Middle School U

Choose it.  Try it.  Love it!  Middle School U (MSU) offers students the opportunity to try a variety of week-long programs during the summer all in one convenient location!  Our experienced and talented instructors enjoy sharing their passions with course participants.  MSU provides students an ideal environment to develop their independence and build supportive relationships with peers and staff.  Students spend their summer days exploring and developing new interests with over 80 different courses to choose from, including fencing, archery, baking, computer programming & coding, dog behavior & training, Lego robotics and rock climbing and more! 

Middle School U is located at Memorial High School, 201 S. Gammon Road, Madison 53717.


 

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Ages | Entering grades 6-9.

Enrollment & Fees | The number of participants in each course is based on an appropriate instructor-student ratio and is, therefore, limited.  Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Fees for each course are listed next to the course descriptions.  A $25 deposit per course is due at the time of registration to be applied toward the course fee.   The remaining amount of fees is due Monday (5 p.m.) five business days prior to the start of the program week.  Middle School U offers courses from June 12-August 18.  There are no courses Monday and Tuesday, July 3 and 4. Courses with low enrollment will be canceled.

Registration Deadline | You may register or add weeks any time until the end of the business day on Friday (5:30 p.m.) six business days prior to the week being requested, provided space is available.

Hours | Morning courses are from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  Afternoon courses are from 1-4 p.m.  All-day courses are from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Students enrolled in a morning course can arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. and can remain as late as 1 p.m.   Students enrolled in an afternoon course can arrive as early as 12 p.m. and can remain as late as 5:45 p.m.  Students arrive and depart from courses independently and are expected to sign into and sign out of each course on an attendance sheet.  Parents should call the attendance line, 608-276-9898, before the course start time, to report absences and late arrivals. Please note:  on Friday, August 18, all MSU participants must be picked up by 4:45 p.m.

Course Location | Madison's west side. Some are taught off-site at area businesses and schools.  Course descriptions will note off-site course locations.

Off-Site Courses & Field Trips | Transportation from MSU for field trips or to other course locations is provided by school bus, shuttle bus or van.  Due to the number of courses and the number of students being transported, the bus or van schedule may vary by 10 to 15 minutes.  It is imperative that students taking off-site courses be on time for the start of their courses, 9 a.m. or 1 p.m.  Buses will not be held for late arrivals.  Course transportation schedules for the current week will be emailed to parents the week prior and available at MSU for the convenience of students and parents.

Snacks and Lunches | Students who are on-site for lunch need to bring their own meal which does not require refrigeration or heating.  Snack is provided mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and milk is provided for lunch and snacks.

Non-Course Time | MSU staff supervise free-choice, independent activities before and after course time and during the lunch hour.  There is no additional charge for this time. 

Lost, Stolen or Damaged Personal Property | MSU is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged personal property, including clothing.  Students are discouraged from bringing personal items beyond what is needed for the day.  Parents and students are encouraged to label their personal items.

Participation in Middle School U: Differing Abilities and Health Concerns | Each registration that indicates a student has differing abilities or health concerns will be reviewed to determine necessary accommodations that will best meet the needs of the student.  Our goal is to provide a safe and successful environment for every student.  MSU program management staff will work with parents to create an accommodation plan that meets the needs of the student and the program.  This plan will be shared with staff and course providers as necessary.  We acknowledge that MSU may not meet the individual needs of all students and families.

Behavioral Expectations | If a student is experiencing difficulty due to an inappropriate behavior, the program staff will work with the student and family to help the student improve his/her behavior.  MSU reserves the right to remove or suspend a student from the program if the student has needs that cannot be accommodated within the normal staffing pattern or if the safety of the student, staff or other students is jeopardized.

Sunscreen/Insect Repellent | Wisconsin Youth Company will provide Rocky Mountain SPF 30 sunscreen and Cutter All Family Pump Spray, 7% DEET to MSU students.  MSU staff, instructors and contracted businesses are not responsible for these applications.  If your student requires a different strength or brand of sunscreen or insect repellent, please have your student bring it.

Acknowledgement of Risk Forms | Course-specific acknowledgement and assumption of risk, waiver and release of liability forms are required at time of registration.

Qualified and Experienced Staff | Courses are led by instructors and staff from area businesses selected for their course-related skills and experience with and interest in working with middle school students.  MSU is also staffed by site directors and youth leaders who assist instructors, and supervise and support students during non-course time.

Keeping Parents Informed | Parents registering online will receive an emailed confirmation of their child’s registration along with a welcome packet including a student/parent handbook and payment instructions.  You may request a printed welcome packet by contacting the administrative office.  Parents who do not provide an email address will receive a printed confirmation of their child’s registration along with a printed welcome packet.  During the summer, parents will receive an email the week prior to the course with helpful reminders, and the sign-in area will have posters or notices providing important information.  Parents should feel free to contact our office or any of the on-site directors with questions or concerns.

Social Media | Follow Wisconsin Youth Company on Facebook! In order to share our summer fun with our friends and families, we will periodically post photos of our amazing MSU adventures on our Facebook page. Feel free to like and share them. Wisconsin Youth Company abides by our photo release policy which can be found on the registration form (part 1A) and in the MSU Student-Parent Handbook which will be sent out after registration and will be available at site.

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Set your eyes to the sky and prepare for your feet to leave the ground. This course focuses on all things in the air. Climb through the trees at Heightened Adventures Aerial Park, and travel over rivers, trees and cliffs with Big Foot Zip Line Tours. Learn all things aviation at the EAA AirVenture Museum. Hone your climbing, belaying and bouldering techniques at Boulders Climbing Gym. Your inner adventurer will soar through this course!


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) July 31-August 4
    • all-day
Course Provider
Rob McCoy

is Wisconsin Youth Company's Summer Program Assistant. He has been working with different camps for the last 15 years and is excited for his next adventure. When not at camp, he can be found playing games, working on his house or sitting around a campfire. Join Rob as he hikes, bikes, swims and paddles through summer. 

Cari Hauge

Frostings, fondants and fun are what this course is all about. Turn simple recipes into complex frosting creations and learn more about how to create edible designs with nothing more than a piping bag and your imagination. Take home your very own piping bag and set of decorating tips to keep the frosting flowing all year!


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) July 5-7
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Alexis Larson-Simon

Create authentic anime and manga-style artwork! This course will cover figure drawing in the manga style, with lessons in anatomy, proportions, facial construction, expression and poses. Discover the different types of Manga and Japanese stories while you develop and personalize your manga drawing style.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • June 12-16
    • a.m.
  • July 31-August 4
    • a.m.
Course Provider
AJ Popp

graduated from AI Minnesota with a degree in Graphic Design and Business Management.  She's worked as a freelance designer, writer and creative consultant for over seven years.  AJ is passionate about other cultures, world affairs, creativity, history and all things adventurous.

Brittany Fahres

Brittany Fahres is thrilled to be instructing students in Manga/Anime as well as Painting at Middle School U! She is a passionate artist as well as a recent University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate. She has been student teaching full time in elementary, middle, and high schools around the Madison area, and has come to treasure the students she instructs and the lessons she has planned. Her approach to teaching is fresh, yet continually updated with new lessons, teaching strategies, and different sources of inspiration for her students. She strives to bring passion for the arts into the classroom, and create an environment for lifelong learning.

Experience all the amazing aquatics activities that Wisconsin has to offer. Instructors from MSCR will prepare us with canoeing and kayaking skills. Swim, fish and stand up paddleboard on Lake Wingra. Kayak across Lake Waubesa and put your canoeing skills to the test on the Wisconsin River. Slide into the weekend with a day at Noah's Ark Waterpark! If you love all things water, then this is the course for you. Participants in this course must be a swim level 2 or 3 as indicated on the swim and aquatic activity permission form. 

Transportation provided daily for field trips.   


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 17-21
    • all-day
Course Provider
Rob McCoy

is Wisconsin Youth Company's Summer Program Assistant. He has been working with different camps for the last 15 years and is excited for his next adventure. When not at camp, he can be found playing games, working on his house or sitting around a campfire. Join Rob as he hikes, bikes, swims and paddles through summer. 

Kelsey Hanson

What sport is thousands of years old, can be learned at any age and challenges both the body and the mind? Archery! It doesn't matter if you’ve never picked up a bow or you're an avid shooter, come challenge yourself! Learn under the guidance of NASP trained instructors in a safe and engaging environment.  Nock an arrow, loose the end and shoot straight; it's going to be a blast. Bullseye!


