Camp Nicolet


The Nicoletter was the paper version of the Camp Nicolet “newsletter” sent to campers, parents, and alumni at varying frequencies during the year.  Now we invite you to read the Nicoletter online and stay up-to-date on events, news, and photos from camp!  Imagine what Mrs. Schrader would think if she knew people read the Nicoletter on their phones and tablets!?  No mimeograph required!



Greetings Camp Nicolet Families! Jen here, your cheerful, 2016 Office Manager.  I’m thrilled to be back in the camp office this summer and posting my very first blog entry!  For those who don’t know me, allow me to quickly introduce myself:  This will be my fourth year at Camp Nicolet working as the Office Manager [...]

Who’s Taking Care of My Kid…and ARE THEY PREPARED??


  Hi everyone! It is with the greatest pleasure that I announce that your 2016 summer staff team is complete! We have an extremely excited, engaging group ready to take care of all things camp this summer and I just know you’re going to love each and every one of them! A couple fun facts: [...]

Preparing Your Camper (and Yourself) for Camp


Greetings from the Northwoods! It’s getting to be that time of year when the reality of the fact that your daughter is heading off to summer camp starts to sink in. There are forms to fill out, physicals to be had, supplies to be purchased and packed, and anxieties to be calmed. Believe me, I [...]

From Camper to Counselor – The Steps Between


Hi CN Family! Let’s talk leadership today. Our senior camper program has gone through many different variations over the years and you’ve probably heard the terms advanced camper (AC), counselor-in-training (CIT), and leader-in-training (LIT) thrown around a lot. As with everything at camp, we are constantly re-evaluating how things are done and making changes that [...]

ACA Accreditation – What’s the Big Deal?


Hi Everyone! In my last blog, I mentioned that Jer, Kaitlyn, and I would be heading to the ACA National Conference in Atlanta for a week of camp business, education, and networking. Then I got to thinking…how much do you all know about ACA? Are you aware of the process we go through to be [...]

Where in the World is Camp Nicolet?


Hello Camp Families and Friends! This past weekend we had the pleasure of spending time with many current families, alumni, and prospective campers at the Camp Nicolet Midwest Open House in Winnetka, IL and it was AWESOME! We got to chat and catch up, share information about Summer 2016, sing songs, and watch the release [...]

We LOVE Our Alumni!


So, you’ve been a camper or staff member before, whether it’s been 72 years or 2, and you want a way to maintain those connections to the place you fell in love with as a child or young adult. The place that became your home away from home. The one that introduced you to new things [...]

What is this “Free-Choice Program” I Keep Hearing About??


Hi Everyone! So let’s talk about this Free-Choice Program. I know there are many questions about what we’re doing at camp and why these changes are being made. Our alumni are probably wondering why we would mess with a formula that has worked for years and what’s going to happen to the traditions at camp. [...]

Giving Thanks


As the holiday season approaches, I’ve been thinking a lot about the many things for which I am thankful. The list seems a bit never-ending sometimes. There are the obvious – Lex, family, friends, my health, food on the table, roof over my head, etc. But as I look around me and have conversations with [...]

What’s So Special About Camp Anyway?


  Have you all heard about REI’s new campaign, #optoutside? The retailer has decided to close their stores on Black Friday in order to give their employees time to head outside with their families and friends. And they’re even paying them to do so! What do you think of this? Personally, I’ve never been a [...]

What’s Happening in 2016?


Hi Everyone! Well, the time has come…it’s time to register for Summer 2016!!! I had the pleasure of returning to camp this weekend to work on getting the 2016 Nicolet Notes for Parents mailing out so look for that to arrive sometime in the next week. It’s jam-packed with all kinds of great tidbits, including [...]

What I Learned at Director’s Camp


Hi Nicolet Family! Last weekend, Jer and I had the pleasure of attending Last weekend, Jer and I had the pleasure of attending Director’s Camp 2016 in Cape Cod. in Cape Cod. We stayed in cabins with 25 other summer camp professionals, ate meals in the dining hall, and chatted around the campfire at night. We [...]

Hello From Your Camp Director!


Camp Nicolet Director’s Blog September 17, 2015 Hello Campers, Parents, Staff, & Alumni! I thought I should take a moment to introduce myself and update everyone on some fun stuff that is happening at camp right now. We’re already getting very excited for Summer 2016 and with registration right around the corner there is no [...]

Learning to Live Together


  The Final Banquet takes place the last evening of camp when all the campers and staff along with some alumni and Camp Nicolet Foundation Board members gather to celebrate a safe and successful camp season. This summer was especially exceptional with some special awards to honor a few staff members who have been with [...]

The Grand Finale of 2015!


  Week 8 at Nicolet is a flurry of special events with something exciting and  awesome going on every single day. Many of the activity areas host their highlight events which campers and staff having been working toward during most of the summer. Among these are the Camper/Staff Water Ski Show (the 2015 theme was [...]

Cookie Cup Anyone?


  Our final week of 2015 literally flew with so many special activities and events throughout the remaining days of camp. Kicking off the exciting events was the annual campers vs. staff soccer match, the “Cookie Cup”. Named after one of the all-time favorite desserts at camp, this game goes all out with a lighted [...]

