Facilities - YCAMP


Pioneer Hi-Bred Outdoor Education Center

The Pioneer Hi-Bred Outdoor Education Center offers more than 17,000 square feet of meeting and teaching space. Enjoy stunning window views overlooking camp with bent hickory rocking chairs that surround a fireplace. The Pioneer Center contains an auditorium that can seat over 300 people, two classrooms dedicated to smaller groups or break-out sessions, and a basement for games, breaks or additional meeting space. The auditorium can also be divided into two smaller rooms by a collapsible sound wall. The space is very suitable for large group presentations, special events, or an interactive group retreat. The Pioneer Center has wireless Internet access perfect for any presentation. Groups may also reserve our projector and DVD player perfect for PowerPoint presentations and films. There is a small kitchen off the auditorium for smaller groups to use to prepare meals.

Chase Lodge

Chase Lodge is Y Camp’s original main lodge. Chase offers a large meeting room that can seat over 150 people and has an elevated stage for a speaker or band. A smaller break out room is available with a fireplace for small group meetings or for a place to relax. Chase Lodge is best known for its large wrap around deck that overlooks the Des Moines river.

Cownie Dining Hall

Cownie Dining Hall has undergone many changes over the last 10 years. In 2001 it was remodeled and a new kitchen area was added to the building. The interior of the building is lined with tongue and groove pine; shields that bear the names of past staff, new Amish built oak tables and benches, and beautiful new floors. Large wooden beams hold up the ceiling and a stone fireplace is at one end of the dining room. Cownie Dining Hall seats over 300 people for meals that are served family style.

Dahl Lodge

Dahl Lodge, formerly known as Ray Pugh Heritage Hall, completed its transformation in 2009 to a screened-in three season pavilion with a stone fireplace. The lodge can seat up to 150 individuals which makes it perfect for an outdoor worship service or additional meeting space.

Outdoor Stage

Y Camp offers a wonderful outdoor stage that was reconstructed in the summer of 2000 and includes electricity, lighting, and seating for 200 people.

Inspiration Point

Inspiration point is a beautiful place high above the Des Moines River with seating for nearly 300 people to gather in song or program.

Chapel Point

With a view of the Des Moines river from up above, Chapel point offers a small chapel pavilion, outdoor seating, electricity and lighting.


Y Camp has 24 sleeping cabins and can host groups of over 330 people. All of the cabins are modernized and prepared for year-round use with heaters and air conditioners. Ten of the cabins include bathrooms, while the remaining cabins share a common shower house. The shower house is well kept with individual, private showers and toilet stalls. The buildings at Y Camp are ADA compliant.

Cowan Lodge

Cowan Lodge is divided into two separate areas, the Good Health Center and Skowhaven. Skowhaven features an upscale apartment with a common living area and three bedrooms, each featuring its own full bathroom and two double/single bunk beds with a maximum capacity of 12 people. The living area has a large kitchen table, two couches, dorm fridge, microwave, and toaster oven. This space is perfect for guest speakers, special guests, or leaders of your group. The Good Health Center has three rooms each featuring a half bathroom and two hospital beds. There is a waiting area that has three couches, a TV and DVD player. There is a common tub/shower for this side of Cowan Lodge.


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