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Preparing For Camp

Parent HQ will be your step-by-step, month-by-month guide to preparing you and your family for an excellent summer. This page will serve as your Parent Handbook for 2024 for all of our “normal” camp policies and procedures. Check back every couple of weeks to remind yourself of what needs to get done. If you follow this guide, you will be ready for camp by June 1st!

This will also be your guide to Dates, Rates, & Enrollment for 2025!

Enroll Now for 2025


2025 Dates and Rates
Program Dates Fee Camper Fund
8 Week Full Season Jun 16 – Aug 7 $12,950 $550
4 Week Session I Jun 16 – Jul 11 $8,200 $400
4 Week Session II Jul 13 – Aug 7 $7,700 $400
2 Week Rookie I Jun 16 – June 28 $4,000 $250
2 Week Rookie II Jul 13 – July 26 $4,000 $250

•Visiting Weekend: July 11-13, 2024.

Camper Fund: covers personal expenses such as camper spending money for town days, camp store credit, day trips, transportation (excluding flights) to and from camp, laundry, megaphones, memory books and other misc expenses.

•Two-week Rookie Camps are only offered to first year or “rookie” campers finishing grade 4 and under. If your son attended camp a 2-week program in 2023, he must attend a 4-week or 8-week session in 2024.

Visiting Weekend 2025

We plan on having a full visiting weekend for 2025. Here’s how it works:

  • Friday July 11: Parents will be allowed in camp at 3pm. Parents can hang out, see the cabins, meet the staff, and then take their boys off camp. Campers are free to stay out with their parents if they would like.
  • Saturday July 12: Camp will open from 10:30am – 12:00pm then again from 2:00pm – 4:30pm for the entire family to enjoy! We’ll have all of our activities open including the waterfront. We will also have an excellent lunch planned for the group at 12:30pm. Campers can sleep out with their parents on Saturday as well.
  • Sunday July 13: we ask that all campers be dropped back off in camp by 8:30am. We’ll say goodbye to parents then get going with second session! There will not be a meal served for parents.

If you are not able to make it, that is OK! We have a number of boys who will hang out with our staff and have our own fun weekend together at camp. We’ll also make sure the boys have the opportunity to call and FaceTime with you all from camp. Please reach out to to discuss details as it gets closer.

Incentives, Discounts & Deadlines
Deadline Date
Early Bird Gift Deadline September 15, 2024
Full Season Lock-In October 1, 2024
Monthly Installments Begin November 1, 2024
All Fees Paid-In Full May 1, 2025
Deposits become non-refundable November 1, 2024


  • Early Bird Incentive: All campers enrolled with a $1000 deposit by September 15 will receive a special CM gift!
  • Brother Discount: Each sibling will receive a $200 credit on enrollment fees.
  • Lock-In: Remember, for those of you that have locked in your 8-week rate by paying in full for a previous summer , you must pay-in-full for 2025 by October 1, 2024. You must continue to pay in full each fall to receive this benefit.

Canteen Numbers: Remember parents and campers – we assign canteen numbers based on when you enroll. So enroll quickly to get a good number! Please note, for 2025, we will group the boys 50 enrollments at a time and do a lottery for canteen numbers. Therefore, if 50 people sign up on the same day, they will be put into a lottery for canteen numbers 1-50. 

How To Enroll & Financials
  • Current Families: Log-In to your CampInTouch account and fill out the Camper Application.
  • New Families: Follow this link to Enroll Now and complete the enrollment application.
  • Deposit: At the end of the enrollment application you will be prompted to submit a deposit of $1000. You can do so via ACH, check or credit card (all CC payments carry a 3.5% processing fee). Your enrollment will not be processed until we receive your deposit. 
  • Monthly Installments: Pay remainder of camp fees in monthly installments, beginning November 1, 2024 and ending May, 2024. Every camper enrolled will need to have an ACH form or Credit Card on file with us at the time of enrollment, even if they are paying by check. Please download and fill out this ACH Authorization Form if you would like to pay via ACH. If you choose to pay the deposit and installments by check, your credit card on file will not be charged unless payments are not remitted at the time each installment is due. If a payment is late, we will charge your credit card for the installment, and each credit card payment will carry a 3.5% processing fee.
Referral Program

Many campers first discover Menominee from a friend or family. Please help us grow the Menominee family by connecting us with someone who may also love camp.

