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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 12 different hands-on morning, afternoon, and full-day courses weekly. Skilled and knowledgeable staff create a welcoming and inclusive environment, ideal for students to develop their independence and build supportive relationships.

MSU offers weekly enrollment from June 15 through August 14. 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
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If you crave adventure and enjoy heights, this is the course for you. Climb through the trees at Dells Zipline Aerial Park and soar over rivers at Big Foot Zip Line Tours. Enjoy a challenge at Big Foot Ropes course, adventure down river on an Army Duck Tour, and take flight into the world of aviation while exploring the EAA Museum. Finally, end the week with a splash as we venture down zip lines at Dolphins Cove water park! Set your eyes to the sky and prepare for your feet to leave the ground because this week will fly by. Participants in this course must be a swim level yellow or green as indicated on the swim and aquatic activity permission form. 

This course takes place off site. Transportation will be provided each day.
Instructor: Wisconsin Youth Company Adventure Trip Leaders

Course Dates:
Jul 20-24
- all day course
Aug 3-7
- all day course

Explore anime from the past to the present and learn to create your own authentic manga art throughout the week. You will learn and practice figure drawing in the manga style and gain an understanding of how to draw and develop various facial compositions and expressions. Discover 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.  

Instructor: AJ Popp

Course Dates:
Jul 27-31
- a.m. course
Aug 10-14
- a.m. course

Splash into a week of water adventures and experience many of the aquatic activities that Madison has to offer. Learn all about paddling, different strokes and water safety. Put your skills to the test on the waterways of Lake Monona and Lake 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.  

This course takes place off site. Transportation will be provided each day.
Instructor: Wisconsin Youth Company Adventure Trip Leaders

Course Dates:
Jul 6-10
- all day course

Practice focus, patience, and goal setting in a fun, safe and engaging environment. This course will cover all the basics of stance, notching an arrow, proper grip, techniques for drawing, and variations of aim while under the guidance of our National Archery in the Schools Program trained instructor who upholds the highest safety practices. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never picked up a bow or if you’re an experienced archer, come challenge yourself and try your hand at this awesome activity.  

Presented by Corey Digman of Digman Fitness

June 29-July 2 | $90
July 6-10 | $105
July 27-31 | $105

Course Dates:
Jun 29-Jul 2
- a.m. course
Jun 29-Jul 2
- p.m. course
Jul 6-10
- a.m. course
Jul 6-10
- p.m. course
Jul 27-31
- a.m. course
Jul 27-31
- p.m. course

Discover the best of Madison’s thriving art scene as you tour different locations throughout the week. Learn about glass-work at The Vinery, explore an outdoor sculpture park at Dr. Evermore’s, and see a successful printmaking operation at Tandem Press. While viewing arts of all styles, you will have a chance to take inspiration from your surroundings and reflect upon your experiences to create your own pieces.  

This course takes place off site. Transportation will be provided each day.
Instructor: Josh Ludke

Course Dates:
Aug 3-7
- p.m. course
Aug 10-14
- a.m. course

Prepare yourself for the many responsibilities associated with caring for infants, toddlers and young children. Learn to make informed decisions regarding the health, safety and engagement of young childrenPut your skills to the test as you work with children at one of our area day camps on the final day. Participants who complete the course satisfactorily and pass an exam will be Red Cross certified in babysitting and pediatric first aid and CPR. 

Transportation provided to a Wisconsin Youth Company Day Camp on Friday.
Presented by CPR Specialists LLC

Course Dates:
Jun 22-26
- a.m. course
Jul 6-10
- a.m. course

It is recommended, but not required, that students take this course in combination with Cake Decorating. 

The first half of this suggested two-part course focuses on developing delicious and unique flavors of cupcakes and cakes. Learn classic flavor combinations and get creative with your own original creations. Gain confidence in the world of baking as you learn terminology, understand correct measuring and blending techniques, and learn the proper way to mix ingredients. Impress your friends and family with your skills in filling cupcakes, making multi-tier cakes, and using various colors. Take the Cake Decorating course in the afternoon to decorate these tasty masterpieces with amazing frosting tricks and edible décor that will wow them all.  

Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Jun 22-26
- a.m. course

Whether you have been baking for years or have never measured a cup of flour, this course will help you gain skills and confidence in the world of baking. Learn terminology, understand correct measuring techniques, and practice proper methods of blending ingredients to up your baking gameUnderstand the science behind your recipes as you learn to make sweet and savory doughs and crusts while practicing scoring techniques and lattice work. Bake delightful delicacies and master techniques that will help you confidently take on any culinary challenge.  

Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Jul 27-31
- a.m. course

Enjoy a week of color and creativity as you explore the dyeing world. Learn various techniques to tie, twist, soak and dye to create unique and vibrant works of art. Design original patterns and translate your artwork into fashion with the magic of Batik.  

Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Aug 3-7
- p.m. course

This halfday course for beginner bikers will help you learn the basics of bike safety, proper use and city riding. Become more independent, active and environmentally friendly as you learn to make your way safely and confidently around this bikefriendly city. You will need a multi-gear bike in goodworking condition, a bike lock, a bike helmet, and a water bottle. If you are a more advanced rider or want more of a physical challenge, check out our allday Biking Madison 102 course! 

Instructor: Wisconsin Youth Company Adventure Trip Leaders

Course Dates:
Jun 22-26
- p.m. course

Get some great exercise and learn to independently navigate the city during this fun week of biking. Decide where you want to go and learn how to get there using the many bike paths that run through Madison. This biking course is designed to help you get the most out of your bike as you embark on two wheeled adventures. You 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. 

Instructor: Wisconsin Youth Company Adventure Trip Leaders

Course Dates:
Jun 29-Jul 2
- all day course

Get ready for some unplugged gaming fun. Challenge your mind and activate your imagination as you enjoy some friendly competition.  Play old favorites and discover new games while uncovering new strategies and helpful gaming tips. Learn traditional and not-so-traditional card games while using strategy and creativity. Participate in a round-robin game tournament or use the uninterrupted time to play longer, more complex versions of your favorite games. 

Instructor: Joe Monarski

Course Dates:
Jul 13-17
- a.m. course
Jul 27-31
- p.m. course

The city bus is your ticket to a week of adventure! Learn a valuable life skill and gain independence as you 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, Escape in Time, Urban Air, 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 be a swim level yellow or green as indicated on the swim and aquatic activity permission form. 

Instructor: Josh Ludke

Course Dates:
Jun 15-19
- all day course
Jun 22-26
- all day course

It is recommended, but not required, that students take this course in combination with Baking Cakes & Cupcakes. 

In the second half of this suggested two-part class, you will frost and decorate your own delicious 3-dimensional creations. Learn to layer the cakes and cupcakes baked in Baking Cakes & Cupcakes and explore various methods for making fun shapes. Learn piping techniques and discover the amazing things you can do with chocolate and sugar. Sculpt fondant and whip up new frosting recipes. Enjoy the challenge of thematic decorating competitions and create original masterpieces with things that you can find at home.  

Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Jun 22-26
- p.m. course

Mold, throw and sculpt your way through clay. Gain hands-on 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!  

Instructor: Josh Ludke 

Course Dates:
Jul 13-17
- p.m. course
Jul 27-31
- p.m. course

Observe the complexity and power of physics and explore the creative side of engineering as you work in teams to create oneofakind chain reaction contraptions. Learn principles of mechanics, measurement, and design as you create interactive machines that use a series of pulleys, dominoes and wheels. Learn to challenge yourself and make completing simple tasks a vehicle for engineering ingenuity and artistic expression. 

Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Jul 13-17
- p.m. course
Jul 27-31
- p.m. course

It is recommended, but not required, that students take this course in combination with Intro to Cooking. 

In the second half of this suggested two-part course, you will be challenged daily to put your newly acquired knowledge from Intro to Cooking to the test to create flavorful forkfuls that are sure to wow the judges. Each day your team will be provided with new mystery ingredients which you must use to create a dish that shows off your skills, creativity, and understanding of food. 

Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Jun 29-Jul 2
- p.m. course

It is recommended, but not required, that students take this course in combination with Cooking Skills.

In the second half of this suggested two-part course, you will be challenged daily to put your newly acquired knowledge from Cooking Skills to the test to create flavorful forkfuls that are sure to wow the judges. Each day your team will be provided with new mystery ingredients which you must use to create a dish that shows off your skills, creativity and understanding of food.  

Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Jul 13-17
- p.m. course

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 while 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?    

Instructor: Joe Monarski

Course Dates:
Jul 13-17
- p.m. course
Aug 10-14
- a.m. course

Gain a well-rounded foundation of the circus arts as you learn basics of juggling, plate spinning and acrobatics. Amaze your friends with your daring Diablo tricks and dazzle them with your mad skills on the devil sticks. Try out tumbling and stride across the slackline. Improve your balance, focus and agility as you clown your way through a week of entertainment and laughter. 