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) June 12-16
    • a.m.
  • (wait-list available) June 12-16
    • p.m.
  • (wait-list available) June 26-30
    • p.m.
  • (wait-list available) July 17-21
    • a.m.
  • (wait-list available) July 24–28
    • a.m.
  • (wait-list available) August 7-11
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Sarah Weston

has been with MSU for a few years and cannot wait for another summer! During the school year, Sarah works with Wisconsin Youth Company as the site supervisor at Franklin Elementary School’s AFTER SCHOOL program. She is looking forward to Pokemon battles, nerdy inside jokes and other fun. 

Jim Petersen

is a middle school engineering teacher in Johnson Creek. He graduated from UW-Platteville with a degree in Technology Education in 2005. He is an eagle scout, and has been involved in scouting for over 25 years. Jim has over 10 years of summer camp teaching experience in the areas of outdoor skills and shooting sports.

Eamon Montgomery
Rob McCoy

is Wisconsin Youth Company's Summer Program Assistant. He has been working with different camps for the last 15 years and is excited for his next adventure. When not at camp, he can be found playing games, working on his house or sitting around a campfire. Join Rob as he hikes, bikes, swims and paddles through summer. 

Explore the hidden treasures that Madison has to offer. Experience art on a new level during this week-long journey through Madison. Find inspiration in unexpected but familiar places like the Henry Vilas Zoo or downtown at the Capitol and create your own unique works of art! Think art is just for the classroom, think again! 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • August 14-18
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Josh Ludke

is an art teacher at Orchard Ridge Elementary School.  He leads trips for Wander Wisconsin and has been with Wisconsin Youth Company since 2000. Josh enjoys all kinds of music and art, being in nature, wacky card games, storytelling, magic and all things fun!

Prepare yourself for the many responsibilities associated with caring for infants and toddlers. Learn to make good decisions regarding the health and safety of young children as well as basic care skills. Put your new skills to work on the last day with the children at one of our area day camps. This course also includes emergency first aid skills training. Participants who complete the course satisfactorily and pass a written exam will be Red Cross certified in babysitting and pediatric first aid and CPR.

Transportation provided for field trip.

 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • June 19-23
    • a.m.
  • July 10-14
    • a.m.
  • July 31-August 4
    • a.m.
Course Provider
CPR Training Specialists, LLC
CPR Training Specialists, LLC

are Licensed Training Partners (LTP) with the American Red Cross.  The instructors are enthusiastic, experienced educators and the certification at completion is through the American Red Cross.

Stir up the fun and bake away! Prepare and enjoy a variety of baked goods, from fluffy biscuits to tasty muffins and more! Develop your culinary skills while learning about kitchen safety and sanitation. Grab a baking sheet, cake pan and mixing bowl, and bake your way through a delicious week.

Transportation provided daily to Hamilton Middle School.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) June 19-23
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Gear up to learn the ABC's of bike maintenance; air, brakes and chains! Learn the importance of regular maintenance with daily lessons and take a short ride each day if time allows. All students will need a multi-gear bike in good working condition, a bike lock, a bike helmet and a water bottle. 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • June 19-23
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Need to get going? Why not use your bike? Decide where you want to go and learn how to get there using the many bike paths that run through Madison. This beginner/chill-rider biking course is designed to give you a chance to discover how and where your bike can take you. All students will need a multi-gear bike in good working condition, a bike lock, a bike helmet and a water bottle.  All riders must be capable of biking for several hours at a comfortable pace.

Transportation to or from local trails will be provided on select days.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • June 26-30
    • all-day
  • July 24–28
    • all-day
Course Provider
Kelsey Hanson

Learn the thinking-person’s pool game! From basic shot techniques to advanced strategies, learn to enjoy a game that challenges your mind as well as your hand-eye coordination. Experience the game using the best equipment at a local Madison billiards hall.

Transportation provided daily to Union South.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) August 14-18
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Kelsey Hanson

Get ready for some unplugged gaming fun! Challenge your mind with all kinds of board and card games, and enjoy friendly competition. Play old favorites and discover new and unusual games. Learn traditional and not-so-traditional card games while using strategy and your imagination. Participate in a round-robin game tournament or use the uninterrupted time to play longer, more complex versions of games.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 5-7
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Eamon Montgomery

Is there a better way to spend a summer day than fishing?  We don’t think so!  Fish some of Madison’s hot spots.  Spend time in beautiful natural areas learning to fish or honing your skills.  Learn basic boating and water safety skills, fishing techniques, equipment use, knot tying, fishing safety, and fish identification. Come get “hooked” for a week of angling fun and adventure! Please bring water shoes. Participants in this course must be a swim level 2 or 3 as indicated on the swim and aquatic activity permission form.  

Transportation provided daily for field trips.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 5-7
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Rob McCoy

is Wisconsin Youth Company's Summer Program Assistant. He has been working with different camps for the last 15 years and is excited for his next adventure. When not at camp, he can be found playing games, working on his house or sitting around a campfire. Join Rob as he hikes, bikes, swims and paddles through summer. 

Get creative and discover the ancient art of bookbinding! This craft offers countless options for selecting ornate papers, unique fabrics, ribbons and other decorative touches. Learn the fundamentals of binding from Coptic stitch to Japanese stab binding. Align and fold your way through endless combinations. It's going to be a real page turner!


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 5-7
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Kati Walsh

is an elementary art teacher in the Madison Metropolitan School District, and has just finished her eighth year teaching. She has taught all ages through MSU, MSCR and Monroe Street Arts Center. Last summer, she taught the MSU painting course through Monroe Street Art Center and it was such a pleasure she is back for more!

Think anyone can bowl? You’re right! But you can take your game to the next level by nailing the basics such as finding the right ball, solid footwork and a smooth release. Learn from an avid recreational bowler willing to share the strategies and enjoyment of this popular Wisconsin activity. You may even learn how to keep score the “old-fashioned” way, with a pencil and a score sheet.

Transportation provided to and from Schwoegler's Park Towne Lanes, 444 Grand Canyon Dr., Madison.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) June 26-30
    • p.m.
  • (wait-list available) August 14-18
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Josh Ludke

is an art teacher at Orchard Ridge Elementary School.  He leads trips for Wander Wisconsin and has been with Wisconsin Youth Company since 2000. Josh enjoys all kinds of music and art, being in nature, wacky card games, storytelling, magic and all things fun!

T.B.A.

Tap into a performance art that is decades old. For as long as there have been sticks people have been finding ways to produce sounds from the objects in their everyday lives. Discover techniques to create beats and rhythms using nothing more than a bucket, a set of sticks and your newly acquired skills. You don't have to have musical talent to have fun finding the beat in this course.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • August 7-11
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Eamon Montgomery

Let the games begin! Discover different games you can create with the right combination of tools. Create a hand-crafted chess or checker board, design a kubb or bean bag toss or find another design that suits you. Create your plan and then shape, glue and sand your way to hours of fun.   


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 24–28
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Jim Petersen

is a middle school engineering teacher in Johnson Creek. He graduated from UW-Platteville with a degree in Technology Education in 2005. He is an eagle scout, and has been involved in scouting for over 25 years. Jim has over 10 years of summer camp teaching experience in the areas of outdoor skills and shooting sports.

The city bus is your ticket to a week of adventure! Decide where you want to go and then navigate your way by learning how to use the city bus system. Choose destinations such as Ultrazone: Laser Tag or Goodman Pool and plan your day. The course fee includes admission fees and a Madison Metro city bus pass that you can use for the rest of the summer! Participants may go on a field trip that includes swimming and must therefore be a swim level 2 or 3 as indicated on the swim and aquatic activity permission form.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) June 12-16
    • all-day
Course Provider
Josh Ludke

is an art teacher at Orchard Ridge Elementary School.  He leads trips for Wander Wisconsin and has been with Wisconsin Youth Company since 2000. Josh enjoys all kinds of music and art, being in nature, wacky card games, storytelling, magic and all things fun!

Express your creativity through edible art! Bake, frost and decorate your own delicious creations. Fill cupcakes, sculpt fondant and whip up new frosting recipes. Make and take home a completed cake and a kit containing professional decorating supplies. No doubt about it, you will have a sweet experience!

