Counselor Led Programs

When you’re here at Camp Wandawega, you can spend your days planning your own fun with all of our available activities & equipment. But, if you want a more curated experience, take a look at the list below. (The only thing our counselors like more than hanging out with you, is ordering you around while they do it!)

Programming only available for overnight guests at Camp Wandawega

 


The only thing our counselors like more than hanging out with you, 
is ordering you around while they do it.

Nature Hike

  • Cost: $10/person – Minimum 5 participants – Group rate available for 15+
  • Availability: April-The first deep snow (probably late November)
  • Length: 45 Minutes 
  • Age Group: Recommended for all ages 
  • Restrictions: Must be able to walk on uneven terrain
  • Led by: Brad
  • Description:  
    • We’ll lead you on a half-mile walk on our well groomed trails through the wilder parts of our property with a few stops along the way to talk about local history, flora, and fauna. You never know what you’ll see, even in our little patch of woods. Everything from foxes and deer to hawks and eagles make their way through our woods from time to time. And depending on what’s blooming, we may find all kinds of interesting plants from plain to vibrant and delicious to deadly.     

Basic Survival 

  • Cost: $25/person – Minimum 5 participants – Group rate available for 15+
  • Availability: April-October 
  • Length: 1-3 hours (based on group preference)
  • Age Group: Recommended for ages 10-110 (content varies based on age/ability of the group)
  • Restrictions: Must be able to walk on rough terrain
  • Led by: Brad
  • Description:
    • our staff to talk about strategies for staying alive when you’re far from creature comforts. Get guided practice with some woodcraft basics and great info for being prepared, in true scout tradition. In Basic Survival you’ll head out into the Wandawega  woods, bugs and all, to discuss real life strategies for staying safe in adverse conditions. We may even build a simple fire (not a forest fire, promise) or practice setting up a primitive shelter and campsite with wild materials, depends on how much time you have.        

Knot Tying

  • Cost: $25/person – Minimum 3 participants – Group rate available for 15+
  • Availability: year round 
  • Length: 1 hour (then a lifetime of practical skill)
  • Age Group: Recommended for ages 10-110 
  • Led by: Brad
  • Description:
    • A classic camp activity. Sit around a fire (or under a shade tree if it’s blazing hot outside, we’re not insane) and learn pretty and useful knots from our staff (you’d be surprised how often knowing a good knot comes in handy, scout’s honor). We’ll send you home with your own piece of proper knot tying rope (for practice) along with illustrated instructions (for when you forget everything).

Fire Building

  • Cost: $25/person – Minimum 5 participants – Group rate available for 15+
  • Availability: April-October  – Dependent on dry weather, day of activity
  • Length: 1-2 hours 
  • Age Group: Recommended for ages 10-110
  • Restrictions: None 
  • Led by: Brad
  • Description:  
    • It’s not as easy as it seems – maybe you’ve got some experience using a whole box of matches just to get the fireplace going. We’ll show you some strategies to join the hallowed ranks of campers capable of making the elusive “One Match Fire” using only fuel from the nature around you. This activity can also be a great team challenge event for your group, in which small teams race to start and sustain their “One Match Fires” after some instruction.     

Instructional Archery + Tomahawk Throwing

  • Cost: $10/person – Minimum 5 participants – Maximum of 30 – Group rate available for 15+
  • Availability: April-October
  • Length: 1-2 hours 
  • Age Group: Recommended for ages 10-110
  • Restrictions: Must be able to walk on uneven terrain 
  • Led by: Brad
  • Description:
    • Learn the basics of shooting and throwing from our experienced instructor on our very simple, classic camp style archery and tomahawk throwing range. We’ll walk you through the basics of good technique and safety, then stand by and offer tips and encouragement, no matter how much you suck at first. It’s fun for complete beginners and folks with more experience. This activity can also be a great challenge event for your group.      

