Old House, New Standard

Wanakee has long been the beneficiary of donated time and talent, and we continue to need gifts of skill and passion. Cabins, landscaping, trails, picnic tables, docks, and more need you! I hope you’ll attend one (or both) of our work days on May 6 and June 3 to help prepare ourRead more

Day Camp Planned for 2017

We are planning to bring back our day camp programming during the 2017 summer season. I hope you'll join us! We are excited to support and engage our local community in this way, and to provide unique programming at our beautiful site once again.

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Impact: Campers


girl smiling in Wanakee field with 9-square in background
Haley Skov

Back in October, the Wanakee Board of Directors spent a weekend visioning and problem solving, including a few hours of discussion of Wanakee’s impact on different portions of our community. In the months ahead, I’d like to share a bit about those conversations, and with your help, take the conversationRead more

Celebrating 2016

When I transitioned from camper and volunteer to Executive Director in February, I could not have anticipated a more remarkable first season. We served 7% more campers in 2016 than in 2015. Our 35+ year-old oven broke halfway through the summer, and members of the greater Wanakee community stepped upRead more

The best job you'll ever have


2016 staff in green tee shirts in front of Wanakee farmhouse
Wanakee Staff

I spent every summer from ages 18 to 24 working at summer camps. Those long weeks hold some of my favorite memories; a matchless sense of shared purpose and camaraderie, powerful friendships, heartfelt belly laughs, and personal growth. Those were summers full of extraordinary challenges and even greater successes.

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Volunteers needed


Wanakee Staff

Volunteers are an essential piece of Wanakee’s identity, history, and operations. What makes them mission-critical?

  1. They bring fresh ideas and energy in support of the camper experience and to the benefit of institutional growth and improvement
  2. They bring professional skillsets critical to our missional and business goals (we need pastors,
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A wish list for Wanakee


Adult and child walking hand in hand in front of Rec Hall
Wanakee Staff

In my last note, I hoped to convey the “urgency of now.” For Wanakee, the next 5 years are full of big challenges and big opportunities. I am confident that today’s volunteer base is poised to rise to this challenge by initiating and shepherding a period of growth in theRead more