Transportation provided daily to Hamilton Middle School.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) June 12-16
    • p.m.
  • (wait-list available) July 10-14
    • p.m.
  • (wait-list available) July 24–28
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Alexis Larson-Simon
T.B.A.

Let your inner adventurer out. Join us and look at your state from a different viewpoint. Go on a geocaching treasure hunt using hand held GPS units. Navigate your way to specific locations and discover hidden secrets. Duck under the earth into Cave of the Mounds and Eagle Cave. A mini course in orienteering will also be a part of this week’s adventures. We will even find time to go for a swim so pack a swim suit. Make sure you are prepared for some rough terrain walking and bring appropriate footwear (no flip-flops), a daypack and a water bottle. Participants in this course must be a swim level 2 or 3 as indicated on the swim and aquatic activity permission form.  

Transportation provided daily for field trips.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) July 10-14
    • all-day
Course Provider
Josh Ludke

is an art teacher at Orchard Ridge Elementary School.  He leads trips for Wander Wisconsin and has been with Wisconsin Youth Company since 2000. Josh enjoys all kinds of music and art, being in nature, wacky card games, storytelling, magic and all things fun!

Mold, throw and sculpt your way through clay. Gain first-hand experience with our professional quality pottery wheels and learn pottery wheel throwing techniques from a trained artist. You won't know what your creativity will bring until you turn on your imagination and spin out something great!


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) July 24–28
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Josh Ludke

is an art teacher at Orchard Ridge Elementary School.  He leads trips for Wander Wisconsin and has been with Wisconsin Youth Company since 2000. Josh enjoys all kinds of music and art, being in nature, wacky card games, storytelling, magic and all things fun!

Be the chef and the judge in this fun and challenging cooking course. Start each day with a new basket of ingredients and work with your team to create the best dish for the judges and each other. Plate it, serve it and hope they LOVE it! This course will challenge your inner chef and inspire creative concoctions. Come find out what's in your basket!

Transportation provided daily to Hamilton Middle School.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) June 12-16
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Sarah Weston

has been with MSU for a few years and cannot wait for another summer! During the school year, Sarah works with Wisconsin Youth Company as the site supervisor at Franklin Elementary School’s AFTER SCHOOL program. She is looking forward to Pokemon battles, nerdy inside jokes and other fun. 

Comic books, manga and graphic novels blend art, literature and imagination to transport us on fantastic journeys and adventures. Learn how to use words and pictures together to tell a story and create comics of your very own. Don't think you can draw?  Don't worry, advanced skills in art are not required for this course. Come prepared for a lot of fun and to love comics!  


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 10-14
    • a.m.
Course Provider
AJ Popp

graduated from AI Minnesota with a degree in Graphic Design and Business Management.  She's worked as a freelance designer, writer and creative consultant for over seven years.  AJ is passionate about other cultures, world affairs, creativity, history and all things adventurous.

How did comic book heroes that we have known our whole lives become the characters we know and love today? Do you really know their back-stories? How did their characters develop? Explore these topics with a comic book aficionado and fly into the world of developing your own comic book heroes.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • June 19-23
    • a.m.
Course Provider
AJ Popp

graduated from AI Minnesota with a degree in Graphic Design and Business Management.  She's worked as a freelance designer, writer and creative consultant for over seven years.  AJ is passionate about other cultures, world affairs, creativity, history and all things adventurous.

Split the dough, grease your cookie sheet and bake your way to deliciousness. Discover the secrets of creative cookie concoctions and invent a new recipe to try and share. You will find that there's more than one way to serve up a cookie in this week-long cookie baking extravaganza!

Transportation provided daily to Hamilton Middle School.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) July 24–28
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Maya Kadakia

is a middle school teacher with over 16 years of experience.  She also teaches African Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Maya loves to travel, read and cook! 

Sizzle, simmer and steam your way through a variety of recipes. Add a gourmet twist to classic recipes such as tacos or pancakes or discover a new favorite recipe. From beef stroganoff to stews and soups, see where your culinary skills will take you. Any way you season it, this class will keep you cooking!

Transportation provided daily to Hamilton Middle School.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 10-14
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Maya Kadakia

is a middle school teacher with over 16 years of experience.  She also teaches African Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Maya loves to travel, read and cook! 

Explore the world of digital animation in this tech-friendly hands-on course. Create your story lines, design your backdrop, develop your characters and then edit your productions. Bring your stories to life using stop motion animations and other technology. You don't have to be tech savvy to create awesome animation!


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) August 7-11
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Josh Ludke

is an art teacher at Orchard Ridge Elementary School.  He leads trips for Wander Wisconsin and has been with Wisconsin Youth Company since 2000. Josh enjoys all kinds of music and art, being in nature, wacky card games, storytelling, magic and all things fun!

Kati Walsh

is an elementary art teacher in the Madison Metropolitan School District, and has just finished her eighth year teaching. She has taught all ages through MSU, MSCR and Monroe Street Arts Center. Last summer, she taught the MSU painting course through Monroe Street Art Center and it was such a pleasure she is back for more!

Photo editing has revolutionized photography. Decide on the subject of your photograph then point, click and edit away! Learn the basics of compositions, angles, lighting, lenses and use your creativity to bring new life to old familiar objects. Visit spots like Olbrich Gardens and the Henry Vilas Zoo to capture the beauty of a single moment. What will inspire you? 

Transportation provided for field trips.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) August 7-11
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Melinda Pine

is Wisconsin Youth Company's Marketing Assistant. Digital photography has served her well as both a favorite hobby and a professional skill for several years. Melinda looks back fondly on the digital photography course she took at Middle School U when she was in middle school, and she looks forward to teaching a similar class. Aside from photography, in her spare time she enjoys making crafts, including knitting, crocheting and pottery. 

Madison is home to some of the finest disc golf courses in the state. Hone your skills by trying out different discs and learning their tricks. In Ultimate Frisbee, you’ll use teamwork, accuracy and your athleticism to move the disc down the field with your team. No matter your speed, this course is for you! 

Transportation provided daily to area parks & disc golf courses.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • June 12-16
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Drop a beat, create your bassline and mix your sounds. Explore a variety of music and learn the art of record spinning from an experienced DJ. Work with high-quality equipment and get hands-on training incorporating fun games and tricks of the trade into your DJ party. Spin a message of positivity and belonging by picking appropriate selections from your favorite tunes. If you are available, test out your skills and help DJ the all-summer day camp party at Olin Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Transportation provided daily to Wisconsin Youth Company, 1201 McKenna Blvd., Madison.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • August 14-18
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Tony Travis

has spent much of his adult life working with and mentoring youth.  He is a DJ and hip hop artist and co-owns H.U.G. E. Family Entertainment which manages, records and promotes local hip hop performers.  Tony enjoys football, hip hop, writing, organized team sports and cooking.

Do you love dogs? Would you like to learn how to communicate with dogs and teach them fun, useful tricks? If so, you’ll love this course! We’ll be discussing many fun topics related to dog behavior and training, including using positive reinforcement methods to train new behaviors, reading canine body language, teaching household manners and impressive tricks and more. You’ll have the opportunity to work hands-on with many friendly dogs and come away with a fantastic foundation for a greater understanding of your canine friends!

Transportation provided daily to The Dog Den, 1019 Jonathon Dr., Madison.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) June 12-16
    • p.m.
  • (wait-list available) July 10-14
    • p.m.
  • (wait-list available) August 7-11
    • p.m.
Course Provider
The Dog Den
The Dog Den

is proud to have been providing exceptional dog daycare and training for dogs in the Madison area since 2004.  At the Dog Den, we treat the dogs like our very own by providing a safe, supervised, and structured atmosphere for them to play, socialize, and learn with others.  Each of our pack members is very important to us, and we strive to help them succeed through positive reinforcement training, socialization, and fun!

From skateboards to bridges, engineers design and build just about everything! We'll have a brief introduction to basic principles of engineering, then you will quickly begin to experience the design process. As teams of engineers, you will be given tasks where you must develop, construct and test solutions.  But you must keep in mind real life constraints, such as time and money. Get the chance to design and build different projects ranging from bridges to cars and even design your own gliders.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 10-14
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Jim Petersen

is a middle school engineering teacher in Johnson Creek. He graduated from UW-Platteville with a degree in Technology Education in 2005. He is an eagle scout, and has been involved in scouting for over 25 years. Jim has over 10 years of summer camp teaching experience in the areas of outdoor skills and shooting sports.

