Giving Back


Would you like to make a difference in the lives of campers, groups and families? There are multiple ways you can give back to make a real and lasting impact – and it feels so good deep in your heart to help those in need.


Once a year, alumni from across the country get together and spend a weekend in May at East Camp helping to spruce up camp before the summer season starts each year. But it’s not all work! Alums spend time together laughing and talking about the old days, enjoying meals times around a campfire, sleeping in East Camp cabins and just having fun. Past projects have included painting East Camp cabins, repairing & updating the East Camp bath house, raking & burning leaves, painting at Lakewood Lodge, repairing & updating the Pannebecker fire ring seating area and Lakewood waterfront seating. These amazing people give of their time and talents keeping Camp Lakewood looking fresh and clean and ready for another year of campers – for which YMCA Trout Lodge & Camp Lakewood is truly grateful. Alums are an integral part of what makes us so special.

If you are interested in being a part of this weekend of giving of your time & talents to help camp shine, please contact the Alumni Committee (see “Alumni Committee” page on left).

EVENTS CALENDAR (select “Alumni” under EVENT CATEGORY dropdown menu for upcoming alumni events)


There are many children who would love to go to camp and have all of the fantastic experiences and memories to take home with them like you did, but can’t because of financial constraints. There are also special needs groups who require financial assistance in order to attend – groups with children who live with cancer, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s Disease, have a limb loss, is blind or has Diabetes. Struggling families also need financial support to spend time reconnecting with each other and work out their own critical issues.

You CAN make a difference with a simple act of kindness. You may say, my little bit won’t help, but remember this – your donation with another alum’s donation with another’s quickly adds up and does make a major impact in many lives – lives that are changed because of YOU!

Each year in November, YMCA Trout Lodge & Camp Lakewood begins its annual fundraising efforts. If you are contacted by a staff member or fellow alum, imagine a deserving camper’s face stepping on to the camp grounds for the first time. You will have helped to make this possible with a little of your “treasure”.

But why wait until November … click on the Support Us button below. You can make a donation at any time in any number of ways.


Alum from the late 1960’s/early 1970’s – Marty Pliske has partnered with us to raise money to send underpriveleged children from Ferguson, Missouri to Camp Lakewood. Marty grew up in Ferguson and wanted to give back by providing a life-changing week of resident camp to another generation. Not only did this take off, but snowballed into several grants and many donations, so that in 2015, 60 children attended summer camp at Camp Lakewood thanks to the Friends of Ferguson Fund. What an amazing legacy!

If you would like to contribute to the Friends of Ferguson Fund, either click on the Support Us button below, or you can send your donation to: Renee Godinez, YMCA Trout Lodge & Camp Lakewood, 13528 Highway AA, Potosi, MO 63664. Just note “Ferguson Campership” in the memo line or when you are contacted for payment information.


Please contact Melissa Di Fiori at 573-438-2154 ext. 111 or via email at for more alumni information. Thank you!


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