Ready to send your kid to sleepaway camp this year? We're gathering parent recommendations for the best overnight camps near Milwaukee...or near enough to be worth the trip for an epic summer experience!
Parent reviews are essential to picking out the right overnight camp, so please comment below if your kids have attended any of these. Milwaukee parents, if your favorite overnight summer camps in Wisconsin or around the Midwest aren't on the list yet, please suggest them as new recommendations to let us know about them.
Find more summer fun on our full Milwaukee camp guide.
Emagination Computer Camps
2-week sessions, overnight
Age 8 - 17
Gina I.: At Emagination Computer Camps, kids enjoy the perfect mix of technology learning and summer fun! Hosted at Lake Forest College, campers are assigned to small groups by age and enjoy hands-on learning from well qualified camp counselors. Kids stay in the college's dorms with supervision.
Harand Camp of the Theatre Arts
1, 3 & 6-week overnight options
Shila: Harand Camp of the Theatre Arts was one of the nation's first co-ed, residential camps to combine singing, dancing, and acting with the fun of traditional camp activities. Campers will spend half the day in theater classes and the other half enjoying sports and elective activities, excursions, and all-camp events. Sessions culminate with large-scale performances in the state-of-the-art theater.
Riveredge Nature Center Summer Camp
Half day & overnight camp options
$145 - $750/week for non-members
Age 3 years - 12th grade
Shila: Riveredge Kids experience the best of outside camp life from fort building to tree climbing, swimming, tubing, trailblazing and more. There are a variety of nature day camps to select from, all of which are divided by age range. Immersive overnight options are available, too. These excursions take older campers on exciting outdoor pursuits, this year kids can go to Isle Royale National Lakeshore! Members receive discounts.
YMCA Camp Minikani
Weekly day camp sessions
1-2 week overnight camp options
Starting at $330/day camp and $555/overnight camp
Age 5 - 14 (day camp) and 8 - 17 (overnight camp)
Shila: Located on the shores of Lake Amy Belle, just 30 minutes from Milwaukee, YMCA Camp Minikani offerings range from traditional day programs and overnight camps to equestrian camp. Experiences feature: water sports and recreation, art, music, rock walls, campfires and more. Discounted rates apply for YMCA members.
9 weeks of overnight camp offered, stack as many as you like
4-day mini overnight camp for younger campers
Shila: Folded between the gentle rolling hills of southeastern Wisconsin is a beautiful glacial-born lake and a wooded shoreline that Native Americans once called home. Now, Camp Anokijig is where kids can come to enjoy nature, sports, water recreation, camping, equestrian, field trips & more. Campers can attend for 1 week, 2 weeks, or up to 9 weeks of summer fun. For younger or first-time campers who just want a taste of camp, they also offer 4 day mini-camp sessions.
2 week or 26 day sessions, overnight
$2,980 - $5,750 per session
Entering grade 2-12
Gina I.: If you're looking for a Jewish camp packed with summer fun, Camp Beber is the place to be! This fun and supportive camp creates the perfect environment for kids to grow, learn, and just be themselves. Activities include: hiking, challenge course, swimming, arts & crafts, tennis, and so much more.
1 week sessions, overnight
Entering 4th - 12th grade
Vanessa M.: Adventure awaits kids and teens at Camp Timber-lee, a Christian overnight camp situated in the beautiful Wisconsin woods. Campers can choose from Classic Camp, with horseback riding, tower climb, zipline, high ropes, lake swimming, boating, Science Education Center, campfires, crafts, and daily chapel, or specialty camps which focus on target sports, animal adventure, music camp, horse camp, and more.
JCC Chicago - Camp Chi
4 day - 8 week sessions, overnight
$385 - $8,350 per session
Entering 3rd - 11th grade
Gina I.: Unplug from technology and experience a summer that is full of fun, friends, and unforgettable experiences at Camp Chi! Located on beautiful Lake Delton, Camp Chi offers programs ranging from 4 days-8 weeks, as well as 50+ camp activities designed to help kids explore new interests and foster a deeper connection to their Jewish identity.
Chippewa Ranch Camp
4- or 8-week sessions, overnight
$6,300/4 weeks or $11,350/8 weeks
Age 7 - 15, girls
Alexandra F.: A traditional overnight camp for girls, Chippewa offers 4- and 8-week sessions at its beautiful lakeside, forest-filled campgrounds, where activities range from fishing, windsurfing and sailing, to aerobics, tennis, and trampball (think volleyball+four square+trampolines!), as well as horses, archery, pottery, theater and much more!
Camp Birch Trail
4- or 8-week sessions, overnight
Completed 2nd - 10th grade, girls
Alexandra F.: A traditional camp for girls in beautiful Wisconsin, the days at Birch Trail are filled with activities like guitar, outdoor cooking, martial arts, and canoeing. The nights bring on after-dinner programs such as council fires and dance parties. And, no camp experience is complete without the tailored wilderness trips, which vary in length and destination according to age, ability and interest.
The Road Less Traveled Summer Travel Programs
$4,150 - $7,950+
Completed grades 6-12
Gina I.: Although it's not your typical summer camp experience, The Road Less Traveled offers wonderful life changing travel opportunities for middle school and high school students. Students can go many places inside the United States or can travel internationally! From community service and language programs to scuba diving and summer adventures, there are lifelong memories to be made at every destination!
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