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Activities

Check out our activity options!

Pine Lake Camp has a great variety of activities to participate in. Check out our activity options by clicking the links below to guide you down the page:

Low Ropes Course

The Low Ropes Course is a series of activities designed for group development. Facilitated by our trained staff, these experiences can help to build your group into a community, helping them to reflect on issues of leadership/fellowship, service, communication, grace, problem-solving, trust/fear, etc. All participants participate at the level of their own ability and challenge. The course involves warm-up and group building field games, "low ropes" events using installed elements with cables, ropes, and lumber from one to five feet above the ground, and low ropes initiative events using similar elements, incorporating problem-solving challenges. The course, which consists of trees, cables, ropes, and wooden planks, is a tool that impels its participants into challenging, risk provoking and occasionally stressful situations. Thus groups will begin to look and identify specific dynamics of individual or group behavior.

The program is open to people ages 10 and up, for non-profit groups as well as professional groups. Groups should allow a minimum of three hours to work on the RCC as trained facilitators guide your group through an array of activities. Times must be reserved in advance of your visit. A minimum of 8, and maximum of 15 per group or station. Multiple groups may participate simultaneously. Registration and health forms required. 

Nature Program

The Kuntz Environmental Education Center is open and free for use by camp guests during camp office hours. It includes a wet lab area with live resident animals, audio visual area, library, and observation room with hands-on exhibits. There is also a rehabilitated prairie area/butterfly garden adjacent to the center. Naturalist programs can be arranged by appointment. Programs can include hikes, crafts, environmental games, pond study, orienteering, tree identification, animal programs, and more. Our staff will design a program to suit your group's needs, from one hour to a full day to overnight events. Suitable for any ages; church groups, scouts, and school groups welcome.

Waterfront

Pine Lake's main beach is available to our overnight guests all year round. In summer, sand toys, sailboats, paddleboats, canoes and rowboats are available free for guest use. In Fall and Spring, canoes and rowboats remain on our shore for fair weather use. Fishing is permitted; bring your own gear, bait, and license. In winter, ice skates are available to borrow from Amphlett Hall. Ice fishing is permitted away from designated skating area.

Trails

There are three well marked trails that show different features of our 400-acre property, suitable for hiking and seasonal cross-country skiing. In winter, skis are available in Amphlett Hall. Sledding hills next to and behind the Rader Retreat Center are also a favorite of guests. Guests will need to bring their own sleds, tubes or saucers for this activity.

Recreational Areas and Equipment

Near Amphlett Dining Hall and the main beach is a variety of activities for all ages. A playground, sand volleyball court, basketball court and a horseshoe pit are all within viewing distance of the beach. A field area by Oakwood field has small soccer goals, a GaGa ball pit and a mud pit for group activities. Pine Lake owns a multitude of sports equipment including portable soccer nets, frisbees, baseball bats and balls, bases, game cones, volleyballs, basketballs, an indoor bowling set, two parachutes, rubber bouncy balls, hula hoops, and more. Just ask and we will be happy to loan any equipment free of charge.

Vesper Site

The outdoor chapel is a simple, sloping amphitheater-style site with a cross overlooking Pine Lake. It has a campfire pit and rustic benches seating up to about 100 people. It is suitable for outdoor worship services, classes, and other group events.

Treehouse Cabins

Two "treehouse" cabins up on stilts can house your rustic outdoor adventure. Newer outhouses, space for a dining canopy, a fire ring, and a small picnic shelter complete your rustic home environment. Chop wood, carry water! A very popular part of our summer camp programs!

Media Players and Songbooks

Pine Lake Camp has:

  • TV/VCR/DVD players (reservations requested)
  • Projectors (reservation requested)
  • small selection of videos
  • Variety of songbooks including hymals, campfire songsbooks

The camp retains CCLI and CVLI licenses to cover use of videos, DVDs, and music at our site. Songbooks are stored in game closet in Amphlett Hall.

Nearby Attractions

None of these local businesses solicit our endorsement. This is just a brief list of area activities our guests have enjoyed while staying at Pine Lake Camp. Our office can provide contact information upon request.  

  • Horseback riding at King Farm or at Sky Lodge Camp (Request special rates available to Pine Lake guest groups)
  • Golf at Thal Acres
  • Pioneer mini-golf (Memorial Day to Labor Day only)
  • Wisconsin Dells
  • Roche-A-Cri tower and petroglyphs
  • Road biking through scenic countryside