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Camp Information

Camp Lakotah is a uniquely designed camp program that began in 2009 and has been growing ever since!  We offer a traditional co-ed camping experience to youth ages 4 – 14 in both Day and Overnight sessions each summer.  In addition, we are available to rent the facility for group retreats and weddings and special events.  We offer a paintball and laser tag park that is open to the public along with disc golf.  Our emphasis is on customer service and building positive relationships!

Our Day Camp program begins in early June and runs continuously through mid-August providing families a positive outdoor alternative to beat the summer blues.  A half day program is available in conjunction with the Wautoma School District Camp Parkside program.  Campers in our Day Camp benefit by enjoying all the same great activities and traditions as our Overnight campers, the only difference is they sleep at home each night!  This is the perfect program for Parents looking for a fun and safe environment for their school aged children all summer long, or for Grandparents that are host to their grandchildren during the summer and want to keep them busy and happy!

Our Overnight Camp will be offered in either one or two week sessions beginning in mid-July.  We understand that families are busy, and committing to a four or six week camp program can become too demanding on your time and resources.  Our one week session is designed to give kids the chance to experience camp for the first time or enjoy a week making new friends and trying new activities.  Our two week program is perfect for older or more experienced campers that are ready to show their true independence without chewing up their whole summer!

Registration for both programs begins in late fall for the following summer and sessions are filled on a first come first served basis.

Typical Day

A typical day at Lakotah includes participating in three activity areas of personal choice in the morning, cabin activities in the afternoon, and all camp activities in the evening. This schedule provides campers a chance to grow both independently and as a member of a group. Our weekly theme days and special events add a twist to the normal camp routine and give campers and staff the chance to show off their creativity!

Overnight Daily Schedule

7:15 a.m. Rise & Shine
7:55 a.m. Flag Raising
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Password
8:45 a.m. Cabin Clean Up
9:15 a.m. First Activity Period
10:15 a.m. Second Activity Period
11:15 a.m. Third Activity Period
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Rest Period
2:30 p.m. Cabin Activities
3:30 p.m. Snack
5:25 p.m. Flag Lowering
5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:15 p.m. Free Time
7:30 p.m. Evening Activities
10:00 p.m. Lights Out

Day Camp Daily Schedule

8:00 a.m. Drop Off/Sign In
8:15 a.m. Icebreaker/group game
8:30 a.m. Password
9:15 a.m. First Activity Period
10:15 a.m. Second Activity Period
11:15 a.m. Third Activity Period
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Swim
2:00 p.m. Cabin Activities I
3:00 p.m. Snack
3:30 p.m. Cabin Activities II
4:45 p.m. Clean Up
5:00 p.m. Pick Up/Sign Out

Camp Activities

Activities (skills) are the tools we use to help develop independence, communication, a sense of self-worth, camaraderie, and life skills in our campers.  Campers are allowed to select up to six age-appropriate activities per week.  The following is a list of the skills that we offer with a brief description of the skill, and what you should expect your camper to achieve by participating in them.

Swim Band Requirements

  • No swim band – Participant is unable to complete minimum requirements.  Allowed to participate in shallow water swimming and canoe/row boating with an adult or advanced swimmer.
  • Intermediate swim band – Participant completes four lengths of the swimming area using any recognized swimming stroke and can tread water for one minute in deep water without assistance.
  • Advanced swim band – Participant completes four lengths of the swimming area using any recognized swimming stroke and can tread water for more than one minute in deep water without assistance.

Archery

Campers learn proper safe handling of archery equipment while perfecting their marksmanship skills.  More experienced campers will have the opportunity to learn about compound bows and strive to achieve a Robin Hood Award.

Arts & Crafts

Allows campers to express their young, creative minds through a wide variety of artistic activities.  Campers work on several different projects that they are encouraged to take home and share with family members.  Project examples:  candles, lanyards, shrinky dinks, scratch art, dream catchers, and more.

BB Guns

Campers learn firearm safety, gun care, and the principles of marksmanship under the direct supervision of well trained staff.  Developed for the younger camper.  Campers strive to earn the camp Sharpshooter Award during their stay with us.

Restrictions:  9 years and older.

