Our two-story Dining Hall, known as Deer Center, is a wonderful eating facility and meeting space that can accommodate up to 175 people. The Deer Center has a full size kitchen with a grill, multiple ovens, and a walk-in refrigerator and freezer. We can cook your meals to free up your time for your retreat or you can rent our kitchen if you prefer. There are handicapped-accessible bathrooms in the main level. There are showers and changing rooms in the downstairs bathrooms. The Dining Hall also has a sound system.
Deer Center is the central gathering point here at Camp Wyoming. It is the place where our summer campers come to eat meals together, laugh, and have fun. It is where rental groups hold worship services or meetings. It is where retreat groups come to play games and make new friends. From weddings to talent shows to karaoke parties, Deer Center is the place where everyone comes to be together.
Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, our swimming pool allows guests to cool off, splash around, or slide down the slide. Camp Wyoming provides lifeguards for all swimming sessions. To learn more about renting the Camp Wyoming pool, visit our activities page.
Hickory Lodge is the central lodge at Tree Unit. It has a full kitchen, a reasonable meeting space, and two bathrooms with showers. Hickory also has a dry erase board, notepad on an easel, and a ping pong table. An LCD Projector and screen are available upon request.
During the summers, Hickory serves as our Arts & Crafts center. However, during the rental season, groups use the lodge to prepare meals, hold Bible studies, and have worship services or seminars. Its close location to our tubing hill makes it the perfect place to retreat and have a cup of hot cocoa during the winter!
To learn more about renting Hickory Lodge and the Tree Unit cabins, visit our Facilities page.
The cabins at Camp Wyoming are separated into 2 units: Bird Unit and Tree Unit. Each unit has 4 heated cabins with 7 bunk beds per cabin. They are the perfect setting for youth groups and large gatherings. Bathrooms, showers, and meeting/kitchen space are nearby in a centrally located lodge.
To learn more about renting the Camp Wyoming cabins, visit our Facilities page.
Frog Pond is a favorite place at Camp Wyoming. Campers and retreat groups enjoy kayaking on the water. True to its name, it is also home to many frogs, and campers love to try to catch them along the banks. Frog Pond is also a wonderful hiking destination.
Camp Wyoming has two outdoor chapels which we use during our summer camp season for some of our outdoor worship experiences. Rental groups are free to use the chapels during their retreats to provide a unique experience for their group.
Take aim and fire a few arrows on our archery range. We can provide an archery event tailored to the skill of your group, providing basic instruction for beginners or some more challenging archery games for more experienced shooters.
For more information on scheduling an archery session for your rental group, visit our Activities page.
Camp Wyoming has 5 caves on-site: Bobcat, Mystery, Bat, Fatman’s Misery, and Horsethief. During the summer, campers enjoy taking hikes to explore each of the different caves and may even have Bible study inside a cave using their flashlights! Rental groups are free to hike an explore the caves on their own, or they can schedule a guided caving event. For more information, visit our Activities page.
Whippoorwill Lodge is the central lodge at Bird Unit. It has a full kitchen, a reasonable meeting space, a fireplace, and two bathrooms with showers. Whippoorwill Lodge also has a dry erase board, notepad on an easel, and a ping pong table. An LCD Projector and screen are available upon request.
During the summers, Whippoorwill serves as our staff lounge. However, during the rental season, groups use the lodge to prepare meals, hold Bible studies, and have worship services or seminars. Its large meeting space and fireplace make it a comfortable setting for groups.
To learn more about renting Whippoorwill Lodge and the Tree Unit cabins, visit our Facilities page.
Our 11 element challenge course provides an opportunity for your group to learn to better work together and grow as a team. Whether you are a summer camper doing the course with your other camp friends or a rental group looking for a group challenge, we tailor every experience specific to your group and utilize a variety of additional team building games and ice breakers that will get even the most individualistic group working together.
For more information on using our challenge course, visit our Activities page.
Like a scene from Indiana Jones, visitors to Camp Wyoming can traverse the creek bed on one of our two rope monkey bridges—a fun, out-of-the-ordinary experience. Everyone who crosses wears a harness. All you have to do is simply hang on to the rope railings and cross “one foot in front of the other!” This is an especially fun activity for youth groups and our older campers.
The treehouses are a favorite living space at Camp Wyoming. During the summer, our high school campers call these their home. Rental groups are also welcome to rent the treehouses for a unique camping experience. We have two treehouses in one location. Each one can accommodate 8 people. Our treehouse camping area also has a campfire circle, picnic table, and free firewood. A bathhouse with restrooms and showers is located a short walk away.
For more information on renting our treehouses, visit the Facilities page.
