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Summer Camp

The opportunity to live and play with peers in a structured natural setting is a tremendous growing-up experience.


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Summer Camp Brochure
(Note: Brochure includes detailed descriptions of all camp offerings and cost.)


Camp MacLean provides overnight programs ranging from three days to two weeks for boys and girls between 7 - 16 years old. Our goals of camp are to increase self-esteem, provide a small group living experience, teach life skills through activities and make sure that every camper has fun. We want campers to have a fun summer vacation.

The foundation of our camp program is the staff and counselors. Our staff is dedicated to working with youth. Counselors stay in the cabins and help campers develop a sense of community and shared responsibility. Counselors are carefully selected, screened and trained prior to the start of camp. We provide a staff to camper ratio of 1 to 5. 

The health and welfare of our campers is our first priority. All activities operate under strict policies and procedures. All of our counselors and summer staff are trained in CPR. Certified lifeguards are on duty during waterfront activities. In addition, a registered nurse lives on site. Camp MacLean is accredited by the American Camp Association.

Camp Maclean has been providing wonderful experiences for children and teens since 1941. We pledge our complete support and care to create a safe and rewarding camp experience for your child. Thank you for considering YMCA Camp MacLean.

Below you will find a listing of all of our summer programs. Additional summer camp information can be found on our FAQs and forms pages. Please contact us anytime you have questions as you look towards sending your child to YMCA Camp MacLean!

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Summer Resident/ Overnight Program Description

Listed below are descriptions of our various programs campers may choose to enroll in when coming to camp.  Each program offers a unique and meaningful camp experience.


Explorer Program for ages 7-12 (1 or 2 weeks long) 

Our popular Explorer Program has been growing great kids for decades! Whether your child is a first time camper or a returning camper, the Explorer Program is a great experience. Children are placed in cabins by age and gender. A counselor, junior counselor, and ten campers live in each cabin. In this structured program, campers participate in two skill activities in the morning and two skill activities in the afternoon. Evenings are spent enjoying games, campfires, sing-a-longs, campouts and Mt. MacLean Skyway! Session 4 has a special Hogwarts theme for campers looking for additional excitement in their camp experience.


Explorer Mini Camp for ages 7-12 (3 or 4 days long)

This program is ideal for campers wanting to stay at camp for less than a week. Just like our explorer program, children are placed in cabins by age and gender. A counselor, junior counselor, and up to ten campers live in each cabin. Camp is structured to allow campers to choose four class activities. Evening activities include campfires, Mt. Maclean Skyway, sing-a-longs, boating, fishing, games and other fun activities. Towards the end of the campers stay, campers are given the opportunity to extend their stay to a one week session


Aquatics Camp for ages 11-13. (Session 3 July 10-22, 2017)

Does your camper love the water as much as we do? Campers participating in the aquatics program will enjoy all of the fun and excitement Camp MacLean’s beautiful lakefront has to offer.  Aquatics camp is a two-week program designed to teach campers a variety of water related skills and activities while developing character, confidence, and teamwork.  Aquatics campers share a cabin and meals with other aquatics campers much like our other camp programs.  Campers will experience the lakefront and water activities for more than 5 hours each day while also enjoying all of the traditional camp activities such as archery, the Mt. MacLean Skyway, and campouts. Throughout the two-week experience campers will learn skills such as snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, canoeing, distance swimming, and so much more!  Due to the nature of the program, enrolled campers must be proficient in front crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke and display endurance in the water.


Pioneer Program for ages 13-16 (1 or 2 weeks long) 

The Pioneer program is designed to provide a greater challenge for older campers. Program activities build positive self-esteem and strong peer relationships. Highlights are camping trip to Kettle Moraine State Forest where campers are involved in geo-caching, hiking, exploring and outdoor living skills and an overnight canoe trip on the Fox River. Pioneers learn team building on the adventure course and experience climbing on Mt. MacLean Skyway. Water sports, recreational sports/games and teen dance activities give Pioneers the opportunity to relax and be involved with their peers.  We recommend a two-week camp experience.  Spending two weeks at camp provides teens the opportunity to build relationships and experiences beyond what can be accomplished in one week.  Session 4 has a special Hogwarts Theme.


