The Wakonda Experience

In 1914 the Missouri YMCAs founded its summer camp program on the banks of the White River. From its inception, camp had a positive impact on the campers who attended. Between 1952 and 1953 the original property was purchased by the state of Missouri as part of the Table Rock Dam Project and camp moved to its present location on the banks of Goose Creek just southwest of Halltown, MO.

Camp Wakonda’s 98 acres of woodlands, fields and streams are home to multitude of wildlife including deer, turkeys, owls, hawks squirrels and woodchucks. A climbing tower, high and low ropes courses, archery and rifle ranges, arts and crafts, nature center and pool offer campers opportunities to try new skills, create lifelong friendships and grow in self-confidence and self-esteem. Historic dining and recreation halls and a solar bath and shower house round out the facilities and offer campers the creature comforts of camp.

A new lake was completed in 2016 to provide campers the opportunity to participate in canoeing, kayaking and fishing as they have done in the past but will now also be able to enjoy swimming, water trampolining, blobbing, fly fishing and the giant Slip-n-Slide.

At Camp Wakonda we believe the camp experience is one of the best ways for children to learn and grow in ways that are almost impossible in any other setting. Living in a cabin with 8-10 other campers, choosing your own activities, learning new skills, meeting new people and developing relationships at camp allows children to do all these things under the guidance of caring counselors, creates a sense of newfound independence. Campers are encouraged to take their new skills and apply them when they return home.

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