At Camp Lakewood, we want your camper to be prepared for an unforgettable experience with us. Here are some tips to help you get ready for camp.

For more information, check out the NEW 2024 Parent Handbookcall us at 573-438-2155 or email camplakewood@gwrymca.orgWe offer tiered pricing and discounts for Y members, military families, and multi-camper families as well as financial assistance. Click here to learn more about YMCA Camp Lakewood discounts.



Click here for additional details in our parent handbook.

The check-in window will be from 1:30 - 3 pm on the first day of your camp session.

When you arrive, enter through the Camp Lakewood entrance (by the Triangle Y Ranch) and follow the signs. We kindly request that you do not arrive before 1:30 pm to allow our staff to finalize preparations.

The check-out window will be from 5 - 6 pm on the final day of your camp session. No early pickups, please.

You will be required to show a government-issued photo ID. For the safety of your child, we strictly adhere to the policy that no child will be released to anyone not listed on the registration form without prior written notification. If someone other than those named on the registration form will be picking up your child from camp, please complete a "Pick Up Authorization Form" available when you access your account. Please provide this form to us well in advance.




Choose camp add-ons upfront or add them later!

These have additional fees and are available during certain sessions only.
Extra activities like horsemanship, advanced arts & crafts, and ceramics.
Weekend stayovers to stay over between consecutive sessions.
Return transportation to the South County YMCA.
Late checkout to stay as late as 5 pm on check-out day.



Make sure you pack the right stuff for an exceptional week at Camp. To help recover lost items, clearly label all items with your child’s full name. Missing an item after your session? Fill out the lost and found form here.


  • T-shirts
  • Shorts 
  • Old T-shirts and shorts
  • Long pants (required for horseback riding) 
  • Closed-toe shoes 
  • Sweatshirt 
  • Pajamas/nightclothes
  • Swimsuit (conservative: one-pieces for girls, board short type for boys)
  • Socks 
  • Undergarments 
  • Sport sandals 
  • Tennis shoes 
  • Rain poncho/coat
  • Hat for sun protection
  • Caving clothes (tennis shoes, long pants, and T-shirt: these will not come clean)

Bedding & Towels
  • Pillow and pillowcase
  • Twin-size sheets; Extra sheets and plastic a sheet if needed
  • Sleeping bag
  • Bath towel and washcloth
  • Beach towel

Personal Care
  • Shampoo, body wash and face wash
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Comb or hairbrush
  • Bag for the above items
  • Insect repellent (non-aerosol)
  • Sunblock (non-aerosol)
  • (Do not pack medication. Bring it separately to give to staff at check-in.)

  • Reusable, durable water bottle (available for purchase at camp)
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Laundry bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Bandana
  • Disposable camera 
  • Zany costume or accessories for Crazy Campfire 
  • Writing materials/stamps 
  • Journal or notebook


Main Camps, East Camps, Ranch Camp, Equestrian Camp:

Closed-toe shoes for horseback riding, and small backpack.

Junior Rangers and Rangers:

Hiking boots (broken in), thick socks, sleeping pad no more than 1” thick, 3 ½” knife or multi-tool, and large backpack.

Counselors in Training (CIT):

Backpack and bandana. (CITs pack 2 weeks of clothing. Midway through the 4-week camp, they do laundry.)

Leadership in Training (LIT):

Hiking boots (broken in) and bandana.


  • Cell phones
  • Electronic devices
  • Music devices
  • Electric hair styling tools
  • Aerosol cans
  • Mirrors and glass
  • Jewelry
  • Money
  • Candy/gum

Possession of illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco products, fireworks, guns/knives, lighters/matches, or gang apparel is grounds for immediate dismissal. 



Get to Know the Campgrounds

Take a look at the map for an overview of Camp Lakewood's campus, facilities, and amenities.



Frequently Asked Questions:

Camp fees have a nonrefundable deposit of $200 per session to register and the balance is due on May 1. Access your account to make payments.

All forms can be completed or uploaded when you access your account, or you mail email them. A medical exam with a physician’s signature is required and must have been completed within 24 months of the camper coming to camp. We will accept your doctor’s form; it is not necessary to use our form. In addition to your medical exam, a copy of your insurance card and immunization records are required at least four weeks before your child attends camp.

