Busy trying to find a family summer camp option for this summer but all the options available are just not the right fit? Whatever the reason – location, cost, setting, lack of activities, etc. – we have your solution: a DIY family summer camp!

What better way to spend time together than with your very own original, private summer camp in the beautiful Northwoods? Read on to learn about the basics of creating, executing and enjoying what is sure to be the best summer camp ever! 


Lock-In Your Camp Dates & Location

We’re sure we are stating the obvious here: not much else can move forward without the dates and location established. As you think about where and when the best fit is for your family, consider:

  • Other summer obligations (birthdays, reunions, school ending and resuming, etc.)
  • Work obligations
  • Drive time to destination
  • Distance from major city conveniences
  • Camp amenities
  • Lodging style preferences

This is just a small list of questions to get your planning-wheels turning. There’s sure to be some more specific questions you and your family will have to sort through as you begin to map things out.

We know we’re biased but we think that the perfect location for your family summer camp is the very best cabin rental Wisconsin has to offer – Edenwood Ranch and Preserve. We have everything you need at one location!


Theme & Agenda Planning

The next most important phase of planning involves establishing an exciting summer camp theme and creating an agenda that fits with that theme. For all of you creative folks out there, this is probably the part you get excited about. (And then there’s the rest of us.)

Consider involving the whole group in choosing the theme. You can have everyone come up with a suggestion and then take a vote to select the winner. Some popular ideas include:

  • Hobby-related themes such as Lego Camp, Baseball Camp or Theater Camp
  • Educational themes such as Medieval Camp, Science Camp or Space Camp
  • If you have older kids, consider something movie related such as Avengers or Star Wars

Ultimately, the best theme will incorporate an agenda that is packed with activities your family will love. In fact, some families will be better off creating a loose agenda first to give them an idea of what activities they will have and then choose a theme that fits the overall tone.



As you plan your activities, be sure to incorporate as many as possible of the location’s amenities. Things you can only do at camp have a special allure to them. In fact, that’s a large part of the magic of doing a family vacation Wisconsin-style. Our lush green Northwoods forests, the fresh, clean air, and the shimmering lake are calling your name!

Some of the activities and amenities Edenwood offers include:

  • Fishing
  • Bird watching
  • Canoeing/boating
  • Hiking
  • UTV rentals
  • Ziplining
  • Archery range
  • Stargazing
  • Much, much more!

Check out our activities page to learn more! There’s sure to be something that interests every age and interest in your family camp group. (You might have so much fun you’ll decide to make it an annual event.) 


Family Vacation Wisconsin

When you book our beautiful ranch and preserve for your family summer camp, you’ll have access to 500 acres of privacy to enjoy with your group. No competing for the best cabin or waiting your turn for the hot tub – it’s all yours! And, with 30 total beds available, you can bring more than just your immediate family. You can bring your whole block! Call today to make your reservation.