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.

We would love to assist you in planning your group’s visit! Please contact at or 319-435-2577. 

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
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