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Eagle River, Wisconsin

Frequently Asked Questions

staff FAQs

Q: Where is Camp Nicolet?

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).

Q: How many campers are there?

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.

Q: Where do campers come from?

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.

Q: Who will I be working with?

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.

Q: What is cabin life like?

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»

Q: Do we have a camp uniform?

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.

Q: Do those working on the water have a required uniform?

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.

Q: If I am teaching riding, do I need to bring my own boots and helmet?

Yes. Please bring your own protective headwear and footwear. Boots must have a heel.

Q: Do we have to order clothing from Lands’ End?

No, you are not required to order clothing from Lands’ End.

Q: What should I pack?

Please view the Packing List», as this will provide a guide to assist you in your packing.

Q: Are there laundry facilities on site, or do we do our laundry on time off in town?

Laundry facilities are provided for staff use. Staff must purchase their own laundry detergent, basket, etc.

Q: Can I bring my car to camp?

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.

Q: Do we get personal time while at camp?

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.

Q: What is the camp technology policy?

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.

Q: Are we allowed to have snacks at camp?

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!

Q: My bank is back home; does Camp Nicolet offer direct deposit?

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.

Q: How often am I paid during the summer?

You are paid semi-monthly, on the 1st and 15th of each month.

“Nicolet means making new friends, trying new things.  It means water skiing, having fun and learning something new everyday. Nicolet makes me feel at a home away from home. Everyone at Nicolet is really kind and gets along. It’s really fun. Everyone there feels like family.” – Camp Nicolet Camper

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