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Lasting Benefits of Overnight Camp

Have you ever wanted to spend a weekend camping off the grid? You and some friends or family escape to acres of trees, fields and fresh water. You unplug from devices, and free yourself from life’s everyday stresses. Adults may think of camping like this as a dream getaway. Overnight camp provides this kind of environment for kids with many more benefits. Camp doesn’t offer this just for a weekend, but for up to two months! Not only is a great place to be, but it offers campers a place to accomplish goals, and grow into impactful members of the community. We are a traditional overnight camp for boys that offers all of the above! If you’re new to overnight camp, read on to learn about the benefits of sleepaway camp for boys.

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  • Why millions of kids choose overnight summer camps

  • Why overnight camps thrive in The Wisconsin Northwoods

  • How Camp Menominee sets itself apart

Overnight Camp 101

You might not realize it, but camp for kids and adults is very popular in the United States. More than 14 million children and adults go to camp every year. As the name suggests, resident camps become summer homes for boys and girls of all ages. We like to call it overnight camp! For most children, a trip to overnight camp marks the first time they are living away from home for more than a day or two.

Sometimes these experiences last as long as eight weeks, while others can be as quick as two weeks. Our fun traditional overnight camp for boys in Wisconsin provides children with an experience that no day camp can match. This includes problem solving, goal setting and learning to be on your own. The best camps have beautiful grounds, a great program and a caring staff. At the end of each summer the campers will have fond memories they will never forget.

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Image from an ACA survey.

Overnight camp can shape the lives of young men and women in a variety of ways. Here are just a couple of the benefits of a great summer experience:

  • Campers gain a sense of independence at camp. This chance to experience what it feels like to thrive away from home for the first time is so important before college.

  • Campers learn how to live in a community outside their home. They learn how to support each other by owning certain responsibilities to make the group better. They also learn to trust and care for one another.

  • Our community at camp is diverse. Camp hosts kids and staff from all over the world. Campers and staff bring unique attitudes and values to camp and are able to highlight their cultures in a positive way. Everyone at camp is on the same playing field.

  • Campers are always encouraged to try new things and learn new skills. This requires focus and patience. The campers learn that it is OK to fail.

  • Campers can earn leadership positions during the summer. They can be a team captain or a group leader. In these roles the campers will improve their communication and problem solving skills.

  • Campers detach from technology. Camps do not allow phones, tablets or other devices. This gives them the rare chance to be present with their friends in nature. As more adults crave moments like these, we help kids appreciate the time they can spend interacting with peers of all ages.

At Menominee you will find great leaders who support our campers in all of these chances to learn, achieve, and grow. That is why we are the best overnight summer camp for boys. Just ask our current families and alumni.

We’ll be happy to connect you! You can also read more about why families choose us.

The Magic of The Northwoods

People come from all over the world to attend overnight summer camp for boys in Wisconsin. This summer tradition has been around for over 100 years. The neighboring towns are home to many sleepaway camps for kids.


Camp Menominee has been the number one overnight summer camp boys for over ninety years. Families from all over the world choose to send their boys to the friendly confines. No matter where you come from, you’re a member of our family the moment you arrive at camp.

Our camp is family owned and led by a team of directors with over 125 years of camping experience. Thanks to this team, we are accredited by the ACA. This means camp has undergone a thorough peer review of its operating and safety standards. This includes staff qualifications and training to emergency management. American Camp Association collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation.

The counselors at camp are talented and kind, much like our campers. Staff are assigned to activities to teach and coach. We provide training for higher risk activities at camp. This includes such the waterfront and climbing wall. The standards also look at all other areas of camp like travel and safety.

From Menominee Camper to Owner/Director

Jason, camp’s owner and director, grew up as camp. He started as a camper when he was ten years old. He spent twelve summers as a camper, counselor, and Associate Director at camp before buying camp in 2015. He has some very vivid memories of camp:

“I remember getting off the bus as a first-year camper and meeting my cabinmates and counselors. I remember Woody teaching us the chants, cheers and songs every year. I was in awe of the Senior Cabin members leading the charge. I remember the activities where I learned how to play softball and where some of the best coaches and teachers helped me hone my skills on the basketball and tennis courts. I remember my counselor from New Zealand trying to teach me to water ski. That was just the first summer.

I believe in Menominee. I believe in the core values that have sustained our camp for 94 years. Those values that have made me the ambitious, enthusiastic, conscientious man I am today. I know that camp is a safe environment where campers can step out of their comfort zones and try things they’ve never done before. I know we promote athletic, social and interpersonal growth. I know that camp forges bonds between friends that will never be broken. I know these things because I experienced them, first hand. That is why I know Menominee is the number one overnight summer camp for boys."


At our camp EVERY child matters. This is why it’s the perfect place for a boy to grow into a self-assured, self-reliant young man. We our core values like sportsmanship every day. In all aspects of camp, our boys learn how to be gracious winners and how to lose with dignity. There are few places in the world that provide such an impactful, safe and nurturing environment. This is why camp is the most positive experience a young man can have.

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