FAQ

What is Camp Agawak’s mission?

Our mission is to provide a safe, fun and nurturing camp environment in which campers acquire lifelong skills, a strong sense of self and are enrichment through their camp experience.

What are Camp Agawak’s facilities like?

Agawak is situated on 200 private acres in the beautiful north woods of Wisconsin. Most of the buildings are original with minor upgrades made over the years. Campers live in 26 rustic wooden cabins.  Each cabins has bunk beds, ceiling fans, heat and electricity. Cabins are a short walk away from three centrally located shower houses.  All shower houses have private showers and toilets.  Camper cabins have individual bathrooms with sinks and toilets.  Several cabins which house our older campers have their own showers.

Many camp activities take place in Happy Camper Hall, The Lodge, Alumni Hall as well as our Rec. Hall. These buildings accommodate large numbers of campers for indoor camp events. Agawak is located on breathtaking Blue Lake, a private 450 acre lake with no public access. You will find our facilities and equipment are beautiful and well maintained. Please take the virtual tour on our website which will give you insight into some of our well kept facilities.

Does camp offer tours?

Yes, we offer tours of our facility. Please call the camp office at 715-356-5383 to schedule your Agawak tour. Coming to see the camp while it’s in session is a way to see camp in action.  If you are not able to visit , you can click here to take the virtual tour (use your browsers BACK button to return to this page) and visit several areas in camp.  The tour highlight several areas in camp.  However, there is much more to see!

How do you know if you’re ready for sleep away camp?

There are many factors to consider when determining whether or not your daughter is ready. It is crucial that your daughter’s first overnight camping experience is a positive one, so that a solid foundation is laid and a love of camping is instilled. Camp Agawak prides itself in working with first time campers.

A few questions to consider are:

  1. Does your daughter sleep out with ease?
  2. Has your daughter expressed any desire to attend overnight camp?
  3. How does your daughter adapt to new situations without parents?
  4. Is your daughter fairly independent or dependent for her age?
  5. Are the parents emotionally ready for their daughter to be away?
  6. Does your daughter have siblings at camp?

How old are our campers?

Our campers range in age from first through tenth grade, and are usually between 7-16 years old. They live in cabins according to grade completed assuring cabin mates will be approximately the same age. For special programming campers are divided into three age groups: Juniors (1st-4th grade), Intermediates (5th-7th) and Seniors (8th-10th grade).

What is the camper/staff ratio?

Our 3:1 camper/counselor ratio insures that campers receive the attention and support they need to grow with confidence.

What is our food like?

We serve well balanced, nutritional meals in our main dining lodge where campers eat “family style” with their cabin mates and counselors. Along with the main entrée at breakfast, there is always fresh fruit, yogurt and cold cereal available. During lunch and dinner we serve a main entree, side dishes and a full salad bar is available as well as fresh fruit.  In addition there is a separate area with a peanut butter and jelly station. Throughout the day we open up our “snack shack” for campers to refuel themselves.

Can I request to have my friends in my cabin?

Campers may make a friend request on their cabin request form which is mailed out every spring. We work extremely hard to make sure your request is granted but there are no guarantees. Final cabin assignments are at the sole discretion of the directors.

Can campers call home?

The research out there and our own experience has shown that communication with home produces more homesickness. It is in the campers best interest not to talk with family and friends via phone or internet because it encourages homesickness. Therefore, campers are not allowed to use phones while at camp unless it’s their birthday.

How do campers communicate with friends and family while at camp?

Traditional letter writing is still the best form of communication while at camp. Campers are required to write home during letter writing day twice per week.

Can campers receive packages at camp?

We certainly do not want campers keeping track of who receives the most packages in their bunk.  Therefore, Agawak has a no package policy to encourage a non-competitive cabin environment. Please be advised that packages sent to camp will not be given out and will be returned to sender.

Are visitors allowed at camp?

Campers are not allowed to have visitors while at camp. Visitors disrupt a camper’s adjustment to camp and are a distraction to our daily program. Visitors typically produce homesickness in a camper.

What if my daughter gets homesick while at camp?

Almost all campers experience some feelings of homesickness when away at camp. Our staff works hard at keeping the campers busy with fun camp activities to avoid homesickness. You can help prepare your child for camp by: talking to your child about camp and what it will be like; sending with them a favorite stuffed animal, picture, or blanket from home; reminding your child that you have confidence that she will have fun and make friends away from home; and asking her to write you a letter while they are at camp (stick some pre-addressed, stamped envelopes in her bag). Also, if you send out a letter right before camp starts, your child can have mail waiting for her when she arrives at camp.

Will someone contact me if my daughter is having difficulty adjusting to camp life?

Please remember it takes several days for a camper to adjust to camp life especially if it’s their first overnight experience. We will be in touch with any parents whose daughter is experiencing a high degree of homesickness that continues to last.

What happens if a camper gets sick or takes medication?

Agawak has four nurses on staff that carefully monitor and oversee the health of camp at all times. All prescription medication is kept securely in our infirmary and given out at designated times by our nurses.  If needed, campers receive over the counter medications there and nurses provide general health care. We are blessed to be within 5 miles of the Howard Young Emergency Center, Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care.

My daughter will have her birthday at camp. How will she celebrate her special day?

If your child has a birthday during the summer, we will make sure that it is a wonderful and memorable occasion. She will receive a lot of birthday attention from the whole camp, including a unique birthday present from Camp Agawak presented at morning flagpole and a personalized birthday cake. If you would like to send party favors, please call our camp office, and we will give you the number of campers and staff in your child's bunk. With our package policy, birthday packages should be sent directly to our office to be held until your child's birthday. In addition, we can supply a pizza party in the evening for your daughter's cabin. Her SMA account will be billed $75, and we will cover any additional costs. You will also be able to wish your daughter a happy birthday over the telephone. Please just call the office in advance to set up a time so that we can have your daughter in the office and ready to receive her birthday phone call.

Do new campers have to attend the New Camper Orientation?

It is not required, but we offer this opportunity to help calm the nerves of Parents and Campers. Usually the New Camper Orientation is held in Chicago during the month of February.

Can you tell me a little bit about what to expect at the buses when my daughter leaves for camp?

For parents with campers that will take the bus from the Chicago area, check in will begin at 8:00AM at the designated bus site. The buses will depart promptly at 8:30AM from a Northside location. For campers from Milwaukee, check in will be at 9:55AM, and the buses will depart at approximately 10:10AM. Please do NOT bring pets to the bus drop off and pick up. When your child checks in, she will be assigned a bus based on her age group. We will do our best to accommodate seating requests, but make no promises that all will be granted.

You should send your daughter with a light lunch, snacks, and a drink for the bus ride up, which will enable the bus to go straight through. The buses are air- conditioned, have restrooms on board, and if videos are available then an age- appropriate movie will be shown.

When will I get the forms for camp?

Pre-camp packets are sent out in March. This packet contains all the forms necessary for camp: medical forms, consent forms, a cabin request form, packing list and more. Many of these forms will also be available on the website after the packets have been sent by regular mail. You will need to make an appointment with your daughter's pediatrician, so your daughter's physical is up to date. Forms are due back to camp for all sessions by May 1.

I haven't received my billing yet, should I be concerned?

You can always access your current invoice by logging into your campminder account.  Billing for camp is as follows: 1st deposit is due with the application. The remaining balance is due by March 15th.

What is the camp’s refund policy?

After January 1st there are no tuition refunds. Prior to December 31st, any cancelations will receive a full refund minus a $300 accounting fee.