Middle School U

Middle School U is located at Hamilton Middle School  4801 Waukesha Street, Madison  

Middle School U (MSU) offers students, entering grades 6-9, a fun and safe environment to learn new skills, stay active and discover what they are capable of. MSU offers at least 10 different hands-on morning, afternoon, and full-day courses weekly. Skilled and knowledgeable staff create a warm and welcoming environment, ideal for students to develop their independence and build supportive relationships.

MSU offers weekly enrollment from June 17 through August 16.  Morning courses run from 9 a.m.-noon, afternoon courses run from 1-4 p.m., and all-day courses run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

MSU is open from 7:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Students are welcome to hang out and relax with friends during supervised free time before and/or after courses.

Course Categories Include:  Cooking & Baking  |  Sports  |  Life Skills  |  Arts & Crafts Outdoor/Adventure Skills  |  Games Science & Technology  Performance Arts


Wisconsin Youth Company Administrative Office  608-276-9782 ext. 0

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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. 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 p.m.) six business days prior to the week being requested, provided space is available. 

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 important that students taking off-site courses be on time for the start of their courses, 9 a.m. or 1 p.m.  Transportation will not be held for late arrivals. 

Snacks and Lunch  |  Students who are on-site for lunch (those taking both a.m. & p.m. courses or all-day courses) need to bring their own lunch which does not require refrigeration or heating.  A nut-free 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 times and during the lunch hour.  There is no additional charge for this time.  

Set your eyes to the sky and prepare for your feet to leave the ground because this week will fly by. Climb through the trees at Heightened Adventures Aerial Park, and soar over rivers at Big Foot Zip Line Tours. Take on a challenge at Big Foot Ropes course and adventure down river on an Army Duck Tour.  Take flight into the world of aviation while exploring the EAA Museum. Our week ends in a splash as we venture down zip lines at Dolphins Cove water park!  Participants in this course must be a swim level yellow or green as indicated on the swim and aquatic activity permission form.  

Transportation provided for all field trips 

June 24-28 all day course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Frostings, fondants and fun are what this course is all about. Transform 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.  Whip up tons of tasty creations and take home new skills, recipes, a piping bag and set of decorating tips to keep the frosting flowing all year! 

July 22-26 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Create authentic anime and manga-style artwork! Explore anime from the past to the present and learn to create your own manga art.  This course will cover figure drawing in the manga style as well as facial composition and expressions. Discover the different types of Manga and Japanese stories while you develop and personalize your own manga drawing style. No experience is necessary, and all artists are welcome! 

August 5-9 a.m. course  


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Ever wonder what it takes to create the apps that we use every day? There’s a class for that!  Create your own apps using the drag-and-drop viewer:  MIT App inventor.  Discover coding basics and use block programs to create the behind the scenes workings of your own apps.   Show off and share your completed apps right from your web browser.  No previous coding experience necessary.   

July 8-12 p.m. course
July 29-August 2 p.m. course 

 


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Splash into a week of water adventures!  Experience many of the aquatic activities that Madison has to offer.  Put your skills to the test on waterways from Monona to Mendota.  Venture to Rutabaga for some stand-up paddle board fun then grab a kayak and take an adventure down river. Slide into the weekend at Noah's Ark Waterpark on Friday!  Swim, paddle and float your way through this week of awesome aquatic adventures.  Participants in this course must be a swim level yellow or green as indicated on the swim and aquatic activity permission form.  

July 8-12 all day course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

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 if you're an experienced archer, come challenge yourself. Put your skills to the test with a day of outdoor archery at Blackhawk Bowhunters Archery Club.   Learn under the guidance of our National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) trained instructors in a safe and engaging environment.  Nock an arrow and shoot straight; it's going to be a blast.  

Transportation provided for field trip. 

