Sherwood Forest is situated on 478 acres of secluded Ozark forest land just outside of Lesterville, Missouri, about 100 miles from St. Louis. Our campers can explore forests, meadows, a 15-acre lake, creeks, and nearby state parks at camp, their “home away from home.”
The Tango Tower is an advanced challenge course system, offering groups of all sizes exhilarating team-building experiences. Standing more than 60 feet tall, the Tango Tower (the only one in Missouri) incorporates climbing walls, a dozen high obstacles, ten low initiatives, and a thrilling 250-foot zipline through the trees of Sherwood Forest. The Tango Tower can accommodate 12 climbers at once, with up to 36 participants actively engaged in climbing, spotting, and belaying at the same time. Participation goes beyond physical challenges, as participants develop problem-solving and communication skills.
Cabins and Villages
Sherwood Forest consists of three separate villages, each with their own campfire circles: Shire, Shantoah, and Sycamore Springs. Shire consists of four double cabins featuring attached bathrooms and shower facilities. Shantoah consists of three double cabins and a central wash house. Sycamore Springs has three double cabins for campers, all of which are new or recently-renovated, a triple cabin for counselors, and a central wash house. 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!
Sherwood Forest’s library grows every year, and now holds over 2,500 volumes! The library features plenty of comfortable seating for enjoying a favorite book, three computer stations, and a large group workspace where our campers can develop their writing skills or draw photos to accompany their own 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! 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. By progressing through swim lessons and passing various tests, our campers can earn colored wristbands which allow them to safely enjoy deeper areas of the pool. We are grateful for the John Allan Love Foundation for their recent support of our pool deck renovation project.
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 Creative and Performing Arts Program is made possible through the generous support of the Arthur and Helen Baer Charitable Foundation, and our outdoor stage is one of the newest additions to our camp site. The stage features high-quality lighting and sound equipment, a 400 square foot performance space, and large backstage area for storing costumes and props. Over the last several years, the performing arts have become a huge part of the Sherwood Forest experience, especially for our Arts Track Trek campers. Recent productions have included “Annie, Jr.” and “Peter Pan.”
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.
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. Unfortunately, the lake was recently drained to a much lower level due to necessary repairs to the dam and spillway. We hope to have Buder Lake restored to its former glory, so that our campers can continue to build memories and develop their skills.