Camp Offerings

Discover All that Camp Nawakwa Has to Offer!

  • Family Camp

    YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa offers fun overnight camps with a variety of included activities, so you can make the trip perfect for every family member. Join us for classic camp activities such as campfires, hiking, and arts and crafts that will entertain and delight the whole family!
  • Specialty Family Camp

    We know that every family is unique, so we’ve cooked up some truly special experiences here at YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa. From our Home School Week programs, to the Fall Harvest Family Camp, to our unforgettable Winter Wonderland Family Camps, our specialty camps offer something for everyone!

Be Prepared for an Awesome Adventure!

At its best, camp is a fun and unforgettable experience. But at YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa, we know that for first time campers the whole camp experience might be a little overwhelming. You’re bound to have questions, and we want to address each and every one. That way, you and your family can both relax and enjoy the adventure! 
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  • At YMCA Family Camp Nawaka, camper welfare comes before everything else! Our staff is trained in CPR, First Aid, and AED, our lifeguards are American Red Cross trained, 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. Emergency response plans are reviewed during Camper Orientation every Sunday, and all campers, new and returning, are encouraged to attend the session.

    The camp maintains well equipped first aid kits in the Welcome Center and in 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.

  • We offer swim tests for any and all campers below the age of twelve on the first two days of camp. The purpose of the swim test is to evaluate each camper’s skill and endurance level in the water so that they can be safe during all activities. If a child does not take a swim test, they must wear a life jacket at all times in our swim area. All campers (no matter the age) and staff wear life jackets when boating, and aquatic activities are always supervised by American Red Cross trained lifeguards. It should be noted that if a family takes kayaks out on the lake beyond the sight of our beach area, they are adventuring at their own risk.

    Swim Test Details

    Blue Zone swim test:
    Campers must swim six lengths in our swim area without touching the bottom, tread water for 1 minute, and then put a lifejacket on while treading in deep water to swim in our Blue Zone without a lifejacket.

    White Zone swim test: Campers must swim two lengths in our swim area without touching the bottom to swim in the White Zone without a life jacket. They must wear a lifejacket in the Blue Zone if they are a White Zone swimmer.

    Red Zone swim test: Our Red Zone does not have a swim test. All campers are categorized as a Red Zone Swimmer if they do not take a White Zone or Blue Zone test. They must wear a lifejacket in the Blue and White Zones.
  • 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 behaviors, as well as the behaviors 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 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, dish, and beach 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. Please bring insect repellent. We recommend Coppertone Bug & Sun Lotion for kids. We sell some of these items at the camp store.

    With regards to food, ​​you will need to purchase groceries in either Minocqua or Woodruff. The cabins have a four burner gas stovetop, oven, microwave, coffee pot, toaster, pots and pans, kitchen utensils, dishes, and a refrigerator. Camp provides an outdoor grill for outdoor cooking. Milk, bread, eggs, soda, pizza, candy, chips, etc. are a few of the food items sold in the camp store. Unfortunately, Camp Nawakwa does not provide food services to groups at this time.

    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. Bring walking shoes or hiking boots, swimsuits, warm clothes for cool nights as well as clothes for warm days and rain gear. In the winter months, please bring hats, boots, gloves, etc. Coin operated washers and dryers are located in the North Camp Laundry during the summer months. Laundry soap is provided free of charge.

    Campers are responsible for their own belongings. Parents are encouraged to mark their child's belongings with their name. During camp, lost items are gathered and throughout the week we take time to return items. 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.

  • We provide campers with the opportunity to purchase snacks and souvenirs at our camp store. While we do accept cash and card for payment, we prefer that campers create a store tab during the summer which accumulates over the week. The lump  sum of this store tab can be paid at your departure. 

    Store items include:
    • Candy
    • Ice Cream
    • Pizza
    • Nachos and Cheese
    • Pretzel Sticks and Cheese
    • Limited grocery items (mainly dry goods)
    • Drinks
    • Bottled Water
    • T-Shirts
    • Sweatshirts
    • Postcards
    • Firewood
    • Bags of Ice
    • Hats
    • Limited toiletries
  • Camp is designed as 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 for the week. We provide Wifi access in the North and South Lodges as a convenience for campers who still need to work remotely or take classes. 
  • 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. We do offer breakfast for an additional fee every Wednesday for sessions during Weeks 1-11. You must sign up for this service in advance. 

    Guardians are responsible for their child’s food restrictions and/or allergies. We offer dairy free ice cream, and all candy is individually packaged in the event of a nut allergy. Please inform our staff in advance of any severe allergies you or your family members(s) might have.
  • Summer Policy 2023
    For cancellations made before December 1, 2022, the deposit and subsequent payments are applied to the balance due and are refundable, minus a $75 cancellation fee. For cancellations made after December 1, 2022, deposits and payments made will not be refunded unless the cabin is rebooked at full price by a new family not yet registered with the camp. If the cabin is rebooked by a new family, a $200 cancellation fee will apply. Cancellation of multiple cabin registrations will be fined a multiple cabin cancellation fee. If only one cabin is canceled, the fee paid on the canceled cabin will rollover only after the cabin has been rebooked by a family not yet registered with the camp. All accounts must be fully paid by May 1, 2023.

    Fall, Winter, and Spring Policy 2022-2023
    If cancellation occurs 120 or more days prior to your stay, deposit and all subsequent payments are refundable minus a $25 cancellation fee. If cancellation occurs fewer than 120 days prior to your stay, you will forfeit 50% of the total fee. If cancellation occurs within 30 days of your stay, you will forfeit the full balance.