Camp Wartburg offers a variety of activities for participants of all ages.

  • Archery

    Recommended Grade: 3+

    Ready your bows. Aim. Release! Learn basic archery skills, improve hand-eye coordination and see how persistence pays off on the archery range. Aim for individual improvement or compete with others in a friendly competition.

  • Canoeing (Pond)

    All Ages

    Learn how to paddle a canoe on Camp Wartburg’s pond. Float lazily in the outdoors or challenge friends to a race in this aquatic activity. Please Note: All participants are required to wear PFDs (Personal Floatation Device). Children under grade 3 should have an adult in each boat.

  • Canoeing (River)

    * Not part of the Outdoor Education Bundle

    Required Grade: 4+

    Thirty minutes from Camp Wartburg, the Kaskaskia River offers a gentle current and natural beauty. Two trained camp staff guide your group on your journey. Please Note: All participants are required to wear PFDs (Personal Floatation Device).

  • Creek Walk

    *Extra shoes and clothes/swimsuits recommended

    All Ages

    Experience aquatic life firsthand as you explore a local creek. Paint your face with mud, chase the crayfish and frogs, hunt for fossils or just play in the water. Please Note: Children are required to wear close-toed shoes for this activity. Wet shoes are acceptable.

  • Field Games

    All Ages

    Need to release some of that pent-up energy? Play non-competitive games that encourage group interaction or work together to win in a game of Eagles Eggs or Capture the Flag.

  • Fire Building

    Recommended Grade: 4+

    Heat. Fuel. Oxygen. Learn fire-safety skills as you race to build a sustained campfire.

  • Gaga Ball

    All Ages

    Be the last student standing in this popular game, similar to dodge ball.

  • GIC/Low Ropes Course/Teambuilding

    * Not part of the Outdoor Education Bundle

    Recommended Grade: 4+

    Develop group initiative, cooperation, leadership, listening and communication skills. Featuring 13 low-ropes elements and other field initiatives. No two group experiences are exactly the same

  • High Ropes Course

    * Not part of the Outdoor Education Bundle

    Climbing Wall/Zip Line Required Grade: 4+
    Full High Ropes Course Required Grade: 6+

    Approximately 30 feet above ground, our high ropes course offers 13 elements that challenge participants to do their best. Climb our 30-foot climbing tower and fly through the air on our zip line. High Ropes Waiver required.

  • Nature Hikes

    All Ages

    Did you know that root beer was once made with the root of a sassafras plant? How do you identify a Sycamore tree? Take a trip on our trails. Learn about the different trees, plants and wildlife in the area.

  • Night Hikes

    All Ages

    Experience nature at night. Follow a nature trail and join in activities that explore how humans and nocturnal animals use their senses beyond vision.

  • Orienteering

    All Ages

    Put away your GPS and find your bearings like the early pioneers. Learn how to use a compass, and then test your skills on our orienteering course.

  • Pond Study

    All Ages

    Interested in fish, turtles and insect larva? Explore Camp Wartburg’s pond and learn about indicator species, invasive species and the importance of healthy water sources.

  • Prayer Walk (Self-led)

    All Ages

    This seasonal self-guided experience, written and built by Eagle Scout Keenan McBurney, takes campers through either the Days of Creation or through, during Lent, the Last Words of Christ.

  • Scavenger Hunt

    All Ages

    Partner up and explore Camp Wartburg. How many of these outdoors items can you find? Increase your observation skills as you explore.

  • Survival

    All Ages

    Develop trail and camping smarts, play in the woods without leaving a trace and build a rustic shelter to protect yourself against the elements. Learn about edible plants and water purification

  • Other Recreational Activities

    All Ages

    Other recreational activities that are available at Camp Wartburg include, but are not limited to basketball, hockey, kickball, lacrosse, parachute, soccer and volleyball.

Also see our complete list of Nature Quest Classroom Visit Sessions, also available onsite as part of Outdoor Education.