Camp Spotlight: Red Pine Camp

Red Pine Camp was founded by Richard and Helen Wittenkamp in 1937. Mr. Wittenkamp, the District Forester for the Wisconsin Conservation Department, bought the Red Pine land from two brothers who ran a fishing camp on the property. The following summer, the first twelve campers arrived and “Mr. and Mrs. Dubs,” as they were fonRed Pine Camp's Signdly called, devoted their lives to building Red Pine and establishing the traditions and values that still form the foundation of camp life. In 1953, their daughter, Sarah Wittenkamp Rolley, joined the staff. Sarah and Irene Boudreaux became directors after the Wittenkamps retired in 1976, and served Red Pine for 53 years. In 1995, Sarah’s daughter Robin and her husband Jim Thies began the third generation of family operation.

In 2007, after 70 successful years of family ownership and operation, a group of alumnae expressed interest in owning the camp. With their encouragement, Red Pine was purchased by the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation of Madison, WI. Ms. Rowland is an alumna of Red Pine. She is a noted educator, author of children’s reading and language arts textbooks and the creator and founder of American Girl®, the popular collection of books and dolls.

Red Pine Camp is a traditional residential summer camp in Wisconsin’s Northwoods for girls ages 7-16. Serving 120 girls, campers may join us for the entire 8-week summer season or choose from one of our 4-week sessions. Red Pine also offers a 2 week introductory program for those 1st time campers, 5th grade or below.  Red Pine is the only privately owned property on Clear Lake, a spring-fed 1200 acre lake acclaimed by many to be the clearest and cleanest lake in northern Wisconsin. Tall pines and magnificent maples, oaks, and birches are a part of this magical setting.  Red Pine Camp is American Camping Association, ACA, accredited.

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