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 where learning and fun go hand in hand. Each participant will receive one complimentary summer camp t-shirt. (Score!)

Full day session (9am – 4pm): $195/child
Afternoon-only session (12:30 – 4pm): $125/child 

Registration will open in early February.
Please email youth@recwell.wisc.edu with any questions.

Registration & Dates

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.

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

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Session Dates

SESSIONS

Session Dates
1* June 8 – 12
2 June 15 – 19
3 June 22 – 26
4** June 29 – July 1
5 July 6 – 10
6 July 13 – 17
7 July 20 – 24
8 July 27 – 31
9 August 3 – 7
10*** August 10 – 14
11*** August 17 – 21

*This session will be capped at 40 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 40 campers due to uncertain timelines for the Nicholas Recreation Center and the Natatorium. There will be a waitlist. Currently, PM-only sessions will not be available during these sessions. We may add PM sessions once we have finalized timelines for both facilities.

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

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

Policies

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.

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.

Thank you for choosing us to take care of your Jr. Badger(s) this summer. Your camper’s safety is our main concern in ensuring they have an enjoyable summer camp experience. All of our counselors are American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED certified and are trained to call 911 and provide care until help arrives. Below outlines our safety policies in case of an emergency. If you have any concerns about these policies, please do not hesitate to contact us.

In the event of a life or limb-threatening injury:

  • As a reminder, our counselors are trained in Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR, and AED. In the event we need to call 911 for a serious emergency, we will do our best to notify you and ask for your input before accompanying your child in an ambulance to the hospital.
  • Limb-threatening: broken limbs and/or possible loss of limb (in the case of a broken limb, we will call you first)
  • Life-threatening: loss of consciousness, heart-related emergencies, and severe blood loss (we will call 911 and ride in the ambulance with your camper to the hospital)

If a camper does need an ambulance ride:

  • A counselor will ride with and stay with the camper until you or an emergency contact can arrive. Our counselors are unable to transport campers to hospital.

Our energetic and well-qualified staff are ready to spend an exciting summer with the campers. The staff is comprised of UW professionals, certified school teachers, and highly-motivated college students. The camp is under the direction of Chad Schultz and Abby Van Note, who are professional staff members at University Recreation & Wellbeing.