CFN partners with Camp Nebagamon, a boys camp, and Camp WeeHaKee, a girls camp, to accomplish its work. Both camps are ACA Accredited. More information on each follows below.
Camp Nebagamon, founded in 1929, is a venerable, traditional North Woods camp for boys who have completed the third grade through their freshman year of high school. Located within the village of Lake Nebagamon, WI – about 30 miles southeast of Duluth, MN – Nebagamon has a camper enrollment of approximately 220 boys, who attend camp either for four or eight weeks, and a staff of 120.
Nebagamon’s directors Adam Kaplan and Stephanie Hanson assumed the reins of ownership in 2004. They are Nebagamon’s fourth set of directors.
Nebagamon prides itself on a varied in-camp program where campers choose among a variety of activities based on unique interests. Since the camp sits upon the shores of 914-acre Lake Nebagamon, the waterfront is loaded with opportunities for fun and skill-building including swimming, sailing, rowing, sculling, fishing, water skiing, and canoeing. Playing fields afford a variety of team sports. In addition, Nebagamon offers campcraft, a climbing wall, an in-depth art program, cooking, nature study, orienteering, and target sports. If there is such a thing as a liberal arts camp, Nebagamon is such a camp.
Nebagamon is known well for its emphasis on wilderness trips – backwoods group ventures that last between one night and two weeks. Since the camp’s first season, boys have had the opportunity to canoe in wilderness areas in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ontario. Nebagamon hikers travel to Isle Royale National Park, Michigan’s Porcupine Mountains, and other trails across the North Woods. Bicycle, rock-climbing and sailing trips on Lake Superior also are part of the trip program.
At any given time during the season, as many as 100 campers are out on trips led by the camp’s wilderness trip staff, leaders with special qualifications, certifications and experience to lead these excursions. Before leaving camp on a trip, each participant learns and demonstrates competence and a basic knowledge of camping and of canoeing, cycling, climbing, or sailing (depending on the kind of trip involved).
Most campers return to Nebagamon for multiple summers. Many go on to join the Nebagamon staff. Many sons and grandsons of former campers attend Nebagamon, creating longstanding legacies of camp traditions, values, and culture. More than anything, Nebagamon is a place of fun where boys enjoy meeting new people and sharing new experiences, the results of which are carried with them throughout their lives.
Camp WeHaKee is a girls’ camp founded in 1923 and currently located in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin. WeHaKee follows in the tradition of the Dominicans of Sinsinawa, and provides two-, four-, and six-week sessions for girls from diverse religions, cultures, races and economic backgrounds.
“Camp WeHaKee is blessed with the ability to serve more girls than ever through camperships provided by CFN,” writes Maggie Braun, Co-Director of WeHaKee with her husband Bob. “We are able to sponsor not just any girls, but girls who strive to make a difference in their families, their schools and their world. The commitment shown through CFN in providing a pledge of funds each year allows us to reach out to diverse communities, build relationships, and provide hope to girls for a summer camp experience they would otherwise not have.”