Youth are defined as Grades 7 to 12.

Note: Many of the planned programs will be multigenerational, but there will be plenty of time for the youth to hang out with other youth and their adult leaders

Early Morning Activities

Before 7:30 AM

Sleep in or participate in early morning activities which could include yoga, bird watching, hiking, labyrinth, etc.


7:30 to 8:30

All meals are served buffet style and provide a variety of choices for the health nut or junk food junkie and everything in between. More information about meals (at right)

Morning Celebration

8:45 to 9:00 AM

After breakfast each morning, the whole community will gather for a multigenerational worship service with music.

Theme Presentation

9:00 to 10:00 AM

The theme for the week is “Seeds of a Spirited Life: How to increase love, patience, kindness in a life” presented by Rev. Meg Barnhouse, our theme speaker.


10:15 to 11:45 AM

Every morning will include fun opportunities to get to know people of various ages and from all over our district.

Salmagundi means a mixture of otherwise unrelated ingredients. We will meet mid- morning every day for our own Salmagundi: a mixture of people, a mixture of ages, doing a mixture of activities. The first Monday of Salmagundi we will participate in a large-group all-camper challenge. (Yes, you are all required to be there. Or be square.) The following three weekdays, folks may choose where they would like to mix. Offerings will include the challenge courses on campus, canoeing, volleyball games, organized outdoor games like capture the flag, creating a community quilt, and Eco-art projects like paper making, nature weaving, batik, and other ways for us to connect and have fun.

Challenge Courses

Ropes courses for almost everyone – the camp has three different ropes courses, at different heights and for people with different skill levels. The rope course activities will be facilitated by the host camp’s professional staff. [Note: there will be an additional charge for these.] See the Challenge Course page for the schedule and fees.

Creating a Community Quilt

Our theme presenter from 2009, Rev. Kendyl Gibbons, liked Camp StarTrail so much that she’s joining us again this year and will be leading the creation of our first camp quilt. Campers of all ages are invited to participate in this process, as sew-ers, press-ers, de-pin-ers, carriers, color choosers, and other tasks at a variety of skill levels. Using quilt-as-you-go techniques, we will mostly complete the project during our time together this week. Anyone who can ride a two-wheeler can learn to use a sewing machine, and if you have ever wanted to see what would be involved in turning all your fabric scraps into an actual quilt, this is your chance.


12:00 to 12:45

Once again, all meals are served buffet style and there are many choices. Eat now or forever hold your peace - or at least until 6 when we have dinner. More information about meals (at right)

p.s. There is dessert at nearly every meal!

Afternoon Workshops

1:30 to 3:00 PM

Youth and Adults can choose from a variety of workshops, but there will be activities especially for youth as a group during this time. On Wednesday this time period will be extended for participation in the Challenge Commitment Trail which will take from 1:30 to 4:30. There is no extra fee for the youth to participate in the Commitment Trail.

The other afternoons we will have the chance to turn back the hands of time and get low-tech. Ever wondered how pirates really spent their days when they weren’t swashbuckling? Want to learn how to build a proper campfire and then tell the best kind of ghost story? What did spies do before James Bond’s Q made all the cool gadgets? Based on “The Daring Book for Girls” and “The Dangerous Book for Boys”, we will enjoy a retro throw-back to our parents' and grandparents' childhoods, full of imagination and adventure with some old-fashioned goofing around.

Alternatives to workshopsWith parental permission, youth have the option to use the workshops times to socialize, read, explore the camp, practice their talent show presentation, etc.

Afternoon Free Time

3:00 to 5:30 PM

Water ActivitiesThe camp has a swimming pool and a small lake with canoes.

Hiking and Trail RidesThe camp has hiking trails. It is located close to a state park, which has trail rides.

Field Trips

There are other opportunities within a few miles, including the Strategic Air and Space Museum, The World Famous Zoo in Omaha, and several golf courses [Quarry Oaks and Iron Horse].

Challenge CourseOn Wednesday from 1:30 to 4:30 PM, youth and adults can participate in The Commitment Trail, a team building activity. The course will be facilitated by the host camp’s professional staff. [Note: The fee for this challenge course for the youth is included in the Registration Fee for youth. ]


6:00 to 6:45

Enjoy dinner with your new friends and your family. Elbows off the table and sit up straight! 

7:00 to 7:30 PM

After supper each evening, we will gather for 30 minutes of storytelling and song, meditation, reflection, or prayer. Led by Rev. Mark Stringer, this participatory, multigenerational worship service will be designed to connect us to our shared camp experiences of the day and to welcome our evening together.

Evening Program

7:30 to 8:30 PM

Some of the activities will include a dance, a talent show that will knock your socks off, and a campfire with s'mores.

Late Nights

8:30 to 11:00

Knowing that youth are on a different internal clock, some later night activities for socializing will be happening. These will be supervised by one of the adults who is working with the youth all week and will be safe but fun. We can play games, share our favorite music, show off the crazy things we find on Youtube, update our Facebook pages, and share the kinds of things that only seem to come up when one is kinda tired and hanging with friends.

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