Day Camps

Pathfinder (1st & 2nd)


“Lake Valley Camp has always been a very significant part of my life. For the last six years of my life Lake Valley Camp served as a place for me to escape the troublesome inner-city..." - Mario, Participant and Counselor


Program Overview

The Pathfinder Day Camp experience at the Milwaukee Program Center is the entry point into Lake Valley Camp, the first place that Pathfinders become familiar with the program and make the friends with which they will remain through their senior year of high school. The days begin at 9 am and end at 3:30 pm, filling the hours with group play, gardening, sharing stories, learning about the natural world, creative expression, and fun! Over the two-week session, Pathfinders learn the four beliefs that are at the core of all LVC programs. 

Favorite Moment: “Most of my favorite moments are centered around watching our Pathfinders begin to use and own our 4 Beliefs! Being a part of helping these practices to grow, and being able to help our youth enhance their connections is an amazing experience for our counselors and campers alike!” - Hannah Cawley, Day Camp Counselor

Who: New and Returning Participants, Ages 7 & 8 (generally completing 1st and 2nd grade)

What: The Pathfinder Day Camp takes place at Lake Valley Camp’s program center in Milwaukee County’s Tiefenthaler Park. This program develops participants’ knowledge of the natural world, creative expression, encourages the love of reading, and healthy living habits through cooperative play and hands-on activities. 

When: June - August  (Three 10-Day Sessions that run Monday - Friday)

Why: The Pathfinder Day Camp is a rich, energetic, and stimulating environment that provides our Pathfinders with unique learning opportunity - complete with recreational and hands-on activities, we encourage each Pathfinder’s intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being.


Specialty camps (3rd - 8th)

Program Overview

Starting in the Summer of 2018, Lake Valley Camp is expanding summer Day Camp options to allow our youth to explore a variety of interests and programming.  All participants attending Resident Camp are also encouraged to attend Day Camps to fill their summer with experiences, new challenges, and boundary-pushing programs. 


GET MOVING: Participants will experience a variety of sports, games and movement activities. Campers will learn techniques in several sports such as frisbee, soccer and softball as well as enjoy a variety of other movement activities such as yoga, hiking and dance. Activities will focus on enhancing body awareness and promoting a healthy lifestyle while building cooperation and teamwork skills.

YOUNG CHEFS: Unleash your culinary genius with Lake Valley Camp! During this week-long session, campers will explore local food systems and learn how to prepare nourishing snacks and meals through daily cooking challenges. Campers will leave with enhanced skills in gardening and cooking along with a deeper understanding of how our food choices impact our bodies and the world.

LVC MAKERSPACE encourages campers to explore their creativity through making, creating, crafting and coding.  Campers will choose from a diverse array of project paths that incorporate visual arts, engineering, computer programming and performing arts. From performing a skit to coding a computer game, participants will deepen their creativity, persistence and curiosity through completing meaningful projects.

URBAN ADVENTURES: LVC BIKES Let's explore Milwaukee on two wheels! Through a partnership with Wisconsin Bike Fed, campers will learn all about bike safety including how to use hand signals, road positioning, turning, and proper helmet usage. After covering the basics, participants will head out with trained and experienced staff on our amazing local trail system. We will ride the Hank Aaron State Trail, Oak Leaf Trail, and quiet neighborhood streets on the way to fun and unique destinations around Milwaukee. This camp will build cycling confidence and improve riding ability and endurance. Bikes and helmets are provided.

ARTS IN ACTION: This camp promotes art with a heart of service. Campers will do a deeper dive into art forms of their choice. During the session, campers will develop a community action project that will allow them to use the visual and performing arts to educate, inspire action and beautify their communities.  

RUN, JUMP, LEAD helps campers stay active while improving communication skills and confidence.  During the session, campers will explore a variety of sports, games and movement activities to build their physical capacity and enhance their growth mindset.  Staff will teach participants how to create healthy and supportive environments for play in their own schools and neighborhoods.  Participants will have the opportunity to develop their own sport/game or become LVC Certified Recess Leaders.

TRADES CAMP @ MATC: Spend time on MATC's Oak Creek campus and gain hands-on experience in a variety of lucrative fields such as computer programming and carpentry. During this 4-day camp,  participants will take courses with college instructors and complete a project using MATC's state-of-the-art equipment. Dates for this camp are not finalized; we will contact interested families based on below responses to confirm dates and participation. *6th - 12th graders only

For more information on registering for these camps, visit our Register page. The Application Packet outlines sessions, dates, and age requirements.

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