The programming at the heart of House In The Wood's mission is Summer Camp for Chicago youth. Campers stay at House In The Wood for sessions lasting one or two weeks. They live in cabins with about 10 other campers of their age and gender along with at least two counselors.
Campers spend their days in activities including swimming, boating, nature lessons, outdoor skills, archery, team sports, arts and crafts, fishing, camping and more. The summer camp program emphasizes personal growth, responsibility, cooperation and social development.
House In The Wood offers day trips and 2-4 day residential programs for grades 3-12. Students and teachers live and study on a beautiful wooded campus on a Wisconsin lakeshore. Our innovative curriculum can be customized to meet your specific needs. Inquiry based learning and hands-on activities keep students excited and involved. All of our classes are based on national standards. They emphasize team building activities, social/emotional learning and practical life skills.
House In The Wood rents its grounds and facilities to groups for retreats, conferences, weddings and other events. Each group has exclusive use of our entire campus during their stay. We customize experiences to meet the specific needs of different groups, offering a variety of lodging, meeting and dining options. Standard and vegetarian food service is available and is rated highly by our guests. Rental revenue helps support our mission.
As a non-profit organization, we depend on our generous volunteers to keep the facilities and grounds in good shape. We welcome groups and individuals to join in community service at House In the Wood. We offer opportunities for middle school, high school or adult groups to design a community service project. We can also add outdoor recreation or team building to your session. Lodging is discounted for community service groups, and you may choose to use our meal service or cook your own meals.