Make life-long friendships while having the best 7 weeks of your life.

    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.

    Experience the amazing lakes, rivers and hiking trails of the Northwoods with our outstanding tripping program.

    Every day at Red Arrow is filled with new challenges and adventure. Our special events take this fun to a whole new level.

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

    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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Camp Countdown


Important Dates

June 22, 2016 Camp Starts
July 4, 2016 4th of July Celebration
July 9, 2016 Counselor Stunt Night
July 11, 2016 Chateau Canadian Wilderness Trip
July 16, 2016 Aquagatta
July 29, 2016 Red & Gray Day #1
July 30, 2016 Red & Gray Day #2
Aug. 5, 2016 RAC Olympics
Aug. 6, 2016 Camp Play #1
Aug. 7, 2016 Salad Bowl
Aug. 8, 2016 Camp Play #2
Aug. 10, 2016 Closing Ceremony

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Fall Update From the RAC Foundation

Click the link below for the fall update from the RAC Foundation

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The Other Cabin

Another SAFE great summer at the most popular activity at camp - the Red Arrow Stables. After referred as the “other cabin” the barn is filled this year with 17 horses. 7 returning geldings and 10 new new geldings to Red Arrow and camp. All proved to steady, trust worthy and reliable school horses the provided a safe fun environment for the boys to not only to learn how to ride but, more importantly learned learn how to be a “horseman”. All campers and staff voted on the horse that was the horses that showed up everyday and the new “critter” that reflected the talent of all the new hoses.

Horse of the Year

Driggs: 10 year old registered AGHA gelding. Purchased on the fall as a 4 year old from the Rafter B novel in Driggs Idaho. He started at Red Arrow as a “project horse” and has evolved into the “go to, been there, done that” lesson horse. Trail leader and a great jumper. Many campers have gained experience and confidence from riding Driggs. A gelding of very few that can be rode without a bridle. This is the fifth year in which he has now been voted “Horse of the year” 


Rookie of the Year

Otis: 7 year old John Mule. Purchased last fall in the hills of western South Dakota. Standing 16 hands he is a “great” for a Mule, but has the personality and temperament of a puppy. Jet black with 4 high white socks he is uniquely different and from time to time be seen wearing his cowboy hat or baseball cap. Otis has packed elk out of the mountain to safety and has been safely ridden by boys from cabin A to Chateau. Otis was the overwhelming favorite out of the 10 rookies this summer! 


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Castle's Trip to Pictured Rocks

Here are some amazing photos from Castle's recent trip to pictured rocks!

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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.