“I’ve been going to Lake Valley Camp since it started. Lake Valley Camp helped me to see what I could really do and be." - Natalia, LVC Alumna
When participants turn nine (or complete 3rd grade), they spend their first overnight session at Resident Camp in Boscobel, WI. They begin to truly build their community of peers, gain independence, exercise respect for natural world, and learn through a variety of unique activities and experiences. The day begins with the entire camp community gathered at the flagpole and ends with participants in their group cabins, each with its own identity and traditions.
Favorite Moment: “There were a lot of times where campers were afraid to get on horses but overcame their fear down at the horsebarn. However, the one camper that stood out from the rest was named Dallas. He was so afraid to get on a horse that he wouldn't go near it or look directly at it. But with encouragement and urging from both me and his counselor, he finally sat on top of a horse. Soon, he was riding and steering by himself and saying things like "I love horseback riding. It's my favorite activity." At the end he whispered to me, "I am going to tell my mom about all that you have done for me." And I replied "what did I do Dallas?" And he said "thanks to you, I want to be a professional horse trainer!" -Anna Dickman, Equestrian Instructor
Who: Ages 9-17
What: A 12-day camp session at our camp’s 650-acre resident camp facility, and return every summer until they graduate from high school. All participants have the opportunity to take swimming and horseback riding lessons, discover the natural world in environmental education classes, nurture their creativity in art class, learn about where food comes from in the garden and develop their athletic abilities through various sports activities.
When: June - August (Three 12-day sessions)
Why: Participants get an abundance of exercise, sunshine and fresh air in a beautiful natural setting. Through living in a community of peers, participants learn personal responsibility and understand their role as an active member of their community.