Retreat Activities

There is never a shortage of activities at YMCA Camp Cullen. Whatever the season, time of day or the weather, we can customize your event to include outdoor or indoor activities that everyone in your group will enjoy.

Facilitated Activities

YMCA Camp Cullen provides retreats customized to your needs. Whether you are looking for adventure, fellowship, nature exploration, ministry, family connection or anything else, we can customize our offerings to fit your needs.

  • ArcheryRecurve and compound bows are used at this activity, shooting targets that can be placed at different distances depending on skill level.
  • Rifle Range – BBs, Pellet guns and 22s can be used at this activity, and the range is staffed with qualified personal, keeping everyone safe while they have fun, and learn about marksmanship and gun safety.
  • Geology Tours – Explore a little of Texas and world geology through our western town gold panning, earth science room and rock quarry.
  • Climbing Tower – Confidence, determination and achievement await at our challenge by choice climbing tower. Cheer on your friends and raise the group’s spirits to new heights!
  • High Ropes CourseSimilar in challenge to our climbing tower, but providing more problem solving at the peak of the experience.
  • Zip Line – The zip line is an exhilarating experience for all and has growth moments along the way, as individuals summon the courage to step off the platform. You’ll learn a lot about each other as you support and cheer on your fellow retreat members.
  • Paddle Sports – A retreat by the lake might only be complete if your guests can actually get out on the lake! Take the opportunity to explore with our canoes, paddle boards and kayaks.
  • Fishing – Our catch and release fishing program is a great way to enjoy beautiful Lake Livingston.
  • Low Ropes/Team Building – These experiences can be built to suit the needs of your group. From fun, simple and enjoyable games for the sake of games, or intentional deep dives into particular issues that you recognize in your team.
  • Horse RidingAccommodating all riding levels, we offer trail rides through the woods, arena rides in our covered arena as well as grooming opportunities at the barn.
  • Pipeline Slide – How does sliding through a giant plastic tube on a sled sound? Why not try something new while you’re at camp?
  • Motorboats (Seasonal) – Seasonally available, our motorboating opportunities can range from fishing, to water skiing banana boat, tubing and more.
  • Sailing (Seasonal) – Seasonally available, our sailing program offers the chance for your guests to feel the wind in their hair as they propel themselves across Lake Livingston.
  • Pool (Seasonal) – Seasonally available, our pool offers the chance for fun and relaxation for your guests, as well as swim lessons if desired.
Four live-edge wooden rocking chairs sit facing outward to the right on a sunny porch retreat with tables between each set of chairs in groups of two.
A young boy dressed in blue holds onto an amber colored line above his head as he practices walking tightrope at summer camp

Unfacilitated Activities

Retreats aren’t always about going from activity A to activity B. Sometimes it’s important to slow the pace down and allow guests to find an activity that matches their pace, whether it be sitting in the rocking chairs watching the world go by or enjoying one of our unfacilitated games.

  • Lawn Games – Cornhole, Ladder Toss, 9 square in the air, and bocce ball are all available for casual engagement.
  • Scavenger Hunts – Explore the grounds with age appropriate scavenger hunts that take your guests to all corners of the property.
  • Metal Detecting – For the more eager treasure hunter, our metal detectors allow guests to comb the grounds for any number of unknown treasures
  • Geo-Caching – The geocaching program allows guests to read GPS devices while searching for hidden caches around the property.
  • Arts – Whether in the art room, or at various locations on camp, our art program is equipped to allow your guests’ artistic vision to soar.
  • Sports – Keep the team building going and your guests active with all the traditional sports, and a few others – soccer, basketball, floor hockey, volleyball, badminton, disc golf and kickball.
  • Orienteering – Explore old-school style with traditional orienteering, as your guests read maps and compasses to navigate through our orienteering course.
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Book Your Group’s Next Retreat

Only pay for what you choose, customizing your group’s itinerary to fulfil your organization’s goal. Booking with us will give you peace of mind throughout the process and will deliver the perfect retreat.

Interested in a Camp Cullen hosted a Retreat or Event?

Please take the time to reach out and let us know when your interest in having Camp Cullen host your retreat.