YMCA Camp Lakewood’s co-ed summer overnight camp for kids ages 6-17 of all abilities and located 90 minutes south of St. Louis, provides a well-rounded experience for campers by getting them outdoors while having fun, making new friends and learning new skills. With a 360-acre lake, 5,200 wooded acres, caves, creeks and more, there are many opportunities for adventure, natural exploration and experiential learning.
There’s the 7-day traditional main camp program for children ages 8-12 and traditional east camp for children 13-16. There is an LIT leadership program (age 16) and CIT leadership program (age 17). Jr. ranger (ages 10-12) and ranger (ages 13-15) wilderness programs, and 4-day sessions including the 6-8 year old mini-camp, 9-10 year old tween camp, 11-12 year old preteen camp, and 13-16 year old ranch camp.
There are additional electives children can participate in throughout their session: high adventure, paintball, advanced arts & crafts, SNAG Golf and horsemanship. There are also one-time specialized activities: Banana boat, ceramics, paintball, special agent zip and trail ride.
Camp Lakewood prides itself on its culturally diverse staff, who bring with them experiences and insights about these cultures. Campers gain knowledge of the world around them, all within the safe and trusted environment of the Y. The absolute number one priority of the entire camp staff is safety. It’s in everything we do, and at all times. When you bring your child to us, they will be cared for like one of our own – this is a job we take in all seriousness, even when the camp pictures show lots of smiling faces of kids and counselors having an amazing time together doing the coolest activities.
While campers are engaged in all of the awesome activities that one expects at a premier camp – sports, horseback riding, arts & crafts, caving, climbing tower, zip line, tennis, volleyball, yoga, drama, swimming, canoeing, snorkeling and much more, they are also learning the ABC’s of camping: Accomplishment, Belonging and Character. Children are encouraged to set, accomplish and even exceed goals they set for themselves, with pride that they accomplished goals that they didn't think they could. They create close friendships (many for decades) and learn about being respectful and tolerant of others’ thoughts and opinions. Kids wake up each morning with a sense of excitement as to what new things each day at camp will bring. This is why campers call Camp Lakewood “My Camp”!
Activities and Features
Accommodating Special Needs Attention Deficit Disorder AIDS Asthma Behavior Disorder Cancer Cystic Fibrosis Diabetes Learning Disability Multiple Sclerosis Physical Disability
Religious Emphasis None
Outdoor Activities General Outdoors Climb and Rappel Ropes Course Backpacking Hiking Rock Climbing Caving
Performing Arts General Performing Arts Dance Drama Music PomPom
Health and Nutrition Vegetarian
Horseback Riding General Horseback Riding Western
Competitive Events Competitive Events Intra Camp Competition
Individual Sports General Individual Sports Archery Riflery Golf Tennis
Team Sports General Team Sports Basketball Football Field Hockey Soccer Volleyball
Water Sports General Water Sports Recreational Swimming Canoeing Fishing Kayaking Snorkeling Sailing
Arts and Crafts General Arts and Crafts Ceramics Jewelry Design
Miscellaneous General Miscellaneous Actvities Color War Environmental Leadership Skills Photography Radio
Other Activities Climbing tower zip line Gaga campfires (crazy & closing) no-hands spaghetti dinner (optional)
Location & Contact Information
Camp Address 13528 State Hwy AA
Potosi MO, 63664 United States
314-241-9622 (tel.) 573-438-3913 (fax.) View Map
Winter Address2 13528 State Hwy AA
Potosi, Missouri, 63664 United States
314-241-9622 (tel.) 573-438-5752 (fax.)