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Day Camp

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Entering grades K-5

Spend summer days exploring Wolf Ridge’s woods, streams, wetlands, lakes, and more. Hands-on activities, crafts, and games offer opportunities for learning and adventures. Great camp experiences without the overnight commitment. Hot lunch and snacks provided.



We believe in nurturing the curiosity, growth, and independent spirit of each camper every year that they attend. Here is what each age group will be doing at Day Camp this year…


Hummingbirds (entering Kindergarten – 1st grade)

Get ready to discover the delightful mysteries of nature.  Who lives where?  What eats what?  What’s hidden high and low?  Join us as we learn about the woods, fields, and streams with adventures, stories, and games.  Learn how to explore the secrets of nature in your own backyard.

Rangers (entering grades 2-3)

There is nothing more fun than scooping into a lake and finding tadpoles, crayfish, and baby dragonflies! During this ‘watery’ week of camp, participants will explore different freshwater habitats including wetlands, Wolf and Raven Lakes and Sawmill Creek to learn all about water and the creatures that live in it.

Sprouts (entering grades 2-3)

Connect to the wonder and beauty of nature through food, nutrition, and farming. Every day will be a new adventure as campers discover how to grow healthy organic food by investigating the soil, the seeds we plant, and the insects that call the farm home.

Pioneers (entering grades 4-5)

Become modern-day explorers discovering the past through fun and adventure while making new and “old” friends along the way. We will be stepping back in time to experience life 200 years ago.  Try your hand at outdoor cooking, basket weaving, archery, fishing, using a cross-cut saw, and paddling a voyageur canoe!

drop off time and location

While campers will be exploring all of Wolf Ridge, check-in will take place in the Summit Lodge (East Dorm) at 9 AM and pick-up is from 3:45 – 4:15 PM.

meals and snacks

Our Food

No matter what the meal is, campers will satisfy their appetites in the Fireplace Dining Room. Food Service Director Chris O’Brien and his staff go above and beyond to produce a choice driven, healthy, hearty meal while creating a sense of community here at Wolf Ridge. Most of our produce is from the Wolf Ridge Organic Farm while meats and other products are sourced as locally as possible.  From-scratch vegan, vegetarian, and meat options are offered at each and every meal. Healthy snack options are available every afternoon.

Special Diets

Our kitchen staff regularly works with participants to meet allergy and dietary concerns. Daily vegan dishes are inherently free of any animal product, including dairy, and are most often gluten-free as well. Individuals with common food allergy and sensitivities, including to dairy or peanuts, will find good, healthy food at each meal that addresses their needs. Our Dining Hall is nut-free. Please note dietary requests, concerns, and preferences when completing camp registration materials.

“It’s about quality. It’s about passion. It’s about good food done well.” – Chris O’Brien

Learn more about our dining hall.


June 29 – July 3, 2020

Costs and Financial Assistance


We accept credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express).
The balance of your camp fee is due by June 1st.

Sibling Discount

Available for multiple campers from the same household (must all be residents of the same household address). Call 218-353-7414 Monday-Friday between 8 and 4:30 for details.

Local Discount

Available for campers whose permanent residence is Lake or Cook County in Minnesota.  To apply for this discount, please call the office at 218-353-7414 Monday-Friday between 8 and 4:30 pm.

Resources: Get Ready for Camp!

Already signed up?

Packing lists and more can be found in Resources “For Summer Campers.”


2020 Youth Camps and Trips have been canceled

Due to health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, Wolf Ridge will not be having any summer camps or wilderness trips in summer 2020. Our priority during this time is the safety and well being of our participants, staff, and the broader community. We’ve canceled the summer camp and trip programs and offered full refunds to people already registered. Stay tuned for summer camp and trip options in the future! If you have questions about camp, please contact Luciana Ranelli, Youth and Family Programs Director, at luciana.ranelli@wolf-ridge.org.

Wishing you all the best. We hope to see you in Summer 2021!