At Hunt Hill Day Camps, youth age 5-12 years old have the opportunity to explore, learn about, and connect with the natural world. Each day of camp includes outdoor learning activities, nature games, crafts, hikes, and swimming.

Week 1: Awesome Animals
Monday, June 21 – Friday, June 25, 2021

Registration full as of Monday, April 26!
Anyone who registers for this camp will be added to the waitlist.

Campers will explore the sanctuary in search of the awesome animals that live here! They will learn to respectfully catch and handle common animals such as amphibians like salamanders, frogs and tadpoles, and insects such as butterflies and beetles! They will also get to meet our educational animals: Snappy the Snapping Turtle, Pancake the Spiny Softshell turtle, and Snickers the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach.


Week 2: Super Scientists
Monday, June 28 – Friday, July 2, 2021

Registration full as of Wednesday, April 28!
Anyone who registers for this camp will be added to the waitlist.

Campers will put on their scientist caps and get to take part in several citizen science projects that take place at the sanctuary. They will learn how to carefully check bird nests, identify the birds in the area, check the Snapshot Wisconsin trail camera, and record other signs of animals. Additionally, campers will be given fun, outdoor STEM challenges to solve!


Week 3: Wildlife Detectives
Monday, July 5 – Friday, July 9, 2021

Registration full as of Wednesday, April 28!
Anyone who registers for this camp will be added to the waitlist.

Campers will use their observational skills to spot animal signs around them at the sanctuary! They will learn how to identify tracks and scat. They will also use tools like nets, magnifying glasses, binoculars, and microscopes to take a closer look at the world around them. What will you spot?!


Week 4: Outdoor Adventures
Monday, July 12 – Friday, July 16, 2021

Registration full as of Wednesday, April 28!
Anyone who registers for this camp will be added to the waitlist.

Campers will explore the sanctuary and learn fun outdoor skills! They will go canoeing, fishing, backpacking, rock skipping, knot tying and so much more!! By the end of the week, the campers will know the sanctuary closely and be ready for their next outdoor adventure.


BONUS WEEK: Awesome Animals 2
Monday, July 19 – Friday, July 23, 2021

Campers will explore the sanctuary in search of the awesome animals that live here! They will learn to respectfully catch and handle common animals such as amphibians like salamanders, frogs and tadpoles, and insects such as butterflies and beetles! They will also get to meet our educational animals: Snappy the Snapping Turtle and Pancake the Spiny Softshell turtle.


One week break from Day Camps for Adult Spanish Camp


Week 5: Survivors
Monday, August 2 – Friday, August 5, 2021

Registration full as of Monday, April 26!
Anyone who registers for this camp will be added to the waitlist.

Campers will learn some basic outdoor survival skills at this camp! They will learn how to reduce the risk of getting into a survival situation, how to prepare for emergencies, what to do if they get lost, and what priorities they should have in a survival situation. They will also learn how to safely build a fire, find drinkable water, create a debris shelter, and find out which foods are edible.


BONUS WEEK: Survivors 2
Monday, August 9 – Friday, August 13, 2021

Campers will learn some basic outdoor survival skills at this camp! They will learn how to reduce the risk of getting into a survival situation, how to prepare for emergencies, what to do if they get lost, and what priorities they should have in a survival situation. They will also learn how to safely build a fire, find drinkable water, create a debris shelter, and find out which foods are edible.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have created a COVID-19 plan to help reduce the risk of community spread at Day Camp. You can read the plan here: COVID-19 Plan.

This plan is subject to change according to governmental mandates and CDC recommendations.

Here are some of the major changes to Day Camp for 2021:

  • Campers must sign up for full 5-day weeks rather than a day at a time.
  • Campers will have the same two Summer Staff for the entirety of that week. If there is a Junior Counselor with your camper’s cohort, the Junior Counselor will be the same person each day.
  • Campers will be in cohorts of 10 campers, which remain the same for the entirety of that week. The two cohorts will not mix.
  • Siblings will be in the same cohort, regardless of age. Therefore, the camps will be similar to a “One Room Schoolhouse” in that there could be a wide range of ages from 5-12 years-old.
  • Cohorts will have two different start and end times. Cohort A has check-in any time between 8:00 am and 8:30 am and check-out anytime between 4:00 pm and 4:30 pm. Cohort B has check-in any time between 9:00 am and 9:30 am and check-out anytime between 5:00 pm and 5:30 pm. You will be free to choose whichever cohort fits your family’s schedule best.
  • Drop-off and pick-up will be curbside. Parents/guardians can stay in the car while they drop off and pick up campers. The first day, we will have to double-check some information and ensure the camper has everything they need. Each morning we will take the camper’s temperature before accepting them into camp.
  • There will be no parent presentation at the end of camp. 
  • Registration is required in advance of camp, and we have changed our refund policy, take a look at it below. 

