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Camping programs in the Lincoln YMCA were founded in 1903, and camps were soon held at YMCA Camp Strader near Crete, Nebraska. The location, however, was prone to frequent flooding, and the YMCA embarked on a search for a more suitable location. A location was found in the hills above the Platte River Valley near South Bend, Nebraska. YMCA Camp Kitaki was founded in 1953 at the site, and the former cow pasture became home to a summer camp. The site has matured into a beautiful oak and cottonwood forest, providing shade and a whole natural landscape to explore.

Camp Kitaki has grown through the years to include 215 acres, lodging for over 375, over 50 horses, a pool, lake, archery range, and high ropes challenge course. 


For Parents:

We've found over the years that parents typically have a few important questions right from the start.  We've created a quick reference as you decide if Camp Kitaki is right for your child.

What Parents Want to Know

For Alumni:

Do you have memories of Camp Kitaki?  Then you are an alumni!  Join our alumni group for updates about camp and invites to special alumni events!

Camp Kitaki Alumni

Camp Kitaki Blog