Summer

Summer is an exciting time at Southwind! Each summer, our staff serves over 3000 guests, including our middle school friends who come with their leaders as a part of their local WyldLife camp trip. During the school season year, we host a number of church groups, student ministries, school groups and more. Contact out office to inquire about potential openings for your trip.​

Summer Camping

Middle school students from all of the country make their way to Southwind for 5-day camp trips with their friends and leaders. Please contact your local area office to find out how to sign up.

Leading a Summer Trip

We can’t wait for you to experience all that Southwind has to offer you and your WyldLife kids. 

We want you to be excited and feel as prepared as possible. The Young Life Staff Resources Site offers a wealth of information for WyldLife and trip leaders including forms, promotional materials and anything in between. The camp reservation site makes information regarding summer spots and available camp sates available at the click of a mouse. Additionally, an eLearning Course for WyldLife camping that is available online. It's not only quick, easy, and informative.

Finally, please remember to reference the camping handbook. It is a great source of information for you to utilize as you plan your camp trip. It offers step-by-step counsel on how to plan and conduct a successful camp trip. It also has specific details regarding each of the camps (including Southwind).

As always, though, please remember that the office staff at Southwind is more than happy to help. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Southwind's Quick Tips

  • Preparing for medical emergencies is a must. Be sure to have signed health forms for every leader and camper.
  • Arriving and departing at the proper time is very important in planning your travel. Arrival on the first day is 3-5 p.m., and departure on the last day is approximately 12 p.m.
  • Good pre-trip communication with the camp is essential in helping both parties to prepare. Trip leaders should send or call in their expected numbers (using the Ten Day Call-in Form) 10 days prior to the first day of camp. You'll also need to return a completed A-form and Housing Request 24 hours prior to your arrival. Finally, when you're actually on the road, you'll need to call two hours before you intend to arrive in order to schedule a welcome for your group.
  • Please remember that Southwind currently does not provide linens for its guests. Please have each leader and camper bring his or her own bedding (sleeping bag, sheets, pillow, etc.), towels and other necessary linens.

Safety

 
Young Life and Southwind maintain the highest level of safety and standards in operation of all of our activities at camp.

All of Southwind's challenge course elements (flying squirrel) are inspected and approved by The Association of Challenge Course Technology and by Adventure Experiences, Inc. All elements are operated and supervised by our staff who have been fully trained and certified to do so, ensuring your child's comfort and safety.

Southwind's water activities and bike programs are also facilitated by trained and experienced staff. Your child will be in good hands while at Southwind.

In the event of an unexpected accident, there is always a qualified medical professional on call to tend to your child's needs. Also, if needed, the local hospital is only a short drive away.

View the standard practices Young Life employs to take care of kids at camp.
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Contact Us

Southwind
18115 SE 95th Street Rd
Ocklawaha, FL, 32179

CALL US: (352) 288-2500
FAX: (352) 288-6232

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