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Archives for May 2014

Adventure Camp: 7 Days of Fun | At risk youth summer camp

Every summer, we offer a week-long at risk youth summer camp program called Adventure Camp. During Adventure Camp, campers  experience the great outdoors while learning valuable life lessons along the way. They also have a lot of fun participating in the various activities that Adventure Camp offers.

Our Adventure Camp program is designed as a preventative measure for at risk youth. Our at risk youth summer camp helps young men turn their lives around, and takes place in two different locations. First, campers get to enjoy a traditional camping experience at Camp Forest Springs for the first three days of the trip. The last four days are spent at the Flambeau River State park. The entire trip offers the participants a very different experience. Campers can participate in exhilarating activities like canoeing, swimming, fishing, rock climbing, and archery. Skill-building activities teach campers respect, team work, and ways to build their self-confidence. Credit-deficient students can also earn a high school credit by completing the camp.

Life-Changing Summer Camp

Many of the at risk youth who participate in our Adventure Camp program return home changed. They absorb the lessons they learn while they spend time enjoying themselves and getting to know Mother Nature. Some campers decide that they want to come back to Adventure Camp the following year. One of our past campers said to his mother when she picked him up from camp, “I’m coming back next year.” Another camper had so much fun at Adventure Camp that when his mother picked him at the end of the trip, he was so exhausted that he fell asleep during the car ride home and again when he was eating dinner. Most of our campers who attend this summer camp for at risk youth cannot wait to come home and share their exciting stories with friends and family members. They love the trip, the experiences they gain, and the knowledge they receive.

What Parents Notice

A lot of parents have seen how much fun their children have attending our Adventure Camp program, but the most important part is the changes they see in their children’s attitude and behavior. One mother shared with us that she could not believe the changes in her son. She said that “he came home with a better idea of how to respect others.” She believes that the Adventure Camp program is a completely positive experience and is excited to let her son have another opportunity at camp to better himself and help other campers.

The Adventure Camp program is an important part of Rawhide’s curriculum. It is obvious that it makes a positive impact on campers, and they enjoy the experiences they gain during the trip. This summer camp allows at risk youth the chance to be young boys but helps them learn how to make positive changes to their lives.  What more could you want from an at risk youth summer camp program for your son, nephew, or grandson?

Register Now for 2017

Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles — you still have time to register your son, grandson, or nephew for this year’s summer adventure camp.

Register today — space is limited.


Summer Camp High School Credit Earned

Rawhide offers troubled youth a fun, seven-day wilderness summer camp called Adventure Camp. This camping program is not a boot camp; it is designed to be fun while teaching respect for self and others. Young men who are credit-deficient at school may earn summer camp high school credits here. Other guys emerge with a new perspective on life.

Goals of Adventure Camp

The Adventure Camp program has been part of Rawhide’s curriculum since 2009. Lyle, the camp administrator at Rawhide has led the camp since that time. He explains that Adventure Camp is meant to help at risk youth build interpersonal skills like self-confidence, responsibility and respect for one another. Its main focus is building these specific skills, so that students are able to apply them to their daily lives.

During Adventure Camp, campers enjoy the great Wisconsin outdoors while experiencing various activities like:

  • canoeing
  • swimming
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • rock climbing

They also experience personal growth in areas like:

  • character building
  • team building
  • self-control
  • respect for self and others

Four out of the seven days of summer camp are filled with camping and canoeing in the Flambeau River State Forest. The remaining three days are spent at Camp Forest Springs preparing for the trip to Flambeau River State park. During this half of the trip, campers experience more traditional summer camping activities.

Criteria for Earning High School Credit

Campers are also able to earn high school credit through Adventure Camp as an extra incentive. Lyle explains that in order for students to earn the high school credit, they have to successfully complete the camp activities, along with a written experimental journal that is part of the curriculum. The curriculum focuses on respect, responsibility and self-control.

What to Bring, What to Leave at Home

Some of the things that students need to bring with them during the trip are a few changes of clothing, a sleeping bag, and a flashlight if desired. Everything else is provided by Rawhide’s Adventure Camp staff. Students are not allowed to bring electronic devices, like cell phones, video games, iPods or tablets. The reason for this, Lyle explains, is to eliminate distractions so students can have a better experience on the camping trip.

Who Can Attend?

Adventure Camp is available to the public, so any young man, between 13 -17 years of age, who is interested in attending can sign up. Cost for the week-long camp is $450 per camper. Often times, we see grandparents enrolling their grandsons for this camp.

Results Over the Years

Throughout the years, Adventure Camp has been beneficial to our students. Many students who have previously attended the summer camp arrived home with a new and improved attitude. Parents have also been extremely surprised and thankful for how our Adventure Camp changes their son’s behavior and attitude. Adventure Camp is a great experience for our students, and they are excited for the opportunity.

Register today — space is limited.

Auto Shop Elective Builds Skills and Memories

A popular auto shop elective at Starr Academy is our “Beat the Heat” class. Students learn how to preform basic inspections on cars, test and replace batteries, check and change fluids, adjust valves, trouble shoot problems, plus safety DOs and DON’Ts. This class gives many guys their first opportunity to work on vehicles, and they love it.

How Beat the Heat Started

Beat the Heat began in 1998 when Marion High School donated a stock 1974 Chevy Nova to Rawhide. Students work on the ‘74 Nova which has since been turned into a race car. Throughout the years, students have repaired and improved the ‘74 Nova and have increased its speed to its best of 10.65 seconds at 127 mph in 2007.

Current Cars

Students are currently working on two donated cars—a 1980 Ford Fremont and a 1962 Chevy Bel Air. The 1980 Fremont was a salvage car and is turning into a potential race car. This car is a “sleeper,” because while it looks like a beater, it can really fly since the students installed a 302 5.0 Mustang engine in it. Mr. Scott the auto-shop teacher hopes in the future to be able to race the car at the WIR track (Wisconsin International Raceway) along with the ‘74 Nova. Students are also working on the 1962 Bel Air. The students are rebuilding the engine to be able to take it to car shows this summer.

Benefits to Rawhide Guys

Our auto shop elective, Beat the Heat, gives students at Rawhide an opportunity to learn basic car skills that will benefit them in the future. The program promotes mechanics and motor sports as an alternative to drugs and alcohol.

“Being able to work with my hands, and seeing the things I can build or fix is a great feeling,” stated a student in the auto shop elective class. The guys like working in the auto shop because they like hearing the engine come to life and knowing that they were the ones who fixed it.

Thanks to Our Donors

We would like to thank all past donors who have helped our Beat the Heat team. We are currently seeking donors to help with improving the performance and handling of the Nova. Because of the estimated 700 HP, it is hard for the race car to gain traction. Our Beat the Heat team is looking for additional sponsorship in order to improve the car’s rear suspension and 9” wheels.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this auto shop elective or donating a “program project car” please contact us at 1-800-729-4433.