Instructor: Ali Beyer

Course Dates:
Jul 20-24
- p.m. course

Comic books, manga and graphic novels utilize 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 as you practice basics of layout, angles, dialogue, and character design. All artists welcome, advanced skills are not required. 

Instructor: Ali Beyer

Course Dates:
Jun 22-26
- a.m. course
Jul 20-24
- a.m. course

Travel around the world while staying put. As you learn about new ingredients and how to use them, your taste buds will take a tasty journey. Gain knowledge about many different dishes and how to make them in this course of cultural cuisines. Sample new styles of cooking and interesting ingredients to build delicious plates of popular international foods.  

Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Aug 3-7
- a.m. course

It is recommended, but not required, that students take this course in combination with Chef’s Challenge 2.  

The first half of this suggested two-part course will help you continue to build the foundations of becoming a great cook. Try out different cooking methods and learn how to handle tricky ingredients. Brush up on your knife skills and build your knowledge of seasonings. Practice making perfect eggs, sauces and pasta. Gain the confidence you’ll need to create your own dishes at home or in Chef’s Challenge 2. 

Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Jul 13-17
- a.m. course

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. 

Instructor: Josh Ludke

Course Dates:
Jul 13-17
- a.m. course
Aug 10-14
- p.m. course

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 athleticism to move the disc down the field with your team. No matter your speed, this course is for you.  

Some days of this course will take place off site. Transportation will be provided to disc golf parks.
Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Jun 15-19
- p.m. course
Jun 22-26
- a.m. course

Take your doodles to a whole new level.  Explore techniques and materials 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 help you discover the depths of drawing. 

Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Jun 22-26
- a.m. course
Jul 6-10
- a.m. course
Jul 20-24
- a.m. course

Take your role-playing adventures to the next level. Spend the week exploring short adventures in small groups while building you own dungeon master skills. Get tips and tricks from an instructor that has been 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.  

Instructor: AJ Popp

June 29-July 2 | $90
August 3-7 | $95

Course Dates:
Jun 29-Jul 2
- a.m. course
Aug 3-7
- a.m. course

Discover urban landscapes and diverse habitats with handson experiments at Aldo Leopold Nature Center. We will dig deep to investigate the hidden gems within the wetland, prairie and woodland communities. Find out how ecosystems 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 the world around you. 

This course will take place off site. Transportation will be provided to Aldo Leopold Nature Center daily.
Presented by Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Course Dates:
Jun 22-26
- p.m. course

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. 

Instructor: Joe Monarski

Course Dates:
Jun 15-19
- p.m. course
Aug 3-7
- a.m. course

Find out more about your food and where it comes from as you spend a week learning about various vegetables, fruits, and herbs and harvesting wonderful ingredients from local farms and gardens. Take home some tasty fruits and vegetables and gain hands-on experience with harvesting and gardening. 

This course will take place off site. Transportation will be provided to local farms and gardens.
Presented by The Neighborhood Planting Project

Course Dates:
Aug 3-7
- a.m. course

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. 

This course will take place off site. Transportation will be provided to Eagle School daily.
Instructor: Joe Monarski

June 29-July 2 | $100
July 27-31 | $110
August 10-14 | $110

Course Dates:
Jun 29-Jul 2
- p.m. course
Jul 27-31
- a.m. course
Aug 10-14
- p.m. course

Stay active and try your hand at a variety of field sports for a week of athletic fun. Get your heart racing with sports like soccer, lacrossefield hockey, flag football and more. Be a part of a team and gain an understanding of sports that you love and others you may not have tried.  

Wisconsin Youth Company has partnered with Digman Fitness to provide safe, highquality fitness courses geared specifically toward middle school students.
Presented by Corey Digman of Digman Fitness

Course Dates:
Jun 15-19
- a.m. course

Learn about different styles of films and the history of film while you also try your hand at movie magic. Take a turn in the director seat to better understand what happens behind the scenes. Decide to tell a story through video, film a gripping documentary, or assemble clips for memories. Use editing programs and iMovie to help you take your films to the next level. Discover the power of your imagination as you show others how you see the world. 

Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Jul 13-17
- p.m. course

This creative vocal course is all about podcasting. Get tips on how to figure out your podcasting niche and decide on content that sparks your interest as you learn how to plan, develop and record a podcast. Use your voice and other sound techniques to add depth to your program. Engage an audience with powerful storytelling, helpful advice, hilarious observations, or thought-provoking discussions. Discover the power of your voice and imagination as you design, write, and record your own show.  

Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Jun 22-26
- p.m. course

This enjoyable past time is one of the best ways to spend a summer’s day. Visit some of Madison’s hottest fishing spots, spend time in beautiful natural areas learning about different types of fish, and how to successfully catch and release them. Learn how to cast, use equipment properly, knot tying, fishing safety, and fish identification. Get hooked for a week of angling fun and adventure! Please bring water shoes.  

This course will take place off site. Transportation will be provided to all off site locations.
Instructor: Wisconsin Youth Company Adventure Trip Leaders

Course Dates:
Jun 22-26
- a.m. course

Exercise is essential for a healthy mind and body. With this course, you will learn tips to get the most out of exercise by better understanding muscles, different work out styles and stretching. Learn what it would be like to be a trainer by creating your own routines for the class, sample different types of workouts, and most importantly, have fun with fitness! 

Wisconsin Youth Company has partnered with Digman Fitness to provide safe, highquality fitness courses geared specifically toward middle school students.
Presented by Corey Digman of Digman Fitness

Course Dates:
Jul 13-17
- p.m. course

Glass fusing is a popular art form that involves the process of stacking glass and melting it in a hot kiln to create unique and beautiful pieces of art. In this course you will complete several projects and discover the chemistry behind the melting and fusing of glass. Create original 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 as well as provided goggles and gloves. Safety precautions are followed by The Vinery and Middle School U, but participants should be aware of the risks associated with glasswork.  

This course takes place off site. Transportation provided daily to The Vinery.
Presented by The Vinery

Course Dates:
Jul 13-17
- a.m. course

Open the door to the world of mosaics and transform glass scraps into beautiful and unique art. Use 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 steppingstones and take your unique pieces home to display or give as gifts. Students must wear closed-toed shoes as well as provided goggles and gloves. Safety precautions are followed by The Vinery and Middle School U, but participants should be aware of the risks associated with glasswork.  

This course takes place off site. Transportation provided daily to The Vinery.
Presented by The Vinery

Course Dates:
Jun 15-19
- a.m. course

Swing your 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 instructor to learn the basics and brush up on your technique. This course will review the fundamentals of golf including grip, club selection, stance, swing and more. Clubs will be provided, or you can bring your own set. 

This course takes place off site. Transportation provided daily to Vitense Golfland.
In partnership with First Tee of South-Central WI

June 22-26 | $120
June 29-July 2 | $95

Course Dates:
Jun 22-26
- p.m. course
Jun 29-Jul 2
- a.m. course

Join us for the ultimate gym games sampler. From dodgeball to capture the flag, you will get to play a variety of active gym favorites. Learn a range of skills to develop your handeye coordination, agility, and speed. Practice the games and sports that you know and love while learning some new ones along the way. This is sure to be an awesome course of active fun.  

Wisconsin Youth Company has partnered with Digman Fitness to provide safe, highquality fitness courses geared specifically toward middle school students.
Presented by Corey Digman of Digman Fitness

Course Dates:
Jun 15-19
- p.m. course

Science is meant to be explored through trial, error, and making a messGo beyond textbooks and partake in some mind-blowing, handson experiments that will help you make sense of the world around you. From chemistry to geology and electrical engineering to magnetism and physics, you will get a chance to play within multiple fields of science and see for yourself how things work.  

Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Jun 15-19
- p.m. course

It is recommendedbut not required, that students take this course in combination with Vegetarian Cooking.  

The first half of this suggested two-part course that focuses on choosing better ingredients, learning nutrition facts and building healthy habits. Contrary to popular belief, healthy food can be delicious. Learn some healthy recipes, practice maintaining balance and find substitutions for healthier options. Practice heart healthy preparations and cooking methods to create dishes that will satisfy your taste buds and fuel your bodyUse what you have learned in this course to make healthier vegetarian versions on popular dishes in the afternoon with Vegetarian Cooking.  

Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Jul 20-24
- a.m. course

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.  

This course takes place off site. Transportation will be provided each day.
Instructor: Wisconsin Youth Company Adventure Trip Leaders

Course Dates:
Jul 27-31
- all day course

Bring your ideas to life with ink printing. Learn to use a brayer, select your ink and roll out an assortment of prints. 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. 

Instructor: Josh Ludke

Course Dates:
Jul 6-10
- p.m. course
Jul 20-24
- a.m. course

It is recommended, but not required, that students take this course in combination with Chef’s Challenge 1.  

The first half of this suggested two-part course focuses on basics like knife skills, terminology, different cooking methods, flavor profiles, and the do’s and don’ts of cooking. Observe multiple demonstrations of cooking techniquesdevelop a well-rounded understanding of kitchen techniques and gain the confidence you’ll need to take on creating your own dishes at home or in Chef’s Challenge 1. 

Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Jun 29-Jul 2
- a.m. course

Sign language is one of the most expressive and useful languages in the world. Imagine being able to silently talk, sign complex thoughts underwater, or communicate with someone far away. This introductory course will help you learn basic vocabulary, practice signing with friends, and give you some insight into the world of deaf culture and history.  

Instructor: Meta Cucinotta

Course Dates:
Jul 6-10
- a.m. course

Discover the art of jewelry making and create your own pieces using an array of styles, supplies and techniques. Learn techniques for stamping, pendant making, beading, and wire working. Explore modern twists on a skill that is hundreds of years old as you design unique and personalized pieces. We’ll provide the jewelry making tools, you select your elements and get creative. 

Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Jun 29-Jul 2
- a.m. course
Jul 13-17
- a.m. course
Aug 10-14
- a.m. course

Take your love of role playing to a whole new level with character-driven type of game-play that is conducted in the physical world. LARP combines elements of improvisational acting, immersive gaming and costuming. Focus on conflict and resolution independently and in teams as you pursue goals within a fictional setting represented in the real world. Get moving, get creative, get thinking, and get into this fantastic foray.  

Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Jul 27-31
- a.m. course

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. 

Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Jun 15-19
- a.m. course
Jul 6-10
- p.m. course
Jul 20-24
- p.m. course

Learn the basics of machine sewing techniques and get creative with fabric during this week of sewing fun. Choose your pattern, select your material and stitch away. We’ll visit a local fabric store where you can select fabric to design your own unique project to take home 

Transportation provided for a field trip to JoAnn Fabrics.
Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Jul 6-10
- a.m. course
Aug 3-7
- p.m. course

Take a trip through the flavorful town of Madison as you learn about tastes, textures, and pairings. This is not a cooking course, but rather a chance to gain an in-depth knowledge of tastes and ingredients. Enjoy three days off site touring and tasting at some popular local hot spots. Compete in blind taste tests and come up with unique and delicious flavor combinations for herbs, fruits, and cheese. Observe demonstrations for making complex dishes and taste the differences between store bought and homemade. Practice being a food critic by describing food in depth and learning culinary vocabulary that will make you sound like a true expert.  

Some days of this course will take place off site. Transportation will be provided to various local food destinations.
Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Jul 6-10
- a.m. course

Work together with a team to solve a variety of puzzles and riddles as you embark on this fun quest around the city. Each day will be at a new location where you will complete various tasks and challenges to gain points for your group and become Quest Champions. Locations will include the Capitobuilding and State Street, Vilas Zoo, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, and Urban Air.  

This course takes place at MSU and off site. Transportation will be provided on certain days.
Instructor: Josh Ludke 

Course Dates:
Jun 29-Jul 2
- a.m. course

Get creative and resourceful as you discover the endless possibilities for art using unused objects found in everyday life. Design multilayered projects using a variety of materials and techniques. Explore various styles of art and play with textural elements to find something that suits you. Save the planet as you reuse materials and re-purpose scraps into something beautiful.  

Instructor: Josh Ludke

Course Dates:
Jul 20-24
- p.m. course
Aug 3-7
- a.m. course

Mixed media is a visual art form that allows you to use a variety of materials to create a unique and textural piece of art. Combine drawing, painting and collage with a wide range of processes such as relief printing, imprints, marbling, stenciling, sponging on paper, wood, and canvasThis course will allow you to stretch your creativity and experiment with different art methods as you discover new techniques. 

Instructor: Ali Beyer

Course Dates:
Jun 15-19
- p.m. course
Jun 22-26
- p.m. course

Combine your love of nature with artistic creativity during this week of natural art. Make beautiful rock art, sculptures with foraged natural materials, and many different types of nature prints. Create clay impressions and sand art, and try out nature weaving or design your own wind chimes. Play with shadow and light, and get inspired by the world around you.  

Instructor: Josh Ludke

Course Dates:
Jun 29-Jul 2
- p.m. course

This week of exciting and challenging obstacles and relays will help you grow individually and practice working as a team. Sprint, hurdle, and crab walk your way to victory. Learn and practice traditional track and field events while also trying out funny original courses and designing your own. 

Wisconsin Youth Company has partnered with Digman Fitness to provide safe, highquality fitness courses geared specifically toward middle school students.
Presented by Corey Digman of Digman Fitness

Course Dates:
Jul 13-17
- a.m. course

Get fit in the fresh air with a week of outdoor sports and games. Develop your critical thinking, handeye coordination, teamwork, agility, and speed as you compete in a wide range of activities. From well-known sports like soccer, baseball, and flag football to entertaining games like cornhole, four-square, kick croquet, and giant Jenga, this course has something that everyone will enjoy. 

