Established in 2006, our adventure retreat camp offers teens a north woods "getaway" where fishing, hiking, canoeing, archery, and numerous other activities happen throughout the year.
The Bear Claw Lodge acts as a base camp from which we enjoy Wisconsin's wild north woods. Adult and teen volunteers constructed the lodge and trail system. Our camp is used during all four Wisconsin seasons, and thanks to the power of the sun and the use of solar energy we have ample electricity to power fans, AC, lights, a microwave, tools, and all our needs. Two wood stoves provide comfortable heat and ambiance all winter long.
For those rainy days when outdoor adventures are paused, we have indoor activities including pool, darts, chess, other board games...and there's always a project to complete.
Each day at camp there is a scheduled two-hour project for teens to help complete that may include light construction, cutting-splitting & hauling firewood, or general maintenance of trails and outbuildings.
Groups of teens and adult mentors do not exceed 8 people. Our groups are small and organized for relationship-building and safe adventures.
A signed waiver from a legal guardian is required for all who attend any of our outdoor retreats.
Bear Claw Lodge is wildly overgrown on the first Summer trip, but inside is all is well and comfortable.
Teens often find the fire and wooded trails provide enough adventure. Building programs are frequent but easily accomplished. The brunt of all major construction is completed.
Black bear, bald eagle, turkey, coyote, grouse, and deer sightings are common. We are always cautious and courteous to our wilderness neighbors.
All seasons are enjoyed here and each provides unique discoveries.
We are crossing the swamp the hard way...this pallet bridgeway allows access to parts of the camp previously limited by the terrain.
The fauna during Summer is wild and beautiful.
Only a mile away is a delightful creek holding fish, crawdads, wildlife, and the frequent canoe and kayak trip.