Teambuilding

  • Cost: $15 – $30/person – Minimum 10 participants – Group rate available for 15+ For bigger groups we can organize multiple facilitators 
  • Availability: April-October  – Dependent on dry weather, day of activity
  • Length: 1-4 hours (based on group preference)
  • Age Group: Recommended for ages 10-110
  • Restrictions: None 
  • Led by: Brad
  • Description:  
    • Great experience for teams that have just formed, just as great for teams that are painfully familiar with one another. Our experienced facilitators can guide you through a series of activities that test your team and encourage growth. You’ll walk away from this experience with new perspective on the people around you and yourself. We’ll build an experience just for you that involves active participation from all members of your team. We’ll challenge your ability to solve problems and communicate in a way that helps your team bond and know itself better. The whole thing feels like games but turns into valuable growth. Also, we solemnly promise: no trust falls. Bonus points if you contact us beforehand with info about your goals for the experience so we can customize the time just for your team.      

Fishing

  • Cost: $10/person – Minimum 5 participants – Group rate available for 15+
  • Availability: April-October
  • Length: 1 hour (fish as much as you want after)
  • Age Group: Recommended for ages 10-110
  • Restrictions: None 
  • Led by: Brad
  • Description:  
    • Here fishy fishy. Worm guts, sharp hooks, sunburns and floppy, scaly, slippery, pokey, slimy Wandawega Lake fish. We’ll teach you some basics (finding bait, tying hooks, etc.), provide the gear, and set you up to lie persuasively about the size of the fish you caught. There’s not a more campy activity than spending hours fishing off the old dock in our lake. We’ll have a few basic rods (simple spincast and spinner reels available – or, for a real challenge, we’ll set you up with a primitive drop line) set up and a limited selection of artificial bait (but also, 20+ acres of earthworms).   

Raccoon Ropin’

  • Cost: $15/person – Minimum 5 participants – Group rate available for 15+ price refunded if Raccoons choose you to be their new leader
  • Availability: Year round **winter raccoons are angrier
  • Length: Between 1.5 and 2 hours the bandaging afterwards could take some time as well
  • Age Group: Recommended for adults
  • Restrictions: Must have nerves of steel skin like steel would also help
  • Description:  
    • We’ll tell you the tale of George the Raccoon, mascot of Camp Wandawega. You’ll gain insights on the world of raccoons and the storied past of raccoon ropin’ (there’s been some mighty highs & mighty lows for the raccoon ropin’ greats). Then, you’ll take your turn with a simple lasso (we’ll guide you through the age old process of making your own) and see if the Camp Wandawega spirit lives in you. We urge you to mind the claws & guard your eyes, but it’s sure to be a good time. Whoever wrastles & ties the most raccoons will be crowned King or Queen (or whatever title you choose) of Camp Wandawega & your name will be held in high regard forever on these grounds. Imagine the stories you’ll be able to tell your children and grandchildren!!!

Stitch n Bitch (embroidery class)

  • Cost: $40/person – Minimum 4 participants – Group rate available for 15+ 
  • Availability: All year
  • Length: 1.5 hours
  • Age Group: recommended for ages 12 and over
  • Restrictions: none
  • Led by: Ashley
  • Description:  
    • We love how conversation seems to flow a bit more freely when everyone is intent on some crafty work.  This workshop is for embroidery beginners and experts alike. You’ll get instruction on a variety of embroidery stitches and go home with all the gear you need to finish your own, simple piece of unique embroidered art (and the knowledge to make a hundred more, you’ll never need to buy a Christmas gift again!).  

Beginner Macrame Lesson

  • Cost: $40/person – Minimum 4 participants – Group rate available for 15+ 
  • Availability: All year
  • Length: 1.5 hours
  • Age Group: recommended for ages 12 and over
  • Restrictions: none
  • Led by: Ashley
  • Description:  
    • Gather some good friends (or complete strangers, we don’t care) and learn how to make this old craft that leaves you with a piece of art to remind you of your stay at our place. It’s a total camp classic that’s come raging back into style.   This workshop will teach a few macrame knots and guide you through making a simple wall hanging, leaving you with all the supplies you’ll need to finish your piece at home (or later that night while you sit by the campfire).

