Each summer, Wisconsin Badger Camp hosts eight one-week sessions and one two-week session specially tailored to meet the needs of each camper. The sessions are separated according to age with eight weeks planned for adults, one week for children (ages 3-13) and one week for teen campers (ages 14-21).
All individuals with developmental disabilities (ages 3 and older) are welcome regardless of the severity of their disability, race, religion, creed, geographic location, sex, age, or national origin. Our well-trained staff work with campers who have epilepsy, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, use wheelchairs, wear braces, are visually or hearing impaired, or experience other developmental disabilities. A current physical and physician’s approval to participate are required. Financial assistance is available.
All programs are carefully designed to be adaptable and to encourage participation. As with all operations at Wisconsin Badger Camp, the programs are planned with safety as the number one priority. Wisconsin Badger Camp offers a variety of programs, which will appeal to all sorts of interests. Please carefully read through the descriptions of each camp to determine which program best fits the needs and abilities of the camper.
Creative programs and positive experiences await each camper. Activities each week include: swimming, camping, hiking, fishing, nature studies, arts & crafts, animal farm, dances, a talent show, Olympic style games, cookouts, campfire programs and many other activities. Weekly themes also present a great variety to all camp activities.
Our camper to staff ratio is approximately one adult staff person for every two campers. Most camper groups consist of 2-4 campers per counselor and for some, one camper to one counselor.
Full care and well-planned days are provided for each camper’s individualized program. Sessions are divided according to age. On site healthcare staff are available 24 hours to provide necessary support to campers with medical needs.
These programs provide the maximum level of support to campers and are encouraged for first time Badger Camp participants.
2023 Camp Dates
|Main Camp Dates||Age||Cost|
|W1: June 11 – 16||18 & Older||$800|
|W2: June 18 – 23||18 & Older||$800|
|W3: June 25 – 30||14 – 21 (Teen Week)***||$800|
|W4: July 2 – 7||18 & Older||$800|
|W5/6: July 09 – 20||18 & Older||$1,600|
|W7: July 23 – 28||18 & Older||$800|
|W8: July 30 – August 4||18 & Older||$800|
|W9: August 6 – 11||3 – 13 (Kids Week)***||$800|
|W10: August 13 – 18||18 & Older||$800|
In addition to the Main Camp programs, Badger Camp offers a Primitive Camp.
Primitive Camp programs offer a variety of choices from horseback riding, canoeing, and much more. Due to Covid-19 each session will be limited to 10 campers per session and are guided by 2-5 experienced staff members. Both Primitive Camp and the Travel Program are designed for those looking for a unique and somewhat more challenging experience while living without running water or electricity and cooking over an open fire each day.
**There is NO ELECTRICITY at Primitive Camp. Campers that utilize any sleep assistance device should sign up for MAIN CAMP**
Theme descriptions for 2022 can be found here- Prim Themes
2023 Camp Dates
In addition to the Main Camp programs, Badger Camp offers a Travel Program.
The Travel Program offers a variety of overnight trips both in Wisconsin and in surrounding states. Each trip is limited to 6 campers per session and is guided by 2 experienced staff members. Campers that participate in both Primitive Camp and the Travel Program must be ambulatory, and require little assistance in most of their activities of daily living, personal care needs, and are generally more independent than campers that attend Main Camp Programs. These programs were designed for those looking for a unique and somewhat more challenging experience. If you have questions regarding your camper, and if they would benefit from Travel or Primitive camp programming please contact our Program Director, Austin Rist, and he will answer any questions you may have.
Important Information Regarding Travel Camp Fees: Due to the uniqueness of the Travel Camp Program the payment of the requested Camp Fee is essential from each camper in order to break even with costs for the program. Therefore. any campers that choose to attend any of the Travel Camp Programs are NOT eligible for campership aid, and MUST pay the entire camp fee in full. Any remaining balances from previous summers must be settled before being registered for a Travel Camp.
Keep checking back for updates on the travel program.
|W1: Dyersville/IA Excursion – (June 11-16, 2023)||18 & Older||$1000|
|W2: La Crosse – (June 25-30, 2023)||18 & Older||$1000|
|W3: Lake Wisconsin/Baraboo – (June 18-23, 2023)||14 – 21 (Teen Week)***||$1000|
|W4: Milwaukee – (July 02-07, 2023)||18 & Older||$1000|
|W5: Minneapolis/Mall of America- (July 09-14, 2023)||18 & Older||$1000|
|W6: The Apostle Islands – (July 15-20, 2023)||18 & Older||$1000|
|W7: EAA Airventure/Oshkosh – (July 23-28, 2023)||18 & Older||$1000|