Activities - Electives


  • “The experience is terrific for kids because it removes them from the many distractions they have while at home (TV, video games, cell phones, etc.) and allows them to experience new things through outdoor “play”. It requires them meeting new people and learning how to quickly adapt to experiences that might be uncomfortable in the beginning. I think the entire experience is beneficial and one that every kid should experience.” – Kim & Tony
  •  “Provides her with an ongoing sense of self-reliance and the ability to reach out to make new friends. The creative activities also help to spark creative thinking. Lots of great things :)”  – Nancy

At Camp Lakewood, kids love the extensive list of activities we offer, which create opportunities to challenge, inspire, create and enjoy. From Arts & Crafts to horseback riding, zip lines to swimming, Camp Lakewood’s activities are second to none and everything campers love.

Here is a list of some of activities that your child may participate in while they stay with us at camp:


Campers are given time for four clinics per day which the campers choose at the beginning of their session. The list below is an example of usual clinics offered throughout the summer (and dependent upon age and ability). Clinics may change from session to session depending upon popularity. Please note that water and boating clinics are subject to campers swimming ability, which will be tested on the day of arrival.

Ages 8-10: Archery, arts & crafts, basketball, canoeing, cricket, drama, drawing, fishing, flag football, floor hockey, friendship bracelets, frisbee, GaGa, nature, outdoor living skills, poms, singing, snorkeling, spleunking/caving, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball, yoga

Ages 11-12: All activities listed in the 8-10 age group PLUS: animation, climbing, face painting, kayaking, riflery, rugby

Ages 13 And Up: All activities listed in the 8-10 and 11-12 age groups PLUS: digital journalism, windsurfing


As stated above, campers are given time for four clinics per day. Electives are specialized optional clinics that campers choose to attend everyday during their stay which use two of those daily clinics. Even if a camper chooses an elective program, they will still have time everyday to participate in other clinics such as canoeing, sports, swimming, etc. These clinics are only available to main camp campers, east camp campers and/or Jr. Rangers. (See “Sessions” page for pricing and availability.) There is an additional charge for electives. Equipment will be provided by camp. Campers are not required to choose an elective.

Advanced Arts & Crafts (ages 8-16): Calling all crafters! Be crafty and creative while you unleash your inner artist in Advanced Arts & Crafts! Each camper will get to paint two ceramic pieces, make two candles, create two tie dye shirts, construct a stepping stone, and design jewelry pieces. Advanced Arts & Crafts meets two clinic periods a day and still allows campers to choose two additional clinics.

High Adventure (ages 13-16): East Campers can reach for new heights with this new elective program. Taking advantage of many high adventure courses YMCA of the Ozarks has to offer, participants will spend two clinics every day testing their climbing skills under the watchful eye of our TEAM Works staff. Campers will learn climbing knots, advanced climbing techniques, rappelling, and belay skills, and even some night climbing as they navigate our courses and reach for the sky. High Adventure Camp meets two clinic periods a day and still allows campers to choose two additional clinics. Equipment will be provided by camp. Campers who participate in the High Adventure Camp are still active in the Camp Lakewood experience.

Horsemanship (ages 10-16): This elective meets during two of the four clinic periods each day. Grooming, saddle, bridle, anatomy of the horse and Western riding are all taught in this introduction to horses and their care. Learn about breeds and characteristics, riding positions, commands, walking and trotting. Campers who participate in Horsemanship are still active in the Camp Lakewood experience.

Paintball (ages 12-16): This fun-filled, adrenaline-pumping special elective will focus on individual /team tactics and strategies, problem-solving, group communication and team building. Whether you’re brand new to paintball or an expert, this program offers a wide variety of different games guaranteed to ensure everyone has a great time. We provide paintball markers, protective masks and paint. This special elective meets for two of the four clinic periods.

Starting New At Golf (ages 11-16): SNAG® (Starting New at Golf) is a new golf instruction program that is sweeping the nation. Endorsed by Jack Niklas, SNAG® is suited for all players and teaches the basic skills needed to enjoy a lifetime of golfing. Campers will work with professional golf instructors from Fourche’ Valley Golf Course and will receive two periods of instruction each day.


