Wisconsin Campers Association
Over 50 Years of Promoting Family Camping!!
WCA Chapters ~
We encourage all WCA members to find the chapter that best fits their family and lifestyle or you can even start your own WCA chapter. Below are descriptions of the each of our 7 active chapters.
Fond du Lac Lighthouse Campers
Madison Capitol City Campers
Pewaukee Barrel Rollers
Portage Yellow Thunder Ramblers
West Allis Sunshiners
West Bend Kettle Kampers
The West Bend Kettle Kampers, of Washington County, is one of the first Wisconsin Campers Association chapters to organize, and held its first meeting on October 29, 1963, receiving its charter on June 20, 1964 at the June Campvention. The Kettle Kampers are family oriented with families ranging from tots to grandparents. Members camp in all types of units from tents to motor homes, and select campgrounds within a 100-mile radius of West Bend. The Kettle Kampers do not camp as a group on holidays. Planning meetings are held at the Jansen Family Park at the intersection of Hwy B and Schuster Roads in West Bend on the second Monday of every month beginning at 7 PM. A children's Christmas event and an adult party are held each December. The Kettle Kampers usually schedule two campouts each month from May through October, in addition to the two Campventions in June and August. Members are free to attend the campouts of their choice. Members volunteer to host campouts. Potluck on Saturday evening is the norm unless the "host family" plans otherwise. It is up to the host family whether they choose to schedule activities and games. Members enjoy playing cards, swimming, shopping, riding bikes, golfing or just relaxing.
The West Allis Sunshiners chapter of Milwaukee County was formed and became part of Wisconsin Campers Association in 1972. The West Allis Sunshiners are a group of about fifteen families strong whom share the outdoor experience and camaraderie of camping with good friends. Membership consists of infants to grandparents, sprinkling retirees, snowbirds and some multi-generation families into the mix. The variety of camping units varies from tents to motor homes with everything in between. Members live in and around Milwaukee and its surrounding area and several northern Illinois communities. Camping outings are scheduled every two to three weeks, beginning in mid-April and continuing into mid-October. These outings include the WCA Campventions in June and August. The West Allis Sunshiners general camp in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. To provide members with the advance opportunity to join any giving outing, campouts are selected during the fall/winter for the following year. Campouts vary from a simple weekend get together to an outing where games and meals are planned for all to participate and enjoy. In late fall and winter, the West Allis Sunshiners have a Christmas Party and winter outing. The chapter also participates in the WCA winter events. The Sunshiner's strive to provide opportunities to keep contact year round and build friendships until the next camping season. The fall/winter monthly chapter meeting are held at a Milwaukee business and when needed, summer meetings are held during campouts.
Founding chapter of Wisconsin Campers Association, the Hartford Y-Knots have been in existence since 1959. They are well-diversified group with approximately 40 members, ranging from children to retired folks. Members are from many areas of Wisconsin. Camping homes range from pop up campers to motor homes. The Y-Knots mostly camp at private campgrounds, within a 100-mile radius of Hartford. Dominoes, ladder golf, bean bag toss, washer toss, children's crafts and activities, occasional potlucks, trick or treat, Halloween costumes, and of course a nightly campfire are just some of the activities which produce fun and camaraderie. There are also golfers and sheepshead players in the chapter. The Hartford Y-Knots camp from April through October as a group. During the winter months, the Y-Knots have a Christmas party and a chili dump. Camping to the Hartford Y-Knots is relaxation and fun-filled weekends. You are welcome to attend any of their campouts to see what they are all about.
The Portage Yellow Thunder Ramblers, in Columbia County, encourage campers of all ages to join its chapter! Wisconsin Campers Association members in this chapter reside in the Madison, Montello, Columbus, Pardeeville and Cambria-Friesland areas. The Portage Yellow Thunder Ramblers' first campout of the season is the first weekend of May and continues through October. The monthly meeting and potluck are on Saturday evening. From November through April, meetings and potlucks are held at member's homes on the first Sunday of each month. No campouts or meetings are held on holidays. Members came in all types of units from tents to motor homes.
The Wisconsin Campers Association introduces...the Pewaukee Barrel Rollers of Waukesha County, whose motto is, We'll have a barrel of fun and we do! Approximately 30 families belong to the Pewaukee chapter, ranging in age from babies to adults. Members camp in units from tents to motor homes. Meetings are held during the winter months at the V.F.W. Hall in Pewaukee and at various campgrounds during the summer. Campgrounds are chosen by those who volunteer to run the campout and are usually no more than two hours traveling time from Pewaukee. Activities are planned during the day for children and adults - some challenging and some crazy. A must each evening is the gathering at the campfire. You are invited to attend Pewaukee's meetings or campouts and see if you like camping with them.
The Fond du Lac Lighthouse Campers chapter was founded in January 1996, making it one of the newest Wisconsin Campers Association chapters. There are currently 8 member families, including grandparents, married couples and singles. Members reside in Fond du Lac, Dodge, Washington, and Waukesha Counties. Chapter campouts are held on the third weekend in May, June, July, August, and September (unless noted otherwise), with Campvention being in June and August. A campout host plans each weekend. Potluck suppers are a favorite! During the winter months, the chapter gets together for meetings, Christmas parties, Packer games, parades, and the WCA winter event.
Capitol City Campers, a Wisconsin Campers Association chapter in Madison, is a diverse group of campers, ranging from retired empty nesters to families with young children. Members live in the Madison area and from Portage to Janesville. The Capitol City Campers enjoy doing many things together and try to make sure everyone is included. This chapter has quite a few veteran campers and gladly welcomes new camping families. The Madison Capitol City Campers camp from May through September and holds its summer chapter meeting during the campouts. Winter meetings are held at member's homes.
For additional information on any of the Wisconsin Campers Association chapters, please e-mail us today and a representative from the chapter will contact you.