June 17-21 a.m. course
June 17-21 p.m. course
July 8-12 a.m. course
July 8-12 p.m. course
July 22-26 p.m. course
July 29 - August 2 a.m. course
July 29 - August 2 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Discover some of Madison's best places to imagine and create.  Experience art on a new level during this artistic tour of Madison. Find inspiration as you explore places like The Vinery and Dr. Evermore's.  Watch, learn and create your own unique works of art! Think art is just for the classroom? Think again!  

August 12-16 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Prepare yourself for the many responsibilities associated with caring for infants, toddlers and young children. 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. 

June 24-28 a.m. course
July 15-19 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

From cinnamon rolls to dinner rolls and sweet breads to savory ones, there's bound to be a tasty baked treat that everyone loves.   Bake all these delightful delicacies and more from ingredients you find right in your pantry.  Turn on the oven and roll out the dough because this course will get your taste buds dancing. 

July 29 - August 2 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

From shepherd's pie to cherry pie, learn about different types of crusts and fillings and then make them yourself.  Explore the delightful, decadent and delicious world of cupcakes! Learn basic cake decorating techniques and apply them to cupcakes.  Bring it on! Don’t be timid, it’s easy as pie!  

June 24-28 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Add color to your summer and wardrobe with batik and tie dye! This week will start out with one of everyone’s favorite summer activities, tie dye. We will explore different techniques to take fabric from drab to totally rad. We will also have an opportunity to explore a more advance form of fabric dying known as batik where we will use melted wax to craft designs onto fabric.  

July 29 - August 2 p.m. course


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 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. 

July 15-19 all day course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Put down your devices and head to the blacktop; it's time to go old-school.  Rediscover your favorite games from recesses long past.  From kickball to hopscotch, we have a game for you.  How are you going to spend your time playing on the blacktop?   

June 24-28 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Get ready for some unplugged gaming fun. Challenge your mind and enjoy some friendly competition.  Play some 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 your favorite games. 

July 1-3 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

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.  

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

June 24-28 p.m. course
August 12-16 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

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. Plan your day with destinations such as Ultrazone: Laser Tag, Keva Sports or Goodman Pool. The course fee includes admission fees to all destinations 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 yellow or green as indicated on the swim and aquatic activity permission form. 

June 17-21 all day course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Express your creativity through edible art. Bake, frost and decorate your own delicious 3-dimensional 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. 

July 8-12 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Get ready to create a bite-sized masterpiece.  Take your cake, mix in frosting, add the stick and start creating!  Learn and use different techniques to create delicious wonders. Easy to make, easy to display, and easy to eat, discover what the cake pop hype is all about.  Use fondant, sprinkles, cookies and other tasty treats to add dimension, flavor and character to your delicious bite size cakes. 

July 1-3 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

The ancient art of calligraphy is making a comeback. There are so many ways to use calligraphy skills to create visual masterpieces.  If one font seems too hard try another, the possibilities are endless. Take your favorite writing technique and create a canvas or sign using your new skills.  Discover fun, unique and interesting ways to bring any writing project to life. 

July 1-3 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Truffles, chocolates and toffees are just the beginning of what's in the mix this week.  Boil the water, stir in the sugar and discover what you can make with nothing more than some simple ingredients and a little time. Be amazed at the deliciousness of your own creations and create your own literal candy land!  

July 8-12 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Let your inner adventurer out. Join us as we explore Wisconsin 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. 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 yellow or green as indicated on the swim and aquatic activity permission form.   

Transportation provided daily for field trips. 

July 1-3 all day course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Mold, throw and sculpt your way through clay. Gain first-hand experience with 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!  

June 24-28 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

On your mark, get set, get cooking!  Be the chef and the judge in this fun and challenging cooking course. Evey day holds a new challenge and an opportunity to try a new recipe. Take your basket of your unique ingredients, work with your team and create a dinner dish that’s sure to wow the judges!   