Whether you consider it a starter or an appetizer, we've got you covered. Create a variety of entrées from seafood to vegetarian dishes from scratch. Work with a variety of foods and familiarize yourself with the kitchen. Enjoy cooking, sampling and sharing your creations! 

Transportation provided daily to Hamilton Middle School.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) June 19-23
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Maya Kadakia

is a middle school teacher with over 16 years of experience.  She also teaches African Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Maya loves to travel, read and cook! 

Fantasy games grow more and more popular every year! In this course learn how to play a number of fantasy-based board games such as Ascension and Talisman. Discover new ways to strategize and problem-solve your way to victory. Critical thinking and competition come together in different board game worlds and are sure to lead to a winning experience.  


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • June 26-30
    • a.m.
  • July 10-14
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Brad Knight

What skills do the world's strongest leaders have in common? Discover the answer to this question and show off you leadership talents in this week-long team-building challenge. Navigate daily challenges and complete tasks together to meet your goals! End the week with Adventure Learning Program's (ALPS) low ropes course and see if you and your team have what it takes to complete the challenge.

Transportation provided for field trip.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 17-21
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Cassandra Meyer

What do Alice in Wonderland, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter have in common?  They have strong characters, fantastic lands and an amazing menu! Dress up your food and yourselves for this culinary expedition through your favorite novels. Explore the culinary side of your favorite stories in this cooking meets fiction course. You'll be sure to create a meal worth reading about!

Transportation provided daily to Hamilton Middle School.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 17-21
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Maya Kadakia

is a middle school teacher with over 16 years of experience.  She also teaches African Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Maya loves to travel, read and cook! 

Create new and unique projects, from wall art to intricate stuffed creatures with a soft, easy to work with and versatile crafting material; felt! We'll bring the supplies, you bring your imagination and start creating. Explore the versatility of this fabric. The creativity will flow and the possibilities are endless. Creating never felt so awesome. 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 5-7
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Kati Walsh

is an elementary art teacher in the Madison Metropolitan School District, and has just finished her eighth year teaching. She has taught all ages through MSU, MSCR and Monroe Street Arts Center. Last summer, she taught the MSU painting course through Monroe Street Art Center and it was such a pleasure she is back for more!

It's an Olympic sport and a time-honored symbol of nobility and refinement, the sport of fencing represents one of the most exciting and challenging of athletic events. This brief introduction to the sport will allow you to experience some of that excitement as well as the tradition and self-discipline which marks fencing as a unique martial art. Necessary equipment and protective clothing is provided.

Transportation provided daily to off-site practice facility if needed.

 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) July 17-21
    • a.m.
  • (wait-list available) August 7-11
    • a.m.
  • (wait-list available) August 14-18
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Joe Monarski

is a teacher in the Stoughton School District and coach of the Stoughton Community Fencing Club.  Since the 1980s, Joe has spent his summers in youth programs including Middle School U sharing his interests in topics like fencing, board and role-playing games, and archeology.

Summer is made for campfire cooking! Make delicious meals over the fire and on the grill without using traditional cookware. Discover the many unique ways to create breakfast, lunch and dinner without putting a pot on the stove. Visit the Dane County Farmers Market and enjoy trips to Madison area fire pits.  Bring your appetite and you will surely to cook up a good time! 

Transportation provided for field trips.  


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) August 7-11
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Jim Petersen

is a middle school engineering teacher in Johnson Creek. He graduated from UW-Platteville with a degree in Technology Education in 2005. He is an eagle scout, and has been involved in scouting for over 25 years. Jim has over 10 years of summer camp teaching experience in the areas of outdoor skills and shooting sports.

Cool off and chill out with these different and unique ideas for making delicious treats to enjoy all summer long. Make your own popsicles, sodas, slushies, sundaes and smoothies over the course of three days. Treats that taste good and cool you down during the warm summer months, what more could you ask for? Yum!


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) July 5-7
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Andrea Hill

is excited to be working with Middle School U this summer.  She has experience working with public speakers as a speech/forensics coach at the high school level for the last five years.  She has participated in improv workshops for the last 10 years.  She enjoys helping others find fun characters to explore and develop within themselves.  She is a Spanish teacher during the school year; helping people communicate is her passion.  She enjoys laughter, music, and travel.

Get your hands in the dirt! Discover the joys of gardening while learning plot design and tending techniques. Visit local gardens and farmer’s markets around Madison, lending a helping hand and bringing home local foods. Discover creative garden designs for the smallest areas or even indoor spaces! Take home knowledge and start your own gardens!  

Transportation provided for field trips.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • June 12-16
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

In this three-day course, you will learn all about glass fusing. Complete several projects and learn about the chemistry of melting glass. Make pendants, slumped plates and scrap glass vases. Projects completed on the last day will have to be picked up the following week at Middle School U-memorial High School.

Transportation provided daily to The Vinery, 1422 MacArthur Rd., Madison.

 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) July 5-7
    • a.m.
Course Provider
The Vinery
The Vinery

is a teaching stained glass studio.  They offer classes in stained glass, glass mosaics, glass fusing, bead making, flame working, and art silver clay.  Over the last 30 years, The Vinery has taught thousands of students in all these areas.  In each of these areas they have many samples to inspire and help with design ideas. They are committed to students learning and having fun!

Learn the basics of mosaics and transform glass scraps into beautiful art objects! You will have plenty of glass in every color of the rainbow available, and our instructors will teach you how to use a mosaic nipper to cut and shape the pieces of glass for your projects, such as mirrors and flowerpots. Once your pieces are cut, you will learn about different types of adhesives and grout. This is a fun opportunity to work in a studio and take a few art pieces home that you will be proud to display or give as gifts. It is recommended that students wear closed-toed footwear.

Transportation provided daily to The Vinery, 1422 MacArthur Rd., Madison.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) July 24–28
    • a.m.
Course Provider
The Vinery
The Vinery

is a teaching stained glass studio.  They offer classes in stained glass, glass mosaics, glass fusing, bead making, flame working, and art silver clay.  Over the last 30 years, The Vinery has taught thousands of students in all these areas.  In each of these areas they have many samples to inspire and help with design ideas. They are committed to students learning and having fun!

Learn the basics and work on your golf skills. This course will review the fundamentals of grip, club selection and other techniques of course play. Each day will include one hour of instruction from a PGA professional at George Vitense Golf Academy. Time on the practice range and the par-3 course will be based on the skill level of your group. You can bring a starter set of golf clubs, if you have them. Summer will be in full swing in this course!

Transportation provided daily to Vitense Golfland, 5501 Schroeder Rd., Madison.

 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 24–28
    • a.m.
  • August 14-18
    • a.m.
Course Provider
George Vitense Golfland Academy
George Vitense Golfland Academy

offers high-quality year-round golf instruction from six PGA professionals who offer a wide variety of lessons and league opportunities.  The Vitense Golfland facility includes a top 100 rated golf range in America open all year, the first lighted golf course in the state of Wisconsin and the only lighted golf course in the area, the #1 rated mini golf course in Dane County, and the new “putting edge” INDOOR Madison Landmark 18 hole mini golf course.

Select a club, get your ball and take a swing at this course. Head over to Vitense Golfland for a 3-day crash course in golf basics. Go out on the par-9 course, drive a bucket of balls and a spend a day with one of their PGA certified golf professionals. This course is sure to be a hole in one! 

Transportation provided daily to Vitense Golfland, 5501 Schroeder Rd., Madison.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 5-7
    • p.m.
Course Provider
George Vitense Golfland Academy
George Vitense Golfland Academy

offers high-quality year-round golf instruction from six PGA professionals who offer a wide variety of lessons and league opportunities.  The Vitense Golfland facility includes a top 100 rated golf range in America open all year, the first lighted golf course in the state of Wisconsin and the only lighted golf course in the area, the #1 rated mini golf course in Dane County, and the new “putting edge” INDOOR Madison Landmark 18 hole mini golf course.

Are you ready for your next adventure? Build your outdoor skills as we explore great state parks like Governor Dodge and Devil's Lake. Get hands-on with bike maintenance and go trail riding on one of Madison's bike paths. Make sure you keep your swim suit handy to cool off after a good hike or ride. All students will need a multi-gear bike in good working condition, a bike lock, a bike helmet and a water bottle. Participants in this course must be a swim level 2 or 3 as indicated on the swim and aquatic activity permission form.

