At Yonder Way all of the learning is happening outside. A dedicated staff and amazing spaces to live and play make this a unique expansion of our current programs.


Programs at Yonder Way:

We are excited to begin our inaugural Yonder Way sessions during the 2024 camp season. Yonder Way is the name of our property right down the road from Main Camp, formerly referred to as the Upper 20.

Camp sessions will center around a theme and will all include extended nature-based activities such as nature walks, orienteering, foraging, fire-building, learning constellations, and more. These unique nature focused and relationship centered sessions extend even the most seasoned of campers a chance to experience camp in a totally new way. With a close-knit camp size of up to 15 campers, plus counselors and staff, adventure and excitement awaits at Yonder Way.

Session themes will be announced soon.

Yonder Way Schedule:

June 16 – 22: Grades 4 to 6.

June 23 – 29: Grades 5 to 8

July 7 – 13: Grades 4 to 9

July 14 – 20: Grades 4 to 9

July 21 – 27: Grades 5 to 8

August 4 – 9: Grades 4 to 7


Register for Yonder Way:

To join us at Yonder Way for any of the sessions listed above, mark “Yonder Way” instead of “Main Camp – Standard Session” when completing your camper’s application. The camp application will list the date ranges that align with your campers age and grade. Simply choose the session that works for you, and indicate Yonder Way when prompted.

It is possible that Yonder Way may fill up and have a waitlist. As with any other waitlist at VBYC, we will be in contact with you to see how you would like to proceed. 

Facilities at Yonder Way:


  • Added to Yonder Way in 2019, the Bathhouse provides toilets, sinks, showers, and private changing spaces.


  • The YW Bunkhouse is a spacious cabin with bunk beds for 20. It has large, screened windows to pull in the fresh air and natural light. As Yonder Way sessions are open to all campers within an age division, the cabin is co-ed by nature. Open conversations about the expectations for privacy and respect on the first day of camp lay a foundation for a week where all campers feel comfortable and welcome in their accommodation. Private space for changing in the bathhouse will be utilized for all.

Picnic Pavilion

  • The Picnic Pavilion is another recent addition to Yonder Way. With a cool concrete floor and high ceiling, this is the perfect space to get some shade during a hot day. Campers, counselors, and staff gather here for meals, games, and other sit-down activities throughout the week.

The Field

  • The Field at Yonder Way is a wide-open space that allows campers to run around and play to their heart’s content. This is the site of many games such as capture the flag, food chain, relay races, soccer, football, and more. It’s also a great place for folk dancing!

Lou Chappell Trail

  • The Lou Chappell trail is a central part of the Yonder Way experience. Campers love walking the trails, watching critters at Chica’s Roost, and discovering all that nature has to offer.

YW Campfire

  • There’s no better way to end a day at camp than around a beautiful campfire. Songs, skits, and stories are a treasured part of camp.

YW Waterfront

  • The waterfront at Yonder Way provides access to Great Bear Lake. This is the perfect space for campers to park their boats on trips to and from Main Camp.