Wisconsin Youth Company has partnered with Digman Fitness to provide safe, highquality fitness courses geared specifically toward middle school students.
Presented by Corey Digman of Digman Fitness

Course Dates:
Aug 10-14
- a.m. course

Explore painting with watercolor, acrylic and water-based oils while learning the different techniques and styles to 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. 

Instructor: Ali Beyer

Course Dates:
Jun 15-19
- a.m. course

Let the games begin as you join us to play and improve at a plethora of popular sports like volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball, flag football, and tennis. Learn a range of skills to improve your overall athleticism. Practice the games and sports 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! 

Wisconsin Youth Company has partnered with Digman Fitness to provide safe, highquality fitness courses geared specifically toward middle school students.
Presented by Corey Digman of Digman Fitness

Course Dates:
Jun 22-26
- a.m. course

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 https://microbit.org/.

Presented by Maydm

Course Dates:
Jul 20-24
- p.m. course
Aug 3-7
- p.m. course

Check out one of the hottest sports around as you build your strength and agility. This course will cover all the basic skills that are needed to climb safely indoors as you take on a series of challenging courses. You will progress through the week learning knots, belaying skills, climbing techniques and proper stretching for healthy, injury-free exercise.  

This course takes place off site. Transportation provided daily to Boulders Climbing Gym.
Presented by Boulders Climbing Gym

Course Dates:
Jun 15-19
- p.m. course
Jul 6-10
- p.m. course
Jul 27-31
- p.m. course
Aug 10-14
- a.m. course

Whether you’re interested in aviation or just like to watch things explode, this course is for you. Throughout the week you will have the opportunity to build, decorate, and safely test your own model rocket. Learn about basic science and physics involved in rocketry and participate in fun challenges and experiments to better understand this field. This course is sure to be a blast.   

Instructor: TBD

June 29-July 2 | $95
July 27-31 | $115
August 10-14 | $115

Course Dates:
Jun 29-Jul 2
- p.m. course
Jul 27-31
- p.m. course
Aug 10-14
- p.m. course

Dive into a different world 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 these social group games. Draw upon your creativity and build your storytelling and critical thinking skills. You will learn about new resources and some tried and true tricks of the trade from an instructor who first started gaming in 1978.  

Instructor: JoMonarski

Course Dates:
Jul 6-10
- p.m. course
Aug 3-7
- p.m. course

Customize your army and bring fearsome monsters to life through stylistic painting techniques used to add depth and color to any roleplaying game. Unleash the excitement and fantasy tied to painted miniatures and the imagination. Whether you have always wanted to complete an awesome custom paint job for your minis or you don’t know a gnome from a kobold, this course will help you discover an awesome new hobby that will give a new dimension to your games.    

Instructor: Joe Monarski

Course Dates:
Jun 22-26
- p.m. course
Jul 20-24
- p.m. course

Experience the thrill of creation while learning the basics of making 3 dimensional art. Using modeling wire, carve out clay or construct designs with other materials 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.  

Instructor: Josh Ludke

Course Dates:
Jul 6-10
- a.m. course
Jul 27-31
- a.m. course

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.  

Instructor: TBD

June 29-July 2 | $100
July 13-17 | $110

Course Dates:
Jun 29-Jul 2
- p.m. course
Jul 13-17
- a.m. course

Make a high-quality, oneofakind, 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. Students must wear closed-toed shoes as well as provided goggles and gloves. Safety precautions are followed by The Vinery and Middle School U, but participants should be aware of the risks associated with glasswork. 

This course takes place off site. Transportation provided daily to The Vinery.
Presented by The Vinery

Course Dates:
Jul 20-24
- a.m. course

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 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. 

Instructor: Joe Monarski

Course Dates:
Jul 20-24
- a.m. course

Get outdoors and make the most of summer with this course full of physical activity and stimulating games. Develop your critical thinking, handeye coordination, agility, and speed as you compete in fun outdoor activities like giant Jenga, ladder ball, capture the flag, Kin-Ball, and many versions of tag. This wide selection of fun is sure to be an active and exciting way to spend the week. 

