YMCA Camp Kitaki

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education

Camp Kitaki’s Outdoor Education programs enrich and reinforce classroom learning through engaging, hands-on programs. Our coordinator will design a custom day or overnight program that fits your curriculum goals, budget, and desire to provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for your students.

Program Goals

Program Goals
Program Goals

Here at Kitaki, we strive to partner with the schools we serve to achieve the following goals:

Enhanced Academic Opportunities

  • Create meaningful connections to the curriculum in order to enforce the principals learned in the classroom.
  • Introduce new concepts through engaging, interactive programs.
  • Improve academic performance.

Character Development

  • Build confidence and self esteem by providing opportunities for all students to succeed.
  • Teach values, including respect, responsibility, honesty, and caring.
  • Teach life skills such as conflict resolution, independence, and communication.

Positive Role Models and Relationships

  • Promote unity and respect between students and teachers.
  • Increase the number of positive adult role models in a student’s life.
  • Encourage positive and supportive peer interactions.

 Connection to Nature

  • Provide opportunities for meaningful exploration in a natural setting.
  • Develop an appreciation for the natural world.
  • Promote environmental stewardship.

Activity Options

Activity Options
Activity Options

Camp Kitaki offers a wide range of adventurous and educational programs tailored to meet the needs of your school.  On a budget? With day programs for as little as $3 per student, our staff will work with you to plan activities that meet your goals without breaking the bank. 

List of program descriptions and costs.  

 

Sample Schedule

Sample Schedule
Sample Schedule

One day, half week, and one week experiences are available. Our coordinator will help you plan the schedule that will best meet your school’s goals. Below you will find a sample schedule for a 2-night program.

Day One
9:00am  Arrival and Orientation
9:15am  Begin Activity Rotations
12:15pm  Lunch and Moment of Science
1:00pm  Continue Activity Rotations
5:00pm  Large Group Game
6:00pm  Dinner and Critter Talk
7:00pm  Begin Evening Activity 1
10:00pm  Lights Out

Day Two
8:00am  Breakfast and Song
9:00am  Begin Activity Rotations
12:00pm  Lunch and Moment of Science
1:00pm  Continue Activity Rotations
5:30pm  Free Time
6:00pm  Dinner and Critter Talk
7:00pm  Begin Evening Activity 2
10:00pm  Lights Out
8:00am  Breakfast and Song
9:00am  Journaling
10:00am  Closing Activity
11:00am  Clean and Depart

Meals

Meals
Meals

A variety of meal options are available to fit with your schedule and needs. Camp Kitaki can prepare your meals in our Dining Hall, help lead a cookout for your students, or you are welcome to bring sack lunches.

If Kitaki will be arranging the meal, please let us know the number of  people dining with us, as well as any dietary needs or food allergies your students may have (we can accommodate to most if we are given proper notification).

As part of our character development curriculum, we do ask students to assist with minor clean-up after the meal that includes scraping remains off their plates, putting their dishes near the dish room, and wiping off their tables.

During meals, Kitaki staff will be available to share a brief program of nature facts, songs, and moments of science if your group is interested.

Sample Menus:

Breakfast: $6/person
Variety of Cold Cereals, French Toast Sticks, Sausage Links, Mixed Fruit, Milk and Apple Juice, Coffee and Tea

Lunch:  $6/person
Mini Corn Dogs, Macaroni and Cheese, Green Beans, Apples and Oranges, Ice Cream Bars, Fruit Punch and Water

Dinner:   $6.50/person
Chicken Tenders, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Dinner Rolls, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Lemonade and Water

Cookouts:  $5/person
Hot Dogs, Potato Chips, Fresh Fruit, S’mores, Fruit Punch and Water

Lodging and Facilities

Lodging and Facilities
Lodging and Facilities

Lodging

An overnight in our comfortable, heated and air-conditioned cabins will enhance group bonding and allow your students to practice life skills such as independence and consideration for others.

Most cabins have a capacity of 15 with twin-sized bunk beds and an individual restroom. Students are asked to provide their own bedding, towels, and personal items.

We ask that at least one adult chaperone stay in each cabin.  Camp staff are happy to help organize students into cabin groups.

The cost to rent a cabin is $75/night.

Facilities
Camp Kitaki is located between Omaha and Lincoln, with over 200 beautiful acres nestled along the Platte River.

We offer well kept, temperature controlled facilities year round, and provide well trained, professional staff to host your group’s stay.

Our staff would be happy to arrange a tour to answer any questions you may have and to assist in your planning. Please call (402)434-9221 for more information.

State Curriculum Standards

State Curriculum Standards
State Curriculum Standards

Our programs are tailored to meet specific state curriculum standards. Contact us to see a list of the curriculum standards for each activity.

Booking Information and Questions

Booking Information and Questions
Booking Information and Questions

Thank you for taking the time to investigate the Outdoor Education Program at YMCA Camp Kitaki.  It is my sincere privilege to provide you with information concerning the program and how we may be able to serve the students of your school. 

My job is to work with your school to build a program that best meets the needs of your staff and students, and of course fits within your school’s budget. I am happy to help with every step of the planning process in order to make your Outdoor Education experience as simple and stress-free as possible.

Please contact me with any questions you may have, or to inquire about booking an event with us.  I look forward to working with you!

 

Associate Executive Director
nroberts-day [at] ymcalincoln.org
402-434-9221
Nat has been part of the Kitaki family for over 20 years. She works with the camper experience during summer camp, our Outdoor Education programs and providing overall leadership to our programs as the Associate Executive Director.