Camp Foster Public Trail Rides

Enjoy an hour-long horse ride along East Lake Okoboji and through the wooded trails of Camp Foster.  Rides will be offered at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoons.  There is a maximum of 10 riders per time slot.  Cost is $30 per rider with a minimum age of 8 years old for riding.  If you do not want to ride with another group, you can reserve the full time slot exclusively for $300.  Rides start Sunday, August 16th and go through October 11th (not available on Aug. 23, Sept. 20th).

Trail rides can be available during the week by appointment only. Trail Rides for 1-6 people is $200. If you have a larger group please contact Brian Forney at 712-336-3272 for group pricing.

You must register for Sunday trail rides no later than noon on the Friday before the ride. We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule based on weather or low registration numbers.  Rides must be prepaid by credit card.  If we cancel, your card will be refunded.  If you are a no show or do not call the office and cancel within 24 hours of your ride, there will be no refund.  Upon registration you will be emailed waiver forms.  These forms must be filled out and turned in the day of your ride.  Children under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian’s signature to participate.  You will not be allowed to ride without a signed waiver.

To register, or if you would like more information, please contact the Camp Foster office at 712-336-3272.

Climbing Adventure Package

Must be 10 years old to participate.

The Climbing Adventure Package is available by appointment only. To register or for more information, please contact Brian Forney at Camp Foster at 712-336-3272.

  • 3 ½ – 4 hours
  • Climbing Tower
    • Climb our 50’ climbing tower or work with a partner to conquer our Giant’s Ladder
  • Zip Line
    • Learn to fly on our two-leg zip line course across a ravine.  Run down a ramp and then watch the ground disappear beneath your feet as you fly through the trees.
  • Pirates of the Carabiner Static High Ropes Course
    • Challenge yourself to a wide range of elements 30 feet in the air.  This is a static belay course where the participant hooks into a safety cable and travels at their own pace through the course.

Required harnesses and helmets will be issued to participants.  Participants will use the same equipment for the entirety of the program and should not share or exchange equipment.  Tie up shoes are required and long pants are recommended.

Intro to Climbing

Climbing is a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy.  Come join us this fall for a full weekend of climbing, both here at Camp Foster and also on real rock at Palisades State Park in South Dakota.  Participants will spend Saturday at Camp Foster learning about climbing, practicing techniques on our climbing walls, and learning how to belay (protect the safety of their partner with a rope).  Spend Sunday putting the skills learned into practice and continue to learn new ones on the rock formations found along Split Rock Creek in Palisades State Park.  Get a group of friends or family members together for a fun weekend.  Cost of the program is $125 per person and includes all equipment, instruction, and guiding required.  Transportation to Palisades State Park and park admission ($8/vehicle) is not included in the price of the program.  Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Cabins or rooms are available to rent at Camp for those wanting to spend the night Friday or Saturday.  Call the Camp office at 712-336-3272 to register and pay for lodging.

Dates: September 19 & 20

Link to Register:

Cost: $125 per person and includes all equipment, instruction, and guiding


Saturday – Camp Foster YMCA

9 AM    Learn about harnesses, hardware, ropes, and knots

10 AM  Belay Instruction and Practice

11 AM  Climbing moves and practice – belay practice

12 PM  Lunch on your own

1 PM    Climbing moves and practice

3 PM    Belay testing, climbing practice

5 PM    Enjoy your evening and be ready to meet at Palisades in the morning!   (Camping and cabins are available at Palisades State Park as well as Camp Foster)


Sunday – Palisades State Park

10 AM  Meet at Palisades State Park (1 ½ – 2-hour car ride from Camp) Climb!

12 PM  Sack Lunch – Camp provided (bring snacks and drinks, if you have a special diet, please plan your own food)

1 PM    Climb!  Enjoy the park.  Depart when you want or need to.

5 PM    See you later!  Depart from Palisades


Cabin Nightly Rates for Intro to Climbing Weekend

Private room with shared bathrooms (Crescent Cottage)………………. $60/room (sleeps 4)

Cabin with private bathroom…………………………………………………….$125/cabin (sleeps 12)

Community cabin or room (cabins/rooms separated by sex)……………………….$20/person