The Vista was established in 1961 by Fr. Joseph A. Fischer. His vision and goal was to provide a natural setting where people of all socio-economic, cultural and religious backgrounds could enjoy
the outdoor environment and learn how
to bring Christ's love to others.
Camp Vista continues to operate today as an inspiring
gathering place where individuals can become more aware
of and develop their God given talents, keeping the vision of the Christian-Catholic founding priest alive.
"Vista - Wee Yon Wa Untka",
a Sioux Indian translation for "Vista - Our Lady of Hope,"
is a place of refreshment and new beginnings for many.
The natural beauty invites one to walk slowly for a while down the paths carved through fields and woods;
to see wisps of clouds reflected in the smooth surface of the lake; to tune in to the sounds of the Vista - from the soft singing
and chattering of birds, or the gentle whistle
of the wind in the pine trees, or chirping of crickets and frogs,
to the excited cries of youngsters on the sports field.
These many sounds are reminders of the creative presence of God.
You are invited to come to Camp Vista to relax
and be together with Our Lord.
Father Joseph Anthony Fischer - founder of the Vista - was born
on November 4, 1914. He was called to his eternal
reward on May 4, 1997 after 57 years of camping,
36 of which were spent at the Vista.
The Vista developed into a beautiful retreat in the middle
of the Kettle Moraine, largely due to his insight and vision.
Today Camp Vista is keeping all of Fr. Fischer's visions in mind.
It is still a place where ALL are welcome
to experience God's Presence.
In the course of a year, the Vista cabins house people of all ages,
from infants to the elderly. Boy and girl scouts, teens preparing
for Confirmation, college students, families, nursing home
residents, and Christian religious communities
all take up temporary residence at the Camp.
Fr. Joseph Fischer had put out the "Welcome" mat for all of them
and was determined that no one should ever be unable
to attend because of financial difficulty.