2018 Summer Information - 2019 Information Available This Winter
Join us at Camp Castle Creek in Waunakee!
Located at Heritage Elementary School, 501 South Street, Waunakee.
Camp Castle Creek provides 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 two 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. Camp Castle Creek is state licensed, American Camp Association (ACA) accredited and YoungStar rated.
Camp Castle Creek offers weekly enrollment from June 11 through August 17. Theme-based programming runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Campers may be dropped off between 7:30 a.m-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!
Summer School Option
For the weeks of June 18-July 27 Camp Castle Creek offers a half-day camp option for students enrolled in summer school. Campers may arrive after summer school between 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Campers may be picked up between 4-5:45 p.m. Campers are invited to participate in the full camp day on Friday since there is no summer school. Families can make transportation plans to Heritage Elementary through the school district.
Camp Location | Dates | Hours | Fees
Camp is located at Heritage Elementary School, 501 South Street, Waunakee. Camp is open from 7:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
- June 11-29 & July 9-August 10 | $225 per camper, per week
- July 2-3/5-6 (no camp July 4) | $202 per camper
- August 13-17 | Camp Finale | Exciting daily field trips | $265 per camper | All campers must be picked up by 4 p.m. on Friday, August 17
- Theme-based activities run 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Before camp activities run 7:30-9 a.m. and after camp activities run 4-5:45 p.m., no additional cost
Summer School Option
Camp Castle Creek offers a half-day camp option for students enrolled in summer school. Families can make transportation plans to Heritage Elementary through the school district.
- June 18-July 27 | $180 per camper, per week
- July 2-3/5-6 (no camp July 4) | $175 per camper
- Campers may arrive after school between 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Campers are invited to participate in the full camp day on Friday, including the weekly field trip, since there is no summer school
- Theme-based activities run 12-4 p.m.
- After camp activities run 4-5:45 p.m., no additional cost
August 20-24 | Encore! week, located at Lake Farm Park in Madison | $255 per camper | All campers must be picked up by 4 p.m. on Friday, August 24
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.
Age groups are based on the grade your child will be entering in the fall. Campers must be five years old to attend camp.
A nurturing environment and fun activities combine to put big smiles on the faces of our campers! Group leaders engage young campers in theme-related games, crafts, outdoor exploration and creative play. Campers will have a variety of activities to do during the week that will keep them busy having fun and learning. Group leaders will help campers spark new interests in a variety of topics.
Group leaders provide age-appropriate activities for campers, including sports, games, arts and crafts, outdoor adventures and free-play. Campers will have the opportunity to explore activities based on a weekly theme. Group leaders will encourage campers to try new things and expand campers’ interests and knowledge in various topics.
All aboard! We’re about to pick up STEAM. Campers will explore everything from balloon rockets to homemade ice cream. This week is all about using our brains to experiment with both science and art. We’ll even get hands-on as we tour the Madison Children’s Museum.
This week is gloriously grimy! Campers will make fluffy slime, gooey marshmallow treats and sticky art creations. All campers will enjoy this mess. We’ll end our week with a scavenger hunt at the Henry Vilas Zoo searching for animals of all sorts from sticky frogs to slippery fish.
This summer is all about dreaming big and we’re about to explore our biggest dreams yet! Everything is about to get bigger and better than it’s ever been before. From giant tic-tac-toe to over-sized bowling and even monster cookies- If we can dream it, we can make it happen! Campers will put their dreams into motion as we travel to one of Dane County’s local dream parks. There are no dreams too big!
Whether your camper is the type to dip their toes or jump right in, we will all have fun at our water themed week. We will travel to a local beach as well as Dolphin’s Cove and Adventure Lagoon. Back at camp we’ll be sure to stay wet with games like sponge tag and drip, drip, drop. Don’t forget your beach towel!