Transportation provided daily for field trips.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 5-7
    • all-day
Course Provider
Kelsey Hanson

Get ready to experience some of the most beautiful trails and waterways in Southern Wisconsin. Spend three days on the water and two days on land. Travel the waterways of Madison as we explore Lake Mendota, Monona and Waubesa. Visit Governor Dodge State Park and hike through geologic history at Natural Bridge State Park and Pewitt’s Nest State Natural Area. Please bring water shoes. Good hiking shoes, daypack with water bottle and stamina for sustained hiking are necessary. Participants in this course must be a swim level 2 or 3 as indicated on the swim and aquatic activity permission form. 

Transportation provided daily to area trails, state parks and waterways.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • June 19-23
    • all-day
Course Provider
Josh Ludke

is an art teacher at Orchard Ridge Elementary School.  He leads trips for Wander Wisconsin and has been with Wisconsin Youth Company since 2000. Josh enjoys all kinds of music and art, being in nature, wacky card games, storytelling, magic and all things fun!

What do crab rangoon, bruschetta and spinach artichoke dip have in common? They make great appetizers! Get prepared to start off any meal with a variety of bite sized and delicious snacks. Whether you call them finger foods or hors d'oeuvres, no matter how you serve them up, this course will be easy to enjoy.

Transportation provided daily to Hamilton Middle School.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • June 26-30
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Maya Kadakia

is a middle school teacher with over 16 years of experience.  She also teaches African Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Maya loves to travel, read and cook! 

Imagine what it would be like to have your very own horse. Experience life at the stables! Ride for at least three days and also learn about riding fundamentals over the course of the week. Practice how to safely walk a horse, wash a horse, groom and tack, and clean tack  Learn about the anatomy of a horse and basic horse care including feeding, hoof care and farrier work. Discover horses and how to safely have fun with your big furry friends! Giddy 

Transportation provided daily to Liberty Stables, 2796 White Crossing Rd., Verona.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • June 26-30
    • a.m.
  • July 31-August 4
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Liberty Stables
Liberty Stables

Established in 2000, Liberty Stables is privately owned and professionally managed horse facility. We are situated just outside of Madison on 20 beautiful acres. We are a full-service training facility and offer horseback riding lessons, horsemanship classes, training, leasing and boarding. We teach both Western and English riding styles and believe that both disciplines require a strong seat, balance and coordination. As a training facility, we feel that our unique, holistic approach to our programs create a more confident and well-rounded rider. Liberty Stables is proud to provide a safe environment to learn how to groom, tack and ride in a relaxed setting.  It is our goal that every student at Liberty Stables receives a hands-on, safe and rewarding experience regardless of age or experience level with horses.

This course will teach you the necessary knowledge and skills to be a responsible and safe hunter. Learn how hunting accidents are caused and how they can be prevented. Hunter responsibility and safety are the focus throughout the course, which consists of lectures, demonstrations, group discussions, practical exercises and individual study and activity assignments. Hunter education graduates receive a certificate that is accepted in every state, Canadian Province and Mexico.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • June 19-23
    • p.m.
  • July 17-21
    • p.m.
  • August 7-11
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Jamie Ruiz

is a Florida native who has been in Wisconsin since 2005, started working with the DNR in 2014, and has certified over 160 kids in hunter education since.  He is very passionate about teaching youth and is looking forward to connecting and making more memories with Middle School U this summer.  “Hunter education is about safety, safety is no accident.”

Who screams for ice cream? We all do! Learn how to make homemade ice cream and other ice cream desserts. From ice cream sandwiches to classic sorbets we've got your ice cream favorites covered. Experiment with you favorite recipes and create your own unique flavor! We've got your summer scoop right here!

Transportation provided daily to Hamilton Middle School.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) August 7-11
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Alexis Larson-Simon

Practice your theatrics, get in the spotlight and bring on the laughter. Have a blast learning mind-stretching improv warm-ups, short-form improv games and the art of listening, awareness and cooperation in making great improv. No acting or performance experience required! This class is packed with laughs!


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 24–28
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Andrea Hill

is excited to be working with Middle School U this summer.  She has experience working with public speakers as a speech/forensics coach at the high school level for the last five years.  She has participated in improv workshops for the last 10 years.  She enjoys helping others find fun characters to explore and develop within themselves.  She is a Spanish teacher during the school year; helping people communicate is her passion.  She enjoys laughter, music, and travel.

Whether you like panzanella, caprese salad or pizza margherita; this course has something for you! This style of cooking is all about combining simple, fresh ingredients to create delicious complex dishes. Discover how the right combination of seasonings can take your dish from good to magnificent. Become familiar with Italian cuisine while preparing and sampling foods you'll love! There's something here for everyone!  

Transportation provided daily to Hamilton Middle School.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) July 17-21
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Sarah Weston

has been with MSU for a few years and cannot wait for another summer! During the school year, Sarah works with Wisconsin Youth Company as the site supervisor at Franklin Elementary School’s AFTER SCHOOL program. She is looking forward to Pokemon battles, nerdy inside jokes and other fun. 

Discover a lifetime craft; jewelry making. Explore modern twists on a craft that is hundreds of years old. Use multiple mediums and learn new techniques to create unique and personalized pieces. Wear your own creations or give them as gifts! Pick up your jewelry making tools, select your elements and get creative!


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 10-14
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Maya Kadakia

is a middle school teacher with over 16 years of experience.  She also teaches African Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Maya loves to travel, read and cook! 

For thousands of years, martial arts have been taught and developed around the world. This introductory course on the karate basics can help you gain focus, discipline, confidence, physical strength and flexibility. Kobudo staff training is an ancient practice that comes from Okinawa, Japan. Learn bo staff manipulation, as well as the Bo No Hojo Undo technique and Bo Kata forms. We'll learn the history and basic commands of this sport. Become immersed in the history and roots of the martial arts where seasoned black belts emphasize the core character of the martial arts: discipline, respect and self-control.

Transportation will be provided daily to Kicks Unlimited: Fitchburg, 6111 Cottonwood Dr. Fitchburg, 53719.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 17-21
    • p.m.
  • (wait-list available) August 7-11
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Kicks Unlimited

will teach the basics of martial arts with a focus on character aspects like discipline and respect. The instructor will give instruction in 'Americanized' freestyle karate and will supplement classes with the old Okinawan system of Matayoshi Kobudo. Above all, students will be reminded that martial arts is only used for self-defense. The Karate portion of class will include core blocks, strikes, form and self-defense. The Kobudo portion will focus on use of the Bo (staff) along with principals of Okinawan culture, language and etiquette.

Ever wonder how they create those amazing 3-D cake master pieces? Work with a professional baker and discover how layers can turn cake into art. Create the frosting, cut and form your layers, and bake your way to a culinary masterpiece. 

Transportation provided daily to Wisconsin Youth Company, 1201 McKenna Blvd., Madison.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) August 14-18
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Alexis Larson-Simon

Have you ever wanted a robot that can do your chores? Using Lego kits, design and build a variety of robots. Explore, problem solve and get creative while you learn how machines work. Use a variety of concepts throughout this course including basic engineering principles, gearing and gear ratios, electric motors and energy, problem-solving, and communication skills.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) June 19-23
    • p.m.
  • (wait-list available) July 31-August 4
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Jim Petersen

is a middle school engineering teacher in Johnson Creek. He graduated from UW-Platteville with a degree in Technology Education in 2005. He is an eagle scout, and has been involved in scouting for over 25 years. Jim has over 10 years of summer camp teaching experience in the areas of outdoor skills and shooting sports.

Eamon Montgomery

Hop down the rabbit hole and join us for an in-depth exploration of this exciting book. Follow young Alyss as she navigates growing up as the Princess of Wonderland. Bring the characters to life through scene acting and comic strip creation. The way you see this fairy tale world will never be the same after this journey. Let's explore it together. 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 24–28
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Andrea Hill

is excited to be working with Middle School U this summer.  She has experience working with public speakers as a speech/forensics coach at the high school level for the last five years.  She has participated in improv workshops for the last 10 years.  She enjoys helping others find fun characters to explore and develop within themselves.  She is a Spanish teacher during the school year; helping people communicate is her passion.  She enjoys laughter, music, and travel.

Fabrics, threads, zippers and fun is what machine sewing is all about! Learn basic hand and machine sewing techniques. Choose your pattern, select your fabric and stich away. A field trip to a fabric store will allow you to select your own fabric and notions in order to create your own unique project. This course will keep you in stiches!