Option 1) Fill out our Referral Form: if you’re the first person to introduce us to this family, we will provide you with an enrollment discount when each new camper signs up:

  • Two-Week Camper: $100 discount
  • Four-Week Camper: $250 discount
  • Eight-Week Camper: $500 discount

You can refer as many people as possible, but we must first hear about them from this form

Option 2) Host a Get-Together: Invite 2+ families to your home to meet a Menominee Director.  We will give you a $250 credit towards enrollment regardless if a family enrolls. For any family that enrolls you will also receive the applicable referral bonus/discount. Email Jason to coordinate.

New campers and their families may thank you for all of the friends and memories made. We greatly appreciate your support as well!

CampInTouch & Forms

Welcome to CampInTouch Video


Parents, for the summer of 2024 and going forward, everything that you have previously done in your CampInTouch account on a browser are available and MUCH EASIER through the Campanion App. You can take pictures of forms, send and receive camper eLetters, get alerts, see pictures, and do everything in one place. See below for all the details, including how to download the app.

CampInTouch - Your Main Hub for Forms, Financials and Emails

Your CampInTouch account will be your go-to place for Forms, Financials and Emails with your Camper and much more. You can use both your browser the new Campanion App for all of this.

Browser – Bookmark the CampInTouch Parent Login Page. You can log-in to your account by following the link, clicking “Log In” at the top right hand corner on the desktop site, or finding the Log In link under “Grow: Current Families” on the mobile site.

Campanion App – We’re striving to bring parents closer to their camper’s experience, and this summer we’re using an amazing new app called Campanion to do just that. The best things about it? It helps with all of your pre-camp preparations and you get fun updates and photos of your camper right on your phone. Campanion makes you feel closer to your camper’s experience than ever before. To get started, follow these simple steps:

  • Download the Campanion app
  • Use your CampInTouch Account email address and password to log in
  • Complete forms online and upload completed paperwork right in the app
  • Upload a training photo of your child, which enables the app to send you photos of your camper over the summer
  • Ensure you have push notification enabled within your phone settings so you can receive important updates from camp all year long!


Forms - Everything To Fill Out Prior To Camp

Each summer you will fill out important forms for your camper. You can find these by either opening your Campanion App or logging in to your account on a browser and navigating to “Forms and Documents”.


The following are the forms you will be asked to fill out this summer. You will see deadlines for each form in your account.

  • Health Forms:
    • Health History Form – This is an ONLINE form you will use to fill out a full medical profile of your son. This is also the form where you initially inform us of any and all medications your son is taking. If your son is taking medications, you will be contacted regarding our medication procedures.
    • Printed Forms (will need to be signed by doctors/parents)
      • Physical and Immunizations – Records to be provided to us by your son’s doctor, or by parents with a as long as the forms are signed by a licensed physician. Note: It is OK to provide us with forms used by your doctor or school for your camper’s physical and immunization records. If you do not have those forms, please use ours. This should include COVID vaccination status.
      • Parent Consent to Treat Forms – Gives camp permission to treat your son in the case of an emergency and to utilize PediaTrust, our telemedicine partner for the summer. Please include a copy of your insurance card and medications card (if applicable).
  • Camper Profile Form – This form is very important as it is your chance to tell us everything we need to know about your son coming into the summer. This online form asks for the following:
      • Personal, emotional and social information about your camper
      • Cabin Requests
      • Name, number and size request for his special camp jersey (no additional cost)
  • Goals Form – This is where you and your camper will fill out goals that he (and you) have for this summer. We will ask you about Physical/Skill, Character and Social/Emotional goals. Please take your time and fill this out with a lot of thought. We will use this to help guide you son this summer!
  • Transportation Form – please see the section on Travel and Baggage below.
How To Submit Your Forms
  • For the online forms you can log in to your account on your browser or in the app.
  • For printed forms, after you download and sign the documents You can use the app to upload the forms. Follow these steps:

Log-In to the Campanion App.

Navigate to Forms in the Menu

Choose the form you’d like to upload.

Take a picture of that form by selecting scan or upload.

