Adventure Trips are for youth entering 7th – 12th grades. YMCA Camp Wapsie offers some amazing out-of-camp adventure trips! After a thorough orientation at camp, campers load up their gear and head to their destination!
WISCONSIN WHITE-WATER RAFTING & CLIMBING
Week 2 (Grades 9-12)
Join us for an unforgettable excursion. Along with enjoying Wisconsin’s beautiful Nicolet National Forest, we will spend two days white-water rafting down top-rated roaring rapids, the Menomonee, and the Peshtigo class II-IV. After white-water rafting, we will head to Devil’s Lake State Park to test our climbing skills at one of the best rock-climbing spots in the nation
Week's 3 & 4 (Grades 9-12)
The first week is spent on-site learning outdoor skills, group leadership, and community involvement. Activities include canoeing, campfire cooking, tomahawk throwing, orienteering, conservation projects, knot tying, risk management, wilderness first aid, team building activities, Tango Tower use and structure building.
During the second week participants will embark on out Canoe, Climb, Cave Iowa Trip. This includes canoeing down a pristine eastern Iowa River, caving at one of the deepest darkest places in the Midwest, Maquoketa Caves State Park, and visiting Backbone State Park for rock climbing.
TEAM CAMP (Together Everyone Accomplishes More)
Week 5 (Grades 8-12)
This week combines an adventure trip with leadership development training at Wapsie. Through challenge activities and the opportunity to plan part of the trip, campers utilize and grow their leadership skills. These activities, combined with an overnight rock-climbing trip to Backbone State Park, give campers the opportunity to have fun while learning to achieve more through teamwork.
ADVENTURE SPORTS AT LAKE MCBRIDE
Week 6 (Grades 7-11)
Campers will tent camp at a primitive camp site with basic restrooms and storm shelter at beautiful Lake McBride. Explore many trails and canoe the lake! We will rent bicycles from a local shop and campers will try mountain biking on the well groomed trails of Sugar Bottom. Participants must be able to ride a bicycle competently before attending this Adventure Trip.
ROCK CLIMBING AT DEVIL’S LAKE
Week 7 (Grades 7-11)
Ever wanted to rock climb? Reach for new heights as we spend a week at Devil’s Lake State Park in Wisconsin, one of the nation’s premier climbing spots. It’s perfect for both beginners and veteran climbers. The park has a 360-acre lake and is packed full of hiking trails.
CANOE THE WAPSIE RIVER
Week 8 (Grades 9-12)
Join us for a unique canoeing trip just like the one that got Camp Wapsie started in 1918. This 3 day trip from Independence to Central City let’s campers experience a whole new side to Eastern Iowa. While camping along the river participants can look forward to building fires, cooking their own meals, and learning more firsthand wilderness skills all while forging new friendships and memorable adventures.