Wisconsin Youth Company has partnered with Digman Fitness to provide safe, highquality fitness courses geared specifically toward middle school students.
Presented by Corey Digman of Digman Fitness

Course Dates:
Aug 3-7
- a.m. course

Make sure your last days of summer don’t go to waste as you join us for this final week of fun, warm weather adventures. Begin the week with a nice stroll through Vilas Zoo. Then, get outdoors and into nature while hiking, swimming, and cooking out at a Wisconsin State Park. Learn something new at the UW campus and be awed by a tour of Camp Randall. Compete in an interactive scavenger hunt at Wizard Quest and prepare to be shocked and amazed by the sites at Ripley’s Believe it or not. Finally, wave goodbye to summer with a visit to Noah’s Ark Waterpark  

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. 

Instructor: Wisconsin Youth Company Adventure Trip Leaders

Course Dates:
Aug 10-14
- all day course

The science and chemistry of candy making and baking join forces with culinary creativity to provide a recipe for fun in this candy and chocolate making course. Make a variety of tasty treats and discover the secrets of creative cookie concoctions to invent new recipes. Truffles, chocolates and toffees are just the beginning of what’s in the mix. Learn tried and true techniques to make delicious sweets that are sure to impress at our parent’s evening event. 

Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Jul 6-10
- p.m. course

Learning to be part of a team is a fun and essential part of life. Warm up with some dynamic group activities to help you practice communication and cooperation, and discover how to use your own strengths and weaknesses. Play a variety of games like handball, floor hockey, soccer, and volleyball where you will have to rely on your team members to reach a common goal. 

Wisconsin Youth Company has partnered with Digman Fitness to provide safe, highquality fitness courses geared specifically toward middle school students.
Presented by Corey Digman of Digman Fitness

Course Dates:
Aug 10-14
- p.m. course

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.  

This course takes place off site. Transportation provided daily to UW-Madison Campus.
Presented by UW-Madison

Course Dates:
Jun 15-19
- a.m. course

It is recommended, but not required, that students take this course in combination with Healthy Cooking.

After learning about healthier options and recipes in Healthy Cooking, you will be challenged to make healthier vegetarian dishes. Go beyond salads and discover how to create fabulous vegetarian meals with simple 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.   

Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Jul 20-24
- p.m. course

Being active and staying fit isn’t just about running or sports. This course is designed to introduce you to new forms of exercise. Try out some unique and fun games and activities involving mini trampolines, floor scooters, earth balls, scoop toss, elastics, and slacklining 

Wisconsin Youth Company has partnered with Digman Fitness to provide safe, highquality fitness courses geared specifically toward middle school students.
Presented by Corey Digman of Digman Fitness

Course Dates:
Aug 3-7
- p.m. course

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. 

Presented by Maydm

Course Dates:
Jul 27-31
- p.m. course
Aug 10-14
- p.m. course

Join us as we explore Wisconsin’s unique geological features and other hidden gems. Venture under the earth into Cave of the Mounds and Eagle Cave to view stunning arrays of crystal formations, dripping stalactites, and a gemstone mine. Take a hike and cool off with a swim at some of Wisconsin’s beautiful state parks. Enjoy a Duck tour through the Dells and walk through Baxter’s Hollow. Expand your knowledge at the Natural History Museum, UW Geology Museum, and Burnie’s Rock Shop. Finally, get a chance to pan for gold! Make sure you are prepared for 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.    

This course will take place off site. Transportation will be provided each day.
Instructor: Adventure Trip Leaders

Course Dates:
Jul 13-17
- all day course

Get outside and be active as you make the most out of your summer with a week of fun water games and relays. Enjoy launching water balloons, partake in amazing water experiments, and create dazzling liquid art. Finally, have a blast with a trip to Dolphin’s Cove Waterpark to enjoy water slides, the lazy river, and a water zip line. Participants in this course must be a swim level yellow or green as indicated on the swim and aquatic activity permission form.   

Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Jul 13-17
- p.m. course

Have fun creating your own visual masterpieces and learning various techniques to add creative flair to handwritten projects. Improve letter forms, learn how to use calligraphy pens, make your own bullet journals, practice various fonts and design your own original word art décor. With the calligraphy techniques learned in this course and your own creativity, you can discover fun, unique and interesting ways to bring any writing project to life. 

Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Jun 15-19
- a.m. course
Jul 27-31
- a.m. course
Aug 10-14
- p.m. course

This week of exciting fitness will get your heart pumping and your feet moving. Wisconsin Youth Company has partnered with the YMCA to offer a dynamic week of fun and unique opportunities. Partake in daily pool activities like aqua dance, water relays, and log-rolling. Then move on to other nontraditional classes like beginner CrossFit, Karate, and Werq/Zumba a fitness that combines pop, rock and hip-hop with yoga-like moves. This course is all about diverse exercises and sampling new movement to find an exercise that suits you. Participants in this course must be a swim level yellow or green as indicated on the swim and aquatic activity permission form.    

