Summer-camp registration season is in full swing, and local summer camps are looking forward to welcoming all of us back.

Whether you knew it or not, northern Wisconsin has been a destination for kids from all over the world for over a century, making summer memories that last well into adulthood, and keeping families coming back for generations to come. Sprinkled across the northland like candy on an ice cream cone, you’ll find camps for almost every interest and aptitude, each hoping to leave its campers with an unforgettable Northwoods experience.

As 2021 looks to be a year of spreading our wings and getting outdoors, here are dozens of opportunities to get kids up north and out of the house:

(North in Focus does not endorse or vouch for the legitimacy or safety of any of the following programs. Please research these opportunities carefully)

Camps for Boys

Northstar Camp for Boys – Hayward, Wis.
Camp Timberlane – Woodruff, Wis.
Camp Highlands – Sayner, Wis.
Towering Pines Camp for Boys – Eagle River, Wis.
Red Arrow Camp – Woodruff, Wis.
Camp Nebagamon – Lake Nebagamon, Wis.
Camp Ojibwe – Eagle River, Wis.
Camp Horseshoe – Rhinelander, Wis.
Camp Kawaga – Minocqua, Wis.
Camp Menominee – Eagle River, Wis.

Camps for GIRLS

Birch Trail Camp – Minong, Wis.
Red Pine Camp – Woodruff, Wis.
Camp Woodland -Eagle River, Wis.
Camp Agawak – Minocqua, Wis.
Clearwater Camp -Minocqua, Wis.
Camp Nicolet – Eagle River, Wis.
Chippewa Ranch Camp – Eagle River, Wis.

Traditional summer camps

Swift Nature Camp – Minong, Wis.
Camp Birchrock – Rhinelander, Wis.
Beaver Creek Reserve – Fall Creek, Wis.
Camp Eagle Ridge – Mellen, Wis.
Trees for Tomorrow – Eagle River, Wis.
Central Wisconsin Environmental Station – Amherst, Wis.
Wisconsin Farmers Union, Kamp Kenwood – Chippewa Falls, Wis.
YMCA Camp Manito Wish -Boulder Junction, Wis.
YMCA Camp Icaghowan – Amery, Wis.
YMCA Camp U-Nah-li-ya – Suring, Wis.
YMCA Camp Manitou – New Auburn, Wis.
YMCA Camp Glacier Hollow -Amherst Junction, Wis.
YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa – Lac du Flambeau, Wis.
YMCA Camp Jorn – Manitowish Waters, Wis.
YMCA Camp Sturtevant – Wausau, Wis.
YMCA Camp Nan a Bo Sho – Lakewood, Wis.

faith-based camps

Camp Zion (Jewish) – Ellison Bay, Wis.
Catholic Youth Expoditions (Catholic) – Bailey’s Harbor, Wis.
Camp Tekakwitha (Catholic) – Shawano, Wis.
Camp Croix (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod)  – Danbury, Wis.
Herzel Camp (Jewish) – Webster, Wis.
Luther Point Bible Camp (Lutheran ELCA) – Grantsburg, Wis.
Arrowhead Bible Camp (Christian, no denomination listed) -New Auburn, Wis.
Christian Harbor Youth Camp (Christian, no denomination listed) – Holcombe, Wis.
Camp Chetek (Christian, no denomination listed) – Chetek, Wis.
Northern Grace Youth Camp (Christian, Grace Bible or Community Bible ) -Gillett, Wis.
Camp Interlaken JCC (Jewish) – Eagle River, Wis.
Fort Wilderness  (Christian, no denomination listed) – Rhinelander, Wis.
Silver Birch Ranch (Christian, no denomination listed) – White Lake, Wis.
Lake Wapogasset (Lutheran) – Amery, Wis.
Camp Wehakee (Catholic/Girls) – Winter, Wis.
Camp Luther (Lutheran) – Three Lakes, Wis.
Crescent Lake Bible Camp (Baptist) – Rhinelander, Wis.
Honeyrock Camp/Wheaton College (Christian, no denomination listed) – Three Lakes, Wis.
Camp Ramah (Jewish) – Conover, Wis.
Rural Bible Crusade (Christian, no denomination listed) – Marshfield, Wis.
Teens for Christ (Christian, no denomination listed) – Hudson, Wis.
Luther Park Bible Camp (Lutheran) – Chetek, Wis.
Luther Park Bible Camp (Lutheran) – Danbury, Wis.
Forest Springs Camp & Conf. Center (Christian, no denomination listed) – Westboro, Wis.
Wildheart Adventure Camp (Christian/Boys) – Amberg, Wis.
Lake Lundgren Bible Camp (Christian, no denomination listed) – Pembine, Wis.
Assembly Park Bible Camp (Christian, no denomination listed) – Lake Nebagamon, Wis.

THEME / Activity-based programs

Next Level Hockey Training – Eagle River, Wis.
Askren Wrestling Academy – Green Bay, Wis.
EXA Sports – Menomonie, Wis.
Twin Ports Gymnastics – Superior, Wis.
Bay Area Academy of Dance – Marinette, Wis.
Lost Creek Adventures Kayak Camp – Cornucopia, Wis.

Birch Creek Music Performance Center – Egg Harbor, Wis.
Chestnut Center for the Arts – Marshfield, Wis.
Northern Star Theater Company – Rice Lake, Wis.
Central Wisconsin Children’s Theater – Wausau, Wis.
Shell Lake Arts Center – Shell Lake, Wis.

Career/leadership focused:
Junior Achievement – Eau Claire, Wis.

Medical/Special Needs:
Wisconsin Lion’s Camp – For children and adults with specified medical needs – Rosholt, Wis.
Joshua’s Camp – For families with children undergoing cancer treatment – Altoona, Wis.

Posted by Jessica de la Cruz

Publisher Jessica de la Cruz is an independent marketing consultant and award-winning journalist who was born and raised in Spooner, Wis. She has a passion for storytelling, good coffee, meeting new people, and exploring the world around her.

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