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Mutual cabinmate requests are honored whenever possible and are requested through online registration. The campers must be in the same village and the same program and be within one year’s age of each other. Buddy request preferences are limited to one request per camper and each child must request each other in order to be placed in cabins together.

For the safety of our campers, it is highly recommended that all routine and as-needed (PRN) prescription and over-the-counter medications in an oral, chewable, or gummy formulation be provided in blister packs prepared by a pharmacy. This will be optional for 2024 and required for 2025. Blister packs greatly facilitate the handling, storage, and administration of medications, and streamline the medication process at check-in time.

We cannot accept medications in home-made blister packs, pill planners or plastic bags.

Parents interested in this service can consult their local pharmacy or contact Pharmax Pharmacy in Potosi at 610 E. High Street, Potosi MO 63664. Phone: 573-438-2189. Orders for medications in blister packing must be placed with Pharmax at least 30 days before the start of the camper's session. Pharmax will handle the blister packing and delivery of medications to Camp Lakewood on the Friday preceding the session's start date. While Pharmax provides this service at no additional cost, families are still responsible for copays and medication expenses.

For more information, please contact Dave Williams, LPN, CPC, Medical Director at Camp Lakewood, at 573-438-2154 ext. 132 for more information.

Welcome to Inclusion & Adaptive Support Services, whether you're a returning or first-time YMCA Camp Lakewood participant. Fostering a supportive and enriching environment for children with diverse abilities is the primary focus of inclusive and adaptive programs. The Gateway Region YMCA provides trained staff and accessible spaces to help ensure camp opportunities for every child. When you register online for YMCA Camp Lakewood, indicate any needs your child may have, then Camp Lakewood will email you more information and the required forms.

Key Points to Note:

Registrations are processed based on the order of receipt at YMCA Camp Lakewood and subsequently by the Gateway Region YMCA Inclusion & Adaptive Support Services department.

  • To avoid delay in the registration process, provide all requested documents completed in full.
  • Allow at least two weeks for processing, especially during peak enrollment.
  • Your child's start date depends on the staffing and capacity situation at camp, regardless of their support needs.
  • We securely handle information per HIPAA guidelines.
  • We may request additional information.

The Gateway Region YMCA is committed to serving individuals without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected factor. Our goal is to provide inclusive opportunities for all community members in our programs. While we make every effort to accommodate, there may be situations where a child's needs exceed the scope of our recreational, and non-therapeutic programs.

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The staff at Camp Lakewood is truly exceptional. They have a fantastic time with the campers, engaging with them on their level, yet they are acutely aware of the significant trust and responsibility you, as a parent, place in their hands. They take this responsibility seriously. So, even though the images of our camp staff and their whimsical camp names may appear lighthearted, behind the scenes is a dedicated group of individuals well-trained in ensuring your child's safety and fostering their sense of belonging within the group.

Please access your account to detail your child’s allergies on the Camper Medical Form as well as their Camper Profile Form. Contact Food Service Director Amy McClure if you have questions or wish to speak to someone directly about food allergies. 

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Give every child the gift of YMCA Camp Lakewood. Make a meaningful difference in a child's life with your tax-deductible donation.


We will send instructions to you before your camp session so you know where to find photos and videos on our YouTube channel , and you will spot your child! 

YMCA Camp Lakewood
13528 State Highway AA
Potosi, MO 63664

Phone: 573-438-2155
After Hours: 573-438-2154
Fax: 573-438-5752

Camp Directors

Camp Director
Rose Krzton-Presson
573-438-2155 ext. 121

Senior Director of Camp Lakewood
Erin Sullivan
573-438-2155 ext. 111

Food Service Director
Amy McClure, CDM, CFPP
573-438-2155 ext. 127

Medical Director
Dave Williams, LPN, CPC
573-438-2155 ext. 132
Health Center: 573-438-2155 ext. 133

Camper Emails During Session
Subject: First & Last Name + Cabin #








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How to Contact Us
YMCA Camp Lakewood, 13528 Highway AA, Potosi, MO 63664
P 573-438-2155  E  F 573-438-5752