There are several ways for your camper to get to Camp Nicolet, including:
- Personal vehicle
- Chartered bus from Milwaukee or Chicago
- Airport shuttle from Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport or Central Wisconsin Airport
Please make sure to complete the “Transportation Form” within your CampInTouch account so that we can coordinate, even if you plan to drive to/from camp. There is an additional charge for chartered bus or airport shuttle service. This charge will be added to your account upon completion of this form.
Please plan to drop your camper off between the hours of 2pm and 4pm on the first day of her camp session. Our staff are working hard to prepare for her arrival that morning so early drop-offs are strongly discouraged. When you arrive, you can pull your car up to the camp office and check in, then proceed along the road to the back of her cabin. Please see the map at the end of this handbook for a reference. Feel free to help her unload and get settled, but please help to ease the transition to camp by keeping drop-off upbeat and exciting. Prolonged or sad goodbyes can lead to an increased occurrence of homesickness.
On the last day of your camper’s session, please plan to arrive no later than 10am. Our chartered buses leave at 8am and our intersession campers (those staying for more than one session) head out on a special trip at 10am. You may proceed directly to your camper’s cabin and load up her belongings. Please take some time to let your camper give you a tour of camp and tell you all about her summer experience!
Location, dates, and times can be found in your copy of Nicolet Notes for Parents, which was mailed to you upon registration.
Please make sure to arrive on time for the bus! If they are running significantly early or late (over 30 minutes), the bus chaperone will call the phone number we have on file in your CampInTouch account to provide an update. Alternatively, if you find yourself running late, please call the camp office at 715-545-2522 so that we may relay that information to the bus chaperones.
Prior to boarding the bus for camp, your camper must check in with the bus chaperone, obtain a nametag, and place her lunch order. After completing these steps, please take her bags to the bus. Your camper may board the bus to put her carry-on items in her seat and then get back off to wait until departure. When you hear the bus chaperone call for boarding, please encourage your camper to be prompt as the bus does have a schedule to keep. Lunch is provided en route each way. Many campers will bring snacks and electronics for the bus ride. Please be aware that these items will be collected upon arrival to camp. Electronics will be held in a safe until the last day of the camper’s session and snacks will be thrown away. We do not hold food for the return bus ride.
When your camper returns from camp, she will need to be checked out with the bus chaperone. Please DO NOT leave until this has been done. Please also make sure to double (and maybe even triple!) check inside and under the bus to ensure that you have all of your camper’s belongings.
Please note: the camp bus DOES NOT pick up from the Chicago or Milwaukee airports. If your camper is arriving from out-of-state and planning to ride the bus, it is your responsibility to coordinate transportation from the airport to one of the bus locations.
Camp Nicolet provides shuttle service to/from Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport (RHI) and Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA). Once your flight has been booked, please update the “Transportation Form” with flight details. If your camper is flying as an “unaccompanied minor,” please contact the camp office the week before her flight to obtain the name and phone number of the person who will be picking her up. We are unable to provide this information any sooner than that. Please have your daughter wear her Camp Nicolet uniform shirt so that she is easily identifiable.
When your daughter arrives, she will be met by a Camp Nicolet staff member just outside the gate doors. Our driver will have a Camp Nicolet shirt on so that he/she is easily identifiable. Please make sure to upload a camper photo to your CampInTouch account and have her wear a Camp Nicolet shirt so that the driver can easily spot her, as well.
If your camper is riding the bus or will be picked up on the airport shuttle, we ask that you take some time to discuss safety rules. These rules include:
- Staying with you until she boards the bus. We utilize public spaces for pick-up and drop-off so there will be other foot and vehicle traffic in the area. Camp Nicolet does not assume responsibility for your camper until she boards the bus.
- Staying with the airport shuttle driver at all times.
- Choosing a seat and staying in that seat the entire duration of the trip (except for bathroom breaks and lunch stops if riding the bus).
- Using an “inside voice” so that the driver can concentrate on the road.
If your camper’s baggage will be shipped to camp via FedEx or UPS, please make sure it is sent at least one week prior to her arrival to our physical street address:
16040 Hwy 70 E
Eagle River, WI 54521
If you would like her baggage shipped home at the end of camp, please provide return shipping labels for each item. These can be sent with your camper or mailed to the camp office. If the bags are locked, please don’t forget to send the keys with your camper!
For those who are arriving on the bus or via airport shuttle, transportation of baggage to camp is included in the transportation cost (excluding airline baggage fees). Please attempt to limit the number of bags to two large soft-sided duffels and help us ensure they get to your camper in a timely fashion upon arrival by clearly labeling the outside of the bag with your camper’s full name. We are not able to store hard-sided suitcases or trunks.