Join us for the best summer yet!

Program Overview:

Join in some unforgettable outdoor experiences in Wilderness Exploration Weeks (WEW) program! You’ll start off at CedarS, practicing your outdoor cooking, fire building, lashing, and canoeing skills. On the first week, you’ll head out on a three-day canoe trip on Current River in Southern Missouri where you’ll get to camp out along the way.  For the second week, campers will go to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Jasper, Arkansas to enjoy hiking and some of the best rock climbing in the Midwest. An AMGA certified guide will oversee the day of climbing. 

Prior experience not required- just a love of nature and a desire to put Christian Science into practice more fully. Every activity is taught by experienced and knowledgeable staff.

CedarS will be the home base where you'll return for hymn sings, Sunday School, laundry, cable ski, waterslide and more! The loving and nurturing atmosphere of CedarS is the perfect place to learn, grow, and have a fun and exciting camp experience.

Other Activities:

Christian Science Focus

Our goal is to apply Christian Science to each activity with joy!  All programs include daily Bible Lesson study, “mets” before activities, Sunday School, Wednesday testimony meetings, hymn sings, and talks by the resident Christian Science Practitioner.

Activities

When you’re not at your specialty camp, you’ll be scheduled to rotate through a variety of fun camp activities with your program.

Here are some of the activities that you’ll get to enjoy:

Horseback Riding

Ride nearly every day on one of Cedars' 70+ excellent horses (at no extra charge).  Improve your riding skills in one of our seven arenas, including two that are covered.  Enjoy our extensive camp trail network with over 800 acres and miles of riding trails. Interact with miniature horses and learn how to drive a mini horse cart (5th grade and up).  Showcase your new skills in an end-of-session Horse Show.  All riding classes are taught by a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) instructor.

Swimming

Swim daily at free swim and/or classes in our Aquatic Center with its Junior Olympic Lap Pool and Diving Pool.  Red Cross Lifeguards and swimming instructors are eager to help you learn or improve your strokes and earn certificates. Other fun water activities at our Aquatic Center include diving, synchronized swimming, water polo, pool volleyball, and a swim meet.

High & Low Ropes Courses and Zip Line

Whether working as a team to solve a low-ropes course challenge, experiencing the high elevation challenges on our high ropes course, or zipping over the lake, campers will have the opportunity to experience challenge-by-choice while they are pushed out of their comfort zone and into their growth zone!

Cable Ski

Learn to kneeboard, wakeboard, and waterski on our 6-tower cable ski system on our very own onsite lake.  Learn to navigate turns and try our optional ramp jump as you enjoy ½-mile laps. The cable ski system can accommodate six riders at once, so your whole cabin can be active at once.  Cheer on your friends as they make their way around the lake, taking on new challenges.  Will you be the one to set the new record for most cable ski laps?  (Requirement: pass a basic swim and board navigation assessment.  This activity is typically appropriate for rising 4th graders and up.  During Family Camp, we often accommodate younger campers.)

Canoeing, Kayaking, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Guide your canoe around our own lake or down a local river with confidence after you learn each paddle stroke.  Learn the basics of sit-on-top kayaking at Kayak Cove, and then play a round of kayak polo.  Test your balance as you paddleboard: learn basic strokes and graduate up to obstacle courses.

Log Rolling

Demonstrate grace and balance as you learn to stand, walk, and run atop a synthetic rolling log. Our instructors will teach you the basic skills, and you can advance to log rolling contests. The log is weighted to accommodate the beginner or more advanced camper.  This activity takes place in our Junior Olympic lap pool or in Kayak Cove.

Nature & Fishing

Enjoy CedarS nature program while exploring our new trails and learning conservation practices. Hike over hills and streams to explore our CedarS cave. Go birding in the forest; catch crayfish and frogs in the creek; or go fishing for bass, sunfish and catfish in our stocked lakes.

Sports

Come experience the CedarS Sports Center, with its open-air garage doors and jumbo high-velocity fans. Improve your fundamental skills in soccer, basketball, and volleyball with the help of experienced players and coaches who are committed to helping you excel.  Additional sports to enjoy include aerial arts (2nd session only), disc golf, ultimate frisbee, ga-ga, ping pong, foosball, and modified capture the flag.

Fire Building and Camp Crafts

Learn fire safety and fire building skills, as you work to start your own one-match campfire. Work on your lashing, knot-tying, shelter-building, outdoor cooking, and compass skills.

Trampoline

Bounce safely and joyfully on our trampolines, which have 360 degree net enclosures.

Water Sliding

Twist and turn your way down CedarS very own waterslide, which is one of the longest in the state of Missouri. Enjoy a refreshing splash at the bottom, then hike back up the winding ramp and do it again!

Trips

Enjoy a float trip as well as a number of campouts during the program.

Evening Activities

Enjoy bonding with your cabin during evening activities such as Star gazing, cabin game nights, cook-offs, fishing, hymn sings.

Meals:

WEW will make some of their meals over a fire at the campsite that they create during the session.

The main dining room offers a variety of kid-friendly foods such as pizza, chicken nuggets, tacos, hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese, and spaghetti.  Breakfasts have a main entrée, plus selections of cereals, oatmeal, eggs, and fresh fruit.  Lunches and dinners include a main and side entrée, plus daily salad and PB&J options.  Each meal comes with vegetarian and vegan options.

testimonial-campers

What our campers say

“My favorite part of OCB was totems. Totems is like Capture the Flag, but there are multiple totems (flags),and in a point system. You could build things for points (scout tower, fire, etc.). After a day of totems, all the points (each totem is 100 points) are totaled, and the team with the most points wins. My team won in the end.  Thank you for letting me have fun at camp.”

- Camper

“I’ve found that I’m much better at making friends at CedarS because of the loving and comforting atmosphere CedarS provides, which gives me the courage to be myself. I’m grateful for the growth in Christian Science that I get to experience there as well. I don’t know many Christian Scientists where I live, so having an opportunity to go to camp every summer and be surrounded by so many people I can discuss and learn about Christian Science with is such a blessing. The experience at CedarS helped me feel closer to God than I ever have. It taught me how God’s love can provide you with all the strength you need to get through the obstacle’s life throws at you, and how sometimes all you have to do is be quiet and listen for God, and He will provide you with the answers you need. I am so thankful for all that CedarS provides to practice Christian Science and what is does for me.”

- Camper

“My son had the fantastic opportunity of experiencing a huge and loving Christian Science community in action.  At our branch church, my son is the only kid in Sunday School.  What a difference then to come to CedarS.  To hear the hymns as a choir.  To talk, play, share with fellow young people learning their way in Christian Science.”

- Parent

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