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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Activities: Below are just some of the activities available. We constantly update and add new activities.
- Blind Man & the Elephant
- Egg Drop
- Fire Building
- Low Ropes Course
- Nature Center
- Nature Hike
- Pioneer Village
- Candle Making
- Ropes Making
- Wood Stove
- Pioneer Games
- Apple Press
- Rifle Marksmanship
- Survival Hike
- Traveling the Trail: Lessons of the Oregon Trail
- Water Ecology
Evening Activity Options
- Night Hike
- Yard Sale
- Moonlight Zip
- Alpha Beta
Ranch Activities (additional fee applies)
- 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.
For questions or to schedule your group, please contact us at 888-FUN-YMCA or firstname.lastname@example.org