• 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.”

Read more independent reviews at campratingz.com

News

Camp Countdown

Days

Important Dates

June 20, 2018 Camp Starts
July 4, 2018 4th of July Celebration
July 7, 2018 Counselor Stunt Night (Tentative)
July 9, 2018 Chateau Canadian Wilderness Trip
July 14, 2018 Aquagatta
July 28, 2018 RAC Carnival (Tentative)
Aug. 3, 2018 Camp Play #1
Aug. 4, 2018 RAC Olympics
Aug. 5, 2018 Salad Bowl
Aug. 6, 2018 Camp Play #2
Aug. 8, 2018 Closing Ceremony

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Visit Camp

Alumni and friends of camp are welcome to visit anytime throughout the summer.  Sunday mornings for chapel service are always a popular time to visit.  If you have a son, grandson, nephew or friend who would like to learn more about camp, please contact Dave and Katie (info@redarrowcamp.com) to arrange a visit.  

The most popular times for alumni visits are:
Stunt Night Weekend (July 7-9) - We have an extended set of activities planned for parents and alumni this weekend:
1. Golf pairings - Saturday morning at 9AM at Trout Lake Golf Club for parents or alumni - contact Tim Price (Tmprice21@gmail.com) if interested in joining
2. Float boat rides or canoeing down Trout River -  Saturday afternoon for parents or alumni - contact Dave and Katie if interested in participating
3. Stunt Night - The main event is Saturday night around 7:30pm in the Mess Hall
4. After party at Trout Lake Golf Club
5. Sunday Chapel at 11:15 AM
6. Cookout - There will be a parent and alumni cookout at camp following chapel service on Sunday

Final Weekend of Camp (August 4-6):  Please note a slightly re-arranged schedule for this summer:
Camp Play (Friday August 4th)
Olympics (Saturday August 5th)
Salad Bowl (Sunday August 6th). 

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2017 Social Media

This past Wednesday, 94 boys arrived safely to Red Arrow Camp and the summer of 2017 kicked into full swing.  Campers have started their first session of activities and today was the first chapel service of the summer.  The first group of trips head out this week!  
 
Follow Along On Social Media:
Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/RedArrowCamp/): We will be doing "blog style" posting throughout the summer on this page, including stories about special events, trips, cabin nights, etc.  This will replace the blog on this webpage that was used in previous summers.  

Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/redarrowcamp): Flickr is our repository for all pictures from this summer, and from the past 97 summers at camp.  We will post several hundred pictures here over the course of the summer.  

Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/redarrowcamp/): We use instagram mostly to connect with the campers in the offseason, but there will be spontaneous posts to IG throughout the summer.  

please note that in addition to the "official facebook page above, there is also a closed facebook group here.  All members of the RAC community are welcome to join this group.  It is active year-round, and Don Beeby will often add pictures to this group throughout the summer.  


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Lake Forest Gathering

Preparations for the summer of 2017 are well under way.  We have had some wonderful camp video viewings in Seattle, Chicago and most recently in Lake Forest.  LakeForest

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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.