Thank you for choosing Wisconsin Youth Company Summer Day Camp!

Please note: Families are varied and the use of the word Parent(s) refers to the adult(s) who are responsible for the child(ren).

Please carefully review all tabs on this webpage prior to your first day of camp. COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be in place this summer to ensure campers and staff remain safe and healthy.

Location  |  Camp Castle Creek at Heritage Elementary  |  501 South St. Waunakee, WI 53597
Camp Cell Phone 608-445-9057
Camp Hours  |  Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

  • Drop-off takes place between 7:30-9 a.m. 
  • Pick-up takes place Monday-Thursday between 4-5:30 p.m. and Friday between 3-4:30 p.m. 
  • Please note, there is no camp Monday, July 4 
Meet the Staff 
  • Camp Director |  Kelsey 
  • Assistant Camp Director  |  Maycie 
  • Counselors  |  Nate, Liv, Stella, Meghan
  • Additional Support Staff  |  TBD

All staff have education and/or experience related to working with children. They receive training prior to the start of the camp season and are certified in first aid and CPR.  

Health & Wellness at Camp 

Please monitor your camper(s) for possible COVID-19 or other illness symptoms at home prior to arriving at camp each day. If your camper has a fever greater than 100° F or COVID-19 symptoms, please keep your child(ren) home for the day and contact our administrative office regarding their absence.  

COVID-19 symptoms include:  

  • Fever or chills  
  • Cough, shortness of breath  
  • Loss of taste or smell  
  • Vomiting or diarrhea  
  • Sore throat  
  • Headache  
  • Unusual fatigue  
  • Muscle or body aches  
  • Runny nose or nasal congestion  

If you receive a positive COVID-19 test, please inform us right away at 608-276-9782 or info@wisconsinyouthcompany.org.

If your camper is not vaccinated against COVID-19 and has been in close physical contact with anyone who tested positive with COVID-19, please contact us at 608-276-9782 or info@wisconsinyouthcompany.org to determine next steps.   

Upon arrival, directors will complete a visual wellness check before campers enter camp.  

Where to Park  |  Pull around behind the school, following the alley between Heritage and Saint John’s School. Parking is available in this area. Please park and then bring your child(ren) to door 13. 

Drop-off Procedure  |  After entering the rear of the Heritage, staff will be waiting to walk you through the sign-in process. If you would like your child(ren) to arrive independently by walking or biking, please contact the administrative office to authorize Independent Arrival. Masks are encouraged, but not required during drop-off. 

Campers Arriving from Summer School When summer school ends each day, campers who attend summer school at Heritage should proceed to the front of the school building. Our staff will meet your camper(s) there and wait for other campers arriving via bus. Once staff have located all summer school campers getting off busses, the entire group will walk together to the camp program space. Campers should not walk by themselves to our program space. It is preferred that you do not transport your camper from their summer school location to Camp Castle Creek. All summer school busing is coordinated through the Waunakee School District. Please contact them for information regarding summer school busing. 

Medications, Sunscreen and Insect Repellent  |  If your camper has medications, sunscreen or insect repellent, please bring these on the first day of their attendance. All items should be labelled with first and last name. Wisconsin Youth Company does provide sunscreen and insect repellent. Campers are not required to bring their own. 

What to Bring 

Please only send your camper(s) with following items. All items should be labeled with your camper’s first and last name: 

  • Sack lunch (nut-free) that does not need to be refrigerated or microwaved 
  • Gym shoes or sandals with a heel strap (no flip flops) 
  • Water bottle labeled with child’s first and last name
  • Extra set of clothing, as needed 

Please do not send your camper(s) with any unnecessary items. Toys from home will not be permitted. Wisconsin Youth Company is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged personal property, including clothing. 

Picking Up Your Camper 

When to Pick-up  |  Campers should be picked up during the designated pick-up timeframe: Monday-Thursday 4-5:30 p.m. and Friday 3-4:30 p.m. If you need to pick up your camper(s) early, please coordinate that directly with the camp director in advance. 

Pick-up Procedure  |  After entering the rear of the Heritage, staff will be waiting to walk you through the sign-out process. Sign-out could also take place outdoors as weather allows. 

Independent Departure  |  If you would like your child(ren) to walk home independently or meet you at your vehicle, please contact the administrative office to authorize Independent Departure. Campers cannot meet you at your vehicle unless they have prior authorization. 

