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14633
Missouri

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

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 on an Alpine Swing on an amazing adventure.
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Program No. 14633RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
699 / ADULT
449 / CHILD
Missouri

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

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 on an Alpine Swing on an amazing adventure.
Length
6 days
Starts at
699 / ADULT
449 / CHILD
Program No. 14633 RJ
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Age 10 - 12
ROOMING OPTION PRICING
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DATES
Aug 8 - Aug 13, 2021
Per Adult
699
Per Child
449
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Aug 8 - Aug 13, 2021
699
/ Adult
449
/ Child
699
/ Adult
449
/ Child
999
/ Adult
449
/ Child
Limited Space
Jun 19 - Jun 24, 2022
Per Adult
699
Per Child
449
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Jun 19 - Jun 24, 2022
699
/ Adult
449
/ Child
699
/ Adult
449
/ Child
999
/ Adult
449
/ Child
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Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022
Per Adult
699
Per Child
449
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Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022
699
/ Adult
449
/ Child
699
/ Adult
449
/ Child
999
/ Adult
449
/ Child
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Aug 7 - Aug 12, 2022
Per Adult
699
Per Child
449
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Aug 7 - Aug 12, 2022
699
/ Adult
449
/ Child
699
/ Adult
449
/ Child
999
/ Adult
449
/ Child
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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 10 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 on 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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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.

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

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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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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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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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Shannon Skaggs is an energetic mother of three that is passionate about the outdoors. She has years of experience working with adults of all ages. She enjoys working closely and getting to know all of the program participants. She is dedicated and passionate about Road Scholar programs. Shannon is the adult program director at the YMCA of the Ozarks Trout Lodge.
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Program Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Potosi, MO
D
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: Check-in from 3:30 p.m. Fruit basket available at registration table.

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 and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. Help yourself to the fruit basket at the registration table! If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. 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. 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: Explore Trout Lodge and Camp Lakewood and learn about the week’s 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, Nature Ctr.
Potosi, MO
B,L,D
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: Horseback riding requires long pants and closed-toe shoes. Bring shoes that can get wet for water ecology.

Breakfast: Trout Lodge dining room.

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

Lunch: Trout Lodge dining room.

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

Dinner: Trout Lodge dining room.

Evening: We’ll make new friends at the Nature Center as we learn about habitats, diets, and even pet some of the animals. Rocks and minerals evening presentation.

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

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Elephant Rocks State Park and Alpine Tower/Swing require closed-toe shoes. Wear comfortable clothes.

Breakfast: Trout Lodge dining room.

Morning: We will spend the morning learning how to wrap geologic wonders. Immediately following, we’ll board the bus and ride to Elephant Rocks State Park.

Lunch: At Elephant Rocks State Park.

Afternoon: Enjoy the afternoon at Elephant Rocks State Park where there are amazing natural geological wonders all around. Two routes through the park are available, one on a paved walkway, the other up and over the rocks. On the way back, stop and explore Caledonia. This small town is known for antiques, hand-dipped ice cream, and candy from the general store.

Dinner: Trout Lodge dining room.

Evening: Enjoy climbing our very own Alpine Tower and Alpine Swing... Alpine Tower - You’ll climb over obstacles including “Lucky Charms”, hanging logs, giant logs, and missing link as you scale this 50-foot, hourglass-shaped climbing structure. Alpine Swing - You’ll wear a harness and helmet, and you’ll be hooked into a cable that will pulled into the air by your friends and family on the ground until you’re hanging approximately 40 feet in the air. When you’re ready to swing, you’ll let go of a release cord. You’ll fly through the air, “swinging” back and forth over a distance of about 60 feet. End the night by zipping through the night sky on our Moonlight Zip Line.

DAY
4
Cowboy Camp, Sunnen Lake Fishing, Barn Dance
Potosi, MO
B,L,D
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: Horseback rides require long pants and closed-toe shoes. Fishing poles provided.

Breakfast: Trout Lodge dining room.

Morning: We will start the morning on the lake learning canoeing skills with our expert instructors.

Lunch: Trout Lodge dining room.

Afternoon: Next, we will go on a horseback ride. We’ll then have archery lessons. The remainder of the afternoon is free to explore the 5,200 acre facility independently or just relax.

Dinner: Trout Lodge 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 Trip, Campfire
Potosi, MO
B,L,D
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: For float trip, bring water shoes, preferably with heel strap; wear clothes that can get wet.

Breakfast: Trout Lodge dining room.

Morning: We will head off for our float trip aboard inflatable rafts led by local experts.

Lunch: On the beach.

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

Dinner: Trout Lodge dining room.

Evening: After a long day in the sun, relax and enjoy a campfire.

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

Activity note: Check out 11:30 a.m. Please check with the Group Leader if you’d like to stay longer after the program concludes. YMCA Trout Lodge facilities available after check-out for all participants. Enjoy some of the activities you didn’t get the chance to do like archery or a banana boat ride.

Breakfast: Trout Lodge dining room.

Morning: We’ll take a hay ride through the horse pastures. Take pictures of new friends!

Lunch: Trout Lodge dining room. Boxed lunches available for an additional fee for those who wish to leave as soon as the hay ride is over. This concludes our program.

Afternoon: 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!






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