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​​​​​​​​​Every year, our kids and their Family-Teachers travel to our Boys Town camp at Lake Okoboji in Iowa to enjoy four days of fun in the sun. A vacation at Lake Okoboji is a big part of the care our kids receive at Boys Town. Even when they’re having fun, the learning and healing that is so vital to helping them find successful futures continues. It’s also another wonderful activity they can enjoy as part of their Boys Town family, as they continue to understand what a caring family is.  

Each day at camp is bursting at the seams with fun-filled activities for the kids to enjoy. To properly fuel the kids for their busy day, it all begins with a hearty breakfast of kid favorites like pancakes, eggs, sausage and French toast. After helping with the breakfast clean-up, it’s off to the beachfront for a morning of water sports like swimming, boating, kayaking, water skiing, tubing, canoeing and playing sand volleyball. Under the watchful eye of camp counselors, the boys and girls build confidence as they successfully maneuver a kayak over the water for the first time or learn good sportsmanship during a game of sand volleyball. Most importantly, many kids are conquering fears. Some of the younger children arrive at camp afraid of the water. By the time they leave, they don’t want to get out of the lake!  

Come lunchtime, our kids and their Family-Teachers have worked up quite an appetite and are eager to devour hot dogs, hamburgers, salad bar and, of course, a “few” chips. The lunch break doesn’t last long, though, because the kids are ready to go back to the beach for another round of activities.

When dinnertime rolls around, everyone pauses and takes some time to talk about their day’s adventures. While sharing good food and good company, they learn to build relationships with one another, boosting their conversation skills and giving them a chance to practice good manners. 

Throughout the summer months, our boys’ families and girls’ families take turns going to camp. Just like other summer camps, our youth share living quarters with dozens of other girls or boys during their stay which teaches them to practice compromising and being organized.  

Summer vacation gives everyone – the kids and their Family-Teachers – an opportunity to relax, unwind and recharge their batteries.