SUMMER CAMP

Rec Well summer camp sessions are currently FULL for summer 2022. If you would like to be added to our email list to receive updates about future sessions, sign up here.

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 10 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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OUTCOMES

  • Campers will have the opportunity to play hard, get fit, and live well in a safe campus environment
  • Campers will connect with peers and staff to develop positive, age-appropriate relationships
  • Campers will learn new skills and be introduced to diverse ideas through intentional programming
  • Throughout the camp week, campers will be able to attend, actively participate, contribute, or lead in the activities provided

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!

Summer Camp parent

SESSIONS

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Session 1 - FULL

Space Week

June 13 – 17

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to explore space from right here in Madison? We will be blasting off into summer during our first week of camp.

Hours: 9am-4pm
Drop-off/Pick-up:8:30-9am & 4-4:30pm—Extended drop-off (7:45-8:30am) and extended pick-up (4:30-5:30pm) can be added to your registration. Extended drop-off and pick-up are $10 each or $15 for both.


Fee:
 $215
Deposit: $35

Session 2 - FULL

Camp Around the World

June 20 – 24

Interested in exploring different cultures and backgrounds? As Jr. Active Badgers, let’s take a trip around the world without ever leaving Madison. Come prepared to engage in culturally enriching activities.

Hours: 9am-4pm
Drop-off/Pick-up:
8:30-9am & 4-4:30pm—Extended drop-off (7:45-8:30am) and extended pick-up (4:30-5:30pm) can be added to your registration. Extended drop-off and pick-up are $10 each or $15 for both.
Fee:
$215
Deposit: $35

Session 3 - FULL

Green Week

June 27 – July 1

Curious to know about the process of recycling? Or how the ecosystem works? Learn about how to keep the Earth as sustainable as possible this week. Green Week touches on the key takeaways so we leave this Earth better than we found it.

Hours: 9am-4pm
Drop-off/Pick-up:
8:30-9am & 4-4:30pm—Extended drop-off (7:45-8:30am) and extended pick-up (4:30-5:30pm) can be added to your registration. Extended drop-off and pick-up are $10 each or $15 for both.
Fee:
$215
Deposit: $35

Session 4 - FULL

Animal Week

July 5 – 8

Looking to have the seal-iest time at camp? This week we will explore the animal kingdom. At the end of the week we will crown the Summer Camp’s favorite animal.

Hours: 9am-4pm
Drop-off/Pick-up:
8:30-9am & 4-4:30pm—Extended drop-off (7:45-8:30am) and extended pick-up (4:30-5:30pm) can be added to your registration. Extended drop-off and pick-up are $10 each or $15 for both.
Fee:
$175
Deposit: $35

Session 5 - FULL

Aquatic Adventures

July 11 – 15

Drip, drip, drop. As we are surrounded by two lakes, let’s take a deep dive into the aquatics surrounding the local Madison area while also taking a dip in our very own pool here at the Nick.

Hours: 9am-4pm
Drop-off/Pick-up:
8:30-9am & 4-4:30pm—Extended drop-off (7:45-8:30am) and extended pick-up (4:30-5:30pm) can be added to your registration. Extended drop-off and pick-up are $10 each or $15 for both.
Fee: $215
Deposit: $35

Session 6 - FULL

Superhero Week

July 18 – 22

This week we explore the different characteristics of what a superhero looks like and who inspires us most as we take part in interactive activities that involve making our OWN superhero cape!

Hours: 9am-4pm
Drop-off/Pick-up:
8:30-9am & 4-4:30pm—Extended drop-off (7:45-8:30am) and extended pick-up (4:30-5:30pm) can be added to your registration. Extended drop-off and pick-up are $10 each or $15 for both.
Fee:
$215
Deposit: $35

Session 7 - FULL

Treasure Hunt

July 25 – 29

X marks the spot this week! Join us this week as we explore different obstacles that lead us to a magical treasure.

Hours: 9am-4pm
Drop-off/Pick-up:
8:30-9am & 4-4:30pm—Extended drop-off (7:45-8:30am) and extended pick-up (4:30-5:30pm) can be added to your registration. Extended drop-off and pick-up are $10 each or $15 for both.
Fees:
$215
Deposit: $35

Session 8 - FULL

Character Week

August 1 – 5

Ever wanted to dress up as a character from one of your favorite movies or shows but your grown up said no? Well, now it’s your time to shine! This week we celebrate the variety of everyone’s favorite character.

