Camp Jackson

Teen Programs Ages 13 - 15

Teen programs at YMCA Camp Jackson are designed to help our young people grow into responsible adults. Social responsibility, self confidence, community building and character development are at the root of all of our Teen Programs. Tailored for the older camper, Extreme Teen camp is a natural extension of the Base Camp experience. Extreme programs recognize the developing needs of teens for more adventure and challenge. This is a unique camping experience, enhancing the development of outdoor living skills, natural awareness, and close relationships with others.  With our wide variety of activities, there bound to be something for everyone.  Choose from Extreme Paddlers, Extreme Terrain, Extreme Horsemasters, Extreme Combo for campers or Extreme Leaders.


Extreme Paddlers (Ages 13-15)

Extreme Paddlers features a two day white water rafting experience that is sure to suffice for teens seeking adventure. Campers spend two days rafting down the Arkansas and will camp overnight on its banks.  These campers will experience the chilling spray from classic rapids that leave them soaking wet and grinning from ear to ear. Paddlers will also participate in our high ropes challenge course and learn basic rock climbing techniques.

Cost:  $495 Y Member / $545 Non-Member            

Dates Offered:    June 25 - 30 and July 23 - 28



Extreme Terrain (Ages 13-15)

Extreme Terrain is filled with climbing, climbing and more climbing. Campers begin to learn the basics of top roping on Camp Jackson property and advance to an over-night packout where they will descend into Goliath Gorge in San Carlos to climb on “The Slab”. This rigorous climbing adventure will be led by experienced staff whose first priority is your campers safety. Campers will also participate in a half day rafting trip as well as traditional camp activities.

Cost:    $445 Y Member / $495 Non-Member            

Dates Offered:  June 18 - 23, June 25 - 30 and July 30 - Aug 4



Horsemasters (Ages 13-15)

Extreme Horsemasters get the complete horse experience and learn the responsibilities of horse ownership.  From feeding and grooming, to doing work around the corral, campers will gain basic horse care knowledge while increasing their riding skills. Campers will spend time receiving instruction in the arena as well as take to the trails. Horsemasters will also spend time on the high and low ropes challenge course learning team building skills, as well as join in with camp to participate in activities such as choices, evening programs and campfires.

Cost:  $495 Y Member / $545 Non-Member            

Dates Offered:  June 11 - 16 and July 30 - Aug 4

Extreme Combo (Ages 13-15)

Combo puts them all together in a two week challenge that offers rafting, climbing and riding as well as our traditional activities in a back to back session. Campers in this program should be prepared to do 3 overnight trips; one on the river, one at the climbing location and a weekend trek.

Cost:     $840 Y Member / $940 Non-Member            

Dates Offered:    July 9 - 21


Extreme Leaders (Ages 14-15)

This program introduces teens to interacting with groups of varying dynamics and teaches them how to bring a group of individuals together to work towards an agreed upon goal. These teens will work closely with campers and staff to learn the skills necessary to grow as future community leaders. During their second week at camp, they will assist counselors and specialists leading activities to allow for hands-on learning. Extreme Leaders will also have the opportunity to plan and implement a choice time. We hope that you will be amazed at the growth of your camper when they return from their two week adventure!

Cost:  $695 Y Member / $795 Non-Member          

Dates Offered:     July 9 - 21