Canoeing

Under the guidance of our certified lifeguards, campers learn proper equipment selection, sizing and fastening of lifejackets, boarding and unbarring of canoes, paddling, and other safe canoe handling techniques.  Campers take their skills to the challenge by exploring Little Hills Lake. Campers have the opportunity to earn a canoeing mastery band by demonstrating a working knowledge of canoeing skills.

Restrictions:  Intermediate swim band or higher

Fishing

Campers learn the difference between fishing lures, proper knots, casting, and the proper gear needed to catch that elusive monster fish.  Campers will be able to identify the fish that reside in Little Hills Lake.  The practice of catch and release is emphasized in this program.

Disc Golf

A camp favorite, campers learn about aerodynamics and how to throw a disc for accuracy.  They learn how to play this new and fast growing sport while improving their skill level.  Campers challenge themselves and others to a round on our nine-hole course.

Geocaching

Camper participate in a modern day treasure hunt using a global positioning unit.  Geocaching is a great way to explore the world around us, sharpen your math skills, and get some exercise all while having fun.

Journalism

Campers will develop basic skills of journalism.  They will learn how to write a creative article, produce quality digital photographs, and use a computer to design the camp newsletter.

Kayaking

Under the guidance of our certified lifeguards, campers learn proper equipment selection, sizing and fastening of lifejackets, boarding and unbarring of kayaks, paddling, and other safe boat handling techniques.  Campers take their skills to the challenge by exploring Little Hills Lake. Campers have the opportunity to earn a kayaking mastery band by demonstrating a working knowledge of kayaking skills.

Restrictions:  Intermediate swim band or higher

Knife Skills

Campers lean how to select the proper pocket knife for a specific use, care, and sharpening.  Under the guidance of our staff each camper will learn how to safely use a pocket knife to whittle their own walking stick to take home.

Restrictions: 10 years and older.

Outdoor Living Skills

Campers learn various camping skills such as safe knife handling, fire building, outdoorcooking, water purification, and shelter building.  Campers who can demonstrate proper safe knife handling skills will earn a knife card, which allows them to purchase a pocket knife from the camp store.

Restrictions: Campers must be at least 10 years of age to earn a knife card.  No other restrictions apply.

Paintball

Under the guidance of our well trained staff, campers learn proper safety equipment selection, sizing and firearm safety.  Campers participate take aim at our paintball target range and advance to our team paintball challenges.   Developed for the older camper.  Campers strive to earn the camp Paintball Team Award during their stay with us.

Restrictions: 10 years and older.

Nature Skills

Campers learn about and care for the world around them as they explore our grasslands, forests, and lake.  They will learn about the various trees, insects, birds, and other animals that call Camp their home.

Ultimate Frisbee

Campers learn how to work as a team while playing one of this country’s fastest growing outdoor sports.  Participants will learn basic game strategy as they play and practice as a team.

Soccer

Campers develop their ball handling and sportsmanship skills, while learning the rules of the game.  Emphasis is on having fun, not competition.

Swimming

Campers develop their swimming skills and comfort in open water, while having fun.

Restrictions:  Based on swimming ability.

Swimming Raft

Campers build their confidence while learning to safely dive.  Staff work with each camper to develop and attain a set of goals through a three step approach to diving.

Restrictions:  Advanced swim band

Team Building

Through the use of the team challenge course, campers will build self confidence and the willingness to try new things, while under the direct supervision of well trained staff.

Volleyball

Campers learn the fundamentals of volleyball and rules along with player placement strategies. Emphasis is on having fun, not competition.

 

Lodging, Meals, Health & Safety

The comfort, happiness and health and safety of your child is of utmost importance to us.  We strive to keep our facilities extremely clean and welcoming at all times.  We believe in providing the same experience for your child as we would want for our own families.  We maintain a high level of cleanliness and organization throughout our buildings and grounds and restroom facilities.  We expect our staff to assist in maintaining our culture and in turn expect their campers to be good stewards of camp and the environment as well!

Lodging

The construction of our cabins varies from simple cabin shells which sleep 4 persons to large lodges with connected bathrooms and electricity that sleep up to 26 persons.  All of our cabins are well ventilated and designed for permanence, comfort, and cleanliness.  We maintain a ratio of no more than 10 campers and 2 staff at all times.