High Adventure Camp for ages 12-16 (1 week long) 

High Adventure Camp is designed specifically for those teens ready to reach their full potential. Through a combination of high ropes courses, team adventure programs, problem solving, camping and recreation, teens will develop confidence, self-esteem and build trust. The weeklong experience challenges campers with 26 unique activities including multiple zip lines, a climb up Mt. MacLean Skyway, and our forest ropes courses. All of our high ropes activities are operated under strict guidelines and include state-of-the-art safety systems. Our well trained staff provides an environment of “challenge by choice.” **Session 4 has a special Hogwarts Theme.


Explorer/ Pioneer and High Adventure Camp for ages 12-16 (2 weeks long)

This exciting option offers a week of traditional Explorer or Pioneer program for one week and then transition into the High Adventure Camp Program for a week of pushing your camper to new limits. Please see the Explorer/Pioneer program descriptions for a further explanation of the Explorer or Pioneer Programs.


Pioneer and Devil’s Lake Rock Climbing Trip for ages 13-16 (Session # 3, July 10-22, 2017)

This exciting option offers a week of traditional Pioneer program and then transition into the Devil’s Lake Rock Climbing Trip for a week of pushing your camper to new limits on High Adventure Elements and Climbing at Devil’s Lake State Park. Please see the Pioneer program descriptions for a further explanation of the Pioneer Program.


Devil's Lake Rock Climbing Trip for ages 13-16 (Session #3, 2nd week, July 16-22, 2017) 

Is your teen looking for an outdoor climbing and camping adventure? This program offers teens the opportunity to develop confidence and self-esteem while experiencing the popular sport of rock climbing. This five-day experience includes the challenging activities found in our High Adventure Camp program with the highlight being a three-day trip to Devil's Lake State Park where campers will climb rock bluffs overlooking scenic Devil's Lake. While campers are belayed for safety, the challenge, courage and sense of accomplishment are real. Our trained staff will provide an environment of "challenge by choice" to ensure each teen progresses at his/her own pace. This program includes tent camping, rock climbing, outdoor cooking, ropes courses and hiking. Our staff will teach all the necessary camping and climbing techniques needed for the week. Previous camping experience is not required, but a sense of adventure is!


Hogwarts Theme Week for all ages (Session #4 July 24-29, 2017) ** 

Back by popular demand for a seventh straight year! Campers of all ages are invited to our annual Hogwarts Theme Week. Wizardry fans and novices alike will engage in all of our usual camp activities with a special Hogwarts twist. Campers will have the opportunity to express their love for the wizardry world through participation in activities including a house sorting ceremony, exciting games of quidditch, and a search for the sorcerer’s stone! We invite you to join the magic!


Horseback Riding Elective for ages 9+ 

Enjoy the beauty of Wisconsin’s rolling hillside while gaining the love of horses on a trail ride. Campers age nine and up can come enjoy this wonderful experience at the stables of Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, WI. Under the supervision of our staff, campers are transported to the ranch for a horseback riding experience.

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Leader-In-Training (LIT) for High School Students up to 16 years 

This three-week leadership program is designed to help teenagers develop the skills necessary for success in high school, employment opportunities and life experiences. Each LIT session has up to 20 teens and three staff. The daily schedule includes service projects, discussion workshops and team-building activities on our high and low ropes course. Through these activities, we challenge teens to properly balance work and play, to accept construction criticism and to be accountable for their actions. Many LIT's go on to be members of our staff. Because of the special nature of the LIT program, we require campers to participate in one session of another camp program before becoming a LIT. Please contact the camp office for more information on the LIT program at 262-763-7742.

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Day Camp Program- New Exciting Changes for 2017, Flexible Drop Off and Pickup with One Rate

2017 Day Camp Information 

Campers Ages 6-15 years of age- $200 Per Week 

Day Camper drop-off is from 7:30-8:30 am, and camper pickup is from 4:30-6pm

Campers spend their day with campers of their age group allowing them to play and make friends with their peers. Lunch is included. Activities are offered based on ages, abilities, and interests which include: Archery, Swimming, Climbing, Skyway, Hiking, Crafts, Games, Sports, Drama, Singing, Team building, Ga-Ga Ball, Boating, and nature classes are also included to round out this traditional camp experience. Teen campers may also experience sailing, kayaking, and zip-lining. 

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