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A Northwestern Settlement Program


Summer Camp

One and two week residential camps for Chicago youth and families.

Outdoor Education

Day trips and residential visits for classroom groups of grades 3-12 from Illinois and Wisconsin.

Retreat Center

Weekend rentals for adults and youth groups with exclusive use of our facilities.



Community Service

House In The Wood is committed to serving its various communities, and all that it does is made possible by others who share in that commitment.


Summer Camp 2016 registration coming soon!

Click here to read about signing up for 2016.

Looking for photos of your camper?

Parents and family of campers can Click here to view photos taken every day!

Growth, responsibility, experience - and FUN!

We exist to foster growth and responsibility in our campers, so that they may return to their communities as leaders.

Who we are:

House In The Wood is an overnight summer camp for girls and boys from the city of Chicago. Camp is located on the shores of Lake Delavan in southern Wisconsin. Children ages 7-17 attend camp for a session that lasts one or two weeks. We also have a weekend of family camp every summer.

Why summer camp?

Where do we start?! There are a number of great reasons for children and adolescents to attend summer camp. Campers grow as individuals, gaining independence and learning responsibility. They make new friends and develop the essential skills of teamwork and cooperation. Campers resolve their differences with thoughtful words and patience. They go outside - a lot. They sing songs and do dances and go swimming and play games and run around and get exercise. They get a break from their phones and their computers and their video games. Campers do all of these things in a beautiful, restorative natural setting. They do all of these things in the care of adults who are looking out for them, and want to see them flourish.

And the food is delicious.