Session III Calendar of Events


    Session III is underway at full speed ahead! We’ve had a fun afternoon and evening here at camp with the guys and staff from Red Arrow Camp. Of course, the big war canoe race is always a challenge to behold. This summer our camper team in particular certainly held their own through the [...]

Session II Doings


With Session I only a day behind us, Session II of the 2015 season started with a real bang…that is, the Fourth of July! Other awesome events during this two-week camp session were a Northpoint Sylvania I canoe trip and a Porcupine Mountains I backpacking trip. Immediately following the big Independence Day celebration in camp [...]

Session I Highlights


  2-0-1-5 at Camp Nicolet has started on a great note with “Slap bang, here we are again…” This summer is Nicolet’s 71st anniversary of camping in Wisconsin’s great Northwoods! With a total of 173 campers and 50 staff members, our big camp family joins us from 17 different USA states and  and travels from [...]

Northpoint Adventures Rocks!


  Camp Nicolet’s tripping program, Northpoint Adventures, has had an exciting and successful summer season of trekking, rock climbing, paddling, hiking, and rafting with enthusiastic girls ready to do it all! Some of the basic skill-building trips included paddling in the nearby Sylvania Wilderness Area and backpacking in the Porcupine Mountains overlooking Lake Superior.  For [...]

Nicolet Goes Organic!


  Being at Camp Nicolet means having fun with summertime pals, soaking up sunshine and lots of vitamin D, exercising in the great outdoors, breathing clean air, walking through a cool forest, and frolicking in crystal clear spring-fed Franklin Lake. What a great way to be stress-free  and healthy in mind, body, and spirit! This [...]

A Few Fun Favorites


In addition to all the new and exciting elective offerings, a few of the very favorites from last summer still top the list. Tuesday evenings are a time for campers to choose a different type of activity from their regular schedule. Some of the traditional choices are yoga for kids with professional yoga instructor Vicki, [...]

Nifty New Things for ’15


We at Camp Nicolet are very excited about some of the new additions to the 2015 camp season. some of these things are program related, others are educational, some are physical improvements, and lastly…all of them are just plain fun! Some of the most obvious improvements to facility is the nice new deck around part [...]

Midwest Open House #peacelovenicolet


  Hugs, laughs, giggles, and lots of visiting took place at the Winnetka Community House on the eve of Saturday, February 7th. Camp Nicolet hosted our annual Midwest Open House for current, new and prospective campers, families, staff and alumni in Winnetka, Illinois and some of our families and staff joined us all the way [...]

Session III ’14 Highlights


Remembering all of the good times and jam-packed action filled days during Session III makes us want to begin counting the days until the first day of the 2015 camp season!  The last four weeks of camp are especially filled with traditional events such as Marathon Green/Buff Day, the all-camp tennis tournament and horse show, [...]

Session III Has Hit the Ground Running!


  Despite a few chilly days to start, the first week of Session III has been a busy one. After greeting all the new arrivals on the camp bus, cabin introductions in Forest Lodge were as entertaining as ever. The Isle Royale backpackers led by Jeremy and Katie departed Monday morning for their seven-day adventure [...]

Speedy Team Nicolet


Congratulations to the staff runners on Team Nicolet who entered the Moonlight Run 5K race on July 12th. Sponsored by the Northland Pines School District, the proceeds from the race contribute to the operation of the Pines Community Wellness Center. Our Nicolet team placed 1st overall of all camps entered and also won the award [...]

Try SCUBA in Franklin Lake!


    Nicolet campers over the age of 12  had the unique opportunity to enroll in a TRY SCUBA course offered to us by professionals from Klein Scuba. The Saturday afternoon class had 17 participants including a few Nicolet staff members who wanted to check out the sandy bottom of Franklin Lake. Head Instructor Phil Klein [...]

“It’s the 4th of July…”


    “It’s the 4th of July, there’s magic in the sky and we’re dressed in red, white, and blue…” so goes the camp song that reminds us all of a very special day at Camp Nicolet. A number of camp traditions emerge on this day beginning with the early morning cabin-to-cabin noisy wake up [...]

Welcome Session II…2-0-1-4!


  Session I of 2014 ended on a wonderful note and now Session II campers are ready for their summer of a lifetime adventure at  Nicolet! Excited early arrivals and campers staying over from the past two weeks waited in anticipation for the arrival of the camp bus. As the bus rolled down the lake [...]

“Frozen” at Nicolet!


Nicolet campers experienced an unusual and fun Sunday activity as games and challenges based upon the popular movie “Frozen”  were incorporated into the afternoon. “Do you want to build a snowman?” involved each of four teams making a TP snowman out of one of their fellow teammates, a frozen T-shirt contest (brrrrrrr), a cotten balls [...]

Radio Northwoods at Camp Nicolet


  A fun new elective offered on most Tuesday and Thursdays evenings, podcasting on Camp Nicolet’s YouTube channel has become quite popular among Session I campers. The Radio Northwoods show, hosted by Jeremy Starz, features our very own Nicolet campers of all ages. Each participant is asked to come on the show with three camp [...]

