• SUMMER OF YOUR LIFE
    Make life-long friendships while having the best 7 weeks of your life.

  • YES I CAN
    Learn a new skill, improve in your favorite sport, or cross-train intensively for your upcoming season.
    RAC's activities program helps every child experience personal growth and success.

  • A TRIP TO REMEMBER
    Experience the amazing lakes, rivers and hiking trails of the Northwoods with our outstanding tripping program.

  • ONE-OF-A-KIND FUN
    Every day at Red Arrow is filled with new challenges and adventure. Our special events take this fun to a whole new level.

  • TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE
    RAC has helped great boys become great men since 1920. Our rich tradition makes RAC a truly amazing place.

  • SAFETY FIRST
    Our highly qualified and well-trained staff, together with our top notch equipment, ensures that a summer at RAC is both safe and fun.

Program Overview

Red Arrow Camp has something for everybody.

Our activities program allows campers to participate in 8 activities during each 2 week block. Campers can practice their favorite sports from home, cross-train in our weights or fitness programs, while simultaneously learning something totally new such as riflery, archery, sailing, woodworking or waterskiing. If the daily activities weren’t fun enough, all campers get to challenge themselves on two trips each summer with their cabin group. These canoeing and hiking adventures allow the boys to experience the wonders of the Northwoods while forging lasting friendships. Finally, special events provide the finishing touch for a perfect summer at camp. These events, including our 4 th of July celebration, Olympic ceremony and Camp Play provide memories to last a lifetime. Click here to learn more about Our Program of challenge and adventure.

Why Camp?

Red Arrow Camp offers a traditional, single-session summer camp experience for boys ages 7 to 16. Located on the shores of Trout Lake in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, Red Arrow’s program of challenge and adventure provides boys an unmatched opportunity to develop confidence and learn new skills while having the summer of their lives.

The Red Arrow experience is truly like no other. Built on traditions started more than 90 years ago, Red Arrow is an escape from the craziness and stress in the modern-day lives of our boys. Televisions are replaced with pine trees, cabins, sports fields, and Trout Lake. Video games give way to real live adventures in the wilderness of the Northwoods.

The call of the loons and the crackle of a campfire replace the noise of the city and the blare of an iPod. Laptops turn into ping pong paddles and iPads into pen and paper. Here at Red Arrow, boys become unplugged from the everyday routine, and tuned into the wonder of nature, the satisfaction of hard work, and the magic of enduring friendships

Why 7 Weeks?

The first question we often hear from prospective families is “Why 7 Weeks?” As other camps have turned to multiple, shorter sessions, we continue to pride ourselves on the unique experiences that are only possible with the continuity of the full session.

Confidence & Leadership

Red Arrow offers opportunities to develop confidence and leadership that are simply not possible with a short-term experience. Although 7 weeks can be challenging, it is the type of challenge that helps a boy reach his fullest potential. Our boys grow in their self-confidence, as they achieve the goals that they have set. At our Sunday evening awards ceremony, we see the pride in our campers’ faces as they move from beginner to intermediate in a class, earn their Inspection emblem for their hard work in the cabin, or meet their goal of earning their Best Tripper emblem. They are nurtured and challenged in an environment where success is often achieved, yet failure is not feared. We learn. We grow. We end the summer a better version of ourselves than when we began!

Life-long Friendships

This is not a week long program where the kids are just starting to get to know each other when it’s time to leave. We’re not one of the big camps, with hundreds of kids who have to wear nametags to be recognized. Our counselors get to know all the boys and the boys get to know the counselors and the other campers. Over the course of 7 weeks, everyone’s true self comes out. In the cabins, during activities, or out on the trips, we learn to work together. Like a family, we laugh and have fun with each other. We celebrate the good times and, like any family, we work through the challenging times. It is through this full summer experience that life-long bonds are formed. Year after year we find that the occasional tears of homesickness in the first week of camp are far outnumber by the flood of emotion at our closing ceremonies when our boys realize that their summer together must come to an end.

Quality Instruction

Many young athletes are looking for camps over the summer that will build their skills and prepare them for the next season. At Red Arrow, we are able to offer a higher quality of instruction than is possible with short-term specialty camps. Our instructors get to know your son’s abilities and are able to build on their strengths and address their weak areas.
Instead of bouncing around from one program to the next, with a variety of coaches, our campers are able to work with a consistent instructor on their skills for the summer. Besides our sports classes, RAC offers classes like fitness, weight training, and power lifting. These courses are taught by highly qualified instructors and challenge the boys to get stronger and improve their conditioning. Our campers are challenged every day to grow and improve. By the end of the summer, our boys see large strides in skill, strength, and ability.

Red Arrow Camp

“Don’t Wait To Be A Great Man, Be A Great Boy”

  • Established: 1920
  • Location: Woodruff, WI
  • Campers: Boys, ages 7-16
  • Capacity: 100
  • Session: Single 7 week session
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Since 1920, Red Arrow Camp has combined the best aspects of other summer programs to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our boys! Red Arrow offers the fun and camaraderie of a traditional summer camp, the adventure and thrill of a tripping camp, and the skill-development and challenge of a sports camp. Boys ages 7 to 16 come to Red Arrow each summer from all over the United States and the world to grow in confidence, learn new activities, develop leadership skills, and make lifelong friends. The simple phrase “YES I CAN”, which hangs on a banner over our quad is a constant reminder of our mission to help all boys reach their full potential. Whether you are looking for a fun place to play, the wilderness to explore, or a chance to build your athletic abilities, Red Arrow has it all and a whole lot more. You truly can do it all at a summer at RAC! Click here to discover more about Red Arrow Camp.

