Camp Nakomis


Registration opens Feb 1st.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands Camp Nakomis is located on 35 wooded acres in Carter Lake, IA. Miles of hiking trails, numerous campsites and a fishing dock give campers countless opportunities to enjoy themselves, all in a safe and positive environment. Camp Nakomis is the perfect place for youth ages 6-14 to enjoy the outdoors. Camp Nakomis is open to the public.

We have several outdoor activities for your child/ children to enjoy. We have 9 campsites, a beach, fields, swimming pool, a fishing dock, canoes, a pontoon boat, archery site, outdoor billiards, race car track and a basketball court. Throughout the course of the day, we rotate through the different areas and sites enjoying the outdoors and participating in group games and activities. Day to day we will fish, hike, shoot bows and arrows, make friends, swim and of course have fun. Our weekly themes will be incorporated throughout those activities.

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4101 North 17th St.
Carter Lake, IA 51510


Cost & Registration

$140 per week per camper

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Campers may sign up for one week or up to all six weeks.

Campers may sign up for one week or up to all six weeks. Parents may sign up multiple campers at the same time, but must be the parent/guardian of all campers they enroll. Registration will remain open for all weeks as long as spots remain.

Registration Notes:

  • Please only register for weeks you intend your camper to attend.
  • Refund requests will only be granted prior to May 1st, 2019.
  • No refunds will be granted after May 1st, 2019.
  • Upon completing payment, you may print a receipt with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands’ Tax ID number included for your records.
  • Registration and payment information will be sent directly to Camp Director, Courtney Comfort.


*Completed application and checks can be mailed to:

BGCM Carter Lake, c/o Courtney Comfort
4101 N. 17th Street
Carter Lake, IA 51510


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Camp Weekly Themes

Weekly Themes Descriptions

Week 1 (June 10-14) – Wild Wild West

We are going straight to the wild, Wild West!  Sound familiar? Cowboys and cowgirls welcome. We will take our campers through the camp in true cowboy fashion. Hats and boots welcome as long as they can get dirty. We will be sure to have a hoedown as the finale of the week. Cowboy themed games, art projects, and pool activities are on the top of our list for each day. This is not our first rodeo!

Week 2 (June 17-21) – Spaced Out

My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nachos! Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune are the planets in our solar system. Space is the Place this week. Camp will turn into outer space! Join the stars, moons, comets, galaxies, asteroids, and the Milky Way. Space themed art activities, games and physical activities for our campers. To infinity and beyond.

Week 3 (June 24-28) – Lights, Camera, Action

A week on the “red carpet” camp style. Our campers will get to be center stage this week. Our talent shows were proven to be a huge hit the past couple of years, let’s try this on Three-peat.  Any reality TV show, you name it! We will use our creative minds and come up with the next top model, take a chance in our own edition of camp survivor, play a game of Camp Group Feud, try our luck at Nickelodeon’s Double Dare have fun with even more gameshow madness.  We will hone in on our dance skills and practice our talent acts on a daily basis. All talents welcome. The big finale will be our camp wide talent show!

Week 4 (July 8-12) – The Mighty Jungle

Get WILD this summer! This week we will discover the wonders of the animal world as we “travel” deep into the jungle, explore across the Sahara, and even explore some native Texas creatures. Learn about different animals, play animal themed games, create animal art, and explore cool colorful critters from around the world.

Week 5 (July 15-19) – Camp Fiesta

Let’s take a siesta! Wait, let’s have a fiesta all week instead! Join us for a Mexican cuisine (snack), salsa dancing and Mariachi music!  We will make our own maracas, learn some Spanish words and explore a different culture all while at camp.

Week 6 (July 22-26) – Camp Underwater

This week will be all about water.  We will have different water activities at all of our rotations. Slip n slide baseball, water tag, water baseball, water basketball, sponge relays and many other water games. We will play pool volleyball and play all sorts of new age pool games.

Please Note:
No Camp July 1-5***

*Please use Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or greater to register online*Price: $140/week. Campers may sign up for one week or up to all six weeks.

Daily Camp Schedule

Daily Schedule

8 am – 9 am: Arrival & Breakfast
9 am – 10 am: area 1
10 am – 11 am: area 2
11:30 am – 12 pm:  Lunch is provided
12 pm – 1 pm: area 3
1 pm – 2 pm: area 4
2 pm – 3 pm: area 5
3 pm – 3:30 pm: area 6

All camper groups will get to swim every day.

