If your child is planning a future trip to Castaway or is here right now, we want you to have the information you need to rest easy while he or she is away. There are many activities at camp in which your child may be participating. Whether they are challenged on the climbing tower, kayaking or playing in the game room, their safety is our top concern.

Summer What to Bring:

  • Hangout at camp clothes
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Bathing suit and beach towel
  • At least one pair of long pants for some activities
  • Spending money for snack bar and store
  • Calling card. If you need to call home during your camp week.
  • Warmer clothes for cold evenings
  • Close-toed shoes for some activities
  • There may be a Themed dinner/evening. Check with your Leader for details.
  • Messy outfit (that can be thrown out)
  • Toiletries
  • Rain jacket
  • Camera (not a phone)
  • Medications (if needed)
  • Summer 2023 please pack bath towle(s) and twin size sheets.

In the School Season: Castaway does not provide bedding for your stay. Please bring bath towel, pillow and sheets/blankets (or sleeping bag).


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

All of Castaway's challenge course elements (climbing tower, swing and zip line) are inspected annually by a registered Preferred Vendor Member of The Association of Challenge Course Technology. 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.

Castaway's Waterfront Program is also facilitated by trained and experienced staff. Your child will be in good hands while at Castaway Club.

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.


We welcome kids of all abilities to our camps. At Castaway, all of our main buildings are accessible to strollers or wheelchairs, and we have a handful of cabins that are designed to be accessible (special housing needs may be requested by your child's trip leader).

Walkways around camp are paved. We will also do our best to help every guest participate in activities. We want every kid to have the best week of their life as they come to camp!

Contacting Your Child



Campers will not have access to office phones. If you call, the office staff can take a message and get it to your camper.





Campers will not have access to this email. Office staff will get a print out of an email message to your camper.

Physical and Mailing Address:

Castaway Club ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Attn: (Child's name): Camper ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ 51709 County Hwy 31
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501


Office Hours

Summer Hours:

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST ​ ​ ​ ​ Every Day

School Year Hours:

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST ​ ​ ​ ​ Monday through Friday ​

Sign Up for Camp

For summer and weekend camps, all spots are given out to individual Young Life areas and retreat groups. These areas and groups fill their allocated spots with students from their local town. If you are interested in attending camp or finding out how to send your child to Young Life camp, contact your local Young Life office. They might not be attending camp at Castaway, but they most likely have a trip planned to one of Young Life's other fabulous properties! To find the Young Life office nearest to you, go here: younglife.org/find

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If you want to sign up for a retreat or camp trip, please contact the organizer of the trip. To sign up for a Young Life camp week, use our locator to find your local Young Life Office website.

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