Yes, you must sign up for full weeks at a time. Due to the structure of our COVID-conscious cohorts, we cannot allow “pop-in” registrations this year. 

If your camper has to miss a day or two, just let us know to know expect your camper those days. However, we cannot refund any portion of the Day Camp fee.

If cancellation occurs before camp:

  • You may reschedule to a different week, if spots are available.
  • If your spot can be filled, you receive a full refund.
  • If your spot cannot be filled you will receive a “Virtual Camp” package to participate at home.

If cancellation occurs the week of camp:

  • You may reschedule to a different week, if spots are available.
  • If your spot cannot be filled you will receive a “Virtual Camp” package to participate at home.

Here’s an example schedule:

  • Arrival & Check-in
  • Morning Games
  • Welcome Circle
  • 1st Morning Educational Activity
  • Snack
  • 2nd Morning Educational Activity
  • Lunch
  • Choice Time
  • Swim Time
  • Craft Time
  • Afternoon Games
  • Check-out

We will send you a comprehensive packing list in advance of camp.

Packing List:

  • Layers for changing weather (sweatshirt, sweatpants, raincoat, etc)
  • Shoes for running/hiking (sneakers or hiking boots work well)
  • Shoes for the waterfront (sandals or aquasocks work well)
  • Sunscreen that the camper can apply independently
  • Bagged lunch & snack (please place these in separate containers)
  • Swimsuit
  • Towl
  • Backpack to carry it all in
  • Optional: Hat or sunglasses
  • Optional: Bug spray

Here are the items that campers are not allowed at Day Camp:

  • Electronics (cell phones, video games, tablets, etc.)
  • Money
  • Gum

Day Camps are overseen by the Program Director, who is also a certified Emergency Medical First Responder. The Program Director works with the Day Camp staff to identify and reduce risks in their activity plans. 

All Day Camp Staff are trained in First Aid, CPR/AED, Epi-Pen Administration, and Bloodborne Pathogens. All lifeguards are certified through the American Red Cross Lifeguard course. Lifeguards are on duty any time youth are swimming or in watercraft. All participants are required to wear lifejackets when in watercraft. 

Hunt Hill thoroughly trains our staff in Emergency Action Plans including Fire, Weather, Intruder, Lost Camper, Lost Swimmer, and other related emergencies. All staff members carry a walkie-talkie and first aid kit in order to respond to emergencies quickly. A stock Epi-Pen and AED are onsite in case of emergencies.

The camper to staff ratio never exceeds 10:1, which allows our staff to keep close watch over campers. Often we have two staff and a junior counselor with each cohort. All Day Camp staff are trained to prevent and identify abuse. We follow a three person rule, which states that whenever a camper is in a private space such as a room or building that is not publicly visible there will always be three people. 

Your camper will never be required to swim, but they will be required to go to the waterfront each day with their cohort (except when the weather conditions are unsafe for swimming). Swim time is an important part of the Day Camp schedule. Most campers love swim time and look forward to it everyday.

Our summer staff members are certified lifeguards and there are always a minimum of two lifeguards on duty anytime there are youth in the water. 

If your camper does not know how to swim or is a weak swimmer, we recommend sending them with a lifejacket to help them feel comfortable in the water.  They will be restricted to the shallow end of the waterfront and actively supervised by the shallow end lifeguard. 

If your camper dislikes swimming, we still recommend sending them with a swimsuit and towel. That way they can still choose to get in the water in case they get hot and would like to sit in the water to cool down. They are welcome to bring something with them to the waterfront to entertain themselves such as a book, coloring sheets, etc. They are also welcome to just wade in the water to search for fish and tadpoles.

If your camper is a strong swimmer, they will have the option to complete the deep end test in order to swim in the deeper section of the swim area and jump off the raft. The deep end test includes swimming three lengths of the dock (approximately 25 meters total) followed by treading water for 60 seconds. Their test will be supervised by a lifeguard. If they pass the test, they will be able to swim in the deep end under the supervision of the deep end lifeguard.