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Camp Nicolet   

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Camp Open House

Join us Wednesday, April 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m. for an opportunity to learn which camp is best for your child. Camp Director, Counselors, and information will be available. Format will be open house in the Family Lodge at Camp Sturtevant. Bring your questions.

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Camp Sturtevant is located on Northwestern Avenue, 1.8 miles from County N (Town Line Road) and ¾ mile from Camp Phillips Road. Our location is 2701 Northwestern Avenue, which is less than 4 miles from the downtown YMCA! Our mailing address is 707 3rd Street, Wausau, WI 54403.

From Grand Avenue turn East on Town Line Road. Continue east until you pass Kraft Foods parking lot. Turn right on 12th Street (only goes right) which turns intoNorthwestern Ave. Travel on Northwestern approximately 2 miles. Camp Sturtevant is on the right.

From Highway 51, take 29 East toCamp Phillips Road. At the top of the exit turn left (north), cross Schofield Ave, Ross Ave, and the Eau Claire River. Turn left ontoNorthwestern Ave. Camp is approximately one mile from Camp Phillips Road.

Camp Nicolet is located 12 miles East of Eagle River Wisconsin on Highway 70 East. It is nestled in the heart of the Nicolet National Forest on Franklin Lake.

From Wausau, take 51 North to 70 East through Eagle River, after crossing the intersection for 45 N/S, Camp Nicolet entrance will be approximately 12 miles on the right.

From Appleton Area, take 45 North to70 East, Camp Nicolet entrance will be approximately 12 miles on the right.

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Open Admission Policy

Camp Sturtevant is operated in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, disability, religion or national origin.

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Special Needs Campers

YMCA Camps are designed toprovide accessibility for children with moderate visual, auditory, orthopedic, mental and emotional challenges. Camp programs are physically active and are designed for group interactions and participation. Please discuss all situations with the Camp Director prior toregistering.

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Our camps are staffed with trained, well qualified, enthusiastic adults who are eager tohelp your child have a week of learning and fun. We maintain safe camper tostaff ratios in accordance tolicensing and our Counselors in Training assist staff.

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Authorized Persons toPick-up Campers

For the camper's safety, we will not release any camper toan unauthorized person. Authorized persons are either the people designated on the registration form or people whoare identified tothe Camp Director or Program Director by a previously authorized individual. A photoID is necessary tocheck out your camper at the end of each day. Please understand this is a safety measure taken for the well-being of all campers and is in noway a reflection of you.

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Registration & Deposits

Bring in, or mail, the completed Registration Form with the deposits for each camp week tothe Woodson YMCA, 707 Third Street, Wausau, WI 54403. Most Frequent Question: Do I have tocomplete the registration form and immunization records if I attended last year? YES. State licensing requires that immunization and information on the Registration Form be completed and in the camper's file.

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Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is offered toqualifying families. Applicants must provide information on household size and income. Applications will be accepted beginning in January and Camp Scholarships are granted on a first come, first served basis until funds are exhausted. For more information call Doua Her at (715) 845-2177 ext 310.

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The Nicolet Parent Packet contains a "Camp / Emergency Medical Release Form" and a "Camp Health History and Examination Form" that must be signed by a physician. All Nicolet forms must be received at the South Business Desk before 5PM on Monday July 19, 2004. Forms may also be printed at

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The balance of Camp Nicolet is due before 5PM on Monday July 6, 2004 OR an additional $10.00 late fee will be charged. (See Nicolet checklist)It is the responsibility of the camper's parent or guardian tomake full payments on time. Campers may not attend camp if full payment has not been received.

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Cancellations and Refunds

Please contact the YMCA South Business Desk as soon as possible if you plan tocancel a camper registration.

  • Deposits are non-refundable. However, deposits may be transferred toan upcoming registered week.
  • In order toreceive a refund, notification of the cancellation must be received in writing two weeks in advance tothe camp office via the South Business Desk. Cancellations more than two weeks in advance will be refunded minus the non-refundable deposit.
  • Children expelled from Camp for behavior matters will receive refunds minus the non-refundable deposit for all registered sessions starting the full week after being expelled.

