Keep the Fun Going Year-Round at Fall, Winter & Spring Camp!
Offerings & Activities
Fall Home School CampFall Homeschool Week A: September 7-13, 2024 Fall Homeschool Week B: September 14-20, 2024: Enjoy an outdoor learning experience with the whole family! We offer hands-on activities for all ages! These weeks are an awesome opportunity to learn new outdoor skills and experience the Northwoods environment! Camp fills up quickly, so make sure you reserve your spot now to give your family an unforgettable week of learning and play! 2024 Prices: Cabins with a full bathroom: $784/week Cabins with a half bath: $758/week Cabins with no bathroom: $604/week Island cabin: $875/week Bridge Builder cabin: $1,904/weekRegister
Women at womens weekend
Women’s WeekendOctober 3 - 6, 2024: Take a break from the hustle and bustle of regular life, and join us at Women’s Weekend for a rejuvenating getaway on Big Crooked Lake. Stay overnight at Family Camp Nawakwa, where you’ll enjoy a couple meals as a group, join in on staff-led activities such as paddling, arts & crafts, and pontoon tours, take a hike, or just relax by the fire with a good book. After this weekend with new and old friends, you’re sure to return home relaxed, refreshed, and renewed. 2024 Prices: $275/person in Bridge Builder cabin $285/person for 3-4 people in a cabin $300/person for 2 people in a cabin $375/person for private cabinRegister
Fall Harvest WeekendOctober 11-24, 2024: Bring the family to camp for the long weekend! Carve pumpkins, roast pumpkin seeds, tie-dye t-shirts, tell stories around the campfire, and enjoy the beautiful colors of the changing of seasons together. 2024 Prices: 6-person cabin $552 Bridge Builder $1,297Register
More Offerings & Activities
Family at Camp Nawakwa
Holiday Family CampSelf-guided Days: December 16-26, 2024: Mix it up this year, and celebrate Christmas with us! You’ll have access to all the winter equipment during your self-guided stay. Staff-led Week: December 27, 2024 - January 1, 2025 Camp is a magical place during the holidays. Ring in the New Year with us while enjoying our festive winter programming! 2024 Prices: Bridge Builder (minimum 3-night stay & sleeps 20) - 3 nights- $689/night - 4 nights- $528/nights - 5+ nights- $432/night 6 person Cabins (minimum 3-night stay) - 3 nights- $253/night - 4 nights- $200/night - 5+ nights- $166/nightRegister
A family skiing
Winter Wonderland Family CampJanuary 17-20, 2025: Come enjoy a long weekend with your family and participate in all sorts of fun activities, such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowtubing, and more! 2025 Prices: 6 person cabin $552 Bridge Builder $1,297Register
Winter Home School CampFebruary 1-7, 2025: Spend a unique week with your family in the Northwoods, where there will be hands-on winter learning activities that explore aspects of a winter wonderland! Camp fills up quickly, so make sure you reserve your spot now to give your camper an unforgettable weekend of learning and play! 2025 Prices: 6 person cabin $574 Bridge Builder $1,272Register
Family skiing on the frozen lake
Snowflake Family CampFebruary 16-19, 2024: Come enjoy a long weekend with your family and participate in all sorts of fun activities, such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowtubing, and more! 2024 Prices: $521 per six-person cabin $1,224 in Bridge Builder cabin (sleeps 20 people, feeds 60 people)Register
Facilities & Accommodations
YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa has everything you need to have a relaxing stay no matter the weather or temperature outside. We offer nine year-round modern cabins with all the comforts of home. Each cabin has a fully equipped kitchen for you to prepare meals of your choice and a full bathroom. Spruce cabin and our Bridge Builder Retreat Center include a fireplace.
Nightly Rates & Availability
$141 per night per six-person cabin
$408 per night in Bridge Builder cabin (sleeps 20 people, feeds 60 people)
For more information on cabin rentals and group retreat rates for Fall, Winter, and Spring Camp, click the link. Call us at 715-588-7422 for availability.
Join us at YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa, where we’ll have fun all year round! Whether you’re bringing a whole host of people for a group retreat or just spending quality time with your family, Family Camp Nawakwa has something for you no matter the season.
Registration can be completed online or by calling the YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa Staff at 715-588-7422. A $50 deposit is required at registration. This deposit will be applied to the balance due. YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa has permission to charge the credit card on file per the agreed upon plan. 50% of your payment is due 120 days prior to your stay. The remaining 50% is due 30 days prior to your arrival. The minimum stay is two nights, unless otherwise agreed upon.
For more information about our payment policies and payment options, click here.
After registering, you can click here to access your account and make updates.
Call us at 715-588-7422 for cabin availability.
Campers can check in after 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted. After 5 p.m., you can proceed directly to your cabin. Your cabin will be unlocked with the Welcome Packet and key left inside. Campers must check out by 10 a.m.
At YMCA Family Camp Nawaka, camper welfare comes before everything else! Our staff are trained in CPR, First Aid, and AED, and all our activities operate under strict policies and procedures.