Each gender is separated into Units or groupings of cabins or lodges that house either the boys or the girls.  The units bond all campers and counselors to form one big happy Girls Unit or Boys Unit.  The Units often plan evening activities together, but also choose to stay only within their groups on several nights as well.  Each unit has a unit leader and a unit cheer is learned by all!

Cabin assignments are made according to age, grade and social/physical development.  Campers may request to bunk with a friend and we will do our best to honor the request, but no cabin requests are guaranteed.  The final cabin placement is a complicated process and will be made at the director’s discretion.

Meals

Our licensed kitchen and experienced food service staff assure healthy wholesome delicious meals!  We make our meals from scratch and strive for all meals to be enjoyed by all!  We offer a fresh salad bar at both lunch and dinner and fresh fruit and yogurts at breakfast in addition to our planned meal.

We serve all meals family style which gives our campers and staff the chance to talk and share and improve on manners.  Each camper is encouraged to at least try our menu options, but if a substitute is requested we are happy to accommodate with an alternative.

If your child has special dietary needs or food allergies it is very important that you notify us prior to the start of camp.  We are happy to make accommodations but appreciate some time to prepare.  Vegetarian options can also be made available with advanced notice.

Health & Safety

We have a well trained and certified staff available to assure your child is well cared for throughout Camp.    We need all health forms completed accurately and returned to camp no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of your child’s session.  All forms will be mailed to campers home upon registration.  If additional forms are needed, please contact the camp office.

If your child requires medication they will be assisted by our Nurse.  All medication is kept under lock and key in our health center and will be distributed as prescribed by your doctor under the supervision of our health care staff.  Campers are allowed to carry with them their asthma inhalers and epi-pens as prescribed by their doctors.

In the rare event your child becomes ill or injured at Camp, Health care is always nearby with the local health care clinic being only 3 short miles from camp, and our health care professional on staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  You will be notified if your child becomes sick or needs any kind of medical attention.

FAQ

What is the camp philosophy?

Our philosophy at Camp Lakotah is to offer a safe, wholesome, fun filled, learning experience to each individual camper.  We do this by hiring mature, responsible and dedicated staff who are genuinely interested in the wellbeing of each individual camper, by offering a well rounded, exciting program that challenges and interests the skills of each camper, and by providing a safe and caring environment where the campers are allowed to explore the world around them.

Are you licensed or accredited? by the American Camp Association (ACA)?

Yes, not only are we licensed by the State of Wisconsin, but we are American Camp Association (ACA) Accredited.  This means we meet or exceed all applicable standards set by the ACA .  These standards cover all aspects of the camp operation including: staff, health care, facilities, food service, waterfront safety and more.

How long has Camp Lakotah been in business?

The facility has been operated as a summer overnight camp since the early 1920’s and has been under the current owners leadership since 2009.

Why Camp Lakotah?

Camp Lakotah focuses on the individual needs of each and every camper.  Our goal is to provide the safest, most fun and memorable summer experience possible.  We offer an incredible number of activities, top notch instructors, and the most caring, nurturing environment you can imagine.

Where is Camp Lakotah located? 

Camp Lakotah is located in the heart of Wisconsin in what is known as the Central Sands area.  The 126 acre facility is nestled in the majestic pines on Little Hills Lake about 5 miles east of Wautoma and about 40 miles west of Oshkosh on Highway 21.

How experienced are your directors?

Between Cliff and Sandy there is over 35 years of camp management experience.  Camp Lakotah is a family owned and operated camp, and we treat everyone, campers and staff alike, as if they are part of our family.

Can my child pick activities?

Our daily schedule is a combination of scheduled group activities and choice periods.  We regularly offer over 30 various activities guaranteed to interest and challenge all campers.  Occasionally we offer new activities as interest and staff qualifications are considered.  

How do I enroll?

To enroll your child at Camp Lakotah visit the Register Now page and print the Registration Form from the website and mail along with deposit to the camp office: N1875 21st Avenue, Wautoma, WI  54982  

How do I know if there is availability in the session(s) my child is interested in attending?

