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Horses & Canoes: Summer Camp in the Ozarks With Your Grandchild

Program No. 14633RJ
Head to summer camp with your grandchild in the foothills of the Ozarks. Go horseback riding, float down the river and fly through the forest via Alpine Swing on this amazing adventure.
Length
6 days
Rating (4.91)
Activity Level
Starts at
899 / ADULT
599 / CHILD

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Age 10 - 12
ROOMING OPTION PRICING
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DATES
Jun 4 - Jun 9, 2023
Per Adult
899
Per Child
599
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Jun 4 - Jun 9, 2023
899
/ Adult
599
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899
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599
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1,199
/ Adult
599
/ Child
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Jun 25 - Jun 30, 2023
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899
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599
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Jun 25 - Jun 30, 2023
899
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599
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899
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599
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1,199
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599
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Jul 16 - Jul 21, 2023
Per Adult
899
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599
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Jul 16 - Jul 21, 2023
899
/ Adult
599
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899
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599
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1,199
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599
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Jul 30 - Aug 4, 2023
Per Adult
899
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599
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Jul 30 - Aug 4, 2023
899
/ Adult
599
/ Child
899
/ Adult
599
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1,199
/ Adult
599
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Aug 6 - Aug 11, 2023
Per Adult
899
Per Child
599
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Aug 6 - Aug 11, 2023
899
/ Adult
599
/ Child
899
/ Adult
599
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599
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At a Glance

Summer camp awaits you and your grandchild at YMCA Trout Lodge — a family camp situated on 5,000 forested acres on a shimmering lake in the Eastern Foothills of the Ozarks. Together you’ll take on some summer-camp favorites, like canoeing, archery and horseback riding. Plus, take part in fun activities that you’ll only find in and around Trout Lodge, from climbing among the larger-than-life granite boulders at Elephant Rocks State Park to soaring high above the forest on the Alpine Swing. Learn to line dance from the Triangle Y Wranglers, and tell stories by the campfire as you fill up on s’mores under the stars. All this and more in a beautiful setting in Eastern Foothills of the Ozarks.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walking up to two miles on uneven terrain. Horseback riding up to three hours.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Hit the lake in a canoe, where you’ll learn how to paddle properly from your expert instructor, and take a leisurely float trip down the river.
  • Practice riding a horse in the equestrian barn before heading out on a trail ride through hardwood forests.
  • Climb high above the forest on the Alpine Tower, swing through the air on the Alpine Swing, and enjoy a moonlight zip line adventure as you zip through the night sky.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 10-12. For a comparable family adventure for all generations, check out "Horses & Canoes: Summer Camp in the Ozarks With Your Family" (#22180)!
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Steve Schmich
Steve Schmich is a retired teacher who is passionate about sharing his great love for the outdoors with others. During his teaching career, he taught health, physical education, and outdoor education. Steve has specific interests in aquatic ecology and geology.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Steve Schmich is a retired teacher who is passionate about sharing his great love for the outdoors with others. During his teaching career, he taught health, physical education, and outdoor education. Steve has specific interests in aquatic ecology and geology.
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Melissa Voyles is right at home on the ranch and in the saddle. Passionate about riding horses since she was young, Melissa became an instructor with The Certified Horsemanship Association in both English and Western riding. Following the horse and ranch career path, she started out as a part-time wrangler at the Triangle Y Ranch and worked her way up to ranch director. She loves sharing her passion of horses and horsemanship skills with others. Melissa also holds a BS in animal science.
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Andy and Debbie Schwartz have a passion for outdoor activities. Andy is a two-time, Missouri Senior Olympics gold medalist in archery. He teaches archery and boat at the YMCA of the Ozarks, and ran the boy’s camp canoeing program while in college. His wife, Debbie, assists him with the archery instruction, but was also a former canoeing and sailing instructor at a camp in Maine. She also taught piano for over 30 years and currently is performing and coaching duets and two-piano compositions.
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Maggie Deaton grew up on a horse farm and has ridden horses for as long as she can remember, taking lessons and riding with all kinds of different trainers. She attended the University of Missouri and got her degree in Agricultural Business. One of the reasons Maggie works at the Triangle Y Ranch is so that she can pass on her knowledge and love for horses to Road Scholars.
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
5 B 5 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Program Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Potosi, MO
D
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: Check-in from 3:30 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration. After you check in and have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, get any updated information, and confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please locate your Group Leader and let them know you have arrived. Help yourself to the fruit basket at the registration table! Orientation: 4:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. We will review COVID protocols and will adhere to applicable requirements and guidelines throughout the program. This is a Road Scholar Grandparent program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren at all times. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Minors are never to be left unsupervised. Our experienced and knowledgeable Group Leader will also serve as our Study Leader, presenting lectures and conducting field trips. Transportation will be via mini-bus unless noted otherwise. Meals will be in the Trout Lodge Dining Hall. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: In the Trout Lodge dining room.

