History & Mission


Camp Y-Koda promotes responsible stewardship of our environment and enhances participant quality of life by offering hands-on education opportunities. 

Our vision is to strengthen our community by connecting youth and families with the outdoors by providing valuable outdoor experiences. 

History - Tent Photo


History - Shetland Pony Farm

Camp Y-Koda was founded & purchased in 1969 by the Sheboygan County YMCA. At the time of purchase the land where camp currently sits was the 80-acre Silver Stone Shetland Pony Farm, with not a tree on the property. The property itself borders by the Sheboygan River to the North and East. 

The conversion of the site into a full-fledged summer camp was a dramatic and intensive undertaking, but through the commitment of past Y leaders and countless volunteers. 

History - Plymouth Outdoor Skills Center

In 2001, Camp Y-Koda merged with the Plymouth Outdoor Skills Center and officially became known as Camp Y-Koda Outdoor Skills and Education. The merger combined two organizations that shared the same passion of providing valuable outdoor experience to youth, families, and community members at large. 

History - Rifles Photo

In 2014, we have expanded our sites with a partnership with Maywood Environmental Park. This has been a great opportunity to reach the community with the city of Sheboygan. 

In 2018, Camp Y-Koda partnered with Sheboygan Area School District and Maywood Environmental Park to start a Nature Based 4K Program (which is now known as the Y-Koda Nature School) in the fall. Our program aims to develop the whole child through daily explorations and play in the outdoors through the seasons.