Presented by YMCA of Dane County

Course Dates:
Jul 20-24
- p.m. course

Join this course to play and learn about popular sports from around the world. Cricket, Handball, Kho KhoSepak Takraw are well known in many parts of the world but many Americans have never heard of them. This week will give you the opportunity to try your hand at some of these games as you grow your cultural awareness and your athleticism. 

Wisconsin Youth Company has partnered with Digman Fitness to provide safe, highquality fitness courses geared specifically toward middle school students. 

Presented by Corey Digman of Digman Fitness

Course Dates:
Jul 20-24
- a.m. course

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. 

Instructor: TBD

Course Dates:
Jul 6-10
- p.m. course
Dates Morning Courses
9 a.m. - Noon
All-Day Courses
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Afternoon Courses
1 – 4 p.m.
Jun 15-19
  • Field Sports
  • Glass Mosaics
  • Lego Robotics
  • Painting
  • UW Science
  • Word Art
  • Bus Stops Here
  • Disc Golf & Ultimate
  • Fantasy Board Games
  • Gym Games & Sports
  • Hands-on Science
  • Mixed Media Art
  • Rock Climbing
Jun 22-26
  • Babysitter Training
  • Baking Cakes & Cupcakes
  • Comic Writing & Design
  • Disc Golf & Ultimate
  • Drawing
  • Fishing
  • Popular Sports
  • Bus Stops Here
  • Biking Madison 101
  • Cake Decorating
  • Ecosystem Exploration
  • Find Your Voice
  • Golf
  • Mixed Media Art
  • RPG Mini Figure Painting
Jun 29-Jul 2
  • Archery
  • Dungeon Master Basics
  • Golf
  • Intro to Cooking
  • Jewelry Making
  • Madcity Quest
  • Biking Madison 102
  • Archery
  • Chef's Challenge 1
  • Fencing
  • Nature Art
  • Rocketry
  • Soaps, Lotions & More
Jul 6-10
  • Archery
  • Babysitter Training
  • Drawing
  • Intro to Sign Language
  • Machine Sewing
  • Mad Flavor Town
  • Sculpture Arts
  • Aquatic Adventures
  • Archery
  • Ink Printing & Design
  • Lego Robotics
  • Rock Climbing
  • Role Playing Games (RPGs)
  • Sweet Treats
  • Yoga & Mindfulness
Jul 13-17
  • Board & Card Games
  • Cooking Skills
  • Digital Animation
  • Glass Fusing
  • Jewelry Making
  • Obstacles & Relays
  • Soaps, Lotions & More
  • Wisconsin Rocks
  • Ceramics & Pottery
  • Chain Reaction Contraption
  • Chef's Challenge 2
  • Chess
  • Film Making
  • Fitness Fun
  • Wonderful World of Water
Jul 20-24
  • Comic Writing & Design
  • Drawing
  • Healthy Cooking
  • Ink Printing & Design
  • Stained Glass
  • Strategy Board Games
  • World of Sports
  • Aerial Adventures
  • Circus Skills
  • Lego Robotics
  • Maker's Space
  • Programming with Micro:bit
  • RPG Mini Figure Painting
  • Vegetarian Cooking
  • Work it at the Y
Jul 27-31
  • Anime & Manga
  • Archery
  • Baking From Scratch
  • Fencing
  • Larping
  • Sculpture Arts
  • Word Art
  • Hiking, Swimming & Kayaking
  • Archery
  • Board & Card Games
  • Ceramics & Pottery
  • Chain Reaction Contraption
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rocketry
  • Web Design
Aug 3-7
  • Cooking Around the World
  • Dungeon Master Basics
  • Fantasy Board Games
  • Farm to Table Harvesting
  • Maker's Space
  • Summer Sports & Games
  • Aerial Adventures
  • Art Around Town
  • Batik & Tie Dye
  • Machine Sewing
  • Programming with Micro:bit
  • Role Playing Games (RPGs)
  • Wacky Workouts
Aug 10-14
  • Anime & Manga
  • Art Around Town
  • Chess
  • Jewelry Making
  • Outdoor Sports & Games
  • Rock Climbing
  • Summer's End
  • Digital Animation
  • Fencing
  • Rocketry
  • Team Games
  • Web Design
  • Word Art

Fees  |  per student, per course, per week
Fees vary by course and week. Please see course descriptions for specific course fees.

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

*Friday, August 14, all students must be picked up by 5 p.m.