Looking for an overnight camp? Camp Wood YMCA, located just over two hours southwest of Kansas City, offers a variety of options for kids and teens.Camp Wood Website
FEES: Vary by program
LOCATION: YMCA Camp Wood, Elmdale, KS
Tucked within the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas, Camp Wood YMCA gives youth an opportunity to participate in life-changing, outdoor experiences that foster healthy decision-making, lasting friendships, skill development, and strengthened values in a safe, friendly environment. Traditional and teen camps are available all summer, as well as specialty camps centered on the culinary arts, construction, leadership and outdoor activities like horseback riding.
Where is Camp Wood?
A Century of Summer Camp
Camp Wood YMCA was established 100 years ago by a small visionary group of Kansans. They were farmers and civil servants, businessmen and teachers who were involved with the YMCA movement in their communities. And in 1915, even amid news of war, they believed in the power of summer camp and in its value to the young people of Kansas. That year, they set out to establish the state’s first YMCA residence camp.
Their search for the ideal location led them to the Flint Hills. There, they met Howard Wood, a former YMCA camper, who introduced the group to his grandfather, Stephen. The Wood family believed in the work of the YMCA and generously donated 40 acres of rolling prairie to establish a camp “for the young people of Kansas”. Camp Wood welcomed its first campers just 6 months later on May 30, 1916 and has been welcoming young people and their families ever since.
Nearly 100 years later, Camp Wood YMCA continues to serve youth and families from Kansas and beyond through summer residence camp, year-round outdoor education, and event hosting. Please visit the Camp Wood YMCA website for information on upcoming programs.