3300 Bay Rd, Delavan, WI 53115
(262) 728-2752

Summer Camp

House In The Wood Summer Camp

Growth, responsibility, experience – and FUN!

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 7-15 attend camp for a session that lasts one or two weeks. We also have a weekend of family camp every summer.

Our Camp Programs

House In The Wood offers four distinct camp experiences for all ages.

Summer Camp

Our regular summer camp sessions are for children ages 7-12. These sessions are two weeks long. Campers do a full range of activities including swimming, boating, nature lessons, campcraft and team building. These sessions also have a focus on social development and improving life skills.

Teen Camp

Our camp for young adults ages 13-17 provides fun, safe and challenging camp activities as well as plenty of time for making friends. At the end of Teen Camp our staff selects the campers who show the most leadership potential, and they are invited back to be Leaders In Training. 

Leaders In Training Program

Leaders In Training is a residential program where selected teen campers, free of charge, learn about leadership, responsibility, decision-making and life after high school. They also do volunteer work projects to serve the community.

Family Camp

Family Camp is a time for the entire family to enjoy camp together. There are activities for parents and children as well as evening programs for the whole family. This is a great opportunity for families with young children to introduce them to camp and for more grown up families to have some quality time together in nature.

Camp Activities

House In The Wood provides  a wide range of engaging and educational activities, including:

Frequently Asked Questions

We at House In The Wood believe that great experiences begin with good information. Campers and parents who are well informed and well prepared are able to make good choices and get the most out of their time at House In The Wood. That’s why we ask you to take the time to carefully review the information provided here and contact us to ask any questions left unanswered.

The basics; what is camp?

Many families who visit House In The Wood are coming to a summer camp for the first time. Some of them may not know quite what a summer camp is. And that’s understandable because “summer camp” means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. To some it means going during the day for a week or so. To others it’s a place where you go and live for the whole summer. House In The Wood is somewhere right in between. Our summer programs are all residential (or overnight, sleep-away) and they last for either one or two weeks.

Who attends summer camp?

House In The Wood is a summer camp specifically for children from Chicago. We have regular camp sessions for ages 7-12, a teen camp and Leaders In Training program for ages 13-17, and a family camp for all ages.

What do campers do?

So, so much! Campers have extremely full days doing activities that include: swimming, boating, team sports, archery, theater, singing, field games, arts and crafts, nature lessons, camping out, cooking out, and much more. Campers also participate in community responsibility activities like helping clean up around camp.

Where do campers sleep?

Campers sleep in comfortable cabins located in the middle of the grounds. Cabin groups are sorted by age and gender. This means that during a regular session, there are usually boys’ and girls’ groups of ages 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. Each cabin can sleep up to fourteen campers, but we try to keep that number closer to ten. Cabins have one or two separate rooms where at least two counselors live.

Who works at House In The Wood? Who are the counselors?

House In The Wood has a small full-time staff that works for camp year-round. Our staff grows to over thirty people during summer camp. This includes support positions in the health center, kitchen and office, as well as about sixteen to twenty counselors. These counselors are the people who spend almost all of their time with campers, and they are mostly college students or recent graduates. They come from all around the country and all around the world to work with our campers. We come from many different backgrounds, but we are all united by a passion for making great experiences possible for children.

Can family members visit camp?

Families of registered campers are invited to attend an open house at the beginning of the summer. This is a great opportunity to meet the staff, get a sample of the activities and a taste of the food, and see the grounds and facilities. However, visitors are not permitted during camp sessions. This is for a few reasons. One is that it is a distraction from and a disruption to the goings on of camp. Another is that it is unfair to campers who don’t have a visitor. The only times when parents or family members come to camp during a session is when they are picking up a camper early for some reason or possibly dropping off an important forgotten item.

How do campers travel to and from camp?

All campers get to and from camp on school buses that leave from and arrive at Northwestern Settlement in Chicago (1012 N. Noble St). Check-in on the first day of camp begins at 9:00am and the buses leave at 10:00am. A parent or family member must be with the camper until they’ve completed the health screening, at which point they are in the care of our staff. Campers return at 11:30am, and parents need to be there on time to pick them up.

How do campers stay in touch with family?

An important part of the camp experience is a separation from most electronics and technology. So no phones! But campers are encouraged to write letters home as often as they like (we will provide materials/stamps to campers who don’t have their own), and family members and friends are welcome to write to campers. Campers may receive letters by post, but family members usually send their messages via email or fax, which are then printed out and delivered to campers daily. Parents are welcome to call camp to check in with a counselor or other staff person, but campers are only allowed to use a phone in cases of emergency.