Camp Helen Brachman

Tug of War at Camp Helen Brachman

COA Youth & Family Centers (originally Children’s Outing Association) sent the first eight kids to camp in 1906.  Camp has always been and continues to be a life-changing experience where kids spend time in and learn about the outdoors as well as themselves and others!  Over a century later, COA is proud to continue to support the strong tradition of overnight resident camp.

Camp Helen Brachman (CHB) is proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association. ACA Accreditation means that CHB cares enough to undergo a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of our operation – from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. American Camp Association collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that the current practices at CHB reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operations. Camps and ACA form a partnership that promotes growth and fun in an environment committed to safety.

Camp Helen Brachman is located a little over 2 hours from Milwaukee, near Waupaca, WI.  We are located on 200 acres of pine forest, prairie and hardwood forest.  Pickerel Lake, located in the heart of camp, is the focal point for many beautiful views and fun activities! Each summer, youth ages 8 – 17 enjoy all of the fun and adventure CHB has to offer.  Trained staff members provide a safe, fun and supportive environment for all campers to try new things and make new friends.  Campers 8-15 can choose from 6 day sessions to attend and campers ages 8 – 17 can choose from 13 day sessions to attend.  Please see the information below for specific dates and to sign up for camp.


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How to Register for Camp Helen Brachman

Online with a credit card (click here, or the”Register Online Now” button)

– Mail  check or money order payable to COA (download Registration Form once registration is open)

           – Drop-off to COA with cash, money order or check (download Registration Form once registration is open)

If you have any questions, please contact the Camp Registrar at 414-263-8383 extension 2110

2016 Winter Camp Information

Winter Camp takes place December 28-30, 2016, during MPS’s winter vacation, and features snow sculpting, broomball, sledding, hiking, campfires, and all kinds of winter time fun.

Winter Camp is available to boys and girls aged 8-15. Registration is now open for this session.

Winter Camp Registration & Health Form

Winter Camp Registration & Health Form


Fast & Easy Online Registration

If your child has attended Camp before, the online registration process has never been easier:

1. Click the “Register Online” below    2. Select the most recent session  3. Click “Auto-Fill” in the top right corner   4. Update any changes   5. Hit submit!

Register Online

2016 Camp Helen Brachman Information

Registration for summer sessions is currently closed.


June 26th to July 8th – SESSION 1: Superheroes  (register before: 5/27/2016)
Calling all superheroes! Ever wondered what it is like to be a super hero? Whether you chose your favorite character or invent your own, come to camp and work on your super powers! We will have super hero challenges, games and adventures that you will enjoy with your cabin and with the rest of camp too!

July 10th to July 22nd – SESSION 2: Animal Kingdom (register before: 6/10/2016)
Do you want to take a walk on the wild side? Practice your king or queen of the jungle roar? Then
come to camp this session, where you can channel your favorite animal and practice your wild
skills. We will have fun animal challenges, games, and an end-of-session production where everyone
can be involved and show off their favorite animal skills!

July 24th to August 5th – SESSION 3: Out of this World  (register before: 6/24/2016)
There is so much to experience here on Earth, but what about in outer space? Come to CHB this session and take in the beautiful night sky, play games that are out of this world fun, and maybe even have some delicious foods of the galaxy!

August 7th to August 12th – SESSION 4: Wacky World of Water (register before: 7/8/2016)
The best place at camp is the waterfront! We’ll have some extra beach and swimming time this week as we chill out during the best and hottest part of the summer! Drip-drip-drop and other fun water games will round out the time as we enjoy the Wacky World of Water!

If you plan to register online, please be sure to refer to the fees and scholarship information
below before you start. Most people qualify for some size scholarship for 
Camp Helen Brachman!

Use this chart to help determine your camp fee.

2016 Summer Forms

Camp Registration Form – Required for offline registration

Camper Health History Form 2016
 : Required

Camper Physical Form Optional
(recommended for any camper with ongoing health conditions)

Camper Information Form 2016 : Required 

HSIS Letter and Food Form : Required

Parent Pick-Up Authorization and Self-ID 2016 : Required

2016 Camp Helen Brachman Supplemental Information

Parent Handbook 2016 : Important! Please read thoroughly for details about camp

Packing list : Suggestions for all Campers

Summer Camp Employment

Camp Helen Brachman (CHB) is seeking leaders passionate about making the difference in the lives of Milwaukee youth. Only 35 will be hired and we are recruiting the best from Milwaukee, throughout the nation, and around the world.Staff must be available mid June through mid August. Your time at camp will include 1 week of training and 4 sessions with campers.We offer additional and optional trainings in the beginning of June. These include Wilderness First Aid, Lifeguard Training, Leave No Trace, Wilderness Skills, and Archery.

CPR & First Aid certification is required for all staff members. We offer this cert through camp as well. Potential staff members must be confident in leading at least two of the activities we offer – or willing to learn.


Summer Camp Employment Online Application

Summer Camp Employment Online Application


Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Program

The CIT program is designed for campers who will be 16 during the summer. This program is an opportunity for campers who are interested in being youth leaders either at camp, school, in a future job, church or elsewhere. CITs will learn the basics of youth-development and leadership. This intensive training will include hands-on time with younger cabin groups. CITs that excel in the training may be invited back for future camp sessions. Campers interested in participating in this program must submit an application, references, the additional paperwork above, and complete an interview before admission to the CIT program.

CIT and Youth Worker Online Application

Youth Worker Online Application


Youth Worker Experience Program

The youth worker program is designed for youth that will be 17 during the summer and want to gain hands-on job skills in a beautiful north woods setting. Youth workers must complete an application, references and interview in addition to the registration form and additional paperwork available above. A limited number will be chosen to participate in this skill-building experience each session. Youth workers receive training, skill development, and feedback in applying for all jobs and interviewing. Time will also be spent on expectations. Hands-on time will be spent daily learning and providing hands-on help in the kitchen, office, cleaning, and maintenance and program areas.


2016 Spring Open-Up Camp

Spring Open Up Camp Weekend is for families with children of all ages who want to help us get camp ready for the summer! It is a great opportunity for parents to get a taste of and see our camp firsthand. Families participate in a variety of work projects. There are always tasks that will allow flexibility for parents with children of different ages. There is no fee for this camp but transportation is not provided; families will need to be able to get themselves to and from camp. Meals, snacks and housing are provided.

Spring Open-Up Camp 2016  Info Flyer
Session: April 29 – May 1

Open-Up Registration Form

Open-Up Registration Form

Spring Registration Currently Closed

Our Goals for Camp

Our goals at camp for your child include ensuring they are safe, have fun and make friends!  





Rental Information

Whether you’re hosting a family reunion, a business meeting, or a small gathering of friends, CHB has the accommodations to suit your needs!  Please see our “Facility Descriptions” page below for detailed information about each of our buildings and their accommodations.  If you are interested in renting our facilities, please contact for availability and details! 

Facility Descriptions

Facility Descriptions









Archery Training - Adam & Kayla

Cookout - Miles starting the fire

Thanks to financial support from Bader Philanthropies, United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, Camps for Kids, The Greater Milwaukee Foundation, and the Camp Nebagamon Scholarship Fund, COA is able to provide financial assistance to make sure no child is denied the life-changing opportunities offered by Camp Helen Brachman.






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