Transportation provided for field trips. 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 31-August 4
    • p.m.
  • August 7-11
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Swing the gavel, create the argument and put your debate skills to work. Whether you’re an attorney, the defendant or part of the jury you will present the arguments, hear the opposition, prepare a counter argument and put your knowledge of the judicial system to work. Who will win the case? You can be the judge.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) June 26-30
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Cassandra Meyer

Get up and get moving with a week of net sports and games!  Dive into volleyball, swing into tennis and badminton, paddle your way through table tennis, pickle ball and more. Learn strategies of many popular net sports and receive beginning skill instruction. Whether you discover a new game or improve your skills with an old favorite, this course is sure to score some summer fun points!

Transportation provided daily to off-site facilities, if needed.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 10-14
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Kelsey Hanson

Fill your palette, select your canvas, dip your brush and create your own masterpiece. Explore painting mediums including watercolor, acrylic and water-based oils while learning the different techniques and styles for use with each of them. Pull inspiration from the works of well-known painters and let new creativity flow through your brush. No matter how you paint it, this class will challenge and inspire you.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) June 12-16
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Brittany Fahres

Brittany Fahres is thrilled to be instructing students in Manga/Anime as well as Painting at Middle School U! She is a passionate artist as well as a recent University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate. She has been student teaching full time in elementary, middle, and high schools around the Madison area, and has come to treasure the students she instructs and the lessons she has planned. Her approach to teaching is fresh, yet continually updated with new lessons, teaching strategies, and different sources of inspiration for her students. She strives to bring passion for the arts into the classroom, and create an environment for lifelong learning.

Mac and cheese, yes please! Pad Thai, let's give it a try! From pasta primavera to pleasing pesto, pair the perfect sauce with the perfect pasta and create a dish that's out of this world! Create your own pastas with a pasta machine, whip up your own sauces from scratch, and of course, taste-test your work.

Transportation provided daily to Hamilton Middle School.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) July 31-August 4
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Alexis Larson-Simon

Pies and cupcakes are full of richness and genuine fulfillment for the eater and the baker. Learn about different types of pie crusts and fillings and then make them yourself. Bake and decorate delicious cupcakes! Learn basic cake decorating techniques and apply them to cupcakes. Something more exotic?  Bring it on! Don’t be timid, it’s easy as pie! 

Transportation provided daily to Hamilton Middle School.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) July 31-August 4
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Alexis Larson-Simon

What do you get when you put pop culture and fine art together: Pop Art! Spend the week bringing culture, irony and satire to life in your creations. Complete prints under the inspiration of Andy Warhol, sculpt in the styles of Roy Lichtenstein and Wayne Thiebaud, and discover what your artistic side can bring to the table and make a statement!


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 10-14
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Kati Walsh

is an elementary art teacher in the Madison Metropolitan School District, and has just finished her eighth year teaching. She has taught all ages through MSU, MSCR and Monroe Street Arts Center. Last summer, she taught the MSU painting course through Monroe Street Art Center and it was such a pleasure she is back for more!

Roll out an assortment of prints over the course of this week. Design your image and create a print; cut it into linoleum or using screen printing techniques to create a unique print. Keep the ink flowing all week by exploring multiple print styles and ink types. There is bound to be something here for everyone. Discover famous ink prints from your favorite artists and find inspiration to create new ones of your own. 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 17-21
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Josh Ludke

is an art teacher at Orchard Ridge Elementary School.  He leads trips for Wander Wisconsin and has been with Wisconsin Youth Company since 2000. Josh enjoys all kinds of music and art, being in nature, wacky card games, storytelling, magic and all things fun!

Take the leap into the world of programming!  Code Arduino devices to do spectacular and amazing things. Discover how software interacts with our everyday lives and learn how to code your own Arduino. Take home your Arduinos at the end of the week! Let's get coding!


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) June 26-30
    • p.m.
  • July 17-21
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Learn how to act using only your voice just like you hear on the radio. Perform the radio show Twisted Tales of Poe, by Philip Grecian. Delve into the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, including The Raven and The Tell-Tale Heart. We'll record the show to take home and share it with others! Discover the power of your own voice.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • June 26-30
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Andrea Hill

is excited to be working with Middle School U this summer.  She has experience working with public speakers as a speech/forensics coach at the high school level for the last five years.  She has participated in improv workshops for the last 10 years.  She enjoys helping others find fun characters to explore and develop within themselves.  She is a Spanish teacher during the school year; helping people communicate is her passion.  She enjoys laughter, music, and travel.

Join us for a comprehensive three-day mini-camp full of climbing, teamwork and fun! Participants will learn how to work with ropes and tie climbing knots, belay with a tube-style belay device, and rappel down from heights. Work together and use your problem-solving skills to reach new heights and accomplish things you never thought possible! Our experienced and knowledgeable instructors will work closely with students to teach responsible belaying and rappelling practices along with basic climbing technique and terminology. Students will leave with a newfound confidence that will stay with them for life! 

Transportation provided daily to Boulders Climbing Gym, 3964 Commercial Ave., Madison.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) July 5-7
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Boulders Climbing Gym
Boulders Climbing Gym

has over 8,000 square feet of sculptured climbing walls with some of the most varied and creative angles.  Programs focus on teaching belay techniques, safety practices in climbing, climbing technique development and lead climbing.  Instructors have a strong background in outdoor climbing and have taught belay skills and climbing techniques as part of Boulders’ weekly course programs.  All instructors have American Red Cross First Aid certification and CPR training.  

Check out one of the hottest sports around, rock climbing! This course will cover all the basic skills that are needed to climb safely indoors. You will progress through the week learning knots, belaying skills, climbing technique and proper stretching for healthy, injury-free exercise. Of course, there will be plenty of challenging climbing as well. (Upon successful completion of the course, students will become certified Boulders Belayers.)

Transportation provided daily to Boulders Climbing Gym, 3964 Commercial Ave., Madison.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • June 12-16
    • p.m.
  • July 24–28
    • p.m.
  • (wait-list available) August 7-11
    • a.m.
  • (wait-list available) August 14-18
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Boulders Climbing Gym
Boulders Climbing Gym

has over 8,000 square feet of sculptured climbing walls with some of the most varied and creative angles.  Programs focus on teaching belay techniques, safety practices in climbing, climbing technique development and lead climbing.  Instructors have a strong background in outdoor climbing and have taught belay skills and climbing techniques as part of Boulders’ weekly course programs.  All instructors have American Red Cross First Aid certification and CPR training.  

Whether you’re interested in aviation or just like to watch things go BOOM, this course is for you! Learn how to build and safely launch model rockets. Engineer a balsa glider and study the science of aviation. Build several different rockets ranging in difficulty and look at how various designs affect the flight.  Take your knowledge to the sky!  


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 17-21
    • a.m.
  • (wait-list available) July 31-August 4
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Jim Petersen

is a middle school engineering teacher in Johnson Creek. He graduated from UW-Platteville with a degree in Technology Education in 2005. He is an eagle scout, and has been involved in scouting for over 25 years. Jim has over 10 years of summer camp teaching experience in the areas of outdoor skills and shooting sports.

Dive into what makes “role” playing different from “roll” playing. If you have enjoyed table-top role playing games, this course will help you find new ways to plan adventures, build a character and play the games. You will learn about new resources (especially the FREE ones) and tried and true tricks of the trade from an instructor who first started gaming in 1978. 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) July 24–28
    • p.m.
  • July 31-August 4
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Joe Monarski

is a teacher in the Stoughton School District and coach of the Stoughton Community Fencing Club.  Since the 1980s, Joe has spent his summers in youth programs including Middle School U sharing his interests in topics like fencing, board and role-playing games, and archeology.

See the sights, watch the animals and be a part of a great community. Join us for a week of running, jogging, walking and fitness fun! Tour Pheasant Branch Conservatory and tread the same trails as President Lincoln! On a hot day after some good exercise, stop at Memorial Union for a scoop of ice cream. It's not just running; design fitness challenges for each other to try. Madison has a great community of runners and walkers, come and see how much fun moving can be!