June 24-28 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Every day is a new challenge with this class!  Kabobs, sliders, flat breads and serious salads are just the beginning of what you can prepare for your lunch menus. Discover your daily mystery ingredients accept your challenge and cook your way to a tasty lunch.  Learn basic kitchen skills as you enjoy cooking, sampling and sharing your creations. Bon Appétit! 

June 17-21 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Think you have the best culinary skills in the kitchen? Well, you're about to find out.  Start your day with a new basket of ingredients and end it with an appetizer or dessert for an audience and the judges. Plate it, serve it and hope they love it! This course will challenge your inner chef and inspire creative concoctions. Let's find out what's in your basket. 

July 1-3 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Attack a rook, defend your queen and avoid the checkmate.  Discover the game that is an exciting battle of wits.  Learn how to move the pieces and problem solve new challenges when playing opponents. Develop strategy from the opening phase right up to the end game. It doesn't matter if you win or lose, it’s all about how you play the game.  Focus your skills, knowledge and creativity in a different way each game.  How will you decide your next move?    

July 29 - August 2 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

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. 

July 29 - August 2 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Start with simple ingredients and make magnificent meals.  Bring your skills to the table; chop, stir and cook your way to your all-time favorite comfort foods.  Cookies, pizza and pasta dishes are only the beginning of this culinary adventure.  Take your love of food to the next level and create your favorite foods from scratch!   

July 15-19 a.m. course 


Course Provider
T.B.A.

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

July 22-26 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

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 with stop motion animations and other technologies. You don't have to be tech savvy to create awesome animation. 

July 8-12 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Technology 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 within our very own city.   

Transportation provided for field trips 

July 15-19 p.m. course
July 29 - August 2 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

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 to area disc golf courses and parks. 

August 5-9 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Take your doodles to a whole new level.  Explore techniques and mediums used by professional artists to create your own images.  Discover what you can do with charcoal, pastels, ink, and chalk.  Since drawing isn't just for paper, we'll introduce different surfaces to use with your favorite medium and take your creations to the next level. 

July 22-26 a.m. course

 


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Take your role-playing adventures to the next level.  Spend the week exploring short adventures in small groups while learning how to build your own dungeon master skills.  Get tips and tricks from an instructor that has be running RPG adventures for more than 10 years.  Discover how to add details and challenges to your game, while keeping things interesting and the adventure moving.  

August 12-16 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Discover urban landscapes and diverse habitats at Aldo Leopold Nature Center.  Get hands-on, investigate and find the hidden gems within wetland, prairie and woodland communities.  Find out how they coexist and rely on each other to create unique habitats for different types of wildlife.  Whether you're doing a pond dip or digging in the mud, this course will uncover new knowledge and a greater understanding of some of Madison’s best kept secrets. 

August 12-16 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Step into another world with fantasy board games. Discover new ways to strategize and problem-solve your way to victory with several fantasy-based board games such as Ascension and Talisman. Critical thinking and competition come together in different board game worlds and are sure to lead to a winning experience. 

June 17-21 p.m. course
August 5-9 a.m. course 

 


Course Provider
T.B.A.

As an Olympic sport and a time-honored symbol of nobility, the sport of fencing represents one of the most exciting and challenging athletic events. This 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 to fencing facility. 

July 22-26 p.m. course
August 12-16 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

What better way to spend a summer day than fishing.  Visit some of Madison's hottest fishing spots, spend time in beautiful natural areas learning to fish and sharpen your skills.  Learn basic water safety skills, 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 to and from field trips. 

July 1-3 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Cool off and chill out as we create frozen treats that you’re going to want to make all summer long. Make your own popsicles, sodas, slushies, sundaes, and smoothies. Not only to these treats taste good, they are also super cool.  What more could you ask for during the warm summer months?  

June 17-21 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Learn all about glass fusing in this three-day course. Complete several projects and discover the chemistry behind the melting and fusing of glass. Create unique pendants, slumped plates or scrap glass vases. Projects completed on the last day will have to be picked up the following week at Middle School U. Students must wear closed-toed shoes. 

