Retreat Activities and Programs

High Ropes Giants Ladder 2 Climbers

Philip M. Polehmus

Two climbers on the Giants Ladder

Wanakee offers activities for all seasons. Challenge yourself, give back in service to others, and spend time in quiet reflection.

High Ropes Course and 32' Climbing Wall

Challenge yourself.

Grow your faith in God, your friends and yourself.

Facilitator instructs safety and encourages teamwork.


Mountain top

View of lake from Lookout
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The view from the top is always worth the climb!

Hike our 300 foot "hill."

See the view from Lookout.

Discover the Historic Cemetery, Cellar Hole and Lemon Squeeze.

Stroll flat trails by the lake at sunset.

Climb a mountain. There are excellent hiking trails within a few miles of camp. Easy mountains are Red Hill, Belknap Mountain, and Mount Major.

Outdoor Chapel and Inspiration Point

Outdoor chapel

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Outdoor chapel

Worship at our woods-shaded chapel.

Hold devotions at Inspiration Point with the surrounding hills reflecting in the lake.

Mission Projects

Be in service for a couple hours, a day, or a Mission Team week.

Grow your group by working together to help Wanakee and other missions.


Waterfront jumping off dock

three campers jump off the dock into the lake
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Jumping off the dock at the waterfront

Enjoy our clean lake.

Pray on a dock.

Canoeing and Rowing

Paddle to the island.

Throw in a fishing line.

Heifer Project Farm Tour

The neighboring farm is a Heifer farm and tours and brief talks are available. Arrangements must be made in advance.

Games and Incentives

Playing Nine Square

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Playing Nine Square

Accomplish challenges through teamwork and communication.

Facilitator leads Games and Low Elements to grow your group into community.

Serve the volleyball or use the large open field for big-group games. Equipment including parachutes available.

Winter Fun

Sledding on the Hill

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Sledding on the hill

Sled down a hill.

Snowshoe or back-country ski through the woods.

Ice fish.

Relax around the fire.

Go downhill skiing. There are several ski areas within a half hour drive from the camp.