2018 Summer of Dreams

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Join us for 2018 Summer of Dreams! Weekly programs begin the week of June 11(Dane County/June 12 for Camp of the Lakes & Middle School U) or June 18 (Waukesha County) and end the week of August 24, 2018.  Registration opens Friday, March 2, 2018.

Our day camps provide opportunities for children to get their feet wet with a wide range of weekly theme-based activities from carnival fun to theater, painting to outdoor adventures, aquatics to underground caves and more!  Campers will enjoy field trips each week (at least one will involve aquatics), daily staff-led activities including a variety of hands-on projects and opportunities to try new things.  Campers are grouped by age allowing for low camper-to-staff ratios, creating an ideal environment for campers to develop positive relationships with peers and staff. Our day camps are state licensed, American Camp Association (ACA) accredited and YoungStar rated.

Wander Wisconsin provides campers the chance to "unplug" from today's fast paced world of technology and enjoy the great outdoors!  While exploring southern Wisconsin with daily field trips, campers will learn new outdoor skills with adventure-themed activities in a small group setting with engaging staff.  Our adventure trips are the perfect environment for children to challenge themselves and build self-confidence.  Let the adventures begin!  New this year, we are offering a Waunakee Water Lovers trip!

Step outside your everyday life and immerse yourself in another world with our Circus and Theater Immersion Camps! Our staff are highly experienced in these specialty areas, allowing campers to learn in a safe and fun environment.  Campers will enjoy making new friends while being active on stage or under the big top. Whether you're learning how to fly high on our trapeze ropes, walk on stilts or lose yourself in a stage character, these unique camps are the perfect place to learn, grow and thrive.

Middle School U (MSU) offers students a fun and safe place to spend their summer days! MSU offers at least 10 different hands-on, skill-based morning, afternoon and all day course options each week that allow students to discover new skills and/or to explore hobbies.  Skilled and knowledgeable instructors and staff create a warm and welcoming environment, ideal for students to develop their independence and build supportive relationships with peers and staff. 

We offer 4K wrap, before and after school programming during the school year for children in grades 4K-5 (4K wrap care is available in Waukesha County only).  Our programs wrap around the school day and are located in your child's school providing easy and smooth transitions for your child from school to program.  We also offer all day and break programs on non-school days. Our school year program opportunities follows your school calendar.


Dane and Waukesha County Summer Day Camps Overview:

  • For campers entering grades K-5 (must be 5 years old as of 6/1/18) in Dane County and entering grades K-6 in Waukesha County.
  • Weekly theme descriptions, camp locations, fees are TBD. Information will be updated as details are confirmed.

Dane County Camps in Madison, Verona and Waunakee 

  • Camp is open from 7:30 a.m. until 5:45 p.m. Theme-based activities run 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. daily.
  • Campers may be dropped off and picked up between 7:30-9 a.m. and 4-5:45 p.m.  During these times campers will pursue supervised self-directed activities, play outside and enjoy games with friends!
  • Summer School Option:  Camp Wildcat offers a half-day afternoon option for students enrolled in Verona summer school. Campers are invited to participate in the full camp day on Fridays, including the weekly field trip, since there is no summer school. Campers may attend camp activities before and after summer school. Transportation is available through the school district, to and from camp. 
  • Summer School Option:  Camps Pleasant Valley & Castle Creek offers a half-day afternoon option for students enrolled in summer school. Campers may arrive after school between 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Campers are invited to participate in the full camp day on Fridays since there is no summer school.  Families can make transportation plans to the Waunakee Village Center through the school district.

Fees (per camper, per week):

  • Camp of the Lakes  |  June 12-15 (no camp 6/11) $161 - updated 2/20/18
  • Camp Wildcat  |  June 11-15 $220
  • Camps of the Lakes & Wildcat  |  June 18-29 & July 9-August 10 $220  |  July 2-3/5-6 $161  |  August 14-24 $255
  • Camp Wildcat Summer School Option  |  July 9-August 3 $170 
  • Camps Pleasant Valley & Castle Creek |   June 11-29 & July 9-August 10 $225  |  July 2-3/5-6 $170  |  August 14-17 $265  |  August 20-24 $255
  • Camps Pleasant Valley & Castle Creek Summer School Option  |  June 18-29 & July 9-August 10 $180  |  July 2-3/5-6 $146

Waukesha County Camp in Kettle Moraine (Fees are TBD)

June 18-July 27  |  Join us right after summer academy!  Camp Glacier Creek offers a half-day camp complimenting your child's summer academy morning.

  • Camp is located in Kettle Moraine High School, just down the hall from morning summer academy
  • July 2-6:  no camp Wednesday, July 4

July 30-August 24  |  Join us for full day camp!