Transportation provided to off-site trails.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • June 26-30
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Adam Graf

Experience the thrill of creation, while learning the basics of making 3-D art. Work with multiple mediums throughout the week including, clay, paper, wire and more. Design, build and sculpt like the masters. Investigate the history of sculpting and use your new skills and sculpting tools to discover your inner artist. What can you create? Well, what can you imagine? 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • June 26-30
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Josh Ludke

is an art teacher at Orchard Ridge Elementary School.  He leads trips for Wander Wisconsin and has been with Wisconsin Youth Company since 2000. Josh enjoys all kinds of music and art, being in nature, wacky card games, storytelling, magic and all things fun!

This hands-on experience offers a unique opportunity to use basic construction methods to build props and set pieces for Wisconsin Youth Company Theater Immersion Camp’s production of Stronger Than Strong: Great American Tall Tale Heroines. With notes from the theater director, design and build the set. Make up the drawings, create the plans and be an integral part in making a production come to life! Join us to see the play and the sets that you created under the bright lights! Family and friends are invited to watch the full-length production on Friday, July 21 at 2 p.m.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 10-14
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Jim Petersen

is a middle school engineering teacher in Johnson Creek. He graduated from UW-Platteville with a degree in Technology Education in 2005. He is an eagle scout, and has been involved in scouting for over 25 years. Jim has over 10 years of summer camp teaching experience in the areas of outdoor skills and shooting sports.

Is there a better way to spend a summer day other than fishing? We don’t think so! Fish some of Madison’s hot spots. Spend time in beautiful natural areas, learn to fish or hone your skills. Discover fishing techniques, equipment use, knot tying, fishing safety and fish identification. Get “hooked” for a week of angling fun and adventure! Please bring water shoes.  

Transportation provided daily for field trips.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) August 14-18
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Josh Ludke

is an art teacher at Orchard Ridge Elementary School.  He leads trips for Wander Wisconsin and has been with Wisconsin Youth Company since 2000. Josh enjoys all kinds of music and art, being in nature, wacky card games, storytelling, magic and all things fun!

Stephen Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Sofia Coppola all started their directing careers by making short films. With the latest technology, making a short film is now easier than ever. Write the script, play the starring role and direct your own movie. Lights, camera, action!


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • June 19-23
    • all-day
Course Provider
Andrea Hill

is excited to be working with Middle School U this summer.  She has experience working with public speakers as a speech/forensics coach at the high school level for the last five years.  She has participated in improv workshops for the last 10 years.  She enjoys helping others find fun characters to explore and develop within themselves.  She is a Spanish teacher during the school year; helping people communicate is her passion.  She enjoys laughter, music, and travel.

Grab your stickers, notebooks, embellishment and favorite memories and let's get smashing! Collect what matters to you; there's no need to be too organized! Smash in movie tickets, cards, cutouts, favorite quotes, photos and anything else you can find. We'll provide the journal and supplies; you bring the memories!  


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 31-August 4
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Kristin Hubers

fell in love with running three years ago and has completed many races including three half-marathons.  In her everyday life she is a high school/middle school social studies teacher, and she is excited to share this new found love with another generation of individuals through Middle School U. 

Mold, make and decorate soap. Experiment with sachets and salts, soap on a rope and more! Add scents and change the color to see what you can create. Personalize your soaps and turn them into gifts or keep them for yourself. The soaps will look and smell so great that you won't want to wait to wash! 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) July 5-7
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Make a high-quality, one of a kind, stained glass panel. Choose your pattern and glass colors and our instructors will guide you through the whole process. The steps include pattern work, glass-cutting, grinding, foiling, soldering and applying patina. Although it is a lot of work to complete your first panel, you’ll love this class from day one, when you learn to cut glass! It is recommended that students wear closed-toed footwear.

Transportation provided daily to The Vinery, 1422 MacArthur Rd., Madison.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) July 31-August 4
    • a.m.
Course Provider
The Vinery
The Vinery

is a teaching stained glass studio.  They offer classes in stained glass, glass mosaics, glass fusing, bead making, flame working, and art silver clay.  Over the last 30 years, The Vinery has taught thousands of students in all these areas.  In each of these areas they have many samples to inspire and help with design ideas. They are committed to students learning and having fun!

Combine Victorian fashion with Industrial Revolution flare and a little post-apocalyptic functionality and what do you get: steampunk! Join us as we explore the world of steampunk fashions from its beginnings to its modern day appearances. Design your outfit and make accessories to wear at our very own mini Steampunk Convention. 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • June 26-30
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Sarah Weston

has been with MSU for a few years and cannot wait for another summer! During the school year, Sarah works with Wisconsin Youth Company as the site supervisor at Franklin Elementary School’s AFTER SCHOOL program. She is looking forward to Pokemon battles, nerdy inside jokes and other fun. 

Bring the natural world into your artwork. Create three-dimensional sculptures, fashion your own sketchbook and conjure up your inner artist with some recycled art. Join us to experiment with artistic creation, mix different mediums together, gain knowledge, and try out new techniques and skills.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 24–28
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Kati Walsh

is an elementary art teacher in the Madison Metropolitan School District, and has just finished her eighth year teaching. She has taught all ages through MSU, MSCR and Monroe Street Arts Center. Last summer, she taught the MSU painting course through Monroe Street Art Center and it was such a pleasure she is back for more!

Risk it all on a roll of the dice, move your pieces carefully on the board and enjoy a brain-exercising week of social interaction. Play some of your favorite games and new ones. You’ll gain insight into good sportsmanship, cooperation and social etiquette that make face-to-face board games more fun than just a video screen. Is it your turn?


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • June 12-16
    • p.m.
  • July 17-21
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Jim Petersen

is a middle school engineering teacher in Johnson Creek. He graduated from UW-Platteville with a degree in Technology Education in 2005. He is an eagle scout, and has been involved in scouting for over 25 years. Jim has over 10 years of summer camp teaching experience in the areas of outdoor skills and shooting sports.

Brad Knight

Here is your ultimate summer sports sampler! From field games and sports to lawn and gym games, play a variety of active summer favorites. Select the games and sports that you already and enjoy and the ones that you want to learn. Get up, get moving and have some fun!

Transportation provided to off-site facilities, if needed.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • June 19-23
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Eamon Montgomery

Summer fun doesn't stop! Let's explore the best of what summer has to offer. Visit Governor Dodge State Park for swimming, hiking and fishing. Travel to Milwaukee for a hands-on experience at Discovery World Museum. Travel underground at Cave of the Mounds. And of course, send summer off with a splash at Noah’s Ark Waterpark. Let’s go for one more round of summer fun! Because we want to have as much fun as possible this course will run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. on Friday. Participants in this course must be a swim level 2 or 3 as indicated on the swim and aquatic activity permission form.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) August 14-18
    • all-day
Course Provider
Sarah Weston

has been with MSU for a few years and cannot wait for another summer! During the school year, Sarah works with Wisconsin Youth Company as the site supervisor at Franklin Elementary School’s AFTER SCHOOL program. She is looking forward to Pokemon battles, nerdy inside jokes and other fun. 

Cari Hauge

Would you like to be able to make your favorite candy in your very own kitchen? Try your hand at sculpting and molding candies. Whip up some fudge, caramel and much more. Learn kitchen safety and correct handling of these delicate foods. Turn your yummy creations into easy gifts to share with family and friends. This course is sweet!

Transportation provided daily to Hamilton Middle School.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) June 26-30
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Maya Kadakia

is a middle school teacher with over 16 years of experience.  She also teaches African Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Maya loves to travel, read and cook! 

Clear the plates and shove that homework aside, this tabletop is spoken for! Enjoy games of foosball and test your skills with shuffleboard. Find out that table tennis is more than just a rec-room game. It requires lightning fast hand-eye coordination and strategy. It’s the second most played sport in the world. Learn to play at a higher level with tactics, stroke techniques, spins and serves. You’ll want seconds of these tabletop games. 

Transportation provided daily to Hamilton Middle School.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) July 31-August 4
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Eamon Montgomery

Take a swing at a new sport. Learn and practice forehands, backhands, volleys, serves, baseline shots and net play. You'll love learning basic terminology and how to keep score. Take your game strategy to the next level for both singles and doubles tennis. You’ll be paired and grouped according to your experience. All levels are welcome. You’ll love it!

