YMCA Camp Wakonda

With over 100 years of providing campers "The Best Week of Their Year," Camp Wakonda helps kids grow in confidence and self-esteem while building relationships that will last a lifetime!

 

Our cabins sleep 6 to 7 campers and 1 or more counselors. Each cabin has electricity, a fan at each bunk, and air conditioning. The Wakonda Shower House is just a short walk away, and features a modern restroom and shower facilities. Three hearty, balanced meals are served each day with vegetarian and 'picky eater' options. All meals are served family style in our historic dining hall and campers also prepare their own dinner on their overnight.

All of our facilities meet or exceed OSHA and MO State inspection standards.

Check out our Mini-Camp 2-Night Experience for kids entering second grade.  

Making Lifelong Friendships

The heart of the Camp Wakonda experience is a close knit group of campers led by mature, caring counselors who share a variety of fun, exciting and safe activities. Your child's day is filled with challenges and adventures that afford unique opportunities for campers to learn new life skills and grow in self-confidence and esteem.

Campers are grouped by age and are offered activities appropriate to their development level. Each day campers will participate in three skill clinics of their choice in the morning and then undertake adventures with their cabin group after lunch and rest hour. The day wouldn't be complete without a refreshing dip in the crystal clear water of our pool. 

Older campers participate in special evening sessions, led by our senior staff, dealing with challenging issues your camper faces. Evenings include all camp special events, campfires, sleep-outs and night hikes. They will always remember closing campfire on the last night, bringing closure to the best week of their year.

Learning Valuable Skills

Campers choose their three favorite activities which they will attend Monday through Friday. Our well-trained staff will help your camper progress through the activity based on his or her skill level. Campers grow in self-esteem and confidence as they see the progress they make each day. The skills learned there at camp will be with them for the rest of their lives.

Learnable skills include but are not limited to:

Map and compass skills, fire building, archery, arts and crafts, rock climbing, knots and belay techniques, nature identification, camp crafts, outdoor cooking, fishing, teambuilding and low ropes initiatives.

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Endless Activities

We couldn't possibly list all the activities you can choose from to fill your day,

but here are a few!

  • Archery

  • Arts & crafts

  • Basketball

  • Campfires

  • Campout night

  • Canoeing

  • Chapel Rock

  • Cheer and dance

  • Climbing wall

  • Country hoe down

  • Creek hike

  • Drama/skits

  • Field games

  • Frisbee golf course

  • Frozen (yes, we have created an exciting game based on the popular film)

  • Gold Rush

  • Ga-ga (an amazingly popular international camp game)

  • High and low ropes course

  • Initiative games

  • Luau

  • Mini farm (The goats can't wait for the campers to be BAAaaack)

  • Nature center with live animals

  • ​Soccer

  • Swimming pool

  • Tetherball

  • Tie dye

  • Trading post

  • Volleyball

  • 300-foot zip line

 
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Dates & Rates

See which weeks of camp work best for you and your young adventurer  

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Maps & Schedules

Get a daily breakdown of what your camper will experience and see everything the Wakonda campus has to offer

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Parent Connection

All of the info you'll need to get your camper ready for Wakonda, including arrival times and sending them letters

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Staff & C.I.T Program

Meet our amazing and talented staff and learn about our Counselor In Training Program that helps build older campers into future leaders.