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 21, 2017 Camp Starts
July 4, 2017 4th of July Celebration
July 8, 2017 Counselor Stunt Night
July 10, 2017 Chateau Canadian Wilderness Trip
July 15, 2017 Aquagatta
July 29, 2017 RAC Carnival (Tentative)
Aug. 4, 2017 Camp Play #1
Aug. 5, 2017 RAC Olympics
Aug. 6, 2017 Salad Bowl
Aug. 7, 2017 Camp Play #2
Aug. 9, 2017 Closing Ceremony

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See you next summer


Thanks for another great summer at RAC.  We will see you all back on June 21st, 2017.  End-of-summer evaluations will be emailed to you soon, and stay tuned for information on winter get-togethers.  

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Entering the Final Stretch


Greetings to all of our camp families,

               Another gorgeous week is in our rear view mirror, and what a week we had at camp! The Chateau returned on Wednesday to a crowd of boys waiting to hear their stories. The smiles on those young men’s faces is something that I cannot even begin to describe. They safely returned to camp, full of pride that can only come from an experience like the Canadian. Yet, Chateau was not the only cabin that ventured out into the wilderness last week. Chalet returned from Isle Royale, F and G returned from canoe trips, and H and Castle experienced the fantastic views along the Superior Hiking Trail. Yesterday morning, Cabins A, B, C, and D all headed out on their three day trips. We are very excited to see them tomorrow afternoon to hear about their adventures.

               This past weekend, the boys of Red Arrow headed over to Camp Nicolet for our annual War Canoe race. Our canoe, full of 10 senior campers, took on the girls of Nicolet and narrowly came away with a victory. The staff also walked away victorious in their race against the Nicolet staff. We had an absolutely wonderful time at the event and we are very thankful to have such a strong relationship with the girls over at Camp Nicolet.

               The second half of this week is packed full of action and a few new experiences for the boys. Thursday evening the boys will experience the first ever Red vs Gray Days (Color Wars) kickoff bonfire. The fire preludes two full days of competition that will conclude with an all-camp relay that ends with two boys on each team from the Chateau building a fire to burn a rope that is four feet off the ground. The energy from capture the flag and red vs gray team events has been building all summer and we cannot wait to see who comes out on top.

               As always, all parents, alumni and guests are invited to chapel on Sunday morning. Chapel will begin at 11:30am and is immediately followed by a cookout, where all are welcome to grab a bite to eat.

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Another Wonderful Week in the Northwoods

Canada bound Have fun boys Good luck

Good afternoon to all of our wonderful RAC families,

                It is hard to believe that another week has passed at camp. Cabins A, B and E all ventured out on trips earlier this week and they all returned safely to camp yesterday afternoon. They faced off with Mother Nature on Monday evening, but everyone came back dry, smiling and full of fun stories to tell. Manor tried to depart on Tuesday for their 5-day Superior Hiking Trail trip, but due to washed out roads and flooding throughout the state, they returned to camp that afternoon and departed the next morning for an amended 4-day trip. They will return on Saturday. The cap the week off, Chalet and Chateau headed out on their trips to Isle Royale and Canada. We cannot wait to see them pull back down the driveway on Sunday (Chalet) and Wednesday (Chateau).

               The boys are very excited about Songfest this evening. Our wonderful piano player, Dave Evans, returned from Scotland in the last couple of days so we are looking forward to singing the songs with a smooth melody, rather than pushing through the evening with our best version of a cappella. Tomorrow we will have our 5th Red vs Gray Capture the Flag completion. Currently the red team leads by 120 points so the gray team is definitely going to be fired up to capture the majority of the 300 points that will be up for grabs tomorrow evening.

               Saturday we will be holding our annual Aquagatta competition. The boys will work their way through the morning scavenger hunt and compete in waterfront events all afternoon. The forecast is showing near 80-degree weather for the afternoon, so the event should be an absolute blast. On Monday, cabins F and G will head out on their 3-day canoe trips and H and Castle will make their way up to the Superior Hiking Trail for their 4-day hiking trips.

               Lastly, a huge thank you to all of our families that visited this past weekend. It was wonderful seeing everyone. We hope you enjoyed the 2016 Counselor Stunt Night! For those of you who are planning on visiting this weekend, chapel will be held at 11:30am on Sunday and we will be, once again, having a BBQ afterwards so please come hungry!

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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.