Camp Nicolet

Camper FAQ

Where is Camp Nicolet?

Camp Nicolet is located east of Eagle River, Wisconsin in the Northwoods.

Where do the campers come from?

Nicolet campers come from all over the United States and approximately 15% are international.

How many campers are there?

Camp has a capacity of 100 campers per session.  Campers are placed in cabins based on the grade completed just prior to camp.  East End campers range in age from 7-11 and West End campers are between the ages of 12-17.

What is a camp sister and when will I be assigned one?

A Camp Sister is someone with whom new & returning campers can communicate with prior to camp.  The returning camper can help answer any questions the new camper has prior to the summer.   Camp Sister assignments are mailed out prior to camp.

What kind of food will I eat?

Our food is excellent!  We serve buffet style and have a salad & fruit bar available at each meal.  Our Head Chef takes pride in providing well-balanced meals to ensure everyone has plenty of energy for their awesome activities.  See the Food & Dining section of the website for more details.

Where do counselors come from?

Counselors come from all over the United States and internationally.  Approximately 75% come from the USA and 25% from other countries.

What are the cabins like?

All camper cabins are located on the shore of Franklin Lake.  Open your windows on a warm summer night for a wonderful lake breeze!  You live together with your cabinmates in a spacious bunkroom, with a fireplace and table for games.  See the Cabin Life section of the website for more details.

How many counselors will be in my cabin?

Each cabin has at least two counselors who ensure your happiness and safety.

What kinds of activities will I get to do?

Some of the many activities we offer include waterskiing, horseback riding, swimming lessons, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddling, tennis, field games like soccer and softball, court sports such as basketball and volleyball, arts & crafts, mad scientist, archery, and adventure hour to name a few. Once you’re enrolled for camp, you get to jump online and select your activities in order of preference. The CampMinder system then auto-schedules you into the available lessons.

What do we do on weekends?

Saturday is a normal activity day.  On Sundays you’ll get to take part in a themed all-camp activity.  See the Special Activities section of the website for more details.

Where do we take showers?

Camp Nicolet has a central shower house with 5 private showers and lots of hot water.  Each cabin is scheduled for showers every other day.

What do I wear at camp?

Comfy clothing appropriate to the activity in which you’re participating is encouraged.  It’s best to bring a good supply of shorts, jeans, and tee-shirts to camp.  The Nicolet uniform, consisting of a camper polo shirt, tan shorts, and white tennis shoes, is worn for a handful of special days and events throughout the summer.

Can I bring my iPod, iPad, cell phone, or other electronics?

Generally, we encourage electronic devices be left at home.  However, we do allow campers to travel to camp with iPods and cell phones.  Upon arrival, these items will be collected for safekeeping.  Digital cameras are welcome to capture special camp memories.

When am I eligible to go on trips?

Northpoint Adventures is Camp Nicolet’s wilderness tripping and outdoor adventure program.  Please see the Northpoint Adventures section of the website for more information on wilderness tripping opportunities.

Are there any programs for older campers?

Once you have completed 9th grade you become eligible for camp’s Leadership Program.  The Leadership Program includes Advanced Campers, Counselors-in-Training, and Junior Counselors.  Please see the Leadership Program section of the website for complete details.

How will I get to camp?

You may drive to camp, fly to camp, or take the camp bus.  Please have your parents contact the Camp Office for directions if you plan to drive.  If you’re flying, your parents can arrange for someone from camp to pick you up in Rhinelander or Central Wisconsin.  If you live in the Chicago or Milwaukee area, we offer bus transportation at the beginning and end of each session.  Please contact the Camp Office for more details.

Can my parents visit?

Your parents are welcome to visit you at camp during our open visitation period.  You can also spend a day out of camp with your parents during their visit.  Please have your parents contact the Camp Office for current visitation dates.

Can I call home?

You are permitted to call home if you have a birthday during camp time.

What happens if I have a birthday during camp?

We know birthdays are very special days!  Campers celebrating a birthday at camp get an awesome birthday cake in the dining hall and you can share the leftovers with your cabinmates!  You can make a phone call to your parents on your birthday.