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

July 1-3 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Open the door to the world of mosaics and transform glass scraps into beautiful and unique art. Utilize glass in endless color combinations and learn how to safely use tools to cut and shape pieces for your projects.  Explore different types of adhesives and grout used to put your pieces together. Work in a glass studio to create projects from mirrors to stepping stones and take your unique pieces home to display or give as gifts. Students must wear closed-toed shoes.  

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

Juy 15-19 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Let's swing our way to a hole-in-one! We’ve partnered with First Tee of South-Central Wisconsin to provide an awesome week of golf instruction.  Work with a skilled golf professional to learn the basics and brush up on your technique. This course will review the fundamentals of golf including grip, club selection and more. Clubs will be provided, or you can bring your own set.  

Transportation provided daily to Vitense Golfland 

June 24-28 a.m. course
August 5-9 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Let the games begin!  Join us for the ultimate gym games sampler. From dodge ball to flag football, play a variety of active gym time favorites. Learn a range of skills from skilled coaches at KEVA sports center.  Practice the games and sports that you know and love while learning some new ones along the way. Take your skills to the next level with a bit of competition and tournaments to end the week.  Get up, get moving and have some fun! 

Transportation provided to Keva Sports Center M/W/F.  

August 12-16 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Experience some of the most beautiful trails and waterways in Southern Wisconsin. Spend three days on the water kayaking, canoeing and swimming.  Take to the land for two days of hiking through geologic history at Devil’s Lake State Park, Natural Bridge State Park and Ferry Bluff State Natural Area. Good hiking shoes, water shoes and stamina for sustained hiking are necessary. Participants in this course must be a swim level yellow or green as indicated on the swim and aquatic activity permission form.  

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

July 29 - Agust 2 all day course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Who screams for ice cream? We all do! Our week will start off by making delicious ice cream. We’ll then take our favorite flavors and turn them into ice cream desserts.  From ice cream sandwiches to classic sorbets, we've got your ice cream favorites covered. Experiment with your favorite recipes or create your own unique flavor.  

August 5-9 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Grab your brayer, select your ink and roll out an assortment of prints. Bring your ideas to life. Design your image, pick your favorite printing technique and create a set of unique prints. Keep the ink flowing all week by exploring multiple print styles and ink types. Discover famous ink prints from your favorite artists and find inspiration to create new ones of your own. 

August 5-9 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Discover the art of jewelry making. Explore modern twists on a skill 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. We'll provide the jewelry making tools; you select your elements and get creative. 

June 24-28 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Ever wonder how to make an amazing 3-D cake masterpiece? Work with a professional baker and discover how layers can turn cake into art. Create the frosting, cut and form your layers, and make your way to a culinary masterpiece. Take home your cake and some new skills to keep on creating. 

July 15-19 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

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

July 15-19 p.m. course
August 5-9 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Fabrics, threads, zippers, and fun is what machine sewing is all about. Learn the basics of machine sewing techniques as well as some other tools used with fabric. Choose your pattern, select your material and stitch away! We’ll visit a local fabric store where you can select your own fabric and notions in order to create your unique project.  

Transportation provided for Tuesday field trip to JoAnn Fabrics, 6741 Odana Rd 

July 8-12 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

If you can dream it, you can make it! From concept to creation, this course will give you all the skills you need to create useful, fantastic and inventive designs. Learn tools and safety, project design and time management to wow yourself and friends with your unique ideas. Sourcing materials, problem solving and student lead projects will put your skills to the test on your journey to become a maker. 

July 22-26 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

A week of adventure awaits.  Travel to a new local landmark each day and work with your team to solve a series of puzzles and challenges.  End each day at a pit stop where you will get clues for what's going to happen next. Navigate a competitive trail scavenger hunt at Blue Mounds State Park and dare to get through beach challenges at Vilas Park.  Brace yourself because as the week progresses, challenges get tougher.  Arrive at your final destination and celebrate your team's victories!  What kind of challenges are you up for?  