The platform tents are a more comfortable alternative to pitching your own tent! These canvas tents are built on a platform and allow campers to sleep inside on cots. On warm days, you can fold back the canvas flaps to allow breezes to travel through the screens. Our middle and high school campers call the tents home during the summer. Rental groups may also rent our platform tents and get back to nature! We have two platform tents in one location. Each one can accommodate 7 people. Our platform tent camping area also has a campfire circle, picnic table, and free firewood. A bathhouse with restrooms and showers is located a short walk away.
For more information on renting our platform tents, visit the Facilities page.
The Covered Wagons give you the chance to feel like a pioneer from years ago! This is where many of our middle school campers stay during the summer. Rental groups can also rent our covered wagons and have an old-fashioned camping experience. We have four covered wagons in one location. Each can accommodate four people. Our covered wagon camping area also has a campfire circle, picnic table, and free firewood. A bathhouse with restrooms and showers is a short walk away.
For more information on renting our covered wagons, visit the Facilities page.
PJ Shelter is a picnic shelter to use for meals or covered space for group activities. It is next to the campground and reasonably close to the platform tent and covered wagon camping areas. Summer camp groups will use the shelter at times for a potluck meal. A bathhouse with restrooms and showers is located nearby. PJ Shelter is also conveniently placed near a play area with a small slide and swings.
Our Adult and Family Retreat Center, known as the Owl’s Nest, provides a comfortable setting for retreats or family reunions. The building has 15 bedrooms with two (2) twin beds in each room. The Owl’s Nest can accommodate up to 30 people.
There are four sets of bathrooms where each bathroom has two toilets and two showers. The camp provides linens, bath towels, a pillow, and a blanket for each person. The building has central air-conditioning and heat. The Owl’s Nest has three meeting spaces, a full kitchen, a wood stove, and a deck with a gas grill.
This is an ideal setting for family reunions or adult groups. If you would like to learn more about renting the Owl’s Nest for your retreat or reunion, visit the Facilities page on our website.
The John and Ruth Morris Welcome Center was constructed in 2012 and serves as our camp office and hospitality center for visitors. Here you will find the offices of our Executive Director, Kevin Cullum, our Associate Director, A.J. Plummer, our Hospitality Coordinator, Ginger Thomas, and our Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Stacie Hoppman.
The Welcome Center was made a reality thanks to John and Ruth Morris and their family. Visitors are welcomed in the large greeting area. A board room provides a place for the Camp Wyoming Board of Directors to meet and discuss the vision and future of the camp. It also provides a place for other groups and staff to gather. The Welcome Center is equipped with a full kitchen for our staff and volunteers who visit throughout the year. The basement provides additional meeting and office space, and is the site of the future Camp Wyoming museum.
Take a tour of the Welcome Center by watching the video below!
Our labyrinth provides a quiet space for personal contemplation, prayer, or just a quiet walk in the woods. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has only a single path which participants follow, allowing guests to think and reflect as they walk. For a unique experience, try walking the labyrinth at night using tiki torches as your guide. It is a reflective and prayerful experience. Our summer camp programs and rental groups enjoy including a labyrinth walk as part of their worship service.
The Swinging Bridge is one of the famous Camp Wyoming landmarks! Hikers can cross over Bear Creek using the Swinging Bridge and venture up a short trail to Horsethief Cave. It is a fun hike that almost every summer camper takes during the time they spend here at Camp Wyoming.
Throughout the history of Camp Wyoming, the Swinging Bridge has taken on many different forms. Originally, it was constructed from plywood boards and had rails made of chicken wire. Campers would even sleep on the bridge under the stars! Today, the bridge is of a more sturdy construction, and campers have fun making it bounce as they cross from one side of Bear Creek to the other.
In the clearing at the entrance to the bridge there are three crosses, making it a quiet place to stop and reflect while hiking.
Almost every camper who visits Camp Wyoming takes the hike out past P.J. meadow, past the labyrinth, through Cedar Point, and over the Swinging Bridge to Horsethief Cave. It’s a cave filled with legends and stories that are told and shared each time the cave is visited. Many groups have Bible studies in the cave or sing worship songs. Some groups even camp out and spend the night inside, enjoying the refreshingly cool air within—a stark contrast to the summer’s heat.
This infamous Camp Wyoming cave has its own legend, including horse thieves, a daring sheriff, and dynamite! You can ready all about the legend of Horsethief Cave on our blog and even watch as a camp counselor tells his version of the story to his campers. Supposedly, horse bones are still visible in the back of the cave, and there is hidden treasure somewhere in its walls.
Horsethief is definitely the largest cave on the Camp Wyoming site. Rental groups often enjoy making the hike to see the swinging bridge and the cave. Perhaps you will be the one to finally discover the hidden treasure left by those horse thieves from so long ago!
