Middle School U

2018 Summer Information - 2019 Information Available This Winter

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. Available courses include fencing, archery, baking, computer programming & coding, dog behavior & training, Lego robotics, rock climbing, glass fusing and more!  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. 

Middle School U is located at Jefferson Middle School, 101 S. Gammon Road, Madison and offers weekly enrollment from June 12-August 17.

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(608) 276-9898

Ages  |  For students 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 (MSU) offers courses from June 12-August 17.  There are no courses Wednesday, July 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 17, all MSU participants must be picked up by 4:45 p.m.

Course Location  |  Located at Jefferson Middle School, 101 S. Gammon Road.  Some courses 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 times 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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  • = Course Filled & Wait-list Available
  • = Course Cancelled

Experience the thrill of creation, while learning the basics of making 3D art. Work with wire, clay, paper and 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 new skills and tools to discover new ways to express yourself. What can you create? Anything you can imagine! 


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 16-20
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Set your eyes to the sky and prepare for your feet to leave the ground because this week is sure to fly by! Climb through the trees at Heightened Adventures Aerial Park, and soar over rivers, trees and cliffs with Big Foot Zip Line Tours. Then challenge yourself on the Big Foot Ropes course, as well as adventure down river for an Army Duck Tour (If the weather doesn't cooperate, we will have a chance to check out Boulders Climbing Gym). Your feet may stay on the ground, but we'll hike to new heights at Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area. Learn about aviation with a visit to the EAA Airventure Museum.  Allow your inner adventurer to soar! 

Transportation provided daily to and from field trips.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 18-22 (wait-list available)
    • all-day
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Frostings, fondants and fun is 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. Take home your new skills, recipes, a piping bag and set of decorating tips to keep the frosting flowing all year! 


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 25-29 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Create authentic anime and manga-style artwork! 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! 


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 12-15
    • a.m.
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 2 or 3 as indicated on the swim and aquatic activity permission form.  

Transportation provided daily to and from field trips.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 16-20 (wait-list available)
    • all-day
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 23–27
    • all-day
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! Learn under the guidance of National Archery in the Schools Program (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
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 25-29 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
  • June 25-29 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
  • July 16-20
    • a.m.
  • July 16-20 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
  • August 6-10 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
  • August 6-10 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
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!  

Transportation Provided daily to and from field trips.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • August 13-17 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Gather your favorite memories in one special place. From pictures and ticket stubs to quotes and magazine clippings; there's no need to be organized about it! Ever wonder how they make all those different fonts?  We can show you!  Use stickers, embellishments and more as we learn creative ways to keep your fondest memories. Supplies to start your art journal will be provided, you bring the memories and your imagination!


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 30-August 3
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

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 on Friday to Madison's Camp of the Lakes.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 18-22
    • a.m.
  • July 23–27
    • a.m.
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 scratch!  Turn on the oven and roll out the dough, this course will get your taste buds dancing. 


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 18-22 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

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.  Bring it on! Don’t be timid, it’s easy as pie!


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 23–27 (wait-list available)
    • p.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. 


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 25-29 (wait-list available)
    • all-day
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Chalk your cue, pick your shot and take aim at a week of fun.  Spend the week at Union South learning the basics of billiards. Discover everything from basic techniques to advance strategies and how to plan your shot.  Enjoy a game that challenges your mind and your hand-eye coordination while learning new ways to play!  Whether your favorite game is 8-ball, 9-ball or standard billiards, this course should cue up a good time! 

Transportation provided daily to Union South. 


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • August 13-17
    • p.m.
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 on the blacktop?


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 2-6
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Get ready for some unplugged gaming fun! Challenge your mind, enjoy friendly competition and a world of games that you've been missing.  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. 


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 12-15
    • p.m.
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. You may even learn how to keep score the “old-fashioned” way, with a pencil and a score sheet. 

Students will walk to Schwoegler's Park Towne Lanes, 444 Grand Canyon Dr., Madison. 


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • August 13-17 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
  • July 30-August 3
    • a.m.
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 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 2 or 3 as indicated on the swim and aquatic activity permission form.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 12-15
    • all-day
Course Provider
T.B.A.

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! 


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 9-13 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
  • August 6-10 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 2-6
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Truffles, chocolate 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!  


