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 (www.phantomlakeymca.org) 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...
Phantom Lake YMCA Camp is 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.Read More
Why Choose Phantom Lake? Phantom Lake YMCA Camp has been providing the quintessential American summer camp experience to thousands of campers since 1896. Located on the shores of Phantom Lake, our ideal location, amazing staff, and enduring traditions have kept campers coming back year after year. We also have a long tradition of accepting international campers and staff. Campers from more then 20 countries have taken part in our programs. At Phantom Lake, international campers have the chance to experience an important part of American culture. Summer camps have been a popular American tradition since the middle of the 19th century. Every summer 11 million children and adults in the U.S. take part in this tradition. Phantom Lake is the oldest summer camp in Wisconsin and the second oldest YMCA camp in North America. We have survived this long by providing the best camp experience around. Here at Phantom Lake, safety is also very important to us. We are accredited by the ACA (American Camping Association). The ACA regularly inspects us to make sure we are meeting safety and quality standards....Read More
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!
For more than a century we’ve weathered many storms. Some of these storms put camp within a whisper of extinction. As we look to the future, we learn from our past. We are all stewards of Phantom’s future.