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!)

We are actively planning for summer camp 2022 and plan to open registration in early March.

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  • 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!

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  • Campus field trips and activities (two per week)
  • Daily free swim
  • 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


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

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 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 New Wear 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

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 from the American Red Cross, all camp staff complete additional trainings in Child Protection Services and Title IX.


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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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, University Recreation & Wellbeing is following University of Wisconsin System Guidance for Minors for all COVID-19 health and safety policies. You can find more about policy specifics here. All Spring 2022 programs are considered Single Day Activities (Section 5D).

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
  • Keep campers in their small groups with limited exposure to other groups
  • 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