Summer Camp

Our summer day camp features recreational activities and on and off-campus field trips with partners including Outdoor UW, Babcock Hall Dairy Store, science labs, and more for 11 one-week sessions. We strive to provide a supportive and enjoyable environment for children ages 5-12 where learning and fun go hand in hand. Each participant will receive one complimentary summer camp t-shirt. (Score!)

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Please email youth@recwell.wisc.edu with any registration questions.

Registration

Payment and registration needs to be completed at least one week prior to the start of the session. During registration, please make sure to add a full list of trusted contacts for anyone who may pick up your camper. If your camper has any additional needs that would help us better serve them, please also submit an Accommodation Request.

Full day session (9am – 4pm): $195/child
Afternoon-only session (12:30 – 4pm): $125/child
Drop-off (8 – 9am): FREE
Pick-up (4 – 5pm): FREE

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pick-up & drop-off MAP

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Please email youth@recwell.wisc.edu with any registration questions.

COVID-19

At this time, there is no impact to summer 2020 precollege programs on campus at UW-Madison. We are monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and will provide any updates. In the event that your child’s academic year is extended into summer camp, we will waive the cancellation fee with proof of this change.

Dates

New! This summer, we will be dividing campers into activity groups based on their grade (K-2 and 3-7) instead of their age.

SESSIONS

Session Dates Theme Field Trip
1* June 8 – 12 Rock & Roll UW Geology Museum
2 June 15 – 19 Making Waves Center for Limnology
3 June 22 – 26 Monkey Around Henry Vilas Zoo
4** June 29 – July 1 Stars & Stripes Space Place
5 July 6 – 10 Garden Games Allen Centennial Garden
6 July 13 – 17 On the Terrace Terrace Art Zone
7 July 20 – 24 Moovement Babcock Dairy & Cattle Center
8 July 27 – 31 Olympics Camp Randall
9 August 3 – 7 Growing Community F.H. King Farm at Eagle Heights
10*** August 10 – 14 Lights & Sirens UWPD
11*** August 17 – 21 Summer Bash Outdoor UW

*This session will be capped at 45 campers due to some schools still being in session. There will be a waitlist.
**Prices for this 3-day session will be $125/child for full-day and $75/child for afternoon-only.
***These sessions will be capped at 55 campers due to uncertain timelines for the Nicholas Recreation Center and the Natatorium. There will be a waitlist.

All field trips are scheduled, but subject to change based on the discretion of camp staff. Each week, we will go on two field trips: one will be those outlined above, and the other will be a rotation between various campus partners including Outdoor UW, Adventure Learning Programs, Babcock Hall Diary Store, and more.

CAMP ORIENTATIONS

Orientations are highly recommended for all families who are new to Rec Well Summer Camp, but all families are welcome. Registration for orientations will open later this spring. Both children and adults can attend. For adults we will provide an overview of camp, facility tour, and the ability to meet some of our staff. For children we will provide the chance to get to know some counselors and  sneak-peek of some of our favorite camp games. All family orientations will take place in the Natatorium from 5-6pm.

      • Wednesday, June 3
      • Tuesday, June 9
      • Monday, June 29
      • Tuesday, July 28

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Our son enjoyed camp and the counselors. He spoke highly of the activities and rated this one of the top summer camps he attended this year!

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Sample Activities

For campers entering grades K-2

  • Movement (Red Light/Green Light, Line-Tag, Islands)
  • Throwing (Throwing for Points, Take out the Garbage, Alaskan Baseball)
  • Kicking (Squish the Bug, Kickball, Soccer)
  • Catching (Wonder-ball)
  • Non-competitive sport and field games
  • Campus field trips and activities

For campers entering grades 3-7

  • Cooperative team building games
  • Supervised indoor and outdoor free-choice time
  • Competitive and non-competitive sports and field games
  • Leadership-building activities
  • On and off campus field trips and activities

Sample Activity Schedule

Important Information

In the event that your child’s academic year is extended into summer camp due to COVID-19, we will waive the cancellation fee with proof of this change.

We reserve the right to cancel any session or modify activities due to under enrollment, facility problems, staff concerns, or circumstances beyond our control (i.e. rain, electrical outages). Parents will be notified immediately if a session is altered in any way.

If a participant must cancel a session, the session deposit will be forfeited. All cancellations must be made in writing. Any requests to change sessions may be made by emailing youth@recwell.wisc.edu.

Participants should come to camp dressed for a full day of activity. We recommend outdoor activity clothes and activity shoes. Open-toed shoes will NOT be permitted. Campers should bring aforementioned items in a well-marked backpack or athletic bag.

All emergencies can be communicated by email, directly to camp staff at youth@recwell.wisc.edu or by calling the Natatorium front desk at (608) 262-3742.

We reserve the right to dismiss a camper if their behavior jeopardizes the safety and wellbeing of the camper or others.

Campers may bring cell phones as long as they are kept in their bags at all times and do not cause distractions during the day. We reserve the right to confiscate any electronic devices deemed a distraction to planned activities. We are not responsible for lost, broken, or stolen items.

Parents should pack a small snack for the morning and afternoon along with a lunch each day for their child. We cannot provide refrigeration, so please pack all food in an insulated lunch box and mark everything you bring with your child’s name. Absolutely no sharing of food is permitted among campers.

All payment and registration must be completed via CampDoc one week prior to session start.

Protection Plan: CampDoc provides the option for a protection plan for travel & emergency medical protection. We do not require this purchase.

Trusted Contacts: Anyone listed as a trusted contact will be permitted to pick up your child. Be sure to add a full list of trusted contacts to your CampDoc profile. Here is a guide to add trusted contacts to your CampDoc profile.

Waitlist: If registration is full for a session, you may add your child to the waitlist. If openings occur for this session we will contact on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment will be due within 24 hours of moving your child off the waitlist. If you would like to remove yourself from the waitlist please email youth@recwell.wisc.edu.

Camp staff are required to be American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED certified for employment. Similarly, camp staff are also trained to respond to a variety of emergency situations. Regardless of severity, all accidents are recorded and filed.

In the event of a minor accident, staff will provide basic care and complete an accident report. At end-of-day pickup, an authorized caregiver will be informed of any recorded accidents. Copies are available upon request.

In the event of a medical emergency, emergency services and an authorized caregiver will be contacted. An authorized caregiver must arrive prior to emergency services if they wish to refuse ambulance transportation. If an authorized caregiver is not available, a camp staff member will accompany the child to the emergency room until an authorized caregiver assumes custodial care.

Care must be documented, regardless of mode of transportation. Failure to provide care is considered neglect, which staff must report to Child Protective Services.

Due to legal restrictions, staff will never transport campers in personal vehicles.

Our energetic and well-qualified staff are ready to spend an exciting summer with the campers. Rec Well Summer Camp is under the direction of Chad Schultz and Abby Van Note, who are professional staff members at University Recreation & Wellbeing. Our camp counselors and supervisors are students at UW-Madison with prior experience working with children.

In addition to CPR, AED, and First Aid certification from the American Red Cross, all camp staff complete additional trainings in Child Protection Services, Title IX, and Mental Health First Aid.