INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
Our summer resident camp in the Arbuckle’s of southern Oklahoma is much like many Y programs where an emphasis is placed on learning skills, developing character and making friends. But few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities. Camping teaches self-reliance, a love for nature and the outdoors, and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership—all a midst the fun of camp fires, bugle calls, canoeing, archery, talent shows, and meaningful relationships. Y counselors are dedicated to making sure camp is an amazing experience for every camper.
WHAT HAPPENS AT CAMP?
• New friendships built on strong foundations
• Teamwork, sharing, and responsibilities
• Daily uplifting chapels
• Our core values: Caring, honesty, respect and responsibility
• Refreshing waterfront including giant suspended slide, canoeing and fishing
• Target sports galore
• Camp crafts
• Horseback riding
• Evenings filled with campfires, carnivals, cabin bonding time and fun
WHAT ABOUT SAFETY?
Each of our staff undergo a full application process including a criminal background check and interview including at least 3 reference checks. Once hired our staff complete a rigorous 10-14 day training period where they are certified in CPR and First Aid. Also included is training on emergency procedures (EAPs), activity training specific to camp activities and events, lifeguard training, and specifics on working with camp age children. Our reputation and your children depend on a well trained and prepared staff. In addition to all of this, YMCA CAMP CLASSEN voluntarily submits to the highest standards of health and safety in the camping industry by maintaining accreditation with the American Camping Association (ACA). We are proud to say that CAMP CLASSEN received a score of 100% on our most recent site visit and re-accreditation from the ACA. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact our Director of Camping at 580 369 2272. Our Executive Director can be contacted at the same number.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SPECIFIC CAMPS
AGES 7-12 TRADITIONAL SUMMER CAMP Most Popular Program!
Our traditional overnight summer camp program for ages 7-12. Emphasis is on developing new skills and making new friends. A variety of activities are offered from target sports to crafts to outdoor skill development.
AGES 13-15 TRADITIONAL SUMMER CAMP (89ers)
Our traditional overnight summer camp program for ages 13-15. 89ER campers enjoy activities not available to younger campers such as skeet shooting, the screamer swing, rock climbing, paintball and more. 89ERs also enjoy a later lights out than their younger co-campers.
AGES 13-15 FRONTIER ADVENTURE (89er Horse Specialty)
For the horse enthusiast. Spend your days at Colling's Ranch with the best equestrian director west of the Mississippi. Riding lessons and horse care instruction.
AGES 16-17 CAMPER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (CLP)
READ WHAT CAMPER PARENTS ARE SAYING
“My daughter also did a week at Camp Ozark this summer. After both sessions, she said Classen "won" because it was "less complicated" and more fun. She liked the "simple" feel of camp there. Keep up the good work!! You hold your own against camps twice the price!!”
“The staff did an amazing job, helpful with everything and made us feel so welcome and I felt confident and they made me feel safe about leaving my son for the first time.”
“Friendliness, high energy, big smiles and easy check in process made for a great impression and very comfortable when leaving kids at camp.”
“My son loves your camp. He always has a great admiration for the counselors. He wants to go for three weeks next year.”
“My husband and I always feel that when we pick our son up from camp he is always a little more grown up. This year we really noticed a positive difference with his connection with Jesus Christ. In talking to him both of these things are very attributable to the counseling staff. Coming to camp is always one of his favorite things that he does all year long. He told us this year that it was even better than past years.”
“My son had the Brazilian counselors and they were amazing!!! My son has talked non-stop about what an awesome time he had and how great his counselors were. I met them all and was very pleased.”
“Both kids came home more polite and considerate of others. This comes from watching how everyone is treated at camp and wanting to emulate that behavior.”
“My son told me that he felt like he has six new brothers instead of just six new friends. I really touched by that.”
“I felt as if my child was in a safe, fun and secure environment!”
“A+ counselors, the best that we have experienced.”
“Best summer camp experience both of my son's have ever had!”
“My child LOVES it. He meets lots of friends, loves his counselors and has fun doing the activities.”
“It was obvious by how my son and his friends were interacting with their counselors that they truly connected. It was also fun to see how my son took me up to meet other counselors that were not his cabin counselors. He really looked up to them all. They were all great role models. I had several conversations with different counselors when we picked up our son and I was impressed with their character and how well they seemed to know my son.”
“This has been an excellent, positive and safe experience for our son. Love the fact that it makes him be a boy for 7 days! No TV, phone, computer, video games; just good old fashioned fun.”
“Camp Classen has been one of the best experiences of my son's life. He looks forward to going every year and cries when he has to leave at the end of his session. I tell people all the time that my son would stay for the whole summer if I could send him that long. Camp has had such an impact on my son that he is willing and excited to go even when he might not know anyone there. I think there is a lot to be said for a camp that has instilled such confidence in a child! He already has said he wants to be a counselor himself for Camp Classen as soon as he is old enough to do it. I miss my son terrible when he is gone, but I can't think of a better place for him to be when he is away. Thank you for giving him such joy.”
“Our daughter had a wonderful time. The counselors were just fantastic. She just loved the experience and will surely be back next year.”
“Thank you to everyone who helped encourage my child to try new things. I assure you, it was no easy task! He tried everything at camp this year and he was very glad that he did."
“This is a wonderful program and I would recommend this camp to anyone. The most important thing is safety and I feel that Camp Classen provides a safe, fun environment for the children to have fun and enriching experiences.”
“I have had two children come to this camp for the past 8 years. Thank you for the great memories, friends, and fun they have experienced over the past eight years. This will be an experience they will never forget.”
“Great JOB! He has already asked to come back again!”
“Fantastic camp, my girls haven’t stopped singing the songs they learned or talking about the things they did! A wonderful experience that I know they’ll never forget. Thanks”
“Don't change anything! Our son loves Camp Classen!”
“Camp exceeded my expectations. I only sent one child due to the cost and due to concern that my second child would be calling on day 2 wanting to come home so it would be wasted money. However after seeing how camp is run, I am confident he would stay, in fact, if I can figure out how to afford to send him and there is an open spot, I'll be sending him to a session this summer that is not yet full.”
“The kids felt happy, safe and secure the entire time. Can't ask for more than that.”
“My son loves his counselors. He always tears up when he has to say goodbye.”
“My kids talked about their experiences non-stop for over an hour of the ride home. They have already requested that we start a camp fund so they can go again next year. The kids enjoyed the experience and that's ultimately what it's all about. Great Job Camp Classen!”
“Your camp made such a impact on my kids that it really has brought tears of happiness to me. I would not have been able to even come close to affording camp had it not been for the scholarships you offer. You guys are making memories for my kids that will last for their lifetime and I thank you with all my heart that this camp is here for the kids. Thank you seems so small in the grand scheme of how you gave my kids a chance of normality, love, care and friendships that will last them a lifetime.”
OUR MAILING ADDRESS: 10840 Main Camp RD. Davis, OK 73030
OUR PHONE: 580 369 2272