Campers are organized into units based on the grade they will enter in the fall.
Each unit has 2 (or more) adult leaders and 2 (or more) junior leaders (middle school and high school aged girls)
Campers can choose one friend whom they wish to attend camp with. There is an area on the registration form to indicate the friend's name.
Camp opens each morning with a flag ceremony. The American Flag is presented and raised by an assigned unit. The entire camp recites the Pledge of Allegiance.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, morning announcements are made then campers go to their campsite with their unit to begin the day.
Each unit rotates through four activity centers.
Campers participate in age appropriate nature related activities, such as scavenger hunts and discussions about animals native to our area.
Campers participate in outdoor group games such as relays, sack races and kickball
Campers select a song or skit for their unit to perform at our End of Camp Celebration.
Our new science center will feature some quick and easy science experiments with age appropriate explanations as to how & why chemical reactions happen.
Archery lessons are for campers entering 2nd grade and up. Each unit receives 30 min (or more) of archery instruction Monday- Thursday.
Archery lessons are taught by certified instructors from Land O Lakes Bowmen's Club
Each unit leader is responsible for planning other activities for their unit. Activities can include arts & crafts, nature walks, scavenger hunts and/or preparing a song or skit for our end of camp party on Friday.
At the end of the day, all campers gather around the flag pole and the American Flag is lowered. Camper awards for the day are announced and afternoon announcements are made before campers are released for the day.
The official mascot for Willi Wise Day Camp is an owl. Many years ago a custom began awarding an owl made out of yarn (The Hootie) to the most tidy camp site. Everyday, camp leadership scores the units on a predetermined set of standards. The top three units are announced at the end of each day and those units are awarded the highly coveted Hootie to keep at their unit until closing ceremonies the following day.
Campers help prepare and cook lunch over the campfire with supervision from their adult and junior leaders.
Campers also clean their own mess kit and help clean cooking dishes.
Meals are chosen in advance by camp leadership. Leaders can choose a dessert or afternoon snack from a list of pre selected options.
Peanut butter & jelly (or other alternatives) is always available for campers who do not like or cannot eat what is on the menu for the day.
Food Allergies and Dietary Restrictions
Willi Wise Day Camp will do our best to accommodate campers with food allergies or other dietary restrictions. However, campers with severe allergies or extremely limited diets may be required to supply their own food.
Friday is our end of camp celebration!!
The morning is spent tearing down unit sites, packing up and signing camp t-shirts.
At lunch time the party begins. Lunch is catered in and afternoon activities begin. We typically have bounce houses, snow cones, water games (weather permitting) and field day type of activities.
Campers are encouraged to wear their camp shirts with bathing suits. (No bikinis)
Following our games and activities each unit performs a song or skit they learned at camp during the week.
Then we hand out awards to our junior and adult leaders and give special recognition to our graduating seniors.
Finally, the entire camp forms a circle around the flag pole and a friendship hand squeeze is passed from person to person. The American Flag is lowered for the last time and camp is dismissed for the last time for the year.
Medication at Camp
All medications must be brought to the Camp Nurse by the parent, and must be in the original, correctly labeled container (current date, name of camper, doctor’s name and number, and dosage). A "Permission to Give Medication at Camp" form must be completed and turned in to our Camp Nurse on the first day of camp so that we may ensure all medication is properly administered.