Camp Bayside is the perfect place for your camper to build friendships, be active and make the most of their summer. Join us for summer 2019!
Each week includes:
- A new and exciting theme
- A fun and engaging field trip experience
- An aquatic trip to a local pool, splash pad or beach
- Hands-on projects and activities
- A weekly all-camp festival
- An opportunity to build friendships and memories with other similar-aged campers
Camp Bayside offers weekly enrollment from June 17 through August 16. Theme-based programming runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Campers may be dropped off between 7:30-9 a.m. and picked up between 4-5:45 p.m. During these times campers will pursue supervised self-directed activities, play outside and enjoy fun games with friends.
Wisconsin Youth Company Camps are state licensed, American Camp Association accredited and YoungStar rated.
Camp Hours | Fees | Dates
Camp Bayside offers weekly enrollment from June 17 through August 16. Camp is open from 7:30 a.m. until 5:45 p.m.
- June 17-28 & July 8-August 17 | $225 per camper, per week
- July 1-3 (no camp July 4-5) | $180 per camper, per week
- August 12-16 | Best of the Best Week | $260 per camper | Exciting daily field trips | All campers must be picked up by 4 p.m. on Friday, August 16
August 19-23 | Encore! Week | $260 per camper | Located at Lussier Family Heritage Center in Madison | All campers must be picked up by 4 p.m. on Friday, August 23
You may register or add weeks any time until the end of the business day on Friday (5 p.m.) six business days prior to the week being requested, provided space is available.
Campers must be five years old to attend camp. All campers are grouped by age. Age groups are based on the grade your child will be entering in the fall.
From aardvark to zebras and every animal in between, we’re wild about them all! Get ready for a wildly good time during our animal themed week. We’ll learn about animals close to home with a nature walk around camp. Then, we’ll explore animals around the world at the Henry Vilas Zoo. Let’s take a walk on the wild side!
3, 2, 1…blast off! Campers will journey into undiscovered realms as we explore all things space! From baking soda rockets to edible solar systems, this week is going to be out of this world. Campers will have an opportunity to get hands-on with space, science and technology at the Tommy Bartlett Exploratory.
Whether your camper is ready to dip their toes or jump right in, we will all have fun during our water- themed week. We’ll make a splash as we visit Dolphins Cove and Adventure Lagoon waterpark. Back at camp, we’ll be sure to stay cool with water games like sponge tag and drip, drip, drop. It’s going to be a splashtastic week!
This week is gloriously grimy! Campers will roll up their sleeves with hands-on activities including giant marble paintings and edible slime. We’ll learn how ice cream is made as we travel to the Sassy Cow Creamery, but we won’t let it melt or things might get sticky!
We’re ready to make the most of this farm-filled week! Campers will make animal themed crafts and participate in the ultimate egg drop challenge. We’ll mix food with farm to create chocolate haystack pretzels. Our week ends with a chance to meet farmers and barnyard animals at the Dane County Fair.
From plant to plate, we’ll explore all that goes into growing the fruits and vegetables that we love. Campers will have an opportunity to plant their own flowers and even cook up some healthy farm-fresh treats. We’ll roll up our sleeves and get hands-on at Community Groundwork’s Troy Garden.
Campers will unleash their inner superheroes during this action-packed week. Each day brings a new adventure as we increase our agility with fun obstacle courses and enhance our mind power with super food smoothies. Campers will be invincible as they conquer the trails at a Wisconsin State Park.
This week is all about celebrating campers and encouraging them to be their best selves. We’re all a little wacky and that’s what makes us wonderful. Campers will have an opportunity to share their special skills with a camp talent show. Things might be a little silly as we celebrate all-camp wacky hair day. This wonderful week concludes with a trip to the Children’s Theater of Madison to see a production of Annie.
This final week of fun at Camp Bayside will be packed with special events and multiple field trips. Campers will combine their summer favorites with friends, a DJ and great memories to end summer with a bang. Possible field trips include Discovery World, Milwaukee County Zoo, Wisconsin state parks, local farms, museums and more. Join us as we experience the best of the best!
Campers will spend the last week of summer at the Lussier Family Heritage Center at Lake Farm Park, 3101 Lake Farm Road., Madison.
Summer may be coming to an end, but the fun hasn’t stopped yet. While there is time in the day and sun in the sky, join us for summer’s last hurrah! All WYC camps come together at Lussier Family Heritage Center to celebrate everything great about the summer. We will explore the park and beyond with great field trips and awesome games. As summer comes to an end, it only leaves us wanting more. Encore, summer! Encore!
Weekly Schedule | Days of the week and activity times may vary slightly from the provided sample schedule. You will be emailed a weekly welcome letter with camp specific details and a confirmed schedule will be posted at camp each Monday.
Kick-Off | On Monday, the camp director and counselors welcome campers, review rules & emergency procedures, and familiarize new campers with camp.
Snack & Lunch | Morning and afternoon snacks are served daily. Campers bring their own nut-free lunch. Lunches should be packed so that they do not require refrigeration or heating. Milk is available daily for snack and lunch when campers are on site. Completely disposable lunches are required on field trips.
Rejuvenate | After an active morning and a satisfying lunch, campers slow down and rest a bit before another round of fun begins in the afternoon.
Field Trips | Each week, campers will take a field trip. Some popular destinations include: area parks, the Dane County Fair, a local farm, the UW campus, Henry Vilas Zoo, museums, splash parks and more! Field trips are taken via chartered school bus. Notice of all field trips is given via email the week prior and is posted on Monday morning. Campers must wear their camp shirts on field trips.
Swimming | Once a week, campers take a trip to a local pool, beach or splashpad. Pools and beaches are staffed by on-duty, certified lifeguards. Parents assign campers to one of three swim levels based on swimming ability. Campers are closely supervised by lifeguards and camp staff. See the swim and aquatic activity permission form for more details about swimming and to choose your child’s swim level. Campers must wear their camp shirts on swimming field trips.
Group Time | Campers will spend the majority of their camp week in established small groups of 12-17 campers based on age. Each small group is led by a counselor who plans age-appropriate, theme-related activities for their assigned group of campers.
Weekly Festival | The weekly festival is a celebration of the week for the whole camp designed around the theme for that week. Included is an opportunity for groups to share highlights of their week followed by all-camp activities! Weekly festivals have included talent shows, carnivals, field games, cooking projects, water fun and much more.
2019 Payment Schedule
|Program Week||Payment Due Date|
|June 17-21||June 10|
|June 24-29||June 17|
|July 1-3||June 24|
|July 8-12||July 1|
|July 15-19||July 8|
|July 22-26||July 17|
|July 29-August 2||July 22|
|August 5-9||July 29|
|August 12-16*||August 5|
|August 19-23*||August 12|
Weekly Deposits | Deposits are applied toward weekly fees and are non-refundable and non-transferable.
$25 per child, per week
*Friday, August 16 & 23, there will be no after camp activities. All campers must be picked up by 4 p.m.