Outdoor Leadership Camp   
Co-Ed Ages 11-16   

Building Strong Leaders for Today and Tomorrow

Sturtevant Outdoor Leadership Camp incorporates activities that promote leadership development, outdoor adventure, service to community, teamwork, nature appreciation, and personal growth. Of course, the best thing about the Sturtevant Outdoor Leadership Camp is that it is a whole lot of fun! Each day provides new opportunities and new challenges. It is staffed by excellent adult counselors who ensure that each participant has a first rate camping experience. Sturtevant Outdoor Leadership Camp follows a progressive learning model. Campers learn and practice outdoor and leadership skills early in the week. The week ends with a wilderness trip designed to apply their skills in a hands-on opportunity.

Leadership I departs camp Thursday for their two-day out of camp adventure and returns Friday afternoon. Leadership II departs camp Wednesday for their three-day out of camp adventure. Leadership II is designed for returning Leadership campers. We also invite those with equivalent wilderness experience. The Sturtevant Outdoor Leadership Camp runs for 11 weeks, each lasting 5 days, with the exception of Week 3 which is shortened due to the holiday. Most camping days run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with core programming taking place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


What to Bring

Campers should bring on a daily basis:

  • A day pack or duffel bag to carry everything in
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • 2 Pair Tennis Shoes that are closed toed
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Raincoat
  • Sweater, Sweatshirt, or Light Jacket
  • Extra change of clothes on a rainy day
  • Bag Lunch

In addition, for Leadership I & II out of camp adventures:

  • Sleeping Bag or Sheets/Blankets
  • Pillow
  • Pajamas
  • Change of clothes
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, etc.
  • 2 Bag lunches
  • Optional: Money for snacks on the way home
Leadership I and II need to bring 2 bag lunches The day they depart on their adventure

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Severe Weather

Camp Sturtevant has a severe weather scanner for early warning and communication steps in place in case severe weather strikes. Camp Sturtevant also has a tornado shelter located in the lower level of the Sturtevant Family Lodge. Campers will be moved inside to an appropriate area upon first warning of dangerous weather. While on trips, staff will locate the safest area during severe weather and campers will stay there until weather passes. Shelters will not always be available.

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Rainy Days

Rainy days at camp can happen. If the weather is warm and the rain is light, we will be outside for at least some portion of the day. We suggest packing a spare set of dry clothing and a raincoat for these days. Rain gear such as a poncho or jacket with pants should be sent on all trips because we will be out in the rain unless the weather becomes dangerous.

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Sturtevant Campers bring a sack lunch daily. It is recommended the lunch be balanced and non-perishable. Lunches will not be refrigerated. Camp will supply milk each day the campers are at Camp Sturtevant.

Leadership campers should bring two bag lunches for the day they leave on an out of camp adventure.

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All Leadership campers will be dropped off and picked up at Camp Sturtevant. The shuttle service at the YMCA will only be available for Day Campers.

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Staff will call Camp Sturtevant once they are off-trail and give an approximate time they will be returning to camp. Once the staff and campers return to Camp Sturtevant, the campers are expected to help pack-in the gear they used while on trail.

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Leadership I

Ages 11-13, max 13 campers/week
2 or 3 Day out of camp adventures

Leadership I Weekly Schedule- 2 Days Out (Thur - Fri)
Check-in Monday - Thursday: 7:30am to 8:30am
Monday - Wednesday program: 8:30am to 3:00pm
Thursday 8:30am through Friday 3:00pm out-of-camp
Check-out Mon.-Wednesday & Friday: 3:00pm to 5:30pm

Leadership I Weekly Schedule- 3 Days Out (Wed - Fri)
Check-in Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 7:30am to 8:30am
Monday & Tuesday program: 8:30am to 3:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am through Friday 3:00pm out-of-camp
Check-out Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 3:00pm to 5:30pm

Week # of Days Out Dates
1 2 6/14-18 Climb & Paddle
2 2 6/21-25 Rafting
3 3 6/28-7/2 Bike & Horse
4 2 7/5-9 Chequamegon Forest
5 3 7/12-16 Spelunk & Camp
6 2 7/19-23 Nicolet National Forest
7 3 7/26-30 Paddle Wisconsin
8 2 8/2-6 Snorkel & Play
9 3 8/9-13 Fish Willow River
10 3 8/16-20 Play & Cave
11 3 8/23-27 Copper Falls

LI Out of Camp Adventure Descriptions
Bike & Horse - A dual adventure in the Nicolet Forest peddling part of the way and hoofing the rest.

