Camp Lakewood Programs


Mini Camp
(4 days, 3 nights)
Co-ed ages 6-8

Mini Camp is a closely supervised introduction to camping with lots of individual attention for first-time campers. We maintain a ratio of at least one counselor per four campers. Cabin groups experience some of camp’s traditional activities together, but kids also have the opportunity to choose a few activities on their own. Days are filled with games, pony rides, arts and crafts, nature, swimming and more. Understanding this is possibly a child’s first time away from home, our caring staff keeps the new camper safe and happy.

Mini Camp Clothing List


Tween Camp
(4 days, 3 nights)
Co-ed ages 9-10

Tween Camp is designed for the 9-10 year old first time camper to try Camp Lakewood for just 4 days.  All campers are the same age so every activity is geared for them.  Swimming, archery, arts & crafts, and campfires are just a few of the activities your camper will enjoy.  Tween Camp is a fun, exciting and safe way to introduce your camper to a residential camp experience. 

Tween Camp Clothing List


Pre-Teen Camp
(4 days, 3 nights)
Co-ed ages 11-12

Has your camper ever wondered what’s on the other side of the lake or heard legend of the 97 stairs? Well now they can find those answers out for themselves as they enjoy a taste of East Camp and all the excitement across the lake. Your camper will stay in the original camp cabins located on East Camp Hill complete with bath house, pavilion and the throw-back camping we all loved as kids ourselves. This is a great introduction to East Camp for those campers who are interested in continuing their camping experience after Main Camp.

Pre-Teen Camp Clothing List


Ranch Camp
(4 days, 3 nights)
Co-ed ages 13-16

Come to the Triangle Y Ranch for 4 days of intense equestrian training! Ranch Campers will form their own special cabin group and spend all day, everyday at the ranch working with our highly experienced staff. Participants will advance riding skills while learning advanced horse care, history and ranch management.

Ranch Camp Clothing List


Traditional Main Camp
(7 days, 6 nights)
Co-ed ages 8-12

Upon their arrival each camper is welcomed by our caring staff and introduced to the cabinmates for the week. They receive a tour, take their swim test, and sign up for their clinics. Swimming ability and age prerequisites apply for some of our activities. The campers also gather as a cabin each day to play, learn, bond, and make life-long friendships. Campers also get the opportunity to play all camp games, unit games, and cabin activities. Each cabin will also venture into the outdoors for an overnight where they sleep under the stars and cook meals over a campfire.

Main Camp Clothing List


Traditional East Camp
(7 days, 6 nights)
Co-ed ages 13 – 16

East Camp gives teenagers a summer camp experience without forgetting that the teen is growing into an adult.  Campers’ days are filled with key components such as clinics, friendship, fun, social interaction and teamwork under the watchful eye of the Camp Lakewood staff. Our goal is to help campers grow into great individuals while learning about the core values of character development. Although this is a time to make an impact on a teenager’s life, it is also a time to relish the joys of being carefree and young. Campers have the opportunity to have as much fun as they possibly can. You teen will stay in the original rustic camp cabins and use a centralized bathhouse with restrooms and showers. Each cabin will also venture into the outdoors for an overnight where they sleep under the stars and cook meals over a campfire.

East Camp Clothing List


Junior Rangers
(7 days, 6 nights)
Co-ed ages 10-12

The Junior Ranger program introduces our younger campers to the adventures of outdoor living. Cooking, map reading, shelter building, forest games and working as a team are just part of the experience. Realizing that our younger campers still enjoy the camp experience, they choose two clinic options for the week as well.  Junior Rangers spend each night of camp in different locations under the stars.

Junior Ranger Clothing List


(7 days, 6 nights)
Co-ed ages 13-15

Ranger is designed to help campers gain valuable wilderness skills. Each camper is taught how to cook over an open fire, build shelters, and travel as part of a team.  Rangers explore the outer limits of camp, basics of group travel, trip planning, and “Leave No Trace” outdoor ethics under the guidance of our experience staff.  Ranger campers spend each night of camp in different locations under the stars.

Ranger Clothing List


Trail Blazer Trips
(7 days, 6 nights)
Co-ed ages 15-17

Trail Blazers take week long adventures with our experienced staff members. 

Rock Climbing in Southern Illinois (1-week)
This weeklong adventure trip with our professional staff will lead campers through the basics of rock climbing. Campers will learn simple knot tying, camping gear basics and wilderness skills while at base camp. Then they will travel to beautiful Southern Illinois to experience some of the Midwest’s best climbing. Campers will use Giant City State Park as a base camp for bouldering, rock climbing and rappelling. They may use their own harness or belay gear, and may bring climbing shoes and chalk bags.

Trailblazer Trips: Clothing List


Canoeing in the Missouri Ozarks (1-week)
Explore the beautiful and scenic waters of the Current River in our own Missouri. Spend a week exploring the river with canoes while learning paddling techniques, leave no trace outdoor ethics, cooking over a campfire and making new friends. With plenty of excitement and natural splendor, this trip is a great way to explore the hidden adventurer within us all.

Trailblazer Trips: Canoeing Clothing List


Hiking the Ozark Trail (1-week) Spend a week with our experienced staff exploring the Missouri wilderness along the Ozark Trail. Campers will learn the basics of wilderness hiking, including the proper technique for packing a backpack, planning a menu, outdoor cooking, and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. The group will then set out on a 3-4 night hike on the Ozark Trail in southern Missouri. Campers will be surrounded by the natural beauty of the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. This trip is a great way to explore our natural world and make some great friends along the way!

There are no prerequisites for these programs.


Leaders in Training (LIT)
(3-week program)
Age requirement: Must have completed your sophomore year of high school

The new LIT program is a challenging camp experience designed for campers looking to become better leaders and is designed to build skills in cooperation, problem solving, and communication. The program encourages teens to discover their personal potential and emphasizes the importance of self-reliance. The three-week experience begins with training and team building at camp, then it’s off to the river for the second week’s canoe adventure. Participants spend the third week putting their new skills to the test as they take on leadership roles back at camp.

NOTE – LIT is not a counselor training program! LIT’s will focus on their own development.

Leaders in Training Program Clothing List


Counselor in Training (CIT) 2015
Ages 17-17

(4 week program) Co-ed, must have completed your junior year of high school

The new CIT program offers our oldest campers the opportunity to get a head start on training skills they will need to someday become a summer camp counselor. The 4-week course begins with a week of intensive child care skill training, followed by a week of program training, and ends with two weeks of shadowing camp’s best counselors in our youngest cabins. This is a highly rigorous program and all interested campers must complete an application and interview to be considered for the program. 

Note: Applications are due by April 1, 2015, but may be turned in ahead of time. Last interview date is April 8, 2015.  Announcements about acceptance in this program will be emailed to parents/guardians on April 10, 2015. Going through this program does not guarantee hire for next summer as a cabin counselor.

Download letter for application process here

Download an application form here

Download reference form here

Counselor in Training Clothing List