YMCA staff are thoroughly trained in emergency and security procedures. All visitors must check in at the camp office before entering. Directors are in constant communication with our lakefront staff and other activity supervisors.
Cabins are equipped with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers. The camp maintains well-equipped first aid kits in the Welcome Center and in the South Camp Lodge. If there is a serious emergency, the staff is trained in basic first aid, and the EMS is located in town. There is also a hospital and clinics in Minocqua.
If you require a modification due to a disability to participate in any of our programs, please inform camp staff at the time of your enrollment and make sure to select the request on your enrollment paperwork so that a member of our inclusion team can reach out to you. Questions? Email [email protected].
According to DNR regulations firewood must be from Wisconsin and must be from less than 25 miles from where you plan to burn it. However, we do sell firewood for fall, winter, and spring campers.
Beginning on Indigenous Peoples’ Day (the second Monday of October) through the Thursday of Memorial Day Weekend, firewood will be provided based on the length of your stay for Spruce and Bridge Builder cabins ONLY. Firewood bundles are the same as the bundles we sell in the summer! Family Camp Nawakwa provides a maximum of four nights of firewood.
- • For a two night stay, we provide firewood for both nights.
- • For a three night stay, we provide firewood for two nights.
- • For a four night stay, we provide firewood for three nights.
- • For a five night stay, we provide firewood for four nights.
There is a charge for additional firewood for longer fires and/or more nights. An additional bundle of firewood costs $7 and can be added to your account balance. Ten extra bundles of firewood will be left in Spruce and Bridge Builder cabins for your convenience. Take what you need, and upon your departure, our staff will check how many bundles are left and charge accordingly. Extra bundles for Spruce cabin are on the porch. Extra bundles for Bridge Builder cabin are in the closet in the foyer.
Spruce and Bridge Builder cabins are the only cabins with an indoor fireplace. All other cabins are able to purchase firewood for an outdoor fire, weather conditions permitting. We do not clear snow from the outdoor cabin fire pits. Campers can gather wood to burn as long as it’s dead and down. Do not cut down any live trees! Camp Nawakwa will not provide an ax.
Tip: For kindling, pull away small pieces from the provided firewood or collect sticks from outside. Place those sticks near the fireplace or cabin heater to dry them out. Scrap paper is available in the office upon request.
We strive to make camp a positive experience for everyone. Our staff are trained to monitor camper behavior and are mandated reporters if they see or hear suspicious behavior. However, at all times, parents, guardians, or caretakers are responsible for their own behavior, as well as the behavior of their children. YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa staff will intervene only in the event of imminent danger or injury.
We work hard not to dismiss campers from camp. However, some cases require us to send a camper home, such as if they begin to endanger others or if they require an unsustainable amount of attention from one or more staff members.
For packing efficiency, we recommend soft-sided luggage. You will need to bring bath and dish towels, as well as bedding or sleeping bags and pillows for your family. Also, you will need to bring soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, shaving supplies, first aid, flashlight, etc.
The weather in northern Wisconsin is variable at any time of the year. We encourage campers to bring clothes that can get dirty and to bring enough clothing to last the entire session. There are several coin operated laundry facilities in nearby Lac du Flambeau, Minocqua, and Woodruff.
With regards to food, you will need to purchase groceries in either Minocqua or Woodruff. Cabins have a refrigerator, four-burner gas stovetop, oven, microwave, coffee pot, toaster, pots and pans, kitchen utensils, and dishes. Milk, bread, soda, pizza, candy, chips, etc. are a few of the food items sold in the camp store. Unfortunately, Family Camp Nawakwa does not provide food services to groups at this time.
Campers are responsible for their own belongings. Parents are encouraged to mark their child's belongings with their name. We do our best to locate and return lost items, however, we will not reimburse families for lost clothing or other items brought to camp. We will hold all items left at camp for one month.
The camp store will be open between Memorial day through the end of September. Store items include:
- Ice Cream
- Nachos and Cheese
- Pretzel Sticks and Cheese
- Limited Grocery Items (mainly dry goods)
- Bottled Water
- Bags of Ice
- Limited Toiletries
YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa is designed to be a place for families to connect and enjoy activities and nature. While we cannot stop campers from bringing their electronics, we encourage everyone to unplug. We offer WiFi in the Welcome Center and South Camp Lodge. We only provide the connection; you must have your own computer.
We do not provide meals. Families prepare their own meals in their cabins and can socialize with other families during meal times if they choose to.
Yes! YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa is for the whole family, including your furriest friends. Prior to arrival at camp, pet owners must pay a fee of $135 per week, as well as documented proof of their pet’s rabies vaccine, as required by Wisconsin state law. DHPP, Bordetella, and Lyme vaccines are recommended but nor required. Your family is responsible for all damages incurred by your pet. For more information, check out the Nawakwa Pet Procedures in our Policies and Procedures Guide.
If cancellation occurs 120 days or more prior to your stay, your deposit and all subsequent payments are refundable with a $25 cancellation fee taken out. If cancellation occurs less than 120 days prior to your stay, you will forfeit 50% of the total fee. If cancellation occurs within 30 days or less of your stay, you will forfeit the full balance.