Chequamegon Forest - Experience this National forest nearly in our back yard while camping at Chippewa.

Climb & Paddle - Camp Classic! Paddle to Oak Island, camp on Rib Mountain and climb "#6" overhang at the YMCA.

Copper Falls - Hiking and exploring the vast canyons and peaks with rushing water falls. This state park is amazing.

Fish Willow River - A chance to reel in the "big one", hike willow trail, swim and enjoy the great outdoors.

Nicolet National Forest - Camping, swimming, and campfires at Boulder Lake near the Wolf River.

Paddle Wisconsin - A canoe trip down the Wisconsin River through the Wisconsin Dells. An adventure in the true spirit of Huckleberry Finn.

Play & Cave - Recreation galore at Lake Wissota State Park with a trip to explore the well known Crystal Cave.

Rafting - A raft trip down the Peshtigo River…Yipee!

Snorkel & Play - An adventure snorkeling clear sandy beaches and fishing at Crystal and Muskie Lakes in the Northern Highland- American Legion State Forrest.

Spelunk & Camp - Slither and slide through "The squeeze" caving experience and camp at High Cliff State park on Lake Winnebago.

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Leadership II

Ages 13-16, max 13 campers/week
4 or 5 Day out of camp adventures
Leadership II is designed for returning Leadership campers or those with equivalent camping/leadership experience.

Leadership II Weekly Schedule- 4 Days Out (Tue-Fri)
Check-in Monday, Tuesday: 7:30 am to 8:30 am
Monday programming: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am through Friday 3:00 pm out-of-camp
Check-out Monday, Friday: 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Leadership II Weekly Schedule- 5 Days Out (Mon-Fri)
Check-in Monday: 7:30 am to 8:30 am
Monday 8:30 am through Friday 3:00 pm out-of-camp
Check-out Friday: 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Week # of Days Out Dates
1 4 6/14-18 Noah's Ark
2 4 6/21-25 Rockn' Inside-and-out
3 4 6/28-7/2 WI Tour de Grande
4 4 7/5-9 Ski & Fly
5 4 7/12-16 Biking Elroy-Sparta
6 5 7/19-23 Porcupine Mountains
7 4 7/26-30 Door County
8 5 8/2-6 Pictured Rocks
9 4 8/9-13 North Shore Explore
10 4 8/16-20 UP Camp & Tour
11 4 8/23-27 Peninsula Sports

LII Out of Camp Adventure Descriptions
Biking Elroy-Sparta - A biking and camping adventure on the famous "rails to trails" route near La Crosse.

Door County - A trip to Wisconsin's Door County for camping and island hopping. The scenery of Door County is truly inspiring.

Noah's Ark - It's all about water; swim or fish Mirror Lake and spend a day at Noah's Ark Water Park.

North Shore Explore - An exploration of Wisconsin's furthest North Shore. Hiking & camping Lake Superior Shores with fabulous sunsets.

Peninsula Sports - we're packin' the gear, plan to hike, swim, rent bikes, play tennis, and volleyball for a fun adventure at this spectacular park.

Pictured Rocks - A trip to the spectacular National Lakeshore that took Zip's breath away; clear blue waters, incredible hiking, camping, and views.

Porcupine Mountains - Backpack in the national renowned UP Park for a wilderness trip of a lifetime on Lake Superior. Wow!

Rockn' Inside-and-Out - Come explore the Cave of the Mounds and the authentic House on the Rock all in one trip.

Ski & Fly - Water ski and experience the flying squirrel high challenge course element in the Northwoods of Manito-wish waters area.

UP Camp & Tour - Visit the nationally known Paulding Light while camping at Lake Gogebic and Marion Lake State parks.

WI Tour de Grande - Tour Lambeau Field, visit Milwaukee Zoo, and see the Capitol as we take to road and tour Wisconsin and camp along the way.