In the Event of a Heat Day

8 am – 9 am: Arrival & Breakfast
9 am – 10 am: Counselors will greet kids and get groups ready: area 1
10 am – 11 am: area 2
11:30 am – 12 pm: Lunch is provided
12 pm – 1 pm: Water Inflatables
1 pm – 2 pm: Inside the club for games
2 pm – 3 pm: Pool
3 pm – 3:30 pm: Inside the Education Building

Area Codes:

Area P: Pool

Area 8: Sand Courts

Area 1: Playground

Area 9: Big Field

Area 2: Archery

Area 10:Reiver

Area 3: Big Field

Area 11: Small Field

Area 4: Pavilion & Gaga Pit

Area 12: Inside the Club

Area 5: Putt Putt

Area 13: The Point

Area 6: Husker

Area 14: Amphitheater

Area 7: Lake

Please look under “Area Descriptions” toggle tap for the full area descriptions.

Please Note:

We will combine camp groups and make sure they are outside where there is water, or inside where there is air conditioning for 45 minutes of time and then we will flip-flop. Campers will not visit all 13 sites each day but will get in each rotation at least twice a week, if for some reason the weather does not allow for a rotation, we will switch things up before the end of the week to make sure all areas are covered.

Inclement Weather:

If there is light rain without thunder or lightning, we will continue our camp day as normal. We will bring campers inside until thunder or lightning have been clear 30 minutes. We will provide themed rain day activities.

Camp Area Descriptions

Area Codes

Area P: Pool

Area 8: Sand Courts

Area 1: Playground

Area 9: Big Field

Area 2: Archery

Area 10:Reiver

Area 3: Big Field

Area 11: Small Field

Area 4: Pavilion & Gaga Pit

Area 12: Inside the Club

Area 5: Putt Putt

Area 13: The Point

Area 6: Husker

Area 14: Amphitheater

Area 7: Lake

Campers are able to play ladder golf, run through an obstacle course, use the monkey bars, build a sandcastle or play group games.

Campers will get lessons from counselors on how to appropriately use a bow and arrow. They can play with different targets and learn different games to play.  Their favorite thing to do is get a bullseye!

Whether it is kickball, duck duck goose, peanut butter and jelly tag, relay races, or soccer. This huge green space has a lot of possibilities.

Triangle Ball, card games, basketball, chalk drawings, and of course a camper favorite gaga ball is played here. The campers have a choice of gaga ball or various different pavilion games.

Putt Putt Golf. Get a hole in one or complete different challenges. Camp Nakomis has a 9 hole putt putt golf course for campers to putt around on.

Husker Campsite has a pool table, fooseball table, giant connect four, and card games. The campers get their own outdoor billiards area.

Lakefront- Campers will get to go fishing at this site. Once a week, we will give boat rides on our very own pontoon boat. Camp Nakomis will provide all sizes of Coastguard approved life jackets.

Sand Courts- volleyball, beach volleyball, tag in the sand or sand castles with water tunnels. Take your pick at this two court sand volleyball area.

Whether it is kick ball, duck duck goose, peanut butter and jelly tag, relay races, or soccer. This huge green space has a lot of possibilities.

At our Reiver campsite you will get to play different bean bag games, ladder golf, and practice many different team building activities. They also love to play capture the flag here.

Water games, group games, world cup soccer, or team soccer. This green space is a bit more shaded and a camper favorite as well.

Take a break from the heat inside the Boys & Girls Club. Video games (XBOX & Wii) or even watch a movie. Campers can draw, color, make art projects and play board games.

This is right across from the fishing dock. The campers love to play capture the flag, deer, deer der, survival in the wild, steal the scarf and much more. This overlooks the beautiful lake view.

Circle games, theater games, or obstacle challenges. This area has trunk like bleachers and an open spot for campers to learn and play new circle and/ or theatre games.

Drop-off Sites

Pick-up Locations and Times:

First National Bank
On the East side of 34th Street between Dodge & Farnam Streets
1620 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68102
Pick up at 8:15 am  Drop Off at 4:15 pm

Mutual of Omaha
On the East side of 34th Street between Dodge & Farnam Streets
33rd & Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68131
Pick up at 8:00 am Drop off at 4:30 pm

Westroads Mall
In front of Von Maur
10000 California Street, Omaha, NE 68114
Pick up at 8:00 am   Drop off at 4:45 pm

Please Note:

  • Campers may arrive as early as 8 am, and get picked up as late as 5 pm. (all Camp Nakomis staff are scheduled to arrive at 8 am at each location and to leave at 5:00 pm. Do not leave any campers unattended. BGCM is not responsible for any campers dropped off before 8 am.)
  • Please indicate a bus choice that you will have your child ride on a majority of the time. If you need to change it at any point in time, please let us know at
  • We update the bus lists daily. Each transportation staff will get a list of kids going home with them. Each route is color-coded. If you would like your child to take a different one home, that is fine. Counselors will check campers on and off each day.

*** Pick up after 5 pm will result in a $20 late fee.  Campers will not be able to return until that fee is paid.**

Fridays at Camp

We want to recognize our staff and kids and get a chance to meet our parents. Let’s not forget the most important part….

We’d love for you to see your kids in action at camp!

Friday Visits

Parents are welcome every Friday during Summer 2018!  We will host an ice cream social at 3 pm. We will wrap up our event, provide a week in review, and give out camper awards. Parents are more than welcome to take their kids with them at the end of the camp day.

