Our Mission

The YMCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Road Scholar

YMCA Trout Lodge is also a provider of Road Scholar and we host numerous programs throughout the year, including these 6-day, 5-night programs:

Contact Road Scholar directly to register, 800-454-5768

Looking on the Bright Side: Joy, Peace, and Lots of Laughter
(6-day, 5-night)

April 19-24, 2015
May 10-15, 2015
August 23-28, 2015
September 20-25, 2015
October 11-16, 2015
October 25-30, 2015
November 8-13, 2015

Laugh out loud as you learn to find humor in everyday life while playing some of the games you loved as a kid. Have a wonderful fun time while learning about music, singing and gaining insight on the Ozark humor and heritage. Explore Trout Lodge while hiking and riding on a pontoon boat while you celebrate life and immerse yourself in the healing power of laughter.

Register Now (Program Number 8553AU)


Springtime in the Ozarks:   
(6-day, 5-night)

April 12 - 17, 2015
May 3 - 8, 2015

Springtime in the Ozarks is an exhilarating adventure — discover and learn about the region’s tranquil beauty and clear streams. Let our local experts lead you into the splendid highlands of the Ozark Plateau. Learn how to identify the unique wildflowers and trees on expert-led forays of botanical discovery.

Register Now (Program Number 1625AU)


Canoeing, Horses, Exploration and Summer Fun with Your Grandchild 
(6-day, 5-night)

June 7 - 12, 2015
July 12- 17, 2015
July 19 -24, 2015
July 26 - 31, 2015
August 17 - 22, 2015

You and your young learner will grow closer while you participate in great, fun activities, at YMCA Trout Lodge, a family camp/conference center in the foothills of the eastern Ozarks. Begin by learning about rocks and minerals, and then head off into some of the world's largest granite boulders. Enjoy a campfire with s'mores and other activities, and get comfortable riding a horse in our arena before heading out on a trail ride through hardwood forests.

Register Now (Program Number 14633AU)


Canoeing, Horses, Exploration and Summer Fun with Your Family
(6-day, 5-night)

June 28- July 3, 2015

Experience everything YMCA Trout Lodge has to offer!  Bring your family out for a week of fun and laughter.  Learn about wildlife in our natural spring, canoe on Sunnen Lake, enjoy a horseback ride and much much more!

Register Now (Program Number 22180AU)



Mysteries, Histories and Life on the Frontier


September 7-11, 2015
September 28-October 2, 2015

Enjoy riveting local history and work together to solve a murder mystery game. Take an amazing a tour of the Bonne Terre Mines (voted one of top 100 destinations), which includes a pontoon boat ride in an underground lake (yes, underground - way cool!). Relive the past as you participate in blacksmithing, candle-making, Dutch oven cooking over an open fire and so much more. Take a trip to Mermamec Caverns and enjoy an ice cream social.

Register Now (Program Number 21656AU)


Hiking, Canoeing & An Amazing Underground Adventure in the Ozarks


May 24-29, 2015
August 30-September 4, 2015

Set amidst thousands of acres of forest-covered hills, a pristine lake and near one of America’s most remarkable underground playgrounds (Bonne Terre Mines), Trout Lodge is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise in the Ozarks. Join the staff to experience the natural history of the area on a hike, canoe Sunnen Lake and learn about aquatic ecology, try your hand at archery or riflery, and take a pontoon ride on an underground lake. You can even learn about horses at the Triangle Y ranch and go for a ride. You’ll be amazed at all the activities so close!

Register Now (Program Number 20269AU)


Your Life as a Canvas: Beginners Watercolor & Sketchbook Journaling in the Beautiful Ozarks
June 1-5, 2015
October 19-23, 2015
November 2-6, 2015

Bring out your artistic side as you create watercolor masterpieces, perform sketch book journaling and ceramics. Also enjoy an evening of wine tasting and take a trip to the St. Louis Art Museum.

Register Now (Program #: 21648) 


To register for a Road Scholar program, or to order a catalog with descriptions of classes, call the National Road Scholar toll-free number: 1-877-426-8056 or visit their website: www.roadscholar.org.