Summer Camp

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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 7-15 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.

Camp Dates & Calendar

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Summer Camp 2017

Session Ages Dates
Session 1 - Teen Camp 13-15 June 26-30
Session 1 - Specialty Camp: Theater or Horseback Riding 12-14 June 26-30
Session 2 - Two Week Summer Camp 7-12 July 3-14
Session 3 - Two Week Summer Camp 7-12 July 18-27
Session 4 - Two Week Summer Camp 7-12 July 31-August 11
Session 5 - Family Camp All Ages August 11-14
Session 6 - Summer Adventure 7-12 August 14-18

Choose a Camp

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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.

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Teen Camp and The Leaders In Training Program

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. They return to camp for the next session, free of charge, to learn about leadership, responsibility, decision-making and life after high school. They also do volunteer work projects to serve the community.

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Horseback Riding Camp

One of our specialty camps is Horseback Riding Camp. This camp is for children ages 11-13. Every morning, campers are driven to a nearby riding facility for lessons from the facility's professional staff. Campers who attend Horseback Riding Camp will also be able to participate in the regular camp activities during the afternoon and evening.

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Theater Camp

Our other specialty camp for ages 11-13 is Theater Camp. This camp is put on by the staff of Adventure Stage Chicago, a children's theater company, also a program of Northwestern Settlement. Theater campers learn acting and stage fighting techniques, do improvisation games, and put on short performances under the instruction of ASC's progessional actors and teachers. They also are able to participate in regular camp activities in the afternoon and evening.

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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.

Activities

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 counelors?

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.

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.

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.