Boys come to Kawaga for either the full eight-week program or a four-week session. Most first-year campers first come for four weeks. Most returning and older campers stay for the full eight weeks.
We design the program for so that each of the four-weeks sessions has its own highlights and special activities. No repeats! That’s why four-weekers get the sense of a complete summer-camp experience and why eight-weekers enjoy the full timeline, leading from Day One to Banquet Night, our awards celebration the night before the boys take the busses back home.
Our heralded rookie program —just like Camp Kawaga itself—is one-of-a-kind. At Kawaga, Rookie Camp is a fully integrated program. Rookies are neither visitors nor spectators. They’re Kawaga campers!
From the moment they arrive, Kawaga Rookies feel a strong sense of belonging. They’re assigned a cabin that includes fellow Rookies as well as four-week campers, which helps them more quickly acclimate to daily camp life. They’ll have the same counselors during their entire stay. And, they’ll even get their own “big brother,” who will mentor them and be there for them.
Rookies participate in the full Kawaga program—from sports and games to swimming the bay, water activities, outdoor adventure, and all of our special events. Rookies don’t just visit Kawaga, they experience it!
Our goal is for each boy to have the time of his life, while being safely guided by our counselors at Kawaga’s values. At the end of their stay, Rookies will know if camp is for them. (And, by the way, if they just can’t bear to leave, we’ll do our best to secure them a spot for the remainder of the session!)
Experience camp for 2 weeks.
Whether your son is thinking about going to camp sometime soon, will be attending Kawaga for the first time, or is a returning camper, Father-Son Weekend is for you! As countless dads and sons (and even a few grandfather) will tell you, there’s nothing like experiencing camp together. And, there’s no better place to do so than at Camp Kawaga, where both of you can be campers!
For the youngest boys, the weekend is an opportunity for them to get a taste of camp and for dads to get a sense of their readiness. For first-time campers, the weekend provides a safe, meaningful, and fun transition into camp. And, for those who’ve gone before, well—you just want to keep going!
Join us for a weekend’s worth of a Kawaga experience enjoying a wide variety of activities, including waterskiing, sailing, tennis, softball, archery, basketball, swimming, canoeing, Blue-Gold games, and much, much more! There will also be plenty of free time, too—to do whatever activities you choose (or your son chooses!), or simply to enjoy Kawaga’s beautiful grounds and the surrounding Minocqua area.
Experience camp with your dad.
Kawaga boasts a strong, loyal alumni group that includes second, third, and even fourth-generation campers and counselors. Our alumni also serve as mentors to our staff through the Kawaga Professional Network (KPN), which provides career opportunities and guidance to our counselors, during the non-summer months.
Each summer, more than 100 alumni flock to the Shores for their favorite weekend. It’s a time to rekindle old friendships and begin new ones and to be and play at the place we all love ove best.
Please join us this summer!