Camp Wood YMCA


Since 1916, Camp Wood YMCA has provided high-quality camping programs in a caring family environment tucked within the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas. 

Gaining new skills, increasing self-respect and developing a sense of independence are trademarks of our program. Campers participate in life-changing, outdoor experiences that foster healthy decision-making, lasting friendships, skill development, and strengthened values in a safe, friendly environment. 

Safety is our top priority. We are accredited by the American Camp Association – a process that has over 300 safety and quality standards to which we must adhere. Our dedicated staff are carefully screened, trained and certified (by such organizations as the Red Cross and the Certified Horsemanship Association) to serve as positive role models and help with your child’s skill development and growth. There is also a nurse on site while camp is in session and our camp doctor is local and on call, should we ever need him. 

Our camp has a one-of-a-kind view, too. Sitting atop the Cottonwood River Valley with the Flint Hills as its backdrop, Camp Wood YMCA features 630 acres of Kansas Tallgrass Prairie and is the only YMCA camp in the United States located in this unique ecosystem. 

Become a part of the Camp Wood YMCA family and start making the friendships and memories you’ll cherish forever.


Ken Wold - Executive Director - Camp Wood YMCA - KansasKen Wold ( -    Executive Director

“The Camp Wood YMCA outdoor experience is essential to living in a world that’s grown small. It allows youth the experience of being a part of a whole and learning where they fit. They become comfortable with themselves, their environment, and with others that come from a variety of settings.  I love the smiles and noise that comes from a dining hall filled with 200 campers and staff … and the setting of the Tallgrass Prairie is breathtaking.”

Cheri-in-the-sunCheri Shaver (  –        Senior Program Director

Cheri joined the Camp Wood YMCA family in December of 2013.  A native Nebraskan, Cheri lived in Kansas and worked at Camp Wood years previous, she has lived in Asia and Africa and has returned to us as the Senior Program Director twelve years later. Cheri has worked world wide building character in youth and brings all of her experience and training to us in the flint hills. Cheri’s  “5 favorite things to do” are running,  bicycling,  painting,  hanging out with youth, and  having great chats over a cup of coffee!




Keith Shank ( -             Events and Education Director

Keith is from Cottonwood Falls, KS via Illinois and joined the Camp Wood YMCA family full time in September, 2013. He believes in the power of camp and what it can do for people. “Camp can bring people together, breaking down barriers. Camp can enlighten others about how this planet works. Camp can develop a sense of accomplishment and pride in one’s self. Camp can develop lifelong friendships.” He is currently in charge of all off season groups and retreats. He handles scheduling, contract, payments and programming for that part of camp.


Laura Camp Wood

Laura Pasternak ( - Summer and Family Camp Director

Laura joined the Camp Wood YMCA family in the Spring of 2011 after receiving her degree in Outdoor Recreation and Camp Management at SUNY Cortland.  A New York native, Laura has enjoyed the open feel the environment brings and the slower paced lifestyle.  “No matter where I am in the country, my camp mission will never change; to bring people together to experience nature, socialize, and grow as individuals.”  Laura’s favorite part of camp is the down time; the moments between activities, rest hour, and waiting before meals.  “These moments are where the great counselors shine.  I look forward to seeing what my staff will do to bring their campers together and connect on a deeper level, a level that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Nancy Scott - Office Manager - Camp Wood YMCA - KansasNancy Scott ( -               Office Manager

“I enjoy watching the campers come through the office to do service projects and being able to offer encouragement and a thank you.” Nancy takes care of all of summer camp registration and payment needs. Just give her a call if you want to register or make a payment.



Jeri Stout - Book Keeper - Camp Wood YMCA - KansasJeri Stout ( –              Book Keeper

“The staff always intrigues me. By the middle of the summer they become more than a name on a paycheck. Getting to know them is always a positive experience.” Jeri takes care of the accounting side of camp (she in not involved with outstanding balances).



Mark Davis ( - Maintenance Director

Mark Davis joined the Camp Wood YMCA team in the fall on 2010.  A man of many trades, Mark is also the Fire Chief of Chase County, a father of four, and now a proud new grandfather. Being an avid hunter and fisher, working in the outdoors is an ideal settling.  Having the opportunity to watch the campers enjoy the work he does, like the two gaga pits he crafted, is just an added bonus.