What people are saying:

“Red Arrow was easily the best 8 summers of my life.”
“My sons have spent a total of 14 summers at RAC (each one 5+ years). It is impossible to describe the influence this camp has had on their lives. It is more than a camp - it is a life-altering experience.”

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News

Camp Countdown

Days

Important Dates

June 19, 2019 Camp Starts
July 4, 2019 4th of July Celebration
July 6, 2019 Counselor Stunt Night
July 8, 2019 Chateau Canadian Wilderness Trip
July 13, 2019 Aquagatta
July 27, 2019 RAC Carnival (Tentative)
Aug. 2, 2019 Camp Play #1
Aug. 3, 2019 RAC Olympics
Aug. 4, 2019 Salad Bowl
Aug. 5, 2019 Camp Play #2
Aug. 7, 2019 Closing Ceremony

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Getting Ready for Camp

Camp is just a little over a week away. Most of our families are doing their last-minute prep work; making sure all the forms are filled out and checking over the packing list. 

Preparations are underway here at camp too. Our staff has arrived for training and camp clean-up. While part of our counselor training is “book work”, we talk about how to work with children of different age groups and discuss situations that involve risk and how to keep our campers safe, another important part of our training is the work groups. 

Returning campers will notice 1 less tree on the quad. Over the years the activity of the piliated woodpeckers combined with a robust colony of carpenter ants made the tree unsafe. We want to provide a fun summer for our campers, but we also want to make sure everyone is safe at camp. 

This picture shows a group of counselors cleaning up after the tree was cut. By working together and accomplishing a task where they need to rely on each other they become a stronger counselor team. Part of our training is to model what we want them to do with our campers as the counselors help their cabin groups become a strong team.

Tonight’s training also included a short trip down the Trout as we began to review trip procedures . . . and ended with some social time around a fire in the canoe circle and an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and time to get to know the new staff. 

 

Tonight our counselors enjoyed the lake. In just over a week it will be our campers standing around this fire reconnecting with their friends and meeting the new boys. We can’t wait . . .

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RAC: Mission, Values and Program Goals

Parents will notice something new in this year's Parent Handbook. We've included an explanation of Red Arrow's Mission, Values and Program Goals.
Red Arrow was founded with a mission to partner with parents to help provide boys with a fun summer that includes opportunities for personal growth. It is our goal to help good boys on their journey to becoming good men. The mantle of the fireplace in the Rec Hall is a reminder of that mission.  
Download the 2018 Parent Handbook for details

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New Program Activity: Golf

We are excited to announce 
an addition to our program offering

for summer of 2018.
We are partnering with Trout Lake Golf Club to offer

 Golf Lessons

Trout Lake Golf Club is a premier 18-hole championship course with one of the best practice facilities in the Northwoods and their convenient location (across the street from Camp) makes it easy to integrate this new program into our current activities list.

Additional Details:

  • 2018 Program: Mike Osbourne, the golf pro at Trout Lake, has created a well -organized schedule of lessons similar to the FirstTee youth program.

    The summer 2018 program was designed as an introduction to golf, however, boys who already play will find an opportunity to learn tips from a pro to improve their game. The schedule includes lessons in putting, chipping, irons, bunker, woods and golf etiquette.
     
  • Cost of the Lessons: summer 2018 is a pilot program and as such TLGC has offered a generous introductory rate. Red Arrow will cover that cost so there will be no additional charge to parents during this pilot year for the lessons.
     
  • Required clothing: parents will have to provide approved clothing:  One pair of khaki pants, one pair of khaki shorts and 2 Red Arrow Golf shirts (to be available at the Camp Store) are required.
     
  • Limited Number of Participants: For summer 2018 we’ve been asked to limit participation to a maximum of 20 boys. There is no age restriction so sign-ups at this point are on a first-come basis.

This is a Pilot Program for summer of 2018. At the end of the summer TLGC together with Red Arrow will review and evaluate the program offering and the costs associated with the program. Both Red Arrow and TLGC are entering this partnership with the goal of making it a long-term offering for Red Arrow campers.

Please email Dave if you have questions about the Pilot Program and defilitely contact him if you want  your son(s) to participate. As mentioned, this opportunity is available on a first-come/first-serve basis and space is limited to 20 boys this summer. In order to reserve a spot for your son he will need to be already enrolled for summer 2018. Click HERE to enroll.

We're eager to see the response to this offering and will keep you posted to the number of available spots.

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Social

Please visit our Connect Page to learn more about how you can stay connected to camp and in touch with your RAC brothers. Our blog is a great place to find important updates from camp and get a taste of the summer's excitement. We have active Facebook, Youtube and Flickr pages with a treasure trove of memories from summers past. Finally, by signing up for our alumni mailing list, you will be sure to receive important updates throughout the year.