The best way to avoid your session filling up is to enroll early! Please email us at info@camplakotah.com to inquire about session availability.  Enrollment is ongoing, and certain sessions may fill quickly.  Because space is limited, it is best to enroll as early as you can to ensure a space for your child and their friends.

Can I pay for my child’s tuition with a credit card?

Yes

What are pick-up/drop-off times?

Overnight Camp – Drop off is on Sundays from 2:00pm  to 3:00pm and Pick-up is on Saturdays at 10:00am

Day Camp – Drop off is 8:00am and Pick-up is 5:00pm Monday through Friday.

What should my child pack for camp? What should we not send to camp?

We have a full packing list on our website to use as a guideline.  Camp is about fun, so leave expensive clothes at home and come prepared to get a little messy.

What if my child is on medication? 

All medication is kept under lock and key in our health center and will be distributed as prescribed by your doctor under the supervision of our health care staff.  Campers are allowed to carry with them their asthma inhalers and epi-pens as prescribed by their doctors.

When are the health forms due?

All health forms are due two weeks prior to the start of your child’s camp session.

What happens if my child gets sick at camp?

Health care is always nearby with the local health care clinic being only 3 short miles from camp, and our health care professional on staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  You will be notified if your child becomes sick or needs any kind of medical attention.

What if my child has special dietary needs or food allergies?

Our kitchen staff is happy and prepared to accommodate any special dietary or allergy need, but it is very important for you to notify the camp staff of your special needs prior to arriving at camp so we can be prepared for your child’s stay.  We also provide vegetarian options at every meal.

What if my child gets homesick?

Many children experience homesickness while at camp, it is natural.  Our caring staff has been trained to help them work through homesickness.  At Camp Lakotah, we create a nurturing, comforting environment, and with all of our fun activities, children do not stay homesick for long.

Can I send my child mail at camp?

Yes, please do!  In fact, we encourage you to send your child mail.  There’s nothing more exciting than receiving a letter from home while at camp.  Our counselors encourage their campers to also write letters home and tell their friends and family all the great things they are doing at camp. 

Can I call my child at camp?

We ask that your do not call and request to have a conversations with your child.  We do this because it disrupts the flow of camp for your child, especially since our site is large and it could take a while to locate and get your child to a phone.  On top of this, we find that phone calls tend to make children miss home or cause other children to miss home and become upset when they learn that their parents haven’t called.

The same rule applies to cell phones.  We ask that you do not send your child to camp with a cell phone.  Any cell phones brought to camp will be collected by our staff and locked up for the camp session for safe keeping.  We think it is important for children to unplug and get away from the constant infiltration of technology.

What are the cabins like and how many campers are in a cabin?

The construction of our cabins varies from simple cabin shells which sleep 4 persons to large cabins with connected bathrooms and electricity that sleep up to 26 persons.  All of our cabins are well ventilated and designed for permanence, comfort, and cleanliness.  We maintain a ratio of no more than 10 campers and 2 staff at all times.

How are cabin assignments made?

Cabin assignments are made according to age, grade and social/physical development.  Campers may request to bunk with a friend and we will do our best to honor the request, but no cabin requests are guaranteed.  The final cabin placement is a complicated process and will be made at the director’s discretion.

Where do you find your staff?

Several of our staff return each summer.  The remainders of the counselors are recruited by the camp directors who spend several weeks each winter on the road personally interviewing prospective counselors at major universities throughout Wisconsin.  We also may include an international staff member to work at camp each summer.  We feel they add “spice” to our program, plus it is interesting to meet people from around the world and to learn about their cultures.

How old are your counselors?

All counselors must be at least 18 and have graduated from high school.  Most of our staff is comprised of college students who are majoring in something which is related to working with children, some are coaches and teachers.

Does my child need extra money?

Most campers will find that $30 is an adequate amount for buying small souvenirs and treats in the camp store throughout their stay with us.  Their money will be kept in an account in their name, any unused funds over $1.00 will be returned at the end of the session.

What if my child celebrates a birthday while at camp?

We have the day covered starting out with a special all camp birthday wish to a special cake for your son/daughter to share with their cabin mates.  If you would like to send a special treat for your child to share with their cabin please contact the camp director for arrangements.