Night at the Movies

  • Cost: $15/person – Minimum 15 participants – Group rate available for 30+
  • Availability: Any night, must finish before quiet hours
  • Length: 1.5-2.5 hours
  • Age Group: recommended for all ages
  • Restrictions: weather permitting
  • Led by: Brad and/or Ashley
  • Description:  
    • Choose a classic (the campier the better). We’re happy to make suggestions for your flick pick, but once we get started we might not stop. We’ll set up a dreamy movie night under the stars (crossed fingers for no rain) in our rustic outdoor chapel and provide drinks (non-alcoholic, but feel free to bring your own) and snacks. Grab a warm, plaid blanket and get ready to eat lots and lots of popcorn. 

Night Hike

  • Cost: $15/person – Minimum 5 participants – Group rate available for 15+
  • Availability: April-The first deep snow (probably late November)
  • Length: 45 minutes 
  • Age Group: Recommended for ages 10-110
  • Restrictions: Must be able to walk on uneven terrain 
  • Led by: Brad
  • Description:  
    • Test your courage by taking a quiet walk through a noisy forest at night (many of the animals around here don’t really start working till after the sun goes down). Our staff will guide you, without the benefit of lights, around our nature trail, stopping several times along the way to discover things about yourself and what’s around you that you can’t see in sunlight. There are no intentional scares on the hike, and no tricks. That said, we highly recommend finishing your night hike with ghost stories around a campfire (classic camp stuff) – but we’ll leave that up to you. 
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  • Historical Wandawega Tour 

    • Cost: $10/person – Minimum 5 participants – Group rate available for 15+
    • Availability: Year round (tour content varies seasonally and due to group occupancy) 
    • Length: Between 1.5 hours
    • Age Group: Recommended for adults
    • Restrictions: Must be able to walk on rough terrain
    • Led by: Brad and/or Ashley
    • Description:  
      • Walk our property with a Camp Director and hear the crazy but true stories about past occupants  (everything from shady criminal enterprises and mob connections to a raccoon who politely ate dinner with guests) and the eclectic collection of buildings and objects that were built, brought, or rescued to make magical Camp Wandawega. We’ll have a little swag bag for you near the end. We suggest you finish your tour around a campfire with drinks (but it’s BYO Booze).  

email Ashley@Wandawega.com for scheduling, availability and with any other questions.


 

Meet Brad & Ashley

Ashley and Brad Hutchison have been in the camp business for more than 15 years. Between the two of them they’ve done pretty much every camp job possible, they love it now more than they ever have. Speaking of wearing lots of (ranger) hats, they’re our full time Camp Directors as well as our Program Team. Give them a chance and they’ll tell you they’re living their dream life together at camp, it can be infectious.

Brad has worked as a guide, instructor, builder, and all-around outdoor person for his whole career. He’s got knowledge and experience with everything from traditional rock climbing to wild edible plants, to milling forest hardwood to make furniture. Mosquitoes pretty much leave him alone (It might be a blood type thing, but he’s pretty sure it’s because they can tell he belongs out there). If he could, he’d stay in the woods (or the wood shop) all the time, he’ll tell you it’s the best place to learn. Brad leads our more outdoorsy program options along with Teambuilding – a field in which he has years of diverse experience working with every type of group (corporate titans all the way to squirrely school kids). Set off with him and you’ll come back happier and dirtier with some new knowledge to use and share. 

Ashley has built her camp career around making magical spaces and experiences for people. She has years of experience designing and creating the things that make events different and memorable. Be warned, sit down to learn a craft with her and you’re likely to pick up a new obsession (and realize it’s not as difficult as you thought). Then, you’ll go home with something beautiful to show for your time and effort. And know you’re in good hands when you commit one of your precious camp evenings to a program event she’s running. Ashley’s favorite thing is meeting new people over work on a crafty project, or maybe it’s meeting new people in the middle of an insanely charming camp event. Either way, find an excuse to hang out with her, she’ll even keep the swearing to a minimum if you really want her to.