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Camp Wildcat is unable to run this summer due to COVID-19. We look forward to welcoming campers back for Summer 2021.

Camp Wildcat is the perfect place for your camper to build friendships, be active and make the most of their summer.

Each week includes:

  • A new and exciting theme
  • A fun and engaging field trip
  • An aquatic trip to a local pool, splash pad or beach
  • Hands-on projects and activities
  • A weekly all-camp festival
  • An opportunity to build friendships and memories with other similar-aged campers

Camp Wildcat offers weekly enrollment from June 15 through August 14. Theme-based programming runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Campers may be dropped off between 7:30-9 a.m. and picked up between 4-5:45 p.m. During these times campers will participate in supervised self-directed activities, play outside and enjoy fun games with friends.

All campers attend a swim trip each week. Parents/guardians will designate a swim level through the registration process. Our swim levels are in place to ensure that parents/guardians choose an appropriate level for their camper’s ability and confidence.

Summer School Option
Camp Wildcat offers a half-day camp option for students enrolled in Verona summer school. Campers may attend camp before summer school, beginning as early as 7:30 a.m. Campers will return to camp after summer school. Transportation is available through the school district, to and from camp.

August 17-21  |  Encore! Week  |  Located at Crestwood Elementary, Madison

Wisconsin Youth Company day camps are state licensed, American Camp Association accredited and YoungStar rated.

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.

10 Programs
Open Registration

Campers will enjoy getting their hands dirty in the outdoors and exploring camp’s backyard. Activities will include trail walks, nature crafting and making our favorite summer treat: the s’more!    

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This week is all about appreciating the place we all call home: Earth! Campers will learn about some ways that they can help our planet grow and nourish. We will create recycled art and cook up some delicious healthy snacks. Everyone will end the week with a green thumb.   

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Grab your swimsuit and don’t forget a towel, because it’s going to be a wet one! We’ll dive right in with water-based games and science experiments

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Did dinosaurs dance? We like to think so. That’s why we are having a Jurassic Jamboree! We’ll dig for bones and learn about fossils as we stomp through the week. It’s going to be a roaring good time. 

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It’s going to be an udderly wonderful week! Down on the “camp farm,” campers will create animal themed crafts and enjoy games with friends. There’s no end to the fun as we learn about life on the farm. 

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3, 2, 1 BLAST OFF! We will journey deep into undiscovered realms as we explore planets, spaceships and the galaxy through hands-on science experiments. Campers will get creative as they make space snacks and art projects that are out of this world. 

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We are ready to have the slime of our lives! Campers will get their hands sticky with science activities, artfood projects, and, of course, different types of ooey gooey slimes. Campers will roll up their sleeves and enjoy the mess. 

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Art comes in all shapes and sizes. We’re going beyond coloring and getting creative with all forms of art. From painting to origami and acting to singing, campers will brush up on their art skills and warm up their vocals as we bring out the artist in all of us. 

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Best of the Best
Aug 10-14

The final week of camp is sure to be a blast! Activities will include special events at camp, multiple field trips and even an all-camp party at Elver Park. Possible field trips include Discovery World Museum, Milwaukee County Zoo, State Parks, local farms and more. Summer at Wisconsin Youth Company is the best!  

Field Trips: Varies by camp  

All campers must be picked up by 4 p.m. on Friday, August 14, 2020.  

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All campers are invited to join us for the last week of summer at Crestwood Elementary School (Camp of the Lakes)!  

Summer may be coming to an end, but the fun isn’t done. While there’s still light in the day and sun in the sky, join us for one last summer hurrah! All WYC camps are welcome to join us as we say “Encore!” to summer at Crestwood Elementary. Encore! week includes multiple field trips, swimming and plenty of hands-on fun at camp.  

Field Trips: TBD 

All campers must be picked up by 4 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2020. 

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Camp Wildcat Schedule

Weekly Schedule  |  Days of the week and activity times may vary slightly from the provided sample schedule. You will be emailed a weekly welcome letter with camp specific details and a confirmed schedule will be posted at camp each Monday.

Kick-Off  |  On Monday, the camp director and counselors welcome campers, review rules & emergency procedures, and familiarize new campers with camp.

Snack & Lunch  |  Morning and afternoon snacks are served daily. Campers bring their own nut-free lunch. Lunches should be packed so that they do not require refrigeration or heating. Milk is available daily for snack and lunch when campers are on site. Completely disposable lunches are required on field trips.

Rejuvenate  |  After an active morning and a satisfying lunch, campers slow down and rest a bit before another round of fun begins in the afternoon.

Field Trips  |  Each week, campers will take a field trip. Some popular destinations include: area parks, the Dane County Fair, a local farm, the UW campus, Henry Vilas Zoo, museums, splash parks and more! Field trips are taken via chartered school bus. Notice of all field trips is given via email the week prior and is posted on Monday morning. Campers must wear their camp shirts on field trips.

Swimming  |  Once a week, campers take a trip to a local pool, beach or splashpad. Pools and beaches are staffed by on-duty, certified lifeguards.  Parents assign campers to one of three swim levels based on swimming ability. Campers are closely supervised by lifeguards and camp staff. See the swim and aquatic activity permission form for more details about swimming and to choose your child’s swim level. Campers must wear their camp shirts on swimming field trips.

Group Time  |  Campers will spend the majority of their camp week in established small groups of 12-17 campers based on age. Each small group is led by a counselor who plans age-appropriate, theme-related activities for their assigned group of campers.

Weekly Festival  |  The weekly festival is a celebration of the week for the whole camp designed around the theme for that week. Included is an opportunity for groups to share highlights of their week followed by all-camp activities! Weekly festivals have included talent shows, carnivals, field games, cooking projects, water fun and much more.

Fees  |  Half-Day & Full-Day Camps, per child, per week
June 15-26  |  half-day camps (a.m. or p.m. available)  |  $170
July 6-24  |  half-day camps (p.m. available)  |  $170
June 15-August 7  |  full-day camps  |  $230
August 10-14  |  Best of the Best week  |  $260
August 17-21  |  Encore! week (located at Crestwood Elementary, Madison)  |  $265

Weekly Deposits  |  Deposits are applied toward weekly fees and are non-refundable and non-transferable.
$25 per child, per week

*Friday, August 14 & 21, there will be no after camp activities.  All campers must be picked up by 4 p.m.