Special Events

Finding time to get away is important for our overall health. Finding a place in nature has proven to be a great stress reliever in children and adults. Come to us for your next meeting, birthday party, team building program or any other reason you can think of to get away. It will be worth it.

Conferences and Meetings

We invite you to consider Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center for your next:

  • Day Seminar or Business Meeting
  • Regional Conference
  • Reception or Banquet
  • Company Picnic
  • Corporate Retreat or Team Building Location

We have great availability for day groups wanting to get away from the office for a special meeting. Located just 20 minutes from downtown Kalamazoo or Battle Creek, Sherman Lake is convenient yet is truly a “change of pace.” We can plan fun activities such as a game of sand volleyball, basketball or a campfire complete with s’mores during or after your meeting, or add some fun waterfront activities. Sherman Lake also offers a Fitness Center and an indoor pool. Call 269-731-3021 for availability and more information. Click here to complete our information request form.

  • Conveniently located between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek
  • Just minutes north of I94
  • Great retreat location to serve Chicago, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Northern Indiana

Team Building


Team building is one of the cornerstones of our philosophy here at the Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center. We feel that it is important for every person who visits to have a team building experience whether it is a formal group session with one of our trained facilitators or just day-to-day interactions. Group or teamwork is a large part of every person’s life no matter what career path they choose to follow, how large a family they have, or what part of the world they live in. Our society is built on people working together to reach a common goal, and we at Sherman Lake try to give the participants in our programs the tools that they need to be successful working in any group.

A major focus of our team building program is on communication and individual interactions between people. Since this is one of the biggest parts of group work, the majority of our activities focus on how to treat other people and how to teach other people how you would like to be treated. Healthy relationships are a foundation for group progress. Everything that we live and speak and do at Sherman Lake YMCA is about Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility and how to have the best interactions that people can have in their life.


The first step in planning a program for your group is an initial consultation. The consultation will assess the group’s goals and objectives and determine what activities would be appropriate. Then we custom design a program to suit the groups needs. It may incorporate mixers and initiatives ranging from a series of ground initiatives, a low ropes experience to a high ropes course. These decisions are made after assessment of the groups needs and desired outcomes.


A group which works well as a team can be more successful in the work place or whatever the setting may be. This leads to a higher quality end product and happier, healthier team players which makes conflict resolution within the team much easier.

Contact us today at 269-731-3021 to schedule an experiential session for your group!

Holiday Parties

It’s never too early to start planning your group or company holiday party. Sherman Lake YMCA is the perfect place for any type of holiday celebration.  Located on over 350 acres of naturally beautiful woodland, prairie and waterfront, Sherman Lake YMCA provides a beautiful backdrop to celebrate the warmth and goodness of the holidays. Your guests will feel far away from the hustle of the city but we’re close enough to be convenient and easy to find.


Choose from theme parties, casual or formal affairs.
Our expert event staff will help you plan an event that your guests will always remember.

Holiday Party Packages include:
– Expert Planning
– Choice of Venue (based upon availability)
– Holiday Decor
– Custom Room Setup
– Personalized Menu

The venues at Sherman Lake YMCA offer many great features such as a fireplace, sound system, dance floor, flexible seating arrangements and more. Each venue has a wonderful view of the natural beauty of Sherman Lake YMCA.


Let us know the size of your group or company, your ideas and your budget.  Our event planners will design your event quickly. You can rest assured and have fun at your event knowing that we have all the details covered.