Smorgasbord is a time during each day when campers choose from an array of activities offered by staff, allowing them to experience more than their four clinic choices. Specialized smorgasbords are a one-time additional choice (can choose multiple) that campers may choose to attend during one of the four smorgasbords offered. There is an additional charge for Specialized Smorgasbords. Equipment will be provided by camp. Campers are not required to choose a Specialized Smorgasbord.

Ages 8-16

Banana Boat (ages 8-16): Take a wet and wild ride on our Banana Boat, which holds from 8 to 16 riders and is towed by a pontoon boat. Campers must receive a blue band during their swim test in order to participate in this activity.

Get Fired Up – Ceramic Painting (ages 8-16): Let your imagination and artistic abilities carry you away during the Specialized Smorgasbord as you paint a ceramic piece. A wide variety of ceramic pieces are offered and may include mugs, animal figurines, money banks, etc. Ceramics are fired in a kiln and delivered on Friday just in time to pack up and take home.

Gladiator Zip (ages 8-16): Do you have what it takes to be a gladiator? Then step up to the platform for a zip line with a twist! Get harnessed in, pick up your “javelin” (pool noodle) and then run off the ramp. While zip lining, attempt to throw your javelin at your fellow zipper or try to get a bullseye on the hanging target. It’s so much fun you get to do it twice!

Pop & Trot (ages 8-16): Do you love horses but just want a taste of the Ranch life? Campers will get the chance to groom and saddle their horse before going on a Valley Ride. This event ends with Pop Stop on the porch of the Equestrian Barn. Note: Horses don’t trot or drink pop during this activity.

Valley Trail Ride (ages 8-16): This ride is a one-mile ride designed to show off our beautiful hardwood forest. The trail winds through the peaceful forest and crosses the Fourche Renault Creek. The ride is approximately 30 minutes (depending upon size of group and weather permitting). Must be at least 44″ tall and weight limit of 250 lbs.

Water Blast Zip (ages 8-16 and weight limit of 280 lbs.): Imagine a water gun fight crossed with a zip line! Step up to the platform, get harnessed in and then run off the ramp! You’ll then be blasted with water while you zip. What a great way to cool down from the heat of a warm summer’s day. It’s so awesome, we’ll let you do it twice in a row.

Ages 10-16

Archery Tag (ages 10-16): Archery tag is a unique sport that combines elements of dodgeball and paintball games with the timeless skills of archery. Foam-tipped arrows are used to eliminate opposing players from the field of play.  Equipment provided.

Ages 12-16

Paintball Party (ages 12-16): Perfect for beginners or those who are advanced to test their skills on our wooded paintball course! Session includes safety orientation and instruction on a variety of games to play. We will provide the paintball gear. Session will last up to 1-1/2 hours.

Ranch Overnights (ages 12-16): Start the evening with a Valley Ride, participate in a Barn Dance, build a fire and cook your dinner at the Equestrian Barn, pitch a tent and sleep where the horses sleep. Then wake up for one more trail ride before joining your cabin for breakfast. Available sessions 2, 4, 6, 7, 8 only.


Cabin Activities are decided upon by the entire cabin. These may include: arts & crafts, astronomy, canoeing, climbing towers, dam building, evening embers, fishing, frisbee, golf, high & low ropes, hiking, kayaking, mini-golf, nature/ecology, night hike, parachute games, swimming, team building, tie-dying, zip line


After dinner, the camp is ready to gather as a larger group and find adventure, silliness, tests of skill, or just the kind of fun that is only found at camp! These programs vary from summer to summer, but here are some examples: astronomy; braveheart; capture the flag; closing campfire; conquer the world; counselor hunt; dance; dutch auction; field games; flashlight tag; giants, wizards, and elves; night hike; opening campfire; overnights; ugly counselor contest; unit cookout; street party


For any questions, please contact the Camp Lakewood office directly at 573-438-2155, or via email at


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