Before microwaves, the campfire was the only place humans could cook meals, make old CDs explode, or dry clothes after staffing a dunk tank. Warm up the old-fashioned way with today’s Groupon: for $110, you get one weekend family camp for one adult and one child at YMCA Camp Matawa in Campbellsport (up to a $225 value). Choose from three programs and dates:
- Mother-and-daughter weekend (June 3–5)
- Father-and-son weekend (June 10–12)
- Parent-and-child weekend (September 16–18)
YMCA Camp Matawa's professional counselors foster relationships and teach new skills through outdoor programming and hands-on activities set against the leafy backdrop of Kettle Moraine State Forest. Settle into restful dorm-style cabins free from endlessly ringing phones and parrots that have learned to mimic the smoke alarm before tackling the camp's myriad activities. Hike the light-dappled pathways of Kettle Moraine’s hill-sprinkled terrain or bask in the glory of oar-guided propulsion on a canoe excursion. Parent-child pairs work up appetites with spirited scrambles up the camp's rock-climbing walls or eagle-eyed shots on the archery range before retreating to the mess hall for hearty meals and hot dogs shaped like totem poles. Camp Matawa’s room and board also includes indoor bathroom and shower facilities where campers can wash up after a busy day of intergenerational frolicking. Groupon customers will also receive a 10% discount on a week of overnight camp.
YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee
Dedicated to fostering social change by bringing the community together, the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee engages denizens through a host of activities, events, and educational programs. The organization's focus can be distilled into three parts, the first of which promotes the development of area youth via programs that help them realize their potential. Secondly, a commitment to bettering the community's health manifests itself in everything from group exercise classes to youth sports teams. Thirdly, YMCA volunteers take the reigns of social responsibility as they organize local initiatives that focus on empowering children with disabilities and promoting workplace wellness. Trained staffers also helm a variety of childcare programs that boost literacy and help develop skills, and the Y's Camps Matawa and Minikani grant city dwellers and runaway trees a much-needed reunion with nature.