Camp Marimeta for Girls is a private girls sleep away camp in Eagle River, Wisconsin. We are located about 330 miles north of Chicago.
In 1947, Edna and Nate Wasserman bought a small 3 cabin resort on Meta Lake, which has now blossomed into a gorgeous camp facility that is the home to over 250 campers and counselors each and every summer.
Marimeta is more than a camp… it’s a feeling. For almost 70 years several thousand young ladies have called it their summer home. Third generation camp directors Sandy and Terry Cohen have operated Marimeta since 1984.
Nestled in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, Marimeta is situated on Meta Lake. A private 200-acre lake with no public access.
Our girls live in one of 13 well appointed cabins complete with electricity and bathrooms with hot and cold running water. The cabins are also equipped with thermostat-controlled heaters to take the chill out of a cool northern Wisconsin evening.
Our administrative staff live in the Main Lodge affectionately named the “Isle of View”. The lodge is everyone’s living room and is where our main offices are located. It is here that our girls come in and out of daily whether to check on their schedule, visit with the administrative staff or just to get a piece of fresh fruit in between activities. It has a comfortable living room area, a staff retreat and even a large kitchen for the camps cooking class. On Sunday mornings, campers can be found here lounging in their pajama’s, playing jacks and laughing with other members of their Marimeta family as they would at their own home on a weekend morning. Monday thru Saturday, the main office is hustling and bustling with campers and counselors planning and conducting their daily schedules.
Two nurses and a weekly physician and their families live next door to the lodge in our Health Center. It is here that everyone comes if they are not feeling well or to take their daily medication should that be necessary. It’s a lovely little cottage where all of our health needs are met. Upstairs in the same building is our Arts and Crafts room.
On the other side of the lodge is the Mess Hall. A bright and clean dining room with round tables, complete with lazy susan’s where wonderful conversation and nutritious and delicious meals are had daily. Our wonderful chef’s serve food with a flair for even the pickiest of eaters. Laughter, song and cheer complete our lunches and dinners. One of the many things that Marimeta is known for is our food. Some say it’s the finest food in camping! The quality and variety of our cuisine is hard to beat.
With a lush pine backdrop facilities include 4 lighted tennis courts, a high school regulation lit basketball court, athletic fields, volleyball courts, archery and riflery ranges and even golfing cages for the sportsman in us all. A 31 foot Climbing wall and much more are part of Marimeta’s state of the
A beautifully lit stage can be found in our Recreation hall, where drama classes, aerobics, dance, yoga, gymnastics, evening programs and even a Sunday night movie can be seen in here. Plaques from 1947 to the current day, adorn the walls for all visitors and alumni can see those who have all been part of the winning spirit at Marimeta!
Over 1000 feet of frontage on private Meta Lake is where you will find all kinds of water related fun. It is in our Starfish Aquatic program where many girls learn to swim in our sand bottom lake. Activities on the
waterfront include swimming, fishing, boating, canoeing , Kayaking, water skiing and tubing on one of our three gorgeous Bayliner ski boats. A fleet of hobie cat sail boats await our children each day as they take to the water. Windsurfing, and riding on a gorgeous 24 foot pontoon boat are two more of
the favorite water activities that can be found here.
A water slide attached to the newest and safest dock system proved safe boundaries for our swimmers and they may even venture out to the Summit.
Our campers range in age from 7 – 15 years old. Many girls come from the Chicagoland area and we have campers from all over the United States as well. Girls arriving from Mexico, Israel and from as far away as Japan. Our children attend camp for either a 4 or 8-week session. We have an over 90% return rate of campers each year!
Many of our Marimeta staff members have grown up at camp. We also have young men and women from all over the world. Whether they are cabin counselors, activity directors, maintenance staff, dining room staff, housekeeping or in our health center, we have nearly 70 staff members taking care of Marimeta and her girls every single day.
When arriving at camp, there is a realization that it is not the buildings that make a camp, nor the equipment. It is a combination of the campers, counselors, administrators and directors that make camp so special and really set it apart from all the rest.
Our girls learn to like themselves and learn to live and have healthy relationships with others.. Lifelong friendships are forged and memories are had that last forever!