Canoeing, Horses, Outdoor Exploration and Summer Fun with Your Grandchild
See how the Ozarks have inspired generations to love the great outdoors as you and your grandchild learn about geology, enjoy canoe excursions and ride a horse through forest trails.
Program No. 14633RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

You and your young learner will grow closer while you participate in great, fun activities, at YMCA Trout Lodge, a family camp/conference center in the foothills of the eastern Ozarks. Begin by learning about rocks and minerals, and then head off into some of the world's largest granite boulders. Enjoy a campfire with s'mores and other activities, and get comfortable riding a horse in our arena before heading out on a trail ride through hardwood forests.
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 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy a half-day Ozark style canoe trip down the scenic Courtois River.
  • Challenge yourself on one of the YMCA's Adventure Activities and get a taste of what flying feels like!
  • Spend time at our Triangle Y Ranch meeting and learning about the horses.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 10-12. For a comparable family adventure for all generations, check out program #22180!
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Gwen Weatherbie
Gwen Weatherbie is a member of the St. Louis Mineral and Gem Society and on the “Have Rocks Will Travel” team that educates schools and various groups about rocks and minerals. An artist with a bachelor’s in archaeology from Missouri, Gwen’s enjoys shaping rocks and working them into jewelry and other works of art. She also loves pottery, painting, drawing, and printmaking.
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