IU's Camp Brosius has been welcoming campers for nearly 100 years

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The Travel Channel named Camp Brosius a top five family camp that creates outdoor adventures for kids and adults alike. Video by Samantha Thompson, Indiana University

Indiana University's Camp Brosius, set on the shores of Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin, has been welcoming campers for nearly a century. The resort combines vacation with a summer camp experience for the entire family.

As families arrive, they're given a traditional Camp Brosius welcome: Camp counselors sing the IU and Camp Brosius songs.

The welcoming songs are part of the camp's tradition, one that reflects a history dating back nearly 100 years. The Normal College of the American Gymnastic Union began offering physical education classes there for its students in 1921. In 1941, the Normal College merged with Indiana University, which took over management of the camp.

Now operated by the School of Health & Human Sciences at IUPUI, Camp Brosius offers what many might think of as a traditional summer camp experience, but with mom, dad and grandparents joining the fun.

Camp Brosius offers eight one-week vacations between mid-June and the first week of August. There's also a family Labor Day Escape. Nearly 1,000 paying guests will visit Camp Brosius this summer. 

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Camp Brosius in 1923. Photos courtesy of University Library Archives at IUPUI

Most families spend a week at the all-inclusive destination, which is open to the public as well as to members of the IU community. Campers have a variety of lodging options, including lakefront cabins and cottages.

For many, making the annual summer trek to Camp Brosius has become a cherished tradition. One family, boasting five generations, shows up annually.

The week begins on Sundays, when guests check in with help from camp counselors, many of whom are IU students. Sunday evening, guests are served their first home-cooked buffet-style meal. Afterward, guests sing, interact, learn Elkhart Lake's history and become acquainted during the opening campfire.

The next morning, guests experience another popular tradition at the breakfast buffet: Brosius eggs, which are eggs with cheese.

By day, kids and families engage in outdoor adventures, including sailing, paddling kayaks with glass bottoms and canoes, swimming, fishing, water polo and other activities like tennis, archery, bike riding and hiking. In the evening, guests enjoy campfires, movies and, of course, s'mores.

Elkhart Lake itself offers a unique feature. Because it is spring fed, the lake is crystal clear and turns a Caribbean shade of turquoise when the sun hits the water at the right angle.

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Nearly 1,000 paying guests will visit Camp Brosius this summer. Photo courtesy of Camp Brosius

With age-appropriate, all-day children's programs supervised by trained college students, mom and dad have time to relax and participate in as many -- or as few -- activities as they like.

A number of excursions are available nearby for adults, including the world-famous Road America, where camp guests can take in NASCAR, vintage, motorcycle or other competitive auto racing. Pete Dye-designed golf courses are nearby, and great hiking and geographical experiences are found in Wisconsin's Kettle Moraine.

As the Travel Channel put it last year when it named Camp Brosius as one of the top five family camps, "For nearly 100 years, Camp Brosius has been creating outdoor adventures for families, so they definitely know what they are doing."

While activities abound, Camp Brosius offers something else just as important: a refuge for busy families, offering them a chance to slow down, unplug and reconnect.