Camp Nakomis


Camp Nakomis 2022

Camp Nakomis will be in session for summer 2022. We will have a limited number of spots so that we can operate at 50% to allow for social distancing.

We hope to see everyone soon and look forward to Camp Nakomis 2022! Feel free to contact Courtney Comfort at with any other questions.

See you by the campfire!

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.

Registration now open!

Please reach out to Courtney Comfort at the Carter Lake Boys & Girls Club to be added to the waitlist!


4101 North 17th St.
Carter Lake, IA 51510

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Cost & Registration

$150 per week per camper

Campers may sign up for one week or up to all seven 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.
  • Payment must be made in full for all weeks registered. Weekly payments will not be accepted.
  • Refund requests will only be granted prior to May 1st, 2022.
  • No refunds will be granted after May 1st, 2022.
  • 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 6 – June 10)  S’more Fun at Camp!

Welcome back to camp! This week we will be learning new games and engaging in all the activities the outdoors have to offer. Fishing, archery and canoeing with so much more. We can’t wait to have s’more fun with you!

Week 2 (June 13 – June 17) Oh the Places we’ll go!

If you could travel to any country in the world, where would you go? This week of summer camp will lead us to new places and help us learn more about the world. We hope to see you at camp and who knows where the day will take us!

Special Event:

  1. Visit Europe and make pasta towers
  2. Visit Africa and make DIY African Drums
  3. Visit South America by learning about and making totem poles
  4. Visit Asia where campers put on plays with dragon puppets.
Week 3 (June 20 – June 24, NO CAMP ON JUNE  20) Challenge Week: In it to win it!

So many sports, so little time. This week we will be playing every sport and participate in many challenges throughout the week! Get ready to bring your game face, this is going to be a week full of fun!

Special Event:

  1. Amazing race around Camp Nakomis
Week 4 (June 27 – July 1) Camp Hollywood

Campers and staff will have the week to prepare for our highly anticipated talent show at the end of the week. Acts will range from singing to dancing, to comedy sketches. Every camper is welcome to join as part of a group or as a solo act.

Special Event:

  1. End of Week Talent Show
  2. They lived happily ever after… or did they? Campers create skits with alternate endings to classic fairy tales.
Week 5 (July 11 – July 15) Top Hats and Acrobats

It’s going to be a topsy-turvy circus kind of week at Camp! Campers will play all kinds of neat carnival games and create circus-themed crafts all week.

Special Event:

  1. End of week carnival
Week 6 (July 18 – July 22) Camp Nakomis Spirit Week

Special Event:

  1. Dress up days (Tuesday – Friday)
    1. Tuesday – Silly Sock Day
    2. Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday (Wear clothes backwards, inside out, or mismatched.)
    3. Thursday – Dress for the Beach Day
    4. Friday – Color Wars
  2. Color wars on Friday (Each team wears their own color.)
  3. Create team flags on Monday to use throughout the week

We love Camp Nakomis! Come celebrate our camp this week with daily dress up themes, camp celebrations and end the week with color wars!

Week 7 (July 25 – July 29) H2OHHHHHHH!

Special Event: Water relays, water games, etc.

Are you ready to get wacky, wet and wild at camp? This week will be all about water. The best place to be is at Camp Nakomis where the sun is hot, the water is cool and the fun is everywhere!

Please Note:

Please note Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands is observing Juneteenth on June 20. We will not be having camp on this day. Rates have been adjusted to reflect this.

No Camp week of July 4th.

*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


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

Heat Advisory Days:

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 rotate. Each campsite/location will be visited by campers at least twice a week to ensure a successful camp experience.

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 Descriptions:

Archery Range

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

Putt Putt Course

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

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


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

Campers can play volleyball, beach volleyball, tag in the sand or create sand castles with water tunnels. Take your pick at this two-court sand volleyball area.


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.

Pavilion & Gaga Pit

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.

Inside the Club

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.

Big Field

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.

Small Field

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

Drop-off Sites

Pick-up Locations and Times:

First National Bank Tower
Pick up at First National Tower near the corner of 16th & Capitol. Directly across from the Double Tree hotel.
1620 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68102
Pick up at 8:00 am  Drop Off at 4:15 pm

Mutual of Omaha
On the East side of 34th Street between Dodge & Farnam Streets
34th St. & 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.)
  • Campers will be spread out on the buses to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • 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. If you would like your child to take a different one home, that is fine. Please contact us. Counselors will check campers on and off each day. We will ensure your child goes home on the same bus they came, unless otherwise noted. We do accommodate campers on different departures, as long as we are notified.

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

Visitors at Camp

At this time, we will not allow visitors at camp for fun Fridays or Lunch visits. Thank you for your understanding.


Camp Nakomis Provides:

  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

What do campers need to bring from home?
Campers are encouraged to bring the following:

  • Water bottle
  • 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 put campers into age-appropriate groups that will work for both staff and campers. Requests to be with friends or with/without siblings will be handled accordingly on an as needed basis.

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

When will my camper receive his/her camp t-shirt?
Your child will receive a Camp Nakomis shirt as a thank you for registering. They will receive this on the first day of camp or at the parent meeting.

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 Team, 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 half price 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