Lunch Visits

Parents are welcome to eat lunch with their children on Fridays. Lunch is provided.


What do campers need to bring from home?
Camp Nakomis will provide everything campers will absolutely NEED in order to participate (breakfast, lunch, water, sunscreen, bug spray, etc). Campers are encouraged to bring the following:

  • Water bottle
  • Camp Nakomis Drawstring Bag (each camper will receive one per summer)
  • Hat or baseball cap
  • Extra sun block if desired
  • Mid-afternoon snack if parents feel campers will need one
  • Swimsuit or old clothes that can get wet/muddy and a towel every day for water activities

Campers MUST bring tennis shoes and socks. (Sandals are permitted for water activities, but must not be the only footwear campers bring for the whole day) *Please note – Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands encourages every parent to put camper’s names on all personal belongings. BGCM is not responsible for any lost or stolen property. 

Can my camper be in a group with a friend?
Campers will be put into groups each Monday. These groups will remain the same throughout the week. We cannot accommodate every request, but try to put campers into age-appropriate groups that will work for both staff and campers. On Mondays, campers may request to be with (or without) siblings and friends, but we cannot guarantee assigned grouping.

Are Camp Scholarships available?
No. Camp Nakomis is a fee-based program and scholarships are not available.

When will my camper receive his/her drawstring bag?
Your child will receive a Camp Nakomis shirt as a thank you for registering. They will receive this on the first day of camp. Camp Nakomis backpacks will not be given out. Please provide your child with a bag for all of their belongings each day.

Inclement Weather / Heat / Humidity.
Campers will stay outside in slight rain, however, all campers will be relocated indoors at the first sign of a storm. In the instance of moderate heat / humidity, campers will engage in limited outdoor activities and will be given plenty of water. In high heat / humidity, campers will be moved indoors.

Medical Emergencies & Camper Illness.
Camper safety and well-being are of utmost importance; however, kids get bumps, bruises and the like. Non-emergency first aid issues are handled by trained camp staff. Parents will be immediately notified of any major injuries. In cases of emergency, the camp has a fantastic relationship with the Carter Lake Fire Department, and any emergencies involving major injury will be handled by their Fire & Rescue Squads. Camp has complete insurance coverage but requests that all campers have personal medical insurance as well. The closest hospital is Nebraska Medical Center 4350 Dewey Ave, Omaha, NE 68105

Are the Counselors Trained & Certified?
All counselors are certified in CPR & First Aid. All water activities are supervised by our Aquatics Director, who will carry a Lifeguard Certificate on top of the CPR/First Aid Training. The American Red Cross facilitates training.

Does my camp fee include a Boys & Girls Club membership? No. The Camp Nakomis fees only cover access to the camp itself. Normal club program fees are separate. To learn about club program fees, hours, and locations please visit and contact the club you are interested in visiting.

Does my camper need a membership?
Campers that will utilize The Club for drop off and pick up will need to secure a Boys & Girls Club membership.  The cost of the membership is $30 a year. You may drop off at The Club as early as 7 am and pick up as late as 5:30 pm. Club hours are 7:00 AM-5:30 PM. Please contact club director to set up drop off and pick at the club as well as your $30 membership fee.

Is there a Jr. Counselor Program for older campers?
Yes. The Jr. Counselor Program is back. Youth ages 14-15 may interview to become Jr. Counselors. Interviews with Courtney Comfort will be held by appointment 3/1 – 5/1. Jr. Counselors will assist staff in working Camp Nakomis and learn many important job skills. All Jr. Counselors will receive end-of-year assessments and recommendations. Jr. Counselors must pay the normal camp fees. All Jr. Counselors will be asked for a minimum of 2-week commitment.

Can I change the weeks I register for at a later date?
Yes. It is very important that you only register for the weeks you intend your camper to attend, but if a scheduling conflict arises you may change the dates of camp attendance – you can substitute a week for another week, but cannot cancel any weeks after May 1.

Does Camp Nakomis accept Title 20?
No, Camp Nakomis does not accept Title 20 at this time.

How does the camp handle discipline?
The summer is a time for kids to let loose and enjoy themselves in a safe, positive environment. However, any camper who engages in behavior that is dangerous or disrespectful to themselves, fellow campers, camp staff or the campgrounds runs the risk of being sent home for the day or suspended from camp for the duration of the summer, regardless of any amount of fees already submitted.

Please note:

  • BGCM reserves the right to remove a camper(s) from activities as a consequence of misbehavior. Refunds will not be granted in cases of removal from camp due to discipline issues.
  • All other questions should be directed to: Courtney Comfort, Carter Lake Campus Unit Director at (712) 347-5687or or

Contact Us

Courtney Comfort

Camp Director

Phone: 712.347.5687

4101 North 17th St.
Carter Lake, IA 51510