• Friends and fun!

    Trying new things and making new friends is what camp's all about.

  • Reconnect with nature

    Your boy will plug into the fresh air and water of the Northwoods.

  • Our boys are in the perfect spot

    We are seven hours north of Chicago and located on 33 acres surrounded by state forest land.

  • careful instruction

    Our counselors are trained in safety and fun. They know how to give your boy the encouragement and guidance he needs.

  • Jump into fun

    In a safe environment, young men and boys have the opportunity to try new things every day.

  • Full steam ahead

    Teamwork, friendship and cooperation is what it's all about.

  • Classic Fun

    For more than 112 years, we've had the honor of watching boys grow, learn and persevere.

  • Trip of a Lifetime

    The Highlands tripping program will change your son's life. Self-confidence, independence, courage – guaranteed.

DATES 2018

  • First term (3 weeks)
    June 24 – July 14
  • second term (4 weeks)
    July 15 – August 11
  • FULL TERM (7 WEEKS)
    June 24 – August 11
  • Family Camp
    August 11 – August 18

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  • 9-18-17

    A note from Tim Bachmann: Did you know the Monilaw family hosted a scaled down version of Friends and Family in the 1930s and 40s? It was not promoted; it was just their friends and family, mainly from the Hyde Park and University of Chicago neighborhoods. This summer of 2017 >read more

  • 7-13-17

    I was recently talking with a father of one of our campers. He shared how his son was receiving a LOT of pressure to attend the summer clinics of his chosen sport. The coaches were holding out starting position offers like bait, and head-shaking shame if this boy chose a >read more

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