This week is about appreciating the place we all call home: Earth! Campers will practice being good citizens of this blue planet. We’ll create recycled art, grow our own plants and cook up some delicious healthy snacks. By the end of the week, everyone’s going to have a green thumb as we plant and harvest at Community Groundworks.
From Badger sports to Babcock ice cream, what an amazing city we live in! Campers will have a blast learning about our city and getting creative when they construct a city of their own. We’ll end our week visiting a Madison staple, the Dane County Fair.
Campers will get active and examine laws of nature in this exciting week of motion. We’ll explore the movement of objects around us as we head to the playground and put gravity to the true test with our own egg drop challenge. We’ll keep the fun moving as we head to a Wisconsin state park.
Come one, come all, the circus is in town! Campers will gather under the big top to be awed by the acrobats, aerialists and artistry of Circus World. We’ll bring the fun back to camp as we brush up on our juggling skills, explore our inner clown and create our own camp carnival.
This week we‘ll let our imaginations run wild as we dive into the wonderful world of literature. Campers can imagine the impossible as they create embellished masks and edible fairy wands. Campers will have an opportunity to visit the Children’s Theater of Madison for the performance of Mary Poppins. Get ready for a week of wonder that will end in happily ever after!
This final week of fun and festivities will be packed with special events and daily field trips! Campers will combine their summer favorites with friends, a DJ and great memories ending summer with a bang. Let’s get out and find adventure. Possible field trips include Cave of the Mounds, Discovery World, Wisconsin state parks, museums and more. Join us as we experience the best week of the summer.
No after camp activities on Friday, August 17. All campers must be picked up by 4 p.m.
Campers will spend the last week of summer at the Lussier Family Heritage Center at Lake Farm Park, 3101 Lake Farm Road., Madison.
Some say that the end of summer is bittersweet, but we don’t think so. 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. Don’t waste a second of the time we have left together. As summer comes to an end, take a bow. We did it! Encore, summer! Encore!
No after camp activities on Friday, August 24. All campers must be picked up by 4 p.m.
Weekly Schedule | A general schedule has been provided. Days of the week and activity times may vary from your camp-specific 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 staff welcome campers, review rules, and familiarize new campers with camp. Kick-off concludes with a fun activity sure to help everyone get comfortable with one another and excited about their week!
Snack & Lunch | Morning and afternoon snacks are served daily. Campers bring their own nut-free lunch and beverage to camp. Lunches should be packed so that they do not require refrigeration or heating. Milk and juice are available daily and milk is available at lunchtime 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 the afternoon heats up and another round of fun begins.
Field Trips | Campers take one or more field trips related to the weekly themes. 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 | Safety is our first priority when swimming. Once a week, the whole camp takes a trip to a local public swimming pool or beach 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. Notice of all field trips including swimming is posted at camp weekly. 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 group leader 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 guaranteed to end the week with fun and festivities! Weekly festivals have included talent shows, carnivals, beach parties, field games, water fun and much more. Parents are welcome to attend the weekly festival and are encouraged to join in the fun!
2018 Summer Payment Calendar
|Program Week||Payment Due Date|
|June 11-15||June 4|
|June 18-22||June 11|
|June 25-29||June 18|
(no camp 7/4)
|July 9-13**||July 2|
|July 18-20||July 9|
|July 23-27**||July 18|
|July 30-August 3||July 23|
|August 6-10||July 30|
|August 13-17***||August 6|
|August 20-24***||August 13|
Weekly Deposits | Deposits are applied toward weekly fees and are non-refundable and non-transferable.
$25 per child, per week | Camp Castle Creek, Encore! Week, Circus One-Week Experience
$50 per child | Circus Two-Week Experience, Theater Immersion Camps, Wander Adventure Trips
**If enrolled in circus two-week experience and/or theater camps (two-week camps), remaining amount of fees for both weeks is due Monday (5 p.m.) five business days prior to the start of the first program week.
***Friday, August 17 & 24, there will be no after camp activities. All campers must be picked up by 4 p.m.