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The History of summer camp in Wisconsin

by Jan Schroder

The sound of taps played at nightfall inevitably evokes nostalgia in the more than 14 million children who attend summer camp each year.

Phantom Lake YMCA camp ,founded in 1896 in Mukwonago, is the oldest camp in Wisconsin associated with the nonprofit (and one of the oldest in all of North America). It’s a place where kids are free to just be.


Today, the “Y” – as the Young Men’s Christian Association was rebranded a dozen years ago – offers 234 overnight camp programs for kids and teens (plus leadership opportunities for young adults) aimed at developing honesty, caring, respect and responsibility.


– Hannah Van Sickle, The Wisconsin 100

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