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If your child takes medication during the camp day, the medicine and a schedule for taking the medication should be turned in toCamp on the first day of camp. An "Authorization toAdminister Medication" form is available for completion at Check-in. All leftover medicine will be discarded one week after camper's last day of camp. Insurance for health related matters must be covered by the parent or guardian.

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If a camper is feeling ill, please be sure tokeep him/her home toget plenty of rest and notify us at camp if your child will not be attending. Children cannot have a fever within the last 12 hours in order toattend camp.

If a camper becomes ill while at camp, we will notify parents todiscuss whether he/she should be picked up or stay in a quiet resting area of camp. Camp Sturtevant does reserve the right tosend a child home whois ill or contagious.

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Behavior Management

Camp staff is trained toimplement behavior management techniques that include positive guidance, redirection, and the setting of clear limits and expectations. With the goal of helping each child develops self-control, self-esteem, and respect for others. Campers are held responsible for their actions and are expected tofollow the YMCA four core values of honesty, caring, respect, responsibility.

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Camper Behavior

Camp programming is designed for group participation and interaction. Behavior that disrupts programming, endangers self or others, disrespects property of others, or requires repeated one-to-one attention may result in the camper being suspended from camp and/or expelled.

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Insect Repellent & Sun Screen

We suggest your child use a lotion or a cream when brought tocamp. Be sure toclearly mark the bottle with your child's name. We also suggest that you teach your child the proper application of insect repellent and sun screen so it is applied safely. Do not send spray or pump bottles tocamp.

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Lost and Found

We highly recommend writing the camper's first & last name on everything they bring tocamp. All lost and found items will be kept for one (1) week after the last week of camp. At that time, lost and found is donated tocharity organizations.

  • Items lost at Camp Sturtevant will be kept at Camp Sturtevant.
  • Items lost at Nicolet will be brought to& kept at Camp Sturtevant.
  • Items lost at YMCA will be kept at YMCA South Courtesy Desk and will be held for 1 month.
You may need tocheck at both locations.

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"Y" Camp at Camp Nicolet is located 12 miles east of Eagle River, WI on 160 acres surrounded by the Nicolet National Forest. With two miles of shoreline on crystal clear Franklin Lake and a natural white sand beach.

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"Y" Camp at Camp Nicolet is well maintained and attractive. Campers sleep in roomy cabins on the lakeshore that are complete with bunk beds, electricity, bathroom, fire place and screened-in porch. There is a beautiful dining hall providing meals three times daily; tennis courts, a sports field, boathouse, stables, theater, arts/crafts shops, water ski area, swim area, shower facility and a main lodge that is available for all our campers.

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Core programs are taught daily and campers also have an opportunity to choose from a variety of fun activities!

  • Tennis
  • Waterskiing
  • Horseback riding
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Arts' n Crafts
  • Archery
  • Outdoor living skills
  • Theater
  • Sports
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking

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Horseback Riding

Each camper will have the opportunity toparticipate in at least one riding session that is already included in his/her camp fee. All activities are led with safety as our number one priority, and all leaders, counselors and staff abide by our Zero Accident Attitude. Riding may be canceled if weather conditions become hazardous.

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Outdoor Adventure

Each camper will have the opportunity tolearn outdoor skills through an overnight trip. All trips begin from our front door and take place in the Nicolet Outpost or National Forest. These adventures are lead by qualified counselors and stress teamwork and outdoor safety.

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Monday Check-in

Driving Camper Check-in. All campers being driven to Camp Nicolet should arrive between the hours of 12:30 and 2:00. No lunch is provided this day. Parents are invited to take a tour of Camp Nicolet at check-in and help children move into their cabins.

Bus riding campers check-in at Camp Sturtevant. Campers who are riding the bus must check-in between the hours of 11:30 and 12:00 at the Camp Sturtevant. Check-in will take place at Camp Sturtevant Family Lodge. The bus will leave at 12:00pm sharp so please come early enough to check-in before departure. Campers who miss the 12:00 departure time are responsible for their own transportation to camp, but are welcome to ride the bus back to Camp Sturtevant on Sunday. No lunch is provided on the bus, so please eat lunch before checking-in.