Authorized Pick-up Person  |  Only authorized pick-up people can pick up your child(ren). If you would like to add an additional authorized pick-up person, please email info@wisconsinyouthcompany.org. All authorized pick-up people are encouraged to have a photo ID on them. With the safety of campers in mind, staff will check IDs if they have not met a pick-up person or do not recognize a pick-up person. 

Absences 

Please call the 24-hour attendance message line, 608-276-9898, if your camper will be absent. Please call before 8:30 a.m. if the message pertains to that day.

Camper Groups 

Each camper will be assigned a group for the week. Each group will have a designated classroom space for use during the day. Groups will have no more than 18 campers. 

  • We will aim to keep your camper in the same group each week. Since some campers are only enrolled for a few weeks, some campers may change groups throughout the summer. 
  • Materials and toys will be cleaned and sanitized on a daily basis
  • Camper groups will be divided by age. If you have two or more children that you would like to request remain in the same group, please contact our administrative office 
  • Each child will have a designated space to store their belongings. Campers should only bring essential items for the day. 
Face Coverings at Camp 
  • Masks are not required while at camp, however campers wishing to wear a mask will be supported in doing so
  • Appropriate face coverings include medical grade masks or cloth masks that cover the nose and mouth 
  • If your child is unable to wear a face covering due to a medication condition, mental health reason or disability, please let us know by emailing info@wisconsinyouthcompany.org 
Snack & Lunch 

It’s important campers start each day with a good breakfast prior to camp, and bring a nutritious and satisfying lunch.
Sack lunches must not require refrigeration or microwaving; milk is provided. A morning and afternoon snack will be provided. Some campers have life-threatening allergies (like a peanut or tree nut allergy). For this reason, WYC requests that campers bring a nut-free lunch. All snacks served at camp are nut-free. 

  • Campers will eat snack and lunch with their group either in the main camp area or outdoors 
  • All campers must wash hands with soap and water before and after eating 
Field Trips 

Details regarding field trips can be found on the This Week at Camp tab. Camp Castle Creek will typically take field trips on Friday each week; however, this is subject to change. Campers should come to camp prepared for the day’s field trip with appropriate footwear, their camp t-shirt, and water bottle. 

Swimming Trips 

Details regarding swim trips can be found on the This Week at Camp tab. To review your camper’s swim level please connect with your camp director or email info@wisconsinyouthcompany.org. Campers will be grouped by swim level with no more than 8 campers per group. Camp Castle Creek will typically swim on Wednesdays; however, this is subject to change. Camp Castle Creek will only visit local pools with lifeguards on duty and an option for zero-depth entry. Some weeks, camp will visit a splash pad instead of pool. Campers should come to camp prepared with a swimsuit, towel, and camp t-shirt. 

Keeping Camp Clean 

We understand that the need to keep camp clean is more important now than ever before. Because of this, we are implementing the following practices: 

  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout camp and outdoors. Hand sanitizer will be used under the direction of camp staff. 
  • Campers and staff will be required to wash hands often and thoroughly 
  • Staff will be cleaning and disinfecting program materials on a regular basis
  • Facility staff will clean high traffic areas within the building including bathrooms 
  • All disinfecting will happen in a room that is not accessible to campers. Disinfecting of group spaces will only happen when campers are not present 
  • For cleaning, staff will use a detergent/soap and water solution 
  • For disinfecting, staff will use a EPA-approved product to use against coronavirus 
Spending Time Outdoors 

Counselors will be encouraged to take their campers outdoors as much as possible. Campers will have water, sunscreen and shade available to them while outdoors. Please send your child dressed for the outdoors, every day. 

Program Activities & Guest Presenters 

Our summer team has been working hard to ensure that campers have a fun and enriching experience this summer. Campers will participate in weekly theme-based activities and off-site field trips​. Weekly themes can be found on your camp’s website. Some additional activities could be led by guest presenters depending on the week. Details regarding guest presenters can be found on the This Week at Camp tab. 

It is important that Parents can easily be reached throughout the camp day. Please verify your contact information in your parent portal and contact the administrative office if changes need to be made. 

In the event that camp staff contact you requesting that your child be picked up for illness or other reasons, we ask that you do so immediately. If you are unable to pick up your camper immediately, please arrange for emergency pick-up individuals. These individuals must be listed as authorized pick-up persons on your account. 

Changing Account Information 

Written notification is required to make any changes to your account information (i.e. phone numbers, pick-up persons, emergency contacts, etc.). An email from the email address on-file is sufficient. Your account password is required to make changes. 

Additional Program Information 

Additional program related information can be found in the program handbook. 