Transportation provided daily for field trips. 

July 22-26 all day course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Let the games begin!  Join us for this fun sports sampler! Gear up for anything from volleyball to soccer and basketball to tennis.  Learn a range of skills from skilled coaches at KEVA sports center.  Practice the games and sports that you know and learn something new along the way. Take your skills to the next level with a bit of competition and tournaments to end your week.  Get up, get moving and have some fun! 

Transportation provided to Keva Sports Center M/W/F.  

July 15-19 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

One cast, one scene, one act, and one full week of fun is what you can expect in this course.  A one-act play is designed to tell a story in, that's right, just one act!  Focus on a character or a plot line to create and perform your own story.  Learn what a one-act play is first-hand in this writing and performing course. 

July 29 - August 2 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

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. 

June 17-21 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

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. 

August 5-9 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Been there, done that, learned that sport.... but what about these?  Spend the week discovering the sport of pickleball as well as other fun racquet sports. This course is sure to test your coordination and your reflexes.  We’ll put our skills to test at the Garner Park pickle ball courts.  

Students will walk to Garner Park a few days during the week weather permitting. 

July 22-26 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Get creative, get connected, get coding!  Discover the basics of programming and coding with a Micro:bit.  This micro-computer has programmable features, including LEDS, buttons and sensors that respond to movement, light, Bluetooth and more.  Create games, make music and explore the endless possibilities.  Build your programs then upload them for hours of hands-on programmable fun. Take your Micro:bit home and continue the coding fun!  Learn more about Micro:bit at microbit.org

July 22-26 p.m. course
August 5-9 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Acting isn't just for the stage!  Bring your voice, grab a mic and put on a radio show inspired by your favorite mystery stories. From Roald Dahl’s “Book of Scary Stories” to Alvin Schwartz’s “Scary Stories to tell in the Dark” we have a mystery story for you.  Pick your favorite story, create your sound effects and adapt it to create an experience fit for radio.  Recreate one story or perform a few while discovering the power of your voice and your imagination.  

July 8-12 p.m. course 


Course Provider
T.B.A.

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. 

June 17-21 a.m. course
July 8-12 a.m. course
July 29 - August 2 p.m. course
August 12-16 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

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. Have the opportunity to build at least two different rockets ranging in difficulty and explore how various designs affect the flight.   

July 29 - August 2 p.m.


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Dive into a different world of games with RPGs. 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 (including some free ones) and some tried and true tricks of the trade from an instructor who first started gaming in 1978.  

June 24-28 p.m. course
July 15-19 a.m. course
August 5-9 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Select your figure, pick your color, grab your brush, and get painting.  Discover a world of creativity as we learn to create our own mini figures.  Whether you're just starting your collection or adding to it, this week is sure to inspire you.  Challenge your precision, build your skills and even take home a couple figures.   From prepping and priming to adding faces and armor, get ready to let your skills go to work. 

July 22-26 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Think boards games are just a two-dimensional experience? Think again!   Get ready to bring new life to your board game experience.   Discover how to make custom plaster casts, mold your own bricks, build modular dudgeon tiles and create your own unique gaming world.  Then, take home your new gaming additions and the skills to add another dimension to your gaming. 

July 8-12 a.m. course 


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Experience the thrill of creation while learning the basics of making 3-D art. Using modeling wire, carve out clay or construct designs with other mediums throughout the week. Unleash your inner artist as you design, build and sculpt like the masters. Investigate the history of sculpting and use your skills and tools to discover new ways to express yourself.  

July 8-12 p.m. course

 


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Mold, decorate and experiment with soaps, scents, lotions, bath salts and more! Add your favorite scents to a variety of different soap and lotion bases to see what you can create.  Mix in your colors, select your base and start creating. Personalize your soaps and turn them into gifts or keep them for yourself.  

