group leaders take an active role in screening their groups before arriving. Should someone arrive ill or become ill during their stay, it will be the responsibility of the group leader to immediately take the guest home. 

Social Distancing

  • Social distancing guidelines must be followed at all times.
  • Guests will need to maintain at least six feet between each other, whenever possible.

Personal Hygiene

  • All guests are encouraged to wear face masks when possible. 
  • Guests should bring their own face masks.
  • All staff will be required to wear face masks while interacting with guests.
  • While we have our own, we encourage guests to bring their own Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices if applicable. (PFDs)

Hand Washing

  • We are requiring guests and staff to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • All guests and staff must wash their hands/use hand sanitizer before entering the cabins and dining area. 
  • We have increased hand sanitizer stations throughout the camp.

Cleaning Procedures

  • Program equipment will be sanitized regularly.
  • All cabins will be sanitized before groups check in.
  • All high-touch areas will be sanitized on a frequent basis.

Dining Area

  • Meals will be served cafeteria style
  • Staff will serve campers at the buffet line and serve drinks and desserts.
  • All tables in the dining room will be 6 feet apart.
  • Not more than 10 people can sit at a table.

Unavailable at this Time

  • We have revised what activities we can safely run. Please ask your group sales reservationist for an updated activity list.
  • Drinking fountains (bottle fillers remain open; please bring your own water bottles)


Groups can book into Camp Lakewood several years in advance. Booking at least one year in advance is highly recommended, especially for groups wanting accommodations in May or October.

Due to non-profit status of the YMCA, a membership fee of $75 will be charged to each overnight group and $25 will be charged to each day group. This membership fee is an annual group fee and cannot be waived. Individual or family YMCA memberships cannot be applied to group memberships.

The required deposit amount is 25% of the estimated amount due. Reservations are not guaranteed without a signed contract AND a deposit. The deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE.


In the event of a cancellation, a 60-day notification is required IN WRITING, or the group is responsible for payment of the total estimated amount due.


The group leader will be responsible for the total bill, which will be mailed within 2 weeks of the departure date. The group leader will provide a guaranteed number of individual group members no later than 60 days prior to the arrival date. This will be the number of people the group leader is financially responsible for (with a 5% leeway).The $75 group membership fee and all other charges will be charged to the group bill unless other arrangements have been made.

The group leader will be responsible for all paperwork and arrangements and must adhere to the deadlines given. Any special requests must come from the group leader. The group leader is also responsible for distributing the necessary information to the individual group members (deposit deadline, policies, etc…).

We recommend making a copy of the second page (or even both pages) of the contract to distribute.


Check in time is 3:30 p.m. The cabins are not guaranteed until this time. Check out is 11:30 a.m. If the cabins are not vacated by 11:30 a.m., there will be a late charge of $25 per hour per cabin.


Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. There are no exceptions to this rule. All music and loud programs must end by 10:00 p.m.


Alcoholic beverages are allowed, but not sold on the grounds and may not be consumed in public areas. You may have alcohol in your cabin. We do not provide, transport or handle alcohol.


Our buildings and cabins are non-smoking. Smoking is permitted in designated areas only.


After unloading luggage, please move your car to the designated parking area. Please do not park on the grass anywhere on property.


Both firearms and hunting is prohibited on YMCA property.


In compliance with Missouri State Law, guests are not permitted to bring pets on YMCA premises other than service animals or K-9.

For questions or to schedule your group, please contact us at 888-FUN-YMCA or