Camp Nicolet is located outside of Eagle River, Wisconsin within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Eagle River is approximately six hours north of Chicago. Airport pick-up is available from Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport (RHI) and Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA).
Camp has a capacity of 105 campers per session. East End campers range in age from 7-11; West End campers are between the ages of 12-17.
Nicolet campers come from all over the world. They represent every area of the United States, as well as countries such as Mexico, Russia, and France.
Staff also come from all over the world. While most of our staff live stateside, approximately 25% come to us internationally from places like Ireland, Hungary, New Zealand, Australia, and more. Our team ranges in age from 18 to 77. They each have a passion for working with children. Everyone is there for all 10 weeks, so by the end of the summer, you’ll feel like you’ve found a second family.
Our camper cabins house 8-12 campers and 2-3 counselors each. They are fully equipped with bunkbeds, dressers/drawers, a table and chairs, a fireplace, a screened-in porch, and a bathroom with sink and toilet. Counselors live in a room that is separated from the main cabin space by a curtain. Showers are taken in our nearby shower house facility. More about cabin life»
Our camp uniform consists of a Camp Nicolet polo from Lands’ End, khaki/tan shorts or pants, and white shoes. We will provide the required polo for staff use during the summer season. The polo is returned to Camp Nicolet at the exit interview.
All waterfront staff must wear red at all times. This includes your swimsuit, as well as your cover-ups (pants, shorts, sweatshirts, t-shirts, etc.). Waterfront staff must also bring a whistle.
Yes. Please bring your own protective headwear and footwear. Boots must have a heel.
No, you are not required to order clothing from Lands’ End.
Please view the Packing List», as this will provide a guide to assist you in your packing.
Laundry facilities are provided for staff use. Staff must purchase their own laundry detergent, basket, etc.
Absolutely. We encourage you to bring your car to camp for use on your day off. Eagle River does not have cab service, nor does Camp Nicolet offer a camp vehicle for staff time off. All vehicles must remain in the camp parking lot at all times.
Staff members have personal time on-site from 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. every evening when not scheduled for evening patrol. Staff can go to the staff room to watch a movie, check e-mail, or just relax. In addition, staff will be scheduled for one 24-hour period off each week that can be spent out of camp. During Session II, this may be split into two 15-hour periods to accommodate activity scheduling.
Camp Nicolet is a “tech-free” campus. We believe that our campers (and staff) benefit from time to disconnect from our electronic devices in order to reconnect with ourselves and others face-to-face. Staff may bring their electronics to camp, but use in front of the campers is strictly prohibited. These items are to be used during your free time in the staff room only. Cell phones are placed in “phone jail” in the office during the day and may be retrieved after taps.
Staff may purchase snacks and drinks for themselves, but those items must be kept in the staff room in sealed containers. Food and drink is not allowed in cabins, as our location in the Northwoods is a prime spot for critters. They love to eat your snacks!
We require that all U.S. staff sign up for direct deposit. Please make sure to bring routing and account numbers to camp with you. International staff can obtain a Payoneer card, which allows us to provide direct deposit to them as well. There is no charge for direct deposit service.
You are paid semi-monthly, on the 1st and 15th of each month.