Waycross has a history of offering lively, dynamic family programs. Every year we host several family and multi-generational programs that are intended to provide a variety of experiences to encourage fellowship, connection to nature, worship, reflection, and rest. We have single adults, couples, families with children and multi-generational family groups participate in these types of programs. Families have been recognizing how valuable a Waycross program can be to their lives. These programs are an excellent way to get introduced to the Waycross experience!
In more recent years we have added new adventure programs for families and have expanded the places and programming we do to include many parts of beautiful Brown County. Recent participants might tell you about sunset canoeing at "Little Africa" or hiking many of the sections of the Tecumseh Trail. Waycross offers a variety of sleeping accommodations, from our Hotel style Conference Center to rustic cabins.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day "A day ON!": (With an overnight option) January 19th-20th
On Monday January 20th 2014 Waycross will be hosting the second annual Martin Luther King Day On! Come help Waycross with a small service project in the morning, stay for lunch and when we finish our work we’ll have a hike and a kid-friendly program for Martin Luther King Day!
We are also offering a reduced room rate of $50 a room plus meal costs for those who want to extend their stay and come down Sunday afternoon and stay Sunday night! Contact the office for more information. This weekend is great for camper aged kids and their families! RSVP or questions to James at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at the office! 1-800-786-2267
Valentine Making Party February 1st 2014, 1-5pm
Get out of the house for the day and lean into your creative side. We’ll help you make Valentine cards for friends and family. We open up the craft room, crank up some fun music and have a riot cutting, pasting and tapping with our inner artist (yes, you have one). Weather permitting, we’ll go sledding, hiking or exploring as well. This afternoon of fun is free. Make it an overnight experience if you like. We offer special family rates for those who would like to spend the night and have a campy evening of games and movies in the Main House Lodge. Meal options are available for day visitors as well. Contact the front office if you have any questions!
Mushroom Hunting and Spring Fishing Weekend April 25th-27th 2014
During this fun filled weekend you will learn to identify three kinds of trees that "grow mushrooms", you will learn to hunt for, harvest and prepare morels mushrooms (you will also get to eat them!). There will be prizes for those who find the largest and the smallest morel. There will also be a fishing derby, a chance to learn fly fishing techniques, and you'll learn to clean your own fish! Don't forget to bring along your favorite mushroom recipe and fishing story to share with the group! Contact the front office if you have any questions! Online registration for this event will open soon!
Brown County's Spring Wildflower Foray April 2014
This spring marks the 29th Annual Wildflower Foray in Brown County, a weekend filled with all manner of events across the county from hikes and boat trips to classes and informational talks. This weekend coincides with our Mushroom Hunting and Fishing Weekend. Come stay at Waycross and sample the activities offered around the county.
Click here for a link for more information about the 29th Annual Wildflower Foray!
Mother’s Day Dinner May 11th 2014
A chance to bring the family out for a day of good eating and relaxing in the beauty of spring. Celebrate the Mothers and other maternal mentors in your life by bringing them to the glorious hills of Brown County. Barb Hamm and our food service staff team enjoy putting on this event that has roots going back to the days when Lenny and Judy Baughman ran Waycross. We offer two sittings, 11:30-1pm and 1:30-3:30pm. Spend the rest of the afternoon walking the grounds, sitting on a porch for nap or good conversation or out on the trails to see the fullness of spring. Call the office if you have any questions or need more information.
Family Adventure Week July 20-25
This is our five-day Family Camp option with a daily adventure planned to engage you in an invigorating outdoor experience. Each morning, the Waycross staff will offer a 2 to 3 hour adventure option such as a paddling trip, hiking on the Tecumseh Trail or other local trails, wall climbing/zip line, trail biking and creek hikes. The pool, the Arts and Crafts Room and other activity areas will be available every day. In the afternoon and evening, we’ll have family-oriented programs such as campfires, skits and music activities. Enjoy informal worship and music each day, walk the Labyrinth and enjoy the gift of a supportive camp community. If the planned daily adventure doesn’t appeal to you, then hang out at the pool, on a shady porch, or on the banks of Bear Creek. Make your own adventure, rest or play as you please. Online registration for this event will be up soon!
Labor Day Weekend Family Camp: August 29th to Sept. 1st , 2014
Labor Day Family Camp is one of the Waycross staples! Bring your family to have the camp experience we shared with over 300 campers during summer 2013! We'll shoot archery at our new archery range and have campfires at one of our new fire circles! We've re-routed the climbing wall for some new challenges and the creek is ever peaceful as it meanders through Waycross. Families reconnect with each other over ping-pong and euchre tournaments and the youngest children are introduced to parts of the overnight camp experience like the Golliwops and campfire songs.The full range of accommodations are available from our brand new seasonal cabins to the Conference Center. Come just for a day or the whole weekend! Don't forget the famous Waycross cookies and all the smores you can manage!