Submit the document.

If you are using your browser, scan all of the documents to your computer and save as individual files. Log into your forms dashboard and next to the “Required Medical Forms” link there will be an “Upload” button. Find the saved document and upload to the dashboard. This is the preferred method for camp.

Remember for printed forms WE WILL NOT ACCEPT MAILED OR EMAILED IN HEALTH FORMS THIS SUMMER. If you have questions or need guidance please call Maddie at 715-479-2267 or email

Travel & Baggage

Welcome to Camper Travel Video

Camper Travel - All the Ways to Get Your Son To Camp

Here is everything you need to know. When you decide on mode of transportation, you will fill out the online travel form in your CampInTouch Account:

  1. Coach Bus Service to and from the Chicagoland area: Camp will provide coach buses to and from Staples in Highland Park, IL. The buses will leave at 8:30am sharp so please arrive by 8:10.
  2. Parent Drop-Off and Pick Up: If you’d like to make the drive you are more than welcome to drop your son off at camp.  Our address is 5035 County Road D Eagle River, WI 54521.
  3. Air Travel: If you are coming from outside the midwest, you can view our 2024 Out of State Travel Guide for information on Flights,  Travel Days, Rules, Hotels, Bags and everything else that is required for summer travel. Please read this document in full!
Travel Times and Important Notes for Travel

Travel to Camp:

Please arrive at Staples (1931 Skokie Valley Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035) no later than 8:10am. The buses will be departing at 8:30am sharp!

Each camper will be pre-assigned to a bus. He’ll receive his bus number one week prior to departure. Please provide your camper with a lunch and drink for the trip. We will stop half way through the trip to stretch our legs and eat our lunches outside.

All buses are provided by Lamers Bus Company.

Travel Home from Camp:

All motorcoaches and vans will arrive back in Chicago at Staples around 3:00pm on the last day of the session indicated above. We will email you when the vehicles have departed camp and when our expected arrival is.

Parent drop-off and pick-up:

If you elect to drive your child to camp please check your emails as it gets closer and we will give you a window of time for your drop off.

If you elect to pick your child up from camp please arrive by 8:00am on the last day of camp. We will coordinate pick up procedures with you as the time gets closer.

Out of State Travel:

If your camper is traveling from out of the state of Illinois or Wisconsin, please read our 2024 Out of State Travel Guide for information on Flights,  Travel Days, Rules, Hotels, Bags and everything else that is required for summer travel. Please read this document in full!

Food Allergies: At camp we have a very strict no-nut policy. DO NOT send your camper on the bus with any products that contain nuts of any kind. Do not put someone else’s son in jeopardy just so your son can have a snack. There are plenty of alternatives! Additionally please be prepared with a list of ingredients if you are sending any baked goods on the bus. If you have any questions about what is acceptable please contract the office.

Technology: Please do not send phones on the bus! We will take phones at the beginning of the bus ride if your boys have them. If your camper is flying to camp, we do recommend sending his phone with him for air travel, and we will hold on to it for the summer.

Emergency Procedures: each vehicle transporting campers will have at least one Camp Menominee staff member who has been trained to follow written accident procedures for. In case of emergency, the staff member will follow protocol and inform the Camp Director immediately. If you have any questions on our procedures, please call the office at 715-479-2267.

Packing - Don't Worry, We Have Got You Covered

Step 1: Download the Packing List

Step 2: Visit the Camp Store and Start Shopping!

Important Packing Tips:

  • We recommend each camper have a maximum of 2 soft duffel bags
  • We send out laundry once a week for the boys. So you only need to pack for 9 days.
  • Please pay attention to the required items and advice on the packing list.
Baggage - How Will Your Son's Bags Get To Camp?

Camper luggage can get to camp in a number of different ways:

Campers FLYING to Camp:

If you are flying from out of state but,  a) bringing your son to Chicago and putting him on the bus, b) flying him directly to Rhinelander, or c) dropping him off at camp then your son’s bags can travel with him on the plane.

