Our two-story Dining Hall, known as Deer Center, is a wonderful eating facility and meeting space that can accommodate up to 175 people. 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, hanging projector, and screen.
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, and notepad on an easel. 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 climate-controlled cabins with 16 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 or corcling 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 3 caves on-site: Bobcat, Mystery, 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, and notepad on an easel. 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 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.
The Sing Shot Range is a fun place for campers to practice their fine motor skills and aim. Using river rock for ammo, campers take turns firing at the different targets at the range. Maybe they’ll aim for the rooster shaped weather vane, the Mickey Mouse pan, or try to ring the bell at the top of the targets. Each time their rock connects with a target, it makes a satisfying ding. The sling shots are set at varying heights to accommodate campers of all ages.
The treehouses are a favorite living space at Camp Wyoming. During the summer, our Night Owls campers call these their home. 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.
Introduced in 2018, rocket launching has fast become a favorite activity for summer campers and school groups. Using recyclable materials like plastic bottles and cardboard, kids are able to build their own rockets and launch them hundreds of feet into the air. They have so much fun constructing and experimenting with their rockets. Which fin design will make their rocket spin or fly the farthest? It’s learning and fun packed into one exciting activity.
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, our Director of Programs & Marketing, and our Office Manager.
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.
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!
Pedal Karts provide an opportunity for campers to live their race car dreams! Campers race each other around the track, and the fastest peddler wins! This is a fun activity enjoyed most often by our Pioneer Campers (grades 5-6).
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:
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 3 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!
Trips to Local Lake
Older campers love the chance to visit a local lake for additional fun. They enjoy swimming at the beach and cooking out lunches while they relax by the water. Groups often take the camp corcls to paddle on the water and even attempt using them like stand up paddle boards! The lake is perfect for a casual overnight camping trip as well.
Extreme Adventure Trips
Every summer, some of our oldest campers leave to explore the northern Wisconsin/Michigan wilderness. They stop at a water adventure park, go rock climbing, and test the limits of their adventurous spirit during a thrilling white water rafting ride.
Thrill Seeker Whitewater Kayak/Camping Trip
Our Thrill Seekers camps each summer take a trip down the Maquoketa River. They kayak through the Whitewater Park in Manchester and enjoy the exciting drops and rapids right when they enter the river. Campers then paddle to a nearby campground to enjoy tent camping, cooking out, and hanging out together under the stars.
Water Park Trip
A favorite for our Water Adventures camp, who doesn’t love a day at the water park? Campers enjoy relaxing loops around the lazy river, jump through the waves in the wave pool, and scream and laugh on the slides and water coasters. It’s the perfect way to spend a hot, summer day!
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.
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! Our older campers enjoy playing games with our 4 foot high “earth ball.”
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.
Bubble Soccer is a much-loved (although tiring) activity here at Camp Wyoming. Players get inside giant balls and attempt to play a game of soccer. Bumping into people on the opposing team can knock them over and give you the chance to steal the ball and score a goal!
Human Foosball takes the beloved table-top game and brings it to life. Plays stand within the court while placing their hands on their assigned spot. They play a game of soccer as if they are the tiny players within the foosball game, sliding back and forth with their teammates.
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 swings and a merry-go-round for younger kids.
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!