9th - 12th


More information coming soon! For more program details, please email sierra.kuisle@dmymca.org

Low Ropes

The journey of self-discovery begins on this low-to-the-ground challenge course, which teaches rope skills, teamwork and problem solving skills. Our skilled Y Camp staff will guide the group through the courses and provide a comprehensive debrief to emphasize the valuable lessons learned.


Stream Ecology

Owl Pellets


The predator and prey relationship encompasses concepts such as survival of the fittest, adaptations, the fundamental differences between animals and relationships within an ecosystem. We’ll meet different predator and prey animals then learn firsthand about the different reactions of prey as they are being hunted, and the variables that can change the outcome of a hunt as we become predators and prey and play a game.


Our Archery course offers students the opportunity to develop their precision and focus as they practice their skills with our compound bows. Under the guidance of our experienced instructors, participants will learn archery techniques, target shooting, and safety protocols.


Students will embark on a journey through history and science as they explore the origins and mechanics of this ancient throwing tool. Our instructors will provide insights into the art of atlatl use, teaching students the techniques needed to accurately throw darts. Students can then put their newly acquired knowledge into practice. It's a hands-on opportunity to connect with the past while honing precision and coordination skills.

Fire Building

Ignite your passion for outdoor skills with our Fire Building course! In this hands-on program, students will learn the fundamental principles of fire building, starting from the basics. Our experienced instructors will guide participants through the art of constructing various fire lays and dive into the crucial components that make up a successful fire design. From selecting the right materials to understanding the importance of fire safety, this course provides valuable knowledge that can be applied in the great outdoors and beyond.



Students will begin by mastering essential skills for preventing themselves from getting lost and finding themselves in a survival scenario. Once prepared, we embark on a journey where we intentionally "get lost." Our knowledgeable Y Camp staff will guide students through the vital survival steps, teaching them how to craft their own shelters from natural resources. Students will have the opportunity to put their newfound knowledge to the test by creating shelters either individually or in small groups, fostering teamwork and personal empowerment. Prepare to embrace the great outdoors and develop life-saving skills in our Survival course!

Night Hikes (Overnight Only)

In this thrilling experience, students will embark on an after-dark journey, leaving flashlights behind to fully immerse themselves in the natural nocturnal environment. As they navigate through the darkness, they'll discover the fascinating ability of night vision and how the night effects our senses! Students will end with a deeper understanding of how both humans and wildlife navigate the night, offering an enlightening and unforgettable outdoor education experience.

Identifying Trees