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 30-August 3 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
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 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
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 2-6
    • all-day
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!


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 25-29 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Be the chef and the judge in this fun and challenging cooking course. Every day is a new challenge with this class. 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 a dish fit 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!


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 12-15 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

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 lunch or dinner dish for the judges and each other. Plate it, serve it and hope they LOVE it! Challenge your inner chef and get creative with your menu! Come find out what's in your basket!


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 9-13 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Comic books, manga and graphic novels all use a combination art, literature and imagination to transport us on fantastic journeys. 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.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 18-22 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
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!


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 2-6 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
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 you love of food to the next level and create your favorite foods from scratch!


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
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. Maybe even try a brand new 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! 


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 16-20 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
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 technology. You don't have to be tech savvy to create awesome animation! 


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • August 6-10 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

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 on Wednesday to Olbrich Gardens and Thursday to Henry Vilas Zoo


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 30-August 3 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
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 daily to area parks & disc golf courses. 


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • August 13-17 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

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 discuss 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. You’ll have the opportunity to work hands-on with 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
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 18-22 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
  • July 16-20 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
  • August 6-10 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
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 even 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!


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 25-29 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

From skateboards to bridges, engineers design and build just about everything! We'll have a brief introduction to basic principles of engineering before jumping right into the design process. As teams of engineers, you will be given tasks where you must develop, construct and test solutions. But don't forget to 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 your own glider.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 12-15
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Fantasy games grow more and more popular every year! In this course, learn how to play several 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
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 12-15
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Fantasy games grow more and more popular every year! In this course, learn how to play several 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
Jefferson Middle School
  • August 6-10
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

From the sewing machine to the hanger, explore, design and create a new wearable piece to add to your collection. Imagine and create colorful accessories with the use of some new skills, a sewing machine and a little bit of time. Anyone can be a fashion designer in this week long course, so let's get stitching!


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 2-6
    • p.m.
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.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 18-22 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
  • July 16-20 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
  • August 13-17 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Summer is made for campfire cooking! Make delicious meals over the fire and on the grill without using traditional cookware. Come hungry because we are making everything from pudgy pies to orange brownies and even hobo dinners! Create a menu and take your new skills out to Picnic Point to have your own fireside feast! Discover unique ways to create breakfast, lunch and dinner without putting a pot on the stove.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • August 13-17 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Is there a better way to spend a summer day than fishing? We don’t think so! Visit some of Madison's hottest fishing spots. Spend time in beautiful natural areas learning to fish or sharpening 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 to and from field trips.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 9-13 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

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 four days. These treats are guaranteed to taste good and cool you down during the warm summer months, what more could you ask for?


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 2-6 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Learn all about glass fusing in this four-day course! Complete several projects and discover the chemistry behind the melting and fusing of glass. Create unique 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! It is recommended that students wear closed-toed footwear.

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


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 2-6 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
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 let our instructors teach you how to use the tools to cut and shape pieces for your projects. Learn about 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. It is recommended that students wear closed-toed footwear.

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


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 23–27 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Let's swing our way to a hole-in-one! 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. Summer will be in full swing in this course!

Transportation provided for field trips


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 23–27
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Kabobs, sliders, flat bread pizzas and serious salads are just the beginning of what you will prepare from scratch! It doesn't matter if you call it a starter or an appetizer, we've got you covered. Cook with a variety of foods, learn basic kitchen skills and familiarize yourself with an awesome menu. Enjoy cooking, sampling and sharing your creations! Bon Appétit!


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 30-August 3 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

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. Paddle and swim along waterways through Dane county. Visit Devil's Lake State Park and hike through geologic history at Natural Bridge State Park and Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area. Good hiking shoes, water 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
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 30-August 3 (wait-list available)
    • all-day
Course Provider
T.B.A.

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 up!

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


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 25-29 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
  • July 30-August 3
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

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 your favorite recipes and create your own unique flavor! We've got your summer scoop right here!


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • August 6-10 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Practice your theatrics, get in the spotlight and bring on the laughter. Have a blast learning mind-stretching improv warm-up, 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
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 2-6
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

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!


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 18-22
    • p.m.
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!


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 9-13
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

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 make your way to a culinary masterpiece. Take home your cake and some new skills and keep on creating!


