- Riding (English)
- SCUBA (PADI Certification)
- Track & Field
- Weights & Fitness
The Red Arrow trip program is an important and unique part of the traditions of camp. The 2 trips that each boy experiences are the occasions when they are truly out of the city and often out of their comfort zone. In an age appropriate manner boys are challenged physically and often personally to learn camping skills, appreciation of the natural world, the value of teamwork, and resilience. When boys and men recall their camp experience it’s clear the impact Red Arrow trips offer. It’s a bond they share for a lifetime.
All camping trips are done by the cabin group of 8 boys and two counselors. Most cabins experience one canoe trip and one hiking trip. Trips for younger boys are 3 days and 2 nights and longer for older cabins. These trips occur on the lakes, rivers and trails of N. WI and the UP of MI. As the boys get older, the trips become longer and more challenging, including experience with whitewater canoeing and spectacular hiking trips on the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and the Superior Hiking Trail along Lake Superior’s northern shore. The second oldest cabin hikes 6 days on the beautiful and challenging Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior. The boys in the Chateau, the senior cabin, experience a fantastic 8 day wilderness whitewater and fishing trip in N. Ontario. Each year a paddle commemorating the trip is made by the campers on the trip and hung in the messhall.
Perhaps the impact of trips at Red Arrow is best described by the following passage read each summer during a Camp chapel service.
DO YOU FEAR THE WIND?
By Hamlin Garland
Do you fear the force of the wind,
The slash of the rain?
Go face them and fight them,
Be savage again.
Go hungry and cold like the wolf,
Go wade like the crane:
The palms of your hands will thicken,
The skin of your cheek will tan,
You’ll grow ragged and weary and swarthy,
But you’ll walk like a man
Each week during the summer features at least one very special event...
Fourth of July starts with a wake-up featuring characters from the Revolutionary War period in full dress. The day features many fun contests (many quite messy!) and everyone’s favorite, an “ultimate” capture the flag game. A great cookout at the lake is followed by the arrival of a neighboring girls’ camp for a big dance in the Rec Hall and then a spectacular fireworks display over the lake.
Aquagatta is a very fun day when campers are assigned to one of 4 different Native American tribes. After a special wake-up, everyone dons his war paint. The first contest of the day is a wonderful treasure hunt complete with coded clues for all age groups. The afternoon brings many fun and zany water contests and ends with the famous water slide ball toss. The evening is capped by a celebration with root beer floats for everyone.
Carnival is another camper favorite. During the afternoon each cabin constructs a booth on the rifle range featuring a game of amusement or skill. Some popular booths include a dunk tank, mini-golf, casino games and a ladder crawl. After dinner, girls from a neighboring camp arrive and the fun begins! The carnival also features the “fun wagon” with cotton candy, snow cones and other treats. This is one of the most crazy and fun nights of camp!
Olympics are held on the last Thursday of camp. The camp is divided into 4 nations, and every boy gets a t-shirt representing his country. Boys compete in track events, swimming, sailing, skiing, horseback riding, wrestling, rifle, archery, trap, basketball, soccer, floor hockey and much more. There are many events for boys of all age levels. The evening concludes with an awards ceremony featuring realistic gold, silver and bronze metals.
Salad Bowl is RAC’s version of the Super Bowl. It is held on the last Sunday of camp and is open to parents and friends of RAC. The boys are divided into an upper and lower division and practice with their team throughout the week before the game. The uniforms are funny t-shirts specially designed by the coaches. The day includes a special tailgate lunch followed on the field by the two flag football games, and concludes with steak fry celebration.
The Camp Play is the biggest special event at Red Arrow. For the last two weeks of camp, everyone who wishes to be involved practices diligently during rest period and free time. They play is a fun, musical production written especially for RAC. The amazing show that results is enjoyed by the several hundred people (parents, friends, neighbors) who attend one of the two standing room only performances given by the boys.
Life at camp revolves around the cabin group.
Most cabins consist of 8 boys and 2 counselors. Cabin mates live and eat together, go on trips, and participate in special events as a group for the entire summer. The boys are responsible for keeping their cabin clean and compete with the other cabins for the highest marks on cabin inspection. By the end of 7 weeks, these boys and their counselors form a special bond which is second only to their own family.
Wednesdays are a special day for the cabin groups. Following afternoons activities, each cabin participates in a special “Cabin Night” organized by their counselors. The night begins with hamburgers grilled over the campfire, and continues with a special activity around camp, on the lake or in town. Popular cabin nights include cowboy night, pirate adventure, tubing on the lake, low ropes course, or visiting a Fred Scheers Lumberjack Show in Minocqua. The possibilities are endless.
- Everybody up... It's a beautiful day at Red Arrow
- 7:15am - 7:45am
- Wash up and prepare for the day
- 7:45 - 8:30am
- 8:30 - 9:00am
- Cabin Clean up
- Flag Raising and Reveille
- 9:10 - 10:00am
- Sports Activity
- 10:00 - 11:05am
- First Activity Period
- 11:05 - 12:10pm
- Second Activity Period
- 12:30 - 1:15pm
- 1:15 - 2:25pm
- Rest Period
- 2:35 - 3:40pm
- Third Activity Period
- 3:40 - 4:45pm
- Fourth Activity Period
- 4:45 - 5:30pm
- General Swim and Free Time
- 5:30 - 6:15pm
- 6:15 - 8:30pm
- Evening Program
- 8:30 - 9:30pm
- Wash Up, Bedtime Preparations, Reading
- Taps & Lights Out