We believe that working together as a team to achieve a common goal is a critical component of any company or group of people who have a vested interest in each other.

Our team building staff can work with your organization or group to create a customized experience that will improve relationships, promote teamwork and encourage leadership. By incorporating experiential learning, team challenges and outdoor high adventure with facilitated discussions, TEAM Works programs strengthen and inspire teams to take on new challenges together. While your group or company is staying at either Trout Lodge or Camp Lakewood, incorporate a teambuilding activity into your schedule. It’s a worthwhile investment.

People are an organization’s greatest resource. Whether a corporate team of employees or other type of group, your organization’s success depends on how efficiently its’ members work together to achieve shared goals. Through this experience, employees or group members will come through the course as a more cohesive and motivated group, ready to accomplish the goals and mission of your company or organization.

Our Team Building department will prepare a one to five day program customized to your company’s or group’s needs, and we plan according to your schedule with either week day or weekend workshops. Activities and challenges are organized specifically for your group to teach problem-solving, positive conflict management, effective use of resources and leadership skills. The program incorporates hands-on learning designed to be accessible to people of various ages, physical levels and abilities.


The TEAM Challenge

The building blocks of a successful team include open communication, trust and the ability to reach a common goal. Through fun and interactive activities, team members work together to develop these key skills. The TEAM Challenge can take place indoors or outdoors and is ideal for teams with a wide range of physical abilities.

The Advanced TEAM Experience

Teams build upon their foundations and further develop skills as they progress through more challenging activities such as Alpine Rescue and high adventure activities.

The Ultimate Journey

Participants must work together to reach specific destinations on a journey through a wilderness or urban landscape. Each destination will offer challenges to be completed and clues to move ahead on the journey. Teams will be given limited resources including maps, compasses and clues/instructions.

Targeted Learning Experiences

Comprehensive training is offered to pinpoint a specific area such as leadership, communication, change management, negotiation and influencing, and more. These trainings include both classroom based instruction and experiential learning. Participants have the opportunity to put their new skills into immediate use in a supportive and fun team environment.

Outdoor Leadership Experience Course

Low initiatives with challenges designed to fosters skills such as communication, team work, trust and leadership.


The typical group process begins with the whole group doing activities such as icebreakers and warm-ups. Larger groups are then divided into smaller groups for the team challenges.At the end of the program, the entire group will come back together to share insights on how they may apply what was experienced during the program to their everyday life. TEAM CHALLENGE DESCRIPTIONS

Group Initiatives

Groups work together to complete a series of activities and challenges that develop solution-focused problem solving skills.

Alpine Rescue

While carrying a person in a rescue litter, a team must safely traverse through several challenging obstacles.

Adventure Activities

Alpine/”Superman” Swing
Moonlight Swing
Moonlight Zip
Alpine Tower
Pines Peak
Pines Zip
Summit Explore & Rappel
Summit Zip
Gladiator Zip
Special Agent Zip
Water Blast Zip

The Mystery Chest

Looking for a teambuilding session that will energize your staff or take your next office party to a new level? YMCA Trout Lodge and Camp Lakewood is proud to announce the newest concept in corporate teambuilding: The Jesse James Mystery Chest! Unearthed during a recent archeological dig on the Camp Lakewood property, the Mystery Chest appears to be one of the fabled lost treasure caches of the infamous James-Young Gang. Offering challenges for 4 to 25 adults, the Mystery Chest comes to your location and opens to reveal a series of riddles, puzzles, and ingenious locked boxes that hold the key to finding Jesse James’ hidden secrets. Can you follow the clues and avoid the pitfalls on your way to success? Will you discover the truth behind the myth? Your Mystery Chest adventure awaits!



Urban Adventures

Can be done anywhere in the St. Louis area and focuses on goals or interests of the group. Topics can center on St. Louis history, architecture, interviewing, current issues and events.

Rock Climbing & Rappelling

The YMCA offers climbing programs for beginning and intermediate climbers. There are indoor structures for beginning climbers located at various YMCA’s in the St. Louis area. An outdoor option is available at climbing and rappelling sites in Missouri and Illinois.


This navigation activity uses a map and compass, stresses decision-making, teamwork, goal setting and environmental interpretation. There are over 25 local parks and natural areas in the St. Louis area that can be used. For all skill levels.


Explore the underground world in local caves and learn about cave ecology.

Day 1

3:30 p.m. Check in, Explore the Grounds
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Ice-Breakers & Goal Setting
9:00 p.m. Optional Evening Program

Day 2

7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Team Challenge Course
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Alpine Rescue
5:00 p.m. Debriefing with Group
6:30 p.m. Chuck Wagon Dinner

Day 3

7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Alpine Tower/Swing or Recreational Activities (i.e.: golf, horseback riding, boating, hiking…)
11:30 a.m. Check out & Lunch

Team Building also offers day programs, either at Trout Lodge, Camp Lakewood or we can come to you in St. Louis!

YMCA Team Building provides team building programs in locations convenient to Missouri schools, businesses, and nonprofits.

We can meet you at a St. Louis-area park, in your own office space or at another off-site facility. Wherever your group has planned its meeting or retreat, YMCA TEAM Works comes to you.

Our Team Building department offers high adventure activities in Greensfelder County Park, and can run ice breakers, games and other team building initiatives anywhere in the St. Louis area.

For questions about team building at Trout Lodge, Camp Lakewood or St. Louis, please call 888-386-9622

For questions about group reservations, please call 888-386-9622 ext. 207 or groupreservations@gwrymca.org