No Camp Days 

There is no camp Monday, July 4, 2022  

Camp Snack Schedule

2022 Camp Snack Schedule – coming soon

Contact Wisconsin Youth Company

Summer Program Director, Nate Peterson
npeterson@wisconsinyouthcompany.org

Wisconsin Youth Company Administrative Office – Mailing Address
733 Struck St.- 45620
Madison, Wisconsin 53744

Phone: 608-276-9782 ext. 0
Fax: 262-547-0394
24-Hour Attendance Message Line: 608-276-9898
Email: info@wisconsinyouthcompany.org

Use the above address, fax, email and phone number for payments, registration and billing inquires, and other general information. You may also access your account online at https://connect.schoolcareworks.com/wyc.jsp.

Please note: Families are varied and the use of the word Parent(s) refers to the adult(s) who are responsible for the child(ren).

Q: Who can drop off and pick up campers? 

A: Following Wisconsin Youth Company policy, campers may only be dropped off and picked up from camp by authorized pick-up person(s) listed on their registration. 

Q: Will campers and staff be required to wear a mask? 

A:Masks are not required at camp but campers wishing to wear a mask will be supported in doing so. 

Q: What happens if my child gets sick while at camp? 

A: Each camp has a designated space available to use in the event that a camper gets sick. If your camper becomes ill at camp, they will be isolated in this room with a camp staff. Staff will call for immediate pick-up. Please ensure that your camper is picked up as soon as possible. 

Q: What happens if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case at camp? 

A: In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case at camp (camper or staff), Wisconsin Youth Company will follow local public health guidance as it pertains to contact tracing. Families will be notified as soon as possible if their camper is considered a close contact. If your child is a close contact, they may be asked to quarantine from camp.  

Q: What should I do if my child has a confirmed case of COVID-19? 

A: If your child has a confirmed case of COVID-19, please contact our administrative office immediately at info@wisconsinyouthcompany.org 

June 27-July 1  |   Welcome to Camp Castle Creek! We are already in week 3 of summer camp! Our staff and campers have been having a great time getting to know each other. We’ve had some great field trips and fun activities at camp. This week we celebrate what makes our campers unique! Things might get a little wacky at camp, so get ready for a wonderful week! See you Monday!  This week’s theme is Wacky & Wonderful.  

Weekly Activities   |  Pipe cleaner sculptures,  wacky sacks, bread painting, hot dog tag 

  • Monday camp kick-off: A chance to meet the staff and go over any rules, weekly plans, and emergency procedures with campers. 
  • Thursday Fest: Projects and activities to celebrate the theme. Dress as wacky as you would like on this day! The sillier, the better! 

Swimming Trip  |   Wednesday, June 29 – Goodman Pool 

  • We will leave camp at 12:30 p.m. and return to camp at 4 p.m.
  • What to Bring/Pack  |  Swimsuit, orange camp t-shirt, towel, swim shoes 

Field Trip  |   Friday, July 1- Madison Children’s Museum*

  • We will leave camp at 12:15 p.m. and return to camp at 3:45 p.m.
  • What to Bring/Pack  |  Tennis shoes/sandals with strap, orange camp t-shirt 

Reminders 

  • *Camp ends at 4:30 p.m. on Friday 
  • Please send your child a nut-free lunch 
  • Send your child in shoes with a back strap each day

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June 20-24   |   Welcome to Camp Castle Creek! We had a great first week! Our campers kept cool with water activities and pool time. It was nice to see returning campers and meet a lot of new kids as well. For Week 2, we will continue to do theme-based projects and activities. We are looking forward to another great week! This week’s theme is Barnyard Palooza!

Weekly Activities   |   Barnyard-theme projects and activities might include piggy pop snacks, corn mosaics, making our own butter, mud slime, and more!

  • Monday camp kick-off: A chance to meet the staff and go over any rules, weekly plans, and emergency procedures with campers.
  • Thursday Fest: A celebration based around the theme this week.

Swimming Trip  |   Campers will go to Lakeview Park Splash Pad on Wednesday, June 22. Please send your camper with a towel, swimsuit, swim shoes, backpack/drawstring bag, and camp t-shirt. We will leave camp at 12:30 p.m. and return to camp at 4 p.m.

Field Trip  |   Campers will go to Country Bumpkin Farm Market in WI Dells on Friday, June 24. Please send your camper with comfortable walking shoes, water bottle, camp t-shirt, and backpack/drawstring bag. We will leave camp at 10 a.m. and return to camp at 3:30 p.m. 

2022 Camp Castle Creek Photo Gallery  |  Please enjoy the fun moments and memories from camp this summer!