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 23–27 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
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.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 23–27
    • p.m.
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! 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 stitches!

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


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 9-13
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Dive in smock first and discover new and exciting art mediums. Explore and experiment with different materials and create your own original works of art. Along the way discover the secrets of contemporary artists. Mix your mediums, gain some knowledge and test out your new techniques and skills. What will your inner artist create?


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 9-13
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Swing the gavel, create the argument and put your debate skills to work. Whether you’re the 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
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 30-August 3
    • p.m.
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.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 9-13 (wait-list available)
    • all-day
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.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 30-August 3
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Andrea Hill

Andrea Hill is excited to be working with Middle School U this summer. She has been doing theater and improv since high school and enjoys helping others find fun characters to explore and develop within themselves. She is a Spanish teacher and forensics coach during the school year; helping people communicate is her passion. She enjoys camping, traveling and watching tv.

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
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 18-22
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Bring art, science and technology together through the creation of paper. Explore and create different types and styles of your own handmade papers as well as learn how the process of papermaking has evolved over the decades. We'll explore everything from paper beads to quilling and we'll even brush up on our origami skills. Bend your imagination and see what you can create.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • August 6-10
    • a.m.
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.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 12-15
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Been there, done that, learned that sport.... but what about these? Spend the week discovering unique sports that you never would have imagined. Hoover ball, curling, Sportogo soccer and Hantis (hand tennis, for those of you keeping track) are just the surface of the obscure sports you will learn this week. This course is sure to test your coordination and your imagination.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 23–27
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

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
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 18-22 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
  • August 6-10 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Acting isn't just for the stage! Bring your voice, grab a mic and put on a radio show using the scripts from The Halloween Trilogy, by Cecilia Fannon and John de Lancie. Delve into the radio scripts adapted from classic works by Edgar Allen Poe, Rudyard Kipling and Oscar Wilde. The stories of "The Cask of Amontillado", "The Mark of the Beast" and "The Canterville Ghost" will come to life and captivate your audience. Focus on one story or perform all three while discovering the power of your voice.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 23–27
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Join us for a comprehensive four-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
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 12-15
    • a.m.
  • July 2-6
    • p.m.
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.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 25-29 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
  • July 30-August 3 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
  • August 13-17 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
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. Build several different rockets ranging in difficulty and look at how various designs affect the flight. Take your knowledge to the sky!


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 9-13 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
  • August 6-10
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

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 (including some free ones) and some tried & true tricks of the trade from an instructor who first started gaming in 1978.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 25-29 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
  • July 9-13
    • a.m.
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 and build your skills. Take home a couple figures and enjoy your creations at home. From prepping and priming to adding faces and armor, get ready to let your skills go to work.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 16-20
    • p.m.
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.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 2-6
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

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, you'll also have an opportunity to 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 destinations when needed.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 9-13
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Grab your brayer and 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. 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
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 16-20
    • p.m.
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. The soaps will look and smell so great that you won't want to wait to use them!


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 12-15 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
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. The soaps will look and smell so great that you won't want to wait to use them!


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • August 6-10
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 9-13
    • a.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! Students should wear closed-toed footwear while in the studio.

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


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 30-August 3 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Risk it all on a roll of the dice, move your pieces carefully on the board and enjoy a brain-exercising 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.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 25-29
    • a.m.
  • August 13-17
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Join us for the ultimate summer sports sampler! From field games to lawn games, play a variety of active summer favorites. 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 off-site facilities, if needed.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 2-6
    • a.m.
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! 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.

Transportation provided daily from program location


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • August 13-17 (wait-list available)
    • all-day
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Would you like to be able to make your favorite candies and tasty treats in your very own kitchen? Try your hand at sculpting and molding candies, whip up some fudge, create amazing cupcakes and much more. Learn kitchen safety and correct handling of these delicate foods. Use your imagination and cute packaging choices to turn your yummy creations into easy gifts to share with family and friends.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 16-20 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
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


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 30-August 3
    • a.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 as we visit 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
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 23–27
    • a.m.
Course Provider
Jeremy Gartzke

is a University of Wisconsin graduate and now works with the Madison Metropolitan School District.  In his free time, he enjoys playing music with various musical groups in town and cooking for his family.  Other hobbies he pursues include dabbling with different types of electronics and exploring different types of computer programming.

