Quirky Teens Summer Travel

Monday, July 10 – Wednesday, August 2

Beyond Akeela is held at Camp Akeela Wisconsin located on the campus of Lawrence University. Through a variety of fun and engaging activities, campers forge lasting friendships with one another while working toward their individual goals. Beyond Akeela infuses opportunities to practice life skills in a college setting into a traditional summer camp program for teens. In addition to time at camp, teens have the chance to travel as part of our Adventure Trip and Big Trip. See below for a taste of what the experience will be like!

A Sample Week with Beyond Akeela

Wake Up & Morning Prep
(8:00am-9:30am)
Campers are responsible for getting themselves to the campus dining hall on time for a group breakfast and morning meeting. After breakfast, they head back to the dorm to prep for their day of camp.
AM Activity
(9:30am-12:00pm)
See sample weekly calendar below
Lunch
(12:00pm-1:00pm)
Pending the day, lunches are a mix of pre-packed lunches to eat out of camp picnic-style, lunches in the Lawrence University dining hall, and an occasional lunch out at a local restaurant.
PM Activity
(1:00pm-4:30pm)
See sample weekly calendar below
Downtime
(4:30pm-6:00pm)
Beyond Akeela ensures our teens have enough downtime to get the rest they need. More active options are also available each day, as campers can use the Lawrence University exercise facility and other activity areas at Lawrence during this time.
Dinner
(6:00pm-7:00pm)
Roughly half the nights a few campers prepare dinner for the whole group. They plan a menu, head to the grocery store, and prep the meal as a team with as needed support from the staff. Dinner on other nights are out at restaurants or at the campus dining hall.
Evening Meeting
(7:00pm-7:30pm)
Review the day, preview tomorrow, and recognize our successes. A staple of the Akeela community!
Evening Activity
(7:30pm-9:30pm)
Evening activities range from nights out for bowling or a minor league baseball game, to engaging activities related to job searching and money management lead by Beyond Akeela staff.

Click the images below for activity details!


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Beyond Akeela Trips

Quirky Teens Summer Travel

Adventure Trip (3 Days) – The group travels to a beautiful campground in one of the many scenic areas surrounding the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin for a few nights under the stars (and tents!). Short hikes with rewarding views, rafting trips and other choice outdoor activities fill the days. Of course, no camping trip is complete without chances for s’mores and sharing stories around the campfire!

The Big Trip (8 Days) – The culminating trip of Beyond Akeela! A week of travel to exciting must see attractions in Chicago and beautiful natural wonders around a popular vacation area in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Dells. From planning meals to daily agendas, the camper’s hands are all over this trip. The Big Trip provides new settings for campers to continue practicing a wide range of independent living skills, all while enjoying a once in a lifetime trip with their best friends from camp! Accommodations at a popular water park resort in the Wisconsin Dells and private dorm-style rooms at HI Chicago, right in downtown Chicago.

Click on each trip below to see what a sample day looks like!

Adventure
Big Trip
Wake Up & Morning Prep
(8:00am-9:30am)
Wake up with the sun at the campground for a pancake breakfast, cooked by campers with some staff support. Campers head back to their tents to get ready for hike day! A few campers pack up a hiker’s lunch for the top of the mountain.
AM Activity
(9:30am-12:00pm)
Hike day! The group heads to the trailhead and begins their journey up the mountain. Mindfulness exercises on the way up help the group appreciate the nature around them.
Lunch
(12:00pm-1:00pm)
Campers and staff set lunch up at the top of the mountain for a relaxing meal together.
PM Activity
(1:00pm-4:30pm)
Water park: After a good hike, campers head to a nearby lake for a relaxing afternoon on the water!
Downtime
(4:30pm-6:00pm)
Campers and staff head back to the campsite to relax before dinner.
Dinner
(6:00pm-7:00pm)
Cookout over the fire pit! Burgers and dogs along with some grilled vegetables for dinner tonight.
Evening Meeting
(7:00pm-7:30pm)
Review the day, preview tomorrow, and recognize our successes. A staple of the Akeela community! Tonight we do it around a campfire!
Evening Activity
(7:30pm-9:30pm)
Campfire! The group spends the night around the fire pit sharing stories and of course, s’mores!

Activities include:

    • Adventure: hiking, white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding
    • Play: campfires, waterfall tours
Wake Up & Morning Prep
(8:00am-9:30am)
Campers and staff meet for a buffet breakfast at HI Chicago along with a preview of the day’s outings. Back the dorm rooms to get ready for a day of exploration in Chicago! A few campers meet to discuss some last minute logistics of the activities they planned for the day.
AM Activity
(9:30am-12:00pm)
The group splits in two groups, as campers choose between the Lincoln Park Zoo and Shedd Aquarium. Both groups head out to the metro station and ride the Chicago metro to their respective locations.
Lunch
(12:00pm-1:00pm)
Campers and staff meet back up at a local Chicago hot spot for a quick lunch together.
PM Activity
(1:00pm-4:30pm)
Tour of Chicago: A guided tour of the city to get up close to it’s must see attractions.
Downtime
(4:30pm-6:00pm)
Campers can choose between lounging at HI Chicago for some rest and relaxation or continue exploring in nearby Millennium Park.
Dinner
(6:00pm-7:00pm)
A night out on the town! Dinner out at a delicious Chicago restaurant gives the campers and fun break from cooking, and tasty meal to enjoy as a family.
Evening Meeting
(7:00pm-7:30pm)
Review the day, preview tomorrow, and recognize our successes. A staple of the Akeela community!
Evening Activity
(7:30pm-9:30pm)
A night at Millenium Park. Enjoy some live entertainment in the cities most popular public park!

Activities include:

      • Chicago: Museum visits, Lincoln Park Zoo, Shedd Aquarium, Millennium Park, walking/bus tours
      • Wisconsin Dells: Canyon hike, Madison day trip, water park fun