Camp Chickagami for Girls was ahead of its time, helping to pave the way for many of today's top
camping programs. Located in picturesque Winter, Wisconsin, Chickagami was founded in 1939 by Ruth
Isserman and her husband, Rabbi Ferdinand Isserman.
Ruth created the model for the camp based on her years of study of child psychology and child
development; she was a pioneer in the creation of intensive staff training and provided guidance
counselors at the camp long before they were seen as important. Ruth's mission was to provide a
safe, nurturing, and engaging atmosphere that helped bring out the best qualities in each child
through creative camping activities.
Camp Chickagami was nationally recognized as one of the outstanding programs of its kind and
spawned many future leaders in the field of outdoor education and recreation. The camp closed in
1962, but was taken over by the Dominican Sisters, who renamed it Camp We-Ha-Kee. The camp
continues to be an accredited camp for girls, providing a diverse, quality, camping experience.