The life-changing power of a camp experience is undeniable!
Come join Camp Wingra's Family, where our mission is to combine personalized fishing and paddling instruction, environmental education, team building, safety and a lot of FUN! New friends, positive values, personal growth, great adventures, and an appreciation for our Madison lakes are the foundations of the Camp Wingra experience!
Campers from first grade thru high school are welcome, and we pride ourselves on hiring the best counselors and having a low camper-staff ratio. Create a safe and memorable summer for your child; send them to Camp Wingra, Madison’s premier water camp! Registration will begin in January, and our camps fill up quickly, so don’t wait!
ABOUT CAMP WINGRA STAFF
Camp Wingra Director
I grew up on Lake Wingra, jumping off paddle boats and learning to paddle board. I got my first job at Wingra Boats at 14 and then later helped create the first year of Camp Wingra before leaving to join the Peace Corps. In 2015, I moved back to Madison after coordinating REI's Outdoor Programs on the East Coast, because Wingra Boats has always been home. I have two little boys, Justice and Caspian, and during the year we spend most of our days outside exploring and getting dirty.
Camp Wingra Consultant
I am a retired elementary school teacher, and coordinated Camp Wingra for over 7 years. Although I am not in the same role as I have been before, I will still be around the boat houses paddling, planting flowers, as well as working with Summer and the counselors.
Large Mouth Luke
My real name is Luke (often called Large Mouth Luke) and for the eighth year I will be one of the fishing counselors at Camp Wingra. I just finished my 5th year teaching choir/music at East High School and I love teaching everything from singing to fishing. I am incredibly passionate about fostering a love for the outdoors and hope to pass on my love for fishing to your child. Having spent a year interacting and building relationships through zoom, I couldn't be happier to spend my summer outside working with young people. I am so lucky to be able to spend my summer doing this awesome work and hope we can all cherish the simplicity of being outdoors together.
Hey everyone! I am so excited to spend this summer with all of you. This is my first Summer at Camp Wingra and I know it's going to be a great one. I have been kayaking, paddle boarding, and swimming at Lake Wingra since I was a kid and they are some of the best memories from my childhood. When I am not at Camp you can find me kayaking, camping, biking, and my favorite, watching the sunrise/sunset. I am so happy I get to spend this summer making fun memories with you all :)
Hi all, my name is Molly and this will be my first summer working at Camp Wingra! I am currently a sophomore at the University of Rochester where I am studying History. I used to work as a camp counselor in Minnesota so I love camp & I am thrilled to be a part of the Camp Wingra team. In the summer, my favorite things to do are run, hike, paddle board, & waterski. I can’t wait to meet all of the campers and counselors and spend the summer boating, swimming, & exploring with everyone!
Hello Campers! This will be my first summer as a counselor at Camp Wingra, so here is a little bit about myself. I just finished my junior year at UW-Madison studying Psychology and Social Welfare. I work at a little cafe during the school semesters, and this past year I learned some barista skills! When it is warm enough, you can often find me hiking, biking, swimming, boating or relaxing outside listening to an audiobook. (I am a little late to the party, but last summer I listened to all of the Harry Potter books for the first time). I am excited to get to know everyone, and I can't wait to have tons of fun on the lake with you!
Hey Campers! I'm going to be one of your fishing counselors this summer. This is my 3rd summer with Camp Wingra but I used to be a camper myself when I was younger. I'm really looking forward to getting back to camps this summer and seeing all you again after being kept inside for so long. I'm going into my Junior year at Minnesota State University- Mankato, where I'm majoring in Environmental Science. I love spending time outdoors, whether it's skiing in the winter or going out fishing or hiking in the summer. I'm really excited to get out on the water with you all this summer and see all the fish we catch!
“Hi campers and families! I’m Elizabeth, and I’m so excited to meet all of you this summer! I’m a recent graduate of UW Madison with a major in elementary and special education, and I’m so passionate about learning alongside kids of all ages. When I’m not teaching, I’m usually spending time outside running, paddling, or playing my trumpet in the UW marching band! This will be my third summer at Camp Wingra and I’m so ready to spend my summer back on the water with some amazing people."
