The Red Arrow Experience
Day In the Life
Activities, Class Instruction & Emblem Program
A Day at Red Arrow
Everybody up… It’s a beautiful day at Red Arrow
7:15 – 7:45am
Wash up and prepare for the day
7:45 – 8:30am
8:30 – 9:00am
Flag raising and reveille
9:10 – 10:00 am
10:00 – 11:05am
First activity period
11:05 – 12:10pm
Second activity period
12:30 – 1:15pm
1:15 – 2: 25pm
2:35 – 3:40pm
Third activity period
3:40 – 4:45pm
Fourth activity period
4:45 – 5:30pm
General swim and free time
6:15 – 8:30pm
8:30 – 9:30pm
Wash up, bedtime preparations, and reading
Taps and lights out
Over 100 years ago, Red Arrow Camp was a logging camp. So, naturally, most of our buildings are made of logs. As you enter the camp, you’ll see our spacious dining hall and rec hall (both part of the original logging camp) beautifully situated beneath a canopy of virgin Norway and white pines. Walk a bit farther and you’ll reach twelve log cabins, each of which houses 8-10 campers and two counselors. These cabins are a bit “younger” than the dining and rec hall — they were constructed in 1920 and have been carefully maintained throughout the years. Each cabin is outfitted with screened windows, electric lights, and solid double bunk beds.
Our tour continues with an impressive lineup of athletic facilities. Take a stroll around the camp and you’ll find our regulation-size soccer field, baseball/softball diamond, two basketball courts, three tennis courts, fully equipped rifle, trap, and archery ranges, a climbing wall, a high ropes course, a horse stable and riding ring, and a woodworking workshop. But that’s not all — four ski boats, seven sailboats, eight board sails, thirty canoes, eight kayaks, four row boats for fishing, and two float boats for SCUBA trips and cabin outings round out our equipment collection.
We prioritize constant maintenance and safety checks on all facilities and equipment in order to keep our campers and counselors safe.
Each Week During the Summer Features At Least One Very Special Event…
Fourth of July
At Red Arrow Camp, the Fourth of July kicks off with a morning wake-up call featuring characters in full Revolutionary War period dress. The day continues with fun contests (many quite messy!) and everyone’s favorite — an “ultimate” game of Capture the Flag. A cookout at the lake is followed by the arrival of a neighboring girls’ camp for a dance in the Rec Hall. A spectacular fireworks display closes out the evening.
During Aquagatta — a very special day of the summer — campers are assigned to one of four Native American tribes and spend the day competing in water-focused contests. After a special wake-up, each camper dons his “war paint” before heading out for the first contest of the day: a treasure hunt complete with coded clues for all age groups. We dedicate portions of the day with acknowledgment to our Native American historical roots and an appreciation of those who came before us. The afternoon brings many fun, zany water contests and ends with the famous water slide ball toss. The evening is capped by a celebration featuring root beer floats for all teams!
Red Arrow Day
Red Arrow Day combines two aspects of the summer experience at camp. First, it is the culmination of the summer long Red/Grey competition that has long been a part of Red Arrow for decades. Second, it incorporates a history of Red Arrow and how RAC got its name from our founder, Clarence Rassumssen’s experience serving in the 32nd Red Arrow Division in World War 1. He learned the values of teamwork, dedication, and friendship and it is these values that serve as the foundation of the day’s theme. The action packed day is filled with a variety of thrilling competitions and activities, with our ending celebration featuring themed treats and reflection of our place in Red Arrow History.
RAC’s “Olympics” are held on the last Saturday of camp. The camp is divided into four nations, with each boy sporting 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 more. The evening concludes with an awards ceremony where event winners are given gold, silver, and bronze medals.
The Salad Bowl is our flag football version of the Super Bowl. Held on the last Sunday of camp, this event is open to parents and friends of RAC. In the week leading up to the game, campers are divided into an upper and lower division and practice with their team. We kick off the event with a special tailgate lunch, and the two flag football games follow. The event ends with a steak fry celebration.
The Camp Play
The Camp Play is the biggest special event at Red Arrow. During the last two weeks of camp, everyone who wishes to be a part of the play — a fun, musical production — practices during their rest period and free time. Several hundred people (parents, friends, neighbors) attend the boys’ standing-room-only productions over the course of two evenings.
The duration of camp was a critical part of the experience — especially for a younger camper being away from home. The length allowed for deeper and more meaningful relationships with staff and cohorts.
After being part of Red Arrow Camp for 20 years, the camp isn't just a place I've worked — it's a foundation upon which I've built my professional and personal identity. It is a deep and meaningful part of who I am.
A childhood of summers at RAC was the greatest gift I could give to my son.
Meet our Directors
Eric has been an active member of the Red Arrow Camp family for over two decades: first as a camp counselor in 1997, then as RAC Advisory Board president, and now as RAC camp co-director. Eric earned his B.A in Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 2001 and his M.S. in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2004. Prior to joining RAC as Camp Director, he worked at Whitewater for 17 years in various roles related to residence life, counseling, advising, leadership development, and teaching.
When he’s not manning the RAC helm with camp co-director Dave, you can find Eric coaching youth basketball and Little League or participating in sports himself. He enjoys cycling, cross-country skiing, paddle boarding, and the occasional mountain climbing or backpacking experience. In the camp off-season, he lives in Delafield with his son (and Red Arrow camper) Gus.
Dave is a retired teacher who was first introduced to RAC as a camper in 1959. Dave has been an integral part of the Red Arrow team for decades, first as a counselor, then as a riding instructor, later as the trips director, and now as camp co-director with Eric. Dave is dedicated to preserving camp traditions and committed to continually improving and evolving the camp. He believes in hard work, dedication, and the merits of challenging yourself, embodied by the RAC motto “Yes, I Can.”