Sherwood Forest is situated on 478 acres of secluded Ozark forest land just outside of Lesterville, Missouri (about 100 miles south of St. Louis). During the summer, our facilities become a “home away from home” for our campers during their month-long stay. During the spring and fall, school groups from the St. Louis area and beyond participate in our Outdoor Education programs which focuses on communication, teamwork and problem solving. Our facilities are also available to rent for your special event during our off-season.
The Tango Tower is an advanced challenge course system, offering groups of all sizes exhilarating team-building experiences. Standing 45 feet tall, the Tango Tower incorporates climbing walls, high obstacles, low initiatives, and a thrilling 250-foot zipline through the trees of Sherwood Forest.
Sherwood Forest’s library grows every year and now holds over 2,500 books. The library features comfortable seating for enjoying a favorite book, three computer stations, and a large group workspace where our campers can develop their writing skills illustrate their stories.
Robin Hood Lodge
Robin Hood Lodge is a large group activity space centrally-located near the dining hall. Activities such as dancing, drumming, and shadow puppet shows take place in Robin Hood Lodge. It is also the location of special camp activities such as Movie Night.
On a hot, humid day, there is no better place to be than Sherwood Forest’s swimming pool. During camp, the swimming pool is supervised by American Red Cross-certified lifeguards. The pool ranges in depth from 2 to 9 feet and features a large shallow end where all campers are free to play and swim. It is a point of pride for each camper when they earn their Deep Water Band.
Our archery range is nestled in a wooded area of camp, making it a perfect shaded spot for our campers to practice their aim. Up to three campers can shoot arrows at a time, and all campers are responsible for working as a group to collect the arrows after each turn.
John Allan Love Foundation Outdoor Stage
Our outdoor stage features high-quality lighting and sound equipment, a 400 square foot performance space, and large backstage area for storing costumes and props. Recent musical productions have included “Hairspray, Jr.” and “The Lion King.”
The barn is an inspiring place for our campers to stretch their artistic talents through activities such as puppet-making, jewelry-making, and painting. The art area features three pottery wheels and a kiln, sewing machines, and plenty of supplies and spaces to be creative.
The barn also features spaces for our campers to learn about plants and wildlife native to the Missouri wilderness. Campers depart for their backpacking and river trips from this area, and use the Barn to organize and pack their supplies. Supplies for Outdoor Cooking are also stored at the barn.
Overlooking Button Bush pond, the outdoor stone pavilion is a peaceful retreat from the flurry of activity often found around cap. With its skylights, exposed beams, and stone walls, the pavilion is a unique and historic structure. On their first day of camp, youth gather at the pavilion to join their cabin groups and meet their counselors and village directors. Throughout camp it is used for a variety of activities.
Cabins and Villages
Sherwood Forest consists of three separate villages — Shire, Shantoah, and Sycamore Springs — each with its own campfire circle. All cabins have large porches, bunk beds, and plenty of storage spaces for campers to keep their belongings.
Family-style meals are served in our dining hall, large enough to accommodate up to 160 campers and staff members. Our food is kid-tested and even the pickiest of eaters will not leave our dining hall hungry.
The health lodge is fully equipped and staffed by nurses on a full-time basis when there are youth at camp.
Buder Lake has always been a beloved area of camp, central to activities such as canoeing and fishing that our campers enjoy at Sherwood Forest.
There are two main open fields located at camp where we hold many of our Adventure Sports activities as well as all-camp gatherings.