Camp Museum

As we all know, camp has been around for a while and has a fascinating and longstanding history. As part of the new Carman Welcome Center, PLYC is happy to announce plans to create a camp museum! The museum would allow visitors, parents, and campers to learn more about our rich history as the oldest YMCA camp in not only Wisconsin but the US. Stories and artifacts about camp’s history, from the start of Raggers to the creation of day camp, will be catalogued and labeled for new members of the camp family to explore. If you have an item that you believe tells an important story about your time at PLYC as a camper, SDP, or staff member, please EMAIL A PICTURE and description to! Not every item will be used, and those used can be returned after a specified period. Even if you don’t think you have anything special, dig around! You never know what fascinating historical find could be hiding in your attic! In Phantom Spirit, Sydney “Squid” O’Hare PLYC Staff~Carman Center Museum...

Phantom Lake YMCA Camp Launches New Brand & Website

MUKWONAGO, Wis. — March 21, 2014 — Competition for hearts, minds, finite family time and resources among U.S. residential summer camps is intense. Today’s launch of a new brand and website ( is the first step in clearly differentiating itself as a place where families, volunteers and donors will invest time, effort and treasure. “As a volunteer-led organization, we depend on our board of directors, alumni and families to perpetuate camp for future generations of children,” CEO Jeff Spang says. “Most would agree camp is a special place, but putting 118 years of history into a compelling story now gives us a brand narrative we can take to the world.” Spang says the new brand focuses on Phantom Lake YMCA Camp being a nurturing environment unknown to most children. Where campers help each other, build each other up, include one another. Where the chaos of overly structured, daily life washes away. Where children find themselves in a place they don’t have to be anything else. “Our summer camp offers options for every family’s comfort level. And, we guarantee the experience will change your child’s life,” Spang adds. “Our new tagline ‘Where kids are free to just be’ truly captures the essence of what makes camp a special place.” According to Dr. Karin Mulrooney, mother of two campers ages 10 and 13, most families discover Phantom Lake YMCA Camp by talking with other moms, dads and kids who share similar wants, needs and concerns. What they find is an environment built on safety, respect and just the right mix of structure and free time. “Every summer camp experience depends most on those entrusted with your child’s well-being,” Assistant Camp Director Zeno Szabo says. “Our counselors are trained to build family-like structures to take care of each other. Frankly, it’s why 90 percent of our counselors return year after year. And, it’s why competition is stiff for our counselor positions every year. Our counselors want younger kids to experience camp just like they did.” “We view Phantom Lake YMCA Camp as the most accepting place a child can experience, other than being at home with family,” Spang says. “Where summer becomes a foundation for life—where values...

85 Days Until Camp!!

We are excited to introduce our new camp database! Starting this summer, we have partnered with CampMinder to streamline our entire camp database. You are now able to register, make payments easily, deposit money into store accounts and access all the necessary forms. Go to the Camp Registration Page to Register for Camp!