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 camper.   

Please carefully review all tabs on this webpage prior to your first day of camp.  

Location  | Prairie Elementary School  |  700 N. Madison Street, Waunakee

Camp Cell Phone  |  608-445-9057 

Full Day Camp Hours, June 12 – June 21 & August 5 – 9 | 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 4-4:30 p.m. 
  • Camp ends at 4 p.m. on Friday, August 16 

Summer School Camp Hours, June 24 – August 2 |  Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  

  • Children attending summer school at Prairie will walk to the front entrance of Prairie to meet Wisconsin Youth Company staff when summer school ends.
  • Children attending summer school at other schools will need to be dropped off at Prairie or secure transportation through WCSD. More information can be found on the Waunakee Community School District website.
  • Friday 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 4-4:30 p.m.  
  • Please note, there is no camp Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5

Meet the Staff  

  • Camp Director | Kelsey  
  • Assistant Camp Director | Maycie  
  • Counselors | Meghan, Olivia

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.   

Dropping Off Your Camper 

Where to Park  |  Parking is available in the main parking lot. Camp can be accessed through door #22 next to the cafeteria. 

Drop-off Procedure  |  After entering through door #22, the program space will be directly on your left. Program staff will be waiting to walk you through the sign-in procedure. If you would like your camper to arrive independently by walking or biking, please contact the administrative office to authorize Independent Arrival. 

Campers Arriving from Summer School  |  When summer school ends each day, campers who attend summer school at Prairie should proceed to the front of the school building. Our staff will meet your camper 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 you do not transport your camper from their summer school location to Camp Castle Creek. All summer school busing is coordinated through the Waunakee Community School District. 

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 to Camp 

Please only send your camper 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 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 4-4:30 p.m. If you need to pick up your camper early, please coordinate that directly with the camp director in advance.  

Pick-up Procedure  |  After entering through door #22, the program space is directly on the left. Program staff will be waiting to walk you through the sign-out procedure. Camp staff will check your ID or confirm your identity before releasing your camper to you. Due to the amount of children and families staff work with over the summer months, there is a chance that you may be asked more than once. Your patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated. 

Independent Departure  |  If you would like your camper 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 camper. If you would like to add an additional authorized pick-up person, please email 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.  


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.  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.
  • Camper groups will be divided by age. If you have two or more campers that you would like to request remain in the same group, please contact our administrative office.
  • Each camper will have a designated space to store their belongings. Campers should only bring essential items for the day.

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.

Field Trips  & Guest Presenters

Details regarding field trips & Guest Presenters can be found on the This Week at Camp tab. Camp Castle Creek will typically take field trips or have a guest presenter on Wednesday each week; however, this is subject to change. If a field trip is scheduled, campers should come prepared for the day 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 contact your camp director or email Campers will be grouped by swim level with no more than 8 campers per group. Camp Castle Creek will typically swim on Friday each week; however, this is subject to change. Camp 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.

Please review Wisconsin Youth Company’s swim guidelines to ensure accuracy. If your camper has been previously enrolled in a WYC camp program, their swim level may not match their current swimming skill. To help ensure a successful week of camp for your child and WYC staff, please update this information by emailing prior to the start of the camp week.

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 camper dressed for the outdoors, every day.

Parent Contact Information  

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 camper 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. 

Contact Wisconsin Youth Company 

Summer Program Director, Nate Peterson 

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

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 on the parent portal.

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: 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. While in this space, they will remain supervised by staff. Staff will call for immediate pick-up. Please ensure that your camper is picked up as soon as possible. 

Q: When will my camper receive their camp t-shirt and when do they need to wear it? 

A: Campers will receive their t-shirt during their first week of camp. Campers should wear their t-shirts on all field and swim trip days. 

Q: Can I pick up my child from a field or swim trip? 

A: Pick-up from an off-site field or swim trip is an option when needed by families, although is not preferred. Please coordinate specific details with the camp director at your child’s camp location. Please note off-site pickup is not always an option. Field and swim trips are pre-determined and will not be altered to accommodate pick up or drop off for children. 

Q: Do I need to provide sunscreen and insect repellent for my camper? 

A: Wisconsin Youth Company provides sunscreen and insect repellent for all campers attending summer programs. WYC uses Rocky Mountain brand 30 SPF lotion sunscreen and Cutter DEET-free insect repellent. Families may provide their own sunscreen and/or insect repellent. Please contact our administrative office at for Dane county families and for Waukesha families for additional details. 

Q: How do I update my child’s swim level? 

A: The easiest way to update your child’s swim level is to contact the administrative office at for Dane county families and for Waukesha families. You can also fill out necessary paperwork at your child’s camp location, but due to the volume of changes and the workload of camp staff, it is preferred that you contact the administrative office. Please note changes are not immediate.  

Q: What is the time frame I can drop off/pick up my child? 

A: Children can be dropped off and picked up throughout the camp day. Generally, it is preferred that your child is dropped off between 7:30-9 a.m. and picked up between 4-5:30 p.m. (4-4:30 p.m. on Fridays). If you will be dropping off or picking up outside of those hours, please talk with the camp directors at your camp location. 

Q: Is there transportation provided by WYC for campers from summer school locations? 

A: WYC does not provide transportation to camp following summer school sessions. Site specific information regarding arriving to camp following summer school can be found on the Welcome tab for that camp location. All transportation must be arranged through your school district. 

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