Thursday, August 8, 2024 through Sunday, August 11, 2024

Marching Band Camp at Camp Lakewood (Trout Lodge YMCA) is a cooperative effort between the Lindbergh School District and Bandstanders. This is a MANDATORY 4-day (Thursday-Sunday) sleep-away camp where the hard work begins!

Camp Lakewood is part of the Trout Lodge YMCA camp and conference center located about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis in Potosi, Missouri. It is a large facility with many activities ranging from swimming and canoeing to hiking and outdoor activities. Meals are included and will be served buffet-style in their dining facility.  Campers are permitted unlimited servings.

Campers are housed in rustic cabins equipped with modern plumbing and electricity. All cabins are air-conditioned. Each cabin is chaperoned by at least one band parent who shares housing with the students. Chaperones will call the family of each student assigned to their cabin prior to camp to introduce themselves, gather important information needed regarding your student, and to answer any questions. Please share any and all information about your student that will help us make this a memorable and rewarding experience for him or her. Students and chaperones are transported via buses.  The trip is included in the band member’s band feels but there is a small fee for chaperones.


WHY CAMP LAKEWOOD? This will be the 30th year our band has attended camp at Camp Lakewood. We have found that by camping together, a band removes itself from the distractions of the city and is better able to concentrate on learning the music and drill for our show. Furthermore, we get to know one another much quicker in an atmosphere that promotes friendship and teamwork without worrying about cars, jobs, or telephone messages! The facilities at Camp Lakewood support this atmosphere better than any other we have yet to find. 

Please Note: Students MAY NOT leave camp at any time without Director approval. Cell phone service is limited at camp. In case of emergencies, the toll free number at Camp Lakewood (Trout Lodge) is 314-241-9622. Please restrict the use of this number to emergencies only.



  • 6:30 a.m. Wake Up / Tidy Cabin
  • 7:00 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8:15 a.m. Marching Rehearsal / Chaperones Inspect Cabins
  • 11:30 a.m. Lunch
  • 12:30 p.m. Music / Guard Section Rehearsals
  • 3:00–5:00 p.m. Recreation / Free Time 
  • 5:00 p.m. Dinner
  • 6:30 p.m. Marching Rehearsal
  • 9:30 p.m. Snack / Social Activity
  • 10:30 p.m. Dismissal to Cabins
  • 11:30 p.m. Lights Out
  • *Times may be adjusted due to weather and rehearsal needs.

Packing List for Camp Lakewood (2024):

  • Instrument in good playing condition (valve oil, reeds, etc.)
  • Music lyre, flip folder with all music 
  • Dot book / Drill bag
  • 4-6 Outfits (comfortable outfits for rehearsals, light colors are recommended)
  • 2 pair of Good, supportive ATHLETIC shoes and socks for marching and some rocky terrain(field is often wet in the morning & wet shoes are uncomfortable shoes) ~ALL SHOES WORN ON MARCHING FIELD MUST HAVE LACES THAT TIE~
  • Gold Bond Powder or chafing cream (don’t underestimate the importance of this item!!!)
  • A pair of long pants
  • Long sleeve shirt or jacket for cool nights (it can happen)
  • Any medications needed (prescription or over-the-counter, must be in original packaging)
  • Toiletries
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit 
  • beach Towel 
  • Insect Repellent 
  • 2 Bath Towels and Face cloth
  • LARGE INSULATED Water Bottle or Jug (half-gallon to gallon) (MANDATORY) 
  • REGULAR Reusable Water Bottle for use in Cabin and during Free Time
  • Bedding: Sleeping Bag and/or Sheets/Blanket, Pillow (If not in luggage please place in a LABELED plastic trash bag)
  • Trash bag to put dirty clothes and shoes in to pack home (label bag)

Optional Items

  • Bandana (helps provide relief from the sun/heat while on the field)
  • Rain boots and Rain Coat (If rainy weather is in the forecast)
  • Cards, games, reading material
  • Spending money (small store on property)
  • Cabin Snacks (must be in air-tight containers)
  • **DO NOT SEND any products containing PEANUTS or TREE NUTS – SEVERE ALLERGY

Call time is 7:00am Thursday.  Luggage Inspection Upon Arrival to LHS.

  • Insulated Water Jug (MUST BE EMPTY)
  • Medicines in original container (OTC/Prescription)
  • Personal snacks in AIR TIGHT containers
  • DO NOT SEND any products containing PEANUTS or TREE NUTS – SEVERE ALLERGY

Students will not have access to luggage until 3:30pm on Thursday.  They must have on Bus to Lakewood:

  • Tennis Shoes
  • LARGE INSULATED Water Bottle or Jug (half-gallon to gallon)  (MANDATORY)
  • Dot book/Drill Bag
  • Music lyre, flip folder with all music 
  • Any medications needed (prescription or over-the-counter, must be in original packaging)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Insect Repellant
  • Anything else you would need on the field


Students will arrive back to school from camp between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m on Sunday. It has been a long trip!  Please be prompt in picking up your child. It will be a long trip for us all so we can use help when we return. Students will not be dismissed until all equipment is unloaded/stored.

Planned Absence?

If your student has a planned absence (or an emergency) that will cause them to miss a marching band rehearsal, please fill out an absence form to alert directors.


Absence Form