Transportation provided daily to off-site courts, if needed.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 10-14
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Eamon Montgomery

Strike up the music and turn up the lights! The audience is ready and the sets are built. You’ll learn how to organize all of this and more to help polish and promote Wisconsin Youth Company's Theater Immersion Camp's Production of Stronger than Strong: Great American Tall Tale Heroines. Learn how to set up stage lighting and use music to deepen the theater experience. Put your marketing skills to work and promote the production. Finalize and construct the sets and props. This course will teach you the skills to start on the path of producing shows. The curtain is about to go up. Family and friends are invited to watch the full-length production on Friday, July 21 at 2 p.m.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • July 17-21
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Ukulele isn't just fun to say, it's fun to play! Find success with one of the simplest stringed instruments on the planet. No musical experience necessary to become a musician here. Take your new skills on the road one day this week to one of our day camps and put on a show. Then take home your ukulele to keep the music flowing.

Transportation provided for field trip. 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) June 19-23
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Rose Johnson-Brown

has been a Middle School U instructor for more than 6 years now.  She is a life-enrichment coordinator and regularly performs on guitar and vocals for the senior community.  She is experienced in ukulele and participates in MAUI (Madison Area Ukulele Initiative) jam sessions.  Rose is excited to share her love of the ukulele with the students at Middle School U.

Want to know how to take something old and turn it into something new and better? That's what this course is all about! Discover what a little bit of time, knowledge and some paint can do to turn your old stuff into modern, customized and functional pieces. Take a trip to a local thrift store and hardware store to pick out your own small starter projects. The possibilities here are endless, let's get upcycling!

Transportation provided for field trip. 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • June 19-23
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Sarah Weston

has been with MSU for a few years and cannot wait for another summer! During the school year, Sarah works with Wisconsin Youth Company as the site supervisor at Franklin Elementary School’s AFTER SCHOOL program. She is looking forward to Pokemon battles, nerdy inside jokes and other fun. 

Do you have old t-shirts that you never wear or jeans you've out grown? Use them to make something fun and creative! Learn different cutting, tying and stitching techniques to make unique projects like pillows, blankets, purses and more. Even if you have never touched a needle and thread before, this course will teach you how to transform old clothing into something that is fun and new!

Transportation provided for field trip. 


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • June 19-23
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Sarah Weston

has been with MSU for a few years and cannot wait for another summer! During the school year, Sarah works with Wisconsin Youth Company as the site supervisor at Franklin Elementary School’s AFTER SCHOOL program. She is looking forward to Pokemon battles, nerdy inside jokes and other fun. 

Calling all aspiring scientists! Spend a week on the UW campus learning from professors and faculty in all types of the science field. We'll spend our days exploring several different departments and venues including the Physics Museum and Primate Center. Discover what different professions do in their fields. Get hands-on with the Stem Cell Lab and Biotech Workshop. Finish out the week at Babcock Dairy Hall with a tour and a tasty treat! Join us for a week of discovery, hands-on exploration and world-class fun!

Transportation provided daily for field trips.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) June 12-16
    • a.m.
Course Provider
University of Wisconsin Science Alliance
University of Wisconsin Science Alliance

helps science outreach programs at UW Madison to synergize their work and to make it easier for the public to find and use the people, facilities and other scientific resources on campus.  UW Visitor & Information Programs (VIP) serves as the central access point for visitors, students, faculty and staff to answer questions, locate information and navigate UW–Madison and the surrounding community.

Do you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness? This five-day, hands-on, immersive course will give you the tools, information and experience to feel confident in your abilities to survive outdoors in all conditions. Build shelters and fires, cook outdoors, identify wild edibles, use a compass and GPS unit, and much more! Expect to head home muddy, tired and grinning as we explore wild spaces. Previous outdoor knowledge not required. Bring an open mind and willingness to try new things.

Transportation provided to Aldo Leopold Nature Center’s Black Earth Campus, 10648 Sutcliffe Rd., Black Earth Monday-Thursday and Aldo Leopold Nature Center, 300 Femrite Dr., Monona on Friday.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) August 7-11
    • all-day
Course Provider
Aldo Leopold Nature Center
Aldo Leopold Nature Center

is leading the way to ensure visitors of all ages and backgrounds have opportunities to connect with nature by offering positive and constructive learning opportunities that capture their interests, engage their senses and teach them to appreciate the interconnectedness of all living things.

Get a little relaxation this summer! Join us for a fun week of yoga and mindfulness! Learn yoga poses to gain strength and flexibility, breathing techniques and mindfulness tools for stress relief while relaxing together. Spend time with team-building activities and creating journals, eye pillows and other relaxation crafts to help bring your yoga practice home!


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • June 19-23
    • p.m.
Course Provider
little om BIG OM
little om BIG OM

brings fun yoga and mindfulness classes  to kids, tweens, teens, and families in the Madison area.

Learn about caring for animals and animal rights. Explore careers in the fields of animal science and zoology. Get an up close look at nature’s unique and beautiful creatures while visiting places like the UW Arboretum, university science departments, area parks, Henry Vilas Zoo, DNR fish hatchery and more! 

Transportation provided daily for field trips.


Course Availability
Memorial High School
  • (wait-list available) August 14-18
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Eamon Montgomery
  • = Course Confirmed to Run
  • = Course Full & Confirmed to Run
  • = Course Cancelled
Dates Morning Courses
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
All-Day Courses
9:00 a.m.–4 p.m.
Afternoon Courses
1–4 p.m.
June 12-16Anime & Manga
Archery
Chef's Challenge - NEW!
Disc Golf & Ultimate
Gardening
UW Science
Bus Stops Here
Archery
Cake Decorating
Dog Behavior & Training
Painting
Rock Climbing
Strategy Board Games
June 19-23Babysitter Training
Biking & Maintenance - NEW!
Comic Heroes: Past & Present - NEW!
Entrée Cooking
Summer Sports & Games
Upcycle Creations - NEW!
Hiking & Kayaking
Short Film Productions - NEW!
Baking
Hunter Education
Lego Robotics
Ukulele
Upcycle Fashions - NEW!
Yoga & Mindfulness
June 26-30Fantasy Board Games
Hors D'oeuvres & Appetizers - NEW!
Horses & Riding
MSU On Trial - NEW!
Running & Fitness
Sculpture Arts
Biking Madison
Archery
Bowling
Programming & Coding
Radio Broadcast Theater - NEW!
Steampunk Stuff & Stylings - NEW!
Sweet Treats & Food Gifts
July 5-7
(no courses 7/4)
All Things Frosting - NEW!
Board & Card Games
Boat Fishing
Felt Creations - NEW!
Glass Fusing - NEW!
Hike, Bike & Swim - NEW!
Bookmaking Basics
Frozen Treats & Beverages
Golf FUN-damentals - NEW!
Rappelling & Belaying - NEW!
Soap Making
July 10-14Babysitter Training
Comic Art & Adventures - NEW!
Culinary Classics - NEW!
Net Sports & Games - NEW!
Pop Art - NEW!
Set Design & Construction
Cave & Cache
Cake Decorating
Dog Behavior & Training
Engineering
Fantasy Board Games
Jeweler's Workshop
Tennis
July 17-21Archery
Fearless Leadership - NEW!
Feasts & Fiction - NEW!
Fencing
Printmaking - NEW!
Rocketry
Aquatic Adventures - NEW!
Hunter Education
Italian Cooking
Karate & Kobudo - NEW!
Programming & Coding
Strategy Board Games
Theater Production
July 24–28Archery
Cookies, Cookies, Cookies
Glass Mosaics
Golf
Improv Games
Sticks & Stones: Outdoor Arts - NEW!
Biking Madison
Build & Play: Wooden Games - NEW!
Cake Decorating
Ceramics & Pottery
Lit Circle: The Looking Glass Wars - NEW!
Rock Climbing
Role Playing Games
July 31-August 4Anime & Manga
Babysitter Training
Horses & Riding
Lego Robotics
Pies & Cupcakes
Stained Glass
Aerial Adventures - NEW!
Machine Sewing - NEW!
Pastas, Sauces & More - NEW!
Rocketry
Role Playing Games
Smash Journals - NEW!
Table Tennis & Table Games
August 7-11Archery
Digital Photography
Fencing
Ice Cream Making
Machine Sewing - NEW!
Rock Climbing
Wilderness Skills
Bucket Percussion - NEW!
Digital Animation
Dog Behavior & Training
Fireside Cooking
Hunter Education
Karate & Kobudo - NEW!
August 14-18DJing
Fencing
Golf
Layered Cakes - NEW!
Shore Fishing
Summer's End - NEW!
Art on the Town
Billiards
Bowling
Rock Climbing
Zoology & Animal Science - NEW!