Hours: 9am-4pm
Drop-off/Pick-up:
8:30-9am & 4-4:30pm—Extended drop-off (7:45-8:30am) and extended pick-up (4:30-5:30pm) can be added to your registration. Extended drop-off and pick-up are $10 each or $15 for both.
Fee:
$215
Deposit: $35

Session 9 - FULL

Explore the Outdoors

August 8 -12

Get some fresh air with us this week. There is nothing like a refreshing nature walk to discover the land we live on as we explore the outdoors. Campers will learn about the environment and receive a better understanding of the Madison area.

Hours: 9am-4pm
Drop-off/Pick-up:
8:30-9am & 4-4:30pm—Extended drop-off (7:45-8:30am) and extended pick-up (4:30-5:30pm) can be added to your registration. Extended drop-off and pick-up are $10 each or $15 for both.
Fee:
$215
Deposit: $35

Session 10 - FULL

Camp Olympics

August 15 -19

Who will be crowned the Summer 2022 Camp Olympics winner? Join us in our final week as we wind down the summer with a series of activities that will bring out the fun-loving and competitive spirit in everyone, even our staff!

Hours: 9am-4pm
Drop-off/Pick-up:
8:30-9am & 4-4:30pm—Extended drop-off (7:45-8:30am) and extended pick-up (4:30-5:30pm) can be added to your registration. Extended drop-off and pick-up are $10 each or $15 for both.
Fee:
$215
Deposit: $35

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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 or COVID-19 policies). Grown-ups will be notified immediately if a session is altered in any way.

If a participant must cancel a session for any reason (including COVID-19), the session deposit will be forfeited. All cancellations must be made in email. 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. Campers should bring a bathing suit and towel daily as well as a bag to put these in after swimming. 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. Families will receive our camp cell phone number before their session.

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.

Grown-ups should pack a small snack for the morning and afternoon along with a lunch each day for their child and a water bottle. 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.

Rec Well Summer Camp is located at the Nicholas Recreation Center. Additional campus locations include Cole Recreation Area and Near West Fields. Our weekly field trips occur across campus. We either walk or ride the campus bus to these locations.

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 Abby Van Note, who is a professional staff member at University Recreation & Wellbeing. Our camp counselors and supervisors are students at UW-Madison.

In addition to CPR, AED, and First Aid certification, all camp staff complete youth protections trainings. These include Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect and Sexual Misconduct and Cleary Crimes in Youth Activities: Reporting and Prevention.

SAMPLE ACTIVITIES

  • Campus field trips and activities (two per week)
  • Free swim at least 3 times per week
  • 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)
  • Supervised indoor and outdoor free-choice time
  • Competitive and non-competitive sports and field games

SCHOLARSHIPS

Rec Well is pleased to be able to offer financial support through camp scholarships made possible by the Madison Area Sports Commission.

Applicants must be Dane County residents, must be eligible for Free and Reduced Meals through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and must not be attending any other programs while participating in Rec Well Summer Camp. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Each camper is eligible for 1 scholarships per summer.

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HEALTH & SAFETY POLICIES

On top of policies from UW System, we are following specific guidance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Public Health Madison Dane County, and the CDC as we prepare for Summer 2022.

We will…

  • Clean equipment using cleaning and disinfecting solutions, including Virex, TBQuat, and EnvirOx
  • Clean high-touch surfaces and equipment regularly with cleaning and disinfecting solutions
  • Encourage hand washing for all campers and staff
  • Plan many of our activities outside
  • Report any positive tests and close contacts in accordance with UW System Policy
  • Encourage all guests over the age of 5 visiting our campuses to get vaccinated, as vaccinations are the greatest defense against the spread of COVID-19

You will…

  • Screen daily for symptoms prior to arriving at camp
  • Stay home if you’re feeling sick
  • Avoid gathering in common areas
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering facilities and throughout your visit
  • Follow all cleaning protocols
  • Report any positive COVID-19 test results received within three days after the final day of programming