IF YOUR SON IS FLYING TO/FROM CAMP ALONE PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BAGGAGE POLICY: We are lucky enough to have a lot of boys traveling from all over the country to camp this summer. However, we do not have the vehicles or staff to manage all the campers’ luggage on travel day. So, if your son is flying to Chicago alone and staying with us in Chicago, HE CANNOT TRAVEL WITH HIS CAMP LUGGAGE. YOU MUST USE SHIPCAMPS TO SHIP HIS BAGS AHEAD OF TIME. We have partnered with ShipCamps to give you preferred shipping rates. Please visit the Camp Menominee ShipCamps page to book your shipments.

Baggage Home: Your son’s bags may fly home with him, but all bags need to be pre-paid. This includes southwest as they do charge for overweight bags.

Your son can travel with a small overnight carry-on so he has things for the evening in Chicago and the bus ride the next day.

Shipping Dates:  Please schedule your son’s bags to arrive on Saturday June 15 (Session I, Rookie I, Full Season) or Friday July 12 (Rookie II, Session II) at the LATEST. Please have your son’s bags be picked up to ship home on the last day of the session.

Campers from the Chicagoland area RIDING THE BUS: we DO NOT allow bags to be brought on the bus. There is simply not enough room for it. This summer we will give you two options for sending your camper’s bags to camp: 1) We will once again be working with Camp Baggage Express to transport the boys bags to and from camp. CBE will have a designated drop off day/time window and a pick-up day/time window in Deerfield or Chicago. All parents must visit the Camp Baggage Express website to sign-up and pay for baggage service ahead of time. 2) Chicago area parents can also use ShipCamps if you prefer to have your bags picked up and dropped off at home. PLEASE NOTE: there is a significant cost difference for these services so please read this Chicago Baggage Info Guide for cost, pick up/drop off windows, bag size limits, and more information. 

Campers traveling via PARENT DROP OFF/PICK UP: Bags can travel with the camper or shipped via ShipCamps.

Once you decide how your camper’s bags will travel to and from camp, please fill out the Travel form on your CampInTouch dashboard.


If your son is taking any type of medication this summer (prescription and OTC) you MUST read and follow these medication procedures:

Here is everything you need to know:

  • All medications must be noted and explained on page 5 of the camper online Health Form. This is found in the Forms and Documents section of your CampInTouch account.
  • Camp REQUIRES that all medication come pre-packaged for each camper using Hayat Pharmacy. Please read Camp Menominee Medication Procedures thoroughly and follow all of the instructions. The pre-packaging process is VITAL to ensuring your son gets his medications on the right date, time and with the right dose. If you choose to disregard our procedures and send the meds up in the bags or with the campers requiring our staff to pre-package them for your son then we will charge you a larger fee than what any pre-packaging companies would charge you. 

Important Camp Policies

Video: Overview of Important Policies and Must-Knows

Health Center Communication Procedures

Camp Menominee’s Health Club is staffed by at least one full time nurse throughout the summer, and we have MDs on call via telemed through our partnership with Pediatrust. Often times we employ multiple nurses, a CNA and Camp Doctors each week. Should your camper should become ill or injured during his stay at camp, here is how we will communicate with you:

If your camper comes to the health cabin with a minor injury or illness (i.e. headache, nausea, sore throat, scrape, etc.) we will provide the necessary medical care and allow him to continue with his activities at camp without interruption if possible. In this instance we will NOT contact you. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide follow up care as necessary.

In the event of a more significant injury or illness (i.e. fractures or anything that may require antibiotics) we will contact you immediately without compromising rapid assessment, care and treatment. In addition, you will be notified if your camper is going to be sleeping in the health center overnight. You will have a chance to speak to the Doctor or Nurse to discuss your son’s treatment and diagnosis.

Money and the Camper Bank

We get a lot of questions about money at camp, town day and the bank. Here is all you need to know:

  • Your son does not need more than a couple dollars at camp for a sparkling water or the occasional soda during canteen. We do not recommend having cash in the cabin, so you can add a few dollars to your son’s additional spending account that he can withdraw from during the summer. To do this contact the office at

Camp Menominee is a SCREEN FREE camp! No devices please. We are fans of music, however, so if you’d like to send your son with an ipod shuffle or older device we are just fine with that.

