What is the Camp Angel Experience?
Our campers are scheduled to arrive at 3:00 pm on Friday for our summer retreat. Our winter retreat brings our campers to us at approximately 5:00 pm. The campers travel by coach bus (Lamer’s Bus Line) in a well-supervised and comfortable setting.
The campers are greeted by our enthusiastic counselors and staff. Camp begins with a brief orientation and introductions along with icebreaker activities before the campers head to their accommodations, unpack and settle-in before supper.
Summer camp is held at the Camp Luther Site in Three Lakes, Wisconsin and offers unique “residences” for our campers and their counselors. There is an Ark, Fort, Pioneer Village (covered wagons), Tower and Tree Houses – dream homes come true for our campers.
Following the traditional Friday night pizza feast we welcome our very special annual visitors – the Northern Lights Harley Riders on their awesome cycles. The campers can hop on a Harley for photo opportunities and get to see these amazing cycles up close and personal.
Then it’s off to an exciting scavenger hunt where each group of campers and their counselors get to explore the campsite in search of their list of treasures and win prizes.
Saturday, “wet” is the word with opportunities for swimming, water craft rides (a very favorite), water bikes, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and more. A very special attraction for our summer campers is an intriguing pirate ship adventure down the beautiful Chain O’ Lakes on the Strauss Family’s famous pirate ship. The campers totally enjoy this one of a kind opportunity to be a “pirate” for a day!!
On Saturday night in summer, our very own Angel DJ, Dan Scafaro, provides uplifting music for the campers to enjoy. There are snacks and refreshments, too. Then the campers are off to their campsites along with their counselors for campfires, smores’, games and eventually “sleep”.
Our winter session takes place at the Camp Manito-Wish YMCA in Boulder Junction. Think snow with warm and cozy accommodations. These Northwood’s cabins are perfect, complete with individual fireplaces to keep everyone warm and toasty. The campers enjoy popcorn, hot chocolate, and other treats while playing games and getting to know each other and their counselors.
Winter brings us sleigh rides; snow shoeing, snowmobile rides, ice fishing, snow bowling, and dog sledding just to name a few. The campers also have a chance to experience the climbing wall along with crafts, face painting and hair braiding. Many interesting, unique and educational presentations are offered including a very special annual visit from cute little critters (yes, even a skunk – “deskunked”, of course) from Wildwood Wildlife Park and their handlers. Saturday night is a very special treat.
On Sunday morning, for both camps, it is time to pack-up, fill up on a great breakfast, exchange goodbyes (for now) and board the bus for the trip home with new friends and happy memories.