The Camp Nicolet Foundation was founded in 2002 after the passing of both Nicolet Founders Ann and Wendall Schrader in 2001. Many alumni and friends of camp wanted to make a contribution to Nicolet in their memory and therefore, a charitable organization was formed in order to accept gifts. The Ann and Wendall Schrader Campership Fund was established to financially assist girls who would otherwise not be able to experience a summer at camp. In 2006 upon the death of Chris Starz, the Christopher Starz Leadership Memorial Fund was established to help girls experience the wonders of wilderness camping by supporting Northpoint Adventures, Camp Nicolet’s tripping program.
Many studies have been done about how the effect of our natural environment and the exposure to the magic of nature can enhance a child’s emotional and spiritual growth, self-confidence, problem solving abilities, and physical health. Camp is certainly the ideal environment to offer this kind of exposure in addition to learning social and physical lifetime skills. Contributions to the Camp Nicolet Foundation help provide a quality camp experience for many young girls each summer. Camp is truly a life-changing experience – one that provides a lifetime of precious memories, friends, and develops real life skills needed to be a leader in today’s changing world.
The purpose of the Camp Nicolet Foundation is to enhance the education of individuals, to improve the socialization and maturation of individuals through the education and instruction in outdoor activities, including leadership training, skill development and environmental study; improving the quality of life of individuals, who would otherwise not be able to financially afford participating in the outdoor education programs offered by Camp Nicolet for Girls; support the maintenance, protection, and improvement of the quality of Franklin Lake and the Nicolet National Forest and other actions consistent with these purposes.
The Camp Nicolet Foundation is recognized as a non-profit, non-stock corporation under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.