Looking for a break from the busyness of life? Rent a spot at our campground. Bring your RV, camper, or pitch a tent. We have 20 spots with electricity and water. Each spot also has its own picnic table. A bathhouse and firewood pile are within a comfortable walking distance.
Traditionally, families join us at the Campground for Labor Day Weekend family camp. It is a fun time to relax, get outside, and meet other families. For more information on camping at the Campground, visit our Facilities page, or, head to the retreats page to learn about Labor Day Family Camp.
There are so many things to do at Camp Wyoming, but we also offer groups the chance to have some fun doing a few off-site activities as well. Here are just a few:
Campers and rental groups can use the Camp Wyoming canoes for day trips or even overnights. The lake at local campground Central Park is the perfect place for beginners to test their canoe skills. The campground also offers a beach area for swimming, as well as picnic sites.
Looking for a little more adventure? There are several scenic rivers near the camp that are perfect for day or overnight canoe trips. Our campers canoe both the Maquoketa and Wapsipinicon Rivers.
Our older campers might travel off-site for more challenging, over-night hiking trips. They set off equipped with hiking backpacks, canteens, and all the food they’ll need for a successful trip.
Our older summer campers enjoy taking a trip to local campground Eden Valley. There, they hike to the “Moon Tower,” a lookout spot perfect for enjoying the beautiful scenery and watching the sun set. There, they do Bible studies, sing worship songs, and take in the beauty of the creation around them.
Sometimes, the perfect thing to do on a hot afternoon is take a lazy trip down the river to cool off! Camp Wyoming provides tubes for both our summer campers and rental groups interested in enjoying a relaxing float down the Maquoketa River.
Climbing Wall and High Ropes Course
For a little more adventure, our older campers often venture off-site to nearby climbing walls and high ropes courses. Many enjoy going on the “giant swing” or, after reaching the top of the climbing wall, zooming down the zip line. It is a fun time that tests everyone physically and emotionally, and friends get to cheer their friends to the top of the tower.
Camp Wyoming has 5 caves on-site. However, for groups who really want to get dirty crawling through caves, we also take trips to the Maquoketa State Cave and Werden’s Cave. The Maquoketa State Caves have caves of all different sizes and kinds, and groups can spend an entire day exploring. Werden’s Cave is known most for the passage known as the “Birth Canal.” As its name suggests, it is a pretty small opening that takes a lot of wiggling, pushing, and pulling to get yourself through!
Deer Meadow is central to most of the activities at Camp Wyoming, and there are lots of things to do here.
GaGa Ball is a favorite game for campers and rental groups. Hit the ball at the other players’ legs to get them out, but don’t hit them above the waist, or you’re out! The last player to not get hit is the winner.
Sand Volleyball is a fun game for all ages. For a little more exciting game, especially on cool days, switch out the volleyball for water balloons, and use towels to toss them over the net at the other team!
9-Square keeps all of the players on their toes. Hit the ball within the grid created in the air by the 9-square court. If the ball falls within your square, you are out, and everyone else moves up a square. Try to reach the middle square to be the top player!
Field Games are always popular in Deer Meadow. Campers enjoy games like soccer, kickball, ultimate Frisbee, baseball and football. Camp Wyoming has plenty of sports and games equipment for groups looking to start a game.
Frisbee Golf is popular among campers and rental groups. Camp Wyoming can provide you with a map of the course and Frisbee discs to use during play.
Other activities to try in Deer Meadow include 4-square, swings, tether ball, and campfires at Bird or Tree Fire Circle.
PJ Meadow is a good, open space for groups who just want a place to play and be active. There is a fire circle here with benches for groups to gather around the campfire together, as well as a playground with swings, a slide, and a merry-go-round for younger kids.
During the winter, PJ Meadow is a popular site, as it is the location of our Broomball court! Groups head out onto the ice and face off in teams. Similar to hockey, except played wearing your shoes, not skates, the goal is the use your “broom” to hit the ball into the other team’s net.
During winter, one the most popular activities is our tubing hill. Zoom down solo, make a chain, or see who can slide the furthest—no matter which way you go down, our tubing hill provides an exciting experience for everyone.
Camp Wyoming provides groups with tubes, as most sleds are too fragile to survive the decent down the hill!
Bear Creek winds its way through the Camp Wyoming site. For campers, Bear Creek is most commonly associated with creek stomping, where they can take a hike through the creek, slide down the mudslide, or have a friendly mud fight. It’s a messy, thrilling, and very muddy activity that has everyone laughing and screaming as they run through the cold water.
The mud slide is definitely a favorite for campers, and it’s always fun to see who can make the biggest splash at the bottom. Mud sculptures, mud face painting, and mud slinging- the more muddy you get, the more fun you’re having while creek stomping!