YMCA Camp Kitaki

Outdoor Education Activities

Outdoor Education Activities

Kitaki offers a wide range of activties to promote learning and foster positive relationships and identity.

Educational Exploration

Educational Exploration
Educational Exploration
  • Beyond Hatchet: Survival Skills: Making connections to the novel, this  program will teach basic survival skills such as shelter construction, plant identification, fire building, and basic first aid. 
  • Blast from the Past: Students will recognize the similarities between past and present cultures through a variety of Native American games of both skill and chance. Discussions of tribes native to Nebraska will be interspersed throughout game play. 
  • iCare: Stimulate your students with exciting and interactive ways to learn about nature! Zany games will teach concepts such as conservation, awareness of the natural world, and ecology.
  • Ins and Outs: Students will learn about animal behavior and diet by studying animal scat and tracks. This lesson will conclude with an owl pellet dissection… a student favorite! 
  • Instincts for Survival: Students will learn how energy moves through an ecosystem as they struggle to survive in this large scale simulation game. 
  • Orienteering:  Students will be given a basic lesson on using a  compass and taking bearings. Parts of the compass, map reading, and pace measurement will all be taught. A treasure hunt will end your students’ lesson! 

Group Development

Group Development
Group Development
  • Teambuilding: The activities on low ropes course help promote group cohesion, communication, and the recognition of the role all participants play in the success of the group as a whole. 
  • Eco-Teambuilding: As groups complete challenges and learn to work together, they will also learn more about the environment and our role in protecting it. 
  • High Ropes Teambuilding (5th+): Students will need to communicate and work together as they scale our Tango Tower. 

Tango Promo (Short) from YMCA Camp Kitaki on Vimeo.

Goal Setting and Adventure

Goal Setting and Adventure
Goal Setting and Adventure
  • Archery: Students will learn the safety guidelines and skills needed to fire compound bows. The first time they hit the target, your students’ confidence will soar! 
  • Canoe Instruction: Learn the parts of the canoe and the paddle, different strokes, and basic waterfront safety. 
  • Zip Line:  Our Zip Line personally challenges students to push themselves and try something new, while also building interpersonal support skills while they cheer on their friends and watch them glide down!  Our zip line has a ground level start point.  
  • Tango Tower: Our staff will help your students achieve their goals as they climb our 50 ft. climbing structure, which includes a rock wall, cargo net, and other vertical challenges. 
  • Horseback Riding: Students will learn horse knowledge such as the parts of the saddle as well as a basic riding lesson that includes directing a horse and riding on trails. Cost: 

Bring the Classroom Outdoors (No Cost Activities)

Bring the Classroom Outdoors (No Cost Activities)
Bring the Classroom Outdoors (No Cost Activities)

Your staff may also wish to plan their own lessons while at camp. We have many beautiful natural spaces, including an outdoor classroom and numerous gathering spaces. Some examples of lessons your teachers could lead:

  • Art Projects
  • Egg Drop
  • Outdoor Cooking Lesson
  • Pond Study
  • Water Rockets
  • Writing Activities
  • Any material you would normally cover in the classroom.

We also offer a range of programs where Kitaki can provide all the supplies and instructions, and your teachers can lead and supervise. There is no cost associated with any of these activities if your teachers choose to lead them:

  • Capture the Flag: This run around game is a camp classic!
  • Ga Ga: A fun, non-violent  variation on dodgeball.  Always a student favorite!
  • Human Foosball: A life-sized version of the traditional  table game where your students are the players!
  • Nature Hike: We have over 200 beautiful acres for you to enjoy and explore. We’ll provide maps and animal track keys to help make your hike a memorable one.
  • Scavenger Hunt: Explore the camp grounds and compete to see who has the sharpest eye. We’ll even provide the lists!
  • Service Projects: There are always projects around camp. A great chance for your students to learn about service and volunteerism.
  • Talent or Skit Show: Our staff will help come up with fun ideas and supply props to help enhance the show.
  • Music Playground: Bring along your music teachers to give lessons on our outdoor Music Playground!

Brother John in a Round from YMCA Camp Kitaki on Vimeo.

Evening Activities

Evening Activities
Evening Activities

If your group is staying overnight, our staff will help run an evening programs for your students. Here are just a few of the evening activities available.

Science Exploration

  • Astronomy: Local experts will highlight some of the most impressive sights in the night sky.
  • Owl Prowl: Learn about owl adaptations and calls.
  • Night Vision: Explore the science behind sight on a hike through the woods.

Creative Expression

  • Campfire Sing-a-long: We’ll start the fire and help with the songs, but your students may want to take center stage! (S’mores optional)
  • Disco Fever: Your camp hosts double as DJs, teaching dances to camp appropriate tunes.
  • Minute to Win It: Inspired by the game show, students will compete in a series of super short, super fun challenges.
  • Muckman’s Suitcase: A silly and competitive group game.
  • Skits in a Bag: Give your students a chance to show off their talents.
  • Songfest Competition: Teams are given a word and a set amount of time to sing a song with that word in it. Points are awarded for participation and creativity.

Group Development

  • Boundary Breakers (5th+): This question and answer style game allows students to create deeper connections with their peers.
  • Forced Choices (6th+): Our facilitators will help your students discuss race, class, ability, and other factors that influence their lives in a safe setting.
  • Teambuilding: Students will be divided into groups and given challenges that inform discussions of leadership and cooperation.