  • Camp is located at the Brandybrook Community Center

 

Program Week
 

Camp of the Lakes
in Madison

 
Camp Wildcat
in Verona

 
Camp Pleasant Valley
in Waunakee

 
Camp Castle Creek
in Waunakee

 
Camp Glaicer Creek
in Kettle Moraine

 
June 11-15
 
Icky Sticky, Ooey Gooey
 
Dream Big
 

Moovin' & Groovin'
 

Picking up STEAM
 
No Camp this week
 
June 18-22
 
Picking up STEAM
 
Goin' Green
 
Dream Big
 
Icky Sticky, Ooey Gooey
 
Movin' & Groovin'
 
June 25-29
 
Goin' Green
 
Picking up STEAM
 
Icky Sticky, Ooey Gooey
 
Dream Big
 

Icky, Sticky, Ooey Gooey
 

July 2-3/5-6
(no camp 7/4)

 
H20 Yeah!
 
H20 Yeah!
 
H20 Yeah!
 
H20 Yeah!
 
Party In the USA
 
July 9-13
 
Dream Big
 
Icky Sticky, Ooey Gooey
 
Picking up STEAM
 
Goin' Green
 
Picking up STEAM
 
July 16-20
 
One Amazing City
 
One Amazing City
 
One Amazing City
 
One Amazing City
 
Dream Big
 
July 23-27
 
Moovin' & Groovin'
 
Moovin' & Groovin'
 
Goin' Green
 
Moovin' & Groovin'
 
Gold Rush
 
July 30-August 3
 
Under the Big Top
 
Under the Big Top
 
Under the Big Top
 
Under the Big Top
 
Splish Splash
 
August 6-10
 
Once Upon a Time
 
Once Upon a Time
 
Once Upon a Time
 
Once Upon a Time
 
Goin' Green
 
August 13-17
 
Camp Finale
 
Camp Finale
 
Camp Finale
 
Camp Finale
 
One Amazing Adventure
 
August 20-24
 
------------------ Encore! Week (Camp is located at Lake Farm Park in Madison.) ----------------------------------
 
Camp Finale
 

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Dane County Wander Wisconsin Overview:

  • For campers in grades 3-5
  • Trip descriptions and fees are TBD (information will be updated as details are confirmed)
  • $275 per trip, per camper
June 11-15 
Water Lovers
June 25-29 
Up, Down, All Around
July 9-13
Water Lovers 2
July 23-27 
All About Madison
August 6-10
Waunakee Water Lovers - NEW!
August 13-17
Summer's End
Based in Madison Based in Madison Based in Madison Based in Madison Based in Waunakee Based in Madison

 

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Dane County Theater Immersion Camp Overview:

  • Camper entering grades 6-9: July 9-20 (two-week camp)  |  The Somewhat True Story of Robin Hood
  • Campers entering grades 3-5:  July 9-20 (two-week camp)  |  The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs
  • Fees and location are TBD (information will be updated as details are confirmed)
  • No prior experience needed

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Dane County Circus Immersion Camp Overview:

One-week Experience: July 23-27  |  $265 per camper
Two-week Experience: July 23-August 3  |  $495 per camper

  • For campers in grades 3-9
  • Located at Wisconsin Youth Company Administrative Building, 1201 McKenna Blvd., Madison. Camp will be held in our gym and outdoor space including under our own big top tent.
  • Fees are TBD (information will be updated as details are confirmed)
  • Circus World Field Trip  |  Friday, July 27 | All campers attend field trip
  • One-Week Experience Showcase  |  Thursday, July 26 at 2:15 p.m.
  • Two-Week Experience Showcase | Friday, August 3 at 2:15 p.m.
  • No prior experience needed

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Dane County Middle School U Overview:

Course descriptions, fees and schedule information is TBD. Information will be updated as details are confirmed.

  • Morning courses run from 9 a.m.-noon  |  students may arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. and stay until 1 p.m.
  • Afternoon courses run 1-4 p.m.  | students may arrive as early as Noon and stay until 5:45 p.m.
  • All-day courses run 9 a.m.-4 p.m. |  students may arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. and stay until 5:45 p.m.  |  a supervised lunch hour is provided, students must bring their own lunch

2018 Courses: Dates & Times TBD (course list updated regularly): 

Morning &/or Afternoon Courses All-Day Courses
  • All Things Frosting
  • Anime & Manga
  • Archery
  • Babysitting Training
  • Blacktop Sports
  • Cake Decorating
  • Chef's Challenge: Appetizers & Desserts NEW!
  • Chef's Challenge: Lunch & Dinner NEW!
  • Digital Animation
  • Digital Photography
  • Dog Behavior & Training
  • Fantasy Board Games 
  • Fencing
  • Glass Fusing
  • Horses & Riding
  • Lego Robotics
  • Machine Sewing
  • Programming & Coding
  • Rock Climbing
  • Screen & Ink Printing
  • Strategy Board Games
  • Sweet Treats & Food Gifts
  • Upcycle Arts
  • Upcycle Creations
  • UW Science
  • Aerial Adventures
  • Aquatic Adventures
  • Archeology
  • Bus Stops Here
  • Biking Madison
  • Cave & Cache
  • Summer's End

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