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!  


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 12-15
    • p.m.
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.

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
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 23–27
    • p.m.
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 and get hands-on at 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
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 18-22 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • August 6-10
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Learn how to make an impact using the web. Students will work as teams to make websites for business platforms. Discover how the use of website development can be used to keep people informed. We’ll learn lots about all the ways people communicate using the web, and how we can use simple websites to make a difference! Go beyond the coding that goes into a website and learn to use the amazing tools that let you focus on your message


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 16-20
    • p.m.
  • July 30-August 3
    • p.m.
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 in all conditions with this course. Create shelters, build fire and cook a delicious meal, identify wild edibles, navigate with a compass and GPS unit, 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


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • August 6-10 (wait-list available)
    • all-day
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!


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 18-22
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

From insects to bears and bats to fish, this course covers it all! Explore careers in the fields of animal science and zoology. Get an up-close look at nature’s unique and beautiful creatures. Spend most of your week learning from the naturalists at Aldo Leopold Nature Center and take your new knowledge to Henry Vilas Zoo to explore animals on a whole new level! No matter which critter peaks your interest, this course will keep you moving.

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


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • August 13-17 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.
  • = Course Confirmed to Run
  • = Course Filled & Wait-list Available
  • = Course Cancelled
Dates Morning Courses
9 a.m.–Noon
All-Day Courses
9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Afternoon Courses
1–4 p.m.
June 12-15Anime & Manga
Engineering
Fantasy Board Games | 6/12-15
Pastas, Sauces & More
Rappelling & Belaying
Bus Stops Here
Board & Card Games
Chef's Challenge: Apps & Desserts
Soaps, Lotions & More | 6/12-15
Ultimate Survivor
June 18-22Babysitter Training
Baking From Scratch
Comic Writing & Design
UW Science
Yoga & Mindfulness
Aerial Adventures
Dog Behavior & Training
Fencing
Italian Cooking
Painting
Programming & Coding
June 25-29All Things Frosting
Archery
Ceramics & Pottery
Horses & Riding
Strategy Board Games
Biking Madison
Archery
Cooking From Scratch
Drawing
Rock Climbing
Role Playing Games (RPGs)
July 2-6
(no courses 7/4)
Candle & Wax Creations
Cookies, Cookies, Cookies
Glass Fusing
Improv Games
Summer Sports & Games
Cave & Cache
Blacktop Sports
Fashion Designer
Frozen Treats & Beverages
Rappelling & Belaying
RPG: Terrain & Scene Building
July 9-13Cake Decorating
Fishing
Jeweler's Workshop
Role Playing Games (RPGs)
Sportz Skillz
MSU's Amazing Adventure
Chef's Challenge: Lunch & Dinner
Machine Sewing
Mixed Media Art
Rocketry
Running & Fitness
July 16-203D Sculpture Arts
Archery
Fencing
Lego Robotics
Sweet Treats & Food Gifts
Aquatic Adventures
Archery
Culinary Classics
Dog Behavior & Training
RPG: Mini Figure Painting
Screen & Ink Printing
Website Design
July 23–27Babysitter Training
Glass Mosaics
Golf
Layered Cakes
Ukulele
Archeology
Baking: Pies & Cupcakes
Lego Robotics
Pickle Ball & Obscure Sports
Radio Mystery Theater
Upcycle Arts
July 30-August 3Bowling
Candy & Chocolate Making
Digital Photography
Horses & Riding
Stained Glass
Tennis
Hiking & Kayaking
Art Journaling
Gourmet Appetizers
MSU On Trial
One-Act Plays
Rock Climbing
Website Design
August 6-10Archery
Cake Decorating
Paper Arts & Creations
Programming & Coding
Rocketry
Wacky World Sports
Wilderness Skills
Archery
Digital Animation
Dog Behavior & Training
Fantasy Board Games | August 6-10
Ice Cream Making
Soaps, Lotions & More | August 6-10
August 13-17Art Around Madison
Disc Golf & Ultimate
Fencing
Rock Climbing
Summer's End
Billiards
Bowling
Fireside Cooking
Strategy Board Games
Zoology & Animal Science