June 17-21 p.m. course
August 5-9 p.m. course


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!  Students should wear closed-toed footwear while in the studio. 

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

July 22-26 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Risk it all on a roll of the dice, move your pieces carefully on the board and put your brain to work with this week of strategy building. Play some of your favorite games and be prepared to learn some new ones. Gain insights into good sportsmanship, cooperation and social etiquette that make face-to-face board games more fun to play with each turn. 

July 15-19 p.m. course
August 12-16 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Start your summer off with a ton of outdoor adventures.   Catch a Lumberjack show and a tour on the Ducks in the Dells.  Venture off to Milwaukee for a day at the Milwaukee Public Museum.  Take on some hiking adventures at Governor Dodge State Park. Then, delve underground at the Cave of the Mounds.  No week of adventure is complete without a trip to Noah’s Ark.  This course will run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Participants in this course must be a swim level yellow or green as indicated on the swim and aquatic activity permission form. 

June 17-21 all day program


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Let the games begin!  From field games to lawn games, play a variety of active summer favorites. Learn a range of skills from skilled coaches at KEVA sports center.  Practice the games and sports that you know and love while learning some new ones along the way. Take your skills to the next level with a bit of competition and tournaments to end your week.  Get up, get moving and have some fun! 

Transportation provided to Keva Sports Center M/W 

July 1-3 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Summer fun doesn't stop! Explore the best of what summer has to offer starting close to home with a tour of UW Madison. Hop on the road and head to Devil's Lake State Park for a day of swimming, hiking and fishing. The fun doesn't stop there! Visit the animals at the Milwaukee County Zoo and experience hands-on fun at Ripley's Believe it or Not and Wizard Quest. You'll send summer off with a splash at Noah’s Ark Waterpark. Let’s go for one more round of summer fun! 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 yellow or green as indicated on the swim and aquatic activity permission form. 

Transportation provided daily from program location  

August 12-16 all day course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Grab your paddles, rackets, bats and clubs for five afternoons of sports that use the skill of a good swing. Learn some of the basics of golf, baseball, tennis, and other racket sports. Travel to Keva Sports Center for three days of instruction. Take a swing at a good time. 

Transportation provided to Keva Sports Center M/W/F  

July 8-12 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

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 be sure to get the swing of it. 

Students will walk to area tennis courts.

July 29 - August 2 a.m. course


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.  Explore the basic skills required to play the ukulele from a professional instructor with the  Monroe Street Art Center. You don’t have to stop learning when the class ends because you’ll get to take your ukulele home with you.  

Presented by Monroe Street Art Center  

July 15-19 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Do you have what it takes to be a survivor? Take on a new challenge each day. From building a small raft to creating a shelter, these tasks are sure to challenge your imagination.  Discover your inner navigator and hone your orienteering skills.  Grab a GPS unit and go on a geocache adventure.  Test out your new skills, build a fire and don't forget to try your hand at outdoor cooking. This is a week of challenges you won't want to miss! Each day will bring a new adventure!   

Transportation provided daily to and from Aldo Leopold Nature Center 330 Femrite Dr, Monona, WI 53716 

June 17-21 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Want to know how to take something old and turn it into something new? 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.  

July 15-19 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Calling all aspiring scientists! Spend time touring the UW campus learning from professors and faculty in a variety of science fields. Explore and learn at venues including the Physics Museum and Primate Center. Get hands-on at the Stem Cell Lab and Biotech Workshop. Venture to Babcock Dairy Hall for a tour and a tasty treat! Join us for a week of discovery and hands-on exploration.  

Transportation provided daily for field trips. 

June 17-21 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Go beyond salads and discover how to create a fabulous vegetarian meal with great ingredients.  Explore recipes from lasagna to bruschetta and stir fry to ramen.  Find recipes for snacks, soups and entrees to create mouth-watering meals and savory dishes to share.   