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Sunday Check-out

Driving campers depart. All campers will have luggage packed and be prepared for pick-up. Signs will lead you to the check out table. Once you have checked out your child, you are welcome to pick up their luggage and depart. Please remember a photo ID and be sure your name is on the authorized list. Campers not checked out by 11:30am will be charged a $30.00 late fee.

Bus riding campers arrive at Camp Sturtevant. Luggage will be unloaded at the Family Lodge before any children are permitted to leave. Campers must be checked out by an authorized person with a photo ID. Campers not checked out by 1:00pm will be charged a $30 late fee. Thank you, see ya next year!

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Mail and Telephone Calls

Parents, Friends and family of campers are encouraged towrite frequent letters. Although campers are kept busy with activities, friends and fun, it is still good tohear from home. It may be a good idea tosend letters in advance tocamp so they are there on the first day. Letters on the first day encouraging a homesick camper may be very helpful with office staff and the Camp Director or Program Director will get back toyou immediately.

Send mail to:
Camp Nicolet
P.O. Box 1359
16040 E. Hwy 70
Eagle River, WI 54521

Telephone use by children is restricted for two reasons. The first reason is telephone space. We do not have enough telephones for all campers tobe able tocall home. Second is homesickness. Calling home and hearing the voice of a loved one will often cause homesickness in a camper, taking away from their experience. Parents may call camp in the case of an emergency at (715) 545-2522. A message may be left with office staff and the Camp Director or Program Director will get back toyou immediately.

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Camp Store

Camp Nicolet offers a wonderful store consisting of snacks, t-shirts, postcards, stamps, sweatshirts and drinks. Some personal items may also be found at the store such as soap and toothpaste. Campers may purchase Store Cards at the YMCA any time before they leave for camp. Cards are also available at the Camp Store on registration day. Campers are responsible for bringing their Store Cards tocamp with them. Once at camp we will hold their cards until they leave, simply turn them in at the store at check-in. Cards are for $10 to$20 and each camper can purchase as many as they wish. Cards will be returned before Check-out. Campers and Parents will be responsible for turning their card intothe YMCA for a refund. Refunds will not be made for less than or equal to$2 or after September 9. Cards are interchangeable with Camp Sturtevant Store Cards. Please do not bring any cash tocamp, it will not be accepted at the store after Check-in. If you have any questions referring tothe store, please contact the YMCA.

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What to Bring to Camp

7 T-shirts
2 Swimsuits
3 Pants/Sweatpants
8 Underwear
2 Shoes
Writing Material
Boot w/heal for riding
1 Rain jacket
5 Shorts
1 Sleeping Bag
8 Socks
Reading Material
2 Sweatshirts
2 Towels
1 Pillow
Insect Repellent (Lotion)
Hat and Gloves
White T-shirt, pillowcase, or shorts, etc. for tie dye

Note: Campers must have a boot with a heal in order toride horses. Hiking boots are acceptable as long as they have a heal. Campers also need towear pants in order toride horses. The YMCA and Camp Nicolet are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Please Do Not Bring

  • Money
  • Radios
  • CD Players
  • Vide
  • Games
  • Valuables
  • Camping Knives
  • Candy
  • Soft Drinks

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Tentative Daily Schedule

The schedule at camp changes daily, the following is a simple example of a weekday schedule. Additional items include hobby sign-up, electives, and all campfire programs. Each cabin will have the opportunity toparticipate in one overnight campout. Activities include horseback riding, swimming, waterskiing, outdoor living skills, sports, arts n' crafts nature, mountain biking, canoeing, trampball, tennis, and much more.

Daily Schedule
7:00 am Wake Up - Optional Polar Bear Swim
7:45 Flag Raising
8:00 Breakfast, Announcements and Cabin Clean Up
9:30 Group Activities
10:30 Activity Period 1
11:30 Activity Period 2
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 Rest Hour and Mail Call
2:30 Activity Period 3
3:30 Activity Period 4
4:30 Cabin/Store Time
5:30 Flag Lowering
5:45 Dinner
6:45 Clean Up/Store Time
7:15 Evening Activity
9:00 In Cabins
10:00 Lights Out