The Camp Olson Boathouse is one of our most popular program areas. We have a variety of 15 larger sailboats, and Sunfish sailboats. After a quick lesson, you and a friend or two can sail away on your own! Sunfish races are generally held towards the end of the week, giving you time to practice.
Camp is a great place to learn to windsurf! Our helpful instructors will start you out on beginner boards. The week culminates in the Regatta, where Little Boy Lake is filled with the entire Camp Olson fleet all racing for the Camp Olson Cup. Campers, with the help of our sailing instructors, can work to attain skill level awards that are awarded at the end of the week.
Archery, Riflery, and Sling Shots
Target practice is both fun and challenging. Our ranges are staffed by expert instructors. At Archery you will learn how to shoot our re-curve and compound bows. At Riflery we shoot pump action bb guns and 22 rifles. All campers visit the Range at least twice during morning cabin rotations. The range is always open during afternoon free-time with a variety of events and contests. Awards are given at the end of the week for the Bull’s eye club and for point-based awards.
Waterfront and Sauna
Cool off at our waterfront where you can swim under lifeguard supervision. The beach is always open and will have special games and contests during the afternoons, including beach volleyball tournaments, sand castle contests and the popular Big-Daddy of Splash. Next to the beach is our Canoe, Kayak and Paddle Boarding area. Campers love the chance to cruise around Camp Olson bay on one of these exciting crafts. We’ll always have the sauna hot for those cooler mornings!
The Linnes Sauna will be stoked and hot each evening for an after-campfire steam to be enjoyed as a cabin group. Little Boy Lake is a short jog from the sauna door for a refreshing post sauna dip! A trip to camp is not complete without a night in the sauna.
The Camp Olson Corral is one of the most popular program areas at camp. Our knowledgeable corral staff will offer trail and ring rides throughout the week. Each and every camper will have the opportunity to ride a horse. Camp Olson’s horse trails run for many miles throughout our scenic 1200+ acres. The Corral staff are trained to accommodate riders of all ages and skill levels. Riding Campers ride every morning and can work to attain progressive awards year after year.
Our Craft Shop is open morning and afternoons and offers campers the opportunity to create a wide range of unique projects including tie-dyes, candles, painting, sculpture, jewelry making and so much more. A different highlight activity is offered each afternoon, but you can always drop in during free-time to make a necklace, paint a picture, or follow your inspiration!
Fishing at Camp Olson is second to none as we are situated on 5 lakes, three of which are entirely within Camp Olson’s 1200+ acres. Our pristine and private Shurd lakes are unspoiled by motor or public use and are prime spots to fish for bass, northern pike, and crappies! Camp Olson provides rods, reels, and tackle for all who want to fish at camp. Our counselors are great at teaching campers how to bait, tie lures, and release their catch.
Our resident naturalist can help introduce you to much of the diverse flora and fauna around camp. Nature hikes, stargazing, the Bog walk, and the Eco-Challenge are just a few highlights. Our Nature staff are here to help you explore and discover this rich landscape. In addition, our nature program helps campers to learn about and tend our community garden, herb spiral, and compost pile.
Each evening we will have various activities for the whole camp. These include campfires, Capture the Flag, Predator Prey, Counselor Hunt, Beach Skit, Carnival, and the ever-popular Big O Game Show. Closing night campfire is every Friday night where campers receive recognition and awards for their accomplishments throughout the week. Campers also are afforded the opportunity to share what they like about their week at Camp Olson. Each night at Camp Olson ends with a campfire program put on by our staff with dancing, games, stories and songs to close our days.
Every afternoon the Mountain Bike Shop is open for business. Campers can ride beginner to advanced rides on our miles of trails. Helmets and bikes are provided.