July 1-3 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Create a website and make a difference!  Discover how website development can inform and inspire others.  Work as a team to build a business platform by using various websites design techniques and tools to bring your idea to life on the web.  Go beyond the coding and make an impact using the web. 

July 15-19 p.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Do you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness? Get the tools, information and experience you will need to feel confident in your abilities to survive outdoors. Create shelters, build fire and cook a delicious meal. Identify wild edibles, navigate with a compass and so 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 daily to and from Aldo Leopold Nature Center 330 Femrite Dr, Monona, WI 53716 

August 5-9 all day course


Course Provider
T.B.A.

Summer is all about letting our brains take a break! Relax, restore and rejuvenate while discovering how yoga can help you gain strength and flexibility.  Connect with your inner yogi with the use of different breathing techniques and exploration of various styles of yoga from slow flow to fusion yoga.   Refocus your energy inward and create mindfulness tools to take with you and keep your yoga practice flowing! 

July 1-3 a.m. course


Course Provider
T.B.A.
Dates Morning Courses
9 a.m.–Noon
All-Day Courses
9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Afternoon Courses
1–4 p.m.
June 17-21 · Archery
· Frozen Treats & Beverages
· Painting
· Rock Climbing
· UW Science
· Summer Kick-Off
· Bus Stops Here
· Archery
· Chef's Challenge: Lunch
· Fantasy Board Games
· Soaps, Lotions & More
· Ultimate Survivor
June 24-28 · Babysitter Training
· Ceramics & Pottery
· Baking: Pies & Cupcakes
· Comic Writing & Design
· Golf
· Aerial Adventures
· Chef's Challenge: Dinner
· Blacktop Sports & Games
· Bowling
· Jewelery Making
· Role Playing Games
July 1-3 (no courses 7/4 & 7/5) · Chef's Challenge: Snacks & Desserts
· Calligraphy & Lettering
· Cupcake & Cookie Designer
· Glass Fusing
· Yoga & Mindfulness
· Cave & Cache
· Board & Card Games
· Cake Pop Construction
· Fishing
· Summer Sports & Games
· Vegetarian Cuisine
July 8-12 · Archery
· Candy & Chocolate Making
· Digital Animation
· Rock Climbing
· Machine Sewing
· RPG Terrain & Scene Building
· Aquatic Adventures
· App Inventor
· Archery
· Cake Decorating
· Radio Mystery Theater
· Sculpture Arts
· Take a Swing
July 15-19 · Babysitter Training
· Cooking From Scratch
· Glass Mosaics
· Ukulele
· Role Playing Games
· Upcycle Arts
· Biking Madison
· Digital Photography
· Layered Cakes
· Net Sports & Games
· Strategy Board Games
· Lego Robotics
· Website Design
July 22-26 · All Things Frosting
· Drawing
· Pickleball & Racquet Sports
· RPG Mini Figure Painting
· Stained Glass
· MSU's Amazing Adventure
· Archery
· Culinary Classics
· Fencing
· Marker's Space
· Programming with Micro:bit
July 29- August 2 · Archery
· Baking From Scratch
· Chess
· Digital Photography
· One-Act Plays
· Tennis
· Hiking & Kayaking
· App Inventor
· Archery
· Batik & Tie Dye
· Cookies, Cookies, Cookies
· Rock Climbing
· Rocketry
August 5-9 · Anime & Manga
· Fantasy Board Games
· Golf
· Ice Cream Making
· Ink Printing & Design
· Lego Robotics
· Wilderness Skills
· Disc Golf & Ultimate
· Pastas, Sauces & More
· Programming with Micro:bit
· Role Playing Games
· Soaps, Lotions & More
August 12-16 · Art Around Town
· Dungeon Master Basics
· Fencing
· Rock Climbing
· Summer's End
· Bowling
· Gym Sports & Games
· Strategy Board Games
· Ecosystem Exploration