What is the camp philosophy?
Our philosophy at Camp Lakotah is to offer a safe, wholesome, fun filled, learning experience to each individual camper. We do this by hiring mature, responsible and dedicated staff who are genuinely interested in the wellbeing of each individual camper, by offering a well rounded, exciting program that challenges and interests the skills of each camper, and by providing a safe and caring environment where the campers are allowed to explore the world around them.
Are you licensed or accredited? by the American Camp Association (ACA)?
Yes, not only are we licensed by the State of Wisconsin, but we are American Camp Association (ACA) Accredited. This means we meet or exceed all applicable standards set by the ACA . These standards cover all aspects of the camp operation including: staff, health care, facilities, food service, waterfront safety and more.
How long has Camp Lakotah been in business?
The facility has been operated as a summer overnight camp since the early 1920’s and has been under the current owners leadership since 2009.
Why Camp Lakotah?
Camp Lakotah focuses on the individual needs of each and every camper. Our goal is to provide the safest, most fun and memorable summer experience possible. We offer an incredible number of activities, top notch instructors, and the most caring, nurturing environment you can imagine.
Where is Camp Lakotah located?
Camp Lakotah is located in the heart of Wisconsin in what is known as the Central Sands area. The 126 acre facility is nestled in the majestic pines on Little Hills Lake about 5 miles east of Wautoma and about 40 miles west of Oshkosh on Highway 21.
How experienced are your directors?
Between Cliff and Sandy there is over 30 years of camp management experience. Camp Lakotah is a family owned and operated camp, and we treat everyone, campers and staff alike, as if they are part of our family.
Can my child pick activities?
Our daily schedule is a combination of scheduled group activities and choice periods. We regularly offer over 30 various activities guaranteed to interest and challenge all campers. Occasionally we offer new activities as interest and staff qualifications are considered.
How do I enroll?
To enroll your child at Camp Lakotah visit the Register Now page and print the Registration Form from the website and mail along with deposit to the camp office: N1875 21st Avenue, Wautoma, WI 54982 We are working to introduce online enrollment to our website but at this time the only way to enroll your child is to mail in the registration forms.
How do I know if there is availability in the session(s) my child is interested in attending?
Can I pay for my child's tuition with a credit card?
We will be implementing credit card payments in the near future but currently the only way to pay is by check made payable to Camp Lakotah.
What are pick-up/drop-off times?
Overnight Camp - Drop off is on Sundays from 2:00pm to 3:00pm and Pick-up is on Saturdays from 10:00am to 11:00am
Day Camp – Drop off is 8:00am and Pick-up is 5:00pm Monday through Friday.
What should my child pack for camp? What should we not send to camp?
We have a full packing list on our website to use as a guideline. Camp is about fun, so leave expensive clothes at home and come prepared to get a little messy.
What if my child is on medication?
All medication is kept under lock and key in our health center and will be distributed as prescribed by your doctor under the supervision of our health care staff. Campers are allowed to carry with them their asthma inhalers and epi-pens as prescribed by their doctors.
When are the health forms due?
All health forms (available on the website in the 'forms' page) must be mailed to camp no later than July 1, 2010.
What happens if my child gets sick at camp?
Health care is always nearby with the local health care clinic being only 3 short miles from camp, and our health care professional on staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will be notified if your child becomes sick or needs any kind of medical attention.
What if my child has special dietary needs or food allergies?
Our kitchen staff is happy and prepared to accommodate any special dietary or allergy need, but it is very important for you to notify the camp staff of your special needs prior to arriving at camp so we can be prepared for your child’s stay. We also provide vegetarian options at every meal.
What if my child gets homesick?
Many children experience homesickness while at camp, it is natural. Our caring staff has been trained to help them work through homesickness. At Camp Lakotah, we create a nurturing, comforting environment, and with all of our fun activities, children do not stay homesick for long.
Can I send my child mail at camp?
Yes, please do! In fact, we encourage you to send your child mail. There’s nothing more exciting than receiving a letter from home while at camp. Our counselors encourage their campers to also write letters home and tell their friends and family all the great things they are doing at camp.
Can I call my child at camp?
We ask that your do not call and request to have a conversations with your child. We do this because it disrupts the flow of camp for your child, especially since our site is large and it could take a while to locate and get your child to a phone. On top of this, we find that phone calls tend to make children miss home or cause other children to miss home and become upset when they learn that their parents haven’t called.
The same rule applies to cell phones. We ask that you do not send your child to camp with a cell phone. Any cell phones brought to camp will be collected by our staff and locked up for the camp session for safe keeping. We think it is important for children to unplug and get away from the constant infiltration of technology.
If my child comes for more than a week, can he/she stay at camp over the weekend?
Yes. For families who decide to send their child(ren) for more than one week, we offer the option of having your child(ren) spend the weekend with us between sessions. A few counselors will spend the extra day with your child and plan special programming for them, and make sure their laundry is taken care of as well. The cost of this extra weekend program is $35 per camper and includes lodging and meals.
What are the cabins like and how many campers are in a cabin?
The construction of our cabins varies from simple cabin shells which sleep 4 persons to large cabins with connected bathrooms and electricity that sleep up to 26 persons. All of our cabins are well ventilated and designed for permanence, comfort, and cleanliness. We maintain a ratio of no more than 10 campers and 2 staff at all times.
How are cabin assignments made?
Cabin assignments are made according to age, grade and social/physical development. Campers may request to bunk with a friend and we will do our best to honor the request, but no cabin requests are guaranteed. The final cabin placement is a complicated process and will be made at the director’s discretion.
Where do you find your staff?
Several of our staff return each summer. The remainders of the counselors are recruited by the camp directors who spend several weeks each winter on the road personally interviewing prospective counselors at major universities throughout Wisconsin. We also may include an international staff member to work at camp each summer. We feel they add “spice” to our program, plus it is interesting to meet people from around the world and to learn about their cultures.
How old are your counselors?
All counselors must be at least 18 and have graduated from high school. Most of our staff is comprised of college students who are majoring in something which is related to working with children, some are coaches and teachers.
Does my child need extra money?
Most campers will find that $30 is an adequate amount for buying small souvenirs and treats in the camp store throughout their stay with us. Their money will be kept in an account in their name, any unused funds over $1.00 will be returned at the end of the session.
What if my child celebrates a birthday while at camp?
We have the day covered starting out with a special all camp birthday wish to a special cake for your son/daughter to share with their cabin mates. If you would like to send a special treat for your child to share with their cabin please contact the camp director for arrangements.