One of the best things about summer camp is that the campers can be completely unplugged. Today’s youth spends so much time glued to their screens, and while technology provides a lot of educational advantages, it does not align with our goals for Menominee campers. We want to promote collaboration, teamwork, interpersonal growth and development and so much more. All of which is hindered by technology in a camp setting. As such, Menominee is proud to promote itself as a TECHNOLOGY FREE CAMP. Please help us help your son rid himself of the stresses of technology and support our policy.

All of the following items are prohibited at Camp Menominee: Cell phones, tablets, handheld email devices, computers, video players, iPOD touches and any other electronic equipment. Any of these items brought to camp will be confiscated on the first day and returned at the end of the summer. Camp is NOT responsible for losses. Any camper found with these items after the first day of camp will face appropriate consequences.

Prohibited Items


As youth development professionals we take our jobs at camp very seriously. As such, there are a few things that we ABSOLUTELY prohibit at camp as we feel they hinder development and growth as well as potentially risk the safety of your children:

Gum, candy and other food items – we provide the kids with very good food during our meals as well as canteen. We also are incredibly accommodating of special diets and do all of our food purchasing with every camper in mind. We do not allow any nuts or nut products at camp. As such, we do not allow any gum, candy or other food items in our cabins. WE CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH. Please abide by this policy to ensure the safety of some of our campers who have severe food allergies as well as keep our cabins free of ants and rodents as they have always been. Any items found will be taken and discarded.

Airsoft guns, knives, squirt guns, fireworks and other like items – these items will be taken from the campers and not returned.

Electric fans – we do not have enough outlets in the cabins to accommodate this. Each cabin will have a large window fan provided by camp. If you would like to send an additional fan please make sure it is battery powered.

Drugs, Alcohol, Perephenalia, Vaping Devices and other related items – These will be confiscated, parents will be notified and the local police department will be contacted when necessary.

Animals – All animals/pets are strictly prohibited.


Personal Property/Equipment

Other than tennis racquets, baseball gloves and proper clothes/footwear, camp has all the sports equipment on site that campers need. However, we understand that boys like to bring their own equipment like golf clubs, and of course campers and staff bring a number of personal items with them each summer. Therefore, campers and staff must abide by the following policies for personal equipment.

  1. Participants are allowed to bring their own personal sports equipment with the exception of: Archery/Riflery equipment and anything that would fall under “prohibited items”.
  2. All sports equipment, including personal sports equipment belonging to campers, must be stored in a designated, secure area when not in use.
  3. Campers must use sports equipment, including personal sports equipment, in a safe and responsible manner, as instructed by staff members. Staff have the right to confiscate equipment if it is not used properly and safely.
  4. Any damage to sports equipment, including personal sports equipment, must be reported to a staff member immediately, but Personal sports equipment, such as cleats or golf clubs, may be used at the camper’s own risk. The camp is not responsible for any damages or injuries resulting from the use of personal sports equipment.
  5. Camp does not allow metal cleats for any activities.
  6. Any camper who violates these policies may have their privileges to use sports equipment, including personal sports equipment, revoked.
  7. Staff members are allowed to bring their personal vehicles to camp, as are rental group participants. Campers and CIT are prohibited from bringing personal vehicles to camp. All vehicles at camp must remain locked and parked in the designated parking areas while on site.


Hail, hail the gangs all here!! We LOVE birthdays!!! It can be tough for a boy to be away from his family on his birthday so we make sure the Menominee family makes it a special day. Each boy will get a special cake made by our chefs and the entire camp will sing our unique birthday song to the birthday boy. We’d be lying if we told you we didn’t jump and scream and dance around the mess hall while we celebrate! This is also the only time you can talk to your son on the phone. We set a time to have a quick happy birthday call with his family.

Does your son have a birthday at camp? Let us know and we can set up something special.

Program Eligibility

Camp Menominee has a program in place to ensure there is an appropriate and safe environment at each of the activities. While we like to challenge our campers to try new activities and achieve various goals throughout the summer, it is very important that we put them in a position to do so while mitigating any potential risk. As such, Camp Menominee has developed various eligibility requirements for certain activities at camp:

Waterfront – every camper needs to pass a swimming test that includes swimming ten lengths (from dock to dock). Those who pass are eligible to participate in all of our activities at the waterfront and are not required to wear a life jacket in the swimming area. Those who do not are given the opportunity to take swimming lessons until they can pass the test. 

