What sets YMCA Camp Wakonda apart from other camps is our camp culture of “I’m Third.” It’s a meaningful camp motto stating “God first, Others Second and ‘I’m Third.’” Camp Wakonda staff members are carefully selected for their ability to live out the camp’s motto. They hope campers will, in turn, adopt an “I’m Third” lifestyle.
Camp Wakonda is a learning culture infused with fun. Activities include archery, riflery, outdoor cooking, high ropes, rock climbing, cheer and dance, yoga, field sports, canoeing, kayaking swimming, arts and crafts and (a lot) more. The activities offer new challenges and opportunities to practice the core values of YMCA… caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, faith & friendship. Campers also participate in daily chapel, grace at meals and evening devotions.
Camp is held in a pristine Ozark Mountain setting with fields, creeks and a lake. Over the past 5 years there have been significant upgrades to camp, including air-conditioned cabins, new windows and doors, a new solar powered shower house, a new five-acre lake, docks and all kinds of canoes, kayaks and water trampolines to enjoy on the new lake.
Seven co-ed camps, for ages 8–18, are held from June through August. Each camp lasts a week. Seven days of making lifelong friendships. Seven days of fun and challenges. Seven days of growing in spirit, mind and body. Seven days that will equal the best week of your kid’s summer.