Eureka is home to one of the oldest camps in the United States: Wyman Center established in 1898.
“Those in the Midwest know Wyman for our historic roots, and affectionately refer to us as Camp Wyman for the camp experiences we began offering to children 121 years ago. Since that time, historic Camp Wyman provided valuable services to a broad community,” says Kristine Raterman, Wyman Center senior vice president.
Camp Wyman was founded by prominent businessman Frank Wyman to provide children from St. Louis city neighborhoods a chance to get away and experience life in a rural setting. Frank also served as St. Louis’ 22nd postmaster from 1903 to 1909, and played a large role during the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition.
“The campus soon attracted a great deal of attention, and served as the birthplace for some of Wyman’s most successful youth development approaches that are now offered to young people across the country,” Kristine says.
Today, Wyman’s rustic site still serves as the summer home of Wyman’s leadership program, which offers long-term youth development programming for more than 500 young people annually. Wyman’s national network serves more than 22,700 youth across 30 states.
Thousands of individuals leverage Wyman’s leadership and team-building expertise by renting the facility within a pristine wilderness, says Kristine. Features include high rope courses, climbing walls, challenge courses, and ziplines.
The 250-acre campus also offers half-day or full-day venue rentals, such as two open-air pavilions and seven indoor meeting spaces, a swimming pool, miles of hiking trails, two fishing lakes, three open fields, cozy bunk-style cabins, and a chapel – all complemented by full-service dining.
The Wyman Center is rented for hosting outdoor education camps that incorporate science, environmental education and team-building activities, adult and youth retreats, corporate teambuilding, weddings, and more.
Wyman, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit and proud member of the United Way, has been dedicated to serving youth from disadvantaged circumstances for more than a century. Wyman empowers teens, equips adults and strengthens systems. Wyman’s engaging, empowering and experiential programs and services help teens build skills, develop a sense of self, and connections to their world. As a result, teens achieve educational success, develop healthy behaviors and relationships, and exhibit life and leadership skills. From thousands of teens in St. Louis – to tens of thousands nationally – Wyman programs and services make a difference in the lives of today’s teens and tomorrow’s leaders. To learn more, visit http://wymancenter.org/.