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What to Expect

Are you ready for an Adventure of a Lifetime?  Are you ready to take the next step to becoming who you truly want to be?  Adventure Camp is a week of extraordinary opportunity for youth to build friendships, reflect, challenge themselves, enjoy the outdoors, and have fun.  Led by skilled, caring and compassionate staff dedicated to providing the safe, exciting, and supportive environment and the positive relationships that are most needed, youth have the opportunity to learn and excel—not just in activities, but in the attributes that will carry them through all of life’s challenges.  Activities are designed to foster the development of self-efficacy, service, interdependence, integrity, vision, and hope.

Pic3Camp runs Monday morning through Friday afternoon. This family camp experience includes a myriad of activities such as climbing, swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, fishing, survival skills, water adventure activities, challenge courses, bonfires, games and other activities.  Each group of 10-12 campers is assigned two counselors and a guide who work together to facilitate the group through the daily activities.  Each day the group chooses from several activities what they would like to participate in.  Daily themes, challenges, and special events will be conducted throughout camp and also in the evenings to add to excitement. 

This is a semi-primitive camping experience. Youth will be camping in individual tents or group tee-pees and cooking their meals over a campfire (with help from an expert guide). There is no electricity or running water at the campsites. Hand-pumped water and vault-style toilet facilities are in close proximity to each campsite.  Bathing is done in the river and lake.

Pic4What if I’ve never been camping?

Take comfort that our professionally trained staff members are accustomed to making campers and families feel welcome and at home. An expert guide and two counselors, who will be with you throughout the week, are highly knowledgeable and experienced in the outdoors and thoroughly trained in all activities at the ranch. Our camp staff also includes fully-trained nursing staff and youth specialists.


The ranch prides itself on its safety, competency, and professionalism. Boys & Girls Town of Missouri has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™. The Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch is also an accredited member of and follows all standards of operation of the American Camp Association. The director is a certified Single Pitch Instructor through the American Mountain Guides Association and a Single Pitch Guide with the Professional Climbing Guides Institute. All challenge courses are built, inspected and certified by Association of Challenge Course Technology professional vendors. All activity staff are trained extensively and regularly to the highest standards using state of the art equipment, training, and techniques in all activities.  Programming staff also have advanced backcountry/wilderness first aid training and certifications.


Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch programs offer individuals opportunities to discover and capitalize on their strengths and to inspire changes in perspective. Experiential outdoor adventure activities and programs focus on means to continued development of character, integrity, positive relationships and, ultimately, to making even a greater positive impact in the world.
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