Summer Camp


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 in our brochure or on our forms page under the Parent Guide. 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

To view the summer camp dates and rates, please download the registration form

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.


Legacy Camping Options:

Explorer Program for ages 7-12 (one or two weeks long)

Our popular Explorer program is the classic camp option, providing youth good, clean summer fun for decades. Children are placed in cabins by age and gender, with a counselor, junior counselor, and up to nine other campers. They spend the day participating in classes like archery, arts and crafts, camp crafts, teambuilding, sports, and nature, with an hour swimming in Rockland Lake during camp’s General Swim. Evenings are spent enjoying games, campfires, sing-a-longs, campouts, or the Mt. MacLean Skyway! Session 4 has a special Wizardry theme**

Explorer Mini-Camp for ages 7-12 (three or four days long)

Mini-camp is a shortened version of our Explorer program, ideal for those looking to spend only a few days camp. Mini-campers are allowed to extend their visit to a full week based on availability.

Pioneer Program for ages 13-16 (one or two weeks long)

The Pioneer program is designed to give teens a more challenging camping experience. Activities encourage self-esteem and strong peer relationships. Highlights include a camping trip to the Kettle Moraine State Forest, in which campers participate in geo-caching, hiking, exploring, and outdoor living skills, and a canoe trip on the Fox River ending with an overnight camping stay. Pioneers learn teambuilding on the adventure course, climb the Mt. MacLean Skyway, participate in watersports at the waterfront, play recreational sports and games, and attend a teen dance, giving them the opportunity to relax, have fun, and bond with their peers. It is highly recommended campers enroll for an entire two week session, not only to participate in both the overnight camping and canoe trip, but to develop more fully formed relationships and experiences beyond what can be accomplished within just one week. Session 4 has a special Wizardry Theme**


Specialty Camping Options:

Aquatics Camp for ages 11-13. (Session #3 July 8- July 20, 2019)

Does your camper love the water? Our Aquatics Camp program provides all of the fun and excitement Camp MacLean’s beautiful lakefront has to offer. Aquatics camp is a two-week program designed to immerse campers in a variety of water related skills and activities, while also developing character, confidence, and teamwork. Aquatics campers will share a cabin and have meals with others in the program. They will spend more than five hours each day enjoying our waterfront, while also having the chance to participate in traditional camp activities like archery, the Mt. MacLean Skyway, and a campout. Throughout the two-week experience campers will learn snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, canoeing, distance swimming, and much more!  Due to the nature of the program, enrolled campers must be proficient in front crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, and display endurance in the water.

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

High Adventure Camp is designed specifically for teens ready to push themselves beyond their comfort zone. Through a combination of high ropes courses, team adventure programs, problem solving, camping, and recreation, teens will develop confidence, self-esteem, and learn to build trust with their peers and counselors. The weeklong experience challenges campers with 26 unique activities including our forest ropes courses, climbing up Mt. MacLean Skyway, and both our zip lines. 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”, meaning your camper may choose how far and how much they would like to be challenged.

Explorer or Pioneer/High Adventure Camp Combination for ages 12-16 (two weeks long)

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

Devil's Lake Rock Climbing Trip for ages 13-16 (Session #4 July 22 - July 27, 2019)

Is your teen interested in 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 of 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!

Backpacking Adventure Trip for ages 11-14 (Session #3 July 14-20, 2019; Session #5, July 29-August 3; Session #6 August 5-10)

Is your pre-teen or teen looking to try something new? This trip is a wonderful introduction to backpacking. Campers will learn basic backpacking, camping, cooking, and outdoor living skills in this program. The five-day experience will start at camp with skill building activities and classic camp fun including a chance to climb the Mt. MacLean Skyway and swim in Rockland Lake. The week then concludes with a three-day backing experience on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail running through Kettle Moraine State Forest. Our trained staff will provide an environment of encouragement and learning for campers to enjoy the journey of backpacking. The days will be filled with adventure on the trail with the peace of being within the trees, wildlife, and stars above in the evening. Our staff will teach all the necessary camping techniques needed for the week. Previous backpacking and camping experience is not required, but a sense of adventure is!

Explorer or Pioneer/Backpacking Adventure Combination for ages 11-14 (Session #3 July 8-20, 2019)

This exciting option offers a week of traditional Explorer or Pioneer program for one week and then transition into the Backpacking Adventure for a week of fun and learning in exploring the world of backpacking. Please see the Explorer/Pioneer programs descriptions for further details.

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 travel to the ranch for a wonderful horseback riding experience.

Wizardry Theme Week** for all ages (Session #4 July 22 – July 27, 2019)

Back by popular demand for a ninth straight year! Campers of all ages are invited to our annual Wizardry Theme Week. Wizardry fans and novices alike will engage in all of our usual camp activities with a special twist. Campers will have the opportunity to express their love for the wizardry world through 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! 

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

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

2019 Day Camp Information 

Campers Ages 6-13 years of age- $205 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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