Wisconsin Badger Camp is located on 680 acres of rolling land overlooking the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers ten miles south of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Badger Camp is located one hour south of La Crosse, one hour north of Platteville, and two hours west of Madison.

Wisconsin Badger Camp's staff are as important to the campers as the activities or the natural surroundings. Staff members are carefully selected for their understanding, patience, experience and personal commitment to the campers as individuals. Over 70 paid staff, including nurses, dietitians, activity directors and counselors are hired each summer. Staff attend a week long training prior to camper arrival.

The majority of summer staff employees reside on camp throughout their 11 week commitment. The typical workweek starts at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Friday. The 2017 summer employment dates are from June 2 - August 19.


  • Salary PLUS room and board
  • College credit possible
  • Possible paid training for additional certifications
  • Form friendships that last a lifetime
  • A summer that you will never forget

How to Apply

Applicants for all positions at Wisconsin Badger Camp are considered without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientaion, veteran status, or the presence of a non-job related medical condition or disability.

Recent Hires

For those individuals hired to work at camp this year, below are some forms to download for your convenience. If you have any questions please contact the office at wiscbadgercamp@centurytel.net.


Trip Leader (age 21 & up)/Trip Counselor (age 19 & up):

Responsible for all facets of off-camp travel program. This includes camper care, meal preparation, planning and leading activities and traveling to and from the destination. A drivers license is required.

Main Camp Counselors (36 needed - age 18 & up):

Constant companion to a small group of campers. Responsible for camper care, behavior management, and involvement in programs.

Primitive Camp (1-Lead & 4-Counselors needed - age 18 & up):

Responsible for planning and implementing outdoor related programs for adults with mild cognitive delays, as well as manage camper care and prepare meals. Outdoor living and meal preparation experience is helpful. Camping, fishing, horseback riding, and canoeing experience is helpful.


Nature Director:

Plans and leads small group adapted nature and outdoor related activities daily. Helps to develop all camp activities and assists with camper care

Recreation Director:

Plans and leads small group adapted sports, cooking, relaxation, and other recreation based activities daily. Helps to develop all camp activities and assists with camper care.

Garden/Barn Director

Oversees small petting barn animals and manages 1/3 acre produce and flower garden with campers. Plans and develops activities small group activities daily and assists with camper care.

Arts & Crafts Director:

Plans and leads small group adapted craft activities daily (ex: painting, pottery, yarn crafts). Helps to develop all camp activities and assists with camper care.

Music and Performing Arts Director:

Plans and leads small group adapted music, drama and dance related activities daily. Helps to develop all camp activities and assists with camper care.

Camping & Fishing Director:

Responsible for the distribution and care of all fishing and camping equipment. Plan and direct the fishing program. Camping and fishing experience and a mechanical aptitude required. Must have a valid driver’s license and excellent driving record.

Lifeguards (2 needed):

Responsible for planning and directing all pool and canoeing activities. Supervise off-site swimming. Requires Red Cross, BSA or YMCA Lifeguard certification in addition to CPR and First Aid. Certifications must be current.


Head Nurse (21 & up)

Oversee all aspects of both camper and staff healthcare and related concerns. Oversee two healthcare assistants and manage the camp infirmary. Must be an RN.

Healthcare Assistants (2 needed-age 18 & up)

Assist Health Care Supervisor in managing the camp infirmary and camper and staff care, including medication passes. High school graduate plus related training and experience required. Must be a RN, GN, LPN, or EMT.

Head Cook (1 needed - age 21 & up):

Plan, order, and ensure preparation of food for all meals. Supervise kitchen staff and maintain the kitchen facility. Background in food preparation required.

Kithen Assistants (3 needed - age 18 & up):

Assist with food preparation, serving and clean up. Background in food preparation preferred. Assist with camper care when necessary

Secretaries (2 needed - age 18 & up):

Duties include typing, filing, word processing, telephone usage, camper registration and general office work. High school plus one year of office and computer experience or college required. Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Access and databases is helpful.

Housekeeping (3 needed - age 18 & up):

Responsible for camp laundry and general housekeeping of camp facilities. Ability to accomplish housekeeping tasks with minimal supervision and assist with camper care when necessary.