Hey campers! During the school year, I’m a student at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse studying biology. During the summer, I will be outside doing something active and sporty! Some of my favorite summer activities include basketball, swimming, and football. One fun fact about me is that I speak Norwegian and travel to Norway every other year to visit my extended family. I’m super excited to spend the summer with Camp Wingra and can’t wait to get on the water.
Hey everyone! My name's Matt and I just finished my junior year studying neurobiology at UW-Madison! This summer is gonna be a lot of fun, it's been a bit since I've worked at a summer camp and I'm really excited to spend another summer doing it! Outside of school and work, I love to downhill ski in the winter and mountain bike in the other seasons. I also love canoeing, kayaking, and really anything outdoors! It's gonna be a great summer with all of you!
Hi! I just finished my freshman year at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse studying Exercises Sports Science. I’m very excited for my first year as a camp counselor this summer! I love being outdoors fishing, hiking, boating, and kayaking. I also love to be active and play sports with my friends. I’m so excited to meet everyone and have such a fun summer!
Hello campers and families! My name is Abigail Marty, and I am SO excited to be spending the summer with all of you! I will be attending UW- Madison this year majoring in atmospheric and oceanic sciences after spending my freshman year in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula attending Northern Michigan University. When I’m not in school, I’m busy exploring the world as an avid car camper. My favorite activities are kayaking, fishing, hiking, bat monitoring, sunset chasing, stargazing and astro-photography, and my favorite, dog mushing. I’m an all-weather person. When I’m not out enjoying the sunshine, I’m storm-spotting with other ham radio operators (my call sign is KC9CAT) for the National Weather Service’s volunteer Skywarn organization. Perhaps more than anything else, I’m extremely passionate about the conservation and understanding of our natural world, and I hope to share this with all of you! I’ll see you all very soon!
"My daughter cannot stop talking about Pirate (Ahoy Matey) Camp, and she is begging me to attend another session this summer!"
“I want to thank you for a wonderful summer of amazing camps. Your counselors are creating such lifelong memories for our campers. Wingra Boats has a special place in our heart.”
“I wanted to let you know that our son has had a great time at your after school program. It’s an added bonus that you’re providing important life skills. Great program!”
“I can't thank you enough. My son had a blast every day. We loved all the staff.”
“It was an honor to fish with these fine young gentlemen and I hope to see them on the water in the future!”
Very Best Regards,
Jeff Reinke, Fly Fishing Guest Instructor
“WOW! What an incredibly fun day! You guys are so dynamic and responsive — may our children grow up to be wonderful humans like you! ”
“ I miss camp so much. I don't think I can see myself doing anything else BUT Camp Wingra with my last summer in college. I would love more than anything to come back.” (2017 & 2018 counselor)
“The success of your amazing camps depends on small numbers and fabulous counselors. Please know that we will definitely be back for more Pirate Camp (Ahoy Matey) next summer, and we will be recruiting friends to attend as well!”
“I constantly see the hard work, passion, and love that the counselors pour into the camps. It is wonderful to hear counselors praising campers and see the kids’ enjoyment.”
“ I was thinking on my way home from picking my son up yesterday that I should reach out to YOU to thank you for always hiring the best of the best counselors. "
“ It is always the counselors who my son remembers in January when I ask if he wants to sign up again...and he quickly answers “yes” without hesitation. Thank you for making this a place that all three of my kids want to go to every single summer! Camp Wingra is so special. ”
“We appreciate the emails and pictures from all of the camps. We recognize how much effort this takes for all of the staff and we want you to know this is well worth it. The relationships built with campers keeps them coming back year after year.”
"Thank you so much for such an amazing week! Our daughter absolutely loved Girls Do It All and is already talking about taking it again next year. "
"Thank you so much for a great week of camp! My son had so much fun. Thanks for all of the effort you put into making it a great first week of summer break!"