Now Milwaukeeans Can Attend an Adult Winter Camp, Too!

Relive your childhood and connect with nature at Camp Halcyon this January.

Drew Griswold really wants people to have the same special experience he’s had as a camper and if he can get just one more person to fall in love with Central Wisconsin, then he’s succeeded in his mind. With his dad, he runs two, four-day adult camps (summer and winter sessions) under the name Camp Halcyon at the Camp Lakotah campground in Wautoma, Wisconsin.

Camp Halcyon. Courtesy of JMKE Photography.

Both Drew and his dad were actually campers and counselors at Camp Lakotah, so they are especially qualified to ensure guests make some special memories. They are now accepting applications for their second session of winter camp January 11-14, 2018.

The application process ensures that there is a good mix of people to create real experiences and good campfire conversations. There are about 55 spots available for the winter camp and Griswold typically sees a mix of couples, singles and friend groups ages 21-75. There are different amenities in the group cabins – but they all do have heat.

The four-day, flat rate to attend the 2018 winter camp is $399 and includes food and drink, lodging, activities, nightly s’mores and plenty more. On Friday, guests will be transported off camp for the day to the nearby Nordic Mountain for skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Other activities like arts and crafts, ice skating, sledding and ice fishing will all be complemented with winter-focused cocktails like hot toddies and a seasonal menu.

Griswold was born and raised in Milwaukee, so he’s brought some of Greater Milwaukee’s best businesses like Explorium Brew Pub, Boone & Crockett, Nobelman Barber shop and Bass Bay Brew House to enhance the experience.

Ice hockey at Camp Halcyon. Courtesy of JMKE Photography.

Camp Halcyon started in 2016 with a summer session. They hope to expand to four sessions during summer, fall and winter next year.

Spots fill up fast! Apply here.



Jenna Kashou is a writer, storyteller and journalist specializing in lifestyle and culture feature writing for print and web. She is a frequent contributor to Milwaukee Magazine, MKE Lifestyle Magazine, The Business Journal and more. She was chosen as the fifth writer in residence at the historic Pfister Hotel where she wrote about and photographed guests and events. A Milwaukee native, Kashou has lived abroad and visited far-flung locales like Greece, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, and Argentina. She has always had an enormous sense of pride for her hometown and spreads this Milwaukee love everywhere she goes.