At Camp Laurelwood, our campers go to 20+ program areas each week.


Instructional and Free Swim

Getting fit is a splash at Camp Laurelwood with instructional and recreational swimming every day!

Camp Laurelwood features two well maintained swimming pools which host two daily swim periods offering ample time for free swim, water games and swim instruction taught by our American Red Cross-certified staff.*

*American Red Cross Lifeguard Training is also offered to our SIT campers each summer.

Instructional Swim

Lake and Boating

Camp Laurelwood’s beach front boating lake offers instruction and free time for kayaking, canoeing, surf-biking and the ever popular paddleboarding!

Our fishing pond located in the center of camp is home to many water species including a family of turtles and is also the site for our nostalgia-filled end of session “Sailing Down the River” program and popular evening luaus.

Paddle board fun!


In the Ga-Ga pits and on the ball fields and playing courts, the sports programs at Camp Laurelwood are all about having fun, meeting challenges and learning as many new skills as possible during the summer. Our athletics staff and sports specialists gear the competition, drills and games to the skill levels and needs of each camper, emphasizing team work and good sportsmanship. Our covered “Chuppah” allows basketball players all-weather access for games and practice to work on ball handling, shooting, offensive moves, defense and rebounding.

Campers choose from dozens of supervised sports and activities, coached by trained professionals to ensure the highest standards of safety. Helmets, safety gear, proper instruction, lifeguards, protective equipment and footwear for all sports are continually monitored. Inter-camp and league play, visiting specialty clinics, and camp-wide competitions such as the unforgettable “Big O” and Maccabiah annual events return each summer.

At Camp Laurelwood, we focus on helping each camper improve their sklills and confidence while enjoying the game. By the end of the season, Laurelwood campers are in better physical condition, feel great about themselves and have a passion for new experiences.

Every day is game day with these popular sports:

  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Martial Arts
  • Ga-ga
  • Floor Hockey
  • Volleyball
  • Frisbee
  • Disc Golf
  • Kickball
  • Ping Pong

Outdoors / Nature

The great outdoors surrounding Camp Laurelwood’s beautiful site in North Madison beckons campers to chart their course in nature with hiking, fishing and outdoor adventure. Led by a trained nature instructor, campers hike our 140 acres, fish on our private Lake Laurelwood, explore on campus wildlife and learn how to appreciate and protect our envirenment.

With the guidance of trained ropes staff, campers reach new peaks with our High and Low Ropes Challenge Course. They fly through the air on the Flying Squirrel, Climbing Jacobs Ladder and the Gorilla Swing.

Campers love zipping through the sky on the zipline, swinging on the Holy Cow, balancing on the Ships Crossing, and dangling on the Dangling Duo.

The low ropes work on team activities and bonding through the Nitro Swing, Spider Web, Ships Wheel and new this summer, the teetering Whale Watch, the always challenging Mohawk Walk along with other group experiences.

  • Zip Lines
  • Ropes Course (High and Low)
  • Archery
  • Slingshot Range
  • Nature Trails
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Bonfires / S'mores
Beautiful Nature Hike!

Creative Arts

Create your own space with arts & crafts, dance, drama & music, aerobics, digital video/photography and field trips. Campers create pottery, ceramics, jewelry, soap, candles, mosaics, and other craft projects to bring home and treasure.

Through music and dance, campers learn new songs, routines and dance skills. Our aerobics program combines the music kids love with fitness, exercise and fun.

All campers are stars in Camp Laurelwood’s drama program, as part of their weekly activities or special games, improvisational performances, and the annual camp play. Our newly renovated air-conditioned digital lab is a popular camp destination.

Campers can practice their journalism skills working on the camp newspaper, learn digital photography and web production skills and produce videos each week.

  • Dance
  • Music
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Tie Dye
  • Woodworking
  • Theater
  • Digital Media
  • Digital Photography and Videography
  • Robotics
  • Cooking
Building Robots!