Weight Room – you must be at least 13 years old in order to use our weight room. Every camper in camp, regardless of age, must be given written permission by his parents AND be supervised by a counselor while using the weight room. 

Target Sports and the Climbing Wall – There are no age restrictions as it relates to these activities, however, each camper must sit through an extensive safety orientation before participating. If a staff member deems that the camper can not follow the rules or the camper has violated any of our rules, the camper will be banned from the activity at the Activity Leader’s discretion.

Other Activities –during our instructional periods where there might be a broad demographic of campers participating, the coaches are encouraged to split up the group by age and ability in order to provide a competitive but safe environment for the campers.

FAQs Page

Please visit our FAQs page for an extensive list of camp policies and important notes. 

Must Knows During The Summer


Camp Menominee Partners with Waldo Photos to host our daily albums:

  • This year all of our photos and facial recognition delivery system for parents will be through the Campanion App! Visit our 2024 Photo Instructions page for more information on how this all works.
  • For all friends, family, etc. and parents who simply just want to see the full album, we’ll also post every picture to this free online Camp Menominee photo gallery.
  • Bookmark this link so you can go straight to it each day. We ask for your patience as our internet connection is often slow. The uploads might night show up until 2-4am. 
Email, eLetter Replies, Letter Writing and Packages

Mail/Email: The kids are required to write home twice a week and can write every day if they wish. As much as you like receiving letters from your boys, they love getting mail from you! Please make an effort to email or write frequently. You are also able to email them and they can send you an eLetter back.

Your CampInTouch account will allow you to send your son emails as much as you want. You can also create guest accounts for your relatives. Finally, you can set up eLetter replies to receive letters back right to your inbox! Check out our CampMinder Email Instructions and watch our Email and CampStamps Help Video on how to do this.

To ensure that you get letters from your son, and he receives your mail please do the following: 1) Send your son up with pre-addressed envelopes. 2) With all letters and emails we ask you to PLEASE write your son’s cabin number on the envelope or in the email subject.


Heath Center Communication

Camp Menominee’s Health Club is staffed by at least one full time nurse throughout the summer. Often times we employ multiple nurses, a CNA and Camp Doctors each week. We will also be providing telemedicine through Pediatrust, a network of Pediatric practices throughout the Chicagoland area. Should your camper should become ill or injured during his stay at camp, here is how we will communicate with you:

If your camper comes to the health cabin with a minor injury or illness (i.e. headache, nausea, sore throat, scrape, etc.) we will provide the necessary medical care and allow him to continue with his activities at camp without interruption if possible. In this instance we will NOT contact you. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide follow up care as necessary.

In the event of a more significant injury or illness (i.e. fractures or anything that may require antibiotics) we will contact you immediately without compromising rapid assessment, care and treatment. In addition, you will be notified if your camper is going to be sleeping in the health center overnight. You will have a chance to speak to the Doctor or Nurse to discuss your son’s treatment and diagnosis.

For communication policies and practices related to COVID-19 at camp, please refer to our COVID-19 Headquarters.

Read our Blog "Woody's Word"

If you haven’t heard about Woody’s Word by now, you are missing out! Our Assistant Director Woody writes a beautiful blog almost EVERY NIGHT recapping the day and telling you everything that is going on at camp.

Listen to the Podcast

Every night, Jason does a 10-30 minutes recap podcast with a few of the campers called the Camp Cast. You can find select episodes here and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Read our Staff/Camper Run Newspaper: The Megaphone

We have a camp newspaper called the Menominee Megaphone. We post 4-5 issues a week with articles written by our campers and staff. Check in daily to see if your son is featured!

Follow Our Social Media Accounts
  • Check Facebook for photos and videos. Make sure you follow our page so it shows up on your feed.
  • Follow us on Instagram as we post daily.
  • Subscribe to our YouTube page. Our media team of campers and staff are always putting fun videos up. We will feature a Top Ten Moments of the week, Cabin Tours, Question of the week and other videos throughout the summer. 
Contact the Office If You Need Anything

We have incredible office managers that will help you with anything you need. Contact our office at or 715-479-2267 with any questions or concerns. 

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