YMCA Camp Kitaki

Retreats

Retreats

We would like to invite you and your group to experience the magic of YMCA Camp Kitaki located in South Bend, Nebraska. Since 1952, Camp Kitaki has served youth and adults as Nebraska's only YMCA Resident Camp. Its rural setting is ideal for small-group retreats, family reunions, conferences, camps, seminars and business meetings - all away from city lights and congestion.

The conference staff of YMCA Camp Kitaki are dedicated to serving you and assisting with the planning and organizing what your group needs whether it be a family reunion or week-long conference. The important thing is that you leave the small details up to us.

Who We Serve

Who We Serve
Who We Serve

Camp Kitaki is the perfect places for:

  • Youth Groups
  • Church Groups
  • Corporate Retreats
  • Sororities and Fraternities
  • Scrapbookers
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Retreats
  • Sports Teams
  • Birthday Parties
  • Family Reunions
  • Holiday Parties

Lodging

Lodging
Lodging

We offer a wide range of heated and air conditioned cabins and lodges to meet your group's lodging needs. We can accommodate groups of 2 to 350. Our retreats coordinator will work with you to select the accommodations that best meet your group's needs.

Learn more about our lodging.

Meeting Spaces

Meeting Spaces
Meeting Spaces

Camp Kitaki offers a wide range of spaces both indoors and outdoors for your guest speakers, round table discussions, project work, and more.

Learn more about Kitaki's Meeting Spaces.

Meals

Meals
Meals

YMCA Camp Kitaki provides a tasty, hearty fare that is sure to nourish the active spirit, mind, and body for both youth and adults. Our Food Service Manager is skilled at cooking for large or small groups and adds a personal touch to your dining experience. All meals are prepared in our clean, well-equipped kitchen at common meal times established on the group use contract.  Snacks, sack lunches, and cookouts are also available. Our retreats coordinator will assist you in putting together a meal plan for your group that fits the theme, purpose, dietary needs and expectations of your group. Meeting special dietary needs and special meal requests are never a problem, but we do ask that you communicate these needs with us well in advance. Meal requests must be made with the retreats coordinator no less than two weeks prior to your group's arrival.
Smaller groups are also welcome to prepare their own meals. Both Leadership and Strader Lodges contain a full kitchen.

Learn more about meal options and pricing.

Activities

Activities
Activities

We offer one-of-a-kind teambuilding experiences (both on the ground and in the air!) as well as a large variety of traditional camp activities for your benefit and enjoyment. The activity choices available to your rental group will be influenced by your group's size, your scheduled amount of recreation time and the time of year you are at camp.

Learn more about teambuilding and other activity options.

Ground Use Fee

Ground Use Fee
Ground Use Fee

Camp Kitaki charges a ground use fee of $5 per person, which covers facility maintenance and use of amenities including host for the weekend; firewood; use of hiking trails; sports fields and equipment; coffee and other hot beverages. 

Booking Information

Booking Information
Booking Information

For more information about rates, dates, and program options or to book your retreat, call or email our coordinator.

Mike Jensen

Program Director - Retreats Coordinator
mjensen [at] ymcalincoln.org
402-434-9225

Meet Mike

Mike was born in Omaha and raised in Fort Calhoun.  He has always been involved in camp as far back as he can remember. When Mike is not at camp he loves to spend time with friends, watch and play a variety sports, and enjoys playing the guitar.

Education and Work Experience

Mike first came to Kitaki with Camp Super Kids (camp for kids with asthma). He was a camper for 4 years and then a junior counselor for 4 years. After that Mike joined summer staff where he was a cabin counselor, East Camp unit director, Teens unit director, and finally Senior Counselor. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2013 with degrees in communications and political science, and has been with Kitaki since the spring of 2015.

Family

Mike and his wife, Sydney, married in 2014. Sydney teaches English at Lincoln High. He also has a Welsh corgi named Amos who loves to come out and visit camp and keep all the squirrels in line.

Why Kitaki?

Mike loves to watch people grow and learn. Not just the campers, but the staff as well. He truly believes that being involved in such a positive environment like camp can only improve one’s life and make them a better person for it. Kitaki also holds a special place in his heart because it is where he met his wife.

Primary Responsibilities

Conferencing and Retreats, Outdoor Education, Office Management