Special Needs Groups

YMCA Trout Lodge & Camp Lakewood serves more than 35 special needs groups. Many of our camps include the entire family, because an illness or disability doesn’t just affect the one – but the whole family. Our groups include those affected by cancer, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s Disease, asthma, missing limbs or parts of limbs, visual Impairments, diabetes, epilepsy, developmental disabilities, hemophilia and more. Their illnesses can be debilitating and often life-threatening. There is also our Concerns of Police Survivors, for family, friends, co-workers affected by the loss of a police officer killed in the line of duty. Disabled Veterans come for four days of adaptive sports programs. The list goes on and we welcome people of all abilities.

Youth & School Groups

Our experienced staff works with our future leaders for teambuilding, peaceful conflict resolution, personal goal-setting and outdoor education programs that improve classroom performance that will set them on a path of success in life. What they learn in the classroom comes alive in Mother Nature’s classroom.

Camp Lakewood Campers

Campers of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds benefit from the positive role models and safe challenges that a week of resident camp has in abundance. Children make life-long friends, discover new activities and challenge themselves beyond their comfort zone to realize their full potential. Camp is a safe environment for children to explore and try new things with plenty of support staff and friends to encourage them along the way. We don’t turn any campers away due to parents’ inability to pay.


There are many families in crisis these days. Whether it’s the loss of a family member, job loss, overwhelming medical bills or personal struggles, families oftentimes need financial assistance for the respite they desperately need to escape their day-to-day challenges, and simply be a family like everyone else. Families need time together to rejuvenate, renew and relax, and leave their problems behind if just for a short while.


Your donation to the YMCA Annual Support Campaign brings hope to children and families throughout your community and makes a lifelong impact on their lives. At the Y, no child, family or adult is turned away. We recognize that for communities to succeed, everyone must be given the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. Each year, close to 8,000 children and adults receive much-needed financial assistance thanks to the generosity of others like you.

$250 – Enables two students to participate in an Outdoor Education program at Camp Lakewood

$600-$999 Inner Circle “Duck” Level – Provides a full camp scholarship to Camp Lakewood for a life-changing week of summer camp full of adventures, challenges, learning opportunities and making life-long friends.

$1,000-$2,400 Waterwheel Circle – Provides the opportunity for five “special-needs” families to participate in a retreat for networking, educational workshops and respite.

$2,500-$4,999 Waterwheel Circle – Allows five families to participate in a retreat for mutual support and enjoy a respite from illness no child should have to face.

$5,000-$9,999 Waterwheel Circle – Gives eight families the ability to come together to connect through shared life experiences.

$10,000+ Waterwheel Circle – Allows ten families facing personal struggles or loss to gather as a group for support and camaraderie.

 Benefits to You for Donations of $600 and Above

  • Progressive series of 10 hand-carved ducks, bronze turtle, crystal duck and eagle
  • Recognition at our Annual Campaign kick-off dinner
  • Knowing that you are positively changing lives forever.

For additional information, please contact Renee Godinez, CFRE, Director of Philanthrophy at 573-438-2154 ext. 220 or via email at


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