Youth from the Westside Health Authority & Get In Chicago Summer youth program wrapped up activities with a two-day retreat at Phantom Lake Camp in Mukwonago, Wisconsin. The retreat aimed to offer participants an opportunity to gain new experiences, build teamwork and encourage self-confidence. Fifteen boys and girls from our program were able to enjoy everything from archery, to canoeing and horseback riding.

Here’s a look at the first day of activities.


The day started early for teen-agers still attached to their Summer sleeping schedules. The two-hour bus ride was mostly quiet as the anxious teens contemplated what to expect or caught up on sleep.

Excitement was in the air after what seemed to be an endless bus ride. After being greeted by camp staff, youth and mentors headed to their cabins to make themselves at home. As everyone waited for the bell for lunch to ring, mentors led youth in outdoors games in what the camp calls “The Hollow.”

Soon, everyone gathered for lunch where youth learned more about the camp rules and the plans for the day.  After lunch, everyone returned outdoors to work off the pizza and banana pudding. Many of the kids joined our mentors in an intense but laughter-filled game of volleyball next to the lake.

The day continued with basketball, horseback riding and a bonfire. Check out our next blog post for more pictures.