Retreats and Group Planning

Surround yourself in the quiet natural environment of 172 peaceful acres at YMCA Camp Wapsie.  With more than 100 years of experience, we can provide opportunities for all guests, young and old, to grow through social interaction, community living and cooperative learning.  Groups can meet by the fireplace under our vintage wagon wheel lights for brainstorming and strategic planning for your businesses. Ignite a sense of curiosity with a nature hike,  create one-of-a-kind moments and memories while canoeing in our lake or enjoy a relaxing evening with s’mores around the campfire. Whatever your school, church or business needs, we can help provide a wonderful meeting space and programming tailored to you.

Let us partner with you to create a one-of a-kind experience that has a lasting impact on your group. We’ll get to know your needs and work hard with you to achieve them. To get started, please view our Activity Options and the Group Planning Guide.

Our Camp Wapsie Retreats Program Director, Jess, would love to assist you in planning your group’s visit! Please contact at or 319-435-2577. 

Environmental Education

Outdoor Environmental Education

Enrich your classroom curriculum with hands-on learning in a natural environment.  Our Outdoor Environmental Education program can reinforce speech, math, science and physical education.  Additionally, students are provided opportunities to grow in social interaction, community living and cooperative learning.  As Educators, you may bring your own activities or choose from a wide and diverse selection of activities Camp Wapsie has to offer.

We are excited to be updating our lesson plans to align with the new Iowa Science Standards. The following lessons have already been aligned to the new standards:

Wilderness Survival: EST I:A, EST 1:B
Pond Study: 5LS2.A, S-LS2.B
Group of girls holding toads and smiling
Team Building

Team Building

Inspire insight, deepen learning and create cohesion with a Teambuilding Retreat at YCMA Camp Wapsie. We will take the time to learn your objectives, goals and challenges in order to tailor a program that engages participants and provides purposeful challenges. Want to learn how to initiate constructive conversation and learn how to share control with others? How about building an A-frame Frankenstein and making him walk?  Learn to plan ahead and consider the workloads of others using our giant spider web lesson! Cap the day off with a team climb or adventurous zip off the Hope Tango Tower.

Whether you are the coach of a sports team, a corporate team leader or simply looking to build cohesion in your group, YMCA Camp Wapsie can provide a unique experience to improve group dynamics.

de Novo balancing team building exercise at Camp Wapsie

$1/DAY for an Adult Membership


$1.50/DAY for a Family Membership!

Redeem this offer between June 1st - July 31st by stopping in to our Helen G. Nassif YMCA or Marion YMCA!