Evening: We will explore Trout Lodge and Camp Lakewood and learn about the history of the lodge and the upcoming program activities. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Water Ecology, Rocks & Minerals, Riding Lesson, Zipline
Potosi, MO
B,L,D
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: Getting on/off horses. Horseback riding requires long pants and closed-toe shoes. Walking about 1 mile; hilly terrain. Bring shoes that can get wet for water ecology.

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: We’ll walk to our very own cold springs for a hands-on lesson on aquatic ecology to learn what’s in and around the water. Then with our expert geologists, we’ll walk to another location and learn about rocks and minerals.

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll go to the Equestrian Barn, learn how to tack horses, and enjoy an educational ride in the arena.

Dinner: In the dining room.

Evening: We’ll end the evening with a zipline adventure. Our zip-lining experiences provide a sense of flying as the trees and beautiful scenery rush by. Note: For kids ages 8 and older.

DAY
3
Elephant Rocks State Park, Climbing Alpine Tower
Potosi, MO
B,L,D
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 36 miles, approximately 1 hour riding time. Elephant Rocks State Park and Alpine Tower-Swing require closed-toe shoes. Wear comfortable clothes.

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: We will learn from a geology expert how to wire-wrap a rock or mineral found on our hike the previous day. We’ll then board the bus and ride to Elephant Rocks State Park.

Lunch: At Elephant Rocks State Park.

Afternoon: We’ll enjoy the afternoon at Elephant Rocks State Park where there are amazing natural geological wonders all around. The park is named for granite rocks that are 1.5 billion years old and look like a train of circus elephants. There are two available routes through the park, one on a paved walkway, the other up and over the rocks. Our Group Leader will take one route and provide commentary as we go. Those with energy and stamina are welcome to take the other route and go up on their own. At the top, we’ll learn about more geology and history with the whole group. On the way back, we will stop in the village of Caledonia. Most of the town has been declared a National Historic District. We’ll stop at the historic general store, notable for antiques and an old time hand-dipped ice cream and candy shop. Returning to the lodge, we’ll have some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: In the dining room.

Evening: We’ll have an evening of fun-filled adventure on the Alpine Tower, Alpine Swing, and zip line. The Alpine Tower is a 50-foot hourglass-shaped jungle gym with a variety of elements including rocks, cables and poles. On the Alpine Swing, we’ll put on harnesses and helmets, then be hooked into a cable pulled into the air by family and friends on the ground, going up to approximately 40 feet in the air. When ready to swing, let go of a release cord, then “fly” through the air, swinging back and forth over a distance of about 60 feet.

DAY
4
Horseback Riding, Archery, Canoeing Line Dancing
Potosi, MO
B,L,D
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: Getting on/off horses; riding around the arena; long pants and closed-toe shoes required. Getting in/out of canoes; paddling around the lake.

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: We will start the morning with our expert instructors to improve our horseback riding skills. We’ll learn how to properly reign a horse, move around obstacles, and even trot. We’ll then have archery lessons and learn how to shoot with an expert archer. Bettering our skills with practice, our goal is to hit the bullseye every time.

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll go to the lake and learn canoeing skills with our expert instructors. The remainder of the afternoon will be free to explore the 5,200 acre facility independently, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, or just relax.

Dinner: In the dining room.

Evening: We’ll head on down to the ranch and learn how to line dance from our Triangle Y Wranglers.

DAY
5
River Float Study Trip, Campfire
Potosi, MO
B,L,D
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: Getting on/off inflatable rafts; going 5 to 6 miles. Bring water shoes with heel strap; wear clothes that can get wet.

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: We’ll hop aboard the mini-bus and ride to the launch point for a float study trip aboard inflatable rafts led by local experts. We’ll learn about the river, the natural vegetation, and species found in the water. We’ll also have opportunities to get out and swim and enjoy the water!

Lunch: On the beach, we’ll have box lunches.

Afternoon: We’ll complete our float study trip and return to the lodge to relax and dry off. The remainder of the afternoon will be free to enjoy however you please.

Dinner: In the dining room.

Evening: After a long day in the sun, we’ll relax and enjoy a campfire. Prepare for check-out and departure after our final event tomorrow.

DAY
6
Ranch Hay Ride, Program Concludes
Potosi, MO
B,L

Activity note: Lodge check-out 11:30 a.m.

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: We’ll take a hay ride through the horse pastures. A great time to take pictures with new friends. We’ll return to the lodge after our field trip.

Lunch: In the dining room. Box lunches will be available (at additional cost) for those who wish to leave as soon as the hay ride is over. This concludes our program.

Afternoon: For anyone who would like to stay longer after the program concludes, please check with the Group Leader. YMCA Trout Lodge facilities will be available after check-out (at additional cost). If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






Important registration tip:
If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.