Camp Bovey FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions and Contact Information


Who can attend camp?  Where do campers stay?

Our programs are for campers 8-14. Boys and girls attend at the same time and are housed in separate cabins in different parts of camp. 15-18 year olds may be eligible for our CIT/ Jr. Staff program.


How much does camp cost?

Camp gives kids a world of good, and because of our generous donors, we proudly offer all sessions at a reduced rate.  Each camper’s fee is calculated individually using:

  • Your family's income
  • The total number of people in your household
  • If you're attending a five-day or 12-day session


For more information, please contact the Camp Bovey office at (612) 787-4030 or



What does the camp cost include?

Your camper’s fee covers housing, all meals and snacks, programming, and transportation to and from camp. 



How is the food at camp?

Our food at camp is delicious and nutritious too! All meals are prepared by our kitchen staff and served family-style in the dining hall where each table is staffed with one-two staff members. Along with lots of food variety, we offer snacks throughout the day, and are well-prepared to accommodate a variety of food needs such as allergies. 


Camp Bovey serves nutritious meals to children without an additional charge to you.  This is possible because federal reimbursement is received for meals served in accordance with regulations governing the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).  To document eligibility for these funds, statements of household size and income must be obtained from parents or guardians.  This information is kept confidential.



Who are the staff?

Our staff are caring adults who interview with both the Camp Director and Youth Program Director. All must be at least 18 years old and successfully pass a criminal background check in order to work with our campers.  Many are college students who have grown up at Camp Bovey and are now entering a career such as teaching or outdoor recreation.  Our pre-camp training covers everything from behavior management and effectively running program to outdoor cooking and learning camp songs!  Additionally, all staff are CPR and First Aid-certified and many are certified lifeguards. 



What if my child requires medical attention or needs to take medications on a regular basis?

Camp Bovey has a health center and a nurse who handles day-to-day services and needs. Our medical director reviews our treatment procedures annually, and we make arrangements with the local emergency services before summer begins to ensure swift medical attention if needed.



How do I know my camper is safe?

At Camp Bovey we ensure the highest quality and safety standards for your child. Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) and is inspected every year by the Wisconsin Department of Health, the local fire department and every 3 years by the USDA. We must pass and maintain their guidelines in order to be licensed. Camp Bovey goes through a careful review of items such as hiring policies, emergency procedures, staff training, program plans, and site and food safety. In addition, all camp staff go through a week-long training that includes CPR and first aid certifications. Many staff are also certified life guards.


How can I stay in contact with my camper?

It’s so simple!  Not only do our campers love to receive letters in the mail, but we also accept camper mail at the bus stop on Monday - so you can save on postage! Emails can be sent to your children and will be printed and given to them with regular mail. You can send emails to


What activities can my camper participate in?

There is something for everyone at Camp Bovey. Each day, campers have opportunities for swimming, sports, art and nature education, boating, fishing, archery, singing, environmental education, performing arts, visual arts, team building, hiking, large group games, and making new friends. Swimming lessons are provided for those beginning swimmers by a Water Safety Instructor (WSI).


What is the Counselor-in-Training/ Jr. Staff program? 

Our Counselor-in-Training (CIT)/ Jr. Staff program is a leadership program that teaches teens (15-18) not only how to be a leader, but also a strong, yet compassionate role model at camp.  These skills are completely transferable to life outside camp, too!  Participants begin the process even before heading to camp by meeting with the Camp Director throughout the year. To learn more about becoming a CIT/Junior Staff click here. To become a CIT/Junior Staff follow the Camper Registration Application process.


Where and when will I receive more information once my camper is registered?

Once your registration form and $75 deposit is received, you’ll receive either an email link or hard copy of items such as a packing list, health history forms, and bus information.

Have more questions or want to speak directly with our Camp Director, Kathy Kubik Kolosky?  

Contact her directly at (612) 787-4030.



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