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

Program No. 22180RJ
Head to summer camp with your family 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.

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Age 10 - 17
The figures below indicate the rooming options available.
Jul 23 - Jul 28, 2023
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Jul 23 - Jul 28, 2023
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At a Glance

Summer camp awaits you and your family 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 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

This is a Family program for participants, their adult children and grandchildren ages 10 and up. For a comparable intergenerational adventure for just grandparents and grandchildren, check out program #14633!
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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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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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Jessie Stevenson is the guest experience director of Trout Lodge. She has been coming to Camp Lakewood and Trout Lodge since she was 10 years old. She has a strong passion for the outdoors and rock climbing. The best part of working here for her is that she gets to provide others with the same experience she has had and share her passion for camp life.
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Jeri Melton is the senior director of Trout Lodge. She grew up as a camper with the YMCA and worked her way through high school and college as with YMCA and Salvation Army camps. She went on to work in youth entertainment with Disney Cruise Line where she was able to open two new ships. She has a bachelor's in marketing and communications as well as a master's in educational leadership. She has a passion for nature, outdoor education, and guest services.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Missouri Geology: Three Billion Years of Volcanoes, Seas, Sediments, and Erosion
by A.G. Unklesbay and Jarry D. Vineyard
Washington County, Missouri: including its History, the Horine Cemetery, the Hughes Mountain State Natural Area, and More
by Sharon Clyde
Roadside Geology of Missouri
by Charles G. Spencer

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