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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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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
I exercise for fun, not to win contests. I like to explore at an easy pace, stopping to snap photos and smell the roses. Varied terrain doesn’t scare me, but let’s not do anything too extreme.
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!
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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If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
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