Wonderful Week One Activities!


Session I – Week One has been sooo busy filled with exciting new activities, new friends to meet, and new experiences to enjoy. The peaceful Northwoods paradise known as Camp Nicolet soon became a bustling little community once the big camp bus pulled into the driveway on June 15th. Campers from all over the USA [...]

Staff Training 2014


  Prior to campers arriving for Session I, Nicolet Staff attended two intensive weeks of training to prepare them for the camp season. The first week included numerous days of American Red Cross Lifeguard training and certification with various skills learned and practiced at our own waterfront at Nicolet. Rounding out the first week was [...]

Franklin Lake Ice Out Contest


  Annual Franklin Lake Ice Out Contest! Send us your best guess as to when the ice will finally melt off of Franklin Lake. The best guess will win a brand new Nicolet T-shirt. There will be separate categories for CAMPERS, STAFF, and ALUMNI. Email us: YOUR NAME, DATE and TIME of the ice out. [...]

Kudos to Cabin Juniper!


  Congratulations to the young ladies of Juniper Session III 2013 for being the first cabin to be 100% re-enrolled for summer 2014. What an awesome group of girls! Collectively, these girls will claim 33 summers at Nicolet! Their counselors have 11 summers – keep the spirit burning! States and countries represented include: New Zealand, [...]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Wishing you sunshine and rainbows from your “Franklin Friends” at Camp Nicolet!

Midwest Open House a Great Success


A snowy evening in the Windy City of Chicago did not deter our hardy Camp Nicolet families from attending the annual Midwest Open House held on Saturday evening, February 8th. approximately 100 campers, parents, staff and alumnae traveled from Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, and all parts of Illinois to join us for a fun event. The [...]

A Nicolet Winter Wonderland


Each season has a sense of beauty and wonder, and winter is no exception. Despite the year of the infamous “Polar Vortex”, Franklin Lake and the surrounding Nicolet Forest has become a world of white swirls and frosty pines. The solitude and splendor is truly breathtaking! How fun to imagine what all the traditional activities [...]

Nicolet Honored with Safety First Award


Each year, Markel Insurance’s Safety 1st program recognizes policyholders who have shown an exceptional commitment to the safety of their employees and customers. Camps must have a proven safety record, undergo formal assessments and inspections, and participate in continuing education and certification programs. We are proud that Camp Nicolet has been awarded this honor for [...]

Camp Nicolet Midwest Open House


What’s Happening in 2014?


As we say so long to 2013 and greet the new year, our Nicolet family has many fun and exciting events to anticipate in 2014. Our special edition 70th anniversary calendar commemorates Camp Nicolet’s founding in 1944 by Ann and Wendall Schrader. Contrasting old vs. new photos of camp scenes demonstrate the wonderful growth over [...]

Happy Holidays 2013!


All of us at Camp Nicolet wish you a very happy Holiday Season and all the best for the New Year. 2014 will be Nicolet’s 70th anniversary year and we are looking forward to sharing fun and exciting adventures with our campers along with some historic moments. August 9-12th will be a special celebration as [...]

Happy Thanksgiving!


  Cool breeze… Autumn leaves… Winter will soon be here… Our Nicolet friends and family we hold dear! Fun and festive Thanksgiving wishes from all of us at Camp Nicolet!!

Happy Halloween!


  Here’s a tale from days of old, The night was stormy, windy and cold, But Shorty stood strong, brave and bold. It’s a scary story as it unfolds 70 years since it’s been told. Coming this summer… The Legend of Shorty’s Gold! Can you find Shorty’s ghost in the window?   Shorty Fournier was [...]

An Awesome Autumn


    Seeing camp during the peak of “leaf peeping” is something to behold. The brilliant reds of the maples and yellows of the aspen trees make even a rainy day appear to be sunny. It is truly a visual experience just to take a stroll through the grounds and appreciate the beauty that surrounds [...]

Congrats to 2014 “First Ladies”!


  Midnight of September 25th was the magic hour to see who would be the first camper to register for the 2014 camp season – Nicolet’s 70th anniversary year! What a great surprise to see several girls pop up online to claim the distinction of “First Lady” and a prize of a brand new Nicolet T-shirt [...]

The Juniper Project


  As early as this spring the sound of hammering and sawing has been hovering around the cabin named Juniper. First the front deck was completely replaced with sturdy new steps, decking, and railing. The bathroom was enlarged and a double sink and large mirror were added to make morning rise and shine time even [...]

Nicolet Family Camp ’13


Every summer since the mid 1980s, Camp Nicolet has hosted a one-week family camp following our regular camping season. Families come from near and far including southern Wisconsin, Missouri, Minnesota, Virginia, and even Alaska for their annual family fun and reunions. Camp cabins are personalized and decorated with flags and tiki lamps and unique games are [...]

Picture A Spot…


The last full day of the 2013 camp season ended on an extremely high note as campers packed their duffels and then headed out to the Nicolet Outpost with Jeremy and company to play a rousing game of Green vs. Buff Capture the Flag. A refreshing All Camp Dip followed to ready everyone for our [...]